The New Economy Network Australia (NENA) is a network of individuals and organisations working to transform Australia’s economic system so that achieving ecological health and social justice are the foundational principles and primary objectives of the economic system.

NENA works to facilitate connections, showcase and promote innovative projects, build peer-to-peer learning and use collective strategies to create and advocate for change, so that we can build a strong movement of people demanding, creating and benefiting from a ‘new’ economy.

There are three dimensions to NENA’s work: we are building networks, connections and shared initiatives:

  1. within specific geographic areas such as towns/cities, regions and states.
    Please read about our Geographic Hubs for more information
  2. across different sectors within the new economy, including: sustainable food, energy, transport, housing, indigenous economics, ecological economics and many more. Please read about our Sectoral Hubs for more information.
  3. that prioritise specific strategic goals every year. (Information about NENA’s Annual Strategic Plan will be available soon)

To carry out our work, NENA is made up of a growing number of connected, semi-autonomous Sectoral and Geographic Hubs that bring people together to focus on different issues in the new economy. NENA also has a central coordinating hub that provides support to our Hubs across Australia, and secretariat support to our elected groups.

New Economy News from Australia and Abroad

  • Pandemic Solidarity leads off FireWorks series

    June 22, 2020 Pandemic Solidarity leads off FireWorks series

    An amazing new book, Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid During the Covid-19 Crisis, leads off the new Pluto Press FireWorks series.

    Read more and purchase a copy of the book at Pandemic Solidarity.

  • Limit growth: liberate degrowth

    May 19, 2020 Limit growth: liberate degrowth

    by Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson, openDemocracy

    Degrowth stands for quality of life within planetary limits. This is the real opposite of capitalist growth.

    Degrowth is to growth as quality is to quantity, totally different. Growth is pure quantity: it is quality neutral. It is only because we live in a capitalist ... Read more...

  • Ten threats to humanity’s survival identified in Australian report calling for action

    April 22, 2020 Ten threats to humanity's survival identified in Australian report calling for action

    by Lisa Cox, The Guardian

    Governments should use the urgency of the Covid-19 pandemic to address 10 potentially catastrophic threats to the survival of the human race, according to a report by a collection of prominent Australian researchers and public figures.

    A report by a group called the Commission for the Human ... Read more...

  • Coronavirus and degrowth

    April 6, 2020 Coronavirus and degrowth

    by Anitra Nelson and Vincent Liegey, The Ecologist

    Degrowth is often referred to as a ‘provocative slogan’, but it comprises a distinct line of thought that highlights the dynamic contradiction between productivist economic growth and Earth’s material limits.

    This new critical guide to degrowth argues that we can improve people’s lives simply by sharing what ... Read more...

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New Economy Journal

See below for a selection of articles from the latest issue of New Economy Journal.

To explore all articles, visit the New Economy Journal page!

The Case for a Guaranteed Basic Income (AKA, the Pirate Party’s UBI)

John August

The Case for a Guaranteed Basic Income (AKA, the Pirate Party’s UBI)
Negative Income Tax The Pirate Party Australia policy package includes a "Negative Income Tax", resulting in a "Guaranteed Basic Income" (GBI) - a close relation of the "Universal Basic Income" (UBI). Under this proposal, eligible recipients are not given the same parcel of money. Rather, there is “basic rate” of...


Higher Incomes, Lower Costs & Guaranteed Safety Net

Michael Haines

Higher Incomes, Lower Costs & Guaranteed Safety Net
Around 50% of the population cannot contribute to the production of our goods and services: the young, old, incapacitated and their unpaid carers, as well as a small percentage ‘between jobs’. This is not a fixed group. The people in it constantly change: the young grow up and babies are...


An Empirical Objection to IPAT: A Reply to Mark Diesendorf

Duncan Wallace

An Empirical Objection to IPAT: A Reply to Mark Diesendorf
This article is a response to Dr Mark Diesendorf’s article ‘Population is a Driver of Environmental Impact: a Response to Duncan Wallace’ (NEJ, May 2020) Thank you to Dr Mark Diesendorf for his reply. He said that I implied, in my original article, that he and others are misanthropes. I...


Trade Imbalances, Foreign Debt and the Need for an International Currency

Gavin Tang

Trade Imbalances, Foreign Debt and the Need for an International Currency
Note from the author: This article is a shortened version of an original which discusses closely related issues, and also gives a more nuanced and complete presentation of the ideas discussed here. The article can either be accessed online or by writing to the author. A brief introduction In principle...