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Federalism: governments working together

Terry Moran

Terry Moran has had a distinguished career in the public sector, culminating in his appointment as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

How often do commentators question the continued usefulness of the federalist model of government bequeathed by our forefathers? Excessive cost and bureaucratic duplication are just the most obvious reasons for endless suggestions that one level or another be removed. Calmer analysts recognise that such severe disjunction is unlikely. Terry Moran AC has worked at the most senior levels of state and federal governments. Join Terry to reflect on ways in which our three levels of government can operate more effectively. Book here for this free event at 6pm, Wednesday November 27.

The big business of post-graduate students

Dr Kerry Bennett

Dr Kerry Bennett, the CEO of The Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne, and the Head of College of Graduate House

Almost half the students at Victorian universities are postgraduate. At our November lunch, Dr Kerry Bennett, the CEO of The Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne, will talk about who makes up the graduate market, the benefits it brings to the state and our global competition. Dr Bennett will also discuss how universities are ensuring that graduate students get the most from their university experience. Book now for this compelling discussion.

Past Events

  • 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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  • Conny Lenneberg and Jenny Macklin

    The Brotherhood of St Laurence (August lunch)

    A place-based approach to building community capacity helps to focus on issues that occur at a neighbourhood level. The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Executive Director, Conny Lenneberg, drew on her extensive experience in community capacity building to relate how the Brotherhood is using a place-based approach throughout Australia. Before taking up her position at the […]

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  • Elaine Carbines, Greg Hunt and Brian Howe.

    Geelong – from gloom to boom (August lunch)

    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 with Geelong and its surrounding regions moving into information technology, creative industries, advanced fibres, defence industries, research and education. G21 – Geelong […]

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    Where to Australia? (June lunch)

    More than 80 people enjoyed a well-researched, lively, uncompromising presentation by John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute reflecting on the recent federal election results and outlining Grattan’s proposals for reform. One fascinating aspect of the talk was Grattan’s analysis, at polling-booth level, of the socio-demographic profile of swings to the Coalition and to Labor […]

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