AFV | SESSION | Thunderstorm asthma community education | Thursday 16 November 2017 | 7-8.30pm

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Epidemic thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon where a large number of people develop asthma symptoms over a short period.

This is triggered by an uncommon combination of high pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm.

It’s important for everyone in the community to know what they can do to prepare for grass pollen season, particularly those most at risk of thunderstorm asthma.

In November 2016, a thunderstorm triggered an unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. It caused significant demand on both Ambulance Victoria and hospital emergency departments — and sadly may have contributed to nine lives being lost.

In response to this event, Asthma Foundation Victoria will host a thunderstorm asthma community education session in Glen Eira.

The session will cover:
• What is thunderstorm asthma?
• Who is at risk of thunderstorm asthma?
• How to respond to a thunderstorm asthma event.
• Information on asthma and medications and how to perform asthma first aid.
• The link between asthma and hay fever.

Where: Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion, corner North and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena.

Cost: Free

Bookings: RSVP is essential. Book online through Eventbrite

For further information about thunderstorm asthma and how to protect yourself, visit

Asthma Foundation Victoria

PPLS | WORKSHOP | Origami for adults | Saturday 18 November 2017 | 10.30am-12.30pm

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Origami – an ancient art form originated in Japan – is the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. 

This art form is reflective of both the complexity and simplicity of nature and the world around us.
Join Chieko in this class and she will introduce you to the basics of origami. You will learn the meaning of symbols and basic techniques to then be able to learn further on your own.

Who: For ages 16+
Cost: $6
Where: Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page. You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
Address: 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 9209 6655

CoPP | CELEBRATE | Acland Street Village | November

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Stories Made Music

Sunday 19 November 2017 | 2-5pm
Multicultural Arts Victoria bring together Mediterranean musicologists Con Kalamaras and Salvatore Rossano with French Jewish artist and storyteller Sylvie Lever, for an afternoon of music, singing and storytelling reflecting the history and culture of migration in Port Phillip.
Where: Acland Street Plaza

Le Bop Social Dance Classes

Sunday 26 November 2017 | 2-3.30pm
Modern Jive originated in France as a blend between the American GI's jitter bug and the smoother Rock'n'Roll. Over time it developed to encompass an eclectic mix of hot moves from Street Latin and other styles. Set to commercial music as heard on the radio, Le Bop is an extremely addictive dance style!
Where: Acland Street Plaza

2pm: Beginner Dance Class (45 mins)
2.45pm: Le Bop Freestyle Performance (15 mins)
3pm: Beginner Extension Dance Class (45 mins)
3.45pm: Social Dancing / Freestyle (45 mins)

City of Port Phillip

MPIN | WALK | Listening to the Land (Spring): Bushranger’s Bay | Saturday 18 November 2017 | 1-5pm

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Listening to the Land is an initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network, seeking to bring people from all religious and spiritual backgrounds together to connect or reconnect with the Land and to be moved to care for the Land.

Beginning at 1pm, program includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, and a meditation at Bushranger’s Bay. The walk and meditation will be led by Gunditjamara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man, Lionel Lauch.

Where: Bushranger’s Bay, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula
Meeting Point: Car park on Boneo Rd @ 1pm
Map Route:

Cost: By donation.  Please note: BYO Vegetarian food - something easy to share after the walk.

Organisers look forward to seeing you all there – sunshine or rain.

Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network
Judy O’Donnell
Tel: 0400 088 410

The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN) acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land, the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people, part of the Kulin Nation, and their elders past and present.

ASRC | CAMPAIGN | Conversation Project Handover | Sunday 19 November 2017 | 1-5pm

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In this practical half-day Conversation Project Handover, share tools, strategies and logistics for coordinating values-based conversation projects that shift community attitudes on the rights of people seeking asylum.

Bringing together people from the electorates of Melbourne Ports, Goldstein and beyond, this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with, and perhaps meet for the first time, others in the area who wish to drive change and collaborate strategically.

Running a conversation project is a strategic way of targeting people you want to support the rights of people seeking asylum, and in the lead up to the next federal election provides a strong evidence base to prove to your community and MP that people want our to Government respond fairly and humanely.

See the report about the conversation project in Higgins here.

