“Mad Drug Made A-OK” — an acrostic and entirely sensible headline splashed across The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday — marks the buzzing high of a returning culture war.
This time, it’s pill testing… again. But why? Well, the paper got hold of the draft report of New South Wales Coroner Harriet Grahame’s inquest into the deaths of six festival goers in NSW.
“Decriminalising personal use of drugs as a mechanism to reduce the harm caused by drug use,” was one of the recommendations. That’s what gets the front page, while a two-page spread inside the paper — flanked on either side by an ad for amazing specials at Liquor Stax, incidentally — talks about Grahame’s “shock” call to “limit strip searches”.
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Today took the standard approach, starting with the patented morning show formula of getting two people of, er, diverse credentials — in this case, comedian and broadcasterand opposing views to tell us what they reckon
Across town, the Tele’s tabloid rival The Sydney Morning Herald treated the news soberly, noting only that Berejiklian was to ignore the recommendations. The SMH also ran an editorial that concluded “Berejiklian is wary of trying something new. But the case for a highly regulated limited trial of pill-testing and changes to police tactics is building.”