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    This is the second event of Victorian Fabians' Spring Series for 2018, at which we'll discuss reconciliation, the strengthening of First Nations' voices, and their link with equality. It will feature talks by Dean Parkin and Justin Mohamed.

    That the idea of reconciliation and the creation of a mechanism for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, on an equal footing, in the affairs of Australia dates back at least 40 years is itself testimony to the intransigence of the Australian political system in its lack of recognition of First Nations' voices.

    Reconciliation Australia defines "Reconciliation" as based on five principles;

    • Race relations based on trust and respect, free of racism
    • Equality and equity of participation in a range of life opportunities, also recognising the unique rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    • Institutional integrity of political, business and community organisations to support reconciliation
    • Unity, so that our shared identity recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage
    • Historical acceptance, meaning that the wrongs of the past and the necessity for their redress are accepted by all Australians

    These are big steps for Australia to take. How can we take them and emerge with greater equality?





    Dean Parkin

    Dean is from the Quandamooka peoples from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland. He was involved in the negotiations leading to a Native Title determination in 2011 and continues to work with his community on this journey.

    He helped facilitate all 13 dialogues that produced the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He is currently establishing a people's movement to promote political momentum for the Uluru Statement. He also runs his own consultancy aimed at co-design of strategic change, bringing people together and engaging them in dialogue.



    Justin Mohamed

    A Gooreng Gooreng man from Bundaberg in Queensland, Justin Mohamed has spent much of his career working in the Aboriginal health and sport sectors, improving outcomes and connections to culture for Aboriginal people, including children.

    He is a leader in reconciliation, having served as the CEO of Reconciliation Australia for three years until 2017, and was most recently the CEO of Equity Health Solutions.

    Currently he is the Victorian Government Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.


    Entry is $5 for members, $10 for non-members (bring extra for the raffle).

    Please arrive from 5.30 for a 6pm start, all guests are welcome to join us for dinner after the event.


  • National Member Assembly

    Since our beginnings in 1947, the Australian Fabians has grown progressively. We have developed our capacity to act together and build relationships across our Australia and won victories that have addressed pressures and improved our communities.

    From our 1973 pamphlet that brought medicare to life or our recent essays on tackling regional and economic inequality. The Australian Fabians have been the starting point for big changes in our society. It has been members like you that have been the driving force to build a better society, not simply a bigger economy. 

    Now, it is time to for us to step out and claim our public role again as Australia's largest member organised political think tank!

    History has shown we can achieve results in our local communities, this only happens when members take the lead by having the big debates and pitching the big ideas.

    Now is the time to take ourselves to the next level, to be publicly recognised for what we can achieve and move to the national level. 

    This is where we as members come together. 

    I know that when we come together and put our minds to it as Fabians, we can achieve a lot.


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    This is the third event of Victorian Fabians' Spring Series for 2018, co-hosted by the Labor Environment Action Network (LEAN), at which we'll discuss environmental sustainability and equality, with talks by Dr Bruce Lindsay and Ged Kearney MP.

    Increases in environmental degradation, coupled with the accelerating disruptions to our natural environment from climate change, present a rising tide of risks to our economic and social well-being. Is our inexorably growing population and scale of activity compatible with sustainable development? 

    Many of the impacts will disproportionately affect the more disadvantaged in our society. This represents a threat to progressive social-democracy.

    With the risks to our environment from human activity, population growth and climate change, how are sustainability, human well-being and equality all connected?





    Dr Bruce Lindsay (Environmental Justice Australia, Member of Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law)

    Bruce works as a law reform and project officer at Environmental Justice Australia - a public-interest community legal centre specialising in environmental and planning law. Bruce has written on biodiversity law, water law, access to justice issues, and planning law for EJA. He has previously worked with Trust for Nature, undertaking leading research on law in private land conservation and environmental markets. He has had a long association with local environmental groups and issues in Geelong, Victoria.



    Ged Kearney MP (ALP Member for Batman)

    Ged was born and raised in Melbourne and lived in the electorate of Batman for 20 years. She started her working life as a nurse and rose to become Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation. From 2010, Ged served as the elected president of the ACTU – the peak body of Australia’s union movement – where she has been fighting for better conditions for Australian workers. Ged fought John Howard’s Workchoices to protect our rights at work, and is a passionate advocate for social justice and gender equality in the workplace.


    Entry is $5 for members, $10 for non-members (bring extra for the raffle).

    Please arrive from 5.30 for a 6pm start, all guests are welcome to join us for dinner after the event.


  • Over the past three decades, progressive politics in Australia has undergone a gradual but unmistakable transformation. Where the Australian Labor Party once enjoyed dominance over the political left it now shares space with the Greens; at times depending on minor-party support to form government, and even more often to pass contentious legislation. Based on over forty interviews with politicians and party figures, Whitlam's Children is the first study of this increasingly important relationship in Australian politics.

    Join Whitlam's Children author Shaun Crowe, Senator Jenny McAllister and Ben Spies Butcher for what will be an important discussion on the relationship between Labor and the Greens



  • 2018 C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner with Tim Soutphomasane

    The NSW Fabians are proud to host its 6th annual C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner on Friday 16th November.

    The dinner is named in honour of the first President of the NSW Fabian Society, Clarence Edward Martin, the longest serving Attorney-General in New South Wales history. 

    Our keynote speaker will be Tim Soutphommasane, former Race Discrimination Commissioner.

    It will be a great opportunity to share a night among friends and fellow members and support the work the NSW Fabians have done over the past year.

    Last year’s dinner sold out so please get in early.

    Includes: A three course meal plus three beverages & unlimited soft drinks (additional drinks available for purchase but please note that venue does not accept cash)

    Earlybird Price: Members/concession $90, non-members $100, solidarity $120, apology $50 (Members/concession $100, non-members $110 after September 30)

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  • Victorian Fabians Annual Dinner 2018: Gillian Triggs



    Join us for the biggest event on our calendar – the Annual Dinner with special guest speaker Gillian Triggs.

    Australia is increasingly abrogating its human rights obligations abroad and the fundamental freedoms of its own citizens at home.

    Secrecy laws cover the most extreme breaches. Surveillance and self censorship ensure that people who might act as witnesses and whistleblowers do not or cannot speak up.

    Organisations that might act as checks and balances are delegitimized by accusations of politicisation, and progressively defunded.

    Anyone in Australia seeking to strengthen the defence of those exposed to human rights abuses is severely hampered by the absence of an Australian Bill of Human Rights.

    Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs has been both a champion of human rights and a target of attempts to suppress them.

    She is the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and for Fabians, needs little other introduction.

    Join us for a thought provoking stimulating evening and conversation with like minded people. Book a whole table and bring your friends!



    Date and Time

    Tuesday 27th November 2018, 6:30 PM



    6.30 pm Canapés, 7.00pm Dinner

    Two course meal including drinks



    Fabian Members/Concessions - $65

    Non-Fabian Members - $80

    Table capacity: 10 people


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