Where: Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre Function Room, 464 St Kilda St, Brighton Victoria 3184 Australia

Bookings: Online RSVPs here

Event Information: Organisers look forward to seeing you there! Any questions feel free to contact Gayle and Joel by emailing

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Footscray (ASRC)
214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Tel: 03 9326 6066

FCCV | WORKSHOP | Bystander Intervention to Prevent Gender Violence | Monday 20 November 2017 | 10am–3pm

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The workshop is a facilitated discussion, not a lecture. Highly interactive. Awareness raising is utilised to develop concrete options for participants to employ during a range of work or social situations – ranging from inappropriate comments to physical abuse. 

Additionally, workshops open dialogue regarding participant leadership around issues such as: the drivers of gender violence as it relates to unhealthy behaviour, sexual objectification of women, sexual harassment, battering and sexual assault.

Facilitator: Dr Ree Bodde, Program Director Think Prevent

Workshop Goals:
  • Raise awareness of participants about the level of violence against women in our culture
  • Challenge thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence
  • Open dialogue by creating a safe environment for men and women to share their opinions and experiences about these issues
  • Inspire leadership by equipping participants with concrete options to safely confront and interrupt abusive situations
Where: Victorian Council of Churches, Causeway House (Level 4, Chellew Room), 306 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Cost: Free

Bookings: register online through

Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)
Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer
Mobile: 0412 670 369

Think Prevent
Dr Ree Bodde
Mob: 0450-039-288

A colloboration between Faith Communities Council of Victoria and Victorian Council of Churches

AGMC | WORKSHOP | Multicultural/Multifaith and LGBTIQA+ | Friday, 24 November 2017 | 9.30am-1pm

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A half day training workshop exploring the intersections between race, culture, and religion with LGBTIQ identity. 

The purpose is to inform and empower individuals, organisations, and workplaces to celebrate diversity and create an inclusive environment for all.

Topics covered in the training include:
  • Understanding sexual, sex, and gender diversity.
  • Discussing the intersections between multicultural/multifaith identity with LGBTIQ identity.
  • Unpacking stereotypes and unconscious bias.
  • Creating an inclusive environment.
  • Setting SMART objectives celebrating diversity.

The training is delivered by Budi Sudarto from Ananda Training & Consultancy, an experienced facilitator with an in-depth knowledge on diversity, intersectionality, and inclusive practice.

Where: Thoughtworks, Level 23, 303 Collins St, Melbourne

Cost: $50 per person or $30 concession.

Considerations: A Certificate of Attendance will be issued as a proof of professional development.

Bookings: For registration, email or visit

Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) 

SFMAF | CELEBRATE | SalamFest | 11am Friday 24-12.30pm Sunday 26 November 2017

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A three day Muslim Arts Festival including Sufi poets, whirling dervishes, musicians, mosaic artists, contemporary rap artists, traditional and modern singers and performers, meditation space, interactive art workshops, panel discussions, various talks, films, conversation salons, giveaways, and much more.

The Muslim community of Melbourne comprises of over 70 ethnically and linguistically diverse groups and at SalamFest we will celebrate the long standing contributions of the diverse Muslim community in culture, art and cuisine.

Salamfest captures the essence of the true Muslim values of ‘Peace Love and Compassion’. The festival is an opportunity for Australian Muslims to celebrate their diversity; connect and share their stories, values, arts, culture and cuisine in the true spirit of multiculturalism.

The program of events is free with a range of activities to interest a wide range of attendees.
International Guests, Celebrities, Filmmakers and Actors: SalamFest has confirmed International guests, celebrities, filmmakers and actors including a Hollywood producer, director and writer, a Canadian ensemble, etc.

The mascot for SalamFest 2017 is the Rumi Mobile. This is a car painted in the style of Pakistani truck art as a collaborative art project led by Melbourne artist Sohail Yamin.

A highlight of SalamFest will be the spectacular 250 person dining experience along a single dining table in front of the State Library of Victoria – SalamFeast @ SalamFest .
Salamfeast aims to encourage conversation over a sumptuous three course dinner that will celebrate culture through a culinary experience like no other.

Where: Activities will take place in the State Library’s forecourt directly in front of the State Library on Swanston Street; and in a range of selected rooms within the State Library, chosen for the ambience they provide to the scheduled events.

More information on official website!

Bookings: The festival is free to attend but bookings need to be made. Register your interest online through Eventbrite and we will let you know when bookings open!!!

Salam Fest – Muslim Arts Festival 2017

UNIDftEoVAW | CAMPAIGN | 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence | Saturday 25 November-Sunday 10 December 2017

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A global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. The campaign commences on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (also known as White Ribbon Day), and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day

These dates were chosen to emphasise that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights.

