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"In Unit 3, students examine the complexities of the Australian legal system and its capacity to deal with the diversity of competing needs. They explore the role of legal institutions and law-making bodies in creating laws that reflect the views of society. Students consider the range of forces that create catalysts for change and reform, and how laws are changed or reformed to reflect shifting societal demands. This unit encourages and informs critical thinking about Australian and Queensland laws, and the importance of society and individuals engaging in law-making processes.
Students will study law, governance and change through relevant contemporary issues involving matters of governance and law reform. Examples of issues could arise from areas, for example, family law, technology law, criminal law, counter-terrorism laws, employment law, and corporate law" (QCAA, 2019).
Pill Testing at Festivals
Drug laws in Australia
'Drug laws in Australia are complex – some laws are federal, while others are state or territory based. Learn about common drug offences, medicinal use of illicit drugs, drugs and driving, and workplace drug testing...'
'There are a large number of offenses you can be charged with in connection with illegal drugs.
The penalties vary according to the type and amount of drugs involved; however, drug offences are taken very seriously and carry severe penalties...'
National Drug Strategy 2017–2026
'A ten-year framework that aims to reduce and prevent the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs...'
Patterns of ecstasy use amongst live music event attendees and their opinions on pill testing: a cross sectional study
'Pill testing services could potentially be used to reduce drug-related harm. This study aims to identify patterns of ecstasy use among live music event attendees; explore the opinions and potential usage of illicit pill testing programs and examine factors associated with the likelihood of still taking a pill containing a potential harmful substance...'
Pill testing policy: A comparative analysis using the Advocacy Coalition Framework.
'Pill testing is regarded as a controversial harm reduction intervention and provides an ideal case study for examining how policy change comes about. Two Australian jurisdictions were analysed to explore factors that may account for policy change by comparing the ACT which allowed a pill testing trial, and NSW where pill testing has not been permitted...'
Acceptance of pill testing sticks in the throat of many
'The urgency of the drug policy debate has been amplified by five deaths at music festivals in the past five months...'
Examine drug laws 'with fresh eyes': coroner backs pill-testing.
'The NSW Deputy Coroner has recommended the state government look at drug legislation "with fresh eyes" and reframe its main priority from "reducing drug use to reducing drug deaths"...
The effect of public opinion and politics on attitudes towards pilltesting: Results from the 2019 Australian Election Study
'In the field of drug policy, there is ample evidence that public opinion can and does play an important role in government policy...'
Pill testing in Australia
This harm reduction strategy allows a person who is already in possession of a drug to test it at a facility or booth to find out what’s actually in it.
Making drug policy in summer-drug checking in Australia as providing more heat than light.
'Drug policy debate, which becomes polarised, and remains focused on matters of fact, rather than matters of concern, seems unlikely to result in productive resolutions. A more 'civilised' mode of debate that situates knowledge, engages values, is conducted with humility and encourages hesitation may be more productive...'
Australia’s first fixed-site health and drug checking service opens
'The service will provide chemical analysis of drugs and pills as well as drop-in nurse consultations offering general health, sexual health and mental health advice...'