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Victorian Labor State Conference 2024

Fringe Events

Explore diverse perspectives, get involved in the conversation and learn something new at the State Conference Fringe events.

Led by member-run committees, networks and associated groups, Fringe sessions are short presentations and events that run on-site during the Saturday session of Conference. See the whole schedule and register to attend a session below.
Time Level 1
12.30 - 1.30 Labor Friends of Palestine
A Conversation: Peace, Justice & Palestine

Time Concourse (Level 2) Members Lounge (Level 2) Jockey Bar (Level 2)
11.30 - 12.30
Country Labor Executive
Regional Campaigning for success: Federal, State, and Local Government perspectives
LEAN
The Great Forest National Park: the next Labor legacy
12.30 - 1.00 Afternoon Tea & Coffee Cart available Level 2
1.00 - 2.00 EMILY's List & Victorian Labor Women's Network
Affirmative Action: Our History & Beyond 50/50
Conservation Volunteers
Policy Politics and the Environment: Navigating through dangerous waters
John Curtin Research Center/Chifley Research Centre
A Little History of the Australian Labor Party: Conversation with authors Nick Dyrenfurth & Frank Bongiorno
2.00 - 2.30 Afternoon Tea & Coffee Cart available Level 2
2.30 - 3.30 Society of Victorian Labor Lawyers
Combating Modern Slavery through the Australian legal system
Labor For Australian Republic
Gough Whitlam and the Palace Letters: A republican discussion
Kintsugi Alliance, Portable, Decker Advisory
Efficient government: An interactive session to share ideas and solutions
3.30 - 4.00 Afternoon Tea & Coffee Cart available Level 2
4.00 - 5.00
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Policy Committee
Closing the Gap
Conservation Environment & Resources Policy Committee
Victoria’s Sustainable Resource Future: A Forum on Climate Action and Sustainable Resources

11.30am - 12.30pm session

Key Developments in relation to Asylum Seekers and Refugees since the election of the Albanese Government

Labor For Refugees

Location: Concourse (Level 2)

Featuring key speaker Minister Andrew Giles, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, and chaired by Peter Lynch, Victorian Labor for Refugees President, plus a Q & A session.

Regional Campaigning for Success: Federal, State, and Local Government perspectives

Country Labor Executive (CLX)

Location: Members Lounge (Level 2)

Join CLX with key speaker Martha Haylett MP for Ripon, Local Government panelists and MC Nadia David for a discussion on how Labor can successfully campaign in regional Victoria.

The Great Forest National Park: The next Labor legacy

Labor Environmental Action Network (LEAN)

Location: Jockey Bar (Level 2)

Join LEAN for a discussion on the value of biodiversity and how the Great Forest National Park can be a Labor good news story. With the end to native forest logging, there is an opportunity to manage our environment differently by creating jobs for local communities in restoration, protection, fire management and eco-tourism, while working alongside Traditional Owners.

12.30-1.30pm session

A Conversation: Peace, Justice & Palestine

Labor Friends of Palestine

Location: Level 1

Join us for an important panel to discuss a defining issue of our time. Panel speakers include Noura Mansour from Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network, Tony Piccolo, AMWU Assistant State Secretary and Maria Vamvakinou MP for this honest and reflective conversation.

1-2pm session

Affirmative Action: Our History & Beyond 50/50

Emily’s List & Victorian Labor Women’s Network

Location: Concourse (Level 2)

A panel discussion on Affirmative Action, with speakers including the Victorian Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins, Former MP Candy Broad, and Former Victorian Labor President Hutch Hussein. The MC for this event will be Pamela Anderson, CEO of EMILY’s List Australia & Co-convenor of VLWN.

Policy Politics and the Environment: Navigating through dangerous waters

Conservation Volunteers

Location: Members Lounge (Level 2)

A panel discussion on the complexities and challenges of environmental policy and politics, chaired by Stephen McDonald, Executive Manager, Policy & Government Relations with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

It will explore how we address the overlapping issues of environmental protection and restoration, biodiversity loss, and climate adaptation against the backdrop of urban development, human health, resource development and community expectations.

A red book cover, featuring images of Bob Hawke, John Curtin, and Julia Gillard.

A Little History of the Australian Labor Party: Conversation with authors Nick Dyrenfurth & Frank Bongiorno

John Curtin Research Center & Chifley Research Centre

Location: Jockey Bar (Level 2)

Join authors Nick Dyrenfurth and Frank Bongiorno in conversation with Professor Janet McCalman.

From the earliest, world-first prime ministerships of Watson and Fisher, to the tragedies of Hughes and Scullin, through the 1940s legends Curtin and Chifley, to governments of the last half century led by Whitlam, Hawke, Keating, Rudd and Gillard, A Little History of the Australian Labor Party recounts times of triumph and failure as well as resilience.

2.30-3.30pm session

Combating Modern Slavery through the Australian legal system

Society of Victorian Labor Lawyers

Location: Concourse (Level 2)

Gough Whitlam and the Palace Letters: A republican discussion

Labor For Australian Republic

Location: Members Lounge (Level 2)

Author and academic Jenny Hocking joins Labor for an Australian Republic to discuss her revealing book The Palace Letters: The Queen, the governor-general, and the plot to dismiss Gough Whitlam.

Gough Whitlam was a progressive prime minister whose reign from 1972 proved tumultuous after 23 years of conservative government in Australia. When a hostile Senate refused to vote on his 1975 budget, the political deadlock that ensued culminated in Whitlam’s unexpected and deeply controversial dismissal by the governor-general, Sir John Kerr.

In her book, Hocking reveals the obstruction, intrigue, and duplicity she faced during her campaign to reveal the hidden letters between Kerr and Buckingham Palace, raising disturbing questions about the role of the National Archives in fighting access to these historic letters and in enforcing, against Australia’s national interests, royal secrecy over its own documents.

Efficient government: An interactive session to share ideas and solutions

Kintsugi Alliance, Portable, Decker Advisory

Location: Jockey Bar (Level 2)

Join us as we delve into a pressing issue in the government sector – the critical need to optimise the use of public funds, particularly when it comes to the people who are at the heart of service delivery.

In the quest for efficiency, governments often limit the number of staff, executives, and consultants, aiming to lessen the burden on public finances. But what if the key to efficiency lies not in limiting, but in investing more in our people?

Building capability within the public sector is not just about numbers, it’s about strategic planning, nurturing talent, and bringing in expertise in a nimble and practical way. It’s about empowering our public servants to deliver more with less.

Join us in this exploration of how investing in people could be the game-changer in achieving true efficiency in the public sector.

 

 

4-5pm session

Introduction to Disability

Labor Enabled

Location: Concourse (Level 2)

Closing the Gap

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Policy Committee

Location: Members Lounge (Level 2)

Victoria’s Sustainable Resource Future: A Forum on Climate Action and Sustainable Resources

Conservation Environment & Resources Policy Committee

Location: Jockey Bar (Level 2)

This interactive session will focus on the latest developments in climate policy and sustainable resource practices, seeking your ideas to refine and invigorate our strategies to shape the future of climate action and sustainable resource management.

Whether you’re a seasoned advocate, a community leader, or a member passionate about environmental issues, your voice is vital in driving meaningful change. Engage directly with key policy committees, share your insights, and help define Victorian Labor’s path towards a more sustainable and resilient Victoria to ensure that our collective future is green, sustainable, and inclusive!

Contact us

For specific Conference enquiries email stateconference@vic.alp.org.au
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