Blog

Looking back on Everything is Connected

13 Dec 2017

Everything really is connected, isn’t it? Including how putting on a huge conference is connected to exhaustion and getting behind on other work, with a direct consequence of not uploading content from the conference for almost six weeks. Clear connection there! After such an amazing two days discussion big green…

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Sun Setting On Coal, Rising On Democracy

18 Nov 2017

This article first appeared in The Guardian, Nov 17, 2017 Events on opposite sides of the globe in recent days should give us real hope that coal’s deadly stranglehold on our health, our planetary home, and on our democracy, is finally slipping. At the UN climate meeting…

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Publications

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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Green Agenda

Lessons For Social Movements From The Federal Election

14 Jun 2019

This is the first in a two part essay on lessons for social movements arising from the 2019 federal Australian election. I felt empty on the night of May 18th when Labor lost the election. I had driven into Trades Hall for the Victorian union movement’s election night celebration. It was...

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Emancipation In The Anthropocene

30 May 2019

In 1958 Hannah Arendt published, The Human Condition.(1) At the beginning of this wide-ranging work, Arendt proposes “a reconsideration of the human condition from the vantage point of our newest experiences and our most recent fears.”(2) The major historical event which motivated this...

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The Divine Right Of Capital In Australia Today: Corporations, Community Interests, The Body Politic And The Natural Environment

22 May 2019

There is a long and distinguished list of academic contributors to a large body of literature which addresses the question—what makes capitalist democracies work better/best/optimally? Some of the preconditions established in that literature are: that taxes/subsidies address...

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Balginjirr “A Special Place On Our Home River Country”!

17 May 2019

We are pleased to share with you this incredible poem by Dr. Anne Poelina, part of the Green Institute Report ‘Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporatations and Nature’. I came home to our river country, our place… our space… today. I stood at your grave site and recall the first...

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Events

Everything Is Connected - Green Institute Conference

Everything Is Connected: Green Institute Conference

October 27-28, 2017

Building A Green Politics For The Next 25 Years Old Parliament House, Canberra, Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017 2017 marks 25 years since the federation of the Australian Greens – a quarter century in which the party has gone from being a fringe movement to an established political force making substantial impacts on the course…

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Keep Canberra Ad Free

May 29, 2017

Did you know that Andrew Barr wants to weaken the restrictions on billboard advertising in Canberra? The fact that we have so few billboards is one of the truly special things about this city. Help us keep in that way! “Advertising at its best is making people feel that, without their product, you’re a loser.” Nancy Shaley, ad executive. “Of…

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WELA 2017

WELA 2017 The leadership program for women environmentalists The Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) program is a first for Australia – a leadership program designed by and for women environmentalists. The first WELA program in 2016 was such a success that we have been inspired to offer it again in 2017: read what participants said. The…

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