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Youth And Democracy In A World On The Brink

17 Feb 2021

Greta Thunberg has swept the globe with her raw honesty and stark challenges to world leaders to act “as if our house is on fire, because it is”. Millions of people, young and old, have been inspired by her to join strikes and marches and get involved in activist groups.

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Cultivating Hope

20 Jan 2021

Last year will go down as history-making in so many ways. It was an immense struggle, marked by tragedy and devastation. But, unexpectedly, it was also tinged with real hope; the hope that can be found in people coming together through adversity, working collectively to create a better world. Looking…

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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

Green Agenda Summer 2021: Into the Fire

25 Feb 2021

As I sit in my study writing this piece, I look outside to the trees in our street and the clean Canberra air. It is a far cry from what it was like just over a year ago. From November 2019 to February 2020 our beautiful city was shrouded in smoke. With fires to our north, east and west,...

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The fire front: Transformative politics in Queensland

25 Feb 2021

Queensland bears a burden of being perceived as a deeply conservative state. One Nation emerged from the ashes in a small Queensland city called Ipswich, a coal town left in ruin once the mining moved further West. We carry the history of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era, and a violent history...

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Facebook lets the world burn

25 Feb 2021

It was never going to go well. Attempting to prop up the media sector while reigning in the tech giants with one bill was always going to be chaotic, but even then, the impact of Facebook’s Australian news content ban last Thursday was more widespread than almost anyone anticipated. The...

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Fire and fiction: Reading and learning empathy and connection through bushfire fiction

25 Feb 2021

On both sides of the Pacific Ocean, 2020 will be remembered as the year that a new kind of wildfire burned across the pyrophytic landscapes of south-east Australia and the western United States. Twelve months down the line, the figures are still hard to comprehend; Australia’s Black...

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Events

Youth and Democracy in a World on the Brink:

Youth and Democracy in a World on the Brink: “I Am Greta” online screening and webinar with Jordon Steele-John

8pm AEDT, 10 February, 2021

If you have registered, you will have received a Zoom link email at the time you registered. You will also have received a reminder email including the Zoom link at around 3.22pm AEDT this afternoon (Wednesday 10 February). If you have registered and haven’t received the Zoom link via email (check your junk/spam folders first!), please text/call Elissa 0418 786…

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Where To From Here? Imagining A Post-Covid Future

Where To From Here? Imagining A Post-Covid Future

8pm AEDT, 11 November 2020

The ongoing effects of Covid-19 continue around Australia and our region. On every front – politically, economically, culturally – life seems to have become more difficult. The economic and social fallout will be long-lasting, and most keenly felt by those who were already struggling. At the same time, the pandemic could represent an opportunity. There might be,…

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Homo Ecologicus: Money Between Economy and Ecology

Homo Ecologicus: Money Between Economy and Ecology

10am, 6 November 2020

The image of Homo Economicus underpins the ubiquity of neo-classical economics, delineating the possibilities of exchange for humans conceived as rational and self-interested beings. How does growing awareness of our ecological entanglements with human and more-than-human beings invite a reimagining of our economies, societies and political systems? Miss this event? Watch now below. Hosted by…

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