Last night Waverley Council passed a motion calling on the Gladys Berejiklian to end the war on young people and immediately ban police drug dogs and the use of strip searches and introduce pill testing and peer to peer support services at music festival
Waverley Council is the first council to pass a motion (attached) in support of pill testing in NSW.
Waverley Greens councillor Elaine Keenan said “if the Premier and the NSW Liberals refused to listen to the evidence showing pill testing is the best way to keep young people safe at festivals it was up to the community and local government to lead the way”.
“The just say no approach of the NSW Liberals is a joke”.
“Some young people will always take drugs, we should be doing what we can to make sure they get to go home at the end of the night”.
“I am glad the Greens were able to work with the local ALP councillors to achieve this result last night”, she said.
NSW Greens MP and spokesperson for policing David Shoebridge
“Police drug dogs give the NSW police license to harass and humiliate young people at music festivals and other events.
“The Greens will ban the use of police drugs at music festivals and introduce pill-testing instead.
“Police drug dogs are expensive, don’t catch suppliers and get it wrong most of the time.
“They make young people less safe and have been linked to deaths from dangerous panic ingestion at festivals.
“I am proud that Greens councillors are leading the way and listening to the community who what an evidence approach to safety not heavy handed police tactics”, he said.