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For more than half a century, the Australian Fabians have been at the forefront of research and debate into progressive political ideas and public policy reform.Australian political life is entering a new era. There is an urgent need for searching debate and new thinking.The Australian Fabians aim to achieve Greater equality of power, wealth and opportunity

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For more than half a century, the Australian Fabians have been at the forefront of research and debate into progressive political ideas and public policy reform.Australian political life is entering a new era. There is an urgent need for searching debate and new thinking.The Australian Fabians aim to achieve Greater equality of power, wealth and opportunity

    In Conversation with Linda White: Social Justice and Workers' Rights in Times of Crisis

    In Conversation with Linda White: Social Justice and Workers' Rights in Times of Crisis

    Linda is one of Australia's most well-known union leaders. She's been at the forefront of some of our biggest industrial campaigns from supporting workers during the collapse of Ansett and Virgin through to the ASU's equal remuneration campaign. Linda is also the Chair of the Chifley Research Centre, a director at Statewide Super and former vice-president of the ACTU. Linda will draw from the collective experience of union members as we talk about: Virgin Australia's collapse - protecting workers, strong unions and the role of government. Job Keeper, Job Seeker, casual and international workers - what needs to be done to protect non-permanent employees. Keeping our social, community sector and other frontline workers safe, and remunerated, during a crisis. How Unions and progressive organisations can work together to deliver the bold social and economic reform our country desperately needs. Plus - your questions!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    In Conversation with Andrew Leigh MP: How will COVID-19 Shape the Progressive Agenda for Australia's Future.

    In Conversation with Andrew Leigh MP: How will COVID-19 Shape the Progressive Agenda for Australia's Future.

    How will COVID-19 Shape the Progressive Agenda for Australia's FutureJoin the Australian Fabians and Andrew Leigh MP as we talk through the topic of 'How will COVID-19 Shape the Progressive Agenda for Australia's Future'. 

    • 58 min
    Leveling the Democratic Playing Field - Suelette Dreyfus, Stephen Charles AO

    Leveling the Democratic Playing Field - Suelette Dreyfus, Stephen Charles AO

    • 37 min
    Dr Jim Stanford: The Many Faces of Privatisation

    Dr Jim Stanford: The Many Faces of Privatisation

    This address by Dr Jim Stanford, Director, Centre for Future Work based at The Australia Institute was co-hosted by UnionsWA and The Australian Fabians in WA. It was delivered in Perth on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.  

    • 1 hr 4 min
    John Keane - Is Democracy Dying

    John Keane - Is Democracy Dying

    Reports of the death of democracy may be greatly exaggerated. However, there is mounting evidence that many people are losing trust in our democratic institutions. Today people in countries we regard as non-democratic often have greater confidence in their governments to act in their interests than we do. Observers pin the blame on our out-of-touch governments, corrupt media and politicians, big corporations and a growing gap between rich and poor. More than a few disaffected citizens are meanwhile attracted to new populisms because they feel dragged down by economic dissatisfaction, broken promises, decline and injustice. In his talk, John Keane will survey recent trends to suggest that democracy urgently needs reimagining if it is to address the dangers and opportunities posed by current global realities. His talk will offer a radically new interpretation of the twenty-first century fate of democracy and why, despite everything, it may survive the current anti-democratic trends and remain a global ideal. Renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, John Keane has been described by the ABC as one of 'Australia's great intellectual exports'. He is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), and Distinguished Professor at Peking University. He is the Director and co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network. Keane has contributed to The New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Harper’s, the South China Morning Post and The Huffington Post. His latest book, The New Despotisms, on the global rise of despotism and the decline of democracy in the West, is to be published by Harvard University Press in early 2020.

    • 55 min
    The 2019 European Elections The rise of the right

    The 2019 European Elections The rise of the right

    This address on the 2019 European election and the rise of the right was delivered by Natalie Mast to the 2019 WA AGM of Australian Fabians on 14th July. Ms Mast, a Fabian member, completed her PhD on the influence of institutional design upon the organisation of parties and the behaviour of members in the European Parliament. The slides used during the presentation can be downloaded here: https://www.fabians.org.au/wa_fabians  

    • 33 min

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