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Building an Economy to Save Us

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The current dominant economic system, built on extractivism and hyper-consumerism, is a key driver of climate breakdown, environmental deterioriation and social injustice. The New Economy Network Australia (NENA) is a network of people and organisations working to transform the current economic system and create new approaches to economies that support people and planet. In this webinar, our speakers will explore the interaction between neoclassical economics, consumerism and population growth, and explore the many positive approaches that steady state economics, degrowth and reducing material consumption can offer.

The webinar will be moderated by Dr Michelle Maloney, Co-founder and Director of the New Economy Network Australia.



Craig Parker is the Brisbane Director of the Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy (CASSE), and works in renewable energy, business development and ethical funds management. Craig is a Fellow for Integrated Economic Research – Australia which analyses and investigates the major threats to our economic and national security. Craig is deeply concerned about the direction our economy is heading and the fact that mainstream economists have been ignoring the deep problems within the way in which our economy operates and depends on destroying our future economy to prop up the present. Craig is a member of NENA's Ecological Economics Hub.


Dr Jane O'Sullivan is a multi-disciplinary researcher in population at the University of Queensland, and a co-convenor of The Overpopulation Project. She has done extensive work in developing countries and her research covers the environmental, social, micro- and macro-economic impacts of population growth, and the efficacy of policy and program options addressing it. Jane is a member of NENA's Ecological Economics Hub.


Martin is a small business operator who holds a bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Geography. He is a three time political candidate and is currently the Australian Regional Communities Director for the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, and Social Media and Promotions manager for the environmental organisation, Sustainable Population Australia. Martin is a committed environmentalist whose passion is the movement toward an economic system which recognises the limits to growth and the need to operate within them. Martin has a blog on the writing platform Medium, a popular Twitter account with over 10K Followers, and has been interviewed on numerous podcasts most recently: “What Matters Most” with Paul Samuel Dolman.


NENA is a network of organisations and individuals working to create an ecologically healthy and socially just society by transforming Australia’s economic system. NENA works by providing a platform for knowledge sharing, peer to peer support, cross-pollination of ideas and collaboration.

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