Reminiscent of the speed with which Malcolm Turnbull rejected the Uluru Statement from the Heart, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed that she will blindly refuse to accept sensible advice from the NSW coroner on decriminalisng drugs. This is despite the fact that she hasn’t formally received the recommendations to be made by the coroner following an inquest into several drug overdose deaths at music festivals.
The recommendations from Coroner Harriet Grahame, leaked to The Daily Telegraph, will include that pill-testing be introduced, and sniffer dogs and strip searches abolished, as practical evidence-based measures to materially reduce the risk of overdoses and deaths.
Berejiklian has been all over the media in response, reiterating her favoured mantra: there is no safe way to take illegal drugs. Her government is reintroducing legislation, previously knocked back by the NSW upper house, imposing stringent new obligations on festival organisers to further ramp up the standing policy of prevention.