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John Daley

More than 80 people enjoyed a well researched, lively, uncompromising presentation by John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute, at our monthly lunch on June 19. Dr Daley reflected on the recent federal election results and outlined Grattan’s proposals for reform.

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Is Social Democracy dead?

Brian Howe, John Cain and Frank Bongiorno

Brian Howe, John Cain and Frank Bongiorno

A conversation between two experienced political commentators and public intellectuals was the format of a reflection on the philosophical values of Australia today. A capacity crowd attended the forum at Graduate House on Tuesday June 18 to participate in a Q&A following presentations from Professors Howe and Bongiorno. Brian Howe reflected on his time as Deputy Prime Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments, while Frank Bongiorno approached the topic from the point of view of a historian. It was a spirited discussion and audience participation was enthusiastic.



Past Events

  • Winning for Women (book launch)

    Iola Mathews was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children. At  the recent launch of her book, Winning for Women, Iola spoke with Maxine McKew about the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave […]

  • Can we save the Murray-Darling? (May lunch)

    Numerous reports tell us the Murray Darling basin is in crisis. How has this happened and what can be done to save the nation’s largest river system? David Lewis is well placed to examine the vexed problem of the Murray Darling basin. At our May lunch, he discussed the issues and what he thinks might be […]

  • Is Melbourne already too hot to handle? (March Lunch)

    The March lunch considered ways in which climate change is already affecting Melbourne Climate change is a wicked problem. A well known writer and publisher, Sophie Cunningham, has been thinking and writing about this problem, in particular how it is affecting Melbourne. She led a discussion of what damage is already evident and what is […]

  • Australians and modern slavery (Feb Lunch)

    The first lunch for 2019 was held on the usual third Wednesday in February, at Graduate House, University of Melbourne. This talk focused on Australia – how Australians can be part of the slavery problem as well as contributing to possible solutions. In a global economy, Australians are exposed to slave-making in the Asia Pacific […]

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