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!

Parliament: No Entry To Foreigners And Public Servants?

Parliament: No Entry To Foreigners And Public Servants?

By Tim Hollo November 16, 2017

  EMPTY SEATS: We are left with an increasingly deep democratic deficit. Photo Credit: JJ Harrison The disqualification of Hollie Hughes from serving in the Senate raises some very troubling questions that we, as a country, have to grapple with urgently. Coming on top of the dual citizenship kerfuffle,…

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Everything Is Connected: Systemic Approaches To Inequality

Everything Is Connected: Systemic Approaches To Inequality

By Tim Hollo October 28, 2017

This brilliant panel deeply engaged with questions of inequality, the future of work, Universal Basic Income and more. Panel members were: L-R: Ben Spies-Butcher, Chris Twomey, Elise Klein Eva Cox (by video link) Eva Cox is a public commentator, community change agent, well known feminist, on a postage stamp, Boyer Lecturer…

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Everything Is Connected: The

Everything Is Connected: The “Truth” And Politics

By Tim Hollo October 28, 2017

This excellent and thought-provoking panel ranged from questions of “post-truth” politics and deliberate obscuring of the truth through to how to positively use values to shift opinions when facts do not. Panel members were: L-R Rod Lamberts, Benedetta Brevini, Julie Macken, Mark Chenery Dr Rod Lamberts Dr Rod Lamberts is…

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Green Institute Conference - Stephen Healy

Everything Is Connected: Stephen Healy Plenary On The Commons

By Tim Hollo October 28, 2017

Stephen Healy is a senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney and a recent arrival to Australia. He has a Doctorate in Geography and his research focuses on community-based approaches to sustainable economic development. Dr Healy’s presentation to the plenary, entitled The Commons: what, why…

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Green Institute Conference - Kate Raworth - Doughnut Economics

Everything Is Connected: Kate Raworth On Doughnut Economics

By Tim Hollo October 28, 2017

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut theory of social and planetary boundaries. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. Kate’s plenary…

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Everything Is Connected: Science, AI, And Democracy

Everything Is Connected: Science, AI, And Democracy

By Tim Hollo October 27, 2017

Traversing the way the internet has impacted on democratic discourses, how giant capitalist monopolies have begun to take control and challenge the basis of democracy, how technology changes the way we work and interact, and how commercialisation of research challenges public good science, this was a fabulous conversation. Panel members…

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