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Reforming Society Discussion Papers

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The Victorian criminal justice system has become increasingly punitive in response to a small number of high profile, dangerous and violent offenders. Harsher sentencing, tightening of parole and bail conditions, and an abolition of suspended sentences and home detention have all contributed to an unprecedented increase in the number of prisoners.  To download the full discussion paper, click here.

 

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When we talk about drug use in the community, most people tend to think of illicit drugs. However, only a small percentage of the population use illicit substances and the vast majority of harmful drug use in Australia relates to alcohol. To download the full discussion paper, click here.

 

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We are all affected by high housing prices in some way. Housing prices across the country, particularly in metropolitan areas, are rising at a rapid rate. To download the full discussion paper, click here.

 

 

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It is estimated that 3.2 million people, or roughly 20%of all adults in Australia have a mental health disorder at any point in time. Despite this prevalence within our communities, many damaging and hurtful assumptions and opinions exist about people with mental illness. To download the full discussion paper, click here.

 

 

Centuries after Europeans claimed and settled in Australia under the doctrine of terra nullius, many people wonder why Aboriginal people cannot just move on and “get over it”. Others think Aboriginal people should take more responsibility for the multitude of issues they face. However, it’s still in fairly recent history that the basic human rights of Aboriginal people have been violated. To download the full discussion paper, click here.

 

 

There is overwhelming evidence to show that the causes of family violence are not simply attributable to individual or family circumstances but are, in fact, deeply rooted in social and cultural attitudes about men and women, their roles in society and in relationships. To download the full discussion paper, click here.