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Employers have been slow to grasp the possibilities of working from home. Beating the cost and the discomfort of the daily commute can liberate workers and help their bosses too. At our March lunch, join planners Colleen Peterson and Mitch Seach as they look at ways in which technology and land-use planning can help support more flexible working arrangements.

Dr Andrew Leigh

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Member for Fenner, Australian Capital Territory, Australian Labor Party, House of Representatives, official portrait, Wednesday 9 November 2016. Credit: AUSPIC/DPS. Image by Michael Masters.

The Australian economy is in a deep-seated malaise, according to Dr Andrew Leigh MP. Dr Leigh is the Member for Fenner and Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities. He told our February lunch that since 2013, economic growth has slowed and wage growth is the worst on record.

Read his speech here

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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