Forum: The future of democracy

Sunday 26 April 2015, 12:30pm
United Voice - 117-131 Capel St, North Melbourne [NEW VENUE]

Syriza in Greece, the Occupy Movement, Tahrir Square... what do recent popular movements have in common? And what does it tell us about how democracy will look in the future?

Join our panel of expert academics and civil society campaigners to discuss the big issues facing democracy and human rights today. This afternoon seminar will expose where the power really lies in society, how popular movements around the world are winning democratic freedoms, and how these lessons can be applied to campaigning in Australia.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Colin Long, President, Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Dr Richard Pennell, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Saba Bebawi, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Dr Philip Ferguson, fmr. Sinn Féin organiser and Univ. of Canterbury lecturer
  • Dr Adrian B. L. Soh, RMIT University
  • Andrea Gorman, March Australia
  • Owen Bennett, Australian Unemployment Union
  • PLUS special guests

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Topics include:

  • Where to after the Occupy movement?
  • Austerity and anti-austerity in Ireland and the Eurozone
  • Who won? Lessons from the Arab Spring
  • After Chavez: The Bolivarian revolution today
  • Strategies for community organising in Australia

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