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March 2019

Do you stand out?

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March 6 @ 3:30 pm
Melbourne Forum Office, L3 / 461 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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$55.00 – $65

Most of us dislike with a passion having our photo taken, especially a posed photograph. A recent survey identified that most people keep their professional head shot for 10 years or more. Even our drivers' licenses need to be updated every 10 years. Only 66…

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Song Appetit with Daniel Jauregui

Cultural Life Series

Hosted by Pamela Creed

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alisha’s Cafe Collective, 313 Lygon Street
Brunswick East, 3057
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$35.00 – $37.00

If you loved our Cultural Life event at Free to Feed last year - you will love this experience. This intimate evening offers the opportunity to hear the story, the journey and the music of Daniel Jauregui - over a traditional Middle Eastern dinner with friends.…

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VCAT 20 years on

Members' Drinks with Justice Michelle Quigley QC

Hosted by Chris Gallagher

March 14 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
CQ, 113 Queen Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$35

Twenty years ago, 16 boards and tribunals merged into one ‘Super-Tribunal’ and VCAT was born. VCAT hears over 80,000 applications every year and sits in over 50 locations around Victoria. Media attention is focussed on planning appeals, but there is so much more. In December…

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Resilient Melbourne three years on: are we any better prepared today to manage the challenges of tomorrow?

Members' Lunch with Toby Kent

Hosted by Peter Lamell

March 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Collins Quarter, 86a Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Initial thoughts of natural disasters, declining social cohesion and risks to essential services come to mind when considering a resilient city, but where are we now with environmental and climate adaptation, a zero-emissions economy, a rapidly growing and transforming population, increasing social inequality, lack of…

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Do citizens believe we have national governance problems?

Members' Lunch with Terry Moran AC

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia + Google Map
$80.00 – $95.00
Image: Terry Moran AO

Terry Moran AC is one of the most influential leaders ever to come out of Victoria, leaving a lasting legacy of public sector reform and an exemplar of commitment and integrity in service to Australians. Over a wide-ranging 40-year career, Terry Moran has occupied a…

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The transformation of Melbourne’s central city

Hosted by Chris Gallagher

March 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Collins Quarter, 86a Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Melbourne, like many global cities, is under significant pressure to change. This is driven by major urban stresses such as population growth, infrastructure shortages, economic restructuring towards a knowledge based economy and the housing affordability crisis. The identification of new urban renewal precincts in central…

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Time to explore the path towards prison abolition!

Members' Lunch with Professor Peter Norden AO

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Kisume, 175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Australian adult prisoner numbers continue to rise. The Australian Bureau of Statistics updated their key findings this month. The number of prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 4% from 41,202 at 30 June 2017 to 42,974 at 30 June 2018, between 2017 and 2018…

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MF Imbibo – welcome to our new members

Hosted by Melbourne Forum Executive Officer

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
State of Grace, 27 King Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Free

We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating our new members and invite you to join us in raising a glass in their honour. Grandeur, marble, mirrors and chandeliers - a perfect way to met our new members: Andy Evans, CEO of Star of the South…

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April 2019

Dangerous Dinner 1.1

A Members' only event

Hosted by Michael Henry AM

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
$50.00

What Should We Do About Racism? We extoll our multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society, with 28% of Australians born outside Australia and 50% with a parent born outside Australia.  Yet, today, in Australia and many parts of the world, race is reshaping the political and social landscape.…

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The Australian poverty measure changing our understanding of global deprivation

Hosted by Meredith Doig

April 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Sake Restaurant and Bar, 121 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80 – $95.00

The way we currently measure poverty doesn’t give us a complete picture. In particular, it leaves women out. Right now, the world measures the poverty of households. But who lives inside these households, and how do their circumstances differ from each other? How do the…

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