Blog

NENA2018 – Building The New Economy (And The New Politics)

22 Oct 2018

One of the highlights of my work year is always the superb NENA conference – the annual gathering of the New Economy Network Australia. This year, we gathered in Melbourne, over the last three days, with a focus on the Commons and on food. There were conversations all day…

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From The Opera House To The Atmosphere: We Need Government In The Public Interest

12 Oct 2018

Tim Hollo, Executive Director: After close to 20 years campaigning for climate action, when I first started making noises about fighting back against public space advertising I got some strange looks. What are you worrying about that for? We’ve got far bigger issues to focus on, haven’t we? What’s interesting…

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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

Signing Up For Extinction

12 Mar 2019

“We’re worried that we’re going to see the extinction of [the Swift Parrot] within our careers—before the end of them” 1 Last November, Prime Minister Morrison signed up for extinction. He put his name to the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) through which the...

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Our Power: The Latrobe Valley, Hazelwood, And Our Energy Future

26 Feb 2019

The Latrobe Valley is home to three brown coal mines and four power stations which have provided Victoria with over 80 per cent of its power, every day, for over 90 years. The documentary Our Power traces the footsteps of the Latrobe Valley’s history, starting from the coal community’s...

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Green Anti-Immigration Arguments Are A Cover For Right Wing Populism

22 Feb 2019

With the backdrop of dramatic decrease in migration to Australia in 2018 to a 10 year low, the population debate has reared its ugly head. In recent months Dick Smith has run an advertising blitz with the title ‘overpopulation will destroy Australia’ that compares population growth to...

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What Would A Fair Energy Transition Look Like?

20 Dec 2018

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced last week that a federal Labor government would create a Just Transition Authority to overseee Australia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This echoes community calls for a “fast and fair” energy transition to avoid the worst...

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Events

Making Canberra A Human Centred City

Making Canberra A Human Centred City

1:30 pm–4:30 pm, Saturday 13 October, 2018

Date & Time: 1:30 pm–4:30 pm, Saturday 13 October, 2018 Location: Room 1, Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Canberra, ACT 2612 BOOK TICKETS NOW We’re co-hosting an exciting event with See Change and Urban Synergies Group on Making Canberra a Human-Centred City. Come along and help co-design the commons! You are invited to…

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“Conversation Starters” To Help Design A UBI

“Conversation Starters” To Help Design A UBI

8pm-9.30pm, Tuesday 7 Aug, 2018.

Date & Time: 8pm-9.30pm, Tuesday 7 Aug, 2018. Location: Online via Zoom UBI is a conversation we need to have together, so we’ve put together three “Conversation Starter” papers, so you can host a conversation on Universal Basic Income at your local Greens branch or in your local community. Keen to host a conversation? Join us on this Webinar…

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Talking Ecological Democracy

Talking Ecological Democracy

8pm-9:30pm, Wednesday 23 May, 2018

Date & Time: 8pm-9:30pm, Wednesday 23 May, 2018 Location: Online via Zoom Do you find yourself, having read Towards Ecological Democracy, wanting to talk about it? Are there points you strongly agree with or disagree with? Are there ideas you want to explore further? On May 23, at 8pm AEST, we’ll be holding our first webinar for some time,…

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