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Thursday Forums

All Forums are held at the Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
(opposite Queen Vic Market) on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
1.30 - 2.30pm followed by afternoon tea.
 $3 donation at the door (includes afternoon tea) 
Bookings essential - ring 9639 5209 (Mon-Fri 10-3)


9th March
ANNA BURKE, retired MP for the Victorian seat of Chisholm.
She was the second only female to be Speaker in the House of Reps, the first being Joan Child in 1986.  Anna became Deputy Speaker to Peter Slipper in 2007 and then Speaker in 2012 - 2013.  She was bringing 'Order in the House' during the turbulence of the Rudd Gillard Rudd years.  An article in the Herald  Sun on 26/8/2012 ran the headline 'How Acting Speaker of Federal Parliament, Anna Burke, juggles the office, kids, haircuts and misbehaving politicians'. We look forward to more behind the scenes stories as well as hearing about Anna's advocacy for the rights of asylum seekers and commitment educational equality.
13th April
DON WATSON, writer and significant commentator on the state of the nation and beyond.  Don's career as a writer embraces history, politics, TV and the stage.  His award winning The Bush is a milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history: it takes us on a profoundly revelatory and entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.  In Recollections of a Bleeding Heart he describes writing Paul Keating's Redfern Speech in 1992.  His marvellously named Weasel Words encourages readers to reject the corporate jargon so prevalent in the world of government and business.
11th May
LORRAINE MILNE, composer, arranger and musical director who in 2014 was inducted into the eMuse Music Education Hall of Fame. Lorraine has been deeply involved in things musical since the early days of the Pram Factory in Carlton!  She has worked in many of Melbourne's well known theatre venues and universities as well as being widely commissioned as a composer. Her most recent work, Maiden Voyage, the making of which she will share with us, is an Australian Song Cycle which traces the experiences of ordinary and extraordinary women and their contribution to our history.