Marta Harnecker is a Chilean psychologist, writer, journalist and a prominent investigator and commentator on experiences of social transformation in Latin America.

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Michael is one of the leading Marxist authors in the world, writing and researching the problems and possibilities of building a socialist alternative.

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Ian Angus, author and veteran of socialist and environmental movements in Canada and internationally, is the founder and editor of the online journal, Climate & Capitalism.

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Sam Watson is a veteran Murri activist, author, film maker, playwright and member of the National Stolen Generations Alliance.

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Ruth Ratcliffe is a PhD student working with the communities implementing the Yes I Can, First Nations Adult Literacy Campaign.   She has been active in a range of community and environmental campaigns for the last 20 years.

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Marco Avena is a national co-convenor of the Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN).

Originally from Wollongong, Marco has been involved in environmental (and other) activism for over three years and is a student at the University of Sydney, studying a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts neuroscience/philosophy major.

Marco is currently being prosecuted in Victoria for protecting high conservation value forest.

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Ken Canning is a First Nations activist, poet and playwright from the Kunja Clan of the Bidjara Peoples of South West Queensland.

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Tim Gooden is a member of Socialist Alliance and Secretary of Geelong Trades Hall Council.

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Tomas Freitas is a member of the Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (MKOTT).

Tomas was a founding member of Luta Hamutuk (Fight Together), a research and advocacy institute focusing on economic issues, including East Timor's Petroleum Fund (a mechanism to regulate the expenditure of East Timor's oil and gas proceeds).

Freitas was involved in the Timorese clandestine movement against Indonesian occupation.

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Sarah Eleazar is a member of the Awami Workers Party and a journalist in Pakistan. She co-edits Tajdeed - a left research journal in Urdu.

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Cat Moir is a socialist activist from the UK now living and working in Sydney.

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Victoria Grieves is a Warraimay historian who works in transdisciplinary ways to progress Indigenous knowledges production in the academy – including establishing Aboriginal philosophy as a basis for critical Indigenous theory for Australia.

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Dr Vannessa Hearman is Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney, researching the 1965-68 anti-communist violence and regime change in East Java.

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Kamala Emanuel is a socialist and feminist activist from Perth.

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Dr Hawzhin Azeez is currently the General Manager of the Kobane Reconstruction Board and is based in Ayn Al Arab in Syria.

Hawzhin is a former politics lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Hawzhin will be joining the conference via video link.

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Nelson Dávila was a founding member of Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolutionary Movement (MBR-200) and is the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Australia.

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Mich-Elle Myers is the National Women's Liaison Officer of the Maritime Union of Australia and an elected member of the union's National Council.

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Aunty Jenny Munro is a Wiradjuri woman from Erambie Mission, Cowra, with a long history of campaigning for Aboriginal rights. Jenny was instrumental in setting up the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 2014 as a site of resistance to a program to move Aboriginal people out of Redfern. The campaign won a victory after more than a year of struggle.

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Jose da Costa was 18 years old when he came to Australia by boat in 1995 seeking political asylum from East Timor. He is a primary school teacher. He acted in major roles in the mini series Answered by Fire and the film Balibo and was the male lead actor in East Timor’s first feature film A Guerra da Beatriz (Beatriz’s War). He is co-founder of Dili Film Works.

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Bob Boughton is an Associate Professor of Contextual Studies in Education at the University of New England.

Hear Bob interviewed about the Cuban Literacy program for Green Left TV here.

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Sharlene Leroy-Dyer is an Aboriginal woman, a descendant of the Guringai, Gadigal, Wiradjuri and Dhurag peoples, of NSW. Sharlene is a staunch unionist, having been in various unions since she joined the workforce over 35 years ago, and she currently serves on the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Committee as a National Councillor and Deputy Chair. Sharlene is an active member of the Socialist Alliance Newcastle Branch and a full time staff member at the University of Newcastle.

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Pip Hinman is the President of Stop Coal Seam Gas Sydney. A long term environmentalist, feminist and anti war activist, Pip is a founding member and leader of the Socialist Alliance and convenes its Western Sydney branch.

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Liam Flenady is a socialist activist, composer, musician and recent correspondent for Green Left Weekly in Brussels.

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Helen Bender is a campaigner against unconventional gas mining. Helen's family are farmers in the town of Chinchilla in Queensland and along with her father, the late George Bender, Helen is fighting the power of mining corporations and the threat they pose to land, water and communities.

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Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrández is a lecturer in the departments of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney. He has extensive fieldwork experience in Latin America and Spain and has lived, worked and researched in Venezuela for nearly a decade.

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Peter Boyle is a former national co-convenor of the Socialist Alliance and has been a socialist activist since the early 1970s when he radicalised around war, race and class issues after his family migrated to Australia from Malaysia.

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Christopher Wright is a Professor of Business at the University of Sydney and the co-author (with Daniel Nyberg) of a new book, Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction.

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Rob Pyne (MP) is the now independent Member for Cairns in the Queensland Parliament, following his resignation from the ALP on March 7.

