I was born in Penrith in 1977, and having a father in the military, I spent most of my childhood bouncing from school to school, state to state, country to country. It was because of this I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1995 at the age of 17, and spent the next 11 years in the intelligence field, traveling the world by sea.
After being posted to Adelaide, I met and fell in love with a local girl, and we were married. Wanting to start a family, I discharged from the RAN, and joined the South Australia Police in 2007, operating in Adelaide’s blue collar northern suburbs.
After becoming a father in 2008, my mindset on life drastically changed, and I realised a passion for harm reduction, and specifically, drug law reform. I then joined Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Australia, and became Vice President soon after.
I am also a member of NORML, and have a passion for educating evidence based drug policy, and helping to dissolve the stigma and taboo surrounding drug use.
Now studying Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs, my two young sons and wife keep me grounded, and I’m proud to stand as a senate candidate for Drug Law Reform Australia.
Damon can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr John Jiggens
I’ve been a long-term campaigner for drug law reform.
As an academic, I have published several papers on estimating the size of Australia’s heroin and marijuana markets and the cost of drug law enforcement in Australia.
I’ve had over a dozen friends die of heroin overdoses and seen how alternative communities are chiefly targeted by the drug prohibition. I’ve noticed how the Mr. Bigs are protected and observed that organised crime figures are the ones that profit from this prohibited but protected trade
Getting a reliable estimate of the dimension and economic costs of Australia’s dysfunctional drug policy is important if Governments are to muster the courage to review this harmful policy.
There are about 85,000 drug offences prosecuted in Australia each year and 3,000 Australians imprisoned for drug offences each year. How many hundreds of millions does this cost?
Drug Prohibition is a kind of negative tax that takes the form of police and justice system punishment, which falls largely on Australia’s young adults.
If we regulated drugs sensibly, how much money could be raised if we employed a taxation regime similar to other goods?
John can be contacted at email@example.com