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Illicit drug policy

  • We All Pay The Price report cover
    Exposed: Australia’s drug laws are creating or worsening many health and social harms
    Posted: November 1, 2018

    A groundbreaking report on the harms from current drug laws, by Australia21 with health practitioners & social service agencies including Uniting & Anglicare. Local and international evidence shows that punishing people is not an effective way to reduce drug use; criminal prosecution can actually increase drug use and crime, as well as poverty, social disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, family violence, child protection interventions, mental illness, stigma, discrimination and suicide.

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  • Richard Branson signing the Long Walk to Treatment petition
    Draw the line on drugs
    Posted: October 25, 2018

    The Long Walk to Treatment, Take Control campaign and a new Australia21 report highlight the health and social harms of flawed drug policies. The chorus of reasonable people demanding evidence-based law reform is sending a powerful message to Australia’s politicians and policy makers: now is the time to put health and safety first.

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  • The Age: Penington Institute chief John Ryan with a sample of naloxone
    Saving lives through naloxone access
    Posted: September 20, 2018

    Australia21 congratulates our colleagues at the Penington Institute on the release of its latest report, ‘Saving lives: Australian naloxone access model’, launched by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt.

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  • Manuel Cardoso photo
    What if police stopped arresting people for drug use? First hand account
    Posted: May 31, 2018

    Manuel Cardoso, the man who reformed Portugal’s drug policy, tells Australians that values including humanism, pragmatism and cooperation were are the heart of the legal change that put a stop to criminal convictions for personal use, reducing direct and indirect drug harms.

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  • Budget 2018: title page of government video
    Budget 2018: lacking vision and values
    Posted: May 15, 2018

    The Federal Budget is a reflection of the vision and values of the government of the day. So what does the 2018 Budget say about Australia’s current leadership and the direction it’s setting for our nation? Australia21 has unpacked the policy decisions and the messages they convey, as well as the post-Budget commentary. Now Chair, Paul Barratt, delivers our verdict.

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  • Groovin the Moo, Canberra 2018
    Pill testing in perspective
    Posted: May 4, 2018

    Pill testing at the Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra was only a trial, it didn’t ever claim to be the definitive model for how drug testing should be conducted. Further trials are needed, to provide more quantitative and qualitative data for evaluating the effectiveness in terms of drug harm reduction.

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  • Cannabis plants
    Concerned about The Greens — and even doctors — going ‘soft’ on cannabis?
    Posted: April 23, 2018

    The Greens want to legalise and regulate cannabis for Australians over the age of 18. Their policy announcement has set off alarm bells for many, especially those concerned about young people getting easy access to yet another dangerous drug. But possibly more notable than the objections is the seismic shift in the drug debate.

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  • Australia21 - VACRO children
    Why you should care about jailing ‘junkies’
    Posted: April 13, 2018

    Why should the rest of us care about someone being punished for what everyone knows is a crime? Well here’s why: because of the collateral damage to families and the negative flow on effects across our communities. When the wheels fall off, we all end up paying.

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