Family violence can happen to anyone; it can take many forms and it knows no socio-economic or cultural boundaries. Although it happens overwhelmingly to women and children, it is also a significant issue for young adults and our elders.

Intimate partner violence is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death of Victorian women aged 15 to 44. In 2015–16, there was a 12 per cent increase in family violence incidents in Glen Eira — one of the largest increases among Local Government areas in the Southern Melbourne Region.

City of Glen Eira says no to family violence. Council has a vision to create a safe, healthy and inclusive community that is free from violence. Council is committed to working on preventing family violence as an employer and as a community leader.

There are many ways to be involved, here are some that came to view:
ILLUMINATING | Statewide: landmarks will be lit up orange — the colour designated to the Victoria Against Violence campaign — every night of the 16 day period, including Glen Eira Town Hall.

WHITE RIBBONS | City of Glen Eira: will display large white ribbon banners at Town Hall to support the White Ribbon campaign — a national campaign that is led by men who stand up, speak out and act to influence and change attitudes and behaviours of men who commit violence against women.

SCREENING | Call Me Dad | Thursday 29 November 2017 | 7.30-9.30pm
Community members are invited to a free public screening of Call Me Dad, a local documentary about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. Includes a Q&A session with a panel of family violence prevention experts.
Where: Theatrette, Glen Eira Town Hall
Cost: Free
Bookings: RSVP, visit or contact Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333.

OUT-REACH | Coffee cup campaign
Council has partnered with Women’s Health in the South East, neighbouring local governments and the Frankston Mornington Family Violence Network to implement a coffee cup campaign. Supporting the campaign involves local cafes handing out 20,000 coffee cups with pictures drawn by Victorian school children that challenge gender stereotypes.
For further information, visit

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, contact 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 for advice or support. In an emergency, contact Triple Zero.

United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November

ASCB | FUNDRAISING | Asylum Seekers’ Comedy Benefit | Friday, 1 December 2017 | Arrive from 6pm for 7pm start

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A one-of-a-kind ‘Asylum Seekers’ Comedy Benefit’ will be a cracker night for a worthy cause, hosted by MC, the hilarious Monica Dullard.

If you love live comedy, you will see a brilliant mixed bag of comedians in an side-splitting jam-packed night of comedy gold, which will have you in stitches!

This one off show is a must for comedy fans and people with big hearts! Come by tram or train, but just get there, or you’ll miss out! St Kilda Town Hall will be pumping!

Make a night of it, bring your friends and end the year on a high! In anticipation, thank you for your generous support!

  • Denise Scott (Barry Award) ‘Scott affirms her status as one of the country’s funniest’ The Age)
  • Dave O’Neil ‘one of Australia’s best comic storytellers’ Herald Sun)   
  • Fiona O’Loughlin (‘my stomach muscles are still aching…this woman is really, really, really funny’ The Sunday Age)
  • Denise McGuinness ( Deadly Awards Winner: 'hails from a long line of funny fellas' Australian Stage)
  • Geraldine Hickey (‘genuine, heartwarming, hilarious and brilliant’ Scenestr); 
  • Dilruk Jayasinha (“extremely endearing comedian who wears his heart on his sleeve” Herald Sun)  
  • Monica Dullard MC (‘hilarious…she makes everyone feel special’ The Age)
Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Cost: Adults $40/Cons $35; Group 6+ $35; City of Port Phillip Staff  $35.
100% Profits donated to Brigadine Asylum Seekers Project

Considerations: General Seating & Interval. Fabulous HOT FOOD (Angela's Kitchen) & top BAR from go to whoa!

Bookings: Online at Trybooking,  or at the door (if not sold out)

Asylum Seekers’ Comedy Benefit
Monica Dullard
Tel: 0438 868 217

IDPwD | ANNUAL CELEBRATION | International Day of People with Disability | Sunday 3 December 2017

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Promoting an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.

Globally, a worldwide celebration that occurs each year on 3 December, the day brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations and governments to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.

Locally, Glen Eira City Council will celebrate with an Activities Day
When: Wednesday 6 December | 10am-1.30pm
Where: Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along and try a range of different activities including football, cricket, dance, basketball, T-ball, soccer, netball and more.

Cost: Free

Bookings: For further information or to register for this year’s event, contact Council’s metro access officer on 9524 3333 or email

City of Glen Eira
Address: Glen Eira Town Hall, Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads Caulfield
Post: PO Box 42, Caulfield South VIC 3162
Tel: 03 9524 3333
National Relay Service: a phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech-impairment. TTY dial 13 36 77 or Speak and Listen 1300 555 727 or then enter 03 9524 3333.

