SEARCH forum, Uluru Statement, grassroots campaigning, building alliances, Labor Left, Greens, Aboriginal, environment, AGM
Respecting our past – shaping our future
The first ever SEARCH National Forum held over the weekend of 16th and 17th September 2017 brought together nearly 100 members from around Australia to discuss the current major challenges facing the Left and to chart future directions for our Foundation. The Forum was a great success, meeting a longstanding need to provide members with the opportunity to hear presentations on current national and global politics, discuss issues at length in workshops, and meet other members.
Highlights included inspiring keynote addresses by Indigenous leader, Thomas Mayor, about the Uluru Statement from the Heart issued by the May meeting of Indigenous people at Uluru and Lock the Gate environmental leader and SEARCH member, Drew Hutton, about grassroots campaigning and building broad alliances. Members and invited guests spoke on plenary panels and at workshops on a wide range of current issues and campaigns.
The Forum was marked by an overwhelming sense of unity with constructive dialogue amongst members whether they were from the Labor Left, Greens, other parties or no party, and progressive movements. It was also great to see the enthusiastic participation of a new generation of activists from our Young Members Committee.
Substantive agreement was reached at the Forum about initiatives that SEARCH could take around key issues and how SEARCH can best make a difference. A report for members about the Forum’s outcomes and proposals for future directions for SEARCH is currently being finalised and will be sent to members soon.
Notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting
The next major event in our Foundation’s calendar is our Annual General Meeting. It will be held via Skype (or other electronic communications platform as advised) in multiple centres including Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney (and other locations by request, if practicable) at 1:30pm EDST on Sunday 26th November 2017.
The AGM will consider:
- The audited financial statements of the Foundation for FY2017 and auditors’ report
- The Directors’ report on our activities for the year
- The appointment of the Foundation’s auditors for FY2018
- Motions arising from the SEARCH Review and outcomes of the National Forum
- The Returning Officers’ Report.
5th October 2017