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Sun Setting On Coal, Rising On Democracy

18 Nov 2017

This article first appeared in The Guardian, Nov 17, 2017 Events on opposite sides of the globe in recent days should give us real hope that coal’s deadly stranglehold on our health, our planetary home, and on our democracy, is finally slipping. At the UN climate meeting…

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Our Constitution Is Past Its ‘Best By’ Date

17 Nov 2017

This article was first published in the Canberra Times, Nov 17, 2017 All of a sudden, it seems terribly obvious that Australia’s 120 year old Constitution is past its ‘best by’ date. From the exclusion of First Nations people to 19th century dual citizenship rules to the…

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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

Refugee Justice in the Global Crisis: Where to from Here?

8 Nov 2017

Pessoptimism, noun, the inextricably intertwined feelings of hope and despair, of desire and knowledge, under the current untenable political conditions Stephen Wright describes aptly the state of refugee justice in Australia today as a symptom of much broader malaise: ‘The existence of...

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Legacy of the Russian Revolution: An interview with Bea Campbell

5 Nov 2017

In a wide-ranging interview, UK writer and political commentator, Bea Campbell, spoke to Green Agenda editor, Clare Ozich, about the legacy of the Russian Revolution and communism; feminism and the end of equality; Green politics; and the current state of UK politics.     Edited...

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Public debates on rights: necessary and positive

19 Oct 2017

Green Agenda co-editor, Simon Copland, responds to Hayley Conway and Mary Tomsic  In Voting on the Rights of Others Hayley Conway argued against public votes on the rights of others as “a vote affirming the rights of a minority doesn’t lead to systemic change.” She continued:...

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Voting On The Rights Of Others: A Debate

3 Oct 2017

The postal survey on marriage equality in Australia has opened deep questions about the intersection between human rights and democracy. In this discussion community campaigner Hayley Conway and researcher Mary Tomsic debate what role citizens should play in voting for the rights of...

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Events

Everything Is Connected - Green Institute Conference

Everything Is Connected: Green Institute Conference

October 27-28, 2017

Building A Green Politics For The Next 25 Years Old Parliament House, Canberra, Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017 2017 marks 25 years since the federation of the Australian Greens – a quarter century in which the party has gone from being a fringe movement to an established political force making substantial impacts on the course…

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Keep Canberra Ad Free

May 29, 2017

Did you know that Andrew Barr wants to weaken the restrictions on billboard advertising in Canberra? The fact that we have so few billboards is one of the truly special things about this city. Help us keep in that way! “Advertising at its best is making people feel that, without their product, you’re a loser.” Nancy Shaley, ad executive. “Of…

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WELA 2017

WELA 2017 The leadership program for women environmentalists The Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) program is a first for Australia – a leadership program designed by and for women environmentalists. The first WELA program in 2016 was such a success that we have been inspired to offer it again in 2017: read what participants said. The…

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