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Culture, Democracy, Featured, Social Justice

The radical potential of Brisbane City Council

It’s no accident that so many Brisbanites think local government is mostly just about fixing potholes and building playgrounds. Power-holders find it convenient to perpetuate the narrative that councils are merely local service providers with limited political relevance, because it helps justify anti-democratic moves to take more power away from local communities, while reducing public scrutiny of the many big,... Read More

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Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Three

Who decides? The case for a Climate Jobs Guarantee 

In a world of climate collapse, what and who is work for? We can’t solve the climate crisis if big business continues to decide what work we do. Instead we need to take public control of what work gets done and the conditions that we work under. A Climate Jobs Guarantee could deliver meaningful and dignified work decided by communities,... Read More

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Democracy, Economy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Three, Social Justice, Theory

The work of grassroots organising 

The browner your skin, the dirtier the work. Chicken factories across Australia are all virtually the same. Lit by fluorescent white lights, smelling of cleaning detergent and death, and socially stratified. Afghan or African workers in the kill rooms, South Asians defeathering. Vietnamese workers in the boning room slicing cuts off carcasses. White folks in the packing room. [...]

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Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Three

Building power to dissolve power

Power won't dissolve itself. We need to dissolve it. Any political strategy towards implementing a Universal Income must work, then, to build political power. Build power… to dissolve power. [...]

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Culture, Democracy, Economy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Three

Digital overtime

Much of the infrastructure behind the web, in particular social media, is built upon unpaid work. Unwittingly, we have all become workers for social media companies, a practice that is increasing both exploitation and alienation. In giving our free labour to big tech companies, we are becoming more alienated, both from our labour and our own communities. [...]

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Culture, Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Two, Social Justice, Theory

Green Agenda Journal 2022, Volume 2: On the Ground after the Election

For this issue of Green Agenda we welcome new critical and creative voices, writing from places where left political and ecological commitments are already making a difference. As a decade of liberal-conservative hegemony in government finally breaks, and as we shift to this new post-electoral moment, we also bring together several pieces that reflect on the federal election and the... Read More

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Green Agenda Journal 2022, Volume 2: Green Politics. On the Ground after the Election

Fighting for East Gippsland Forest - Kuark
Democracy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Two

The fight for East Gippsland’s forests

For many years, protection of ‘old growth forests’ was the key message, now we must protect all remaining forests threatened by logging. The remote town of Goongerah in far-eastern Victoria is a place most people have never heard of. I hadn’t either till the first time I went out there in Winter 2017 for a citizen science survey camp. Yet year... Read More

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Democracy, Economy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Two

Work for degrowth

With the ‘Greenslide’ and a substantial gain in seats towards holding the balance of power in the Senate, Australian Greens come out of the 2022 federal election stronger and more influential than ever. Similarly, the German Greens gained almost 15 percent of the votes in the September 2021 national elections. They doubled their 2017 election result, even if disappointing those... Read More

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Image description: A snail walking along a mossy tree branch to symbolise a snail, symbol of degrowth.

Earthworker Cooperative March
Democracy, Economy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Two

Taking power back: Cooperative futures and Earthworker’s ‘Green New Deal from Below’

Earthworker is working towards a cooperative-centred Green New Deal in Australia, socialising energy production and ensuring workers in the industry are empowered and reap the benefits of the energy transition. Though not a top-down Green New Deal, but a ‘Green New Deal from Below’. Australia’s federal election results could finally be the catalyst for a nation-wide consensus to rapidly transition... Read More

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Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Two, Social Justice

Political ‘experts’ know a lot less than they think they do, and doorknocking works

The recent federal election result was the best in the Greens’ history, delivering an increased national vote share, four federal MPs, and twelve senators. In particular, the result in Queensland – which saw an additional senator elected and the federal lower house seats of Griffith, Ryan, and Brisbane claimed by the Greens – took many by surprise. Queensland has long... Read More

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Griffith Greens Win - Max Chandler-Mather