Blog

UBI, Work And “Labo(u)r” Parties

6 Apr 2018

It was excellent to watch Richard Di Natale fully embrace and promote the idea of Universal Basic Income in his speech to the National Press Club this week. It’s clear the idea has made its way from the edges of Greens policy and politics into a central position, and that…

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Exploring The Commons At Two Upcoming Events

30 Mar 2018

The Commons is a beautiful, ancient and radical idea of how to be in the world. But in today’s world, where politics and economics are seen almost entirely through the prisms of individualism and self-interest, it’s an idea which we struggle to understand – or see as possible. Because we…

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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

Can Art Really Make A Difference?

5 Apr 2018

Can art really make a difference? In this article republished from The Conversation, Associate Professor Joanna Mendelssohn argues that in the creation of art, we can challenge assumed knowledge and power and “awaken the conscience of the world”, acting as witnesses to crimes...

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Analytica?

26 Mar 2018

The extraordinary revelations from the Observer/Channel 4 investigation into the practices of the digital marketing firm Cambridge Analytica have, like many a great internet controversy, produced great outrage but few answers or ways forward. People are rightly horrified at the prospect of...

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What Even Is Democracy?

18 Mar 2018

In October 2017 Green Agenda hosted two lively debates at the Green Institute Conference: “Everything is Connected”. This is the edited audio and transcript of the first of these discussions, titled “What Even Is Democracy?”. In this conversation, hosted by Green...

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Lost In The Numbers: The Missing Politics Of Big Data

2 Mar 2018

Everyone encounters big data: via social media, financial transactions and public transport. Although all of these things are useful and fascinating, they simultaneously arouse feelings of discomfort: how far does the – largely invisible – influence of all of these data collections...

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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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