Poison Deviny

What the incidents have in common is drugs. On the one hand we have criminals - whether bikie gangs or middle eastern crime gangs - fighting a turf war for the lucrative illegal drugs market. On the other hand we have those unfortunate victims of the drugs market, both the users suffering a psychotic breakdown in which they become a danger to the public, and the police who have to risk their lives to stop them.

Into the middle of this social disaster, rides the drug legalisation crowd, to make everything much worse.

Pushed along by St Vincent’s Hospital’s irrepressible Dr Alex Wodak, along with such luminaries as our new Foreign Minister Bob Carr, a think tank called Australia 21 released a report this month urging politicians to decriminalise illegal drugs because the war on drugs has been a failure.

The problem is not that the war on drugs has failed it is that we have surrendered our first line of defence to the criminals.

If drugs were legalised these gangs wouldn’t have customers (who would buy drugs illegally when you can buy them without risk of arrest and not have to worry about rat poison? If we made them here they’d cost less than the illegal kind which would be a much needed boost to our manufacturing sector)and thus no reason to war over territory in which to sell or a reason to take out competition. Legalisation would make the government money through taxation rather than cost it billions as the “war on drugs” has done for more loss than gain, because as Portugal shows drug decriminalisation leads to less addicts.