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PPE Perspectives: Political Fragmentation and Minor Party Voting


The minor party vote in Australia is rising. And it is rising faster in the regions than the cities. Politicians in the major parties are nervous and looking to win back voters, but lack of understanding of the causes of this shift risks bad policy and bad politics.

The PPE Society is excited to welcome Danielle Wood, Fellow at the Grattan Institute and National and Victorian Chair of the Women in Economics Network to discuss the economic, social and institutional explanations for the changes in voting patterns, and also to talk about her role in the Women in Economics Network and the gender imbalance in the economics profession.

When: 10th August 2017. 4pm
Where: La Trobe Bundoora Campus, Room HS1-101

See Facebook Event page for more details

AGM 2017

Thursday 16th March, 3:30pm for 4pm start
TLC 417, La Trobe University, Bundoora

It’s that time of the year again… The PPE Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 16th of March at 4pm. We’re still waiting on a room confirmation, so keep an eye on our social media pages and we’ll update you as soon as we know!

We will be electing a new Executive, so the following roles are up for nomination:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • First Year Co-ordinator

If you think you or someone you know would be interested in or would be great at any of the above positions, you can nominate them on the day or by emailing info@ppesociety.org.au  with their name and the position you would like to nominate them for.

Other positions are available and will be explored at the AGM.
If you can’t make it to the AGM, fret not! You can still have your voice heard. Proxy votes are allowed. Email us your nominations or votes and make sure you can still have your say!

See event on Facebook

And We’re Back, a PPE Drinks Night

…..And We’re Back,

Semester 1 has kicked off and we hope you’re all ready for an awesome year of pluralist activity.

Our first official drinks for the year is happening this Thursday at the Eagle bar from 5pm so come on down for an evening of chips, drinks, discussion and generally great chat.

We’re a welcoming bunch so don’t be put off by serious expressions and the occasional illuminati symbol, if you’re new this year we’d love to see you there, and feel free to bring friends, family, tennis partners, drinking buddies or baristas along too, the more the merrier.

Hope to see you all there.

Where: Eagle Bar, La Trobe University, Bundoora
Date: 2nd March 2017 (and every Thursday at the same time during semester)
Time: 5pm – 7pm
See event on Facebook

 

Panel Event: Daughters of War – The Changing Role of Women in Modern Warfare

On the 5th of October, 2016, students and friends of the PPE Society gathered together at a La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia to talk about the changing role that women play and have played in conflicts. This event was inspired by the article published on the PPE Society Website, Daughters of War (click here to read it).

The panel included Dr Jasmine Kim-Westendorf from La Trobe University, Captain Angela Madden and Corporal Danielle Gill from the Australian Defence Force. The introduction was delivered and panel discussion moderated by Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate Alison Cheney.


Summary from the Event Description:

We live in a new era. We fight wars like we never have before, we are learning new tactics to use with new alliances against new enemies.

Women are finding themselves in new roles in this new world order. The days of women as peripheral support alone is over. Women transcend the boundaries of wife, sister and mother in modern warfare. But what to?

Women have found new roles as intended targets and victims of a range of injustices across the globe. They have also found new opportunities as aggressors and protectors.


GUEST SPEAKERS:

Dr. Jasmine Kim-Westendorf – Lecturer of International Relations at La Trobe University. Recently published her book “Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil War”, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015.

Australian Defence Force – A small panel from the Australian Defence Force will be attending to talk about the history and the role women play in the Australian military today.

The event was filmed and edited by Thomas Edgoose (@tomedgoose – Twitter), graduate of a Bachelor of Media: Screen and Sound at La Trobe University and friend of the PPE Society.

 

 

Intergenerational Fairness Event

Panelists

John DaleyJohn Daley Miriam BankovskyMiriam Bankovsky Jeff BorlandJeff Borland

20th August 6PM

John is the CEO of the Grattan Institute and one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers, with 25 years’ experience in the public, private and university sectors. John’s most recent report at the Grattan Institute, The Wealth of Generations, finds that older Australians are capturing a growing share of Australia’s wealth, while the wealth of younger Australians has stagnated. John has also written extensively on public budgets and has been prolific in recent debates on tax and federalism. Miriam is a lecturer in political theory and Australian Research Council DECRA fellow at La Trobe University, Miriam Bankovsky’s research initially focused on philosophical accounts of justice. The author of numerous academic publications, her current work extends this philosophical interest into economics, challenging the orthodox conception of well-being as the satisfaction of rational preferences and developing an alternative account of cooperative interpersonal well-being. Jeff is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and in 2010 was the Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. Jeff’s main research and teaching interests are labour markets in Australia, program and policy evaluation and design, Australian and world economic history and sports economics. Jeff publishes a monthly ‘Snapshot’ on the Australian labour market. DISCUSSANT:

ROBERT MANNE

Where: John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3083
Date: 20th August (Thursday) 2015
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Tickets available here.

