The Guardian festival blog: Berejiklian sticks to drug abstinence stance when asked about over-policing at festivals | Australia news

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The New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has dodged questions on whether “over-policing” at music festivals might be responsible for young people swallowing multiple pills, saying the strongest message to ensure lives aren’t lost is “don’t take illegal substances”.

A coronial inquest is currently scrutinising the drug-related deaths of six people at music festivals between December 2017 and January 2019.

On Sunday, the premier said she was looking forward to receiving the recommendations that come from that inquiry and the ongoing special NSW inquiry into the drug ice.

However, Berejiklian stopped short of promising the government would put in place the coroner’s future recommendations before the upcoming summer music festival.

“It depends on what the recommendations have been and I don’t think anyone can accuse the state government of not taking a strict approach to music festivals,” she told…


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