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Opening Speech By Scott Wilson at the “Beyond 2008”

Opening Speech By Scott Wilson at the “Beyond 2008” Global NGO Forum on the Review of the United Nations Special Assembly on Drugs (UNGASS) Vienna July 6th - 9th 2008 Good Morning, My name is Scott Wilson and I am the Director of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council in South Australia. Delegates, distinguished guests I would like to thank the organisers of “Beyond 2008”, Madame Tongue, Mr Costa, Mr Perron, and David Turner, along with Garth Popple and Ross Bell for acknowledging that for too long Indigenous people at important events such as this have either been forgotten or excluded by omission. By allowing myself as an Indigenous Australian and my Indigenous brother Phillip from New Zealand to take up a few precious minutes allocated to the Australian and New Zealand presentation, I believe sends a strong message that for too long we have collectively shared a disproportionate burden in the field of addiction and as this gathering is about a new beginning it is great to start the journey forward together. Just over a decade ago the Australian Prime Minister appointed me as the first Indigenous Australian onto the newly formed principal government advisory body on illicit drugs – the ANCD and as Garth will report, in that time things have gone from forward albeit at different paces. So to be here today a decade later is an honour and along with others I look forward to discussions that will feed into the UNGASS process. With nearly 50% of indigenous Australian youth in juvenile detention we acknowledge that drugs of addiction are a social/medical issue and with the pillars of Harm Minimisation at its core we can bring about lasting benefits for society as a whole and in particular for Indigenous people. Thank you


Opening Speech By Scott Wilson at the “Beyond 2008”