Dress yourself up and maybe invite a friend or two to your place for a meal (subject to social distancing restrictions) and settle in for an interesting evening.
It's the Victorian Fabians Annual Dinner, but not as you have known it in the past. We'll be online but doing our best to provide a convivial atmosphere. We won’t be having our usual raffle, but for those that attend we will be having some great door prizes!
Topic and Speakers:
Australia has just gone through its worst period of natural disasters, with bushfires, floods and drought all being experienced over our last summer. Yet we are paralyzed in facing the need for strong action on climate change and have now been struck by the COVID19 pandemic.
We are asking two of our leading historians to describe how we arrived at this impasse, and what needs to happen for and through Australia's reconstruction.
Judith Brett is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Latrobe University. Her most recent publications are The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, winner of the National Biography Award in 2018, and From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting in 2019. More recently she has published the Quarterly Essay, ‘The Coal Curse’, in June 2020. Judith will address the question, ‘How Did We Get Here?‘
Janet McCalman AC is Professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. The author of Struggletown, Journeyings, and Sex and Suffering; Womens Health and a Womens Hospital, Janet's most recent work is What Happens Next: Reconstructing Australia After Covid 19, co-edited with Emma Dawson, Executive Director of Per Capita. Janet will join her own perspectives with those of the eminent contributors to What Happens Next, in outlining key policy measures necessary in Australia's Reconstruction.
Cost: As this event is our annual fundraiser, we are charging a minimal ticket price. You will be helping support the Fabians in continuing our events and activities.
Flat rate: $20
Book your tickets via Trybooking here.
As this is an online event it will commence at 7.00pm, with BYO dinner and drinks.
After introductions we will have our speakers and a Q&A.
Door prizes will be drawn and we will break into smaller groups to have an online drink and chat with fellow attendees.
To Join Via Zoom:
If you purchase tickets you will automatically be sent an email with the details and link to the zoom meeting. If you make bookings on behalf of others please take care to forward the zoom link on to those people when you receive the information.
Zoom Help: The Zoom website has a help centre video and instructions on how to join a meeting at this link.