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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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  • 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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  • Young woman - Help influence drug law reform
    Help influence #HelpNotHarm drug law reform – Please donate
    Posted: April 3, 2018

    A national health and social services Roundtable summit on drug law reform in March 2018 addressed the evidence that a prohibition and law enforcement approach is not reducing illegal drug use, but is instead causing many adverse outcomes across our communities. Can you help us make sure the outcomes of the Roundtable help influence drug law reform?

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  • Victorian Drug Law Reform Inquiry recommends a more balanced approach
    Posted: March 27, 2018

    Australia21 warmly welcomes today’s 50 recommendations from Victoria’s Inquiry Into Drug Law Reform, calling for greater balance between traditional law enforcement on one hand and health‑based responses that will have a broader positive effect on the health and safety of communities on the other.

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  • Australia21 Drugs IV Roundtable
    Health and social services national summit: Joint Statement on harms from current Australian drug laws
    Posted: March 26, 2018

    National summit warns current Australian drug laws cause of worsen health and social harms and calls on the federal, state and territory governments to remove criminal sanctions for personal use and possession.

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  • Australia21 - Drugs IV Roundtable Melbourne
    Health and social services summit calls for #HelpNotHarm drug law reform
    Posted: March 23, 2018

    More than 30 of Australia’s health and social service organisations and policy leaders have agreed to work together to raise public awareness that current Australian drug laws, although well-intentioned, create or worsen a wide range of health and social harms.

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  • Florida student walkout (EPA/BBC)
    What do young Australians envision for their future?
    Posted: March 16, 2018

    Australia21 Director Deborah Rice asks the question of our times: do today’s young people have the ability the manage the mess they are about to inherit? The answer may surprise you.

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