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 […]

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 […]

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