This looks promising: Clover and I recently gave evidence to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Music Festivals License, the hasty, damaging and arbitrary license that got tens of thousands saying #DontKillLiveMusic earlier this year.
The report has been released, and the upside is, the Inquiry agreed the process was rushed and inadequate - and so the regulation should be scrapped.
Whether this means we'll see the regs ditched in time to save our summer festival season, or if we'll see some sensible progress on harm minimisation, such as through allowing pill testing at festivals, remains to be seen.
From The Music Network:
The key findings and recommendations of the report released to the inquiry were:
> The consultation process by the NSW government was inadequate for the implementation of the Liquor Amendment (Music Festivals) Regulation 2019 and the Gaming and Liquor Administration Amendment (Music Festivals) Regulation 2019 and that the two acts should be disallowed by the Legislative Council.
> The NSW Health Guidelines for Music Festival Event Organisers: Music Festival Harm Reduction should continue to be developed to help address issues of drug and alcohol-related issues at festivals.
> The NSW government should immediately establish a regulatory roundtable with key stakeholders from Liquor & Gaming NSW, police, industry representatives, local government and health-related/harm minimisation groups.