Tasmanian festival Party In The Paddock continues to champion pill testing at music festivals, today announcing its bid to host a trial at its 2020 event.
The beloved festival, which will run from March 6 – 8 with sets from Matt Corby, Hermitude, Dune Rats and more, has submitted a petition to parliament, backed by the Tasmanian Greens.
“We do not condone the use of illegal substances at PITP, but we cannot be ignorant to the fact that young people all around Australia are using them within our communities,” festival organiser Jesse Higgs said.
“Pill testing is not a silver bullet, but it’s a proven and positive way to help prevent this kind of tragedy. The more education that we can bring to this health issue at our festival, the better."
The Tasmanian Greens added: “A successful pill testing model is ready to be implemented in Tasmania. The Hodgman Government must act on the Coroner’s recommendation, and support Party in the Paddock to provide pill testing at their festival this summer.”
The news arrives a week after the NSW coroner recommended the Government implement pill testing at music festivals across the state, as well as cease the use of sniffer dogs.
For more details on Party In The Paddock 2020, check out theGuide.