JCF Come Clean Press Release October 12th 2016

COME CLEAN: Press Articles

Download the latest press articles from Come Clean here March 29, 2017 HOW CLEAN MIGHT WE BECOME? A PROGRESS REPORT ON REFORMING AUSTRALIA’S FEDERAL POLITICAL DONATIONS REGIME Colleen Lewis, Monash University Dr Colleen Lewis, adjunct Professor National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University presents a progress report on parliamentary progress on reform of the political […]

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Historians John and Hatice Basarin

Quest for oil fired the Gallipoli campaign (September lunch)

The move from a coal to an oil-fired navy drove Britain to embark on the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. The empire failed to take the Dardanelles. It did, however, carve up the Middle East in its quest for oil. Historians Dr John Basarin OAM and Hatice Basarin told our September lunch that these arbitrary borders gave […]

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Conny Lenneberg and Jenny Macklin

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (August lunch)

A place-based approach to building community capacity helps to focus on issues that occur at a neighbourhood level. The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Executive Director, Conny Lenneberg, drew on her extensive experience in community capacity building to relate how the Brotherhood is using a place-based approach throughout Australia. Before taking up her position at the […]

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Elaine Carbines, Greg Hunt and Brian Howe.

Geelong – from gloom to boom (August lunch)

Five years ago, Victoria’s second city was ailing, with the imminent closure of  the Ford plant and a host of other troubles bringing bad headlines. Today, the picture is a good deal rosier with Geelong and its surrounding regions moving into information technology, creative industries, advanced fibres, defence industries, research and education. G21 – Geelong […]

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Picture of John Daley, CEO the Grattan Institute

Where to Australia? (June lunch)

More than 80 people enjoyed a well-researched, lively, uncompromising presentation by John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute reflecting on the recent federal election results and outlining Grattan’s proposals for reform. One fascinating aspect of the talk was Grattan’s analysis, at polling-booth level, of the socio-demographic profile of swings to the Coalition and to Labor […]

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Brian Howe, John Cain and Frank Bongiorno

Is Social Democracy Dead?

Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe AO and noted historian Frank Bongiorno AM provided their unique perspectives on the health of social democracy at our discussion on Tuesday evening, 18 June.  They explored Australia’s values – economically, socially and culturally. The discussion considered whether is it time to ask whether lofty philosophical values like social […]

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Winning for Women (book launch)

Iola Mathews was one of the first generation of women trying to ‘have it all’ with a career and children. At  the recent launch of her book, Winning for Women, Iola spoke with Maxine McKew about the day-to-day groundwork required to bring about reforms in areas like affirmative action, equal pay, superannuation, childcare, parental leave […]

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Can we save the Murray-Darling? (May lunch)

Numerous reports tell us the Murray Darling basin is in crisis. How has this happened and what can be done to save the nation’s largest river system? David Lewis is well placed to examine the vexed problem of the Murray Darling basin. At our May lunch, he discussed the issues and what he thinks might be […]

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Is Melbourne already too hot to handle? (March Lunch)

The March lunch considered ways in which climate change is already affecting Melbourne Climate change is a wicked problem. A well known writer and publisher, Sophie Cunningham, has been thinking and writing about this problem, in particular how it is affecting Melbourne. She led a discussion of what damage is already evident and what is […]

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Australians and modern slavery (Feb Lunch)

The first lunch for 2019 was held on the usual third Wednesday in February, at Graduate House, University of Melbourne. This talk focused on Australia – how Australians can be part of the slavery problem as well as contributing to possible solutions. In a global economy, Australians are exposed to slave-making in the Asia Pacific […]

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John Cain Lecture – 2018

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

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