Australia’s highest ranked law enforcement officer has highlighted the extreme danger of decriminalising hard drugs like ice, heroin and MDMA during a Senate Estimates hearing today.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner, Reece Kershaw, warned of the dangers of decriminalising hard drugs, including making Canberra a target for organised crime and making it harder for police to do their job.

The ACT Assembly is currently considering a proposal by Labor MLA Michael Pettersson to decriminalise hard drugs including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. 

In his testimony, Commissioner Kershaw warned of the serious risks of normalising hard drug use in our community, saying:

“It destroys lives and people don’t realise the dangers of these illegal drugs.”

“Being a law enforcement officer, we see the carnage that cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine does. It just doesn’t make sense that you’d want to legalise that.”

“It’s going to mean that organised crime will want to target this community in particular, because they can move their product quite easily. It just makes it more difficult for us to combat the rise of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin use and they’re not recreational drugs.”

This dangerous and irresponsible proposal to decriminalise cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines in the ACT could be replicated federally in the event of a Labor-Greens Government, with the Australian Greens declaring they want to “decriminalise the personal use, possession and non-commercial sale of drugs.”

Liberal Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the decriminalisation of hard drugs is a reckless proposal that endangers the lives of Canberra families.

“It is clear – there is no such thing as personal use of hard drugs. These drugs not only ruin the lives of those who take them, but also ruin the lives of their families, our frontline workers, and many innocent bystanders who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Senator Seselja said.