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    What would constitute a new 'New Deal' or Social Compact?

    Tired of the hypocritical humbug neoliberals spout as a pretence for political thinking? What is beyond low company taxes and welfare scapegoating? 

    Want a new kind of politics where self interest is no longer rewarded over cooperation and caring? What would a new social democratic solution in Australia look like?

    In our final Autumn Series Forum for 2017 we ask what would constitute a new 'New Deal' or Social Compact, to address the growing inequality and declining fairness of Australian society.

    Speakers: John Quiggin, Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland, and Hutch Hussein, Victorian ALP President.

    Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

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  • Equality in the Criminal System

    Join the Discussion with the following list of speakers,

     

     

    Prof Kerry Carrington (Head of the QUT School of Justice)

    Professor Kerry Carrington is the Head School of Justice, Faculty of Law, QUT, Australia. She is a Senior Counselor of the Asian Criminological Society, and was till 2015 Vice Chair of the Division of Critical Criminology, American Society of Criminology. She is the founding Co-Chief Editor of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Pacific Rim Editor of Critical Criminology and International editorial board member of the British Society of Criminology’s flagship journal – Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Feminist Criminology. In 2014 Kerry Carrington received the  American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime 2103 Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of her contributions to the study and analysis of young women, crime and youth justice which spans 27 years.  In 2014 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology (Division of Critical Criminology). In 2011 her co-publication, “Resource Boom Underbelly: The criminological impact of mining” won the 2012 Allen Austin Bartholomew Award for the best publication in  the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 

     

     

    Luke Thompson (Program Manager Inala Youth Service)

     

    Andrew Fa'avale (Mana Mentoring - Chairperson and co-founder)

    Andrew has worked as a mediator, practiced as a lawyer, played and coached rugby, worked with young offenders and is currently employed as an equity practitioner and researcher at QUT. These roles have blessed him with the opportunity to live in a diverse range of places such as Samoa, England, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia.

     

    Outside of work, Andrew co-founded MANA Community Mentoring Inc., a community organisation that seeks to foster the strengths, abilities and options of youth for positive engagement in the community

     

     

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  • Tax Settings and Inequality

    Australia needs a completely different conversation about taxation policy.
     
    The decisions to be made about taxation - such as how much is to be raised, and by what means - affect much more than just finding the revenue to secure the provision of necessary services.
     
    Today, Australians are experiencing record levels of inequality. Unchecked, this will get worse, separating the experiences and opportunities of Australians, dampening all of our prospects.
     
    Join Terri Butler MP & Andrew Giles MP as they discuss their recent Fabian essay on the links between taxes & inequality.
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  • How to Advocate for Equality

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    Join the Queensland branch for their winter series on equality.
    This event is the first of 3 over winter in the sunshine state.
     
    At this event, join in the discussion with the following panelists as we discuss and share stories on how to advovate for equality.
     

    About the Panel:

    Linda Ford (Social Worker from Mt Isa and AASW national Board member)
    Ms Ford has been a social worker since graduating from the James Cook University in 1995, and began work in a family support service, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Care agency in Townsville.  After that she worked for Child Safety for over 15 years in various locations around north and west Queensland including Mount Isa. Ms Ford worked as a Clinical Education Specialist – Coordinating education for Social Workers in health in North Queensland for two years, and then as manager of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service (ATODS) for the NWHHS.
    Tony Stevenson (CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship)
    Tony has more than 30 years experience in the non-profit sector. As a visionary leader, he strives to promote organisational growth, cohesive operations, effective communications, positive outcomes and staff engagement.  Tony is experienced in business management. Through extensive strategic planning, he works alongside leadership staff to develop and achieve meaningful outcomes across the organisation. In December 2016 Tony was appointed as the National CEO for the Mental Illness Fellowship.
    Kevin Cocks (Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner)
    Kevin Cocks was appointed Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for an initial term of four years in February 2011.  Kevin was reappointed for an additional three years, and his current term of office will end on 6 February 2018 Kevin holds a Master of Social Welfare, Administration & Planning from the University of Queensland and prior to his appointment was a prominent advocate working for social justice and human rights issues for vulnerable people with disabilities. At local, state and national levels Kevin has made positive contributions to achieve legislative reform towards creating accessible built environments, facilities and public and private transport. 
    Bill Marklew
    Trade Unionist Bill Marklew was appointed Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in Queensland in 2000. He has been a member of the CPSU since 1994 and played a key role in the organisation of the picket line during the Maritine Union of Australia dispute in Townsville as well as the Our Rights at Work Campaign in Brisbane.
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  • Tax Settings and Inequality - Townsville QLD

    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.

     

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  • 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 authors of the pamphlet. Copies of the pamphlet will be available.

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

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  • Tax Settings and Inequality

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    Join the Queensland branch for their winter series on equality.
    This event is the Third Event of Three over winter in the sunshine state.
     
    At this event, join in the discussion as we discuss the Essay - Tax Settings and Inequality with the authors - Terri Butler MP and Andrew Giles MP.
     

    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.

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