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November 2022

MF Study Tour: Victorian “On Country” Aboriginal Immersion

November 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

UPDATED: Connecting with the land connects us with our most true nature. We are very proud to be working with one of our members, Gareth Andrews, to bring you this exclusive Victorian "On Country" Aboriginal Immersion study tour on December 5 through to December 8,…

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Talking about Julian Assange – Should the Government Act?

November 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20

An informal discussion with somewhat differing views!!! Many in our divergent community have a variety of opinions. Some regard Julian Assange as a hero, a journalist who exposed appalling practices within the intelligence community. Others are concerned that his revelations put many lives at risk…

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Dispatches from the Frontline

November 6 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Shrine of Remembrance, (enter via the new Education Centre courtyard)
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$15.00

Excerpts from the diary of a young Victorian nurse, Sister Nan Reay who served on the battlefields of the first world war in France, are brought to life in an illuminating and engaging performed reading, by Geraldine Cook-Dafner. Sister Reay’s dispatches vividly portray the trials…

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Economic Growth and Sustainability – Which Metrics?

November 7 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free

GDP is the common measure of growth, but as World Economic Forum’s former chief economist Jennifer Blanke pointed out “there are three key questions that GDP overlooks: is growth fair, is it green and is it improving our lives?” As the business and economic landscape…

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Is the November State election ‘in the bag’?

November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$37.00

As we approach the State Election there is continuing debate about the standing of Premier Andrews. Some believe he steered Victoria through the pandemic very effectively. Others consider that the government failed its constituents by imposing unnecessarily long lockdowns and other measures. Then, there is…

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Victoria’s Health System – The Prognosis

November 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Tazio, 91-93 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, 3000
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$80.00 – $95.00

Health is shaping up as a key issue in the lead up to the State Election. The adequacy of our GP services, the stresses on our ambulance services, stories of exhausted professional and support staff in hospitals, diverse promised locations for new hospitals, the need…

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Cyberweapons Arms Race

November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free

Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, written like a thriller and a reference, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is an astonishing feat of journalism. This will be another stimulating and enlightening Melbourne Forum book group discussion. Based on years…

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Melbourne Forum 2022 AGM

November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place
Melbourne,
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Free

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Melbourne Forum Limited will be held at 5.30pm sharp on Wednesday 16 November 2022 at The Kelvin Club, Melbourne Lane, Melbourne. The business of the AGM and additional key documents can be accessed via the following links: …

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Beauty can be fleeting

November 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Flinders Street Station
$40.00

Finding the friction point between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of Rone’s work. As a street artist best known for his haunting, stylised images of women’s faces, he understands better than most that beauty can be fleeting. Seeing his artworks…

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The contested idea of Australia

November 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Melbourne CBD Location
$80.00 – $95.00

Melbourne Forum is honoured to have Julianne Schultz AM lead discussion at a most important event. Julianne Schultz has had an extraordinary career. Most recently she was founding director and editor of Griffith Review. She is a Professor at Griffith University’s Centre for Social and…

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