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 […]

April 18, 2018


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 […]

February 21, 2018


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 won the campaign for Labor to adopt credible emission reduction […]

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 […]

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