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.