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December 2018

Melbourne Forum Membership Renewal

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December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 4:00 am
$570 – $1505.00

I hope you have found the Melbourne Forum stimulating and enjoyable throughout 2018. The Board have reflected on many elements that make our events so vibrant - it is not just our conversation leaders, it is also the enthusiasm of our members. We have another…

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January 2019

Is Australia ready to be a winner in the 21st century?

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January 10 @ 11:30 pm - January 11 @ 1:00 am
Papa Goose, 91-93 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Professor Hugh Bradlow, President at Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)   The first half of the 21st century is being dislocated by emerging technologies which have the potential to change every aspect of human existence: revolutions are occurring in data and artificial intelligence, the…

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Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett

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January 11 @ 6:15 am - 7:40 am
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Australian atirist and theatre icon Max Gillies teams with award-winning director and long-time Beckett aficionado Laurence Strangio to present Krapp’s Last Tape – Samuel Beckett’s remarkable duet for solo performer and tape recorder. The comic meets the tragic in this timeless evocation of memory, existence and lost love, as Krapp, now…

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Melbourne Forum’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Launch

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Stables Octagon, Corner of Dodds and Grant Streets
Southbank,
$25.00

The Melbourne Forum is a leading organisation dedicated to sharing ideas and feeding minds of leaders across our city. In 2019 we will celebrate our 10th Anniversary and would like to invite you to join us for the launch event, to be held on Thursday…

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February 2019

100 years of crime in Victoria. Do we learn from our past?

Members' Lunch with John Silvester 'Sly of the Underworld'

Hosted by Antony Walker

February 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Kuro Kisume, 175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95.

John Silvester is a Walkley-award winning crime writer and columnist and co-author of the best-selling books that formed the basis of the hit Australian TV series Underbelly. John has written for major Melbourne based newspapers such as The Age, the Sunday Herald Sun and is a regular guest on…

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Is Australia’s energy future offshore?

Members' Lunch with Andy Evans

Hosted by Peter Lamell

February 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Kisume, 175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

The Star of the South Project: Towards Australia’s first offshore wind farm Despite Australia’s apparent abundance of energy sources, logical options for ensuring that Australia has sufficient energy that is reliable, secure and affordable remains a question that our politicians seem unable to answer and…

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The value in Art

Members' Lunch with Julian Burnside AO QC

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

February 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95.00

Melbourne can fairly be considered the centre of the Arts in Australia.  It offers a remarkable range of arts in all fields, including visual arts, theatre, dance and music.  But life is hard for creative artists and performing artists. Most people understand instinctively the value…

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Secrets and spy games in the Timor Sea

Members' Lunch with Kim McGrath

Hosted by John Ridley AM

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Captain Melville, 34 Franklin Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95.00

Secrets and spy games in the Timor Sea​ Australia had a multi-billion interest in an Indonesian takeover of Portuguese Timor that has been left out of academic and other discussion of Australia’s well-known support for the Indonesian occupation. Kim McGrath is a writer and researcher.…

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Challenges for women at the top!

Members' Lunch with Ann Sherry AO

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Campari House – Level 1, 23-25 Hardware Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80 – $95.00

In recent times some corporate women have been singled out for criticism and in politics women in cabinet have diminished - is there still not an acceptance of the need for more equality in senior corporate and government ranks. Ann Sherry AO is one of…

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March 2019

Navigating the light and the dark sides of philanthropy

Members' Lunch with Sarah Davies

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

March 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia + Google Map
$80.00 – $95.00

As is so often the way, the characteristics that make something shine, make it special and alluring, are the same characteristics that can give it a shadow side or a dark edge.  Anything taken to an extreme can lead to danger and risk.  Philanthropy is…

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