Democracy

People across the word believe, with real justification, that governments and politicians are no longer working for us. In the light of Brexit, Trump, and the rise of the far right here in Australia, the need to breathe new life into democracy before it’s too late is increasingly obvious.

From donations and lobbyist reform and the institution of a national corruption commission to the introduction of Multi Member Proportional Representation in the House of Representatives; from becoming a Republic to potentially abolishing the States, empowering local government and entirely reconfiguring our federation; from building local mechanisms for participatory democracy to building the case for global representative democracy, and of course ensuring sovereignty for first nations people, there are huge ideas to be discussed!

Best Green Agenda Reads of 2022

Top 7 Green Agenda Reads Of 2022

By Carlos Morreo January 7, 2023

As we step into the new year, here’s a path circling through Green Agenda’s 2022 most read pieces, cleared by our readers’ high clicks and concerns.  Seven articles ranging from reflections on the Greens in power and discussions of Indigenous and environmental struggles in East Gippsland and the West Kimberley,…

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Living Democracy in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne And Online

By Tim Hollo September 16, 2022

The busy times continue, with fabulous conversations all around the place about Living Democracy. I just spent the day at the ACT Conservation Council’s symposium on the Circular Economy where people from NGOs, government, business and academia were buzzing around ways of reinventing the economy, and what’s being done on the…

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The Opposite Of Violence Is Connection

The Opposite Of Violence Is Connection

By Tim Hollo August 6, 2022

Today, August 6, is Hiroshima Day, 77 years after the detonation of an atomic bomb over the Japanese city caused unimaginable death, destruction and devastation. It’s a day to ponder peace. And, as such, a day on which I thought I’d share an extract from my book, …

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What comes after a Greenslide? Australian Greens celebration

What comes after a Greenslide?

By Tim Hollo June 17, 2022

What an extraordinary result! Last month’s election, wiping out the ecocidal Morrison government and delivering a remarkable 16 Greens MPs as part of a historic blow to the two party system, is an incredible moment in Australian political history, as well as a pivotal one for our party and movement.

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Ready To Watch: Together? Apart? Where ARE we??

By Tim Hollo February 18, 2022

From Holly Hammond’s presentation Almost two years ago, in a snap webinar days after Australia went into our first lockdown, The Green Institute hosted the first public conversation in Australia to discuss how we stay together while keeping apart. In the last two years, we’ve seen a huge burst of…

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Green Institute - COVID 19 - Together Apart

Together? Apart? Where ARE we??

By Tim Hollo January 27, 2022

Welcome to 2022. And life doesn’t get less interesting, does it? As we head into our third year of pandemic, with the climate and ecological crisis hanging over us, and with threats to our weakening democracies looking ever more worrying, it’s hard to feel this is a happy new year.

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Sharing As Democracy - DemFest21

Sharing As Democracy – DemFest21

By Tim Hollo October 29, 2021

What does borrowing dress up clothes or lending a lawnmower have to do with democracy? Quite a lot, as it happens! When you do it thoughtfully. When the Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy announced a call for pre-recorded videos for their DemFest21, celebrating local democracy, I…

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Unconditionally: COVID response and the future of welfare

Launch Of “Unconditionally”

By Tim Hollo October 28, 2021

From reflections on lived experience to academic analysis of real life impacts to analysis of what people actually believe, the launch of our new paper, “Unconditionally: COVID response and the future of welfare” was a brilliant way to help us imagine a future where welfare is unconditional. The event featured…

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