Unfair economic arrangements make us sick: How should Australia respond to the expanding financial inequities among its citizens? – Australia 21 – 2014

Posted on February 17, 2014. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Unfair economic arrangements make us sick: How should Australia respond to the expanding financial inequities among its citizens? – Australia 21 – 2014

Prepared by Sharon Friel, Professor of Health, Equity, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University and Richard Denniss, Executive Director, The Australia Institute

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The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen – Australia21 – April 2012

Posted on April 4, 2012. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep. | Tags: |

The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen – Australia21 – April 2012

Report of a high level roundtable held at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 31st January 2012 on the topic “What are the likely costs and benefits of a change in Australia’s current policy on illicit drugs?”  More

Authors Bob Douglas and David McDonald

Extract from the executive summary:

“It is time to reopen the national debate about drug use, its regulation and control.

In June 2011 a prestigious Global Commission stated that the 40-year “War on Drugs” has failed, with devastating  consequences for individuals and societies around the world. It urged all countries to look at the issue anew.

In response to the Global Commission report, Australia21, in January 2012, convened a meeting of 24 former senior
Australian politicians and experts on drug policy, to explore the principles and recommendations that were enunciated by the Global Commission. The group also included two young student leaders, a former senior prosecutor, a former head of the Australian Federal Police, representatives of Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform and a leading businessman.

The Australian group agreed with the Global Commission that the international and Australian prohibition of the use of certain “illicit” drugs has failed comprehensively. By making the supply and use of certain drugs criminal acts, governments everywhere have driven their production and consumption underground and have fostered the development of a criminal industry that is corrupting civil society and governments and killing our children. By defining the personal use and possession of certain psychoactive drugs as criminal acts, governments have also avoided any responsibility to regulate and control the quality of substances that are in widespread use. Some of these illicit drugs have demonstrable health benefits. Many are highly addictive and harmful when used repeatedly. In that respect they are comparable to alcohol and nicotine, which are legal in Australia and, as a result, are under society’s control for quality, distribution, marketing and taxation. Australia has made great progress in recent decades reducing the harm from tobacco – a drug which kills half the people who use it.”

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