FEST TEST’S BIT­TER PILL

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest -

SHELVED plans to run a pill-test­ing trial at a Can­berra mu­sic fes­ti­val have spilled over into a po­lit­i­cal scrap.

The ACT gov­ern­ment and po­lice cleared a path for the Aus­tralian-first trial at the Novem­ber 25 Spilt Milk fes­ti­val in an ef­fort to re­duce harm to recre­ational drug users.

But or­gan­is­ers have pulled the plug on the trial. Act­ing Health Min­is­ter Shane Rat­ten­bury, from the ACT Greens, is blam­ing his Lib­eral foes.

Can­berra Lib­eral MP Jeremy Han­son wrote to fed­eral col­leagues to sug­gest the trial was on shaky le­gal ground.

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