Blog

“Conversation Starters” To Help Design A UBI

25 Jun 2018

In the eighteen months since we kicked off a discussion about Universal Basic Income with our paper, Can Less Work Be More Fair?, the conversation has grown tremendously, with so much interest from around the Greens and beyond. Now it’s time for the next step. Up to now, we’ve…

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You’re Invited To Talk ‘Ecological Democracy’

16 May 2018

LET’S TALK ECOLOGICAL DEMOCRACY! REGISTER FOR OUR WEBINAR NOW! It’s been really exciting to see and hear the reaction to Towards Ecological Democracy. People across the country, from all sorts of different perspectives, have called or emailed or joined the Facebook conversation or even sent over…

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Publications

Views Of A UBI

14 Jun 2017

What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t be left behind? Nine Australians’ “Views of a UBI” 14 JUNE 2017 What would your life be like if you—and everyone around you—had a Universal Basic Income? How would it change the choices you make to know that there was a no-questions-asked, non-judgmental, society-wide support in place that we all contribute to…

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Can Less Work be More Fair?

9 Dec 2016

We need to talk about UBI and shorter working hours Does a world with more insecure work need to be a world of greater instability and fear? Are protectionism and nationalism appropriate responses? Are there alternative policy approaches which can bring people and communities together instead of driving them ever further apart? With global politics in a state of flux,…

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Mulga Bills – First Ever Analysis Of Direct Action Auctions

3 Nov 2016

Mulga Bills won’t settle our climate accounts The first detailed analysis of the ‘Direct Action’ Emissions Reduction Fund auctions, conducted for The Green Institute by former Director Margaret Blakers and Margaret Considine, shows that not only is the scheme ineffective at meeting its own barely credible climate objectives but that, without major changes to its design, it cannot form a…

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Green Agenda

The City And The Commons

7 Aug 2018

Responding to Tim Hollo’s article Towards Ecological Democracy, Natalie Osborne explores the implications of these ideas for cities, arguing that urban commoning demands what will be, for many of us, a radical reimagining of land, boundaries, and notions of property and ownership that...

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The Commons: What, Why And How?

26 Jul 2018

The commons is one of the key ideas that we can make use of in our efforts at developing a postcapitalist politics.  In his keynote address at the Green Institute’s Conference, Everything is Connected, in October 2017, Dr Stephen Healy, discusses the what, why and how of commoning....

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Why A Universal Basic Income Can Address Historic, Gender And Material Inequities

30 Jun 2018

Reclaiming social value, not just material pricing Arguments for a Universal Basic Income in Australia face particular local cultural, economic and social pitfalls. Unlike many other western style democracies, the Australian welfare system of payments is noncontributory (i.e. paid out of...

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An Ecological Human Settlement Theory

14 Jun 2018

Responding to Tim Hollo’s article Towards Ecological Democracy Steven Liaros suggests cities as a space in which we can achieve ecological democracy. But doing so will require significant changes to the way we live in urban settlements. Introduction In Towards Ecological Democracy,...

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Events

Commons/Wealth Games: The Commonwealth And The Commons

Commons/Wealth Games: The Commonwealth And The Commons

6pm-8pm - 18 April, 2018

Date & Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 18, 2018. Location: Griffith University EcoCentre, Building N68, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan Free event! RSVP ESSENTIAL. Please email dominic.jarvis@griffith.edu.au to RSVP. Refreshments provided. Free parking information for the evening available here. The Commonwealth of Nations was born through the brutal enclosure of The Commons. From…

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Activating The Urban Commons: How Do We Make Canberra A Sharing City?

April 10, 2018

Book launch, panel and open conversation. Book your ticket now! Date & Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, April 10, 2018. Location: ANU Food Co-op; 3 Kingsley St; Canberra. View the event flyer. Come and hear what’s going on, what others are doing around the world, and what we can do to make Canberra the Commons Capital! Darren…

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Politics in the Pub – A Common Good

February 22, 2018

A Common Good: Democratic Futures for People + Planet Join Tim Hollo, Executive Director of the Green Institute, and Professor Stuart Rees, Council for Social Justice, Syd. Uni, in a discussion about the importance of changing the system to a focus on the common good, “grounded in the principles of ecology, social justice, democracy, non-violence, sustainability…

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