Since the post-war period Australians have assumed that the next generation would be better off than the last. This intergenerational compact is now being challenged by rising inequality, rising debt burdens, environmental degradation and climate change, demographic imbalances, and the spectre of ‘secular stagnation’.

If the Cassandras are correct, we are in a brave new world where proceeding generations are likely to be worse off. A rupture in the intergenerational compact begs a redefining of the burdens and benefits that accrue to each generation.
This raises deep political, philosophical, and economic questions. Of difficult questions Robert Solow once mused that usually, “either the question is badly posed- or very deep indeed”. Our speakers will seek to define the question and hopefully provide some answers to maintaining intergenerational fairness.

Where: John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3083
Date: 20th August 2015
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Tickets available here.

5/5 – ‘Boom Bust Boom’ Screening for ISIPE Global Action Day

Tuesday May 5, 5:00pm
WLT2, La Trobe University, Bundoora

The PPE Society will be screening ‘Boom Bust Boom’ for the first International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics (ISIPE) Global Action Day.

This screening will also include an update on ISIPE by Nick Pringle (Executive Member, PPE Society), and a short presentation by Dr. Tim Thornton (Political Economist, La Trobe University).

 

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It is time for Action! One year ago ISIPE published an open letter titled ‘An international student call for pluralism in economics’ which was signed by more than 65 student groups from over 30 countries. In the past year we have achieved a lot but there is still a long way ahead.

Today, on May 5th 2015, we are standing up again for a change in the teaching of economics. For an education that prepares us to understand and contend with the challenges our world faces in the 21st century. For a return of the real world to the classroom and room for debates. And therefore for Pluralism in Economics!

This year more than 30 local groups in 12 different countries are staging events to raise attention and consciousness for our demands.

PPE Society 2015 AGM

Hello everyone! It’s that time of the year again… The PPE Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 26th of March at 12pm in Function Room 2, Union Building, La Trobe.

We will be electing a new Executive, so the following roles are up for nomination:
*President
*Vice President
*Treasurer
*Secretary
*First Year Co-ordinator

If you think you or someone you know would be interested in or would be great at any of the above positions, you can nominate them by emailing alison.cheney@ppesociety.org.au with their name and the position you would like to nominate them for.

Other positions are available and will be explored at the AGM.
If you can’t make it to the AGM, fret not! You can still have your voice heard. Proxy votes are allowed. Email alison.cheney@ppesociety.org.au of your intentions and make sure you can have your say!

Summary:
PPE SOCIETY AGM
WHEN: Thursday 12pm
WHERE: Function Room 2, Union Building – La Trobe Bundoora

Email your nominations for Executive Positions to the Returning Officer: alison.cheney@ppesociety.org.au

Email your proxy intentions: alison.cheney@ppesociety.org.au

For any more information, email (you guessed it) alison.cheney@ppescoiety.org.au.

26/3 – Careers in Economics: A Speaker Panel Event

Thursday March 26, 5:00-7:00pm
Institute of Advanced Study, La Trobe University, Bundoora

Careers Panel Poster

Economics Society of Australia & the La Trobe Business School present ‘Careers in Economics: A Speaker Panel Event’.

Hear from students, graduates and sponsors about economics careers in consulting, professional services, investment banking and the government.

Panel members may include:

  • Deloitte Access Economics (DAE)
  • Essential Services Commission (ESC, Victoria)
  • Productivity Commission (PC)
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF, Victoria)
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC, Victoria)
  • Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC)

To attend please register below:

Careers Panel Map

18/3 – Political economy as an area of knowledge: A seminar by Dr Tim Thornton

Wednesday March 18, 12:30-1:30pm
La Trobe University, Bundoora, MARB 488

The nature of contemporary political economy and its likely prospects within Australian social science are the focus areas of this seminar. The initial discussion will be on how political economy (PE) articulates with politics, economics, philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology. The question is posed as whether PE is a sub-discipline of politics, a rival branch of economics or an academic discipline in its own right? Discussion will then turn to PE’s likely future within Australian social science.

The seminar should be of interest to any social scientist or philosopher who is interested in discussing how their own discipline relates to the study of economic phenomena. The seminar should also be of interest to those who wish to understand why ongoing global calls for greater plurality, and interdisciplinarity within contemporary economics have been generally unsuccessful thus far.
Tim Thornton
Dr Tim Thornton
Lecturer, Research Associate
La Trobe University Staff profile

‘Welcome back to university’ drinks

The PPE Society invites you to join us for the first of our weekly Thursday evening drinks on the 5th of March.

We meet weekly for informal discussion and debate over drinks at La Trobe University’s Eagle Bar on Thursday nights from 6pm during semester.

All welcome!