Social Justice

Jobs, Justice And A Liveable World: For A Job Guarantee
Economic Justice, Featured, How we'll make change, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice, What alternatives?

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

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Ecological Sustainability, Featured, How we'll make change, Participatory Democracy, Peace & Nonviolence, Social Justice

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 Simon Copland , 2 months ago

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

Do Nuclear-Powered Electrons Have Balls? Hyper-Masculine Domination VS Ecological Politics
Ecological Sustainability, Featured, Social Justice

Do Nuclear-Powered Electrons Have Balls? Hyper-Masculine Domination VS Ecological Politics

There’s been a flurry of stories recently about men apparently choosing not to recycle, or carry reusable shopping bags, because they’re worried people might question their sexuality. The reporting is based on research by Janet K. Swim, a professor of psychology at Penn State University, studying the perception of certain pro-environmental behaviours as having a particular gendered nature. She did... Read More

by , 3 months ago


Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Featured, How we'll make change, Social Justice

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 Simon Copland , 4 months ago

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

Politics Of Peace And Patience - Frank Habineza
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Politics Of Peace And Patience

Dr Frank Habineza is the President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, who in September 2018 was elected as one of two Greens MPs in the Rwandan national Parliament. In October 2018, former Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam caught up with him in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, to hear his extraordinary story of persecution, exile and electoral success. [...]

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by and , 4 months ago


Featured, Peace & Nonviolence, Social Justice

Suppression Of The Right To Protest

This paper formed part of the Green Institute Report ‘Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporatations and Nature’. 25 years jail for peaceful protest. That is the potential outcome from the Espionage and Foreign Interference Bill (EFI) that was introduced by the Liberals and rubber stamped by Labor in 2018. It was slammed through with such speed that the cross-benches had one hour... Read More

by Simon Copland , 7 months ago

Suppression Of The Right To Protest

Social Justice

Property Rights, Corporate Personhood And Nature

This paper formed part of the Green Institute Report ‘Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporatations and Nature’. Property rights are a social construction, embodied in law and enforced by the coercive power of the state, represented by police, courts and prisons. This fact is so obvious that it ought to go without saying, but it is routinely denied by many on the... Read More

by , 7 months ago


Participatory Democracy, Social Justice

The Right To Advocate And Protest Is At The Core Of Our Democracy

This paper formed part of the Green Institute Report ‘Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporations and Nature’. As an Australian, I am proud that my country was central to both the writing and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  The head of the Australian delegation and later President of the UN General Assembly was Australia’s Dr H.... Read More

by Simon Copland , 7 months ago

Rebalancing Rights: The Right To Advocate And Protest Is At The Core Of Our Democracy

What If We Stopped Punishing Drug Users?
Social Justice

What If We Stopped Punishing Drug Users?

Let me repeat a phrase that has been used so often it is almost a cliché: the war on drugs has failed. Existing drug policies have increased drug-related harm, punished the vulnerable and the addicted and bolstered organised criminal networks. Health professionals, lawyers and policy experts have all made the case against current drug policies. Such is the overwhelming expert opinion against our current approach... Read More

by , 7 months ago


Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice

Green Anti-Immigration Arguments Are A Cover For Right Wing Populism

With the backdrop of dramatic decrease in migration to Australia in 2018 to a 10 year low, the population debate has reared its ugly head. In recent months Dick Smith has run an advertising blitz with the title ‘overpopulation will destroy Australia’ that compares population growth to cancer and recently took stage at Dark + Dangerous Thoughts at Mona arguing... Read More

by Simon Copland , 9 months ago