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We aim to promote greater equality of power, wealth and opportunity.

We promote debate, encourage research, and publish commentary, into political ideas and public policy reform.

We host regular policy forums, conferences, dinners, and networking events with high profile guest speakers.

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  • A fairer and more sustainable Australia.

  • Promoting progressive values in the community.

  • Developing solutions to the biggest policy challenges of today. 

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Fabians Events

  • Upcoming events

    Tax Settings and Inequality - Townsville QLD

    When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM
    Where: Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre in Townsville City , Australia

    We are proud to announce that we have secured Terri Butler MP and Andrew Giles MP in Townsville, to present on their Essay - Tax settings and Inequality. 
    At this event we will also be lunching the North Queensland Committee of the Australian Fabians.
    When you RSVP to attend this event, as it will be at state conference we will send you an update for the Room location at a later date.

    About the Panel: 

    Terri Butler MP
    Terri is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities, and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality. She is the Deputy Chair of the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education & Training, and a member of the House Standing Committees on Procedure, and Tax and Revenue. She's on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.  She is co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Innovation and Enterprise group, and convener of Labor Friends of Tourism.
    Andrew Giles MP 

    Andrew Giles is the Federal Member for Scullin in Victoria. Prior to being elected in 2013, Andrew was a principal lawyer at Slater & Gordon, practicing in employment law, where he helped people uphold their rights at work and resolve the issues they face in their workplace. Andrew holds a degree in Arts and Law, having graduated from the University of Melbourne. Andrew serves on a number of parliamentary committees: Public Accounts and Audit; Privileges; Environment; Infrastructure and Economics. Within the Parliamentary Labor Party, Andrew is the chair of the Education, Research, Science and Arts Committee, and a member of the Economics Committee. Reflecting his keen interest in urban development, he is the convenor of the Cities sub-committee.


    Who's attending

    NSW Fabians Pamphlet Launch – ‘A New Vision for NSW’

    When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 01:15 PM
    Where: Lower Town Hall 2 in Sydney, Australia


    The NSW Fabians are delighted to invite NSW Conference delegates and attendees to the launch of our new Fabian pamphlet ‘A New Vision for NSW: Ideas for the Next NSW Labor Government’. 

    In this pamphlet, the authors set our their ideas and policies for the next State Labor Government. Authors include Ryan Park, John Graham, Jodi McKay, Penny Sharpe, Daniel Mookhey, Tim Ayres and others.

    Speakers will include John Graham MLC, Jodi McKay, Tim Ayres and Elly Howse. Copies of the pamphlet will be available.

    You can guarantee a copy of the pamphlet by contributing to our crowfunding campaign at chuffed.org/project/fabianideas

    WHEN: 1:15pm, Saturday 29th July
    WHERE: Lower Town Hall 2


    Who's attending

    Labor's philosophy in action

    When: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Where: Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House in Sydney, Australia

    Join us at NSW Parliament for a keynote address from the NSW Deputy Labor leader and Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Michael Daley MP.

    Who's attending

    Tax Settings to Reduce Inequality: Terri Butler and Andrew Giles

    When: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Where: Purple Room, MCC Multicultural Hub in Melbourne, Australia



    This is a Victorian Fabians Special Event with Terri Butler MP and Andrew Giles MP

    How might a new approach to tax achieve greater equality? 

    Have you read Terri Butler and Andrew Giles' essay for Australian Fabians on how tax measures can be used to achieve greater equality?  If not, access your copy here.

    Now is your chance to hear them discuss their ideas... At this event Terri Butler and Andrew Giles will outline the ideas put forward in their essay, followed by an exploration of its implications with Alison McClelland AM (former Productivity Commissioner) and questions from you! 

    In their essay they argue:

    "Today, Australians are experiencing record levels of inequality. We are on course for a future which promises a new Gilded Age for a lucky few, at the expense of confined and insecure lives for the many. To reverse this trend to inequality we need more than a set of policies: we need a consistent argument for the changes needed to deliver growth that is inclusive and sustainable. This has to be anchored by a new approach to tax."

    Andrew Giles is the Federal Member for Scullin; Terri Butler is the Federal Member for Griffith.




    When:         Wednesday 2 August at 6.30pm

    Where:        Purple Room MCC Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

    Cost:           $5 members; $10 non-members