Past Events

  • 2018 NSW Fabians AGM

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

    Our special guest speaker will be NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.

    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 1th April 2018.

  • 2018 Victorian Fabians AGM

    Australian Fabian Society - Victorian Branch

    Annual General Meeting

    The Victorian Fabians' Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for members to become more involved in the running of our branch.  Please consider nominating for any position on our executive and help shape the group's future and expand its influence. We have lots of ideas and would welcome hearing from you on what you want to do as well having more hands to make things happen. 

    There are 10 positions to be filled on our Executive - Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Events Manager, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Executive Committee Members.  You must be a financial member to be nominated - you can nominate yourself or be nominated by another member.  Download and fill in the nomination form here and then send it back to our Returning Officer Max Dumais by Tuesday 17 April. If you can't come to the AGM but would like to vote, please complete the proxy form (download a copy here) and give it to your proxy to hand to the Chair at the meeting.

     

    AGENDA

    1. Welcome: Chair Julia Thornton

    2. Apologies

    3. Ordinary Business

    3.1 Confirmation of minutes for 2017 Annual General Meeting (click here to download the 2017 minutes)

    3.2. Chair’s Report

    3.3 Election of 2018 Officers

    3.4 Appointment of a representative to the National Board

    3.5 Appointment of Returning Officer 2019

    4. Special Business

    5. Meeting close

     

    After the AGM: the first in our Autumn Series on 18 April

    The AGM will be followed at 6pm by the first event in our Autumn Series looking at what we mean when we talk about inequality. Keep this time free and visit the event page here.

     

  • Australia and the Indo Pacific

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    The Hon. Stephen Smith was the Labor Minister for Foreign Affairs (2007-10) and Minister for Defence (2010-13) and is currently Professor of International Law at the University of WA. 

    This address is jointly hosted by WA Fabians and Labor for Aid.  Please complete RSVP details below for Thursday 26th April.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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  • Defining Inequality (Event One) - Wealth and Income

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    Event Series: What do we mean by Equality?

    Everywhere we are surrounded by indications of increased inequality in Australian society. But what does "inequality" mean? Are we strictly talking about economic  differences in income and wealth? Or do other cultural forms of inequality, eg, class, race, gender, age or disability, also intersect with income and wealth, and if so, how? And what might be the keys to fixing such a complex and politically charged problem as inequality?

    These questions form the basis of Victorian Fabians' Autumn Series of events.

     

    Event 1: Inequality of Wealth and Income (Economic)

    The causes and solutions to economic inequality are as varied as the number of economists there are to express them. However there is some consensus developing around the idea that disparities in wealth and income deferentially contribute to overall economic inequality, and that this inequality is growing.

    Explanations for increasing economic inequality somewhat depend on the politics of the person explaining. Some see globalisation or neoliberal economics as the problem while others see the dismantling of trade unions and diminishing labour power as the culprit. Others have blamed increasing automation eating into routine occupations at many levels of the workforce, including and beyond manufacturing. Piketty suggests that wealth, not income per se, is the problem. Wealth has a tendency to concentrate into a few hands except during times of war and disaster. The wealthy can act to channel more wealth their way. The remedy he suggests, is active redistribution.  However in a later essay he says the same causes do not explain income inequality.

    Two prominent researchers whose work revolves around understanding economic inequality give insights on how can we explain economic inequality of wealth and income and what can we do to ensure it does not result in ever greater economic and social disparities. 

     

    Speakers:


    Alison McClelland AM, Chair of Good Shepherd Australia-New Zealand, former Productivity Commissioner, to give Introduction.

    Dr Nicholas Herault, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. 

    Nicholas is an expert on labour economics, tax and transfer policies, homelessness, and welfare economics. He will discuss who is affected by the economics of inequality and why. 

    Warwick Smith, Senior Economist at Per Capita.

    Warwick has an interest in the history and philosophy of economics, meaning he is well placed to provide an insight into the background to our worsening inequality. He has recently co-authored a report into the way that government money disproportionately goes to the wealthy, not to welfare. 


    Entry: $5 (members), $10 (non-members), bring extra for the raffle!

     

  • Fabians National AGM 2018

    Dear FABIAN Members: Please see below the Notice for the National Annual General Meeting to be held in BRISBANE on Sunday the 13th of May 2018. (For those who can’t make it, we propose to have the AGM live streaming on Facebook).

    Members are also advised that the Returning Officer has now opened nominations for the National elected positions. A nomination form is attached and those nominating should refer to the current National Board Members - Roles & Responsibilities available also on the web site.

    It is noted that this meeting and any election of office bearers is being held under the 2013 constitution which can be found on our web site.

    All 2017/18 financial members are eligible to nominate and to vote in any consequent ballot, and to vote on any special motions at the National AGM.

    Remember that your branch AGM’s will have already elected your State / Branch representatives to the National Board

    Documents: 

    National Board NOTICE OF NATIONAL AGM With Talk by Progressive Speaker (TBA) 4.30 pm, Sunday 13th May, 2018 Meeting

    Room - UNITED VOICE Offices 27 Peel Street South Brisbane

    Proposed Agenda:

    1. Welcome: Retiring Chairman Tim Sonnreich

    2. Apologies

    3. Ordinary Business a. Confirmation of the minutes of the previous AGM (2017)

    b. Annual Reports

    • Chairman
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer – Financial Statements for 2017.

    c. Returning Officer’s (Max Dumais) Report 2018: Election of 2018 Officers 

    • Chairperson
    • Deputy Chairperson
    • National Secretary
    • National Membership Officer
    • National Treasurer d. Authorise the ‘public officers’ reports to Consumer Affairs Victoria and ASIC .

    e. Appointment of the Returning Officer for 2020.

    4. Special Business Agenda items to be considered under Special Business should be advised to the National Secretary by no later than 27th April 2018.

    5.00 PM Progressive Speaker (TBA) to speak

    6.00 PM. Meeting closes – all attendees are welcome to Join us for a drink or dinner for a good time & chat with fellow Fabians.

    Roger Byrne – National Secretary 14 March 2018

  • 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

  • Queensland Member Assembly

    The Australian Fabians ( Qld) is an organisation where every member’s view is important.
    For this reason, it is important that you all contribute to the ideas of our progressive political movement and give direction to your committee on how you wish the organisation to proceed over the next year.

    We will be holding a Member Assembly focused on planning on April 28th.

    This will be your opportunity to tell the committee what topics you want discussed; what speakers you want to hear and how you would wish us to communicate with you over the year ahead. We would appreciate if as many members as possible can attend.

    We have some ideas for you to consider. One is “Thee Future of Work”. This toipic has become increasingly relevant of late with Sally McManus’s call to arms over the growing casualisation and contract nature of our workforce. Another idea is a Policy Slam where we get a couple of State Ministers, perhaps even the Premier or Deputy Premier in the room and a number of members selected at random, get the opportunity to pitch a policy idea to our Parliamentary representatives and gain their feedback.

    These are just ideas and how and if we put them into action are up to you.

    We will look to link in regional members on a Live Link.

    In equality and equity

    Billy Colless
    Queensland Chair

  • Queensland Planning Day

    • Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 01:00 PM
    • TBA
  • 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

  • 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