A conversation with José Ramos-Horta, Geoff Gallop and Khalid Tinasti


Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 21 January 2020


The Shine Dome 15 Gordon Street Acton, ACT 2601


José Ramos-Horta, Geoff Gallop and Khalid Tinasti


CHL Communication Team

Additional links

Notice of Postponement for Global Commission on Drug Policy Event on Tuesday, 21 January 2020

His Excellency José Ramos-Horta and the Global Commission on Drug Policy recognise that officials and the community are rightly focused on the bushfire crisis in Australia. They do not wish to distract attention from managing the impact of the fires and the challenge of rebuilding communities and have decided to postpone their Australian engagements until May.

The Canberra Drug Policy Series appreciates your interest in the work of the Commission.

We will be back in touch shortly to provide details of their revised schedule.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

The Canberra Drug Policy Series Team

About this Event

Join us for a conversation with José Ramos-Horta, Geoff Gallop and Khalid Tinasti from the Global Commission on Drug Policy

On 31 January 2020, the ACT will become the first jurisdiction in the Asia Pacific region to legalise the personal possession, use and cultivation of cannabis.

This law reform means that some people who use drugs will no longer be criminalised and punished. While a small step forward, it is part of a global shift in how we think about and how we treat people who use drugs.

Join us for this first event of the 2020 Canberra Drug Policy Series, where we will be in conversation with Dr José Ramos-Horta and Dr Geoff Gallop, both former heads of governments and currently Commissioners on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and the Commission's Executive Secretary Dr Khalid Tinasti.

This free event is expected to book out and is brought to you by ATODA, Uniting, The Australian National University School of Sociology with The Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy visiting Australia is greatly appreciated.

About the Global Commission on Drug Policy

The Global Commission on Drug Policy is a panel of world leaders and intellectuals formed to bring to the international level an informed, human rights- and science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies.

Today, the consensus on which the international drug control regime was established more than a century ago is broken. A growing number of national and local authorities, such as the ACT, are moving away from a prohibitive attitude towards drugs and are experimenting with different, and more effective, ways of managing their presence in society.

For more information about the Commissioners and the work of the Commission visit:

• Dr José Ramos Horta, former Prime Minister and President of Timor-Leste, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: here

• Emeritus Professor Dr Geoff Gallop AC, former Premier of Western Australia: https://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/commissioner/geoff-gallop

• Global Commission on Drug Policy: https://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/

Accessibility at the venue: due to the Shine Dome's historical status there is limited access for guests with limited mobility. Please contact support@CanberraDrugPolicy.org.au for availability.

About and how to get involved with The Canberra Drug Policy Series

The Canberra Drug Policy Series brings international speakers, cutting-edge ideas and stimulating conversations about drug policy to our city.

This is the seventh event since the inception of The Canberra Drug Policy Series in 2018, all previous events have been booked out.

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