Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s son Tom Dutton purportedly photographed holding bag containing white powder

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Peter Dutton with his family.
Peter Dutton with his family. Credit: LinkedIn

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s son has been photographed holding a clear zip lock bag containing a white substance.

The Herald Sun obtained the photograph, which depicts 18-year-old Tom Dutton holding the bag and is captioned “Birthday day treat. Hello how u going (sic)“.

The image — taken at a Surfer’s Paradise apartment on the Gold Coast — was posted on the Snapchat account of one of Tom Dutton’s friends.

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It was quickly deleted — but not before being screenshotted and more widely circulated.

Mr Dutton’s office issued a one-sentence statement when approached about the photo: “This is a private matter for the Dutton family”.

The Nightly does not suggest the bag contains drugs or any other illicit substance.

The Snapchat image purportedly showing Peter Dutton's son holding a bag containing a white powder.
The Snapchat image purportedly showing Peter Dutton's son holding a bag containing a white powder. Credit: Snapchat

Peter Dutton was a police officer in Queensland for nine years before entering Parliament and has taken a strong stance on drugs, including during his time as Home Affairs Minister.

When taking over as Opposition Leader in 2022, he referenced the “tough jobs” that had prepared him for the role.

“Firstly as a policeman dealing with serious sexual assaults and murders, to home affairs minister where I deported drug traffickers and child sex offenders,” Mr Dutton wrote at the time.

“I come from the suburbs and I have never changed my values or forgotten where I come from.”

Tom is one of Mr Dutton’s two sons with wife Kirilly. He also has a daughter from a previous relationship.

In 2019, the Department of Home Affairs — then led by Mr Dutton — rejected calls for the legalisation or decriminalisation of small amounts of methamphetamine as part of a NSW Government inquiry.

In its submission to the inquiry, the department argued criminals would “seek to exploit and to capitalise on any ambiguity” created by changes to NSW state law.

Just last year, Mr Dutton warned the ACT’s decision to decriminalise possession of small amounts of meth, heroin and cocaine threatened to turn the nation’s capital into a “boom market” for criminals.

“These ACT drug laws beggar belief,” Mr Dutton said last September.

“I am totally shocked and dismayed at what the ACT Government is doing.

“The ACT government is rolling out the red carpet for drug use and more crime. It is effectively welcoming more ice, heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and speed, on our streets.”

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