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March 2023

Innovation-Led Boards

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $25.00

Board leadership has the power to generate growth through governance. In the best boards, directors set the course toward ever-greater stakeholder engagement and shareholder value, directing organisations where they need to go. Those that link innovation into their work on strategy, culture, risk, investment and performance…

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Independent Institutions – Why The State Shouldn’t Try to Control Everything Even When It Thinks It Should

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $25

Government today is far more complex, and reaches far further and deeper into our lives than ever before.  And that's power.  Citizens in democracies grant power to the institutions of their states, usually politicians, under conditions.  In many cases, they insist on firebreaks and firewalls,…

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Jazz at Montsalvat: Joe Chindamo Trio

March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Montsalvat, The Barn Gallery
7 Hillcrest Ave Eltham, Victoria 3095

‘He has more facility on the piano than you could ever wish for, his energy is boundless, he is forever inventive ...’ - JAMES MORRISON This is an opportunity to visit beautiful Montsalvat and to hear Joe Chindamo and his Trio. Joe is a musical…

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Empowering Gen Z Migrants Through Financial Literacy

March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule

As a co-founder of South Sudanese Australian Youth United, a non-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering young people to be independently capable of leading meaningful lives, Deng Yong Deng astutely understands that young people of migrant backgrounds struggle to contribute to, and participate equally in,…

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The Song of the Cell: Medicine and the New Human 

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule

The building block of life: the cell. Its story is the story of modern medicine. And the story of practicing cancer physician, researcher and Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee’s latest book. With revelatory and exhilarating stories of scientists, doctors, and the patients whose lives may…

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April 2023

Shaping Victoria’s Urban Growth

April 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80 – $95

Where are Victorians going to live and work? How can Melbourne and our regional cities best accommodate this growth? What choices and trade-offs might we need to make? What mechanisms, institutions and governance do we need to best shape Victoria’s urban growth? Jude Munro AO…

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A Good Hustle with Sammy J? No – Just No! Urzila Carlson

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Forum followed by Melbourne Town Hall
Free – $89.00

The Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos, said "Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the most iconic events in Victoria – its impact on our state is serious business. We back this festival because it creates thousands of job opportunities, packs a big economic…

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The Collections Store

April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, St Kilda Road
$41 – $44

Preview the new Collections Store at Arts Centre Melbourne, which is not open to the public until July 2023. The visit will be hosted by Samantha Hamilton who is the Head of Collections, Preservation and Access at Arts Centre Melbourne. She leads collections management, conservation…

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Equitable, Profitable and Sustainable Food Systems?

April 26 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule

Sustainable agriculture, resilient supply chains and the availability of healthy food requires trade-offs among food systems, water availability, energy, land, climate, economic productivity and agribusiness investments. Do you really know where your food comes from? Does the maxim: 'you are what you eat' shape Australia's…

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‘The Voice’ and Women’s Leadership

April 28 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80 – $95

Activist Sally Scales is a Pitjantjatjara woman from Pipalyatjara in the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia. As a proud First Nations woman, mother, leader and artist she has used her voice and art to uplift Indigenous communities and bring national recognition of…

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May 2023

Black Lives, White Law: Locked Up and Locked Out in Australia

May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule

How and why Australia’s legal system fails Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ‘Russell Marks unravels a national tragedy. From the front line he delivers a first-rate, firsthand account of how so many First Nations people end up in jail, again and again.’ —Patrick Dodson,…

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The decline in the integrity standards of both state and federal executive governments

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, L35 / 25 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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$125.00 – $145

The Hon Robert Redlich AM KC has just completed a five year term as the Commissioner of the Independent Broad Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC). We note that his predecessor Stephen O’Bryan also spoke at a MF Dinner. Before his appointment to IBAC, an appointment made…

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