CoPP | WORKSHOP | Local government and you! A Community Conversation | Tuesday 5 December 2017 | 6-7.30pm

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Free community workshop 'Local government and you! A Community Conversation'.

This workshop will be beneficial for anyone interested in local community matters and decision-making. Come along and find out:
  • what your Council does
  • the role of your elected Councillors
  • how local decision-making works and
  • how you can engage with your Council.
Where: Community Room, St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Cost: Free

Bookings: Essential - click here to book online through Eventbrite or contact Emma Blackford on 9209 6874 or

City of Port Phillip
Community Health & Service Planning
Address: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
Emma Blackford, Grants & Community Projects Officer
Tel: 9209 6874

A collaborative approach between City of Port Phillip and Victorian Local Government Association

MV | PERFORMANCE | Serpent Women Dreaming | Wednesday 6 December 2017 | 6-8pm

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Creating awareness through affecting emotion and effecting change. 

This site-specific piece draws links between Indian, Indian diasporic, and Australian Indigenous women, as they explore their complex and long relationships with each other’s cultures and Mother Earth- simultaneously political, poetic, contemporary and timeless. Join these women as they attempt to undo the warp and weft of the binds that constrain their minds and bodies through an embodied process of decolonisation.

Conceptualised by Artistic Director Dr Priya Srinivasan and choreographed in collaboration with Gundijtmara creative cultural artist Vicki Couzens, her sister in law/ storyteller/visual artist Gina Bundle and daughter/cultural mentee/ language activist/traditional Aboriginal artist/dancer Yaraan Bundle together with Melbourne based composer/Carnatic singer Uthra Vijay and world renowned Indian dancer Priyadarsini Govind in a collaborative cross cultural event that furthers understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people performed on land that hasn’t been ceded.

Where: Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St, Carlton, Melbourne VIC 3053 Australia

Bookings: online through Museums Victoria

Museums Victoria
Post: GPO Box 666, Melbourne 3001 Victoria Australia
Bookings & Enquiries: 13 11 02

MAV | ENTHRALLING | Common Ground Showcase | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 2-5pm

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A unique, multilingual, multi-faith project that uses various forms of writing, primarily spoken word, to build connection and understanding between young people of diverse faiths and cultures. 

The transformative and unifying essence of the spoken word is beautifully presented in this showcase.

Facilitated by local professional spoken word artists, Common Ground will explore themes of identity, authenticity, faith, belonging, conflict and peace.

Enjoy an afternoon of spoken word, music, food and storytelling where poets from Brimbank, Whittlesea and Shepparton will take you on a journey from page to stage.

Where: Beckett Theatre at The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through Eventbrite

Multicultural Arts Victoria
Address: South Melbourne Town Hall Level 1, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Mail: PO Box 5113, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9188 3681

CoPP | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | Community Grants Assessment Panel 2018-2019 | Now Open, CLOSES 10 December 2017

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Interested residents are invited to apply for a two year voluntary appointment as an Assessment Panel Member for the annual Community Grants Program. 

Two panels each consisting of one Councillor, one Senior Council Officer and two community representatives will meet in April/ May 2018 to evaluate grant applications and make recommendations to Council.

Successful candidates will have access to applications from local community organisations and read about supportive and innovative program and project ideas that make the City of Port Phillip inviting, healthy and connected.

2017-2018 Community Grants Assessment Panel Assessment Criteria
  1. Commitment to supporting and strengthening a diverse community that encourages the participation and inclusion of all residents.
  2. Relevant skills, knowledge and experience for the panel.
  3. Knowledge of the community sector and local networks.
  4. Previous experience with funding and grants processes.
  5. Understanding of Local Governments role in the community with grant programs.
Click here to apply

City of Port Phillip
Community Health & Service Planning
St Kilda Town Hall |  99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182 
Emma Blackford, Grants & Community Projects Officer
Tel: 9209 6874

CoGE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Community Safety Plan | now open, CLOSES Friday 15 December 2017

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Share your ideas about what community safety means to you. 

Under development, a Community Safety Plan which will outline priorities for fostering a strong and safe Glen Eira community. To help guide your input, City of Glen Eira Council has developed a Community Safety Plan Discussion Paper.

To view the Paper, visit or pick up a copy from Council’s Service Centre, libraries or at one of Council’s community conversations in late November. To register your interest in attending one of the conversations, contact Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333.

