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August 2022

Landscapes of Our Hearts

August 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 6 spots left

If we look afresh at our history through the land we live on, might Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians find a path to a shared future? On this ancient continent, waves of people have made their mark on the landscape; in turn, it too has shaped…

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The Ajoona Guest House

August 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
La Mama HQ, 205 Faraday Street
Carlton, Victoira 3053
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$29 – $32.00 3 tickets left

Direct from a sold-out Adelaide season, award-winning, writer and actor Stephen House opens the door on a dangerously beautiful, hidden New Delhi world. When a wandering writer drifts back to an Indian guest house he has known for decades, he confronts his past, people from…

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In search of a better world

August 23 @ 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm
45 Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$35.00

Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy says: Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. Is a better world on the way? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked…

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Thirty Months of the Pandemic – Where to Now?

August 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00 Sold out

Professor Brett Sutton is the well known Chief Health Officer of Victoria, a role which he has effectively held since 2018. A graduate of Melbourne High School and University of Melbourne, his higher degree in public health was obtained through James Cook University. Professor Sutton,…

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Gas Infrastructure in a Zero Emissions Economy

August 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Gas supply and costs are a hot topic across the world right now. But there’s an even more important challenge ahead. Immediate and sustained action is needed if Victoria’s gas sector is to reach net zero emissions by 2050. With more than two million household,…

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September 2022

Confronting Australia’s declining physical and built environment

September 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80 – $95 21 tickets left

Can Australia's environment recover from a state of decline and withstand increasing threats? MF member Prof Graeme Samuel AC believes that Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state of decline and are under increasing threat. The State of the Environment Report,…

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Cultivating Climate Courage

September 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

There are ways to protect our land, our food and our future, and they’re within our grasp if we are cultivate climate courage. Dr Anika Molesworth is a recognised thought-leader of agro-ecological systems resilience and international farming development. With a passion for rural communities and…

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Sustainability and 20-Minute Neighbourhoods

September 12 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 4 spots left

The way we live in our city has changed. And with this change is an increased interest on the liveability of neighbourhoods, with people spending more time locally, working at home if possible, using public green space, cycling and walking instead of using cars and connecting with neighbours.…

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How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 11 spots left

The provocative new book from one of the world’s foremost political writers. This book group discussion is bound to be stimulating and interesting. The author of The Madness of the Crowds and an editor at the UK's Spectator argues that the Western cultural elite is determined to destroy…

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October 2022

‘Why do Women have to make nice’ – Is Society finally experiencing a cultural and gender shift?

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$37.00 8 tickets left

Dangerous Dinners are back and with them the opportunity to fearlessly discuss contemporary, challenging and interesting ideas, themes and points of view. Dangerous Dinners are member only events where instead of a guest speaker, the topic is developed and moderated by members. In a relaxed,…

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