The ACT government has made a courageous decision to proceed with a pill testing trial at a music festival in the territory.
While the nation's capital is thought of as one of the more progressive jurisdictions in the country it is still nonetheless a big step to green light such a proposal.
There will always be strong visceral reactions to decisions of this sort from anti-drug campaigners and those opposed to any perceived acceptance of illegal substances.
But the time had come to accept that the safety of predominantly young people attending such festivals is more important that black and white guidelines that rule society.
Studies in countries that have already held such trials show that people are not likely to consume pills when the test indicates problematic quality.
As ACT health minister Meegan Fitzharris said on Friday when the decision was revealed the government gave permission for a trial program at the Spilt Milk festival "to keep people safe".
She said the government had to find the right balance between letting young people know it's illegal to take drugs but still be realistic about the use of them.
"We've seen deaths at festivals, five in 2015 alone, so if that helps to keep people safe, it's worth doing," Ms Fitzharris said.
The ACT Greens recently tabled a petition with 1000 signatures in the Legislative Assembly calling on the government to allow testing at the festival.
There will always be moral sensitivities about the acceptance of illegal drug consumption but the benefits of reducing harm and saving lives must rise above these concerns.
The ACT government will be the first state or territory to implement such a trial and for that it must be praised.
But what is perhaps more crucial is again its willingness to listen to the views of the community.
The government was also right not to rush into a decision even though criticised after not allowing a trial at an earlier music festival this year.
We wait with interest as to how the trial will be received.