Progress without politicians


Victorian Trades Hall - meeting room 1


August 17, 2016 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm



From our friends at the John Cain Foundation:




The John Cain Foundation invites you to a Politics in the Pub style event where we ask:
"How do we make progress without politicians?"

In the wake of the July 2 election, we’re turning attention to organisations making progress outside government: through worker-led cooperatives, consumer movements and community action groups. 


The drinks are on us as we hear from:
Matthew Grogan - Totally Renewable Yackandandah
Matt is co-chair of volunteer run community group Totally Renewable Yackandandah.  Formed in 2014, their goal is to power this small Victorian town with 100% renewable energy and achieve energy sovereignty by 2022.

Sigrid McCarthy - Ethical Clothing Australia
Sigrid is the Media and Communications Coordinator at Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA).
ECA is an accreditation body that works collaboratively with Australian textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) companies manufacturing locally. It is a joint industry-union initiative that pursues a more transparent and ethical TCF industry.  The voluntary accreditation program ensures that Australian supply chains are fully transparent and legally compliant. By mapping the entire cut, make, trim and value adding process, ECA protects the rights and safety of both factory-based workers and homeworkers.

Dan Musil - Earthworker Co-operative
Dan Musil is the National Secretary of the Earthworker Co-operative, a community initiative uniting labour, environmental, and civic organisations in the establishment of worker-owned cooperatives in sustainability-focused industries. Dan is also undertaking PhD research into low-carbon transition and worker-ownership. Dan remains active in movements for social and environmental justice.

DATE: Wednesday 17th of August
Free beer starts at 5:30, proceedings kick off at 6.00pm
VENUE:  Victorian Trades Hall - Meeting Room 1.

This event is free but bookings are essential.