Past Events

  • C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner

    The NSW Fabians are proud to host its 3rd annual C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner on Thursday 26th 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 the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

    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 $80 + booking fee (bf), non-members $90 + bf, solidarity $100 + bf (Members/concession $90 + bf, non-members $100 + bf after August 31)

  • Death or Liberty: Rebels and radicals transported to Australia

    • Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 06:30 PM
    • Sydney Trades Hall in Sydney, Australia
    • $10.00 AUD

    Sydney premiere Death or Liberty – the new feature length docu-drama that brings to life the forgotten histories of the rebels and radicals transported to Australia as political prisoners in the convict era. Directed by Steve Thomas, and based on historian Dr Tony Moore’s book of the same name. Death or Liberty is an international co-production by Tasmania’s Roar Film and Ireland’s Tile Films, featuring a folk punk soundtrack performed by Billy Bragg, Mick Thomas and Lisa O’Neil.

    A special event marking the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, hosted by Sydney Labour History, the NSW Fabians and UnionsNSW, Death or Liberty will be launched by Peter Fitzsimons, Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, followed by a panel discussion with Steve Thomas, Tony Moore and Mick Thomas in conversation with historian Assoc. Prof Kirsten McKenzie.

    Tickets for this special event are $10 each.

  • The Australian Fabians Inc. – Tasmanian Branch invites you to join us for a discussion on inequality and higher education.


    The Liberal Government may have deferred their changes to higher education but they have not withdrawn them.


    Join us for a panel discussion on how their changes to higher education would exacerbate inequality and how we can instead foster a discussion on increasing accessibility to universities across Australia.



    *Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Higher Education

    *Heidi La Paglia, President, Tasmanian University Union

    *Miranda Jamieson, Industrial Officer, National Tertiary Education Union


    All welcome!


    Gold coin donation appreciated.

  • Fabians WA and Perth Branch WA Labor invite you to 

    A public address by

    The Hon. Ken Travers MLC


    Polls, Tolls & Metronet

    Congestion towards good transportation policy


    6:00 – 7:30 pm

    Tuesday 8 December

     At the newly renovated Loton Park Tennis Clubhouse

    Corner Bulwer and Lord Streets, Perth (behind NIB/Perth Soccer Stadium)


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    The Hon Ken Travers MLC was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 1997 as a Member for the North Metropolitan Region, has had a long term interest in transport and planning.  As Shadow Minister for Transport in 2013, he led the development of Labor’s Metronet policy.

    Ken is a former Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Infrastructure. In the Carpenter Government he co-chaired a committee addressing transport and infrastructure issues, arising from the rapid growth and low levels of local employment in Perth's north-west corridor. Since then he has been a strong advocate for public transport, supported by good urban planning in the Parliament and in the community.

  • SA Fabians AGM and Drinks: 30 November 2015

    • Monday, November 30, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    • 225 Carrington Street, Adelaide
    • 3 people are going
  • The Challenge of Progressive Reform

    • Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    • The Celtic Club in Melbourne, Australia

    During these three decades and more, successive Labor Governments have undertaken transformative nation building initiatives with fairness and equality as the essential values at the heart of these reforms. Medicare, accessible tertiary education, superannuation, the NBN, Gonski, the NDIS and the Fair Work Act are but some examples of ideas converted into policy action, most achieved during trying political economic circumstances. 

    As the mining boom comes to an end the case for reform builds. Now is a good time as any to reflect on the challenge of reforming for greater equality. 

    Please join us for a discussion that looks at the lessons learned from the Rudd/Gillard period and seeks to identify the unfinished business the future Labor Governments must address. 


    • Michael Cooney, Executive Director of the CRC and author "The Gillard Project: My Thousand Days of Despair and Hope"
    • Dennis Glover, author of "An Economy Is Not A Society - Winners and Losers in the New Australia" 
  • Considered a golden era for Labor politics, the eighties heralded never before seen changes including in women's and Aboriginal rights, health care, financial deregulation, the environment, and tariff and industry policy. It was the era of the Hawke government; there was also a Labor government in every state at some time during the decade. But were the eighties really as positive for Labor as we remember them? And what is the legacy of this controversial decade?
    Join Frank Bongiorno in conversation with Neal Blewett about this turbulent era in Labor politics.
    Frank Bongiorno, ANU Associate Professor of History and author of ‘The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia’
    The Hon Dr Neal Blewett AC, Hawke-Keating Government Minister, Labor MP for Bonython (1977-1994)
    To attend the event, you will need to be a delegate to Conference or register as an observer - which you can do here.
  • Victorian Fabians Annual Dinner

    The Victorian Fabians will be conducting our Annual Dinner on Tuesday December 1st at the William Angliss restaurant.

    We are pleased that Ross Garnaut will be the keynote speaker at this year's Dinner.

    Ross Garnaut is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University and both a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Professorial Fellow of Economics at Melbourne University.

    Professor Garnaut has been one of Australia's most consistent and effective advocates for urgent action on climate change, and he will address the commitments Australia should be taking to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris next month.

    In addition there will be a special presentation by Fiona McCormack, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, into issues being addressed by the Royal Commission into Family violence.


    Individual tickets are available via TryBooking here. All tables have 10 seats. Please indicate group bookings.

    Ticket prices:

    -Fabians/LEAN members or Concession - $75.00

    -Non-member - $85.00


    The Annual Dinner has been a sold-out event for the last five years, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.


    For further information please contact Sam Kastelan (Fabians) 0439 754 491 or Matt Landolfo (LEAN) 0408 182 184

  • What Can State Governments Do?

    In this short lecture, the Hon Daniel Mookhey MLC will argue that State Governments possess immense power to propose progressive answers to 21st Century questions like the future of the sharing economy, the speed of Australia’s energy transformation, the changing nature of work and the future of the City. 
    With Canberra deadlocked, Mr Mookhey will argue that progressives need to update their ’theory of change’ needs to account for the role State Governments can play, especially their ability to become ‘laboratories of reform’ which make the job of national change easier.
  • What can state governments do to address growing inequality

    What can state governments do to address growing inequality? The NSW Fabians present an opportunity for ALP members to pitch their answer to this question at NSW Labor Conference.
    In two minutes, tell us your vision for a concrete policy to make NSW a more equal place.
    To register to speak, please email with your name, contact details and idea.
    If you don’t want to speak, please come and hear and vote on your favourite.
    To attend the event, you will need to be a delegate to Conference or register as an observer - which you can do here.