Blog

Community-building How To

8 Jul 2020

Following last week’s inspiring conversation about cooperatives as a path to democratic economic recovery, next week we have the opportunity to dig a little deeper into how communities can take the lead and just do it for themselves. Join us for a discussion about Community Building from London…

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Talking Cooperatives For A Democratic Covid Recovery

6 Jul 2020

The economic recovery that governments across Australia and the world are mostly planning is all about snapping back to an economy controlled by the few, extracting wealth and value from the many. But that’s not the only way of doing this. We could use this moment to make…

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Publications

Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporations And Nature

Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporations And Nature

29 Mar 2019

If BHP Billiton has rights, and can act as a legal person, why shouldn’t the Great Barrier Reef? What would change if we decided that the natural world we are part of had rights of its own – the right to exist, to habitat, to be free from pollution? This collection began its life as an exploration of the concept…

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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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Green Agenda

Instead Of “Snap Back”, Let’s Rethink Work

8 Jul 2020

Lockdown in my household saw my partner and me working harder than ever, on endless Zoom meetings, frantically redesigning events and teaching for the online world, stuck in our home with two teenagers doing all their studying, socialising and extracurricular activities on video calls. It...

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Lethal Weapons: The Violent Politics Of Australian Defence Policy

2 Jul 2020

It was hard to miss, and that was kind of the point. As if to really ram home the “potency” argument made in the PM’s press release, the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph featured a turgid surface-to-air missile, flanked by two smaller silver missiles, ejaculated from...

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Why We Need a Decolonial Ecology

29 Jun 2020

As Malcom Ferdinand explains, environmental destruction is inseparable from relationships of racial and colonial domination. It stems from the way we inhabit Earth, from our sense of entitlement in appropriating the planet. All of which means we must recast the past. His book, Une...

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Was Keneally’s Migration Diatribe Fair Dinkum Racist?

9 May 2020

Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri from Brisbane argues that regardless of whether Kristina Keneally is racist herself, her views of immigration will bolster a racist system. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a few people have taken issue with my suggestion that Labor Senator Kristina Keneally’s...

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Events

Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Community-building From Bendigo To London

Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Community-building From Bendigo To London

8pm, 16 July, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic both lays bare deep and ongoing injustices in our society and provides a moment to re-evaluate and reset our political conversation. It has also introduced huge numbers of people to ideas of mutual aid, anarchist organising, and participatory commons-based community building. For this webinar, we are delighted to have speakers joining us from two remarkable grassroots projects…

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Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Cooperatives As A Path To Democratic Economic Recovery

Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Cooperatives As A Path To Democratic Economic Recovery

8pm, 2 July, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic both lays bare deep and ongoing injustices in our society and provides a moment to re-evaluate and reset our political conversation. What does that mean for Scott Morrison’s “laser-like focus on jobs”, and the planned economic recovery being driven by a corporate agenda? Can we, at a moment like this, begin to plan a democratic economic recovery?…

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Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Facing Up To Catastrophic Risks

Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Facing Up To Catastrophic Risks

8pm, 18 June 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic both lays bare deep and ongoing challenges and injustices and provides a moment to re-evaluate and reset our political conversation. In the earliest days of Australia’s lockdown, the Commission For The Human Future held an online roundtable to discuss the range of catastrophic…

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