Past Events

  • Achieving Equality in the Current Political Climate

    Its been 2 weeks since the Federal Election, It appears that we have a lot of work to do in the equality movement to ensure that we build a narrative over the next 3 years that won't be forgotten.

    So we at QLD Fabians thought that we should put together a Pannel Discussion event so we can discuss how we can achieve Equality in our new political and economic climate. 

    We have put together a thought-provoking panel Featuring: 

    • WORLDS GREATEST TREASURER - HON WAYNE SWAN MHR; 
    • STATE GOVT HOUSING MINISTER - MICK DEBRENNI (SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION); 
    • SOCIAL POLICY EXPERT - DR JENNIFER MAYS , 
    • LECTURER QUT; FAMILY LAW EXPERT AND COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICE MEMBER MR PHILIP ANTHONY


    Can you join them at our first event for 2016 to discuss how we can : Achieve Equality in the current political and economic climate?


    WHEN: AUGUST 3 6.30 FOR 7 PM START

    WHERE: AUDITORIUM, 2ND FLOOR TLC BUILDING 16 PEEL ST SOUTH BRISBANE

    Cost $10 members; $15 non-members 

    You Must RSVP online to be a part of the audience

    Pizza will be available beforehand and tea and coffee afterwards. 

  • Community and Unions: Promoting equality through organising

    Amanda Tattersall

    Public address by Amanda Tattersall, Wednesday 12 October, 5:45 - 7:15 pm, CSA Building, 445 Hay Street, Perth

    Amanda Tattersall has been a union and community organiser for over 20 years, having been President of the National Union of Students, co-founder of Labor for Refugees, co-founder of GetUp.org.au and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW. She is the founder of the Sydney Alliance, a diverse coalition of community organisations, unions, religious organisations and schools that uses community organising to bring people together and make Sydney a greater place to live. She is the author of the book "Power in Coalition" based on her PhD that compared union-community coalitions across Australia, the United States and Canada She currently teaches at the University of Sydney & Notre Dame in Urban citizenship and Australian Politics, and works with NGOs conducting evaluations, strategic planning and mentoring.

    Irina Catalini, CEO, WA Council of Social Service will provide a response to Amanda’s address with a focus on WA and the community sector.

    This address is hosted by WA Fabians with support from UnionsWA and the CPSU-CSA.

    You can help promote this event by sharing it on social media (there will be a prompt after you RSVP) or please download the event flyer here.

    Amanda Tattersall WA Fabians address

     

    Please complete your RSVP details below. 

  • Interactive Workshop invitation

    • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 05:30 PM
    • Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

    This workshop will use a powerful electronic meeting system (ZING) with a keyboard on each table to capture your ideas and comments in preparation for preparing a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Enquiry into Community Energy Projects.

     This enquiry is established to address the following issues and the workshop will provide an opportunity for your input on each of them:

    1. The potential role of co-operatives, mutual societies, social enterprises and community ownership in the energy sector;
    2. The benefits of community owned energy  programs;
    3. The best ways to encourage the uptake of community energy projects;
    4.  The ability to expand community energy projects outside of solar and wind power;
    5. The best practice models of other Australian and international jurisdictions for supporting community ownership options in the energy sector;
    6. The challenges to community energy projects in metropolitan areas;  and
    7. Ways to support communities to surmount challenges to community owned energy in metropolitan areas.

    All contributions will be taken as individual and not binding on any particular organisation or its views. No policy position will be adopted as an outcome, only as options canvassed and summarised in a submission to the Enquiry.

    Places are strictly limited and registration is essential to determine the size of the venue required;

    Please email your name, organisation (if any) and whether you are an Australian Fabian member or LEAN supporter or other to maxdumais@optusnet.com.au as early as possible, but no later than 6th October

    There is no charge for participating.

  • Party Reform: The Causes, Challenges and Consequences of Organisational Change

    • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 06:30 PM
    • CPSU House in Haymarket, Australia
    Across the West, traditional political parties have been in decline. Memberships are ageing and shrinking, party identification has weakened and disillusionment with the political system has grown. Parties have tried to respond by embracing a range of different reforms to reverse this decline.
     
    In a climate of membership decline, will these party reforms re-invigorate the ideal of the mass party model of representation or has the breakdown of membership created a climate conducive to reforms that might fundamentally alter the way in which parties connect citizens and the state?
     
    Anika Gauja will discuss reforms that political parties in Australia and overseas have undertaken, how it occurred and what the consequences might be - in terms of how we think about modern political parties as vehicles for participation and representation.
     
    Anika Gauja is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is the author of 'Party Reform', a new comparative study of the politics of party organisation.
  • Should Australia adopt a Universal Basic Income?

    • Friday, September 09, 2016 at 05:30 PM
    • CPSU House in Haymarket, Australia

    One of the big policy discussions at the moment is whether countries should adopt a universal basic income in response the changing nature of work. A universal basic income is income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis. The idea of a universal basic income is not new with proposals in the 1970s but has gained a renaissance due to projections that automation will render large segments of the population unemployed. A number of countries are commencing trials and even the Productivity Commission has suggested the idea warrants evaluation in light of digital disruption.

    There are, however, concerns about the cost of such a scheme, whether it would be better to focus on the distribution of employment and the risk that it might be used to slash the welfare state or end up as some form of wage subsidy. The ideological diversity of its proponents and opponents also suggest there would not be agreement on its purpose or implementation. To some, it is a practical response to address polarisation in the labour market and inequality, to others it is the means to a post-work utopia.

    Join us and an excellent line-up of speakers to discuss one of the big policy ideas currently being debated.

