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June 2021

What Can We Do About Climate Change?

MF Digital with Dr Sheila Nguyen and Chris Arnott

Hosted by Dr Jonathan Spear

June 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20

The existential global challenge of climate change – with all its environmental, economic, social, technological and political complexities – can be overwhelming. So, what can we practically do as individuals to mitigate and prepare for climate change? What is our personal role in getting to…

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The future of food in urban environments?

A MF Cultural Life event

Hosted by Sally Arnold

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fed Sqare Melbourne
$25.00 Sold out

Productive buildings with thriving ecosystems which sustain their inhabitants. Matt, Jo and Joost would like to welcome you into their home for a 45 minute guided tour through futurefoodsystem - a productive building that is a zero-waste eco system that mimics nature. Learn about its…

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Should the Olympics go ahead?

Digital Dinner with Rod McGeoch AO

Hosted by Prof Ian Dunn AM

June 21 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20

Rod McGeoch AO is best known as the leader of Sydney’s bid for the 2000 Olympics. Less known is that he also advised the successful bidding teams  for Athens and London. Rod McGeoch commenced public life as a lawyer becoming President of the Law Society…

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The India Way

MF Digital: Non-Fiction Interest Group

Hosted by Peter Lamell

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free 7 spots left

The very nature of international relations and its rules are changing before our eyes. In The India Way: Strategies For An Uncertain World (Harper Collins, September 2020) Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar analyses these challenges and spells out possible policy responses. Dr Jaishankar has been India's Minister of…

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A night at the Justin Art House Museum with Donald Bates

A MF Cultural Life event

Hosted by Sally Arnold

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Justin Art House Museum, 3 Lumley Court Prahran
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$35.00 3 tickets left

The Itinerant Architect: A Man Within All Countries   We are delighted to be returning to the Justin Art House Museum for a very special evening with Donald Bates as he presents The Itinerant Architect; A Man within All Countries, followed by a viewing of…

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Stephen Bartholomeusz — Masterful Finance Columnist: A discussion about his columns

Members' Dinner with Stephen Bartholomeusz

Hosted by Prof Ian Dunn AM

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00 22 tickets left

Stephen Bartholomeusz is one of Australia’s leading Economics Journalists After 23 years at The Age, during which he rose to the position of Associate Editor, Stephen left to co found the Business Spectator in 2007. In 2012 he took up a position at The Australian…

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July 2021

The real history on colonising Australia

Members' Lunch Henry Reynolds

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

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

There is still a great deal of truth telling to be told, and if we are to take seriously this need for telling the truth about our history, we must start at first principles. What if the sovereignty of the First Nations was recognised by European international…

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The impact of COVID-19 on universities and the path to recovery

Members’ Lunch with Prof Iain Martin

Hosted by Justin Bokor

July 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed cloer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00 14 tickets left

International education was Victoria’s single largest export sector in 2019, worth $13.7 billion and supporting around 79,000 jobs. Over 250,000 international students studied here in 2019, but by December last year that figure had more than halved due to the coronavirus pandemic. Australia’s higher education sector, which had grown reliant on international student fees, has lost billions…

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Electric, Hydrogen, Autonomous? The Hope, Hype and Reality of New Modes of Transport

MF Digital with Prof Robert Sparrow, Prof Peter Sweatman & A/Prof Crystal Legacy

Hosted by Dr Jonathan Spear

July 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Electric cars are here, there’s lots of hype about hydrogen, and self-driving cars may be just around the corner. When will we get them? How will they work? Are they safe? What will they mean for our cities? Who wins and who loses from their…

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Politics of Care or Fear?

MF Digital: Non-Fiction Interest Group

Hosted by Peter Lamell

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free 3 spots left

What should government be responsible for in the twenty-first century? Will Australia be a country of concern and care or will it be shaped by a politics of fear? In Exit Strategy - Politics After the Pandemic (Quarterly Essay, 28 June 2021) George Megalogenis explains that between the fires and…

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