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February 2020

Paradise Express by Neo Radio

- A Cultural Life Series event

Hosted by Pamela Creed

February 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Place
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$36.00 – $37.50 14 tickets left

Be swept away by jazzified versions of contemporary songs, close harmonies and comedy amid a mysterious tale told in classic 1940s radio-play style, complete with sound effects. Hot on the heels of popular whodunnit La Petite Mort and wild west romp Cactus County, Neo Radio’s…

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Melbourne Stories

Lunch with Andrew Peters

Hosted by Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM

February 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: The Duke Hotel, 146 Flinders Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$55.00 11 tickets left

“At the moment, most people see Indigenous culture as a separate thing to them — but it should be a part of them.” Andrew Peters has a dream; a dream that would see Indigenous culture embedded in all aspects of society, starting with engraining it…

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Unrequited Love: Australia’s long love affair with the United States

Members' Lunch with Professor Dennis Altman AM

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed closer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00 21 tickets left

How does Australia imagine the future of the relationship between Australia and the US during the Donald Trump era? Dennis Altman is an academic, writer and self-styled “accidental activist”. He first went to the United States in the mid-1960s at the age of 21 at…

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Dangerous Dinner – Foreign Influence and Interference in Australia

An In-House Series event

Hosted by Nicholas Jackson

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: The Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$50 10 tickets left

Dangerous Dinners is a members’ only, member led In-house event; exploring an issue in depth through members sharing ideas, experiences and expertise. How should we view the Impact of Foreign Influence and Interference in Australia today? Foreign influence and interference from other countries comes often…

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From Fundamental Research to Clinical Care: The Story of CAR T Cell Immunotherapy at Peter Mac

Members’ Dinner with Professor Ricky Johnstone

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed closer to the date
$85.00 – $95.00 21 tickets left

For years, the foundations of cancer treatment were surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Over the last two decades, targeted therapies that home-in on specific molecular changes seen primarily in those cells have also cemented themselves as standard treatments for many cancers. But over the past…

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Double Delicious

- A Cultural Life Series event

Hosted by Pamela Creed

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:10 pm
Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
$86.00 – $87.00 8 tickets left The flavours and scents of our favourite dishes wind their way through the deepest recesses of our being and even the thought of a particular meal can transport us back to a pivotal moment in our life. Double Delicious is a sumptuous storytelling and…

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March 2020

The courage to speak up — lessons from a whistleblower

Members' Lunch with Dennis Gentilin

Hosted by James Garriock

March 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed closer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00 21 tickets left

In 2004, as a 29-year-old foreign exchange trader in the London office of National Australia Bank, Dennis Gentilin discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign exchange losses were being covered up. Alone in a foreign country and at the brink of stellar career,…

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The Australia We Want

Members' Lunch with Cathy McGowan AO

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed closer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00 22 tickets left

“The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made. And the making of those pathways, changes both the maker and the destination.” Those words comprised the final statement in Cathy McGowan’s valedictory…

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Improving Australia’s plateaued school system

Members' Lunch with Professor Jim Watterston

Hosted by Nina Christesen

March 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed closer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00 18 tickets left

The recent release of the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluation has heightened the intense scrutiny and deep concern in relation to Australia’s school and early childhood educational structure and performance. Additionally, our National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), initiated in 2008, also…

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April 2020

Single Ladies

- A Cultural Life Series event

Hosted by Sally Arnold

April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Stitch, Rear, 2 Chapel Street
St Kilda East, Victoria 3183
$52.2727 8 tickets left

Set in the sanitised grunge of Collingwood, Single Ladies is a buddy story of lone women in the city told over the course of a day, from award-winning writer Michelle Lee. Developed through Red Stitch’s INK program, Single Ladies will celebrate its Australian premiere season at Red…

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