Past Events

  • ACT Fabians AGM

    Come to our 2015 AGM and help elect our local ACT Executive! You too can assist in the work of Australia's oldest centre-left community organisation. And if you're not already a member, join today!

  • Air Disaster Canberra: The Plane Crash that Destroyed a Government

    1940. Wartime Australia. Key members of Menzies’ government die in a fiery plane crash. What went wrong and what happened next? In August 1940 Australia had been at war for almost a year when a Hudson bomber – the A16-97 – carrying ten people, including three cabinet ministers, crashed into a ridge near Canberra. Over the next twelve months, it became clear that the passing of Geoffrey Street, Sir Henry Gullett and James Fairbairn had destabilised Robert Menzies’ wartime government. As a direct but delayed consequence, John Curtin became prime minister in October 1941. 

    Join us as author Andrew Tink tells an engrossing and dramatic tale of a little-known aspect of Australia’s political history.

    This event is hosted by the NSW Fabians, in conjunction with the Sydney Society for the Study of Labour History.

  • C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner with Senator John Faulkner

    • Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    • The Apprentice in Ultimo, Australia
    • $80.00 AUD

    The NSW Fabians are proud to host our 2nd annual C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner, on Thursday 20th 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 guest speaker will be Senator the Hon John Faulkner, a former President of the NSW Fabians himself.

    We will also be hearing from our NSW Fabians Vice-President and Labor candidate for the seat of Holsworthy, Charishma Kaliyanda.

    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 inaugural dinner sold out so please get in early.

    Earlybird Price: Members/concession $80, non-members $90, solidarity $100 
    Price includes a 3 course meal and drinks

    PLEASE NOTE: The date of the dinner was moved from Friday 28th November. Please contact us for any refunds.

  • Our March Forum is very timely, following on the release on 25 February of the final report of Patrick McClure's review into Australia's welfare system. The report has received a cautious, sometimes sceptical reception from the disability community (herehere and here).  

    With this forum, we hope to ensure that the debate has only begun and that equality continues to be the watchword for all future policy makers. 

    Where: Melbourne City Conference Centre, Corner Swanston & Lt Lonsdale Streets
    When: 6.00pm - 7.30pm, Tuesday, 10th March 2015
    Entry: $5.00 members/ $10.00 non-members

    Join us to hear informed perspectives from the Victorian government and disability sector.

    • Gabrielle Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Disabilities
    • Tony Clark, disabilities campaigner and candidate for Ringwood at the Victorian State election
    • Jen Hargrave from 'Women with Disabilities Victoria'.  She is Policy Officer at WDV and is responsible for writing submissions to the current Senate enquiry, Vic Royal Commission into Family Violence, and a Vic Ombudsman enquiry amongst other things.
  • The Gonski Education reform agenda of the Rudd/Gillard governments was significant in placing equity in education back onto the political agenda. The Abbott government has since walked away from Gonski, and even though the new Andrews Labor government in Victoria has increased TAFE and VET funding, it has also agreed to maintain its predecessor’s arrangements for funding of independent and private schools. 

    We ask: where are we now heading in Victoria? Are the Gonski arrangements dead? And if so, why has Labor now abandoned them? How can equity be returned to the centre of the education agenda? And what about VET, TAFE and University sector arrangements? 

    Join us to hear informed perspectives from the Victorian education sector.

    *Meredith Peace, Victorian President, Australian Education Union

    *Dr David Zyngier, Former School Principal and now Senior Lecturer in Education at Monash University

    *Dr John Spierings, former Research Strategist with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, Senior Education Adviser in the Rudd/Gillard governments and now CEO of the Reichstein Foundation

    *Dr Fanta Aw will provide an international perspective on these issues. Dr Aw is a visiting international education and US higher education expert, and President and Chair of NAFSA, the Association for International Educators.

    $5.00 Members/concession; $10.00 Non-members

  • NSW Fabians AGM

    The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the NSW Fabians will be held on Wednesday 27th May at 6:30pm.

    Our special guest speaker is City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott who will be talking about a progressive agenda for cities.

    The venue for the AGM is Level 7, CPSU House, 191-199 Thomas Street, Haymarket.

    Notice of the AGM and the agenda are available here.  

    We are calling for nominations for the following positions:

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

    Nomination forms for the NSW Executive can be found here. They must 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 24th April 2014.

  • NSW Post-Election Forum

    Join the NSW Fabians and a great panel of speakers in discussing the results of the 2015 state election and what it means for the next four years in NSW.



    Quentin Dempster, journalist and author

    Tim Ayers, AMWU NSW Secretary

    Sam Crosby, Executive Director, McKell Institute

  • The Good Fight

    • Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 05:00 PM
    • AEU Building in Hobart, Australia

    The Tasmanian Fabians and The Hobart Book Shop invite you to a discussion and Q&A on economic inequality with Wayne Swan MP.

    Wayne Swan MP, will be introduced by Tasmanian Fabian Chair, Julie Collins MP.




    Book signing from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Forum commencing at 6:00pm


    RSVP to Stuart Benson

    Entry: Gold coin donation

    Drinks will be provided

  • The recent Victorian State election saw a revival in union political campaigning on an unprecedented scale.  Nurses, paramedics, teachers, firefighters and many other unions were mobilised to assist with Victorian Labor’s extensive grass roots campaign. The work of trade unions and its members was a critical factor in winning the marginal seats that provided for Labor’s success, at this election. 

    With victory secured in Victoria, we ask: what comes next? How do we continue to build on the momentum that has been achieved? And what should be the goals of the movement be over the coming five years? What does this mean for the Federal election in 2016? And more importantly, how can unions continue to be a relevant and sustained source for good in modern Australia? 

    Join us to hear informed perspectives from the people at the forefront of both Victorian and Australian unionism.


    • Luke Hilakari, Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council
    • Tim Kennedy, Secretary, National Union of Workers (Vic Branch)
    • Sally McManus, Secretary, Australian Services Union (NSW Branch)
  • Your say: What is the next big idea for Labor?

    • Wednesday, May 06, 2015 at 07:30 PM
    • Artisan Cafe in Blackwood, Australia
    • An open, interactive and friendly forum
    • In two minutes explain what the 'next big idea’ for Labor should be
    • Local, State, Federal, or global issues
    • Vote on the best idea and then discuss in more detail.


    Spot prizes for participants

    Refreshments available


    Organised by Australian Fabians (SA)

    in conjunction with

    Davenport Australian Labor Party Sub-branch