Past Events

  • 2016 NSW & National AGM

    The 2016 Annual General Meetings of the NSW Fabians and Australian Fabians will be held on Saturday 16th April.

    The venue for the AGM is the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts.

    The notice & agenda for the National AGM are available here

    The NSW AGM will commence at 1:30pm and be followed by the National AGM at 2pm.

    The NSW and National AGM will be followed by a forum at 2:30pm on a 21st Public Sector with Senator Jenny McAllister.



    Senator Jenny McAllister

    Melissa Donnelly, CPSU Deputy Secretary

    Sam Hurley, Policy Director, Centre for Policy Development


    When: Saturday 16th April, 2:30pm

    Where: Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

  • Autumn Forums on Inequality

    • Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    • Melbourne City Council Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
    • 7 people are going
  • Autumn Forums on Inequality


  • Commemorating 50 years since the Wave Hill Walk Off

    The Gurindji Strike (or Wave Hill Walk-off) was one of Australia's most protracted and significant industrial disputes.

    40 years ago, Gurindji stockmen and their families fought for decent pay and conditions on Wave Hill Station, leading to a national movement for fair wages for Indigenous Australians. The strike grew into a fight for land rights, culminating in the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, and Gough Whitlam's famous land handback to Vincent Lingiari.

    We are proud to be joined by Kevin Tory and Celeste Liddle to remember this important historic event. Kevin Tory is a long time Indigenous rights and union activist who was involved first hand in the MUA effort to support the Wave Hill Strikers.

    Celeste is an Arrernte Australian woman living in Melbourne. She is the current National Indigenous Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). Celeste blogs personally at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist as well as contributing articles to the Guardian Australia and New Matilda.

    Their insights into the Gurindji Strike and the events that followed will surely be something of immense value.

    We welcome you in remembering the struggle of the Gurindji people and their lasting legacy across our nation.

  • Progressive Politics after the 2016 election

    Panel: William Bow, election analyst and commentator, ABC and Crikey (aka The Poll Bludger) Meredith Hammat, Secretary, UnionsWA Piers Verstegen, Director, Conservation Council of WA

  • Van Badham, political activist and Guardian Australia columnist

    Dr Joshua Roose, Institute of Religion, Politics and Society

  • Join Eric Sidoti, Director of The Whitlam institute, in conversation with Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston.

    The 40th anniversary of the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government on 11 November 1975 has seen a substantial body of new material come to light that has stirred the passions , reignited debate about the enduring significance of those events and raised further questions about the wilful suppression of our nation’s history. 

    Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston in their latest book offer a forensic analysis of the main players – Malcolm Fraser, Gough Whitlam and Sir John Kerr – and the drama that was the Dismissal. 

    Join us at the Whitlam Institute as we explore the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion with Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston. 

    Refreshments from 6:30pm. The talk starts at 7pm. 

  • The Future of Work

    The changing nature of work poses significant challenges for society. It has been estimated that technology could make 40% of Australian jobs redundant in a decade. The rise of the sharing and gig economies also signal a transition away from roles to tasks.

    With the rise of less secure and stable employment, what kind of social institutions and protections are needed? Will this increasing automation lead to mass unemployment? And how much of this changing nature of work is actually inevitable and what impact will the choices we make today have?

    Join the NSW Fabians and a great panel of speakers to discuss the future of work.

    Associate Professor Sarah Kaine, UTS Business School
    Dr Victor Quirk, Centre of Full Employment and Equity

    WHEN: 6 for 6:30pm, Wednesday 16 March

  • Professor Andrew Scott, Professor of Politics and Policy at Deakin University

    Dr Thomas Adams, US Studies Centre at Sydney Univerersity

    Pam Anders, Director of Public Engagement, Oxfam