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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February Monthly Lunch: Wednesday 21st 2018

WHY ENVIRONMENT REFORM IS ESSENTIAL TO LABOR’S AGENDA FOR GOVERNMENT 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 […]

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Whitlam / Hamer Legacy: Challenges for Australian Cities

In an environment of fractured planning responsibility, how could we create the conditions for Australian government participation and leadership on urban issues?

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Tom Roper: Climate Change, coming whether cities are ready or not!

The Hon Tom Roper provided a briefing on climate change developments and green building issues.

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John Thwaites: A sustainable development goal for cities

New sustainable development goals are set to be agreed by countries at the United Nations this year. These goals will take over from the Millennium Development Goals and will apply to all countries including Australia from 1 January 2016. What does this mean for urban development in Australian cities?

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