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How to Vote Progressive in Australia: Labor or Green?


Dennis Altman, a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at LaTrobe University, has published thirteen books, most recently The End of the Homosexual? and (with Jon Symons) Queer Wars. In 2006 The Bulletin listed Dennis Altman as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.

Van Badham is a Melbourne-based writer, critic, trade unionist, feminist, activist and occasional broadcaster, an inter nat ionally award-winning theatre maker and one of Australia’s most controversial social commentators. She is currently employed as a weekly columnist for Guardian Australia and is Vice-President of MEAA Victoria. She is a proud alumnus of the University of Wollongong and has a Masters from Melbourne. She tweets via @vanbadham.

Adam Bandt is the federal Member of Parliament for Melbourne. In 2010 he became the first Greens elected to the lower house at a general election and was re-elected with an increased vote in 2013. Adam previously worked as an industrial and public interest lawyer for over a decade, representing many workers and unions. He holds a PhD in legal and social theory. He is the Greens’ Treasury, Industry, Employment and Arts spokesperson and was formerly the party’s Deputy Leader.

Nicholas Barry is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University. His current research interests are in the areas of egalitarian theory, constitutions and political parties.

Simon Copland is a freelance writer focusing on sex, the environment and politics. He worked for the Greens in the 2010 and 2013 federal election campaigns and as campaigner at the climate organisation In his spare time he is a rugby union and David Bowie fanatic.

Andrew Giles is the federal Member of Parliament for Scullin, having stood for the seat as ALP candidate in 2013. Before that he was an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Melbourne.

Stewart Jackson is a lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Stewart researches Green and environmental parties and politics in the Asia Pacific, and is the author of The Australian Greens.

Carmen Lawrence is Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change at University of Western Australia and Chair of the Australian Heritage Council. During 21 years in politics she held various ministerial positions including Premier and Treasurer in Western Australia and Minister for Health and Human Services in the Keating Government.

Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fraser in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in Law and Arts. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, his books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014) and The Luck of Politics (2015).

Scott Ludlam is an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. Elected in November 2007, he is one of eleven Australian Greens in Parliament and is the spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Communications, Nuclear Issues, Housing and Sustainable Cities. Scott, a former film maker, artist and graphic designer, likes the internet.

David Mejia-Canales is a lawyer based in Melbourne, Australia. He has a keen interest in human rights issues, particularly as they intersect with questions of sexuality, gender, migration and refugees.

Narelle Miragliotta is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Monash University. She researches in the areas of political parties, electoral systems and parliaments.

Ellen Sandell is the first Greens MP elected to the lower house of Victorian Parliament. She holds a Bachelors of Arts/ Science Degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in genetics, linguistics and Spanish. Ellen began her career as a researcher with the CSIRO. She then worked on climate change policy for former Labor premier John Brumby’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, and later became the chief executive of a national climate change non-profit organisation, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Ellen is the Victorian Greens spokesperson for housing, climate change and energy.

Sean Scalmer teaches History at the University of Melbourne. His books include Dissent Events, The Little History of Australian Unionism and Gandhi in the West. He is a co-editor of the journal Moving the Social.

James Tierney is an industrial relations and employment lawyer in Melbourne. He recently completed a Masters of History at the University of Melbourne, focusing on trade union mobilisation and social movement theory.

Peter van Onselen is foundation chair of journalism and professor of politics at the University of Western Australia. He is a contributing editor at The Australian and hosts PVO News Day and Australian Agenda on Sky News. Professor van Onselen is the author or editor of six books on Australian politics, most recently (with Wayne Errington) Battleground: Why the Liberal Party Shirtfronted Tony Abbott.

Felicity Wade is an environmental activist and National Co-convenor of the Labor Environment Action Network (LEAN). She spent over a decade leading the Wilderness Society in New South Wales. She is proud of her role in defending the Great Barrier Reef’s Hinchinbrook Island, protecting wilderness, establishing forested National Parks in the state’s south-east, and ending broad-scale land clearing. She was environment and climate adviser to Luke Foley.

Shaun Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. He researches and teaches in the areas of political sociology, the sociology of work, and social survey research and social attitudes. Shaun is presently serving as Secretary of the Australian Consortium of Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI), which runs social research training for Australian university researchers and students.

How to Vote Progressive in Australia: Labor or Green?

   by Dennis Altman and Sean Scalmer