Cultivating Hope: Green Institute Annual Report 2020

21 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 back on everything The Green Institute did over…

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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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Mulga Bills – First Ever Analysis Of Direct Action Auctions

3 Nov 2016

Mulga Bills won’t settle our climate accounts The first detailed analysis of the ‘Direct Action’ Emissions Reduction Fund auctions, conducted for The Green Institute by former Director Margaret Blakers and Margaret Considine, shows that not only is the scheme ineffective at meeting its own barely credible climate objectives but that, without major changes to its design, it cannot form a…

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The End of Coal: How Should the Next Government Respond?

14 Jun 2016

The End of Coal Coal, for decades one of the “certainties” of Australian politics, is in terminal decline. This economic, environmental and geopolitical fact is now beyond dispute. Whoever wins the coming Federal Election will have no choice but to deal with the beginning of the end of coal, with power stations and mines closing and companies walking away or…

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One Stop Chop: Australia’s Native Forests

30 May 2013

Australia’s native forests ‘Unnamed waterfall, Mt Lindsay’ by Greens MPs from Flickr. Which way from here? About 6.8 million hectares of Australia’s public native forests are covered by Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) and managed by state forestry agencies primarily for logging. The future of these forests is now a key question for land management in Australia — because the…

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Multi Party Government

30 Apr 2011

Multi-party government is the norm in many countries but remains a novelty at the national level of Australian politics. Contrary to received wisdom, the minority Labor government from 2010 to 2013 was stable and productive albeit demonised by the opposition. At state level, minority or multi-party governments are not uncommon. The following resources were prepared for a 2011 Green Institute…

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