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September 2020

Improving the school system post pandemic: Catalyst for change or retreat to safety?

Take a break with Jim Watterston

Hosted by Nicholas Jackson

September 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free – $20.00

The continuing impact of COVID-19 on schools and school systems around the world, and more particularly in Australia, has (to paraphrase Mark Twain) been the best of times and the worst of times. Teachers have been lauded for their front-line leadership capacity and innovation that…

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Viewpoint Diversity

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

While the extent of the ‘cancel culture’ phenomenon may sometimes be exaggerated, I believe that the milder claim - that we operate in opinion ‘bubbles - is largely true, and a real threat to Australia’s civil society. Our political system, our media, and the innate…

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October 2020

Non-Fiction Book Group: Twilight of Democracy

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Peter Lamell

October 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free 5 spots left

Are we repeating 1930s authoritarianism? 'Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all of our societies eventually will’ is the bleak prognosis for liberal democracy in this book which blends deeply-felt memoir with cool…

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How does Australia fit in the China worldview?: An Insider perspective

Take a break with Daryl Guppy

Hosted by Nina Christesen

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free – $20.00

What is the real purpose of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)? What is the impact of BRI on the future economic stability and prosperity of Australia? What does Australia forego by not participating? Australia understands U.S. trade policy in fine detail and considerable multi-agency…

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