Police arrested 65 revellers for drug offences on their way into the Winter Sound System dance party... Despite the arrests, Acting Inspector Martin Tynan said police and ambulance crews were thrilled with the behaviour of the 17,000 strong crowd. (emphasis added)Co-writers Antonia Magee and Anne Wright of the Herald Sun miss the obvious even when it's stated directly:
"It has been very quiet. Everyone is very happy with the crowd's behaviour," Inspector Tynan said. “In view that 17,000 people were in attendance and at this stage there are no reported overdoses, then from a harm minimisation perspective we must consider this operation a success,” he said.It's not despite the arrests, it's because of them.