Past Events

  • 2019 Post-Election Analysis

    Partnering with CGM Communications, Australian Fabians in WA have brought together two experts in electoral analysis to help us understand the 2019 federal election result at this presentation on Monday 10 June from 6:00pm.

    William Boweis an electoral analyst for Crikey and a regular participant in federal and state election night coverage for ABC Radio. He has been the publisher of the blog The Poll Bludger for more than 10 years, providing commentary on election campaigns, opinion polls and voting behaviour. 

    Karen Luscombe, principal researcher for WA Opinion Polls (WAOP) which for more than 25 years has conducted focus group and polling research in WA and federal politics for the ALP. She and Jim Lamev, also at WAOP, conducted focus group and polling work for the ALP for the 1993 federal - Hewson/GST 'True Believers' election, which has been compared with this 2019 campaign.

    Light refreshments will be provided, drinks available at bar prices. To RSVP please complete your details below.

     

  • Adelaide Book Launch - Winning for Women | Iola Mathews

    If you are in Adelaide, Save this date.


    What was it like to be involved in the heady days of ‘second wave’ feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, a journalist at The Age, and later a leading ACTU advocate for women workers during the ‘Accord’ with the Hawke-Keating Government. She was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children. In this honest and revealing memoir, she takes us inside the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave and work-family issues. This is an important record of a pivotal time for women in Australia’s history. Iola brings wisdom and experience to it, reflecting on where we are today, with suggestions for further reform. It’s a vital source for policy makers and all those interested in women, work and families.

  • Brisbane Book Launch - Winning for Women | Iola Mathews

    If you are in Brisbane, Save this date, For the event co-hosted by the QCU and the Australian Fabians.

    What was it like to be involved in the heady days of ‘second wave’ feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, a journalist at The Age, and later a leading ACTU advocate for women workers during the ‘Accord’ with the Hawke-Keating Government. She was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children. In this honest and revealing memoir, she takes us inside the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave and work-family issues. This is an important record of a pivotal time for women in Australia’s history. Iola brings wisdom and experience to it, reflecting on where we are today, with suggestions for further reform. It’s a vital source for policy makers and all those interested in women, work and families.

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    This will be the first 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 politician and/or expert 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 Labor leader, the relevant Labor Shadow Minister, and to the appropriate ALP Policy Committee.

    In this first event of the series we will be discussing job insecurity and the precariousness of work. We will be joined by Charles Brass, CEO of the Future of Work Foundation:

    • How has the world of work has changed in our lifetimes?
    • Why have these changes taken place?
    • What are the forces driving future work patterns and structures?
    • What do we expect our work patterns and structures to be like in the future?

    ABC fact check has affirmed Bill Shorten's recent claims on the issue, see 'Bill Shorten says a million Australians are doing two jobs and a million are underemployed. Is he correct?'

    What does the future hold in terms of blue collar job opportunities: renewables/utilities, innovative agriculture, secure food production, 3D print manufacturing? What needs to be our focus in skills development? How do we address poverty line factors and ensure minimum living standards? Do we require job guarantee initiatives to underwrite flexible labour movements? What about unemployment benefits and safety nets? How do we effectively address productivity and flexible work requirements?

    Come and join in the discussion, focusing on the changing nature of future work and the search for creative responses. 

    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.

     

  • Melbourne Book Launch - Winning for Women | Iola Mathews

    What was it like to be involved in the heady days of ‘second wave’ feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, a journalist at The Age, and later a leading ACTU advocate for women workers during the ‘Accord’ with the Hawke-Keating Government. She was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children. In this honest and revealing memoir, she takes us inside the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave and work-family issues. This is an important record of a pivotal time for women in Australia’s history. Iola brings wisdom and experience to it, reflecting on where we are today, with suggestions for further reform. It’s a vital source for policy makers and all those interested in women, work and families.

  • NSW Fabians AGM

    The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the NSW Fabians will be held on Tuesday 18th June from 6pm.

    The venue for the AGM will be the Community and Public Sector Union in Haymarket.

    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 16th June 2019.

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    We didn't receive enough expressions of interest to book a Fabians screenings. Some of us are attending the 6:15pm screening at Luna Leederville (bookings online here). Here is the trailer for Peterloo:

     

  • Sydney Book Launch - Winning for Women | Iola Mathews

    If you are in Sydney, Save this date.

    What was it like to be involved in the heady days of ‘second wave’ feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, a journalist at The Age, and later a leading ACTU advocate for women workers during the ‘Accord’ with the Hawke-Keating Government. She was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children. In this honest and revealing memoir, she takes us inside the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave and work-family issues. This is an important record of a pivotal time for women in Australia’s history. Iola brings wisdom and experience to it, reflecting on where we are today, with suggestions for further reform. It’s a vital source for policy makers and all those interested in women, work and families.