Our Research

  • Connecting puzzle pieces
    Research overview
    Posted: June 15, 2018 - Deborah Rice

    Australia21 has a wide variety of projects bubbling away — in concept, development or implementation stages. We have listed our work under four broad headings here, for simplicity. But many have complex inter-relationships which add to the ‘wicked’ nature of the problems, making simple solutions ineffective. This complexity is one of the factors that Australia21 takes into account in its evidence-based research and policy recommendations.

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  • Australia21 - Drug users and law enforcers stand side by side for drug law reform March 2017
    Drug laws
    Posted: June 15, 2018 - Deborah Rice

    Attempts to control drug use through the criminal justice system have clearly failed. Instead of reducing harm, current laws have negative health and social impacts on individuals, our communities and the nation as a whole. Criminal convictions often have adverse life-changing consequences, while failing to prevent hospitalisations and premature deaths. Drug law reforms urgently need to be introduced by all Australian Governments and greater resourcing should be allocated to treatment and rehabilitation.

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  • Australia21 - students using the Smarter About Drugs conversation pack
    Drug Education
    Posted: June 15, 2018 - Deborah Rice

    YOUNG PEOPLE are often disproportionately affected by laws and policies regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, yet are often excluded from conversations around their development. Effective drug policy should reflect the reality that most young people, at some point, will be exposed to alcohol and other drug use issues either personally, within their families, or amongst their peers.

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  • man begging as woman walks by with shopping bags
    Inequality
    Posted: June 15, 2018 - Deborah Rice

    INEQUALITY is increasing rapidly in Australia. The benefits of economic growth are going disproportionately to the already rich and super rich, and equality of opportunity is under growing threat. This is not only unfair, it also poses dangers to community wellbeing, health, social stability, sustainable growth and long-term prosperity.

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