Dear CES Members and friends
 
This is a friendly reminder that our first forum for the year will be this coming Thursday - the 12 February.
 
The topic is "Free and Equal! Towards a more Humane Society" and will introduce CES's theme for the year which is "Equity and the Human Family".
 
This will be an opportunity to hear and meet our incoming president Rev'd Dr Thorwald Lorenzen.  Our CES Chair, Bishop George Browning will chair the evening.
 
The forum is open to all and there is no need to book so do come along and bring your friends.  It will be held at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner of Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton and it will commence at 7.30 pm. 
 
A donation of $5 is requested to cover the costs of the evening and supper will be provided.
 
Other news
 
For those concerned about the effects of global warming on our environment
 
On February 13-14, many Australians will join others across the world to break with fossil fuels and call on others to do the same as part of the first ever Global Divestment Day. Divestment is aimed at weakening the political power of the fossil fuel industry and encouraging global solutions which meet the need for alternate fuels. Check out  http://gofossilfree.org/australia-gdd/
 

The 350 Organisation, which works to reduce the impact of climate change, is hosting a national speaking tour with renowned US economist Bob Massie - one of the world’s foremost experts on building a just transition to a low carbon economy. How would this shift be effected? What would the transition to a low carbon economy look like and what would it mean for our communities, jobs and economy? How might the burdens of such a shift be managed, and how might the opportunities for creating truly better ways of meeting our needs be embraced?”  The free Canberra talk is at the ANU on 25 February.  For more information or to register go to  http://justtransitions.com.au/

 

You might like to read the article entitled Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility - big bank investments in fossil fuels - see CES home page at www.ces.org.au

 

Investor State Provisions and Free Trade Agreements

In our March 2014 public forum, Speaker Professor Tom Faunce described how decisions taken by democratically elected legislatures in Australia fully in compliance with constitutional requirements might be overturned at the instance of foreign corporations that regard their interests as impugned through investor/state provisions of free trade agreements. (You can hear an audio recording of this forum by going to the Download menu at the top of the homepage of our website (www.ces.org.au) There exists a treaties committee of the Australian Parliament to which proposed treaties are referred for consideration but the recommendations of the committee do not bind the government. A treaty with an investor/state provision could be used long into the future as a weapon to strike down rafts of environmental, pharmaceutical or other regulation legitimately enacted for the common good.

 

Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Ltd raises their concerns at http://aftinet.org.au/cms/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-tpp-tppa-2

 

Are you a woman?  Do you like singing? 

If so you might be interested in joining A Chorus of Women in their forthcoming oratorio "A Passion for Peace".  For information and links see CES home page www.ces.org.au

 

I look forward to seeing you next THursday evening

 

best wishes

 

Heather (for CES)