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Drugs, police and festivals

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The following is an excerpt from the BayFM local news for Thursday 2 August.

‘After the recent very successful Splendour in the Grass and over 40 years since the famous Woodstock festival, local area police commander, Superintendent Stuart Wilkins, has finally reached the startling conclusion that taking drugs at rock and roll festivals is, as he puts it, a culture.

‘And, he adds sternly, it must stop! A casual worker at Splendour who spoke to BayFM on condition of anonymity says that, not content with searching people at the entrance gates and throughout the venue every day, the police spent much of their time snooping and sniffing around the tents of campers, an action which is of questionable legality and highly disturbing.

‘Our indignant informant asks, “exactly what do they hope to achieve, apart from further alienation between the police and the public, and the criminalisation, possible incarceration, and utter ruination of the lives of otherwise innocent and law abiding young people”.

‘“When will the police grow up and start acting like decent people regarding recreational drug usage, instead of (acting like) bullying, gun-toting adolescent thugs?”’

And so say all of us!


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  1. Let us not forget that the police are merely following the orders of a higher power. It is this higher power, namely the politicians and law-makers, that need to start acting like “decent people”.

  2. Today’s other police news is that the Australian Institute of Criminology say that less than 15% of guns stolen in Australia are retrieved by the police within a year. Since guns in the hands of criminals is a far more serious risk to society than music lovers smoking pot or taking Ecstasy, perhaps the police re-evaluated their priorities. Dope smokers may be easy to catch and a soft target compared to crims with guns but I’d like quality policing not quantity.

  3. I would like to add to my letter above that I believe that all police recruits should be required, as part of their training, to take ecstasy, smoke dope and snort coke.
    It may well be that the present crew are just following the orders of the politicians, but make no mistake, these dickheads really relish their task. They are consistently rude and abusive and really do conduct themselves like thugs. They really need the good kick up the arse that decent drugs would give them. It might even turn them into real people.


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