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State Memorial for the Honourable John Cain

A State Memorial Service will be held for former Victorian Premier John Cain MP.

The service will take place on Monday February 3 at St Paul’s Cathedral, 198-206 Flinders Street, Melbourne.

The service will start at 11am and conclude at 12.30pm.

Family, friends and associates are invited to attend, as we reflect on John’s life and many contributions to our state.

Members of the public are also encouraged to attend, with doors to open at 10am.

In lieu of floral tributes – and in keeping with John’s lifelong sense of public service – his family has requested that people consider making a donation to support the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.


Andrew Leigh examines our productivity crisis

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Member for Fenner, Australian Capital Territory. House of Representatives official portrait by Michael Masters.

A 2019 Productivity Commission report showed that productivity has stalled to just 0.2%, continuing a trend first noted in 2013.

Productivity measures how efficiently the economy turns labor and capital into goods and services. It matters, for all citizens.

The Commission’s findings are depressing.

At our monthly lunch, on Wednesday February 19 at 12,30pm, Dr Andrew Leigh, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, examines the reasons for the poor performance of our economy and puts forward ways to improve productivity. Book now.

Past Events

  • Dr Kerry Bennett and post-graduate students

    Student market drives Victorian economy (November lunch)

    Postgraduate students comprise 30% of all enrolments in Australian universities. In 2001, 73% of postgraduate enrolments were domestic students. By 2026, there will be more international than domestic postgraduate students at Australian universities. Victoria is leading the way in the push to embrace post-graduate students – particularly those from overseas. Dr Kerry Bennett, the CEO […]

  • Terry Moran and John Cain Senior and Junior

    Focus on local communities key to restoring trust in democracies (John Cain lecture)

    The less well off have been the most affected in a significant power shift from the states to Canberra, according to the former head of the Victorian and federal public service. Terry Moran AC told about 100 people who attended the annual John Cain lecture on November 27 2019 that there had been a a […]

  • Tina Hogarth-Clarke

    Greying population brings challenges and opportunities (October lunch)

    By 2036, almost a quarter of Victorians will be over 60. Outside Melbourne, that will be almost a third of the population. The shift to an older population will bring challenges but also opportunities. The CEO of the Council of the Ageing Victoria, Tina Hogarth-Clarke told our October lunch that older Victorians bring a wealth […]

  • Historians John and Hatice Basarin

    Quest for oil fired the Gallipoli campaign (September lunch)

    The move from a coal to an oil-fired navy drove Britain to embark on the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. The empire failed to take the Dardanelles. It did, however, carve up the Middle East in its quest for oil. Historians Dr John Basarin OAM and Hatice Basarin told our September lunch that these arbitrary borders gave […]

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