Should Labor talk to the greens? an Open Labor debate


Celtic Club
316-320 Queen St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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April 20, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm


An Open Labor Debate: Should the Labor Party talk to the Greens Party?

Thursday April 23, 6.30 for 7pm, upstairs at the Celtic Club, Queen Street Melbourne, on the south-east corner with La Trobe Street. All welcome!

Recent state elections have shown the Greens party is a growing fixture on the electoral landscape. The Greens claim to represent a progressive agenda and their success depends on winning the votes of Labor supporters.

Many former Labor voters feel frustration and despair at ALP positions on asylum seekers and climate change and there are growing calls for the parties to work together. Do the Greens always prosper at the expense of Labor governments? Or does cut-throat competition between the two only benefit the Liberal and National Parties?

Should Labor talk to the Greens, or simply work out how to beat them? Is there any scenario where cooperation serves the cause of progressive government? Or will Labor always lose if they look to engage?

Join an open debate with great speakers for and against the proposition.

Speakers include:

Van Badham is a Melbourne-based feminist writer, theatremaker, critic, activist, broadcaster and public intellectual. She is a columnist for The Guardian Australia and studied at Universities of Wollongong, Sheffield and Melbourne.
Dennis Altman AM is a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University, and the author of 13 books, most recently The End of the Homosexual? and Fifty First State? In 2006 he was listed by The Bulletin as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever.

Cath Bowtell was ALP candidate for the seat of Melbourne in 2010 and 2013. She is the immediate past President of the Victorian ALP and was a Senior Industrial Officer at the Australian Council of Trade Unions between 1995 and 2010.

Michael Beahan was State Secretary of the WA Branch of the ALP from 1981 to 1987.  He represented WA in the Commonwealth Senate from 1987 to 1996, and was President of the Senate from February 1994 to August 1996.  He was a member of the National Executive of the ALP for eleven years and National Vice President for four.  He has run numerous election campaigns, chaired the ALP’s National Campaign Committee and served as International Secretary of the ALP.