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Geelong – from gloom to boom

Elaine Carbines, Greg Hunt and Brian Howe

Elaine Carbines, John Cain Foundation board member Greg Hunt and Brian Howe AO

Five years ago, Victoria’s second city was ailing, with the imminent closure of  the Ford plant and a host of other troubles bringing bad headlines. Today, the picture is a good deal rosier.

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Where to Australia?

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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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Past Events

  • Brian Howe, John Cain and Frank Bongiorno

    Is Social Democracy Dead?

    Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe AO and noted historian Frank Bongiorno AM provided their unique perspectives on the health of social democracy at our discussion on Tuesday evening, 18 June.  They explored Australia’s values – economically, socially and culturally. The discussion considered whether is it time to ask whether lofty philosophical values like social […]

  • 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 […]

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