Rainbow Serpent Showed Sniffer Dogs Can't Keep Drugs Out of Music Festivals

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.

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Throw some love around - Melbourne MSIC vote passes!

Last night the final vote passed in Victorian Parliament. The bill to allow a medically supervised injecting room in North Richmond became law.

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It looks like a win - for now

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.

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Unharm's Queer Contingent is really quite fantastic

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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Image credit: Travis de Jonk

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Spring brings wins - come help make more!

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.

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We’re on the way – take a minute to celebrate

You know that thing about drug testing people on welfare? This afternoon, Labor met to decide whether to back the Turnbull Government’s plans.

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Help stop Government’s cruel and chaotic plans

A small group of Federal Liberal ministers have come up with the idea that people who are addicted to drugs can be punished into recovery. After years of trying, they have managed to get their agenda into draft legislation, and unless we stop it, it will become law.

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More than an addict, Part 3

Having now decided that I wanted to end my dependence on opioids I had to find how I was going to achieve this. Naturally, first and foremost was reducing my methadone dose. I was taking 60mg a day at this point.

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More than an addict, Part 2

At this point in my story I was on the cusp of falling into a deep opioid addiction. Though I lived at home again, I felt distant from my family and didn’t try to involve myself in family life much either. I was using oxycodone and morphine tablets, sometimes heroin, frequently enough that I found myself craving a hit most days.

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A new team structure for Unharm

Unharm is in an exciting phase, building on the first three years’ work with an evolution to a new team structure. The idea is to help people become like you become leaders in our movement and in Unharm. This will help us become bigger, better and more powerful together.

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