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

Election Diary – Never say never

Sunday, 15 May Just under a week until the election and, I have to say, it’s interesting how many people are currently asking me how I am going. Truth is, I am doing well. I have been a preselected candidate now for over a year. That’s been a long, arduous year so only having a week to go feels like... Read More

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Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Two

Election Diary – The future is Green

21 May, 8am. Footscray High School. Wurundjeri Country. There’s already a significant queue as I arrive. I position myself near the front of the queue and start talking. I love polling booths with queues. Other Greens volunteers have already offered people a how to vote card further down the line, so my job is to talk. I have handed out... Read More

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Image description: New and past Greens Senators: Janet Rice, Larissa Waters, Dorinda Cox, Christine Milne, Bob Brown, Mehreen Saeed Faruqi

Image description: Photo of elected Greens MPs in Queensland with imagery of climate change campaign images around their photo
Democracy, Environment, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume Two

A turning point for Australia, an interview with Christine Milne

It’s not enough to just welcome Australia back into the UNFCCC with open arms. We’re going to need the rest of the world to put pressure on Australia. Labor have differentiated themselves from the previous Liberal government by saying they are ready to take urgent and strong climate action. But they fail to address the other side of the coin, all of... Read More

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Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume One

Green Agenda Journal 2022, Volume 1: Greens And Government

The Greens are a third force in politics, making big strides in representation in parliaments in Australia and around the world. More and more often, our party – a party which was founded on the principle of grassroots democracy – is finding itself in government, sharing power with other parties which don’t necessarily share our values and commitment. It’s vital... Read More

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Green Agenda Journal 2022, Volume One: Greens And Government - Tim Hollo ACT Candidate

Image Description - Marama Davidson at her marae - Matai Ara Nui in the Hokianga, celebrating her appointment of co-leader in 2018
Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume One

“Uncomfortable with power”: strategies, policies and approaches of the Green Party of Aotearoa NZ in government

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the oldest Greens parties in the world, and has been in shared government several times. Currently, they are in a unique arrangement with the Labor government of Jacinda Ardern. Green Institute Executive Director, Tim Hollo, spoke with co-leader, Marama Davidson, about the policies, strategies and approaches the party is taking... Read More

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Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume One

Greens in Government in the ACT – reflections on successes and challenges from a former MLA

I have had the privilege of being a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly twice. These are some personal observations about being a small part of the ACT government. There are many ways to look at the success of the Greens party in government. Did it work for the Greens as a party? Did we improve the government and did... Read More

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Caroline Le Couteur - Greens in Government in the ACT - reflections on success and challenges from a former MLA

Revitalising the public sector is key to preparing for the future
Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume One

Revitalising the public sector is key to preparing for the future

In his landmark review of the Australian Public Service, David Thodey AO forensically laid out the role of the APS and described a well-functioning public sector as “essential to the future prosperity and security of all Australians.”[1] This is because the public sector is critical to providing robust advice to government, implementing government policy, and keeping government in check. If... Read More

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Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume One

One ring to rule them all: Unpacking the centralisation of power within the Queensland Greens

No matter how noble its intentions, any political movement that seeks to win power through electioneering is gradually going to be co-opted by the process. In imagining how a Greens government might one day operate in practice, we can find clues in the ways important decisions are currently made within our party. Unfortunately, real-world experience suggests we risk falling into... Read More

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Community meeting on Boundary Street, West End. Photo by Jonathan Sri

Anti Politics - Climate Change Protest - Australia - Green Agenda
Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Journal 2022: Volume One

In the anti-political era, the Greens need to be wary of Government

In the years that I was heavily involved in the Greens (around 2007 – 2013 or so), one debate dominated internally: should we be a party of protest or a party of Government? At the time, while there were some stalwarts who were committed to the former option, the latter was really becoming the dominant mode of operating. Particularly, with... Read More

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

Degrowth economy: The pathway to human survival

Why do we need to transform government? We need to transform government because neither the needs of people, nor the needs of the planet are being met under this current government. The ‘people crisis’ can be summed up by the following statistics: 13.6% of Australians (including 17.7% of children) live in poverty. Wages have been stagnant for 20 years. Welfare... Read More

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Degrowth economy: The pathway to human survival - Image Description - Jenga game about to collapse