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.
Classic Miranda, 2010: Driven by the evolutionary urge to socialise with large numbers of people their own age, they are reduced to consuming cheap liquor behind bushes instead of taking the safe and civilised option available in their parents’ day: going to pubs underage, with a dodgy ID, and nursing one or two expensive drinks under the watchful eye of a tolerant publican and the blind eye of the local wallopers. If a 16-year-old looked near enough to 18, and behaved properly, nothing was said and a good night was had until closing time, a sensible 11pm. Teens learned how to drink in a civilised way, without getting legless and drawing attention to themselves.
Now, instead, we train them to binge drink, secretly, to arm themselves with vast supplies of cheap grog and hide in dark places. We force them to see alcohol as a surreptitious vice, on a par with illicit drugs, consumed without rules, instead of on their best behaviour in safe supervised drinking rooms. With illegal drugs, authorities are all for harm minimisation but when it comes to alcohol it’s zero tolerance.
I’ve never heard of a kid getting arrested for underage drinking
Classic Miranda, 2010: And, having done nothing demonstrable to reduce heroin use, or cause drug addicts to abstain from the substance that is ruining their lives, it was made permanent this week.
Legislation was passed in the NSW Upper House with the aid of the limp-wristed NSW Opposition, which fails to realise that a conservative party that turns its back on conservative policies never fares well at the polls.