The Guardian festival blog: Festival goers stopped by sniffer dogs to be banned – even if no drugs are found | Society

The New South Wales Police will ban people from entering a musical festival in Sydney if sniffer dogs detect illegal drugs on them – even if no drugs are actually found in a search.

Barely a month after the Australian Capital Territory allowed pill testing at a music festival for the first time, police in NSW have gone in the opposite direction.

On Tuesday the NSW police announced that people attending the Above and Beyond music festival in Sydney this weekend would be denied entry if sniffer dogs indicated they had drugs on them, even if a search did not reveal any illicit substances.

“Police will exclude any person from the venue that the drug dog indicates has or who has recently had drugs on them, regardless of whether drugs are located,” assistant commissioner Peter Thurtell said in a statement.

The decision has been slammed by politicians, drug safety advocates and civil libertarians who point to the questionable…


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