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    The South Australian Fabians and Welcome to Australia invite you to join us for an evening with Dr Russell Rook, community activist and refugee advocate.

    Dr Russell Rook has worked for The Salvation Army and founded a charity delivering innovative community services in disadvantaged communities.

    He then served as a Parliamentary Aide to Baroness Sherlock of Durham in the House of Lords, and was on the Labour Welfare team in Parliament, before becoming an advisor on faith and civil society to the then Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband MP.

    Russel is a partner at Good Faith Partnership and leads the RAMP Project, a cross party initiative seeking to transform the immigration debate in the UK. He has worked with government and civil society to help co-construct the Community Sponsorship Scheme for Refugees.

    Russell is the chair of Reset, a charity building the capacity of local communities to welcome and integrate refugees across the UK and works with the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, helping other countries to develop sponsorship programmes.



  • Blue Collar Frayed

    The NSW Fabians and the Centre for Future Work are proud to be hosting Jennifer Rayner who will be speaking about her new book Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow’s Economy.

    Blue-collar jobs for Australian men are disappearing at a rapid rate, and this is not just a product of unstoppable economic forces - it's also the result of our failure to acknowledge the importance of those jobs and the people who do them. The men now losing their jobs in heavy industry or trades will not easily find new work in Australia's growing service industries; the evidence shows they are disengaging from the workforce instead.

    Drawing on extensive research and many interviews, Jennifer Rayner argues that there can be blue-collar jobs in our future economy; in fact, we can't keep building a fair and prosperous Australia without them. Humane and clear-eyed, Blue Collar Frayed is a vital contribution to our national conversation.

    Jennifer Rayner has worked as an economic policy adviser for federal and territory Labor, and holds a PhD from the Australian National University. Her last book, Generation Less (2016), was an urgent call-to-arms on generational inequality.

    The event is a 6pm for 6:30pm start. Refreshments will also be provided.