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  • Climate and Environment

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    This is the third of a series of interactive events to collect your and other Fabians' thoughts on three issues identified by our members as so important that they are "keeping them awake at night". Each event will be introduced by a prominent figure in the field. 

    These ideas will be collected together as a series of "Letters to Labor" to help inform the policy agenda. Copies will be forwarded to the opposition leader (Anthony Albanese), the relevant Labor Shadow Minister, and to the appropriate ALP Policy Committee.

    In this event we will be discussing Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, including the social consequences of climate change and of the disruption created by adaption. We will be joined by Rob Gell AM:

    • What are the key challenges facing Victoria with relation to climate change?
    • What steps might be taken now to ensure community engagement and the political will to address these issues?
    • What are the main obstacles or constraints within Australia to mounting a major response to the challenges of Climate Change?
    • What might it take to ensure a viable and more sustainable lifestyle within Australian society in the face of the impacts of climate change?
    • What are the implications for government policy in mounting an effective response?
    • Name one policy you believe Labor governments at State and Federal levels should pursue in order to lay the foundations for an effective response to tackling climate change or in ensuring a sustainable environment?

    Some of the challenges for creative solutions:

    • Owning an accepted Vision for Australia on Climate Change
    • Building Australia as a renewable energy powerhouse
    • Understanding implications for industry, planning, infrastructure and conservation
    • Considering the role of community engagement to manage energy usage and waste
    • Climate change – minimizing and adapting to unavoidable change
    • Climate nomads – adaptation arising from the relocation of affected populations including geopolitical security flowing from climate extremes
    • Mass deployment of new renewable energy infrastructure, electrification of transportation and retooling of car plants, as well as mass deployment of electrified rail using modern EU/China/Japan standard metro and fast rail.

    Each event will finish with a request to the audience for 5 or 6 people to form a team to help write up the results as a submission.

     

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  • Fabians National AGM 2019

    The National Annual General Meeting to be held in CANBERRA on Saturday the 27th of July 2019. (For those who can’t make it, we propose to have the AGM live streaming on Facebook).

    Members are also advised that this is not an election year as we run 2 year terms.

    However, the Board is proposing some updates/revisions to our Constitution and these will be voted on at the AGM All current financial members 2018/19 are eligible to vote in any these changes and other special matter arising at the AGM.

    To make sure your vote counts I have attached a proxy form, please complete and lodge as required by 21 July 2019

    NOTICE OF NATIONAL AGM MEETING
    Including a Panel Discussion with speakers Jen Rayner and Stephen Hall. @ 5:30 pm

    AGM Notice.
    4.30 pm, Saturday the 27th July 2019
    Quality Hotel Dickson
    Corner of Badham & Cape Streets Dickson ACT
    Malvern Star Function Room


    Proposed Agenda:
    1. Welcome: Chairman Billy Colless
    2. Apologies
    3. Ordinary Business

    a. Confirmation of the minutes of the previous AGM (May 2018)

    b. Annual Reports for 2018

    • Chairman
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer – Financial Statements for 2018.
    • Note these reports are all available on the web site
    • Authorise the ‘2018 Public Officers’ reports to Consumer Affairs Victoria and ASI

    4. Proposed changes to the National Constitution – as circulated


    5. Special Business Any Agenda items to be considered under Special Business
    should be advised to the National Secretary by no later than 3 July 2019.


    5.30 PM Speakers Panel to discuss “The Unity of Labo(u)r is the hope of
    the world” Panel to include wonderful progressive speakers : Jen
    Rayner, Van Badham and Stephen Hall


    6.30 PM. Meeting closes – all attendees are welcome to Join us for a
    drink and or dinner for a good time & chat with fellow Fabians.
    Roger Byrne – National Secretary 27 June 2019

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  • ACT Fabians: The Unity of Labo(u)r is the HOPE of the world

    Australian Fabians invites you to our Winter 2019 event, a discussion panel to explore new and old Left ideas and how we can unite in hope for a fairer world.

    The theme of the discussion is: The unity of Labo(u)r is the HOPE of the world.
    Fun fact - this was the ALP slogan for many years!

    Following on from the federal election, conversations are swirling about the Future of Work in an ecomomy and society disrupted by automation as well as climate change - how can we tackle these challenges and ensure a Just Transition for everyone?

    Date: Sat 27th July 2019
    Time: 5:30pm
    Venue: Dickson Tradies

    We are excited to have our guests speakers bring their insights and ideas to share with us.

    • Jen Raynor is the author of 'Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow’s Economy' in which she 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. This book is essential reading for anyone that wants to understand these changes.
    • Steven Hail is the author of 'Economics for Sustainable Prosperity' in which he builds the case for a permanent and inclusive job guarantee and an alternative, more realistic and more useful set of economic foundations, which could deliver the opportunity of a decent quality of life with dignity to all.
    • Frank Bongiorno is an Australian historian, academic and author. He is a Professor of History at the Australian National University, and has been head of the university's history department since 2018
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  • Is Democracy Dying? - John Keane

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    Reports of the death of democracy may be greatly exaggerated. However, there is mounting evidence that many people are losing trust in our democratic institutions. Today people in countries we regard as non-democratic often have greater confidence in their governments to act in their interests than we do. Observers pin the blame on our out-of-touch governments, corrupt media and politicians, big corporations and a growing gap between rich and poor. More than a few disaffected citizens are meanwhile attracted to new populisms because they feel dragged down by economic dissatisfaction, broken promises, decline and injustice.

     

    Speaker:  John Keane

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    In his talk, John Keane will survey recent trends to suggest that democracy urgently needs reimagining if it is to address the dangers and opportunities posed by current global realities. His talk will offer a radically new interpretation of the twenty-first century fate of democracy and why, despite everything, it may survive the current anti-democratic trends and remain a global ideal.

    Renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, John Keane has been described by the ABC as one of 'Australia's great intellectual exports'. 

    He is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), and Distinguished Professor at Peking University.  He is the Director and co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network.

    Keane has contributed to The New York TimesAl Jazeera, the Times Literary SupplementThe GuardianHarper’s, the South China Morning Post and The Huffington Post.

    His latest book, The New Despotisms, on the global rise of despotism and the decline of democracy in the West, is to be published by Harvard University Press in early 2020.

     

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