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Sortition And The Joy of Participation - Green Agenda
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Sortition And The Joy of Participation

Tim Dunlop is providing a keynote address at the upcoming Green Institute Conference, Cultivating Democracy. Register now! This is an edited version of ‘Sortition: the joy of participation’, that appeared in Griffith Review 64. We thank them for permission to reproduce this article. Any democracy worthy of the name must be an ongoing experiment in institutional design: there must be... Read More

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Indigenous Communities Should Be At The Forefront Of Action On Climate Change

Dr Virginia Marshall is providing a keynote address at the upcoming Green Institute Conference, Cultivating Democracy. Register now! In early September I attended an Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Preparatory Meeting in Mexico City as one of three delegates representing the Australia/Pacific region, where Indigenous delegates from around the world drafted and endorsed a Commitment of Indigenous Peoples Action for presentation... Read More

by Simon Copland , 2 weeks ago

Virginia Marshall - Indigenous Communities Should Be At The Forefront Of Action On Climate Change

The Climate Emergency As A Governance Emergency: A Bold Case For Democratic Reform
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The Climate Emergency As A Governance Emergency: A Bold Case For Democratic Reform

On the 20th of September, millions of protestors marched across 85 countries demanding climate action. The image of hundreds of thousands of young demonstrators taking to the streets send a message that time is running out, that an urgent response is needed from world leaders. Raising alarm, however, is only the first step. Equally important is forging a global consensus... Read More

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Jobs, Justice And A Liveable World: For A Job Guarantee

On August 29, 2019 the UQ Greens, alongside QLD Greens MP Michael Berkman hosted the forum ‘Jobs, Justice & a Liveable World: A Green New Deal for Australia’. Looking at the leadership being provided around the world on the issue, this panel asked the question what might a Green New Deal look like in Australia? With permission from the organisers Green... Read More

by Simon Copland , 1 month ago

Jobs, Justice And A Liveable World: For A Job Guarantee

Protecting Our Right To Peaceful Dissent In The Face Of Climate Breakdown
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Protecting Our Right To Peaceful Dissent In The Face Of Climate Breakdown

It is difficult to overstate the importance and influence of disruptive, peaceful protest and non-violent direct action in social change. On countless issues like women’s rights, LGBTIQ+ rights, justice for First Nations people, rights for workers, or campaigns against racism and xenophobia, large-scale protest, including disruption and direct action have been an essential ingredient of success. Globally, recent months have... Read More

by , 2 months ago


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Time To Rebel: Civil Disobedience For The Planet

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement has grabbed headlines since late 2018 with its repertoire of non-violent but disruptive tactics to raise climate awareness and protest government inaction on impending ecological collapse. The UK-born phenomenon has transformed into an international movement which continues to gather momentum. XR activist Jayne Forbes speaks here about her experiences in the London blockades and citizen’s... Read More

by Simon Copland , 3 months ago


Lessons From The Election Part 2: Unions And The Environment Movement
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Lessons From The Election Part 2: Unions And The Environment Movement

There has been significant debate over both the role of unions and the environment movement in the 2019 Australian Federal Election. Godfrey Moase argues the two need to work more closely if we want to see action on climate change. This is the second part of a two part series on lessons for social movements following the 2019 Australian Federal... Read More

by , 4 months ago


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Lessons For Social Movements From The Federal Election

This is the first in a two part essay on lessons for social movements arising from the 2019 federal Australian election. Read part two here. 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 with bracing sobriety that I... Read More

by Simon Copland , 5 months ago

Lessons For Social Movements From The Federal Election

What Would A Fair Energy Transition Look Like?
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What Would A Fair Energy Transition Look Like?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced last week that a federal Labor government would create a Just Transition Authority to overseee Australia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This echoes community calls for a “fast and fair” energy transition to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But disruptive change is already here for Australia’s energy sector. 2018 has been... Read More

by and , 11 months ago


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Why Progressives Should Prioritise UBI Over A Job Guarantee

In 2018 there seems to be no hotter topic amongst progressives: should we have a Universal Basic Income (UBI) or a Job Guarantee? The answer is quite simple: both, obviously. There is nothing inherent in one that excludes the other and a world in which people unconditionally have their needs met alongside a clear path through which they can contribute... Read More

by Josh McGee , 1 year ago

Why Progressives Should Prioritise UBI Over A Job Guarantee