National DNA database ‘worth discussing’

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A national DNA database should be discussed as heinous crimes go unsolved for decades, NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher says.

Mr Gallacher is leading a push for a debate on the merit of genetic samples being collected from all newborns and a DNA database then being used to compare crime scene DNA under a Supreme Court warrant.

“It’s something that needs to happen and it needs to start to be considered by governments,” Mr Gallacher told the Seven Network on Wednesday.

“Just think of the potential this has in terms of crime.”

A spokesman for Mr Gallacher said the NSW government had no concrete proposal to collect DNA from babies for an Australia-wide database, adding it was just an idea that could only happen at a national level.

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