Democracy

Dis-settling critique in stasis: Reflections on the university from the South to the North
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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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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Rising above discrimination in an attempt to be heard: People with disability

The Art of Greenwashing: (De)funding creativity and silencing dissent
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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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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Without the right to stop work, all our rights are at risk - Iceland women's strike 1975

On Dissent - Green Agenda - Extinction Rebellion - Duty Of Care Canberra action - Parliament House
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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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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The Fire Front: Transformative Politics in Queensland

Sparked by love and rage: An interview with Holly Hammond
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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Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Summer 2021, Social Justice

Burning debate: Building consensus from the ashes

During the summer that preceded COVID, my family left me home alone and set off on the five-hour annual road trip to Nowa Nowa, not far from Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. As flames spread across Victoria and New South Wales, my partner, daughter and son were evacuated the next day. When the area was declared safe, they returned home.... Read More

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Burning debate: Building consensus from the ashes

‘Now is the time for bold decision making’: Senator Siewert on the lessons of 2020
Democracy, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Spring 2020, Social Justice

‘Now is the time for bold decision making’: Senator Siewert on the lessons of 2020

What a strange year 2020 has been. We entered it under a fog of smoke with parts of the country barely able to breathe, and growing community anger as fires burned. The links were being made stronger than ever, the fires were due to climate change – surely there would finally be decisive action taken, surely there was no choice... Read More

, 2 years ago


Democracy, Economics

Cultivating Democracy In A Fractured World

Tim Dunlop provided a keynote address at the Green Institute conference, Reclaiming Democracy, in 2019. In this talk he discusses how citizen assemblies and sortition can help cultivate democracy in a fractured world. I’ve been asked to talk about the idea of citizen’s juries, or citizen assemblies, a form of democratic participation that I strongly support. In particular, I’ve been... Read More

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Cultivating Democracy In A Fractured World