Past Events

  • 2017 C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner with Anne Aly

    • Friday, November 17, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    • The Apprentice in Ultimo, Australia
    • $90.00 AUD

    The NSW Fabians are proud to host its 5th annual C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner on Friday 17th 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 Dr Anne Aly, Labor MP for Cowan.

    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 (Members/concession $100, non-members $110 after September 30)

  • Australian National Development Index Workshop

    Workshop One – What values should Australian Society aspire to?


    Australian National Development Index

    Australian Fabians are being invited to take part in developing a model format for an extensive and inclusive national community engagement process as part of the development of ANDI (the Australian National Development Index).

    It is your opportunity to have a significant input to a project which will have far-reaching impact on Australia, its development and, ultimately, its true sense of itself. We are seeking to know what sort of Australia would you like to live in?

    What is ANDI?

    ANDI (the Australian National Development Index) is an ambitious long-term national project aimed at developing ongoing measures of equitable and sustainable well-being for Australia as a more relevant and appropriate approach than the GDP. Outstanding Australians, Professor Fiona Stanley AC, and Tim Costello AO are its Directors and Sir Gus Nossal AC is an ANDI ambassador.

    ANDI aims to produce an annual index of national progress and well-being, as well as indices of progress and status reports in twelve key domains of progress, such as health, education, justice, indigenous wellbeing, children and youth wellbeing, environment and sustainability, work and work life, community and regional life.

    It is clear that to build a better and fairer Australia ‘beyond GDP’, we need a community process to define and measure the concrete outcomes that inform our collective vision for the country and a process for regularly measuring and reviewing our progress towards that vision. We need you to help.

    Come along and make a significant contribution to social progress in Australia.

    Workshop One – What values should Australian Society aspire to?
    Wednesday 14th February from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm.

    Workshop Two – What form of health care system should we strive for?
    Wednesday 7th March from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm, and

    Workshop Three – What type of education system would best serve Australia?
    Wednesday 4th April from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm.

    It is essential to reserve your place in this interactive workshop so we can determine venue requirements. For more information, contact and research ANDI at

  • Cleaning Up Political Donations

    Political donations will be thrust under the spotlight in coming months as a Senate Select Committee investigates the influence of donations on policy decisions, and how those donations are made and declared.

    Join our panel to discuss the current state and impact of political donations, and how this could change in the future.



    Stephen Jones MP - Australian Labor Party

    Federal Member for Whitlam, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government.

    Professor George Williams - Dean, UNSW Law

    George's areas of expertise include constitutional and electoral law, and as Dean of the UNSW Law School, he is a highly regarded expert, commentator, and frequent author on the topics of constitutional and electoral law reform.

    Alice Drury - Legal Counsel, GetUp

    Alice has a long standing interest in electoral law reform, which forms a key part of GetUp's campaign to improve the democratic integrity of Australian politics.


  • How can digitisation benefit democracy and equality?



    This is the third forum of Victorian Fabians' Spring Series on "Digitisation and Democracy"

    SPEAKERS: Marta Poblet; Adam Jacoby; Simon Longstaff


    The advent of new digital platforms that have the capacity to increase the interaction between citizens and their representatives are expanding as the potential of peer communication, and crowd evaluation is explored.

    With the right design, this has huge potential to broaden the depth of political dialogue and extend and equalise democratic expression. 

    How could digitisation encourage deliberation, spread power and bolster knowledge to enhance democracy?


    Marta Poblet researches "crowd - civic systems", those apps and webpages that are used by citizens, grass-root organisations, foundations, NGOs, research centres, and start-ups to enhance democracy and citizen participation. She believes that we should understand what model of democracy each of these are advancing.

    Adam Jacoby is the founder of startup democracy platform "MiVote" which is intended to provide a forum for both informing voting and for influencing the political process.

    Simon Longstaff is Executive Director of The Ethics Centre and author of Everyday Ethics. He has a concern with the ethics of big data and its effects on democracy and equality.


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    Labor Democracy: Why Party Reform Matters

    More than 200 people attended what was Mark Butler's swansong speech as ALP President on Monday evening, 22 January.

