It’s a Tuesday night and Sydney is completely sodden, and yet a steady stream of punters flows into and eventually fills St Stephen’s Uniting Church. After several years of collaboration behind the scenes, this is Uniting’s first time out in public with Unharm.
At a major event in Sydney this weekend, police will prevent people from entry on the basis of an 'indication' by a drug detection dog. In the past NSW Police have said that an ‘indication’ can be basically anything.Read more
Reporting on the National Ice Taskforce consultations in late December, 2015 the minister Fiona Nash wrote that ‘from Lismore to Geraldton, police said the same thing: “We can't arrest our way out of this… We need help from the whole community.’
Community is often invoked as the solution to drug-related problems, but what is it and who is included? It can be an amorphous concept until alienation brings it into focus.
Last night, A Current Affair launched an extraordinary attack on people who are prescribed methadone. They are supporting a campaign for people on methadone treatment to be banned from driving.Read more
Unharm Melbourne organiser Nevena Spirovska travelled to Rainbow Serpent festival to talk about drug law reform, and checked out the police operation while she was there. She wrote this account for Vice.Read more
Last night the final vote passed in Victorian Parliament. The bill to allow a medically supervised injecting room in North Richmond became law.Read more
If you emailed or called an MP for this campaign - this one is for you. Social Services minister Christian Porter has announced today that the plan to drug test jobseekers is likely to be removed from the Welfare Reform Bill.
The Unharm Queer Contingent came together in January 2016, catapulted into action by shared anger and frustration about the policing of queer and other urban spaces with drug detection dogs; concern about the gradual disappearance of Sydney’s queer party spaces; commitment to progressive drug policies, especially the decriminalization of drug use, and intertwining histories of enjoying and caring deeply about music, community, diversity, social justice, play and pleasure.
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You might have noticed it doesn’t happen every day in drug policy. That’s why the past week has been so significant - major wins on the Welfare Reform Bill and on pill testing.Read more