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September 2021

Trust, Truth, Integrity & Accountability OR Easy Lies and Influence

September 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Fiona McLeod is a Senior Counsel at the independent Bar in Australia practising in the areas of commercial and public law matters. She represented the Commonwealth of Australia in major cases including leading the legal team in the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, Queensland Floods Commission…

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The real history on colonising Australia

September 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

There is still a great deal of truth telling to be told, and if we are to take seriously this need for telling the truth about our history, we must start at first principles. What if the sovereignty of the First Nations was recognised by European international…

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The role of Arts, Culture and the Creative industries in the recovery from Covid-19

September 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date
Free – $20

Australia’s culture is simultaneously ancient, highly contemporary, diverse, fearless, fresh and vital, witty and immersive. Our success as a nation has been primed in large part by our shared cultural inheritance, with all its richness, diversity and complexity, and its constant renewal by talented creative…

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Vaccines, and lockdowns, what went wrong, where next?

September 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Dr Stephen Duckett has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation, and reform in areas ranging from the…

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What in the World!

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

While we thought the world was working hard to eradicate a Global Pandemic, the world is going crazy. WOKE? What does that even mean? Cancel Culture and Political Correctness?  What is going on? Join us on Friday afternoon from 5:00pm to talk about 'what in…

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Erosion of the public service

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Chip Le Grand is an Australian journalist who lives in Melbourne. He worked for 25 years for the national newspaper, The Australian, writing about national affairs, sport, politics and crime. In August 2019, he joined The Age newspaper as its chief reporter.

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Digital Transformation

September 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

In this book, visionary Silicon Valley entrepreneur Tom Siebel presents a penetrating examination of the new technologies that are disrupting business and government—and how organisations can harness them to transform into digital enterprises.  The confluence of four technologies—elastic cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and…

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A New Approach in the world of Arts

September 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

Following the discussion with Rupert Myer about the central role of the arts in the nation’s recovery from COVID, Kate will speak with us about “A New Approach” (ANA), an independent arts and culture think tank. Kate Fielding has led ANA as CEO since its…

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What in the World!

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

While we thought the world was working hard to eradicate a Global Pandemic, the world is going crazy. What is going on? Join us on Friday afternoon from 5:00pm to talk about 'what in the world!"

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Our Departure from Kabul, two different viewpoints

September 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom event under the Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00
Switzer McCarthy

On this occasion, we will hear from two opinion leaders with differing views. At a time of initial universal condemnation of the US President, Tom Switzer, arguably Australia’s leading Conservative Writer, published in the Financial Review a piece arguing that President Biden made the correct…

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