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What Makes Government Good with Senator Katy Gallagher?
August 31, 2015 01:47 AM PDT
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The ACT Fabians are joined by Senator Katy Gallagher, former Chief Minister of the ACT to discuss the processes, institutions, tips and tricks that make for good government.

'Why Government Matters' - A Conversation with Wayne Swan and Bernard Keane
October 04, 2014 06:45 PM PDT
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Having just released his new book 'The Good Fight', The ACT Fabians was lucky enough to host a conversation with the Hon Wayne Swan MP and Bernard Keane of Crikey to reflect on Wayne's story and the role of a Labor government into the future.

Why Equality Matters: Getting Outcomes in Today's Society.
June 11, 2014 02:26 AM PDT
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On Tuesday 10 June, a politician, a historian, and a media and policy commentator walked into a bar....

Who is getting ahead in today's society? Why does equality matter and what does it mean? Does government have a role to play? And just how many people have claim to read Capital in the Twenty-First Century when they haven't at all?

In a frank and interesting discussion, co-sponsored by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the ACT Fabians asked Dr Andrew Leigh, Member for Fraser and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, noted historian Humphrey McQueen, and media and policy commentator Paula Matthewson these and other fundamental questions to explore the topic of equality in Australian society.

Why Values Matter: Evidence and Ethics in Economic Policy
April 20, 2014 06:00 PM PDT
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The ACT branch of the Australian Fabians engages in a lively discussion with Stephen Koukoulas, economic adviser to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard on economic values, policy formation, the role of evidence, and the limits of rational-decision making.

Why Sustainability Matters: Rethinking Growth and GDP
April 16, 2014 02:53 AM PDT
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Leading ANU experts Professor Bob Costanza and Dr Ida Kubiszewski discuss what sustainability really means with the ACT Fabians. With a consideration of our finite resources, how can we restructure our notions of growth and success and measure things effectively in a new way that doesn't produce perverse outcomes?

[Note: the podcast cuts in about 2 minutes into the event.]

Governing the City-State
February 22, 2014 01:21 AM PST

In Conversation with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, and the very first Chief Minister of the ACT, Rosemary Follett, the ACT Fabians discuss the challenges of governing a city-state: proportional representation, minority government, seeing policies through, and being a leader who happens to be a woman.

The Australia in the Asian Century Roundtable - 30 May 2013 featuring Professor Hugh White and The Hon. Kelvin Thomson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade
June 02, 2013 05:31 AM PDT
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Featuring Professor Hugh White & The Hon. Kelvin Thomson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, and moderated by James Griffiths, ACT Fabians Secretary.

The topic for discussion is the Australia in the Asian Century concept. In the Asian Century, our future lies abroad... How should Australia balance the opportunity and the challenges? Will we use trade, or be driven by our defence needs? Can we balance both?

Dr Lindy Edwards—“Ideology in Australian Politics — Implications for Labor”
November 25, 2012 03:18 AM PST
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Lindy Edwards’ new book — The Passion of Politics — discusses the ideologies that underpin current political ideas. These ideas have grown out of the political responses to the injustices and challenges of the past. They've led to some enormous achievements, but they’ve also carried with them the seeds of many new problems.

In the face of new circumstances, old ideas must be re-shaped and old ideologies modified; new ideas must be developed and new ideologies formulated. If we are to influence the thinking that will shape our future, we must understand the bodies of thought that have brought us to where we are. Listen to Lindy Edwards discuss her new book and its implications for the evolution of progressive politics.

Professor Barbara Norman on "How Should Cities Respond to Climate Change?"
August 15, 2012 03:17 AM PDT
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"The road to sustainability runs through the world's towns and cities. By building sustainable towns and cities, you will build global sustainability." Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

The twin challenges of climate change and increasing urbanisation will place significant pressure on cities into the future. Cities will need to become more strategic in their approach to these challenges and rethink how urban growth in managed.

Professor Barbara Norman, head of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Canberra, chair of the ACT Climate Change Council and former National Chair of the Australian Fabians, will discuss the role that urban planning can play in helping to address these challenges and what cities such as Canberra should do.

Listen to the Fabians and Professor Barbara Norman in their fascinating discussion on a key challenge for our future.

Blue Labour: Lessons for Australia
April 26, 2012 04:25 AM PDT
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Following its defeat in 2010, philosopher Maurice Glasman critiqued New Labour as statist and market fundamentalist. Considered the key thinker behind Blue Labour, he championed reclaiming traditions of reciprocity, mutualism and solidarity.

The emergence of Blue Labour has led to a discussion about the future direction for the British Labour Party, particularly around the role of the state. Blue Labour has not been without its critics, however, who have derided its emphasis on "flag, faith and family" as nostalgic and socially conservative.

Given the massive electoral challenges that the centre-left faces across the world, does Blue Labour offer any answers to its problems?

Listen to the ACT Fabians and ANU Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno in discussing whether Blue Labour offers any lessons for Australia.

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