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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April Lunch: A BASIC INCOME FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS

The idea of a basic income for all citizens, regardless of employment or asset status, is not new.  While there have been isolated experiments in the past, no country has fully implemented a universal income, at least not yet. Perhaps inspired by concerns about the unequal distribution of rewards from modern market economies, a number of countries are reviewing the […]

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February Monthly Lunch: Wednesday 21st 2018

WHY ENVIRONMENT REFORM IS ESSENTIAL TO LABOR’S AGENDA FOR GOVERNMENT For our first lunch for 2018, the John Cain Foundation hosted a talk with Felicity Wade, the national convenor of the Labor Environment Action Network (LEAN). LEAN has been a game changer within Labor, successfully delivering policy through activism by party members. LEAN prosecuted and […]

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2017 End of Year Reflections

2017 – REFLECTIONS The year offered more than enough issues for a progressive think tank to tackle. Our strategic priorities are reflected in the topics on which we focused our research and communication with supporters. Discussion forums including the monthly policy lunches and occasional seminars examined important national and state issues in city design, education, energy, housing and the […]

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October Monthly Lunch: Wednesday 18th October

Autonomous Electric Vehicles: An Emerging Force for Disruption in our Cities Lyndsay Neilson is internationally recognised as a leading expert in urban design and strategy. He drew on his experience and knowledge to lead a discussion on the development of autonomous electric vehicles and pointed to the implication of new forms of transport for city planners.  Lyndsay’s […]

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