Blog

Liberté, Égalité, ‘Facebookité’

14 Jul 2017

Today is Bastille Day, the anniversary of a pivotal moment in world history: the storming of the Bastille, marking the beginning of the victory of the French Revolution, and a key point in global democratisation. I wonder, is the democratisation of Facebook one of the crucial next steps towards global…

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Brindabella Views Or Billboards? You Choose.

17 Jun 2017

You know what Canberra, our beautiful bush capital, needs? More billboard advertising! Said nobody, ever… … Except Andrew Barr, in a brief thought bubble early this year. Unfortunately, our Chief Minister sent the idea off to a Legislative Committee inquiry and, unless a large number of Canberrans write in urgently…

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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

Community As The Antidote: Social Justice And Populism

7 Aug 2017

Green Agenda editor Clare Ozich participated in a discussion on social justice and populism at a Conversation Salon organised and moderated by Muslim feminist and social justice advocate and entrepreneur Hana Assafiri. Below is an edited transcript of Clare’s remarks and Hana’s...

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The Trouble With Consensus Is … We Don’t Do It Enough

18 Jul 2017

Co-founder of the Victorian Greens Facilitators Network, Jim Buckell, responds to Sarah Maddison In her interview with Clare Ozich in Green Agenda, Sarah Maddison puts consensus decision making under the spotlight. In doing so, she perpetuates some common myths: it’s too slow; makes for...

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Forests Not Woodlots

4 Jul 2017

This article was written in response to Rosemary Beaumont’s article: It is Everyone’s Forest Rosemary Beaumont’s article is timely. The Great Southern Forest is part of a larger picture which will see the fate of over 6 million hectares of Australia’s most loved native...

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End Of Empire: UK Politics Today

27 Jun 2017

The recent UK election was the latest in a series of surprising electoral results around it the world in the last few years. Green Agenda spoke to UK activist and commentator, Adam Ramsay, about what is going in UK politics, the Corbyn phenomenon and the ongoing role of green politics....

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Events

Everything Is Connected: Green Institute Conference

October 27-28, 2017

Everything Is Connected: Building A Green Politics For The Next 25 Years Green Institute conference, Canberra, October 27-28, 2017 *** Call for papers has been extended on request – Now closing August 4 *** 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…

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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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