     

    SPEAKERS:

    Ben Spies Butcher – Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University

    Peter Whiteford – Professor, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

    Louise Tarrant - former National Secretary of United Voice 

     

    WHEN: 5:30 for 6pm start, Friday 9th September

    WHERE: Level 7, 191-199 Thomas St, Haymarket

    COST: Entry by gold coin donation

     

    Refreshments will be available at the event.

  • The State of the Union: Power, activism & social change

    Movements of activism and social change are sweeping America. What are the implications for us?

    The Reichstein Foundation recently supported Mark Wakeham, CEO of Environment Victoria, to spend time examining dynamic campaigns galvanising the environmental and social justice movements in the US.

    Amidst a fever-pitch Presidential campaign and hotly contested debates about the future direction, power and values of American society, Mark met with environmentalists, unionists, social justice campaigners, lobbyists and academics to explore campaigns that have impact.

    We’d love you to join us at a very special event bringing together leaders in the environmental and labour movements, as well as philanthropy, to consider the implications for change makers and philanthropy in Victoria.

    Luke Hilakari, Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, and Wendy Farmer from Voices of the Valley will reflect on Mark’s presentation. The forum will be introduced and facilitated by Jill Reichstein, Chair of the Reichstein Foundation. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

    In particular, Mark will share insights from the trip about:

    * Skills that organisations seeking social justice and environmental sustainability need in the 21st century

    * Models of how coal based and industrial communities are transitioning to environmental sustainability.

     Bookings can be made at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-state-of-the-union-power-activism-social-change-tickets-27536344949#map-target

  • Event 1: What is happening to work and will there even be any in future?

    Work inequality is growing, Australia’s living standards are falling and the amount of insecure work is increasing. Determining appropriate public policy responses to these issues will be critical if the rise in inequality is to be stopped, and social cohesion maintained.

    Tim Lyons, Research Fellow at Per Capita, will set the scene with information on what is happening to work, and what are the globalising, demographic, and technological pressures on work as we know it, the way we understand this, and the effects of this change.

    Jenny Macklin, MP, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, will examine the role of these pressures and particularly address the relationship of work and inequality. She will refer to the recently released Growing Together Report and will expand on the thinking she has done since the release of that report.

    Join in

    We are experimenting with a more interactive and participatory format for this event. You will be seated in small groups around tables instead of lecture style. After an initial presentation by Tim Lyons and Jenny Macklin of about 20 minutes each, we will ask you and the people at your table to reflect on what you have heard and what you think about it. The night will finish with a plenary session where we can discuss and question, together with the speakers, the implications of work in the future.

  • Victorian Fabians: Spring Forums on the Future of Work

    Event 3: Meaningful work and its alternatives

    Dr John Tomlinson will speak on Universal Basic Income. John has been writing about this topic since his doctoral thesis in 1989, and is a founder of Basic Income Guarantee Australia (BIGA,) an Australian university research web-site promoting a universal basic income guarantee.

    Emma Kerin, National Union of Workers Media Communications Organiser, will speak on co-operative work and worker co-operatives, another alternative to work as it is currently understood.

    Join in

    We are experimenting with a more interactive and participatory format for this event. You will be seated in small groups around tables instead of lecture style. After an initial presentation by Dr John Tomlinson and Emma Kerin of about 20 minutes each, we will ask you and the people at your table to reflect on what you have heard and what you think about it. The night will finish with a plenary session where we can discuss, together with the speakers, meaningful work and its alternatives.

  • Victorian Fabians: Spring Forums on the Future of Work

    Event 2: Work outside the job market - hidden unpaid work

    While work creates both meaning and income for those with jobs, this is changing. A growing number of  people are unpaid or underpaid, and some work that once was within the market is now pushed out. There is a trend for more work to become unpaid across the economy. Some new areas can easily be identified in addition to traditional unpaid care work for children, those with a disability and the aged.

    Emeritus Professor Barbara Pocock, AM, will address the trends and shifts in paid and unpaid work.

    Tilly South, Policy and Campaigns Adviser, Choice magazine; founder, Interns Australia, will speak on unpaid internships.

    Join in

    We are experimenting with a more interactive and participatory format for this event. You will be seated in small groups around tables instead of lecture style. After an initial presentation by Barbara Pocock and Tilly South of about 20 minutes each, we will ask you and the people at your table to reflect on what you have heard and what you think about it. The night will finish with a plenary session where we can discuss and question, together with the speakers, the implications of work outside the job market.

    Members $5, Non-Members $10, cash only (and bring more as there will be a raffle!)

  • Young Fabians present Politics in the Pub

    • Wednesday, August 03, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    • Imperial Hotel in Melbourne, Australia

    After the longest federal election campaign in modern history, it's time to take stock and enjoy a few brews.

    The Young Fabians are therefore proud to present "Politics in the Pub" with Andrew Giles, Federal Member for Scullin. An accomplished Fabian who was recently appointed as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools, Andrew has previously served on several Federal Parliamentary Committees. Prior to being elected as a Member of Parliament Andrew was a Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon, and a Chief of Staff to a Minister in the Bracks/Brumby State Governments.

    Whilst all are welcome, this is a great chance for Young Fabians to come and ask questions of Andrew Giles MP about inequality and the future of Australia, in which we hope our young members play a significant part!

    Entry is free. Bring a friend!

    The Australian Fabians are Australia's oldest social democratic think tank. We oppose social, economic and political inequality wherever it exists. Our mission therefore is to influence policy debates with the objectives of promoting equality of power, wealth and opportunity, and building a fairer and sustainable Australia.