January 22, 2018


Welcome to 2018!  This is a special event to start the year. The Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and National President of the ALP, will present his ideas for party reform to supporters of the John Cain Foundation and Victorian Fabian Society.   You are invited to participate in […]

November 15, 2017

IT IS TIME TO TAKE A STAND (November Monthly Lunch)

Why we need to fight for a properly funded politically independent ABC Ronald MacDonald, Chairman of Friends of the ABC, says … “Murdoch’s all-embracing Empire looms large as the enemy, but the threat extends beyond that.  The ABC Friends has just held a national conference where the theme was “Democracy Demands Diversity”.  When the Communications Minister, Hon […]

October 30, 2017

Annual Evan Walker Conversation: HOW’S OUR CITY LOOKING?

The annual Evan Walker Conversation honours the significant contribution of The Hon. Evan Walker AO  to architecture, planning and housing in Victoria. Its purpose is to stimulate debate and discussion about planning and design issues affecting Victorian communities. How’s Our City Looking? Melbourne is undergoing rapid change and growth. The city has long had a well […]

October 18, 2017

Autonomous Electric Vehicles: An Emerging Force for Disruption in our Cities (October Monthly Lunch) Wednesday 18 October 2017

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 development of autonomous electric vehicles and point to the implication of new forms of transport for city planners.  Lyndsay’s presentation was followed by a Q&A with guests. Lyndsay Neilson is a […]

October 10, 2017

Family Violence – Policy & Community Challenges (Annual John Cain Lecture)

Hon Marcia Neave AO is a distinguished Victorian judge and legal academic. She drew on her time as chair of the Victorian Commission into Family Violence in her presentation to the annual John Cain Lecture. The lecture was preceded by the AGM of the John Cain Foundation to which all were invited. Hon Marcia Neave […]

September 20, 2017

September Monthly Lunch: Australia’s Political System – a Deficit in Trust

The September monthly lunch features Dr Colleen Lewis following up on her report in 2016 on political donations and the deficit in trust in Australian politics. Join us at Graduate House on Wednesday the 20th. In 2016 Dr Colleen Lewis was commissioned by the John Cain Foundation to report on the parlous state of political […]

August 16, 2017

Level Crossing Removal Project: August Monthly Lunch

Removal of 50 Level Crossings in Melbourne was a commitment of the Victorian Government at the last election. Join us at the monthly lunch – 12.30pm, Wednesday 16 August, for a progress report on this major infrastructure project. Allen Garner, COO of the Level Crossing Removal Authority, will present a report on the work of […]

June 21, 2017


Experts agree that there is no doubt that work is changing, and faster than most of us had imagined. Technology is driving the fourth industrial revolution, the skills required will be different in future and almost all occupations are affected. At the same time more and more people are working part time, often juggling several jobs to […]

June 19, 2017


Australia has developed perhaps the most inequitable, unsustainable system of funding for school education in the developed world. Could it be that the federal government’s current proposal offers a chance for our political leaders to work together to improve things. Panelists Dean Ashenden and Larissa McLean Davies will lead an interactive discussion facilitated by Maxine […]

May 17, 2017

PLAN MELBOURNE REFRESH: Victorian Minister for Planning, Hon Richard Wynne (May Monthly Lunch)

Post Meeting Report At the lunch Minister Wynne outlined the government’s strategy for Melbourne’s future. By 2051 there will be 8million Victorians, 4.5million in Melbourne. The Minister made it clear he is acutely aware that growth brings problems. By 2018 Melbourne will have – 10m additional transport trips 100k more housing lots released reforms to […]

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