11.30-6pm Saturday September 18
2nd Flr, Melb Uni Student Union, Graham Cornish Rooms
All welcome, for more info or to register, call Chris on 0403 013 183 or email melbourne [at] solidarity.net.au
11.30am: The economic crisis: over or just beginning?
Australia has so far appeared immune from the economic crisis. But the debt crisis engulfing Europe and the slowing down of “recovery” in the US suggests it isn’t over yet. Shannon Price will take a look at the state of the world economy and what it means for us.
12.30 -1.30pm lunch (note two sessions run simultaneous after lunch at 1.30pm)
1.30pm: Why does racism still exist?
Tony Abbott has sought to win votes in the election by stirring up racism against refugees, and Julia Gillard has followed suit. Both are also agreed on continuing the racist NT Intervention. Jasmine Ali will look at why so many people accept the myths about refugees and Aboriginal people, and how such racism was unknown just a few centuries ago.
1.30pm: Is the working class still a force for change?
The continued relevance of class has been widely attacked in recent decades. The erosion of traditional blue-collar jobs and the strength of trade unions over recent decades has also led to claims that workers no longer had the potential power they once did. Yet inequality in Australia is on the rise and the union Rights at Work campaign to unseat Howard showed that unions still have potential strength. Lucy Honan analyses the working class today and why it retains immense potential power to change society.
3.00 pm Debate: Does there have to be a price on carbon?
From Gillard to the Greens the demand for a ‘price on carbon’ is widespread. Would it make the polluters pay or would it hurt living standards? What would the effect be on emissions? What about regulation and public investment in renewable energy? Can we support both?
4.30pm After the election: Labor, The Greens and the balance of power
In the aftermath of the election, Adam Bandt (newly elected Greens MP) & James Supple (Solidarity) will discuss the result and what it means. If Julia Gillard hangs on what will she be like as prime minister? What difference will it make if the Greens win the balance of power in the Senate? And how can the left rebuild itself and pose and alternative to the neo-liberal politics of Labor in power?