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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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John Cain Lecture – 2018

Labor’s 1980s and the Future of Australian Social Democracy The annual John Cain Lecture in 2018 was be Presented by ANU historian Professor Frank Bongiorno Should we celebrate Labor’s 1980s? Frank Bongiorno identified the achievements of that era, which are considerable, at Federal level and in Victoria after election of the Cain Government, and then […]

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EVAN WALKER CONVERSATION – 25th October 2018

ORCHESTRATING DIVERSITY IN FISHERMAN’S BEND Most Melbournians are aware of Fisherman’s Bend, the largest urban renewal program in the city for decades. Industrial land, close to the city and the Port of Melbourne, is to be redeveloped into high density mixed use neighbourhoods. The creation of a new piece of city is a complex endeavour […]

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Guardian Transparency Project

Please check out the Guardian Australia’s Transparency Project, an effort to increase citizenry engagement in government and political transparency. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/17/making-australian-politics-transparent-and-how-you-can-help Here you will find nine great tools to help the Guardian newspaper in increasing transparency in Australian politics. It is a great project and deserves the support of all those who want to hold their […]

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Australia’s Population Challenge (August Monthly Lunch)

The August monthly lunch was very well attended and speaker Jeremy Reynolds, former Victorian Demographer, did not disappoint a capacity audience. Jeremy traced the history of Australia’s, and in particular Victoria’s, population growth since European settlement. The number of new arrivals increased at different rates, reflecting the events of the time – more settlers arrived […]

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PREPARING MELBOURE FOR DRIVERLESS VEHICLES

A discussion forum on 26 June 2018 presented a comprehensive report commissioned by the John Cain Foundation from urban planning and transport economics and engineering experts on governance issues of the imminent advent of autonomous vehicles. Three acknowledged experts in urban and transport planning – Lyndsay Neilson, Mike Waller & Bob Noakes –  spoke to […]

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JCF Politics in the Pub 22 May “How do young people get by”

On the 22nd of May 2018, the John Cain Foundation held an interactive event as we embarked on our first free “Politics in the Pub” Q&A event of 2018 to discuss key issues facing young people in Australia today and potential solutions. Young people today face significant issues in a rapidly changing economy, including lack […]

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