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!

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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What Is Green Politics? Asia Pacific Greens Discussion Forum - APGN

What Is Green Politics? Discussion With Asia Pacific Greens

By Tim Hollo October 14, 2021

I was absolutely privileged on October 10 to join a panel for the Asia Pacific Greens Federation, discussing the question “What is Green Politics?” with Greens colleagues from Lebanon, Japan and Indonesia. It was a wonderful insight into how, in different circumstances and from different perspectives, our challenges, issues and…

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Replenishing The Oily Rag - Image is of an oily paint brush rag and paint brush.

Replenishing The Oily Rag

By Tim Hollo June 25, 2021

So far this year, amidst the challenges we’re all facing, The Green Institute has brought you two fantastic quarterly editions of Green Agenda – Into The Fire and On (in)security, webinars on youth & democracy and climate grief and action, a bunch of blog posts, and a democratic…

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