Social Justice

Burning debate: Building consensus from the ashes
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

, 5 months ago


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

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

The trash economy: employment in the post-Covid era
Economics, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Spring 2020, Social Justice

The trash economy: employment in the post-Covid era

On a landfill site outside the village of Kafr Lusin in northwest Syria, teenagers sort through the mountain of toxic household waste, looking for reusable plastic that can be traded for a few coins. At the Ars Electronica Centre in Linz, school children visiting the Machine Learning Studio work with tech trainers to learn how robots are programmed. These might... Read More

, 9 months ago


Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Spring 2020, Social Justice

The state of welfare: reimagining support in the wake of Covid-19

For too long, the state has used welfare to control the poor. This crisis is our chance to imagine a new system that embraces freedom. Australia’s crash into recession has pushed our welfare state into the spotlight. Hundreds of thousands of Australians have lost their jobs and whole regions have been forced to a standstill. We emerged from a national... Read More

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The state of welfare: reimaging support in the wake of Covid-19

Mobile phones in immigration detention: capturing lessons for post-pandemic transformation?
Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Spring 2020, Social Justice

Mobile phones in immigration detention: capturing lessons for post-pandemic transformation?

With the onset of COVID-19, the fault lines of the status quo are becoming more and more visible across Australia and the world.  Globally, as People of Color are disproportionately dying from COVID-19, the effects of concealed structures of racism are made visible. This truth is immediately apparent in Australia’s carceral settings. The unequal incarceration levels of Aboriginal and Torres... Read More

, 9 months ago


Economics, Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Spring 2020, Social Justice

A casual reflection on academia: before and after the pandemic

COVID-19 has thrown Australia’s university sector into crisis. For the past two decades, the tertiary education industry has expanded on the back of rising international student enrolments. However, the coronavirus pandemic, and the resultant border closures, have disconnected universities from these enrolments, one of their most significant revenue streams. Universities have been hard hit: Job losses have already commenced as... Read More

by , 9 months ago

A casual reflection on academia: before and after the pandemic

Unions and workers rights in the pandemic: an interview with Godfrey Moase
Featured, Green Agenda Quarterly Journal Spring 2020, Social Justice

Unions and worker’s rights in the pandemic: an interview with Godfrey Moase

Simon Copland: I want to just start off with a really broad question, which is how do you think COVID-19 has changed the way that unions operate in this past year? Godfrey Moase: COVID-19 has really increased the prominence of organising around safety for unions, and also safety more generally as a set of issues for workers. With COVID-19 coming basically... Read More

and , 9 months ago


Economics, Featured, Social Justice

How Much Does a Basic Income Cost?

When discussing the topic of a Basic Income, the cost of the program is often people’s first question. After all, if the program were to deliver “an unconditional livable wage to every permanent resident” when the Henderson poverty line is ~$24,000/year and the population of Australia is ~24,600,000, back of the envelope calculations cost a Basic Income at approximately $590,000,000,000/year!... Read More

by , 12 months ago

How Much Does a Basic Income Cost?

Blak Leadership, Green Politics: An Interview With Senator-elect Lidia Thorpe
Economics, Environment, Featured, Social Justice

Blak Leadership, Green Politics: An Interview With Senator-elect Lidia Thorpe

Ahead of her swearing in as Greens Senator for Victoria, Senator-elect Lidia Thorpe spoke to Green Agenda editor, Felicity Gray, about the activist history that propels her, her plans for the Senate, and decolonising green politics. Felicity Gray: Congratulations on your recent pre-selection as a Greens Senator for Victoria. Very exciting. Lidia Thorpe: Thank you. Felicity Gray: It’s quite a... Read More

and , 1 year ago


Economics, Featured, Social Justice

Instead Of “Snap Back”, Let’s Rethink Work

Lockdown in my household saw my partner and me working harder than ever, on endless Zoom meetings, frantically redesigning events and teaching for the online world, stuck in our home with two teenagers doing all their studying, socialising and extracurricular activities on video calls. It was noisy and chaotic, and it pushed our bandwidth to the limit, both literally and... Read More

by , 1 year ago

Instead Of “Snap Back”, Let’s Rethink Work - Green Institute