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On Dissent - Green Agenda Journal Winter Edition 2021
Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021, Social Justice

Green Agenda Winter 2021: On Dissent

I will never forget the first protest I attended. It was 2002 and George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard were gearing up to go to war in Iraq. So was the movement of people around the world to oppose the invasion. I was still in high school, but a few friends and I organised to get leave from school... Read More

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Culture, Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021, Social Justice

Show up and make noise: We must reject all attacks on our right to dissent

I’ve relayed this story many times over the years: the first rally I remember going to was in May 1988 when I was ten years old. At that time, my family lived in Canberra. My family attended the rally under the guise of attending something else – the day marked the official opening of the “new Parliament House” and government-planned... Read More

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Show up and make noise: We must reject all attacks on our right to dissent

Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud: An interview with Mehreen Faruqi
Culture, Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021, Peace, Social Justice, Uncategorised

Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud: An interview with Mehreen Faruqi

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for New South Wales (2018 – present). Green Agenda’s co-editor Simon Copland spoke with Mehreen about her recently published memoir, Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud, and what it means to be an ‘unapologetically Brown, Muslim, migrant, feminist woman‘ in Australian politics. The transcript has been edited for clarity and brevity. Simon Copland: Thank... Read More

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Culture, Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021, Social Justice

Dis-settling critique in stasis: Reflections on the university from the South to the North

This piece originally appeared in Overland. We thank both the author, Heba Al Adawy, and Overland, for permission to republish this important piece. On a crispy November evening of 2019, Lahore’s smog filtered sky was buzzing with drone surveillance cameras, radiating an orangish glow over around 5,000 young protestors who had assembled at the chowk of Punjab Assembly. For the emerging student... Read More

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Dis-settling critique in stasis: Reflections on the university from the South to the North

Rising above discrimination in an attempt to be heard: People with disability
Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021, Social Justice

Rising above discrimination in an attempt to be heard: People with disability

When posing the question what mechanism does dissent play in Australian politics we can view this through the lens of history. Australia has a long history of formulating policy through grassroots actions; the shearers strike of 1891, the Pilbara strike of 1949 and the waterside workers strike of 1998 are each seminal points in history that have remade the conditions... Read More

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Culture, Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021

The Art of Greenwashing: (De)funding creativity and silencing dissent

Tani Walker’s superb voice resonates around the crowded Freo Social venue. Head thrown back, she sings of the Noongar season of Bunuru (February to March) and a hope for relief from the Western Australian heat. She is part of Richard Walley’s Six Seasons, a series of songs each celebrating the Noongar seasons of Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang.... Read More

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The Art of Greenwashing: (De)funding creativity and silencing dissent

Without the right to stop work, all our rights are at risk - Iceland women's strike 1975
Democracy, Economics, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021

Without the right to stop work, all our rights are at risk

Why do most Australian workers have a standard of living with a minimum wage that keeps fully employed people out of poverty? It can be answered most simply by the long history of our forebears joining unions and going on strike. We have always needed to strike Have you ever stopped work to show your dissent in an organised way... Read More

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Culture, Democracy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Winter 2021, Social Justice

Policing dissent, enforcing consent

You can’t do it that way! When Extinction Rebellion protesters spray-painted “duty of care” across the front of Parliament House the morning after the latest IPCC Report was released, drawing national and international attention to the fact that the Minister for the Environment is appealing a court decision finding she actually has a legal duty of care to future generations... Read More

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On Dissent - Green Agenda - Extinction Rebellion - Duty Of Care Canberra action - Parliament House

The Fire Front: Transformative Politics in Queensland
Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Summer 2021, Social Justice

The fire front: Transformative politics in Queensland

Queensland bears a burden of being perceived as a deeply conservative state. One Nation emerged from the ashes in a small Queensland city called Ipswich, a coal town left in ruin once the mining moved further West. We carry the history of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era, and a violent history of colonisation and policing. We’re also home to some of... Read More

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Culture, Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Summer 2021

Sparked by love and rage: An interview with Holly Hammond

Holly Hammond (she/her) is a social movement educator and librarian. She is the Director of the Commons Social Change Library which includes a vast array of resources including a wellbeing collection. She has worked to strengthen social movements and promote activist wellbeing for many years through training, facilitation, coaching, and writing via the Plan to Win and Plan to Thrive... Read More

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Sparked by love and rage: An interview with Holly Hammond