The opportunity to provide feedback opens on Monday 13 November and closes on Friday 15 December 2017.

There will be opportunities to comment on the draft Plan in early 2018.

City of Glen Eira
Address: Glen Eira Town Hall, Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads Caulfield
Post: PO Box 42, Caulfield South VIC 3162
Tel: 03 9524 3333
National Relay Service: a phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech-impairment. TTY dial 13 36 77 or Speak and Listen 1300 555 727 or then enter 03 9524 3333.

VICYAA | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | Victorian Young Achiever Awards 2017–18 | now open, CLOSES Monday 18 December 2017

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An annual recognition of the role, inspiration and accomplishments of young Victorians.

The purpose of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:
  • Bartercard Online Achievement Award
  • Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award
  • The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award
  • The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
  • Berry Street Create Change Award
  • Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award
  • Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award
  • Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria Regional and Rural Health Award
  • First National Real Estate Leadership Award
Submit a nomination: visit

Nominations close Monday 18 December and winners will be announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 18 May 2018.

Victorian Young Achiever Awards
Tel: 03 9720 1638

PAS | DECLARATION | Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility | 2-4 November 2017

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A declaration based on data and concepts presented at the workshop: Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health

Statement of the Problem
With unchecked climate change and air pollution, the very fabric of life on Earth, including that of humans, is at grave risk. We propose scalable solutions to avoid such catastrophic changes. There is less than a decade to put these solutions in place to preserve our quality of life for generations to come. The time to act is now.

We human beings are creating a new and dangerous phase of Earth’s history that has been termed the Anthropocene. The term refers to the immense effects of human activity on all aspects of the Earth’s physical systems and on life on the planet. We are dangerously warming the planet, leaving behind the climate in which civilization developed. With accelerating climate change, we put ourselves at grave risk of massive crop failures, new and re-emerging infectious diseases, heat extremes, droughts, mega-storms, floods and sharply rising sea levels. The economic activities that contribute to global warming are also wreaking other profound damages, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and massive land degradation, causing a rate of species extinction unprecedented for the past 65 million years, and a dire threat to human health through increases in heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, mental health, infections and cancer. Climate change threatens to exacerbate the current unprecedented flow of displacement of people and add to human misery by stoking violence and conflict.

The poorest of the planet, who are still relying on 19th century technologies to meet basic needs such as cooking and heating, are bearing a heavy brunt of the damages caused by the economic activities of the rich. The rich too are bearing heavy costs of increased flooding, mega-storms, heat extremes, droughts and major forest fires. Climate change and air pollution strike down the rich and poor alike.

Principal Findings
  • Burning of fossil fuels and solid biomass release hazardous chemicals to the air.
  • Climate change caused by fossil fuels and other human activities poses an existential threat to Homo sapiens and contributes to mass extinction of species. In addition, air pollution caused by the same activities is a major cause of premature death globally.
Supporting data are summarized in the attached background section. Climate change and air pollution are closely interlinked because emissions of air pollutants and climate-altering greenhouse gases and other pollutants arise largely from humanity’s use of fossil fuels and biomass fuels, with additional contributions from agriculture and land-use change. This interlinkage multiplies the costs arising from our current dangerous trajectory, yet it can also amplify the benefits of a rapid transition to sustainable energy and land use. An integrated plan to drastically reduce climate change and air pollution is essential.
  • Regions that have reduced air pollution have achieved marked improvements in human health as a result.
We have already emitted enough pollutants to warm the climate to dangerous levels (warming by 1.5°C or more). The warming as well as the droughts caused by climate change, combined with the unsustainable use of aquifers and surface water, pose grave threats to availability of fresh water and food security. By moving rapidly to a zero-carbon energy system – replacing coal, oil and gas with wind, solar, geothermal and other zero-carbon energy sources, drastically reducing emissions of all other climate altering pollutants and by adopting sustainable land use practices, humanity can prevent catastrophic climate change, while cutting the huge disease burden caused by air pollution and climate change.

We advocate a mitigation approach that factors in the low probability-high impact warming projections such as the one in twenty chances of a 6°C warming by 2100.

