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  • Queensland Event: Achieving change through protest

    How do we define "effective" when it comes to protesting? And what do social media, democracy, political organizations and a good dose of history have to do with whether or not they might work?

    At this Fabian's forum, we will endeavour to learn more about how marches create change — and why, in many cases, we have to wait for decades afterwards to find out if a protest was truly "effective."

    To guide us through the learning process we have invited a number of guest speakers to lead our discussions. 

    • Terry O'Gorman is Vice President of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties and President of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties. For many years he has been active in the Civil Liberties field and in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights. Along with Anne Warner, Terry was heavily involved in the protest movement during the Bjelke Petersen regime and acted as legal representative for many of those who were arrested in those marches. 
    • Anne Warner is the former State Member for Kurilpa and South Brisbane and was a Minister for Family Services and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the Goss Government. Anne was a social welfare union organiser prior to entering politics. Anne undertook quite an active role in the protest movement and was active ia wide range of issues including civil rights, education, government maladministration, corruption, and child welfare. 
    • Sue Yarrow Sue was in all the marches and in the way House, Sue is a prominent ALP feminist activist. A founding member of the socialist left and to add icing to the cake she has recently done extensive research into her period of protest for her master's degree. 
    • Saleem Mohammed is currently Secretary of the Local Labor Association of the ALP. Prior to coming to Australia he was a member of one of the organisations which worker with the ANC to overcome the apartheid regime in South Africa even working with Nelson Mandela.

    Join us on this endeavour to learn collectively.

    A BBQ Lunch will be provided, should you require Vegan or Vegetarian food please email let us know here

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  • Australian National Development Index Workshop

    Australian National Development Index

    Australian Fabians are being invited to take part in developing a model format for an extensive and inclusive national community engagement process as part of the development of ANDI (the Australian National Development Index).

    It is your opportunity to have a significant input to a project which will have far-reaching impact on Australia, its development and, ultimately, its true sense of itself. We are seeking to know what sort of Australia would you like to live in?

    What is ANDI?

    ANDI (the Australian National Development Index) is an ambitious long-term national project aimed at developing ongoing measures of equitable and sustainable well-being for Australia as a more relevant and appropriate approach than the GDP. Outstanding Australians, Professor Fiona Stanley AC, and Tim Costello AO are its Directors and Sir Gus Nossal AC is an ANDI ambassador.

    ANDI aims to produce an annual index of national progress and well-being, as well as indices of progress and status reports in twelve key domains of progress, such as health, education, justice, indigenous wellbeing, children and youth wellbeing, environment and sustainability, work and work life, community and regional life.

    It is clear that to build a better and fairer Australia ‘beyond GDP’, we need a community process to define and measure the concrete outcomes that inform our collective vision for the country and a process for regularly measuring and reviewing our progress towards that vision. We need you to help.

    Come along and make a significant contribution to social progress in Australia.

    Workshop One – What values should Australian Society aspire to?
    Wednesday 14th February from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm.

    Workshop Two – What form of health care system should we strive for?
    Wednesday 7th March from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm, and

    Workshop Three – What type of education system would best serve Australia?
    Wednesday 4th April from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm.

    It is essential to reserve your place in this interactive workshop so we can determine venue requirements. For more information, contact convenor@fabian.org.au and research ANDI at www.andi.org.au

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  • Australian National Development Index Workshop

    Australian National Development Index

    Australian Fabians are being invited to take part in developing a model format for an extensive and inclusive national community engagement process as part of the development of ANDI (the Australian National Development Index).

    It is your opportunity to have a significant input to a project which will have far-reaching impact on Australia, its development and, ultimately, its true sense of itself. We are seeking to know what sort of Australia would you like to live in?

    What is ANDI?

    ANDI (the Australian National Development Index) is an ambitious long-term national project aimed at developing ongoing measures of equitable and sustainable well-being for Australia as a more relevant and appropriate approach than the GDP. Outstanding Australians, Professor Fiona Stanley AC, and Tim Costello AO are its Directors and Sir Gus Nossal AC is an ANDI ambassador.

    ANDI aims to produce an annual index of national progress and well-being, as well as indices of progress and status reports in twelve key domains of progress, such as health, education, justice, indigenous wellbeing, children and youth wellbeing, environment and sustainability, work and work life, community and regional life.

    It is clear that to build a better and fairer Australia ‘beyond GDP’, we need a community process to define and measure the concrete outcomes that inform our collective vision for the country and a process for regularly measuring and reviewing our progress towards that vision. We need you to help.

    Come along and make a significant contribution to social progress in Australia.

    Workshop One – What values should Australian Society aspire to?
    Wednesday 14th February from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm.

    Workshop Two – What form of health care system should we strive for?
    Wednesday 7th March from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm, and

    Workshop Three – What type of education system would best serve Australia?
    Wednesday 4th April from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm.

    It is essential to reserve your place in this interactive workshop so we can determine venue requirements. For more information, contact convenor@fabian.org.au and research ANDI at www.andi.org.au

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  • 2018 NSW Fabians AGM

    The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the NSW Fabians will be held on Wednesday 11th April from 6pm.

    The venue for the AGM will be the Labor Caucus Room at NSW Parliament House.

    We are calling for nominations for the following positions:

    President
    Vice President (x2)
    Secretary
    Treasurer
    Assistant Secretary
    Ordinary Executive Member (x5)
    National Board Representative

    Nominations must be in writing (this can be an email) and be signed by two current members of the NSW Fabians and bear the signed acceptance of the nominee.

    Nominations close with the NSW Returning Officer by 6.30 pm on Sunday 8th April 2018.

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