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Featured, Participatory Democracy

Democracy resides in participation in organisations

What is the place of NGOs in our democracy? Joan Staples has some thoughts on this matter. [...]

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Featured, Social Justice

No One is Illegal

Negotiating Free Markets, Closed Borders, and Refugee Activism in the Neoliberal Era Rethinking borders, the state, and human rights There is a paradox at the heart of the state’s play with, and negotiation of, the meaning ascribed to human rights, border-control and the inflated importance of protection against ‘terrorism’, in the context of a globalised neoliberal world economy. There is... Read More

by Jasmina Brankovich , 4 years ago


Culture, Info & Tech, Featured

Art and Activism

Alex Kelly explores the power of art and story in responding to the changes we are experiencing and will continue to experience as a result of the climate crisis. [...]

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Ecological Sustainability, Featured

Australian Life

Our land abounds in nature’s gifts Of beauty rich and rare Taking stock We live in an extraordinary land. Australia’s natural environments, and the wildlife that they support, are unlike those of any other place. Australia is home to more than half a million different species. Most occur nowhere else. Many are of remarkable antiquity. [...]

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by John Woinarski , 4 years ago


Featured, Green Ideas in Action

Green Ethics

An interview with Peter Singer Peter Singer is one of Australia’s most influential and controversial public intellectuals. A moral philosopher and bioethicist, Peter is best known for his books Animal Liberation, a seminal text for the animal rights movement, and Practical Ethics, which explores why and how a living being’s interests should be valued. In 1996 Peter and Bob Brown... Read More

by and , 4 years ago


Economic Justice, Featured

Securing Economic Rights: the time has come

It is frequently claimed that Australians live in one of the world’s best democracies. Yet in the last 30 years, we have seen a demise of power held by the people of Australia. The post war era in the West has focused on preserving and advocating for civil and political rights such as voting rights, freedom of assembly and expression.... Read More

by Elise Klein , 4 years ago


Culture, Info & Tech, Ecological Sustainability, Featured

It’s the culture, stupid!

Culture is a wonderful word, isn’t it? It’s one of those words which means different things to different people and in different contexts, from opera to the microbes that turn milk into yoghurt. For our purposes, the relevant definition from the Oxford English Dictionary is “[t]he ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”. American artistic activist... Read More

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Ecological Sustainability, Featured, Social Justice, Uncategorised

The Oldest Game In Town

Scott Ludlam explores the current nature of our cities and provides a hopeful outlook for their future in “The oldest game in town”. This essay is the second of a series, the first of which, “Checkmate”, grapples with the implications of a never-ending growth economy. A short introduction from the Editors to “the oldest game in town” can be found... Read More

by Senator Scott Ludlam , 4 years ago


Culture, Info & Tech, Ecological Sustainability, Featured

What does it mean to “change everything”?

Examining green values in the context of Naomi Klein’s call to action It is the issue that will define a generation. Climate change has been at the forefront of green politics for decades and has over recent years dominated political discourse — making international headlines, toppling world leaders and consuming billions of dollars and huge political capital. Despite all of... Read More

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Featured, Participatory Democracy

Things are crook in Tallarook

Why the future depends on restoring democracy Senator Milne’s essay was first published in Island magazine, Issue 139, November 2014 There is a crisis of confidence in democracy in Australia. It is a crisis for people and the environment. It is a situation I have been mulling over for quite some time, but has been front and centre since the Abbott government... Read More

by Senator Christine Milne , 4 years ago