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We are committed to providing a platform for, and the increased visibility of, diverse voices.

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February 2024

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

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

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

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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Is The Energy Future Renewables?

March 7 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$45.00 – $50.00

Widely considered one of the Australian renewable energy industry’s strongest advocates, Miles George, will lead a conversation helping us to explore the state of play and the many future opportunities. Miles has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a…

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Garma Festival 2024

March 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Expressions of Interest are now closed. Melbourne Forum member, Sally Baillieu, remains very happy to talk to members who might be interested in attending the Festival on their own accord, and provide some insights into this extraordinary experience. ______ The 23rd annual Garma Festival will…

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Village Wine Bar, 117 Dundas Pl,
Albert Park, VIC 3206

Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our…

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Boardroom Passions and Challenges

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, L35 / 25 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$135.00 – $155.00

At the cutting edge of change and competition, David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than forty years of experience creating brand and shareholder value. He is interested in customer centred transformation of businesses. “The best organisations put…

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The Parkville Precinct Open Door Series

March 20 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Melbourne University Parkville, VIC 3052 Australia

Melbourne’s Parkville Precinct is a powerhouse of public and private institutions and businesses of national and global significance. This year we will open the door to some of these places. The first visit will be to the University of Melbourne’s centre for the research and…

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April 2024

Question 7

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Member Forum on Zoom under Chatham House rule

Beginning at a love hotel by Japan's Inland Sea and ending by a river in Tasmania, Question 7 is about the choices we make about love and the chain reaction that follows. By way of H. G. Wells and Rebecca West's affair through 1930s nuclear physics to…

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