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.
Australia21 and The Australia Institute convened a roundtable at Parliament House on January 31 to consider the question “What should be done about growing Australian inequality?” The meeting had before it a discussion paper prepared by Professor Sharon Friel from ANU and Dr Richard Denniss from The Australia Institute entitled “Unfair economic arrangements make us sick”. It is planned to release the report of the roundtable in April 2014
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.
Australia21 Director Bob Douglas also works with the ACT See-Change group on a schools based program on sustainability. His article on 21 January in The Age and The Canberra Times refers to curriculum materials developed in the ACT. These can be found on the SEE-Change website at http://www.see-change.org.au/?q=node/374
Australia21 today released a new discussion paper “Unfair economic arrangements make us sick. How should Australia respond to the expanding financial inequities among its citizens?” as background for a roundtable discussion on 31 January 2014.
At Parliament House on 17 December Sir William Deane AC launched Australia21’s collection of essays by 24 notable Australians on a fresh approach to refugee and asylum seeker policy. Go to Publications to download a copy. Also available in hard copy for purchase.