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October 2022

‘Why do Women have to make nice’ – Is Society finally experiencing a cultural and gender shift?

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$37.00 Sold out

Dangerous Dinners are back and with them the opportunity to fearlessly discuss contemporary, challenging and interesting ideas, themes and points of view. Dangerous Dinners are member-only events where instead of a guest speaker, the topic is developed and moderated by members. In a relaxed, intimate…

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Australia & the Pacific

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 1 spot left

Australia’s deep past and its modern history are intrinsically linked to the Pacific. This and other themes will be explored by this Melbourne Forum book group. In Australia & the Pacific (NewSouth, October 2021) Ian Hoskins, an academic and public historian for 30 years, expands his…

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Benchmarking Melbourne – A Tale of Two Cities?

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80.00 – $95 Sold out

“While Melbourne is still very much in recovery mode, now is the time to double down on what makes our city thrive and that starts with greater collaboration, integration and investment from all levels of government to business and community leaders.” – Mark Melvin, CEO,…

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COP 27 – can the UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh bring about change?

October 24 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 2 spots left

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC will take place in the Red Sea resort, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt during 7-18 November 2022. The Conference of the Parties, or COP, is an annual conference in which participating nations and…

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Art as a weapon in the battle for the Australian imagination

October 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date
$80 – $95 15 tickets left

Daniel, a Wiradjuri man with cultural connections throughout western NSW, commenced his role as the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in January 2022. He is the 6th Artistic Director in ADT’s 57-year history and the first First Nations person to be appointed. His…

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November 2022

Twilight Tour at Walsh Street

November 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Venue: The Boyd House, 290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3000 Australia
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$75.00 – $80.00 9 tickets left

Robin Boyd is arguably the most influential architect there has been in Australia. Boyd was a renowned Victorian architect, author, critic, and public educator in the 50s and 60s, a leader in Melbourne’s Modern Architecture movement, a visionary in urban design, and outspoken on the…

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Economic Growth and Sustainability – Which Metrics?

November 7 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 6 spots left

GDP is the common measure of growth, but as World Economic Forum’s former chief economist Jennifer Blanke pointed out “there are three key questions that GDP overlooks: is growth fair, is it green and is it improving our lives?” As the business and economic landscape…

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Is the November State election ‘in the bag’?

November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$37.00 38 tickets left

As we approach the State Election there is continuing debate about the standing of Premier Andrews. Some believe he steered Victoria through the pandemic very effectively. Others consider that the government failed its constituents by imposing unnecessarily long lockdowns and other measures. Then, there is…

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Cyberweapons Arms Race

November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 9 spots left

Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, written like a thriller and a reference, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is an astonishing feat of journalism. This will be another stimulating and enlightening Melbourne Forum book group discussion. Based on years…

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Beauty can be fleeting

November 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Flinders Street Station
$40 11 tickets left

Finding the friction point between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of Rone’s work. As a street artist best known for his haunting, stylised images of women’s faces, he understands better than most that beauty can be fleeting. Seeing his artworks…

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