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Power shift to Canberra affects less well off

Terry Moran and John Cain Senior and Junior

Terry Moran, left, with John Cain and John Cain Junior.

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 move to greater centralisation in Canberra and increasing outsourcing of delivery to the private sector and not for profits.

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Student market drives state economy

Dr Kerry Bennett and post-graduate students

Dr Kerry Benett and graduate students Aparna Nair, left, and Mandy Kowara

Victoria is leading the way in the push to embrace post-graduate students – particularly those from overseas. Dr Kerry Bennett told our monthly lunch on November 20 2019 that postgraduate students comprise 30 per cent of all enrolments in Australian universities. Dr Bennett, the the CEO of Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne, said that in the early 2000s domestic postgrads outnumbered those from overseas. That proportion will be reversed by 2026.

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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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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