Saving lives and making Australia safer for all

A national youth issues campaign demanding a better way

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Safer Strong Youth Justice

Did you know?

Half of the people in the youth justice system will be in detention at some point in any a given year.
Over half of those in detention on any given day are in remand awaiting sentencing.

Detention has damaging consequences for young people, increasing the rate of reoffence and cause traumatic experiences that shape young adulthood. Early intervention, diversion and treatment are smarter, cheaper, and safer strategies with a 63% reduction in re-offending following treatment (compared to 26% reduction following detention) at ¼ the cost.

There is a better way to approach youth justice and together we are demanding that leaders Take Control by:

1. Increasing investment in diversion pathways for young Australians to reduce contact with youth detention centres

2. Encouraging earlier intervention through results-driven and community-based treatment and support services

Learn more about how we can make young Australians and communities safer through sensible youth justice.

Safer Saner Drug Laws

We cannot arrest our way out of drug problems.

Young people can get drugs easily and don’t know what they are taking. Its uncontrolled, unsafe, and unacceptable.

Sign the petition for safer, stronger youth justice in Australia

Australia cannot arrest its way out of youth crime. We need a sensible approach that addresses the roots of youth crime.

Diversion to community programs has been shown to be safer, cheaper, and more effective at reducing reoffending. We are calling on our leaders show real leadership by adopting an evidenced based approach of diversion, not detention.

Sign our petition and a copy will be send to your State/Territory and Federal representative as well as the responsible Ministers for Justice and Youth. The more people who join us, the more powerful we will be.

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To the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers,

Our broken drug laws are hurting people. Young people can get drugs easily and don’t know what they are taking. Despite drug dealers being caught every day, more simply replace them. We have an uncontrollable black market run by criminals and gangs.

This is your responsibility to fix. It’s time to get drug use under control by putting health and safety first.

Please support our common sense plan to take control with safer, saner drug laws:

  • Roll out pill testing services nationally to reduce harm at music festivals and parties
  • Expand treatment services for people suffering from drug problems
  • Establish more drug monitoring rooms to save lives and improve communities
  • Enhance engagement services for disadvantaged young people
  • End criminal charges that make getting help harder and ruin young lives for minor possession of illicit drugs

We need to give our kids a better chance. It’s not good enough to put our heads in the sand and tell them to “just say no”.

We need better tools and strategies to help our kids cope with the challenges of modern life.

It’s time to end the fear tactics. It’s time to end the marketing gimmicks. People need real resources to reduce the harms associated with drug use.

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