Melbourne

Monday, November 9

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union is organising an all-day protest against a Max Employment-sponsored conference on long-term unemployment. Considering the conference costs $650 for a concession ticket, the conference is effectively excluding those who are actually unemployed from attending and sharing their experiences. The AUWU is organising a counter-conference out the front entitled 'Unemployed Workers Speak Out'. 9am. Park Hotel, 192 Wellington Parade (opposite Jolimont Station).

This provocative, multidisciplinary work explores the dramatic resurgence of the Left in Latin America since the late 1990s. Offering a comprehensive account of the complexities and nuances of the shifting political tides in the region, the book provides both a theoretical framework for assessing the state of the Left and a set of cases highlighting key movements, successes, and failures. 6:30pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.

Clive Hamilton - Greens candidate in 2009 & author of Scorcher: The Dirty Politics of Climate Change & Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change will speak via video link.

6.30pm. Wood Theatre, Economics & Commerce Building, Room G09, Melbourne University.

RSVP: query-environment@unimelb.edu.au

The evening will feature Bryan Dawe, Australia’s best political satirist as special guest quiz master.

San Remo Ballroom, 256 Nicholson Street, Carlton North.

Since the historic result at the 2010 federal election, the Australian Greens have been in the balance of power in both Houses of Federal Parliament. It’s been an extraordinary 18 months and, by providing stability to the minority government, we have made real progress on important issues, including: half a billion invested in dental health; concrete steps towards constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians; and a world-leading clean energy package. Speakers: Adam Bandt & Christine Milne. 6pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.

Sunday, October 11

No turnbacks; Close Manus & Nauru; No Border Force Act; End mandatory detention. 2pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.

Organised by Refugee Action Collective.

Friday, June 30, 5:30pm. In the latest budget, the Coalition has introduced a raft of vicious measures that will push Australia's healthcare system closer to the two-tiered American model, including the $7 GP fee, which will essentially end universal healthcare in this country. 5:30pm. State Library, Swanston St, City.

Sunday, February 24, from 1pm. 4 Castle St, Yarraville. Guest speaker: Peter Rochester, participant in the 2012 Venezuela solidarity brigade. Yummy BBQ food + salads. Live music from Tom Flenady and his band. Bar available. Entry (inc food): $25 solidarity, $20 waged, $12 concession. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978

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