The Guardian festival blog: Legal challenge over use of sniffer dogs to deny entry to concert | Society


Police in New South Wales face a legal challenge over plans to turn away concert goers identified by sniffer dogs as having been in possession of drugs, even if no banned substances are found.

The entry policy for the show by British dance music trio Above and Beyond at Sydney Olympic park on Saturday has been criticised by drug safety advocates and civil libertarians who question the reliability of sniffer dogs and argue that police are abusing their powers.


Sniff Off – a group opposed to the use of sniffer dogs – said on Thursday they would seek an injunction to prevent police from implementing the policy. Sniff Off is made up of NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge and members of the Young Greens.

Tom Raue, one of the plaintiffs in the mooted court action, said it was wrong of police to try to block entry to the $120 show on the evidence of sniffer dogs.

“This latest announcement that the police are not going to let people…



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