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August 2020

Non-Fiction Books

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Peter Lamell

August 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

View contemporary themes through the lens of the non-fiction written word. Come with an open mind, hear differing perspectives and uncover what your fellow readers think. As we continue to meet during the year, we'll be posting on Ex Libris (under the Members Area of the Melbourne…

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A job and a decent place to live and I’ll be ok

Take a break with Tony Nicholson

Hosted by Chris Gallagher

August 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

Homelessness in Australia is complex, often misunderstood and frequently misreported. As a consequence, public policy responses to homelessness repeatedly miss the mark — ignoring the aspirations of those experiencing homelessness to simply be able to participate in the mainstream economic and social life of society.…

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Life and Times

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Trisha Avery

August 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

Life and Times Interest Group We had a dynamic and interesting first ‘life and times’ interest group on 28th July, thank you to all those who contributed to a lively discussion. The concensus was to continue to meet regularly and the next topic would be…

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Living with COVID-19: priorities for the economic recovery

Take a break with Danielle Wood

Hosted by Nina Christesen

August 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

COVID-19 is the biggest social and economic shock since World War II, with the government expecting an extra 240,000 Australians to lose their job between now and Christmas. However, within months, the economic and social foundations of policies and systems for welfare, employment, childcare, health,…

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September 2020

Politics, COVID-19 and the media

Take a lunch break with John Ferguson

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

September 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

On 20 August John Ferguson wrote in The Australian that the “loaded gun is now pointed at the Andrews government”, suggesting that the failed hotel quarantine program that sparked the second coronavirus wave would haunt Labor for years. The following day he said Victorian Labor…

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USA Today – Race relations, civil unrest, culture wars and politics

Take a break with Donald Betts Jr

Hosted by Nina Christesen

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

What is happening in the US? Australia’s strong alliance with the US, is based on shared economic values, support of open democracy, respect of institutions, equal rights and cultural affinities. But today many Australians look at the US with a mixture of hope, confusion, sorrow,…

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Non-Fiction Book Group: Uluru Statement

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Peter Lamell

September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

'Finding the Heart of the Nation: Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth' by Thomas Mayor is our next book for discussion. "If Australia were a child, she would be traumatised by a past that she is told to forget. She has witnessed…

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How high is the stack?

Take a lunch break with John Ridley AM

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

September 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free – $20.00

A discussion of struggles within the Liberal Party to influence the direction and decisions of the party. On 23 August Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes program aired allegations of branch-stacking and misuse of taxpayer-funded resources by the Victorian Liberal Party. The allegations were levelled against conservative…

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Life and Times – Living on Digital Platforms

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Nicholas Jackson

September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

Keeping up work and social life means moving between multiple digital platforms each day and learning many new skills. How do we do it? And what effects is it having on our communication or well-being? Let's talk about digital platforms, who and what they are,…

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Secret Trials in Australia

Take a break with Julian Burnside AO QC

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom only event under Chatham House rule.
Free

The decision by the Commonwealth Government to prosecute a former Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) officer and his lawyer Bernard Collaery has caused great consternation among Australian lawyers and commentators who are concerned about the rule of law and human rights. And the news that…

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