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October 2019

Members’ Dinner with Robert Richter QC

Celebrating 10 years of Melbourne Forum

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: Campari House, 22-25 Hardware Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$85.00 – $95.00 Sold out

Have recent changes in the law relating to sexual assault produced a de facto reversal of the credential burden of proof in this class of cases? Robert Richter, the Queen’s Counsel they call the ‘Red Baron’, led a conversation with us in March 2016 to…

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MF Directors Annual Alumni Dinner

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tazio, 91-93 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, 3000

This is an invitation only event to Melbourne Forum directors past and present.  

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An assessment of Victoria’s ground-breaking Voluntary Assisted Dying Act

Members' Lunch with Dr Rodney Syme AM

Hosted by Dr Meredith Doig OAM FAICD

October 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Kisume, 175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00 Sold out

Andrew Denton calls him “Australia’s oldest outlaw”, but he’s now been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. Dr Rodney Syme has advocated for safe and legal voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws for over 25 years. His persistence finally paid off when Victoria’s VAD…

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The changing role of museums in contemporary society

Members' Lunch with Rohini Kappadath

Hosted by Pera Wells

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00 10 tickets left

The role of museums has changed over time from their traditional role of collecting, preserving and sharing rich collections and history. Museums are now playing an integral role in shaping and developing identities and bringing different community groups together, they are a catalyst for regeneration through the creation…

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Heritage Walk: Malvern Civic Precinct

- A Cultural Life Series event

Hosted by Sally Arnold

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: Malvern Town Hall, 1251 High Street
Malvern, 3144
$15.00 6 tickets left

Come on a guided heritage walk of the Malvern Civic Precinct with the Mayor of Stonnington and PMI Vice President, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos. The late 19th century saw substantial residential and commercial development such that by 1891 Prahran had a population of almost 40,000 and…

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Dangerous Dinner – Political Correctness and Freedom of Speech

An In-House Series event

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: The Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$50.00 Sold out

Dangerous Dinners is a members’ only, member led In-house event; exploring an issue in depth through members sharing ideas, experiences and expertise. Has political correctness endangered freedom of speech in Australia? The capacity for thoughtful dialogue, considered debate, dissenting views and expression of opinion is…

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MF October Imbibo

Welcome to our new members

Hosted by Simon Savage

October 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Palmz Rooftop, The Carlton Club
193 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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How often do we look on to the sky when walking down Bourke Street? On the top level of The Carlton Hotel on Bourke Street is a a true Melbourne metropolis complete with tropical palm trees and plastic pink flamingos. MF Imbibo has been created…

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November 2019

From Waverley to the West Wing

Members' Drinks with Associate Professor Vinay Rane

Hosted by Chris Gallagher

November 11 @ 5:15 am - 7:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$35 32 tickets left

As an obstetrician and gynaecologist, Associate Professor Vinay Rane thinks he has the most wonderful job in the world. He must truly love it, because, despite the most amazing adventure, he came home. In 2014, Vinay was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and, along with his young family,…

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The Changing Media Landscape

Signature Lunch with Ita Buttrose AC OBE

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, L35 / 25 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Free – $130.00 20 tickets left

We are delighted to invite you to join us for a long Signature Lunch with Ita Buttrose AC OBE on Friday 15 November 2019 as part of our 10-year anniversary program. Appointed chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in February, Ita is acknowledged for her…

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Melbourne Stories with Dr Jacqueline Ogeil

A Members' only event

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

November 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: The Upper Terrace at The Duke, Corner of Russell and Flinders Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$50.00 5 tickets left

We are pleased to announce the return of the 'Melbourne Stories' lunch; a unique format in the repertoire of the MF. With only a speaker and limited to twelve invited members, this format goes to the core of our objectives to bring to members the…

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