Tag Archives: Australia21

ALEX WODAK. Drug policy and why Victoria deserves better from Premier Daniel Andrews. Part 3 of 3.

Bad drug policy has been good politics for several decades. We can thank US President Richard Nixon for this discovery.  

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ALEX WODAK. How can making drugs easier to access save lives? 10 FAQs about drug law reform. Part 2 of 3.

Police, prison officers and politicians are standing side-by-side with drug users to call for law reform. They say the current practice of jailing people for personal use and possession instead of focusing on their health and safety leads to unacceptable … Continue reading

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PAUL BARRATT. Growing momentum for drug law reform. Part 1 of 3.

The war on drugs has failed. There was a buzz across Australia in March 2017, when former premiers, police chiefs, prison officers and lawyers stood side-by-side with drug users and their families, to throw down the gauntlet on drug law … Continue reading

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Richard Eckersley. Wellbeing and sustainability: irreconcilable differences?

Better concepts and measures of quality of life and wellbeing make sustainable development more achievable.  The debate about progress and development is converging and merging with that about sustainable development. My analysis of the flaws in equating progress with modernisation, … Continue reading

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Lisa Petheram. Listening to young people’s voices on Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy

“They are playing with our lives…every year I get older …I want to start a family but I can’t”. What are young people in Australia thinking about refugee and asylum seeker policy? Two youth roundtables recently held by Australia21 have … Continue reading

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People like us: personal reflections. Guest blogger Trevor Boucher

One of my great-great grandfathers on my mother’s side was transported to Australia in the early 1840’s for stealing lead from a chapel roof. The lash and Van Dieman’s Land didn’t reform him, although marriage in Geelong to an Irish … Continue reading

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