SEARCH Members’ National Forum – 2017
Date: 16 – 17 September 2017
Venue: NSW Teachers Federation, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW.
Two leading Indigenous activists, Jackie Huggins and Thomas Mayor, will take part in our National Forum. Jackie and Thomas add to a wide range of speakers and presenters who will contribute to discussions at the forum.
SEARCH member Drew Hutton, the former President of the Lock the Gate movement, will be a keynote speaker. Drew will open the Sunday morning session with a speech outlining the organising experiences of that movement, which has become a powerful people’s alliance against fossil fuel corporations. This will be followed by a panel discussion on activist experiences in a range of campaigns and movements.
Here is the final SEARCH Members’ National Forum Program
Jackie Huggins is a lifelong Aboriginal activist who is the co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Among many other roles, she is a former co-chair of Reconciliation Australia. Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander activist and is the Northern Territory Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).
Both have been involved in the campaign around the Uluru Statement from the Heart, adopted by hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists at Uluru in late May.
Thomas will present the opening address to the Forum on Saturday morning, 16 September. Jackie will be one of the panelists in the opening session on Sunday morning, 17 September. Both will take part in the workshop on Indigenous issues on Sunday morning.
The final version of the SEARCH Members’ National Forum Program is here.
Remember that the Forum is above all an opportunity for members to have their say about current political issues and priorities, and the role of SEARCH.
The Forum will build on the important membership discussions started at the earlier regional and online workshops. The program reflects the views expressed at those workshops and draws on the ideas and proposals that members put forward. Now the National Forum provides an opportunity for members from around Australia to discuss key challenges before the Left and how SEARCH can best make a difference.
There is plenty to discuss and lots to do:
- Building the peace movement against the rising threats of war on the Korean peninsula and elsewhere in our region, as well as in the Middle East.
- How to respond to the growing crisis of neoliberalism and support people’s movements against the effects of unrestricted and unregulated free markets.
- As carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, climate change manifests itself in extreme weather events, and edges the planet ever closer to dangerous tipping points.
- The crisis of the Turnbull government on all fronts, and the prospects for defeating it early and electing a Labor government committed to more progressive policies and radical reform.
- How SEARCH can contribute to the broad left and progressive movements around these and other key issues.
If you are not registering on line please return your National Forum – registration form as soon as you can to assist organisers with accommodation and catering.
Thank you for the forum registrations that are coming in. Please ring the office if you have any questions about travel, billets or subsidies, or if you can help with accommodation for the forum. You can ring Amalina or Oliver at the office on 02 9698 4918, if you have any questions. They will be very happy to help.
We hope to see you at the Forum!
National Forum Coordinator