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November 2023

Reforming The Regulator To Protect The Environment

November 15, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

How do a Chair and CEO work together to bring about change? What better example of two changemakers than Cheryl Batagol PSM and John Merritt. Discussing the first stage of reform at EPA Victoria during 2009 – 2004, they will take us through their process…

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Fixing Australia’s Housing Crisis

November 22, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80 – $95.00

What caused Australia's housing crisis – and how we might fix it. In the upcoming ‘On the Great Housing Divide' (Quarterly Essay 92) Alan Kohler examines one of the great mysteries of Australian life in that a country with the lowest population densities on the…

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The Possibility of a Democratic Russia

November 23, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80.00 – $95.00

What are the prospects for democracy in Russia? Will pro-democracy movements make a difference? "The eventual collapse of Putin's regime under the pressure of internal problems and external challenges is inevitable. While it's difficult to predict when Putin's rule will be over, his fall will…

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Sammy at Six

November 28, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$75 – $85

Wow! It's finally here. The last major event for the year is where we come together for an evening of celebration, the company of fellow members and some great fun as Sammy J drops in for the early part of the evening - at six…

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February 2024

Energy Innovation And Power Moonshots

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

Audrey Zibelman is a VP at X, the Moonshot Factory and Industry Advisory Council member of Monash Energy Institute. She has deep experience working with power systems in America, Europe and Australia. She was the chair of the New York State Public Service Commission in…

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Australia’s Regional Security: Keeping our Balance

February 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hotel Windsor, Canberra Room, 111 Spring Street
$60 – $80

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC FASSA FAIIA is Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, where he was Chancellor from 2010-19 and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group, the Brussels-based independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation which he led from…

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Social Cohesion: A tear in the fabric?

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95

Social cohesion in Australia has been remarkably resilient through the challenges of recent years. However, we continue to face difficult national and global circumstances, global conflict, economic pressures and uncertainty and division over issues such as the Voice referendum. As a result – and while…

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A Special Tour of Parliament House

February 20 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Meeting Point: Parliament House Spring Street Entry Victoria
Free

Facing the intersection of Spring and Bourke streets, the facade of Parliament House, with its sweeping steps, elegant lamps and grand colonnade, suggests solidity and strength. A tour of the inside of Parliament House is a delight for anyone with an interest in architecture (new…

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Islamic Museum Tour

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Islamic Museum of Australia, 15A Anderson Rd
Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria
$18 – $20

Melbourne - Every bit different. The Islamic Museum of Australia, highlights the arts, culture and contributions of Muslims in Australia and abroad through the display of art and historical objects. We have arranged a private members and guests tour, at the Islamic Museum, to explore…

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Dangerous Dinner: Nymbyism and the Housing Crisis

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vic’s Bar, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
$45.00

At a time when the housing shortage poses the greatest problem for both State and Federal Governments, it has been realised that we can’t simply expand our major cities into hitherto farming country. At the same time, many residents in established areas express opposition to…

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Connections

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The George on Collins, The Attic, 162-168 Collins Street
Melbourne, Australia
Free

This is an evening of unparalleled camaraderie and exchange as we come together for drinks at an enchanting city location. Cultivating Community As members of the Melbourne Forum, you have been pivotal in shaping our community's civic engagement landscape. This special event offers a unique…

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March 2024

Indigenous Business Leadership

March 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business Leadership, is a centre of engagement, research and teaching focused on Indigenous economic empowerment. Dr Michelle Evans is the inaugural Director. She holds a joint appointment of Associate Professorship of Leadership and Associate Dean, Indigenous, at the University of…

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