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 U3A Darebin Current Affairs Group,  15th June 2017

The Darebin U3A Current affairs group were scheduled to have Alex Bhathal as our guest speaker on June 15.Alex is a social worker with many additional responsibilities including president of the Darebin Energy and Sustainability Institute, and Convener of the Global Greens Women’s Network.

Alex was the Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Batman for the 2016 election, and narrowly lost to the Labour incumbent.

Unfortunately Alex was unable to attend due to ill health, but Gurm Sekhon kindly agreed to substitute on short notice.

Gurm is a Victorian Greens pioneer and party elder. He is a project manager and community development worker.

We enjoyed an informal discussion on many topics including climate change, carbon tax, wealth distribution, renewable energy, student tertiary loans and death duties.

Renewable versus nuclear energy was an interesting topic given that nuclear is very” clean” Gurm advised the Greens support renewable because of the safety concerns that still prevail along with the nuclear waste disposal problem

We were delighted to learn that Alex has been nominated as the candidate for Batman for the next federal election, when a true local with the community at heart will win the day and see Alex over the line.