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Paul Barratt 2013



            Paul Barratt AO
Chairman Australia21

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    Unfair economic arrangements make us sick
    Posted: December 29, 2013

    Financial inequity is a major cause of poor physical health and mental wellbeing – with related impacts on productivity and economic stability.This paper begins by describing the harm created by financial inequality, then looks at how these inequities are created before discussing a range of actions that can be taken to address financial inequities and the related social and health inequities.

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    Refugees and asylum seekers: Finding a better way
    Posted: December 16, 2013

    This is a collection of essays by an unprecedented range of Australian leaders in the law, military, human rights, religion and politics as well as refugees themselves, all seeking new ways of framing the public conversation about refugees and asylum seekers.

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    Placing global change on the Australian political agenda
    Posted: June 18, 2013

    The sixteen essays in this anthology have forthrightly identified a range of plausible and serious threats to the future, not only for Australia, but for human civilisation.

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  • Repairing and preparing the Australian landscape for global change
    Transforming Australian landscapes
    Posted: June 10, 2013

    Repairing and preparing Australia’s landscapes for global change: Why we must do much more A report on an expert roundtable, held at the University of Melbourne on 21 February 2013, to consider the question: What are the benefits of large-scale reforestation and revegetation, and how can they best be achieved?

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    Alternatives to prohibition: Illicit drugs: How we can stop killing and criminalising young Australians
    Posted: September 8, 2012

    Australia’s illicit drug markets continue to thrive. Young people are being encouraged to experiment because huge profits are made from drug markets controlled by powerful criminal networks. Australia’s reported rates of cannabis and ecstasy (MDMA) use are among the highest in the world.

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  • Apr

    National conversation”Smarter about drugs” – Adelaide May 7. This is 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 will comprise 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 will be held at the Hawke Centre in the Adelaide CBD. Live streaming of questions and comments will connect young people around Australia and make this a national event. The workshop and the evening discussion will be filmed as a discussion starter for later use in schools, youth groups and communities. See more under News at our Young21 page on this site. For more information and to register contact

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  • Mar

    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.

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Our Sponsors

  • University of Melbourne
  • Mecu
  • Ted Noffs Foundation
  • Bob Hawke Ministerial Centre
  • ACT Government Health
  • Natural Resource Conservation League of Victoria
  • Australian Unity
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry
  • ANU