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Tuesday Lunchtime Forums (Zoom)

Forums have a "current affairs" focus covering local events, politics, science, the environment & international events.

Sessions are held via Zoom commencing on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm and run from March to early June and from mid-July to November.

There are two registration options:

* Pre-register for all talks during the year and you will automatically be sent Zoom login details each week, i.e. there will not be any need to register on a weekly basis. (Note: Those who pre-registered in 2022 will automatically be transferred to the 2023 Forums.)
* Register on a weekly basis for the Forums which interest you. Registration will open in the week preceding the talk and the details are advertised with each Forum

DateForum details
30 May

"Achieving policy reform – what can we learn from the approaches of the past?"

Dr John Doyle and Alex Gosman.
The Albanese Government is pursuing a policy reform agenda in such areas as Industrial relations, health care, the environment and the arts.

Given failed policy reform attempts over the past decade, what are some of the lessons of successful policy reform from the Hawke/Keating and Howard Governments? The talk will look in detail at reforms in such areas as telecommunications and the reduction in industry protection to consider such issues as the need for consultation, policy reviews, community and stakeholder engagement, etc.

John has extensive telecommunications experience and is the author of Crossed Lines: Disruption, Politics and Reshaping Australian Telecommunications. Alex was involved in the restructuring of the clothing industry in the late 1980s.

Registration (unless pre-registered for all 2023 talks)
Opens: 9am on Tuesday 23 May.
Closes: 5pm on Monday 29 May.

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6 June

"Australia's new cultural policy – what does it mean?"

Stephen Cassidy: Cultural researcher, commentator and Adjunct (University of Canberra)
After a hiatus of ten years Australia has a new national cultural policy (Revive) that maps out what the current Albanese Government plans to do in support of Australian culture and creativity.

Stephen will overview the major components of Revive including the connection between the policy and broader social and economic features, such as the cultural economy and First Nations economic development. He will also look at the funding boost to the national collecting institutions.

Registration (unless pre-registered for all 2023 talks)
Opens: 9am on Tuesday 30 May.
Closes: 5pm on Monday 5 June.

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