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August 2018

Public Safety Challenges

August 31, 2018

There are a number of external challenges threatening public safety in today’s world, such as acts of extreme violence, organised crime, cyber-crime, public order, and changing demographics. As a policing organisation, Victoria Police must continue to reform its service delivery to ensure it remains dynamic…

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September 2018

Cheese, wine and history – a night at the Museum

September 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join other Melbourne Forum members and their guests as the sun goes down and the doors close on the Old Treasury Building, with a glass of wine and some nibbles from 5:30pm - 6:00pm, then the private tour from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Melbourne was founded…

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Can our current superannuation system be improved?

September 11, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lee Ho Fook, 11 Duckboard Place,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

The banking royal commission is far from over with the attention now turned to the $2.6 trillion super industry. This examination could only take place if there were imperfections in the current system. Can there be improvements in the current super system for lower and middle income workers?…

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Running on Hydrogen

September 14, 2018

Tokyo has declared that the 2020 Summer Olympics will be the first ‘Hydrogen Games’. We’ll see hydrogen cars on the roads, hydrogen for heating and cooking in the athletes’  village, and hydrogen fuel cells and refuelling stations across the city. It’s a glimpse of the…

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The challenges of minority government: Alfred Deakin and Malcolm Turnbull

September 20, 2018

Members' Lunch with Emeritus Professor Judith Brett - winner of this year's National Biography Award For the first 10 years of its existence, the Australian Commonwealth had minority governments. Alfred Deakin was Prime Minister of two of these and in his second stint, from 1905-1908, laid down much…

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Russophobia and the perils of a new Cold War

September 20, 2018
A private dining room in the CBD Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

'I have been accused by my critics of being “in love with Russia”. I would respond - are they perhaps “in hate with Russia”, a self-sustaining learned condition brought on by endless repetition and mutual exchange of false negative stereotypes about this admirable nation, to…

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October 2018

30 years of Australia Asia relations: the big shifts and the major challenges ahead

October 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Sake Restaurant, 121 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

"Regardless of its success in deepening and broadening engagement with Asia, Australia faces a problem of declining relative economic and strategic weight" - Geoffrey Barker, 2012, foreign correspondent. The world is changing, as is Australia's relationship with China. No-one understands this more than outgoing Group CEO, Jenny…

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How the social innovation concept of pop-up housing was created over a cup of coffee

October 9, 2018
Fortyfive Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

It began in 2016 when he was having a coffee with his daughter Demi in Degraves Street when a person experiencing homelessness came up to them and asked for some money to pay for accommodation for the night. Robert knew that something had to be done. Having…

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What is next in the treaty process?

October 17, 2018
A private dining room in the CBD Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Members' Lunch with Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner A treaty with the First Nation people is well overdue! Jill has never hesitated to seize opportunities to support her community in the pursuit of better health, community autonomy and reclamation of the traditional culture…

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Reimagining Value: Changing the narrative on spending to change the world

October 22, 2018 @ 12:00 am
A private dining room in the CBD Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Around the world, those involved in and impacted by the marketplace are reimagining the concept of "value" in search of innovative solutions to the most pressing social and environmental challenges. The magnitude and complexity of these challenges demand unprecedented and collective action; they can't be…

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