Academic psychologist and writer Cordelia Fine will discuss her acclaimed second book Delusions of Gender, billed as "a passionately argued and much-needed corrective to the belief that men's and women's brains are intrinsically different." A fascinating event for science buffs and anyone interested in combating sexism. 6.30pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, Carlton. $5/$2.
Each Saturday night of the festival at 11pm, Political Asylum brings you an hour of fabulous political comedy, delivered by Australia's best political comedians. And guess what? It'll be a completely different show every week, with a mixture of our best recent material, alongside brand new topical content from the week that was. Confirmed artists: Mathew Kenneally, Nazeem Hussain, Aamer Rahman, Rod Quantock, Damian Callinan, Stella Young, Jon Brooks, Toby Halligan, Elbowskin, Ben McKenzie, Scott Abbot. For more info visit Political Asylum.
Thursday, May 31, 5pm.
Outside Nicola Roxon's office, 337 Gordon St, Maribrynong. Sri Lankan-born Ranjini was verified as a genuine refugee and set about starting a new life with her new husband in Melbourne. She and her husband recently discovered they're expecting their first child together. But two weeks ago ASIO revised her security finding and now she and her young sons join around 50 other refugees (including six children) held without knowing the reasons for their detention, without independent review and without an opportunity for appeal.
Come and see the images of the community, culture and country under threat of a national nuclear waste dump. Northcote Library, 32-38 Separation St.
Friday, April 29
Starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons. The true story of a mathematical genius from India who is 'discovered' and mentored by a Cambridge professor. 6:30pm (for 7pm start). $22. Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat St, Yarraville. Presented by Hobsons Bay Refugee Network & West Welcome Wagon: a fundraiser to support refugees and asylum seekers living in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Saturday, January 11, 1pm. The Abbott government is considering introducing a $6 fee for every visit to a bulk-billing doctor with the possibility that this could be expanded to emergency room visitations. It will be the poorest section of society — Indigenous people, single parents, pensioners and others — that will suffer the most from this attack. It's time for us to say no to this attack on our health care system and demand better for Australia. We call for a free and fully funded health and dental care system and more funding to hospitals! Speakers (more to be announced):
GPO Steps, Bourke st mall, cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City.
Support the global union campaign for safer, healthier, better work. In addition to the international theme, Australian unions are focussing on industrial deaths caused by exposure to toxic substances, most notably asbestos. 10:30am. 'Remembrance Rock’, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South.
Ross House tenant Industrial Deaths Support and Advocacy will be hosting morning tea following the event in the Trades Hall Meeting Room 1.
Sunday, October 6
Come down to the Gasometer to see some sweet bands & raise some moolah for the Earthworker Co-operative — working our way out of the climate crisis by creating jobs in co-operative renewable energy! Featuring: Anna Smyrk & the Appetites; Mick Thomas; Glitter Rats; Heaps Tuff; Apollo Apples. 7pm. The Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St, Collingwood.