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August 23, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Vic’s Bar
215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
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Lessons from Berejiklian. Are women treated more harshly?

Dangerous Dinner

Hosted by:
Prof Ian Dunn AM

August 23, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Following the ICAC findings there has been great controversy. Some have argued that the former premier was guilty of severe breaches of good government practice. Others have suggested that she was guilty of no more than a relationship with an unscrupulous man who took advantage of her emotional weakness. In turn others, particularly women, find that explanation demeaning and downright embarrassing.

There is plenty to get out teeth into at this Dangerous Dinner!

In a relaxed, intimate dinner party format, we draw on the diverse expertise of our members sharing their ideas and experiences on complex or controversial topics; to learn from others, challenge assumptions, spark new ideas or point the way for potential actions.

Dangerous because the topics may be difficult to discuss, ask the silent questions, challenge thinking, unpack pressing issues, test emerging trends. Safe because we respect others’ views, it is polite not offensive, under Chatham House rule and listening with the intent to learn.

Once a month, you will be able to join your fellow Melbourne Forum members for a robust discussion on a range of themes in dynamic company and over a light meal. The focus is on ‘food for thought’ with shared conversations and shared platters as part of the collegiality.

Our Member Forums are a wonderful way to spend more time getting to know others around the table. Melbourne Forum is often regarded as a community who comes together because they are keen to engage for a better civil society. As one member explained, they are “… as good a connection to the other members present as I have got from any Melbourne Forum event I have been to.”

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