Blog

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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58% Of Australians Support Universal Basic Income!

11 Dec 2020

Imagine if, instead of extending the awful, controlling, racist Cashless Welfare Card, as they did this week, our government was discussing how to cultivate trust, how a good society helps every one of its members get by. Imagine if, alongside a commitment to universal health care and education, we put…

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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

Into the fire: Summer 2021 Edition call for contributions

14 Nov 2020

We’re calling for contributions for our Summer 2021 edition of Green Agenda: On fire in politics and policy. Submit your short pitch to contribute to the debate on sustainability, social justice, peace and nonviolence, and democracy. This earth, I never damage. I look after. Fire is...

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Where to from here? Imagining a post-Covid future

3 Nov 2020

There are lots of people, elbows out, trying to shape what Australia’s post-Covid future looks like. Scott Morrison would have us double-down on gas, conveniently forgetting climate change remains an existential threat. Around the country, state governments have taken the opportunity to...

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‘Now is the time for bold decision making’: Senator Siewert on the lessons of 2020

3 Nov 2020

What a strange year 2020 has been. We entered it under a fog of smoke with parts of the country barely able to breathe, and growing community anger as fires burned. The links were being made stronger than ever, the fires were due to climate change – surely there would finally be decisive...

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The trash economy: employment in the post-Covid era

3 Nov 2020

On a landfill site outside the village of Kafr Lusin in northwest Syria, teenagers sort through the mountain of toxic household waste, looking for reusable plastic that can be traded for a few coins. At the Ars Electronica Centre in Linz, school children visiting the Machine Learning...

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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

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. But what’s it like to be a young person, confronting…

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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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