In Melbourne, Students for sensible Drug Policy Australia coordinated activities with Harm Reduction Victoria, Family Drug Support and the Yarra Drug and Health Forum on 25th June, including dissemination of flyers, music, a public mural at Nicholson Street Mall, prison cell demonstrations with a mock prison set up by DanceWize, a petition to the Victorian parliament as well as outreach to the media. A group photo was taken with Support. Don’t Punish t-shirts and participants were invited for a BBQ.
Videos of the events
In Tasmania, the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania (ATDC) hosted an event on the week commencing 22nd June. In Sydney, the NSW Users & AIDS Association and the Dowson Turco Lawyers organised a forum bringing together leaders of faith organisations, human rights activists, people who use drugs and political figures at the New South Wales Parliament House, in order to discuss decriminalisation. You can watch some of the presentations here or below. Finally, in Melbourne Harm Reduction Victoria did a graffiti mural, while their DanceWize volunteers handed out materials on the campaign. Other activities included outreach to the media.
Video clips from Sydney
- The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) Talks Blogpost: Support Don’t Punish Day of Action
Australia took part in the Day of Action for the first time in 2014, with separate activities taking place in Sydney and Melbourne. In Sydney, Unharm, the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and the Wayside Chapel coordinated a public event celebrating 15 years of unofficial and official drug consumption rooms in the city – and calling for more services to be established. In Melbourne, the Australian Sex Party – a libertarian political party – did outreach during rush hour in the city’s train stations, giving out dummy ‘drug bags’ containing sweets and leaflets, to promote the campaign as well as their own revised drug policies. Colleagues from the Alcohol, Tobacco & other Drugs Council in Tasmania also issued a press release on the day in support of the campaign.
- Director of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, Dr Marianne Jauncey on ABC TV talking about safer injecting facilities and harm reduction
- Sydney Morning Herald: Call for second injecting centre for Sydney
- Sydney Morning Herald: Injecting rooms just the start of much-needed reform
- 2GB Radio: Calls For More Injecting Rooms In Sydney
- Vice: Does Sydney need another supervised injecting room?
- Liverpool Leader: Mayor slams injecting room idea as campaign group says it could prevent fatal overdoses in Liverpool
- Fairfield City Champion: Call for an injecting centre at Fairfield or Liverpool
- Fairfield Advance: Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone says Fairfield has no need of a safe injecting room
- Tasmanian Times: Tasmania takes part in Global Day of Action