Whitlam / Hamer Legacy: Challenges for Australian Cities

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In an environment of fractured planning responsibility, how could we create the conditions for Australian government participation and leadership on urban issues? RMIT Centre for Urban Research partnered with the John Cain Foundation, The University of Melbourne’s Sustainable Society Institute and the Hamer Family Fund to present this event.


Thursday 5 Nov 2015, 9am |  Swanston Academic Building (RMIT Building 80), 445 Swanston St, Melbourne.

Full program



  • Adam Bandt, Federal Member for Melbourne;
  • Tim Colebatch, journalist and author of ‘Dick Hamer: The liberal Liberal’;
  • Andrew Giles, Federal Member for Scullin;
  • Terry Moran, former Secretary of the Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • Kelly O’Dwyer, federal Member for Higgins, Parl. Secretary to the Treasurer;
  • Prof. Marian Simms, Adjunct Professor, Deakin and University of Canberra;
  • Assoc. Prof. Wendy Steele, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University;
  • Prof. John Thwaites, Monash University Professorial Fellow, Chair of ClimateWorks Australia, Monash Sustainability Institute;
  • Lucy Turnbull, Chair Committee for Sydney, Chair Prima BioMed Ltd [pictured above]; and
  • other distinguished speakers.

Pre-conference Function

Maxine McKew chaired a conversation with Prof. Ross Garnaut and Prof. Brendan Gleeson (University of Melbourne) about Reforming Australian Cities for Productivity at a pre-conference function on Wednesday 4 November 2015, at 6pm, Graduate House, University of Melbourne, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton.


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