Huge cocaine busts don’t affect drug supply. We need another way

It’s reasonable to assume that huge drug busts, such as Monday’s seizure of 1.4 tonnes of cocaine, will deal a heavy blow to the drug’s availability here. Minister for Border Protection Peter Dutton and Minister for Justice Michael Keenan told us as much in their joint media release: “In the past 18 months, the AFP and its partners have successfully stopped more than 11 tonnes of illicit drugs from reaching Australia”.

The only problem is that there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of drugs in our communities, nor has there been any substantive change in drug prices or purity, despite all these seizures. And I would suggest that this will remain the case.

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