Proposed Solutions
We declare that governments and other stakeholders should urgently undertake the scalable and practical solutions listed below:
  1. Health must be central to policies that stabilize climate change below dangerous levels, drive zero-carbon as well as zero-air pollution and prevent ecosystem disruptions.
  2. All nations should implement with urgency the global commitments made in Agenda 2030 (including the Sustainable Development Goals) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  3. Decarbonize the energy system as early as possible and no later than mid-century, shifting from coal, oil and gas to wind, solar, geothermal and other zero-carbon energy sources;
  4. The rich not only expeditiously shift to safe energy and land use practices, but also provide financing to the poor for the costs of adapting to climate change;
  5. Rapidly reduce hazardous air pollutants, including the short-lived climate pollutants methane, ozone, black carbon, and hydro fluorocarbons;
  6. End deforestation and degradation and restore degraded lands to protect biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions and to absorb atmospheric carbon into natural sinks;
  7. In order to accelerate decarbonization there should be effective carbon pricing informed by estimates of the social cost of carbon, including the health effects of air pollution;
  8. Promote research and development of technologies to remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere for deployment if necessary;
  9. Forge collaboration between health and climate sciences to create a powerful alliance for sustainability;
  10. Promote behavioral changes beneficial for human health and protective of the environment such as increased consumption of plant-based diets;
  11. Educate and empower the young to become the leaders of sustainable development;
  12. Promote an alliance with society that brings together scientists, policy makers, healthcare providers, faith/spiritual leaders, communities and foundations to foster the societal transformation necessary to achieve our goals in the spirit of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’.

To implement these 12 solutions, we call on health professionals to: engage, educate and advocate for climate mitigation and undertake preventive public health actions vis-à-vis air pollution and climate change; inform the public of the high health risks of air pollution and climate change. The health sector should assume its obligation in shaping a healthy future. We call for a substantial improvement in energy efficiency; and electrification of the global vehicle fleet and all other downstream uses of fossil fuels. Ensure clean energy benefits also protect society’s most vulnerable communities. There are numerous living laboratories including tens of cities, many universities, Chile, California and Sweden, who have embarked on a pathway to cut both air pollution and climate change. These thriving models have already created 8 million jobs in a low carbon economy, enhanced the wellbeing of their citizens and shown that such measures can both sustain economic growth and deliver tangible health benefits for their citizens.

We especially thank the global leaders who spoke at the workshop: Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Honorable Governor Alberto Rodríguez Saá, the Governor of San Luis, Argentina, Honorable Dr. Marcelo Mena, Minister of Environment of Chile, Honorable Kevin de León, President Pro Tempore of California Senate, and Honorable Scott Peters of the US house of representatives.

We also thank the contributions of the faith leaders: Rev Leith Anderson, President of the National Association for Evangelicals, USA; Rev Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, UK; Rev Mitch Hescox, CEO of Evangelical Environmental Network, USA. We thank Dr. Jeremy Farrar, CEO of the Wellcome Trust for his contributions as a speaker and for thoughtful edits of the document.

We acknowledge the major contributions to the drafting of the declaration by Drs: Maria Neira (WHO), Andy Haines (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Jos Lelieveld (Max Planck Inst of Chemistry, Mainz). For a list of speakers and panelists at the symposium, please see the agenda of the meeting attached at the end of this document.

We are thankful to the sponsors of the workshop: Maria Neira of WHO; Drs Bess Marcus and Michael Pratt of Institute of Public Health at the University of California at San Diego; Drs Erminia Guarneri and Rauni King of the Miraglo Foundation.

End of Declaration
What follows is a summary of the data and concepts on air pollution and climate change as described at the workshop; the last IPCC report published in 2013; and the new data that were published since 2013, including several reports by the LANCET commissions and WHO.

The full declaration with author names can be found here.

