A Melbourne school has signed up to pilot Australia21’s Smarter About Drugs Conversation Pack to engage its students in open and informed discussions about illicit drugs and the policies that guide Australia’s response to them. In other developments this month, the Making the Future Work project has been awarded $10,000 grant, there’s been a major shift on PTSD and we give you a sneak preview of our soon-to-be released Algal Farming report.
A YoungA21 perspective on the future of work in an era of digital disruption and rising automation: the positives and negatives of a reduced working week.
Australia21 Directors reinforce the powerful case for comprehensive pill testing at public events and question Four Corners’ emphasis on extreme party drug taking behaviour in the ABC’s story ‘Dying to […]
In Canberra today (10th April), we have a Young Australia21 stall at the National Youth Week Expo in Garema Place – 4pm-8pm. Come by and say hello. We have some surprises in store, including a giant interactive box that you can submit your worries into (to be transformed into something beautiful) – and which you can also post your wishes on. We will also have some of our publications to give away by donation, and you can chat to us about our upcoming projects. Hope to see you there!
Amelia Gates has been appointed voluntary YA21 Coordinator. She will work with our youth wing to develop YA21 activities and programs. In the longer term her vision is to establish YA21 as a valid, vibrant and respected voice of young people in Australia. For more click on the YoungA21 tab.
Around 40 young people attended the YoungA21 event – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy: A framework for the Future at the ANU on 29 May. The outcome will be a short paper which will be included in the deliberations of the expert roundtable on this topic to be held at Parliament House in July.
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.
The youth wing of Australia21, YoungA21, hosted a pop-up roundtable to gather youth opinion on the increasingly controversial issue of alcohol-fuelled violence.The roundtable brought together a diverse range of young people affected by violence and the changes made in NSW – bartenders, DJs, party-goers, and young police and medical professionals on the front line. A communique from this gathering is coming soon.