April 19, 2017


The April lunch was well attended and lively. The topic, Upgrading and Expanding Melbourne’s Rail Services, generated considerable interest amongst supporters of the John Cain Foundation. Evan Tattersall, CEO Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, presented a comprehensive overview of the new rail service – Melbourne’s largest infrastructure project in many years. The audience engaged the speaker […]

April 19, 2017


Seminar Report The Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Housing and urban planning experts Michael Lennon and Kate Shaw presented a range of policies and ideas to improve housing accessibility in Victoria. The Chair of the John Cain Foundation, John Cain, facilitated a lively discussion with the audience following presentations. The John Cain Foundation plans further […]

15th March 2015


Post Event Report The speaker at the March lunch was Dr Sue Thomson, Director Educational Monitoring & Research at ACER. She presented two new reports analysing reasons for Australia’s poor performance in international literacy and numeracy tests. PISA scores showed a decline in overall performance at the age of 15 in science, maths and reading […]

March 2nd

VET in Crisis

Post Event Report The John Cain Foundation and Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, University of Melbourne, presented a lively, well attended seminar on the serious challenges facing governments and training organizations if vocational education is to achieve its objective of up-skilling Australian young people and workers. Professor Leesa Wheelahan led a stellar panel of […]

JCF Monthly Lunch - Our Liveability: Can we take it for granted?
February 15, 2017

Our Liveability: Can we take it for granted?

Jude Munro AO is a recognized expert in community strategy and local government. As Chair of the Victorian Planning Authority whe brings a wealth of experience – serious questions for the urban planning community.

John Cain Annual Lecture 2016
November 16, 2016

John Cain Annual Lecture 2016

The John Cain Annual Lecture will be given by Hon Mark Dreyfus, QC MP Federal Shadow Attorney General. Mark will discuss the centrality of justice to Labor’s purpose and mission now and into the future, drawing on his time in Parliament and particularly as Attorney General.

riorities for tax reform - what’s left on the agenda?
November 2, 2016

Priorities for tax reform: what’s left on the agenda?

Dr John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute, presented a comprehensive set of priorities for tax reform in Australia to the November monthly lunch.

Evan Walker Conversation 2016
October 20, 2016

Evan Walker Conversation 2016

Redesigning Our Approach To Housing Melbourne’s Growing Population. Melbourne’s population is forecast to grow to 8 million by 2051. Household size, composition and special needs are also changing and home ownership is out of the reach of many people.

Electricity in Australia here did we go awry
October 5, 2016

Electricity in Australia: Where Did We Go Awry

Energy economist Bruce Mountain presented a clear analysis of problems with the way the electricity sector is managed by governments in Australia. Electricity prices need not be as high as they are!

Local Schemes to Deliver Renewable Energy
September 7, 2016

Local Schemes to Deliver Renewable Energy 

Mark Judd is Energy Services Innovation Manager at Ausnet Services Ltd, a national power company, where he is using his extensive knowledge and experience to explore sustainable energy solutions using solar and battery technologies.

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