  1. Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (PAS Chancellor)
  2. Joachim von Braun (PAS President & UOB)
  3. Veerabhadran Ramanathan (PAS & UCSD)
  4. Partha Dasgupta (PASS & CU)
  5. Peter Raven (PAS & President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden)
  6. Jeffrey Sachs (UN SDSN)
  7. Edmund G. Brown Jr. (Governor of California)
  8. Kevin de León (President of the California State Senate)
  9. Alberto Rodriguez Saá (Gobernador de la Provincia de San Luis, República Argentina)
  10. Scott Peters, Congressman (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives) from California's 52nd district)
  11. Sir Andy Haines (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  12. Jos Lelieveld (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany)
  13. The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox (President/CEO, The Evangelical Environmental Network)
  14. Bishop Alastair Redfern (Church of England)
  15. Werner Arber (PAS, Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine)
  16. Yuan T. Lee (PAS, Nobel laureate in Chemistry)
  17. Paul J. Crutzen (PAS, Nobel laureate in Chemistry)
  18. John (Hans Joachim) Schellnhuber (PAS, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany)
  19. Ignacio Rodríguez Iturbe (PAS & Distinguished University Professor and TEES Distinguished Research Professor, Texas A&M University)
  20. Francis L. Delmonico (PAS)
  21. Wael Al-Delaimy (UCSD Institute for Public Health)
  22. Fonna Forman (UCSD Center on Global Justice)
  23. Erminia M Guarneri (President Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, Treasurer Miraglo Foundation)
  24. Howard Frumkin (University of Washington School of Public Health)
  25. Ulrich Pöschl (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry)
  26. Daniel M. Kammen (Professor of Energy, UC Berkeley)
  27. Nithya Ramanathan (Nexleaf Analytics)
  28. Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, UCLA Wasserman Dean & Distinguished Professor of Education
  29. Bess H. Marcus (Dean, Brown University School of Public Health)
  30. Jonathan M. Samet (Dean, Colorado School of Public Health)
  31. Glen G. Scorgie (Professor of Theology and Ethics, Bethel Seminary San Diego)
  32. Conrado Estol (Director, Heart and Brain Medicine -MECyC, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  33. Edward Maibach (George Mason University)
  34. Lise Van Susteren (Advisory Board; Center for Health and the Global Environment; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
  35. Jeremy Farrar (Director Wellcome Trust)
  36. Manuel Frávega (Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  37. Qiyong Liu (Chief Scientist for Health and Climate Change in China)
  38. Maria Neira (Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO) 
  39. Leslie Parker (REIL)
  40. Emilio Chuvieco (Professor of Geography, Satellite Earth Observation, University of Alcalá, Spain)
  41. Antonella Litta (International Society of Doctors for the Environment – Isde)
  42. Justin Farrell (Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Casina Pio IV, Vatican City, Casina Pio IV

GOVV | REPORTS | Metropolitan Partnerships | 2017 Inner Metro Assembly

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Inner Metro Partnership encompasses State Government, Local Governments of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip plus community, business and community leaders. 

Organisers thank participants for their interest in the work of the Inner Metro Partnership and the 2017 Annual Assembly.

The 2017 Assembly highlighted the following community priorities for the Inner Metro:
  • Access to green, open and public space is very important to the Inner Metro region as the population grows
  • The need for an overarching strategy to manage growth in the inner city
  • The urgency of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link
  • The possibility of tram line extensions into Fisherman’s Bay and/or along the Yarra
  • The need for environmental priorities to extend to the bay and rivers, not just green spaces.
  • Safety, mental health and climate change
The 2017 Inner Metro Assembly 
Watch online a video or download PDF report, summarising the Assembly and documents the community feedback received. 

Next steps:
The Inner Metro Partnership is now considering community feedback received at the Assembly.
Your feedback will inform the Partnership’s independent advice to government.
The Partnership will submit this years’ round of advice in November 2017.
This advice will be considered by government in its key decision-making processes.
The outcome of these processes will be reported back to the community in mid-2018.
The Partnerships will host another Assembly in 2018.

To answer some of the further questions raised by participants, we have included responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

To opt into future emails, please email

State Government Victoria
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Office for Suburban Development 
Local Infrastructure
Inner Metropolitan Partnership
Post: Level 35, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

YIN | TALK AGM | How can interfaith dialogue foster peace? | Wednesday 1 November 2017 | 6.45pm for 7pm start

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Join our Annual General Meeting and welcome guest speaker Murray Davies from the Baha'i community. He will be addressing our interfaith community on how dialogue between faiths can foster peace.

Guest Speaker: Mr Murray Davies

Inclusions: Light refreshments will be available.

Where: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond

Cost: Free

Bookings: Register online through EventBrite or RSVP:
Information: Liz 0414 640 384

Yarra Interfaith Network
Liz Mobile: 0414 640 384

JCMA | VACANCY | Education Officer Position for the JCMA Schools Program | CLOSES Friday 3 November 2017

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An exciting Education Officer part-time position is available at the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) schools program.

The schools program has been running since 2007 and aims to positively counter prejudice, stereotypes and religious discrimination and encourage greater harmony in primary and secondary schools in Melbourne and regional Victoria. The program is designed to enhance young people's understanding and acceptance of different faiths and cultural traditions. The JCMA provides a range of workshops featuring Jewish, Christian and Muslim presenters.

