Music festival ditches pill testing after insurer backs out

A major music festival in Canberra has been forced to ditch plans to provide free pill testing after insurers backed away at the last moment.

Groovin the Moo’s pill testing service had the backing of the ACT government but the organisation that provided it said it could not secure public liability insurance in time for the festival this weekend.

Pill Testing Australia spokesman Gino Vambuca told the ABC it was “sad and quite dangerous” for the insurer to pull away just days before the event.

“It’s sad and quite dangerous in a way that you’d pull this rug out from underneath us now, because whether you like it or not we know what happens — some people will use drugs,” he said.

“They’ve declined at the last minute to proceed with insuring us, and requiring a heap of other information that was impossible to provide them with at such short notice, effectively terminating our service.”