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Greens Senator Richard Di Natale and Professor Alison Ritter
Green Institute webinar, 9 February 2016

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Drug law reform is in urgent need of a new approach based on harm minimisation. Professor Alison Ritter is a leading drug policy researcher and Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of NSW. She outlines the current policy landscape and Richard speaks about opportunities for reform. More information: greens.org.au/new-approach

Andrew Blakers
13 October 2015

Andrew Blakers reviews Australia's huge potential for off-river pumped hydro storage - offering mass storage options across the country much more cheaply than batteries.

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Tim Buckley
4 August 2015

This month so far  - President Obama announced his Clean Energy Plan to accelerate the US exit from coal; Alpha Natural Resources, second biggest coal miner in the US filed for bankruptcy; Peabody Energy, the largest US coal miner saw its stock price fall by 93% over the last year. In this webinar, energy finance analyst Tim Buckley gives a superb overview of what's happening to thermal coal in the key markets of China, India and the US and the implications for Australian coal miners. A 'must listen' for everyone interested in coal and climate change.

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Let’s have a real discussion about tax
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
Tuesday 30 June 2015

The real test of a government’s budget and taxation system is whether the decisions that underpin it make ours a better nation. If we are serious about removing inequity within the taxation system, then we need to make sure that governments are willing to make the hard decisions, and stand up to vested interests.

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Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam
26 May 2015

Budget 2015 "further entrenches the Abbott government’s cruel and ideological attack on the Australian community" Richard Di Natale

Greens Co-Deputy Leaders Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam give a run-down on Budget 2015 and some of the measures the Greens propose instead.

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Mark Ogge
23 April 2015

Mark Ogge from the Australia Institute discusses the real impacts of 'unconventional gas' in Australia. He describes the dynamics driving the gas expansion, the impacts and risks associated with the infrastructure, and the impacts on local industries and the broader economy.

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Note. There's a problem with the video at the moment which causes the slides to flicker when each one changes to the next. We're checking how to fix it.

Adam Ramsay
25 February 2015

In the run up to elections on 7 May, Scottish journalist and author Adam Ramsay discusses the reasons for the massive surge in Green membership across the UK over the last year.

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Remember to vote! If you are eligible to vote in the UK election, register before 20 April. UK Greens

Note. The powerpoint slides are a bit random in orientation, so the slides are available in a separate document

“Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future, here in Australia, and right around the world.” So said Mr Abbott. Bob Burton tells a very different story, of an industry close to or perhaps beyond the tipping point and on the way to eventual oblivion. Bob is an expert on all things coal:  Bob Burton is an expert on all things coal -- co-author of Big Coal: Australia’s Dirtiest Habit and researcher for Coal Swarm, a global ‘beyond coal’ clearinghouse.

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The webinar contains a powerpoint that Bob subsequently updated (link below).

Another good website launched in November 2014 -- endcoal.org -- is a global resource for communities, activists, researchers and others working to stop coal and switch to renewables.

Scott Ludlam
30 September 2014

Scott Ludlam explains why you should care about the expanding power of the state to track your personal life while simultaneously increasing its own level of secrecy. If you're concerned, join the campaign to stop data retention.

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More reading:
Senate inquiry into the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act.  Read the evidence that's been put before the inquiry including submissions and transcripts from iinet, Telstra, the Attorney General's department, Julian Assange and more. The inquiry is due to report on 3 December 2014.
Telecommunications and surveillance annual reports. See who is looking for what information. That's where the startling figure of 340,000 'warrantless accesses' to data in 2012/13 comes from -- that is, even before the proposed new metadata retention laws, an array of agencies from Racing Queensland to the Victorian Taxi Directorate are getting access to private information without having to obtain a warrant.
Cypherpunks. The origins of critical thinking on some of these issues.
Senators and members. This is who to contact if you're concerned about metadata retention and related issues.

Gareth Hughes MP
16 July 2014

The New Zealand election was held on 20 September 2014. In the lead up, NZ Greens MP Gareth Hughes previewed the election, the issues and the campaign.

