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October 2018

MF Directors Annual Alumni Dinner

October 30, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Campari House, L1 / Hardware Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

This is an invition only event for Directors past and present.

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November 2018

Resilient Melbourne three years on: are we any better prepared today to manage the challenges of tomorrow?

November 8, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Three years ago, Nicola Thomson and Toby Kent joined us for lunch as they embarked on implementing in Melbourne the opportunity presented by the newly formed non-governmental organisation, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.  Melbourne was selected from hundreds of cities globally to…

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Perception and reality: public opinion, politics and the economy in Trump’s America

November 10, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Osteria Ilaria, 367 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

The US economy is expanding quickly and robustly at the same time as President Trump’s approval ratings hover in the high 30s and the president’s party confronts dire polling ahead of November’s midterm election battle.  With ideological insurgents winning primaries on both sides of American…

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Future Focus 2030 – Insights from the 2018 Victorian State of the Environment Report

November 14, 2018 @ 12:00 am

Members' Lunch with Dr Gillian Sparkes, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability  Do we know what we need to know, when we need to know it, to protect Victoria’s environment and our liveability in the face of population growth and a changing climate? We can learn a…

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Are our company directors up to the task

November 21, 2018 @ 12:00 am

The Hayne Royal Commission has exposed some horrifying evidence of outrageous misconduct on the part of our previously revered financial institutions. Misconduct which counsel assisting the Commission has proffered to Commissioner Hayne, amounts to literally hundreds of thousands of instances of alleged illegal behaviour that…

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Australian Politics – is it fixable?

November 22, 2018 @ 12:00 am

Australia has now had seven prime ministers in just 10 years, with the trend of consistent coups beginning in 2010. Not a single Prime Minister has succeeded in serving a full term since John Howard, who lost the 2007 election to Kevin Rudd. Is it the coups…

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December 2018

Final Melbourne Forum event for 2018

December 4, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Atrium Bar on 35, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
L35 / 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Melbourne Forum's final event for 2018 It has been an outstanding year at the Melbourne Forum and it is time for us to raise a glass in celebration with good friends and colleagues. Bring your festive spirit and join fellow members to celebrate the success…

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Melbourne Forum Membership Renewal

December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$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?

January 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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

January 10 @ 7:15 pm - 8:40 pm
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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