Melbourne Forum gives you access to the highest level of expertise and real-world lessons that our conversation leaders – all with a reputation for excellence – bring to the table under the Chatham House rule.

We are committed to providing a platform for, and the increased visibility of, diverse voices.

With varied formats (in-person or virtual; conversation leader or members engaging with each other; learning from experts or exploring viewpoints) there are multiple ways to participate.

Explore our upcoming program of events and forums.

Loading Events

« All Events


October 24, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$130 – $155
Event Category:


Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
L35 / 25 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
  • This event has passed.

A Fairer Australia

Signature Dinner with the Hon Wayne Swan

Hosted by:
Michelle Beveridge

October 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$130 – $155

Holding several key positions since stepping down from political life, the Hon Wayne Swan is Chair of Cbus Super, a Commissioner on the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation and a Director of Stanwell Corporation. In June 2018 he was elected President of the Australian Labor Party.

His three-decade career in federal politics included being one of the longest-serving and influential finance ministers in the G20. He was Treasurer from 2007 – 2013 and served as Deputy Prime Minister from 24 June 2010 – 26 June 2013. He was named World’s Top Finance Minister of 2011 by Euromoney Magazine for his role in guiding Australia through the GFC without going into recession.

“I have always believed that at heart we are a country built on the promise of a fair go. A prosperous and united country that believes in decent pay and conditions for workers, a helping hand for those who need it most, and the opportunity for every Australian to contribute to our success.”

He is the author of ‘Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation’ (2005) and ‘The Good Fight: Six Years, Two Prime Ministers and Staring Down the Great Recession’ (2014).

More recently, Mr Swan has co-authored the ‘Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity’, commissioned by the Center for American Progress and published the article ‘Financing Sustainable Development – What can we learn from the Australian experience of reform?’ for the United Nations Social and Economic Commission in the Asia Pacific (UN-ESCAP).

Mr Swan chairs the UN-ESCAP Eminent Expert Group (EEG) on Tax Policy and Public Expenditure Management for Sustainable Development. In 2015 he attended the UN General Assembly in the Australian delegation, during which time he was a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Institute for Global Affairs, giving a series of seminars on political and economic reform in the 21st century with a focus on contemporary Australian experiences.

This Signature Dinner is a special opportunity for members, potential members and other guests to engage in a wide-ranging conversation on what makes a fairer Australia.

Please to book tickets