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September 2021

Vaccines, and lockdowns, what went wrong, where next?

September 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Dr Stephen Duckett has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation, and reform in areas ranging from the…

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What in the World!

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

While we thought the world was working hard to eradicate a Global Pandemic, the world is going crazy. WOKE? What does that even mean? Cancel Culture and Political Correctness?  What is going on? Join us on Friday afternoon from 5:00pm to talk about 'what in…

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Erosion of the public service

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Chip Le Grand is an Australian journalist who lives in Melbourne. He worked for 25 years for the national newspaper, The Australian, writing about national affairs, sport, politics and crime. In August 2019, he joined The Age newspaper as its chief reporter.

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Digital Transformation

September 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

In this book, visionary Silicon Valley entrepreneur Tom Siebel presents a penetrating examination of the new technologies that are disrupting business and government—and how organisations can harness them to transform into digital enterprises.  The confluence of four technologies—elastic cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and…

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A New Approach in the world of Arts

September 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Following the discussion with Rupert Myer about the central role of the arts in the nation’s recovery from COVID, Kate will speak with us about “A New Approach” (ANA), an independent arts and culture think tank. Kate Fielding has led ANA as CEO since its…

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What in the World!

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

While we thought the world was working hard to eradicate a Global Pandemic, the world is going crazy. What is going on? Join us on Friday afternoon from 5:00pm to talk about 'what in the world!"

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Our Departure from Kabul, two different viewpoints

September 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00
Switzer McCarthy

On this occasion, we will hear from two opinion leaders with differing views. At a time of initial universal condemnation of the US President, Tom Switzer, arguably Australia’s leading Conservative Writer, published in the Financial Review a piece arguing that President Biden made the correct…

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The increasingly challenging ethical questions posed by Covid-19

September 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Covid-19 raises an extraordinary number of challenging ethical questions for us as individuals and as part of a wider society. Many of these questions are coming into very sharp focus as talk of 'opening up' escalates. How will we decide what is an acceptable level…

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October 2021

A Leader in the House

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

MF member Chris Kotur is also the inaugural Leader in Residence at our alliance partner Leadership Victoria. She is a very experienced strategist and facilitator and a trusted adviser to leaders in many fields. She has been involved in the design of successful leadership programs.…

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You Matter: creating havens for those escaping and recovering from family violence

October 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

“Through providing the contents of a home for a victim/survivor of family violence, so that it is fully equipped, functional and comfortable we aim to provide them with the dignity, respect and feeling of worth so that they can begin to re-build their lives.” –…

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