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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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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Monthly Lunch Program Changes

2018 PROGRAM FOR MONTHLY LUNCHES Many of our supporters enjoy the stimulation and fellowship of the monthly lunches so it is with regret that I have to advise that an unavoidable problem has forced our speaker for the March lunch to cancel. We will reschedule that event – more later. The program for the remainder […]

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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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