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February 2019

Is Australia’s energy future offshore?

Members' Lunch with Andy Evans

Speaker: Andy Evans

Hosted by Peter Lamell

February 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Kisume, 175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00 19 tickets left

The Star of the South Project: Towards Australia’s first offshore wind farm Despite Australia’s apparent abundance of energy sources, logical options for ensuring that Australia has sufficient energy that is reliable, secure and affordable remains a question that our politicians seem unable to answer and…

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The value in Art

Members' Lunch with Julian Burnside AO QC

Speaker: Julian Burnside AO QC

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

February 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95.00

Melbourne can fairly be considered the centre of the Arts in Australia.  It offers a remarkable range of arts in all fields, including visual arts, theatre, dance and music.  But life is hard for creative artists and performing artists. Most people understand instinctively the value…

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Secrets and spy games in the Timor Sea

Members' Lunch with Kim McGrath

Speaker: Kim McGrath

Hosted by John Ridley

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia + Google Map
$80.00 – $95.00 12 tickets left

Secrets and spy games in the Timor Sea​ Australia had a multi-billion interest in an Indonesian takeover of Portuguese Timor that has been left out of academic and other discussion of Australia’s well-known support for the Indonesian occupation. Kim McGrath is a writer and researcher.…

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Challenges for women at the top!

Members' Lunch with Ann Sherry AO

Speaker: Ann Sherry AO

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Campari House – Level 1, 23-25 Hardware Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80 – $95.00 Sold out

In recent times some corporate women have been singled out for criticism and in politics women in cabinet have diminished - is there still not an acceptance of the need for more equality in senior corporate and government ranks. Ann Sherry AO is one of…

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March 2019

Navigating the light and the dark sides of philanthropy

Members' Lunch with Sarah Davies

Speaker: Sarah Davies

Hosted by Michael Liffman

March 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia + Google Map
$80.00 – $95.00 7 tickets left

As is so often the way, the characteristics that make something shine, make it special and alluring, are the same characteristics that can give it a shadow side or a dark edge.  Anything taken to an extreme can lead to danger and risk.  Philanthropy is…

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Song Appetit with Daniel Jauregui

Cultural Life Series

Speaker: Daniel Jauregui

Hosted by Pamela Creed

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alisha’s Cafe Collective, 313 Lygon Street
Brunswick East, 3057
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$35.00 – $37.00 18 tickets left

If you loved our Cultural Life event at Free to Feed last year - you will love this experience. This intimate evening offers the opportunity to hear the story, the journey and the music of Daniel Jauregui - over a traditional Middle Eastern dinner with friends.…

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VCAT 20 years on

Members' Drinks with Justice Michelle Quigley QC

Speaker: Justice Michelle Quigley QC

Hosted by Chris Gallagher

March 14 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia + Google Map
$35 34 tickets left

Twenty years ago, 16 boards and tribunals merged into one ‘Super-Tribunal’ and VCAT was born. VCAT hears over 80,000 applications every year and sits in over 50 locations around Victoria. Media attention is focussed on planning appeals, but there is so much more. In December…

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Resilient Melbourne three years on: are we any better prepared today to manage the challenges of tomorrow?

Members' Lunch with Toby Kent

Speaker: Toby Kent

Hosted by Peter Lamell

March 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia + Google Map
$80.00 – $95.00 20 tickets left

Initial thoughts of natural disasters, declining social cohesion and risks to essential services come to mind when considering a resilient city, but where are we now with environmental and climate adaptation, a zero-emissions economy, a rapidly growing and transforming population, increasing social inequality, lack of…

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Do citizens believe we have national governance problems?

Members' Lunch with Terry Moran AC

Speaker: Terry Moran AC

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia + Google Map
$80.00 – $95.00 19 tickets left
Image: Terry Moran AO

Terry Moran AC is one of the most influential leaders ever to come out of Victoria, leaving a lasting legacy of public sector reform and an exemplar of commitment and integrity in service to Australians. Over a wide-ranging 40-year career, Terry Moran has occupied a…

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Time to explore the path towards prison abolition!

Members' Lunch with Professor Peter Norden AO

Speaker: Professor Peter Norden AO

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00 24 tickets left

Australian adult prisoner numbers continue to rise. The Australian Bureau of Statistics updated their key findings this month. The number of prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 4% from 41,202 at 30 June 2017 to 42,974 at 30 June 2018, between 2017 and 2018…

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