A21 Director Alex Wodak asks ‘Why is illicit drug use considered evil?’
It seems self-evident to many that the use of illicit drugs is evil. But why? When pressed, the most common response to this question is that illicit drug use is evil because it is against the law. So the next question is ‘why is the use of certain drugs illegal?’
A21 Director Alex Wodak links illicit drug demand with inequality:
If we in Australia want lower levels of illicit drugs use and problems, we will have to reduce our high level of inequality. This may seem counter-intuitive to some but there are many examples of dangerous health conditions being conquered as much by improved social conditions as by powerful medical treatments.
The Hon Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched “Who speaks for and protects the public interest in Australia? Essays by (39) notable Australians […]
On the 9th December 2014, Australia21 Director, Professor Bob Douglas presented at the University of Canberra as a guest speaker for the launch of the new book “Climate Change and Global Health” Edited by Colin Butler. The book comprises 30 chapters, and brings together the work of 56 authors from 19 countries.
We’d like to announce the launch of our new Australia21 inequality mobile application. Through this app, you can learn more about inequality in Australia by reading our report, discussion paper, recommendations and browsing the gallery for our short videos, infographics and quotes. The application free and is available now through iTunes and Google Play.
“Beyond the boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term” was launched on 5 November at Parliament House by Fred Chaney AO. The report provides a clear way forward and was a partnership between Australia21, the Renata and Andrew Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the Centre for Policy Development.
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.
Read Australia21 Director Ian Dunlop’s response to the government’s chief business adviser, Maurice Newman, who postulated that the world may face risks associated with ‘global cooling’. http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-shouldnt-go-cold-on-the-science-around-global-warming-20140814-1041a3.html