We are still coming to terms with the advent of Scott Ludlam having to resign from the Senate, due to his New Zealand citizenship by birth. And somewhat ironic that newly the installed NZ Labour Government is reliant on the support of the NZ Greens! In this issue we include a pictorial summary of Scott’s most notable presentations during his time in the Senate. However, given due time for reflection, rest and recreation, we do look forward to his next incarnation.
Meanwhile, our ongoing MPs remain in the thick of it, as can be seen by the updates from Senator Rachel Siewert 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).
While back in WA recently, Rachel took time out to give a presentation at Curtin University on the parlous state of Australia’s social security system and what needs to be done about it. In September, Greens (WA) stalwart Giz Watson convened a workshop on ‘consensus’, the modus operandi of Greens decision making – a summary of those proceedings is presented herein. It became clear that it is very much an evolving process, such as with the advent of electronic options like Loomio, and that Regional Groups need to actively and continually work at refining it.
A theme that seemed to emerge for this GI was ‘refugees’, with a contrast being pointed out how a beleaguered nation struggling with record flooding copes with a sudden influx of 600,000 refugees and Australia’s response to a few thousand refugees arriving by boat. The Australian response, or at least that of its current immigration policy, is captured in poetry. And, we present an example of the cultural rewards possible if we permit those seeking refuge to flourish.
Another topical theme in the public sphere is sacredness of monuments to dubious acts of long ago and of relevance of ‘national days’ – we present a local example. Also, with energy policy, or lack of it, currently under national discourse, we elaborate on how ordinary householders are seemingly ignoring that discussion and voting with their rooftops and, soon, their battery packs.
Header photo credit: Sarah Quinton