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May 2019

The impact of creativity, on business and government –

the big challenges we face and how they should be addressed

Hosted by Jason Kimberley

May 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Collins Quarter, 86a Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Russel Howcroft is an Australian businessman and media personality best known as a panelist on the ABC television program The Gruen Transfer. He was the Executive General Manager of the TEN Network prior to becoming the Chief Creative Officer at PwC Australia working across six critical business areas: brand…

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Wik vs Queensland – 12th Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Cultural Life Series

Hosted by Evelyn Tadros

May 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ACMI, Federation Square
Flinders Street, Victoria 3000 Australia
$20.00 – $22

In 1996 the High Court granted native title rights to the Wik Peoples of Cape York. The “Wik Decision” should have been a catalyst for positive change, but instead sparked a national cultural and political fallout. With unique access to never-before-screened footage of a young…

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Integrity in Racing: From Cobalt to Jiggers – what on earth is happening?

Members' Dinner with the Hon. Peter Young AM QC

Hosted by Ian Dunn AM

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Collins Quarter, 86a Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$85.00 – $95.00

What happened to the integrity of the ancient and traditional 'Sport of Kings'?  How can words such as cobalt, which became a banned substance in 2014, doping, and jiggers still be synonymous with horse racing in 2019, when over 100 trainers have been prosecuted, including highly successful trainers in…

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How can modern day slavery still exist in today’s world? 

Members' Drinks with Longdy Chhap and Kia Hem

Hosted by Michael Strong

May 22 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Captain Melville, 34 Franklin Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Members have previously heard of the extraordinary work of Hagar Australia. Globally, about 40 million people live as modern day slaves. Cambodian Longdy Chhap was one of them. Stricken with polio at age 5, he lost the use of his legs. At age 8, a…

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Dangerous Dinner – The ethical challenges in our healthcare

A Members’ only event of robust discussions on what we can do about controversial and complex issues

Hosted by Sheila Nguyen

May 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Major breakthroughs in health services and delivery mean we are living longer and healthier lives. However, developments in the Human Genome, Designer genetics, Personalized Medicine, Stem Cell treatment, AI, use of data, and countries with different ethical and cultural norms pushing the boundaries of medical…

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The power of intergenerational diversity in the boardroom

Members' Lunch with Paul Smith

Hosted by Simon Savage

May 30 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Kisume, 175 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

"Diversity is a source of Resilience, Innovation, Strength and ultimately, Assurance. If you don’t have it in your boardroom you may not be maximising your performance" - Paul Smith. Paul Smith will be in Melbourne for two days only in May, and will be joining…

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MF Imbibo – welcome to our new members

Hosted by Melbourne Forum Executive Officer

May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Peaches, 301 Swanston Street

We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating our new members and invite you to join us in raising a glass in their honour. Peaches is a pastel pink fantasy land - a soft and peaceful way to met our new members. The cocktails are sorted…

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June 2019

Inside the secret world of living in an art house museum

A Cultural Life Series event

Hosted by Pamela Creed

June 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: 3 Lumley Court, Prahran
$26.00 – $28.00

Join Melbourne Forum members and their guests on this exclusive tour of Justin Art House Museum. JAHM is an initiative of Charles and Leah Justin, who are passionate collectors of contemporary art. Through their house museum experience they love to share both their collection and…

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The path forward for the ‘centre/conservative’ parties as they seek to recover from the federal election

Members' Lunch with John Ridley AM

Hosted by Peter Duncan AO

June 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Mister Munro, 215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

- Members' Lunch with the founder of the Melbourne Forum The path forward for the ‘centre/conservative’ parties as they seek to recover from the federal election. In the wake of the Federal Election, Melbourne Forum founder and political veteran John Ridley will lead this discussion on…

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Is Melbourne’s big build the best way to spend $40bn?

Members' Lunch with Craig Richards

Hosted by James Garriock

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:, 6 Russell Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
$80.00 – $95.00

Melbourne's Big Build addresses one question - congestion. But to what extent have we squandered an opportunity to address some other really big challenges our society faces? The obesity epidemic, social dislocation, the mental health crisis, airborne pollution? Is the Big Build a Big Wasted…

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