A21 Director Alex Wodak links illicit drug demand with inequality:
If we in Australia want lower levels of illicit drugs use and problems, we will have to reduce our high level of inequality. This may seem counter-intuitive to some but there are many examples of dangerous health conditions being conquered as much by improved social conditions as by powerful medical treatments.
National conversation”Smarter about drugs” – Adelaide May 7, 2014. This was an event for young people and the whole community. Co-hosted by Australia21, the Ted Noffs Centre and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at the University of South Australia, it comprised an afternoon workshop (2-5pm) for young people followed by a panel discussion for parents, teachers, interested community members and young people in the evening (6.30-8pm). Both were held at the Hawke Centre in the Adelaide CBD. Live streaming of questions and comments connected young people around Australia making this a national event. The workshop and the evening discussion were filmed as a discussion starter for later use in schools, youth groups and communities.
Following the increased debate on alcohol-fuelled violence in NSW, the youth wing of Australia21, ‘Young21’ – working with the Ted Noffs Foundation – held a pop-up roundtable on alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney on 27 February.The group will prepare a communique drawing on the results of the evening’s conversation which will be distributed to the media and to government soon.