November 21, 2018


The November lunch will present a proposal for the first stage of a High Speed Rail from Bairnsdale to Adelaide A group of Melbourne economists is developing an ambitious proposal for high speed commuting in capital cities to promote new principal activities centres. Rail links will extend into regions to promote regional development and affordable housing […]

November 7, 2018

John Cain Lecture – 2018

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

October 25, 2018

Orchestrating Diversity in Fisherman’s Bend (Evan Walker Conversation 2018)

The 2018 Evan Walker Conversation features timely discussion of the contentious redevelopment program at Fisherman’s Bend in inner Melbourne. Most Melbournians will be 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 […]

October 17, 2018

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis (October Lunch)

It is no secret that Australia has a housing crisis. New ideas as to how to solve the crisis abound, although it is not clear that governments are yet committed to action to alleviate the plight of the many who are homeless and to make home ownership achievable for all or most Australians. Join us […]

September 19, 2018

FEEDING MELBOURNE IN 2050 (September Lunch)

The case for preserving Melbourne’s food bowl Food security is an economic and sustainability issue. It is also a challenge for urban planners. As Melbourne’s population sprawls, boundaries are relaxed and productive land is released for housing. There are recognised problems in the infrastructure servicing of greenfield housing developments. But less attention is given in wider […]

August 15, 2018

Australia’s Population Challenge – the dominance of large cities (August Lunch)

Australia is a large land with a small population, almost all of whom live in large cities.  The reasons for this concentration of people in a small number of centres are interesting to explore. Some commentators suggest that our population pattern poses problems – environmental, financial and social. How do governments plan to mitigate some […]

July 18, 2018

Political Donations – is reform possible? (July Lunch)

Join us to hear from two experts on the slow progress towards reform of political donations and campaign funding at federal and state levels. Andrew Giles MP will report on what is happening in Canberra. Professor Joo-Cheong Tham will analyse current legislation before the Victorian parliament. Andrew Giles MP Andrew Giles has been the Member […]

June 26, 2018

Discussion Forum – Planning for Autonomous Vehicles in Melbourne

The John Cain Foundation presents a late afternoon discussion forum on 26th June to hear from experts in the development of autonomous vehicles. Is Melbourne prepared for the introduction of driverless cars and trucks? Are there implications for Plan Melbourne? What other governance issues will confront city managers and state governments in the next era […]

June 20, 2018

The Cost of Privilege (June Monthly Lunch)

June’s lunch presentation looks at Australia’s increasingly unequal society and asks what is The Cost of Privilege? Progressive organisations continue to draw attention to inequality in Australia’s society. Per Capita,a leading left of centre think tank in Victoria, has undertaken research to measure how the policy decisions entrenching inequality area affecting the economy. What is […]

May 16, 2018

Stuck in traffic? How bad is road congestion in Melbourne, and what should we do about it?: May Monthly Lunch

Anyone living in Melbourne in 2018 knows that roads are congested and public transport systems strained. Big reforms are under way but will take time to show dividends and in some cases create more dislocation as works proceed. What other creative reforms are available in the short term? Join Grattan Institute’s Transport Program Director Marion […]

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