    If you missed the event, you may like to read some of the media coverage it gained. 

    Mark's speech is available here.

    It featured in Paul Bongiorno's political analysis on the Frank Kelly breakfast program here (from the 2 minute mark).

    Other coverage included:

    The event was presented by the Victorian Fabian Society with John Cain Foundation, Open Labor and ALP Independents Group.

    More links will be posted when they become available. 

  • Queensland State Election Review - Forum / Drinks

    You are invited to attend the Queensland Fabians - QLDVotes Election Campaign Review / Forum and Drinks.

    Labor has now almost certainly won the 47 seats it needs to form a majority government in Queensland, as predicted by ABC election analyst Antony Green on Sunday.

    This Feat was not something that just happened, 90% of the front pages of the paper of the states paper were against Labor, and the polls were showing the election was going to have some interesting swings.

    To talk about the mechanics and strategy of running the campaign, we have invited Evan Moorhead - Labor's State Secretary and Campaign Director.

    As Campaign Director, Evan spearheaded the creation of Labors Community Action Network field campaign which saw passionate community members reach 579,921 Queensland homes either through doorknocking or phone calls.

    Tickets to this event include food and nibbles.

  • The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University and Nura Gili, UNSW Sydney, present a one-day symposium to reflect on the project of Indigenous self-determination, and its various dimensions, at this critical juncture.


    • Heidi Norman (Whitlam Institute Fellow, UTS)
    • Diana Perche (Nura Gili, UNSW Sydney)
    • Anna Yeatman (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University)

    The event will be fully catered.

    The registration fee is $75 and registration will be via Eventbrite.

    Aboriginal community members free entry, register via Eventbrite.

    A concessional rate of $35.00 will be available.

  • The Trial of Donald Trump


    2017's funniest fundraiser! Alex Manfrin as Donald Trump, Eileen Glynn as Hillary Clinton and Janet Pettigrew as Judge Judy.  Trump will be prosecuted by Barrister John Hammond. Tim Hammond MHR has dusted off his robes to defend. Witnesses also include WA politic's most famous refugee Lenda Oshalem, the World Premier of Major Tran E and Dr Tim Dymond as Putin and songs by the fabulous Android Sisters! This is a Fab Lab Production with funds raised going towards WA Fabians and Perth Branch WA Labor.

    2:00 pm, Sunday 26th November

    The Irish Club Theatre, 61 Townshend Rd, Subiaco WA 6008

    $30 wages/$15 (conc)/$65 Family bookings now open here:

  • Victorian Fabians Annual Dinner 2017: Tim Colebatch



    'Government in a slow-growth, fast changing world'

    Come join us for the biggest event on our calendar – the Annual Dinner with special guest speaker Tim Colebatch, journalist, political and economic commentator and author. Tim will address themes of governability in a climate of grassroots revolt and a splintering of party loyalties. This is against a backdrop of economic stagnation where poor economic outcomes underpin much political discontent.

    This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and like minded people over dinner, while supporting the best of our TAFE sector at the William Angliss Restaurant.


    Date and Time

    Tuesday 28 November 2017, 6:30 PM (6:30pm Canapés, 7:00pm Dinner) 


    Speaker: Tim Colebatch



    Our speaker, Tim Colebatch, was Economics Editor of The Age between 1993 and 2013, and before that, Washington correspondent, editorial writer and environment writer. His book, a biography of Victoria's reformist Premier of the 1970's, Dick Hamer, was published in 2014 and he is presently researching a second book.

    He is a frequent contributor to the online current affairs and culture journal Inside Story ( and has been a generous speaker at previous Fabian events.

    Tim has been an incisive commentator on Australian and international politics, and is especially interested in themes of governability and its intersection with economics.

    He has recently been visiting Europe and has been thinking about what can make economies successful in a post manufacturing age.



    Fabian Members/Concessions - $65

    Non-Fabian Members - $75

    Table capacity: 10 people

    Book Tickets: TryBooking


  • Young Fabians - Project Committee Initial meeting