Parliamentary speakers from the Greens Parliamentary Team
27 May 2014

The 2014 budget is still making news a month after it was delivered. Listen to the Greens' analysis and a quick summary of the billions of dollars the government could save in other less damaging ways -- with Richard di Natale, Rachel Siewert, Emily English and Jay Tilley.

Colin Jacobs
6 May 2014

Colin Jacobs, adviser to Greens health spokesperson Richard di Natale, sets the scene for the Abbott government's first budget and its widely previewed attacks on the universality of our healthcare system. This is the opening round in a crucially important political debate that will decide what kind of country we want to be.
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Jay Tilley
17 March 2014

Jay Tilley explains why we're already in the energy revolution and why it's so exciting: "It doesn't matter how much of a backwards, recalcitrant, head-in-the-sand government we have...we've already won in a lot of ways...The transition from the coal age to the clean age has already begun." Jay is climate and energy adviser to Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
11 March 2014

Greens trade spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson explains what's behind the free trade deals the government is negotiating – with Korea, China, Japan and the huge TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) which covers 12 countries, including the US, and 40% of world trade. He describes the implications of this government, unlike earlier ones, being willing to include so-called Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions that allow corporations to sue governments and gives the background to his bill that would ban such clauses. The Senate is currently inquiring into the bill — click here to find out more and make a submission.

Felicity Millner, Vic EDO, and Margaret Blakers, Green Institute
6 November 2013

The Abbott government is preparing to surrender its environment protection powers to the states. Under their 'one stop shop' agreements states will be able to assess and decide on proposals affecting threatened species, world heritage and internationally important wetlands with no effective Commonwealth oversight. 'One stop shop' agreements are similar to the regional forest agreements that have brought Leadbeater's Possum to the brink of extinction and left the federal environment minister powerless to intervene.

Tim Flannery, David Lindenmeyer, Bob Brown, Sarah Rees speak at a packed forum in Melbourne
Thursday 29 August 2013

The science is in — the ash forests ecosystem is in a state of near-collapse and Leadbeater’s Possum is heading rapidly to extinction. The case is compelling for stopping logging in the mighty ash forests and creating the Giant Forests National Park on Melbourne’s doorstep.

What’s happening to Leadbeater’s Possum is emblematic of failure on threatened species across the country.  This meeting was fantastic, inspiring, energising. It’s not too late — if we act now we can make a difference. Join the momentum.  No to #extinction.

Judith Ajani, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
Wednesday 19 June 2013

The goal of the UN Climate Convention is to keep the stock of carbon in the atmosphere below the level where it will cause dangerous climate change. Yet international accounting rules specify that only flows will be accounted for; they also obscure fundamental differences amongst different types of carbon stocks. What happens when carbon stocks as well as flows are included in the picture and what does it mean for the policies we use to tackle climate change?

PS Apologies for the poor sound quality on this one.

Chris Twomey, Director of Policy, WA Council of Social Service
Tuesday 18 June 2013

The cost of housing in Australia has gone through the roof: full-time work is no longer a guarantee that you can own your home, the cost of housing is the biggest single driver of financial hardship for low income households, and relying on rental accommodation is the best predictor of poverty for Aged Pensioners. Will Gen X really be the last generation where the average Aussie family can dream of home ownership? Chris discusses the latest research on the cost of living and what needs to be done to tackle housing affordability.

Georgia Miller, PhD candidate at UNSW and former coordinator of Friends of the Earth’s nanotechnology project
Tuesday 26 March 2013

Nanotechnology, IT and biotechnology are promoted as ‘enabling’ technologies that, combined, could revolutionise communication, manufacturing, medicine and the military. Their power is potentially unprecedented, with the capacity to reshape every aspect of our lives — even what we understand to be human. How can we start considering the impact of converging technologies? Are we at a technological tipping point? Can we shape their trajectories or is it beyond our control?

Additional listening: an excellent talk by Anthony Giddens, Off the edge of history, the world in the 21st century, speaking at LSE in February 2013