MEDIA RELEASE: Decriminalising drugs would lead to chaos: AFP Commissioner

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw has delivered another damming blow to proponents of the extreme Greens plans to decriminalise illicit drugs in evidence given to a Senate estimates committee this week. 

Commissioner Kershaw told the committee decriminalising illicit drugs would lead to chaos.

“As we know, people go into ice rages and all sorts of things. It would become a more dangerous society and it wouldn't be as safe as what we are enjoying today. For me it would lead to chaos.”

“My view would be that it would be a far more dangerous environment to police.” 

The Commissioner also gave evidence to the committee that there is no safe level of decriminalisation of illicit drugs.

“I don't think there's ever a safe level when it comes to those particular drugs.”

“It's a causal factor of domestic violence.”

“Also, you're talking about a lot of traffic accidents where, sadly, people lose their lives. You'll find that there's a drug involved now more and more in some of the states.”

“Assaults, serious assaults, murder, money laundering—the list goes on of all the different criminal activities that are associated with drug crime.”

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said reckless proposals to decriminalise hard drugs disregard the safety of Canberrans going about their day to day lives.

“There is no such thing as personal use of hard drugs.”

“It is an extreme position that looks set to become law in the ACT in the Labor-Greens Alliance, and at a Federal level the Greens have the same policy and the same intention to see hard drugs decriminalised right across the country.”



Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja 
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory