Past Events

  • ACT Policy Slam An hour of big ideas

  • Anne Summers in Conversation

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    Monday 11 March, 6:00pm, Perth Town Hall

    Places are limited To confirm your place please both complete your details below, following which you will be directed to the page for payment. Tickets are $15 waged; $10 (concession, Australian Fabian or Emily's List financial members).

    Anne Summers will be in conversation talking about her latest book, Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir. She is a former adviser to Prime Ministers Hawke and Keating, an award winning journalist and author, including of the feminist classic Damned Whores and God's Police. The other Anne is of course, Anne Aly MHR, federal member for Cowan. She also published her autobiography, Finding My Place, in 2018. This event is co-hosted by Australian Fabians (WA) and Emily's List with support from Boffin Books. After purchasing your tickets you can choose to purchase an autographed copy of one or both autobiographies from these important women. You will receive an email to confirm your RSVP for the number of places (generated from this page) and another with a receipt upon payment (the following page). Please check you 'junk' box as those should be received quickly upon completion of forms on each page.

  • Changing the Politics of Climate Change

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    In 2007, Kevin Rudd famously declared climate change to be “the great moral challenge of our generation”

    Nevertheless, successive Labor and Coalition governments have failed to act effectively towards action on climate change or mitigating its effects. Corruption, denial and delay have permeated our institutions and have contributed to the current political inertia that has produced both outrage and hopelessness, as well as profound alienation from our democratic system.

    But it doesn’t have to be this way... Individuals and groups both domestically and overseas are fighting to change the politics of climate change before it is too late.

    But how do we change climate politics when the power is not with grassroots activists and individual citizens?

    Who is standing in our way? What makes our democratic system amplify some political points of view and not others?  Who has most access to the levers that change political outcomes? What can we do to change that?

    For a discussion on why so much has gone wrong with the politics of climate change, and where to look to successfully change how climate politics get heard, join us for this event on the 10th of April!

     

    Speakers:

     

    Victoria McKenzie-McHarg

    Victoria is currently Manager of Strategy and Planning at Bank Australia. Bank Australia are strongly committed to supporting renewable projects and lending to low-income households for solar installations. Victoria has been chair of the Climate Action Network Australia since October 2015, and is a Board member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. Her previous positions include Climate Campaigner at Environment Victoria from 2007 to 2013, a Director at the Moreland Energy Foundation from 2011 to 2014, and a Climate Campaign Manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation from 2014 to 2015.

     

    David Spratt

    David has been an important climate activist and author for many years. Best known as co-author of the influential book Climate Code Red, he is Research Director at the Breakthrough Research Centre for Climate Restoration, and authored/co-authored many key reports on the growing significance of the acceleration of climate change, most recently "What Lies Beneath" (co-authored with Ian Dunlop), described as the inside story of how climate policy has become embedded in a culture of failure and scientific reticence. David is a member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.

     

    Entry is $5 for Fabians members and concessions, $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.

  • Drink and Think: The Future, Unions and Equality

    WA Fabians, the Perth and Northbridge Branches, WA Labor are co-hosting this end-of-year drink and think on Tuesday 4th December at the historic Perth Trades Hall.

    Tim Dymond and Phil O'Donoghue, both employed at UnionsWA, active members of WA Labor and WA Fabians, have co-authored a paper on "The Future, Unions and Equality" that will be launched at the ALP National Conference. You are invited to hear this address in advance of the paper's release. Questions and discussion welcome. Meredith Hammat, Secretary, UnionsWA will chair proceedings.

    To RSVP please provide your details below so that we can cater sufficiently. Some soft and alcoholic drinks and nibble food to be provided from 5:30 pm, the short addresses and Q & A will commence from 6:15 pm

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  • Inclusive Growth For A More Equal Future

  • Queensland: Terry Hampson Inaugural Dinner 2019

    You are invited to the Australian Fabians, INAUGURAL TERRY HAMPSON MEMORIAL DINNER.

    The event will be held at 6.30 pm on Wednesday February 20 at 66 on Ernest Restaurant (Southbank TAFE). Parking Available on site. Cost is $60 members; $75 to non-members.

    The Speaker will be Stephen Keim SC on the topic of Climate Change and Human Rights.

    Afterwards we will have a panel consisting of Stephen; Geoff Edwards President of Royal Society of Queensland and Hon Leanne Enoch Minister for the Environment and Great Barrier Reef, Science and the Arts.

    The Fabians have decided to dedicate this annual event to Terry Hampson who was a long term Fabian who maintained the organisation and who with his wife Ann is the only Queensland Life Members of the Fabians.

    Terry was both an environmental hero; a Labor Hero and a Community Hero.

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  • Richard Denniss: Dead Right Book Tour (Melbourne)

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    Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute, has updated and expanded his best-selling Quarterly Essay into his newest book Dead Right: How neoliberalism ate itself and what comes next.

    Australian Fabians and The Australia Institute are proud to invite you to the Melbourne leg of his book tour.

    "In Dead Right, Richard explores ideas around what Neoliberalism has done to Australia. For decades, we have been led to believe that the private sector does everything better, that governments can’t afford to provide the high-quality services they once did, but that security and prosperity for all are just around the corner.

    In fact, Australians are now less equal, millions of workers have no sick leave or paid holidays, and housing is unaffordable for many. Deregulation, privatisation and trickle-down economics have, we are told, delivered us twenty-seven years of economic growth ... but to what end?

    This updated and expanded edition of Richard Denniss’ bestselling Quarterly Essay gives a template for understanding the next federal election; discusses how and why the right of politics has continued to splinter; focuses on why energy and climate policy is such a problem for conservative politics; and looks in more detail at what could come after neoliberalism."

    ~ The Australia Institute Team

     

    Dead Right: How Neoliberalism ate itself and what comes next, is out now!

    Entry is $5 for Fabians members and concessions, $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.

  • SOLD OUT - 2018 C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner with Tim Soutphommasane

    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)

  • Victorian Fabians Annual Dinner 2018: Gillian Triggs

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

    Book your tickets now at TryBooking

    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.

    New threats to human rights emerge all the time. The recently proposed Office of National Intelligence Bill will confer powers that may substantially undermine the personal privacy of ordinary citizens.

    Professor Triggs' will focus on the effects of this Bill and other legislative threats to our fundamental freedoms in common law and treaty obligations.

    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!

     

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    Date and Time

    Tuesday 27th November 2018, 6:30 PM

     

    Format

    6.30 pm Canapés, 7.00pm Dinner

    Two course meal including drinks

     

    Tickets

    Fabian Members/Concessions - $65

    Non-Fabian Members - $80

    Table capacity: 10 people

     

    Book Tickets: TryBooking

  • What's Keeping You Awake at Night?

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    Tired of shouting at the TV, fed up with Twitter and Facebook?

    Are you going mad because of some issue...

    ... that people need to wake up to?

    ... where everyone is missing the point?

    ... that people are just getting wrong?

    ... that you would love to see aired before the election?

     

    The Fabians want to hear your ideas on politics, society and where things need to change. Help us shape the big ideas of 2019.

    It's a night at the pub to rant and rave with purpose. Come and have your say, connect with others and discuss social and political topics that are burning a hole in your brain.

     

    Monday 25th February, 6.00pm

    Lounge Bar, The Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan St, Carlton VIC

    This is a Free Event.

    Please arrive at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start. To help us manage numbers please RSVP.

    Order drinks and food from the bar during the evening. There will be a pause in proceedings for food orders.