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October 2019

Dangerous Dinner – Political Correctness and Freedom of Speech

An In-House Series event

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: The Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$50.00

Dangerous Dinners is a members’ only, member led In-house event; exploring an issue in depth through members sharing ideas, experiences and expertise. Has political correctness endangered freedom of speech in Australia? The capacity for thoughtful dialogue, considered debate, dissenting views and expression of opinion is…

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MF October Imbibo

Welcome to our new members

Hosted by Simon Savage

October 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: The Mint, 318 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Free

It is forecast to be 32 degrees on Thursday! Amazing weather to be joining Melbourne Forum members and their guests for a refreshing beverage after work. Set within the grounds surrounding the former Royal Mint building lies the Mint Bar and Restaurant, boasting one of…

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November 2019

From Waverley to the West Wing

Members' Drinks with Associate Professor Vinay Rane

Hosted by Chris Gallagher

November 11 @ 5:15 am - 7:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$35

As an obstetrician and gynaecologist, Associate Professor Vinay Rane thinks he has the most wonderful job in the world. He must truly love it, because, despite the most amazing adventure, he came home. In 2014, Vinay was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and, along with his young family,…

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Advancing Melbourne: the University of Melbourne and the City

Members' Lunch with Professor Duncan Maskell

Hosted by Justin Bokor

November 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Collins Quarter, 86a Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

We are delighted that Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne will be joining us for lunch as he is celebrating one year in Melbourne. Not only is Professor Maskell excited about the University and its contribution to education on an international level,…

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The Changing Media Landscape

Signature Lunch with Ita Buttrose AC OBE

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, L35 / 25 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
$130.00 – $150

We are delighted to invite you to join us for a long Signature Lunch with Ita Buttrose AC OBE on Friday 15 November 2019 as part of our 10-year anniversary program. Appointed chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in February, Ita is acknowledged for her…

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2020 CENTRAL AUSTRALIA ABORIGINAL STUDY TOUR

Expression of Interest Information Session

Hosted by Gareth Andrews

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue: Melbourne Forum Office, L3 / 461 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Free

The Melbourne Forum is pleased to offer this unique and exciting study tour in 2020. Join us for a special information evening to explore this opportunity. Aboriginals have been in Australia for 70,000 years plus. You mob have been here for 230 years. Do you…

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Fact checking – in a time of post truth, alternative facts and fake news

Members' Lunch with Russell Skelton

Hosted by John Ridley AM

November 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Campari House, 22-25 Hardware Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Journalists have traditionally been the gatekeepers of information in the public discourse. Making decisions about what is newsworthy, what is worth investigating, checking for accuracy and then letting it out into the world. However, in the age of social media, politicians, business leaders and other…

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Melbourne Stories with Dr Jacqueline Ogeil

A Members' only event

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

November 25 @ 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. With only a speaker and limited to twelve invited members, this format goes to the core of our objectives to bring to members the…

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Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Melbourne Forum's 2019 Festive Event

Hosted by Prof Andrea Hull AO

November 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: State Library of Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room
328 Swanston Street, Vic 3000 Australia
$50.00 – $60.00

It has certainly been an incredible year at the Melbourne Forum and we are delighted that Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC will be joining us at this very special event to celebrate. The Governor was…

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Australia’s position in an increasingly complex world 

- Members' Drinks with Craig Emerson and Tom Switzer 

Hosted by Antony Walker

November 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: Campari House, 22-25 Hardware Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$35.00

Our final event for 2019 is a special event where a smorgasbord of global and domestic issues will be discussed by two of the country’s leading public intellectuals. Craig Emerson is a former Minister for Trade in the Julia Gillard government among other high-profile political…

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