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September 2020

Life and Times – Living on Digital Platforms

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Nicholas Jackson

September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

Keeping up work and social life means moving between multiple digital platforms each day and learning many new skills. How do we do it? And what effects is it having on our communication or well-being? Let's talk about digital platforms, who and what they are,…

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Secret Trials in Australia

Take a break with Julian Burnside AO QC

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

The decision by the Commonwealth Government to prosecute a former Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) officer and his lawyer Bernard Collaery has caused great consternation among Australian lawyers and commentators who are concerned about the rule of law and human rights. And the news that…

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Post pandemic school system: Catalyst for change or retreat to safety?

Take a break with Jim Watterston

Hosted by Nicholas Jackson

September 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

The continuing impact of COVID-19 on schools and school systems around the world, and more particularly in Australia, has (to paraphrase Mark Twain) been the best of times and the worst of times. Teachers have been lauded for their front-line leadership capacity and innovation that…

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Viewpoint Diversity

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

While the extent of the ‘cancel culture’ phenomenon may sometimes be exaggerated, I believe that the milder claim - that we operate in opinion ‘bubbles - is largely true, and a real threat to Australia’s civil society. Our political system, our media, and the innate…

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Life and Times – Maintaining Creative Excellence

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Nicholas Jackson

September 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

Rob McGuaran, a Director of a busy and successful Architecture Practice and an Educator, will lead us in discussion of how to continue to exercise creative minds, maintain a culture of creative thinking and mentor whilst working remotely, during a Pandemic! We may all be…

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What the hotel quarantine Inquiry has shown us

Take a break with Michael Bachelard

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

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

On 2 July, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a judicial inquiry would be held into the COVID-19 hotel quarantine program established as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The inquiry was established to examine the decisions and actions of government agencies, hotel operators…

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October 2020

Viewpoint Diversity

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Dr Michael Liffman

October 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

"Following an initial exploration of our varying understanding of this issue at our first session I hope we can bring further focus (and a few more participants) to our discussion through the links which have been put on our discussion board, especially the talk by…

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Non-Fiction Book Group: Twilight of Democracy

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by Peter Lamell

October 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

Are we repeating 1930s authoritarianism? 'Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all of our societies eventually will’ is the bleak prognosis for liberal democracy in this book which blends deeply-felt memoir with cool…

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How does Australia fit in the China worldview?: An Insider perspective

Take a break with Daryl Guppy

Hosted by Nina Christesen

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20.00

What is the real purpose of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)? What is the impact of BRI on the future economic stability and prosperity of Australia? What does Australia forego by not participating? Australia understands U.S. trade policy in fine detail and considerable multi-agency…

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The US election and its aftermath

Take a break with David Rosenbloom

Hosted by John Ridley AM

October 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20

Staged against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 US presidential election campaign has been like no other and it continues to offer plenty of intrigue. The highly anticipated first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden quickly descended into chaos. Then Trump contracted COVID-19…

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