MEMBERS' SEMINARS

Alongside Conference proceedings, numerous seminars are conducted exclusively for Party Members during the weekend to provide information on our policy development process and to help improve the skills to contribute more effectively to our campaigns.

Saturday Seminars

Time/Venue

Seminar Title

Panel Members

Description

11:00AM - 12:30PM
Seminar Room 3 (M6)
WA Fabians - Does WA need a progressive Think Tank? Dr Sally Talbot MLC & Philip O’Donoghue Australia has a number of progressive think tanks, including the Evatt Foundation, the McKell Foundation, Per Capita, Australian Fabians, The Dunstan Foundation,
The Whitlam Institute. Is there a need for a uniquely West Australian think tank? If so, how might this differ from models elsewhere? How might be make one happen?
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Seminar Room 2 (M7)

Liquor Reform under a McGowan Government - Round 2

Emma Roebuck, Lisa Baker MLA & Peter Peck

Come along and hear from a few perspectives the journey of Liquor Reform in WA under the McGowan Government, after reforms made under Labor in 2007.

11:00 AM - 12:30PM
Seminar Room 1 (M8)

Energy in WA

Bill Johnston MLA

Western Australia is experiencing an unprecedented transition in the way electricity is supplied and used.  More households and small businesses than ever are installing solar photovoltaic systems to take control of their electricity production.  At the same time, large-scale renewable generators are supplying more of our electricity needs.  This is having an impact on our traditional power generators and system as a whole.

Hear from Bill Johnston on how the McGowan Government is working to deliver a reliable, innovative and dynamic electricity system that continues to provide affordable, reliable and clean energy to consumers

11:00AM - 11:30AM
Party Units Room (M10)

Country Labor AGM

David Michael MLA

 

11:30AM - 12:30PM
Party Units Room (M10)

Returning Officer Training with David Michael

David Michael MLA

David Michael MLA is WA Labor’s Chief Returning Officer, Member for Balcatta, and a seasoned veteran in the art of the ballot count.

1:30PM - 2:15PM
Seminar Room 3 (M6)

A Nuclear Free Australia

Steve McCartney, Vicki Abdullah, Dave Sweeney, Adrian Glamorgan & Piers Verstegen

Amid rising global nuclear tensions and a new Federal Inquiry into nuclear power. 

Join a panel of national and state experts on peace and nuclear issues for a snap shot of recent Australian developments and policy discussions on nuclear weapons, waste, power and uranium mining.

1:30PM - 3:00PM
Seminar Room 2 (M7)

Lithium and Battery Minerals in WA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA
Warren Pearce

How and why Western Australia has the unique opportunity to leverage the evolution / revolution of lithium ion batteries and electric vehicles to build a local processing industry, realising greater value from our raw minerals and creating thousands of new local job opportunities.   This is a once in a generation opportunity for Western Australia to position ourselves as a critical part of what is quickly becoming one of the fasted growing new industries in the world – the development of batteries for electric vehicles.

2:15PM - 3:30PM
Seminar Room 3 (M6)

Action on climate change – the opportunity for Western Australia

Piers Verstegen

Climate action in WA can deliver thousands of new jobs and bring huge opportunities for WA. But right now, WA is the only state with no climate policy and rapidly rising emissions. The elephant in the room is the highly polluting LNG industry, set to overtake pollution from all other sectors in WA combined. Offsetting this pollution through carbon farming, tree planting and renewable energy would cost around 2% of company profits and create over 4,000 jobs. But instead, the LNG industry and its influence on government is holding back climate action in our state.

2:30PM - 3:30PM
Seminar Room 1 (M8)

Animal Welfare in WA

Alannah MacTiernan MLC

It takes more than desire or sheer determination to get reform in such a diverse and hotly-debated industry.

How we treat livestock and domestic animals is becoming one of the most hotly contested policy areas around the globe. 

Hear the steps the State Labor Government has taken to advance animal welfare in Western Australia, and about the current review of the State’s Animal Welfare Act.

1:30PM - 3:30PM
Party Units Room (M10)

Council Connect Session 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Running for Council

Cr Lauren Cayoun (Belmont)
Cr Mark Elliott (Swan)
Cr Dom Zappa (Wanneroo)

 

 

Sunday Seminars

Time/Venue

Seminar Title

Panel Members

Description

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Seminar Room 2 (M7)

Now or Never: Biodiversity on the Swan Coastal Plain

Mary Gray, President
Dr Jane Chambers

The south west of WA is one of two world-recognised areas of significantly high biodiversity in Western Australia. Within this hot spot, the Perth regions is a sub hot spot of high biodiversity. Such areas have a large variety of plant and animal species types, many of which are endemic.  Only a small part of the Swan Coastal Plain still survives, and it is still under threat.  However, there are some who are determined to do all they can to preserve and care for what we have left.  This will be explained by the speakers.

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Party Units Room (M10)

Council Connect Session 2: Running an Effective Council Campaign

Cr Lauren Cayoun (Belmont)
Cr Mark Elliott (Swan)
Stephen Pratt MLA

WOMEN'S LOUNGE SEMINARS

WA Labor Women’s Lounge is the go-to place for all Labor women at State Conference.
If you’re looking for some quiet time or a place to meet and talk about conference, the lounge will be open both days for the duration of Conference.
There will also be 5 Fringe Events in the Lounge that are open to all women to attend.

Saturday Seminars

Time/Venue

Seminar Title

Panel Members

Description

10:30AM
WA Labor Women's Lounge (M12)
Social Media & Women in Politics Dr Anne Aly MP
Cassie Rowe MLA
Senator Louise Pratt
Jessica Stojkovski MLA
Anne, Louise, Cassie & Jessica will discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with being a woman in Parliament with the rise of social media, and how they use it to maximise their profile.
11:30AM
WA Labor Women's Lounge (M12)
STEM & Girls The Hon Sue Ellery MLC,
Minister for Education and Training
Sue will share the Government’s agenda on STEM and girls – and discuss
why it’s so important for the education of girls in our schools.
2:30PM
WA Labor Women's Lounge (M12)
Obstacles to Female Membership

Dr Anne Aly MP
Ellie Whiteaker, Assistant State Secretary
Kendall Galbraith, WA Labor Women’s Organiser

WA Labor, with the Labor Women’s Organisation, has just completed a review into our women’s membership.

We held in person forums and focus groups, conducted online surveys and analysed membership data to find out what we can do to improve the membership experience for women and grow our women’s membership. Hear about our findings!

Sunday Seminars

Time/Venue

Seminar Title

Panel Members

Description

10:30AM
WA Labor Women's Lounge (M12)
Women’s Voices and Domestic Violence Report The Hon. Simone McGurk MLA
Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services
The McGowan Labor Government has been working hard to address gender
inequality. As part of this strategy, Simone McGurk has been running Women’s Voices consultations across the state, to hear from diverse women
from a range of communities which will inform a long-term women’s plan for Western Australia. This session will give us an insight into what has
come out of this consultation process – and what’s next!
1:30PM
WA Labor Women's Lounge (M12)
Women in Campaigns The Hon. Sally Talbot MLC
The Hon. Sam Rowe MLC
Adelaide Kidson
Andy Sutherland
Hear from the women in WA Labor who have been running campaigns – ask questions and get some tips on running a great campaign, engaging volunteers, managing candidates and more!