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Rob Watts is Professor of Social Policy at RMIT University, teaching policy studies, criminology, ethics and good practice, the history of ideas, and applied human rights. He is campaigning to get a national bill of rights as well as developing the Green Job Guarantee.

The Ngara Institute says the climate change poses a global existential threat and as part of their New Politics in the Pub initiative, organised by local people for a national and international audience, they have guest speaker Professor Rob Watts visiting next week.

Rob Watts is Professor of Social Policy at RMIT University, teaching policy studies, criminology, ethics and good practice, the history of ideas, and applied human rights.  He is campaigning to get a national bill of rights as well as developing the Green Job Guarantee. He was a founding member of the Greens Party in Victoria, and established the Australian Centre for Human Rights Education at RMIT in 2008.

Professor Watts will outline Green Jobs Guarantee, an initiative he devised to enable local government authorities, local communities and enterprises to develop jobs which build social and community-based enterprise in an equitable and sustainable way.

Acknowledging current patterns of poverty and disadvantage in rural and regional Australia, the Green Job Guarantee targets these in need areas. Regional cities also have the greatest proportion of jobs considered vulnerable to automation. Developing a portfolio of social and community-based enterprise will help to secure job generation and skill-building for prosperity into the future.

Green Jobs Guarantee facilitates sustainable jobs and skill-building. An integrated approach requires the Australian government to become the employer of last resort by rolling out a well-funded Green Job Guarantee in the regions.
The New Politics in the Pub is on next Wednesday, October 23 at the Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby from 7pm to 8.30pm.

For more information, visit: www.ngarainstitute.org.au.


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