August 18 - 20, North Melbourne

Sparking the resistance

We live in an era of racism, misogyny, 

growing wealth inequality, runaway climate change and war. 

It's time to fight back.

Australia's largest socialist youth conference

Radical Ideas 2017 is a weekend of discussion, debate and education for everyone interested in radical politics. Radical Ideas is the largest annual gathering of socialist youth in Australia. Radical Ideas is brought to you by socialist youth organisation, Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance.

Featured speakers

Nathan Roberts

Nathan Roberts was involved in the campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn in South London and a member of UK Socialist Resistance. He is an activist with the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle is the National Indigenous Organiser for the NTEU, a freelance opinion writer and social commentator, and an unabashed radical. In 2012 she started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist.

Justin Akers Chacón

Justin Akers Chacón is a US activist and a Professor of Chicana/o History at San Diego City College. He is a contributor to the International Socialist Review and is the co-author of No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Pas Forgione

Pas Forgione is the Coordinator of the Anti-Poverty Network in South Australia, an action group composed of welfare recipients from across Adelaide who are campaigning for dignity, justice, and respect.

Sue Bolton

Sue Bolton is a councillor on the Moreland City Council in Melbourne and a founding member of Socialist Alliance. Sue works to help residents fight for their rights, including the campaign to stop the East-West Link.

Michael Johnstone

Michael Johnstone is a part-time Woolworths worker, former ‘Shoppies’ workplace delegate and now organiser in the newly formed Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RaFFWU). 

Conference Agenda

Two jam-packed days of discussion, debate and education. From the Corbyn campaign, to the democracy movement in the Philippines to campaiging for marriage equality, this conference agenda has something to everybody.

Words of Resistance: Poetry & Performance night

A evening of spoken word, hip hop and musical performances to ignite and inspire. Featuring Ezekial Ox and The Same Boat.

Drawn Together: An exhibiton of political art

Art with a message. Featuring political artists - Michelle Baginski, Nicky Minus and Sam Wallman. 

Activism at Radical Ideas

Say YES to equality speak out and action

Saturday 1pm
Join Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance members in a YES to equality action at the conference venue. We're calling on young people to enroll to vote and to vote YES to marriage equality.

Solidarity with Venezuela

Sunday 1pm
The progressive gains won by socialist Chavismo movement in Venezuela are under major attack by right wing forces, whilst Venezuela faces external aggression from the Trump administration. Take party in a solidarity action to support the Venezuelan people. Get an update at the Venezuela in crisis: where to next? workshop at 9.30am Sunday

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