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Progressive Action is a conference taking place in Melbourne on Saturday, April 6th, with the aim of mobilising young people to fight for an Australia that is fair, compassionate and sustainable. It's part of a growing movement focused on electing progressive Labor governments across the country.


Where and when is Progressive Action taking place?

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Progressive Action will be held on Saturday, April 6th at RMIT’s Storey Hall, located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central station at 342-344 Swanston Street.

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the peoples of the Kulin Nation.


What’s happening at Progressive Action?

Progressive Action has a jam-packed schedule of keynote speakers, panel sessions and skills workshops to inspire and upskill you to fight for a more progressive Australia. Over 400 young people will come together to hear from amazing keynote speakers like Sally McManus and Jay Weatherill, attend panel sessions on issues ranging from drug reform to refugee rights, climate action to mental health, and be part of workshops to build activism skills.

The program kicks off at 9.45am, with formal sessions finishing at 5pm. We’re also going to have an awesome after-party at a venue close by. Check out all the speakers we’ve announced so far here.


Who is coming?

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Progressive Action is targeted at young people aged 15-35, including students, workers and young professionals. It’s for people who want to fight for a more progressive Australia - an Australia which has strong policies on climate change, creates a fair economy for everyone and seeks a truly diverse and inclusive society.

You definitely don’t have to be a member of the Labor Party to come along. If you want to see progressive Labor governments across Australia, implementing policies that are fair, compassionate and sustainable - we want you!


Who is behind Progressive Action?

Progressive Action is being organised by a small team of Labor Party members who want to help elect progressive Labor Governments across Australia, and who believe that young people can help us get there. If you want to join the team, email us at info@progressiveaction.org.au.

We also have some terrific partners who are helping make Progressive Action a reality. These organisations are listed below.

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Trades Hall

The Victorian Trades Hall Council helps organise activities and campaigns with and on behalf of its 40 affiliated unions, representing approximately 430,000 members across Victoria.

Trades Hall is regularly involved in lobbying State Parliament on legislation that affects the lives of working Victorians, coordinating Victorian campaigns on industrial, political and social issues, and organising large rallies, marches, protests and other public events.

You can find out more about Trades Hall at www.weareunion.org.au.

McKell Institute Victoria

The McKell Institute is a progressive research institute dedicated to providing practical and innovative solutions to contemporary policy challenges. McKell engages widely across a range of policy issues, including industrial relations, housing affordability and social service delivery, among others.

You can find out more about McKell at www.mckellinstitute.org.au.

Australian Fabians (Victorian Branch)

The Australian Fabians are a democratically constituted membership organisation which provides members with opportunities to participate in public debate, as well as access to publications and events.

The Australian Fabians are part of an international social and intellectual movement. The UK Fabian Society been a central part of the democratic socialist, social democratic and Labour tradition throughout the 20th century in Great Britain. The Australian Fabians have been active since 1947.

You can find out more about the Australian Fabians at www.fabians.org.au.