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John Tully is John is a founding member of Australians for Kurdistan.

John is an Honorary Professor at Victoria University, a labour and social historian, a published novelist and short story writer.

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Denis Rogatyuk is a Russian-Australian political and trade union activist based in Melbourne.

He has been active in Latin America solidarity, and was part of solidarity brigades to Cuba and Venezuela in 2012 and 2013.

He also reported for Green Left Weekly from Ecuador and Bolivia.

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Sue Bolton is a councillor on the Moreland City Council in Melbourne and a leader and founding member of Socialist Alliance. Sue was elected in October 2012 on a platform of Community Need, Not Developer Greed.

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Lisa Arnold is the former Palestine Programs Coordinator for APHEDA (Union Aid Abroad) and now works with Australian Friends of Palestine Association in Adelaide.

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Dr Fernanda Penaloza is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney and chair of the Sydney University Research Community on Latin America (SURCLA).

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Federico (Fred) Fuentes is Assistant Editor of Links Journal of Socialist Renewal, writes for Green Left Weekly and co-authored, with Michael Fox and Roger Burbach, Latin America's Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism, published by Zed Books.

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Julian Coppens, originally from Melbourne but resident in Spain for the past 10 years, is an activist and member of the municipal executive of Podemos in Mérida, Spain.

Julian will be speaking via video link to the conference.

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"I'm a bundjalung-dunghutti-gumbaynggirr woman from the Nambucca valley nsw.

I'm a direct descendant from the stolen generation so I now make it my passion to have a voice for my people.

I'm an amateur artist, poet and activist for all human rights but especially those that effect my First Nations people."

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Gemma Weedall is an eco-socialist activist from Adelaide. She has been a leading member of Climate Emergency Action Network (CLEAN) for the last 7 years and helped kick off the campaign in South Australia to Repower Port Augusta with solar thermal technology. She is also a co-convener of the Adelaide branch of Socialist Alliance.

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Carla Gorton is the co-author of Women of Steel, an inspiring story of a landmark struggle in Australia's industrial and political history. The book tells the story, in the words of the women involved, of a 14-year struggle by 34 mainly migrant women, who took on Australia's biggest corporation, BHP in a 'David and Goliath' struggle known as the Jobs for Women campaign - and won.

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Ken Davis, socialist gay liberationist from the 70s, was one of the organisers of Sydney's Mardi Gras march on June 24, 1978, which was violently attacked by police. .

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Suresh Kumar is an activist from Cameron Highlands in central Malaysia, an environmentalist and socialist, and a leader of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia.

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Reihana Mohideen is socialist activist and writer, born in Sri Lanka, now living in the Philippines. She is a leader of the Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Laboring Masses) of the Philippines and head of its international relations department. Reihana runs the blog, Socialista Feminista.

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As a young activist, Robynne Murphy helped found the Jobs For Women campaign - an epic struggle by 34, mainly migrant women for the right to work in the BHP steelworks in Wollongong in the 1980s. Robynne was one of the first women to file a claim with the anti-discrimination board and she became one of the leaders of this David and Goliath struggle.

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Rachel Evans is a socialist, queer rights activist and co-convenor of the Sydney Central Socialist Alliance branch. She has been in the fight for marriage equality since 2004, is involved in the Defend Safe Schools Sydney collective and is the current Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association Queer Office Bearer. 

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Radhika Menon is an activist and teacher educator from Delhi and has been involved in struggles for furthering equality, justice and democracy.

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Stuart Munckton is co-Editor of Green Left Weekly. Regular readers and subscribers to Green Left TV may also know him as the figure behind comedian Carlo Sands and author of the column, Carlo's Corner.

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Jack Beetson is a Ngembaa man, Executive Director and National Campaign Coordinator of the Literacy for Life Foundation.

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Brodie Paparella is a writer, former educator and queer activist who has lived all across Australia and currently campaigns for Defend Safe Schools, a program he worked with to support its national roll out.

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Dick Nichols is a former National Convenor of Socialist Alliance, correspondent for Green Left Weekly and Links journal, writing on Spanish and European politics.

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Tony Iltis writes regularly for Green Left Weekly on international politics.

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Liah Lazarou is a young feminist, student and single parent activist from Adelaide and a member of Socialist Alliance.

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Sivarajan Amurugam is the General Secretary of the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM).

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Sonny Melencio is chairperson of the Partido Lakas ng Masa in The Philippines and a former council member of Solidarity of Filipino Workers.

Read more about Sonny Melencio and check out his conference sessions here.

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Shamikh Badra is a member of the Palestinian Peoples Party (PPP) and was based in the Gaza Strip before coming to Australia to study at the University of Sydney Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. The PPP is a left-wing, secular party that is part of the Palestinian liberation movement.

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Craig McGregor is Secretary of the HSU Victorian Number 3 Branch, covering allied health professionals. Craig was elected as part of a rank and file ticket called 'Clean Sweep' in 2012.

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