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August 2019

MF Imbibo – welcome to our new members

A Social Event

Hosted by Simon Savage

August 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Slate Restaurant and Bar, 9 Goldsbrough Lane
Melbourne,
Free

Winter is almost over and it is time to stop hibernating. Inspired by Manhattan bars, this undercover rooftop bar, hidden at the top of Goldsborough Lane is an oasis in Bourke Street with its toasty heaters is the perfect place to share a beverage and raise…

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September 2019

Flesh after Fifty

Members' Lunch with Dr Martha Hickey

Hosted by Jane Fenton AM

September 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Women over 50 will soon be the largest sector of the population. They make up half the workforce, two thirds of the voluntary sector and make a vital contribution to families, communities and society. Despite this, female images are rarely seen and their bodies largely absent…

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Secrets of the Espy

A Cultural Life Series event

Hosted by Sally Arnold

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Espy, 11 The Esplanade
St Kilda,
$27.00 – $29.00

A treat for culture lovers, history buffs and those who like a good yarn, this storytelling experience illuminates the little known life of former Hotel Esplanade resident Alfred Felton, Australia’s largest philanthropist to the arts, who lived and died at the 'Espy'. Since reopening its doors in 2018,…

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Focus for Action – Housing for all

An In-house Series event

Hosted by John Ridley AM

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: The Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$50.00

Members’ only ‘Focus for Action’ dinner Facilitated by John Ridley AM and Chris Gallagher Focus for Action is a members’ only, member led event; where members help for-purpose or community organisations address a challenge they are facing by testing ideas, finding practical solutions, building connections…

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Wise Cities’ – How wise are our capital cities?

Members' Lunch with Prof Rob Adams AM

Hosted by James Garriock

September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Professor Rob Adams AM first joined us in August 2013 speaking on transforming cities for a sustainable future and asking whether Melbourne can survive beyond five million people. He is returning to celebrate Melbourne Forum's 10 year anniversary and pose the questions: How wise are our…

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Politics today: where are we going?

Members' Lunch with John Pesutto

Hosted by John Ridley AM

September 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Collins Quarter, 86a Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

John Pesutto has an extensive record of service in politics and public policy and at this Melbourne Forum lunch he raises the question: Politics today — where are we going? From November 2014 to December 2018, John was Victoria’s shadow attorney general and member for Hawthorn in the Victorian Parliament. He…

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Marooned – A play about suicide which focuses on suicide prevention

- A Cultural Life Series event

Hosted by Pamela Creed

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Southbank Theatre, The Lawler, 140 Southbank Boulevard
Southbank,
$42.00 – $43.00

Four souls are Marooned in a room in the afterlife. They have no connection other than they have all tried but failed to take their own lives. They don’t know how they survived but as time passes they begin to yearn to go home and…

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MF Imbibo – welcome to our new members

A Social Event

Hosted by Simon Savage

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beneath Driver Lane, Basement, 3 Driver Lane
Melbourne, Australia
Free

Our September Imbibo is taking you through a little known lane way and underground to the basement of the old Money Order Office in the city. You will love exploring the old world brick archways, marble flourishes and the domed ceiling - the perfect location to…

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October 2019

Refugees and Migrants: The Future of the World

Members' Lunch with Dr Helen Szoke AO

Hosted by Michael Henry AM

October 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00 14 tickets left

The debate in Australia is about asylum seekers, offshore processing, Medivac and whether people deserve refugee status. Elsewhere in the world it is about refugee camps, massive people movements, statelessness  and starvation. There are now more refugees than at any time since world War II.…

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Melbourne Stories with Dr Nouria Salehi OAM

A Members' only event

Hosted by Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM

October 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: The Upper Terrace at The Duke, Corner of Russell and Flinders Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$50.00

We are pleased to announce the return of the 'Melbourne Stories' lunch; a unique format in the repertoire of the MF. A nuclear physicist by day, a restaurateur by night and a human rights activist around the clock — that’s the short Melbourne story of…

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