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February 2023

Wittenoom

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, Rear of number 2 Chapel Street
St Kilda, Victoria 3182
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$60.00 – $63.00 Sold out

Be transported from Victoria's St Kilda to WA's Pilbara, a blue asbestos mining town where Dot and Pearl live. So begin glorious days, when the Pilbara’s stunning landscapes, magnificent wildlife and close-knit community shaped an idyllic lifestyle; wild-natured Dot making the most of every second,…

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Improving Public Governance in Victoria

February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000
$55.00 – $60 60 tickets left

Join Melbourne Forum members and friends to our first cocktail party style event for 2023, with special speaker, John Pesutto. John Pesutto knows well what losing feels like – in November 2018, he found out he had lost his seat (Hawthorn) while discussing the election…

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The Climate Book

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 3 spots left

You might think it's an impossible task - secure a safe future for life on Earth, at a scale and speed never seen, against all the odds. There is hope - but only if we listen to the science before it's too late. In The Climate…

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The Non-Binary dilemma, is it? Or are we resistant to change?

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$45.00 5 tickets left

Dangerous Dinners continue and with them the opportunity to fearlessly discuss contemporary, challenging and interesting ideas, themes and points of view. The theme of our first 2023 Dinner is: 'The Non-Binary dilemma, is it? Or are we resistant to change?' Dangerous Dinners are member-only events…

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Researchers Behaving Badly

February 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80.00 – $95.00 10 tickets left

Australia (and Melbourne in particular) seeks to hold itself up as a global heavyweight in the fields of scientific and medical research. But what if that position is undermined by questions raised regarding the integrity of the research being reported? Science is knowledge gained through…

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A Greater Focus on the ‘S’ in ESG?

February 28 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free Sold out

The ‘S’ in ESG is high on the corporate agenda and as the focus grows, companies are shifting from a reactive to a proactive position. While there are many examples of ‘E’ and ‘G’ concerns to point at - environmental disasters and failings of governance…

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March 2023

The economic outlook for 2023

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$85 – $95 12 tickets left

What might be the key economic challenges and drivers for the economy in 2023? So many issues could shape the economic environment this year such as: How Federal and state governments balance budget constraints with delivering better support and services especially in health, disability support,…

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Australia’s Energy Transformation

March 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$45.00 – $50 39 tickets left

Moving towards a clean energy system will see Australia go through a massive energy transition. “We know that clean, low-cost renewable energy and storage is the answer to Australia’s energy supply concerns.” This is the view of Kane Thornton, Chief Executive of the Clean Energy…

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Governance, Transparency and Accountability in Australian Corporate Boardrooms today

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
A private dining room in the CBD Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$85.00 – $95.00 10 tickets left

Media coverage of the challenge to the board of AGL last year highlighted how little general media coverage there is of corporate board behaviour. The health of corporate boards directly affects us as tax paying citizens, consumers, and shareholders. Stephen Mayne is uniquely positioned to…

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart: is it just politics?

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$45.00 12 tickets left

We are bringing this pivotal issue to the table: 'The Uluru Statement from the Heart. Is it just Politics, or do we accept that our First Nations Brothers and Sisters have a Diversity of Views?' Dangerous Dinners give you the opportunity to fearlessly discuss contemporary, challenging…

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Empowering Gen Z Migrants Through Financial Literacy

March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location

As a co-founder of South Sudanese Australian Youth United, a non-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering young people to be independently capable of leading meaningful lives, Deng Yong Deng astutely understands that young people of migrant backgrounds struggle to contribute to, and participate equally in,…

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The Song of the Cell: Medicine and the New Human 

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free 5 spots left

The building block of life: the cell. Its story is the story of modern medicine. And the story of practicing cancer physician, researcher and Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee’s latest book. With revelatory and exhilarating stories of scientists, doctors, and the patients whose lives may…

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