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The social and economic costs of environmental legal activism

This report has been prepared to argue that the Albanese Government’s proposed Climate Change Bill 2022 will expand the scope for green activists to challenge approvals for critical resource projects. It also outlines the potential economic consequences of such actions.
Conference paper

Why communities protest: a case study of the protest signs of Yaroomba (SE Qld)

This study uses a case study of community activism at Yaroomba, a small town on the Sunshine Coast (SC) of South East Queensland, Australia, to illustrate a campaign of resistance to a proposed beachfront highrise development. The paper's aim was the artefact analysis of these...
Journal article

Disability justice and urban planning

This article is made up of a unique collection of short responses and reflections from an open call. The voices here go beyond discussing accessibility to recognise and delineate how deeply ableism is embedded in planning theory, research, education, and practice, and to engage with...

Faith-based charities and hope

When federal parliament resumes next month, the Senate will vote on controversial new regulations governing charities. One leading Liberal Senator, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, has expressed her fear that the rule could curb freedom of speech.

Cancelling the culture: Critical Theory and the chasm of incoherence

This report looks at key philosophical and ideological issues underlying cancel culture and examines the flawed foundations upon which Critical Theory rests. The report also sets out some key principles to guide responses to critics who insist that Australia — a country we know exemplifies...

Section 487: How activists use red tape to stop development and jobs (2020 update)

This report estimates that $65 billion of investment in major projects across Australia has been put at risk due to the legal activism of green groups enabled by Section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

2020 Pressures report: summer 2020 - Australia

This report outlines the key pressures facing businesses in 2020, and what companies can do to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the challenges in Australia's landscape to ensure their long-term viability.
Conference paper

Consensus is overrated: how agonistic pluralism and radical planning challenges the post-political city

This paper asks: How can planning processes be transformed to better accommodate agonistic conflict in the form of activism as a legitimate practice in the pursuit of a more democratic city?
Discussion paper

Secondary boycotts in Australia: history and context

Australia has a long history of secondary boycotts, which have been widely used for causes now generally accepted. This paper outlines the argument that expanding laws primarily intended to limit union power to outlaw advocacy campaigns is illiberal, and would require significant changes to the...

Scott Morrison wants to outlaw boycott campaigns. But the mining industry doesn’t need protection

The focus of laws against secondary boycotts has never been against consumer groups or movements involving non-employees. There’s an obvious and good reason for this.

Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

Australia’s electoral process is not the private fiefdom of political parties. There are a variety of actors permitted to participate in our democracy and become involved in election campaigns.

AI will drive the societies of the future. Will the governed consent?

Artificial intelligence will drive future policy decision-making. Backed by complex machines studying complex social phenomena, government action will become even more impenetrable and inscrutable for the people most affected by a changing world. How can governance itself work with and for the governed, when innovation...

Write for Rights 2018 campaign report

Sixteen years ago, Write for Rights was a small venture. Today it’s the world’s biggest human rights event. This report details everything that happened around the world during the 2018 campaign.

Oxfam’s guide to feminist influencing

This guide was written for Oxfam staff. However, it is useful for anyone interested in learning more about how to apply feminist principles and practices to campaigning, policy, advocacy and influencing.

Laws designed to silence: the global crackdown on civil society organizations

An alarming global trend has surfaced in which states are introducing and using laws to interfere with the right to freedom of association and to hamper the work of civil society organizations and individuals who participate in them. This report shows how this phenomenon is...

At what cost?

It has never been a deadlier time to defend one’s community, way of life, or environment. This report shows a rise in the number of people killed last year to 207 - the highest total we have ever recorded. What’s more, this research has highlighted...

Activism in the social media age

As the #BlackLivesMatter turns five years old, this report takes a look at its evolution on Twitter and how Americans view social media's impact on political and civic engagement.
Policy report

Millennials and socialism: Australian youth are lurching to the left

The polling undertaken for this publication highlights Australian Millennials’ views of socialism and how these shape their attitudes towards the economy, capitalism and the role of government in society.
Conference paper

Deep ecology, nonhumans and activism: discursive representations of nature in controversial land use developments

As cities continue to expand outwards and the pressure for urban infill intensifies, there has been increased community concern around the protection and enhancement of urban natures. In land-use planning processes, the inability of nonhuman nature to communicate or deliberate in matters affecting them, tends...

How media framing limits public debate about oil exploration

Throughout the world, people are taking direct action to tackle environmental problems – from Standing Rock in the United States, to the Carmichael coal mine in Australia, to the community groups standing against oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa New Zealand.