Globalisation and Civil Society: Where in the world is social justice?

15-16 June 2001
This conference will be a time of inspiration, replenishment, challenge, enjoyment and sharing of information and strategies for those involved or interested in enhancing their understanding and commitment to global social justice issues.
Friday night 15th June 7.30pm -9.30pm Wesley Centre Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Wesley Centre, Cnr William Street and Hay Street, Perth.

Saturday 16th June 9am - 7pm Noalimba Conference Centre, Mandala Crescent, Bateman

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Brought to you by The Development Network of WA
The Development Network of WA is a coalition of agencies and organisations, each engaged with aid, development, human rights and social justice issues at a global and local level.

Our joint aims include:

Members include: Amnesty International, Anglican Board of Missions, ASeTTS (Association for Torture and Trauma Survivors), AusAID (Australia's Agency for International Development), AUSTCARE (Australians Care for Refugees), Australian Red Cross, Australian Volunteers International, Caritas Australia, Oxfam-Community Aid Abroad, Community Arts Network, One World Centre, RUSSIC (Research Unit for the Study of Societies in Change), Save the Children, TEAR Australia, World Vision, United Nations Association of Australia.

Development Network of Western Australia Conference
Sponsored by: Research Unit for the Study of Societies in Change (RUSSIC), Curtin University

Conference Aims:

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Keith Suter is a broadcaster, journalist, strategic planner, conference speaker and author. Keith has been active in speaking about globalisation and its impacts in the media and in his two recent publications: "The Global Agenda" and "In Defence of Globalisation". A criticism of the latter book is at:

Jagjit Plahe works as a Policy and Campaigns officer in the Advocacy Network Department of World Vision Australia in Melbourne. Jagjit co-ordinates the Australian Council of Overseas Aid (ACFOA) Trade Advisory Committee. She has been in Australia for a year, and is from Kenya where she has been a human rights activist.

Format of Conference:

Friday night: Public Meeting 7.30pm - 9.30pm "The impact of globalisation in Australia and the developing world"
Dr Keith Suter and Jagjit Plahe

9.00 - 9.30am Indigenous Welcome to Country
Welcome to the Conference: Sir Ronald Wilson
9.30 - 10.30am Speakers: Jagjit Plahe and Dr Keith Suter "The contemporary challenges for civil society"
10.30 - 11.00am Morning Tea
1.00 - 12.30pm Workshops
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 2.15pm Introduction to Open Space. Facilitator: Brendan McKeague
2.15 - 5.00pm Open Space Conversations
5.00 - 5.30pm Open Forum to share conversations
5.30 - 7.00pm Refreshments

Workshops will include the following:
1. Development and the human spirit: How do we connect them? (Tim Muirhead)
2. Northern NGOs in the era of globalisation (Andrew Hewitt)
3. World Trade Organisation and human rights- a practical case study (Jagjit Plahe)
4. Opening our global hearts: Towards life-sustaining societies (Rodney Vlais)
5. The experience of volunteering in developing countries (Australian Volunteers International)
6. Possible changes and possible implications for General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) - Peter Ellis

Open Space

Open Space is a guided process that allows the agenda of the conference to be generated by the interests and talents of the participants themselves. On the Saturday afternoon of the conference you will have the opportunity to put forward ideas for conversations or activities you might like to have with others. It could be about a strategic issue you or your organisation are concerned about, a global issue that you think is important, a space for creativity to emerge through art, music or story, something you have researched yourself, etc. Those who wish to share this conversation or activity with you will join you for part of the afternoon. Think about it beforehand!!


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Please register me: (choose one option):

a)   Whole Conference (Friday night and Saturday)
   Full price $45
   Concession $35 (includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch and post conference refreshments)

b)   Friday night only (tickets can also be purchased on the night)
   Full price $10
   Concession $5

c)   Saturday only
   Full price $35
   Concession $30 (includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch and post conference refreshments)

Please send registration form with payment to One World Centre, 99 Hay Street, Subiaco 6008 WA by Friday 8th June 2001. Cheques to be made out to One World Centre. Phone 9388 2508 for more details.

This Conference does not attract GST [Goods and Services Tax] as it is less than 50% of the market value.

To print copies of this conference's leaflets, click gats2.rtf

• See also for details of the FREE public seminar of THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2001, "GATS vs Democracy", at 79 Stirling Street, Perth, 7.30-9.30 pm, and/or a current issue of Citizens' Voice at

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