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May 2022

The Role of Universities in a Post-COVID world

May 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Pepe’s Italian and Liquor, 275 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$80.00 – $95.00

The last two years have presented numerous challenges for Victoria’s universities, with COVID-19 affecting almost every area of their activity. The impact on revenue from international student enrolments has been well publicised, while universities have also had to grapple with how best to continue teaching,…

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Friday Imbibo series-federal election!

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free

Election Day has been - do we have a result? Many members joined in the very entertaining online drinks sessions at 5pm on Fridays last year. Bring your beverages and nibbles for an online discussion. All opinions, gripes etc welcome! Our Friday election imbibo series…

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June 2022

RISING Festival – Melbourne Forum double-bill

June 3 @ 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Golden Square carpark, Little Bourke Street then Melbourne Museum
$80.00

A festival three years in the making!  Put on your walking shoes and immerse yourself in a fabulous Rising 'double bill' for Melbourne Forum. Golden Square "art, empire, identity, spirituality overlap in China town".  Four floors of the Golden Square car park is being activated…

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The ‘new normal’ – Chinese espionage

June 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
Free – $20

Chinese espionage tradecraft and covert action and why the US and its allies, including Australia, need to stay focussed. The People’s Republic of China's massive ‘whole-of-society’ approach to espionage is creating a new paradigm on how intelligence activities are conducted, viewed, and addressed by nations.…

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Thriving

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

An innovation agenda for turning our biggest global societal challenges into opportunities to thrive. Whether you’re a board director, a business leader, an executive, a professional in the sustainability field, or someone who wants to be better informed about ways to take positive action, this…

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Too many Victorians in Gaol?

June 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue to be confirmed closer to the date
$80.00 – $95.00

For decades Victoria had a reputation as a State with low rates of crime, and, commensurately lower rates of imprisonment. But in recent years there has been a dramatic change. Whilst we still live in a State boasting very low crime rates by international standards,…

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Underground Mega Structures – Saviours or Death Traps?

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

Humankind has always looked to the underground as a savior to its most pressing perils. Professor Dix argues that solutions to many of the worlds most urgent problems today can be found in intelligent development underground. Drawing on examples as diverse as Hitlers secret city…

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IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – lessons from the Australasia factsheet?

June 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule
Free

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021 – The Physical Science Basis, was published drawing on the contributions of hundreds of scientists from around the world. The report provides an assessment and synthesis of peer-reviewed literature on climate science and…

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QVM – ensuring contemporary relevance for a much loved heritage icon

June 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Garden State Hotel, 101 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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$80.00 – $95.00

The Queen Victoria Market was established in 1878, so that, in our relatively youthful capital city, the Market is a genuine historic icon. Particularly since WW2 it has been a classic symbol of our multi cultural society. This has not transpired without controversy — some…

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We have a New Federal Government. So What?

June 28 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: fortyfive downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$37.00 – $39.00

Join us for this terrific panel event with John Ridley AM, Terry Moran AC, Prof Andrea Hull AO and Chris Gallagher moderated by Dr Michael Henry AM. The four panel members, drawing on their expertise and experience, will talk about and critique So What? with…

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