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  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
    Tax cut warning as inequality rises again
    Posted: June 23, 2018

    The Goverment’s planned tax cuts will increase inequality, according to a new report released as part of an Australia21/The Australia Institute roundtable with leading thinkers. Are you also concerned about inequality and other public policy problems? Say ‘yes’ to smarter policy solutions by supporting Australia21.

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  • Graph: Income growth of the top and 5th decile
    Excessive inequality does have solutions
    Posted: June 18, 2018

    Economic inequality in Australia is going from bad to worse, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Bright minds have been working to find smart solutions at a Roundtable discussion at Parliament House in Canberra hosted by Australia21, The Australia Institute and former Treasurer, Hon Wayne Swan MP.

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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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  • AFP photo of helicopter above oil rig
    Senate breaks ice on climate security: now for urgent action
    Posted: May 24, 2018

    Australian politicians have again failed the community by refusing to confront the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security. The immediate threat to our country, our world and our very existence now needs to be met with visionary leadership and urgent action.

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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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