Tonight in an exclusive report, Seven News uncovers Government plans for a national DNA database to help fight crime.
Crime reporter Robert Ovadia reveals Police Minister Mike Gallacher this week discussed the controversial idea with Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.
Mr Gallacher told Seven News the Commissioner put forward a “compelling case” for a national database of each Australian’s genetic profile, and he will raise the idea at an upcoming Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) meeting.
“It is something that needs to happen and it needs to start to be seriously considered by governments,’’ he said, in the exclusive interview.
“Just think of the potential that this has in terms of crime, identifying missing persons, as well as serious criminal offenders.”
A national DNA database would mean the difference between solving a hideous crime and having an offender on the loose for years, Mr Scipione said.
The state’s chief scientist has advised up to 30,000 crimes would be solved instantly if the plan went ahead.
But civil libertarians are appalled by the move, arguing it’s a gross invasion of privacy and our genetic material is open to abuse.
See the full story tonight.
Seven News with Chris Bath at 6pm.