In this issue, our co-convenors, Chilla Bulbeck and Matt Roberts, provide us with a roundup of 2017 GWA activities. A lowlight, however, was the passing of GWA stalwart Jay Birnbrauer. A highlight was the entry of Jordon Steele-John into the Senate. We have a report on a presentation by Gillian Triggs relating to her time as chairperson of the Human Rights Commission and giving her perceptions of the wider contemporary political scenario. An overview of the Australian economy is given by Carol Green, with suggestions as to more rational pathways it could follow.
A series of articles remind us that GWA and the Australian Greens are indeed linked to a global green movement. Viv Glance outlines her involvement with International Development Committee (IDC), Global Issues Group (GIG) and the Asia-Pacific Greens Federation (APGF). Nikki McLennan reports on an Alternatives to Violence Gathering in Nepal and Giz Watson describes her experiences at a Green Camp, also in Nepal. And Chris Johansen reflects on how Germany has shaped his life, and perhaps provoked his green tendencies.
From our MP’s we have end of year updates from Senators Rachel Siewert and Jordon Steele-John and our Members of the WA Legislative Council Robin Chapple (Mining and Pastoral), Alison Xamon (North Metropolitan), Tim Clifford (East Metropolitan) and Diane Evers (South West).
Season’s greetings to all.
Header photo: Participant farmers at Green Camp, Necha Village, Nepal, April 2017. Giz Watson