For a job description see attached flyer or go to the JCMA website

How To Apply:   
Applicants to provide the following:
1. A letter addressing each of the skills and experience criteria listed above
2. A resume of educational qualifications and previous work experience
3. A list of at least three (3) referees and their contact details

Email to the Executive Officer at or mail to PO Box 146, East Melbourne Vic 8002.

For further information:
Email: Ginette Everest or call on (03) 9287 5590.

Due: Applications due by Friday 3 November 2017.

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia Inc. (JCMA)
Post: JCMA, PO Box 146, East Melbourne Vic 8002
Tel: 03 9287 5590

ABS | SURVEY | The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey | CLOSES 7 November 2017

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Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

This is your chance to have your say on whether Australian Law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the form. Put it in the Reply Paid envelope and mail mail it back straight away. Survey responses must be received by 7 November 2017.

Your response will be completely confidential.

Have your say.

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Tel: 1800 572 113

PPLS | AUTHOR TALK | The Tainted Trial Of Farah Jama | Thursday 9 November 2017 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Join journalist Julie Szego in conversation with Andrew Nette. In July 2008, 21-year-old Farah Jama, a refugee from Somalia, was sentenced to six years behind bars for the rape of a middle-aged woman as she lay unconscious in a Doncaster nightclub. 

Precisely how he had carried out the rape in the busy venue was a mystery to everyone. The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama details the compelling account of Jama’s incarceration, followed by the eventual overturning of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Victorian legal history.

Where: St Kilda Library

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page. You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
Address: 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 9209 6655

WVD | EXPLORE | World Vegan Day Melbourne 2017 | Sunday 12 November 2017 | 10am-7pm

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Promoting and expanding awareness of the ethical, compassionate, health and environmental benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle to the general public.

Join an all-inclusive, non-judgemental family event that encourages all people of every age group, gender, race and religion to celebrate World Vegan Day. While it is a great day for all Vegans to celebrate the vegan lifestyle it is also a great opportunity to outreach to the wider non-vegan community and immerse them for a few hours in the vegan lifestyle. Many people over the years after attending the event have become Vegan on that day.

Cooking Demos: Healthy Cooking 
Come see some of the great chefs cook up a storm at this year’s event

Kids: Family Fun
Our Kids Area is jam-packed with activities
to keep them entertained

Fashion: Looking Good 
Come and see our Fashion show. Showcasing the
latest in Vegan Fashion. Find out where you can purchase the latest trends

Vegvic: Meet the Experts 
Veg Vic will be on site to answer all your
questions about Veganisim

ArtShow: Express your self
Showcasing an amazing display of artwork, by vegans and expressing vegan values

Stalls: 100s of Vegan Stalls
The market is growing and we have 100s of Vegan
Stalls all in one place! Come and enjoy a very large
selection of Vegan foods and products.

LiveMusic: Universal Language 
Bringing people together, our Live Music stage will delight the audiences

Paleo: Where we came from
Were humans really meant to eat meat? Our Vegan Paleo area will have all the answers

Fitness: Get Healthy 
This Fitness Zone will encourage vegans to
get more active! Come and check out
our inspirational athletic section.

Speakers: Sharing Knowledge 
We are blessed to have some amazing speakers
this year. Come and hear their stories

SpeedDating: Meet your match
Connecting like-minded vegans in a fast paced Speed Dating round

Where: Flemington Showgrounds

World Vegan Day Melbourne

FCCV | ENGAGE | Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference | Sunday 12 November 2017 | 12-4.30pm

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The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.

12:00pm-1:25pm: Registration, networking, faith and community stands
1:30pm-2:15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society
2:20pm-3:50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
4:00pm-4:30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
Enrollment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enroll in your preferred workshop or session.
1. Religious Freedom & Social Cohesion
2. Educational Program for Schools - Understanding Religious Diversity
3. Active bystander training to prevent violence against women
4. Introductory Training Workshop for Emergencies Ministry

Bookings: To register for the event go to and click on the green Register button.

Where: Ulumbarra Theatre is located on Gaol Road, Bendigo (approximately 150km north-west of Melbourne).

Come and Stay in Bendigo for the Weekend:
A number of complimentary events have been organised over the weekend (11th & 12th of November), so come and spend a few days in Bendigo.

November 11th - Tour to Places of Worship (11am - 4pm):
Bendigo is home to some of the most spectacular architecturally designed places of worship in Australia, including The Sacred Heart Cathedral & The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Join us for a guided bus tour on Saturday November 11th to various places of worship around City of Greater Bendigo. If you are already in Bendigo on the 11th of November, register on this bus: OR if you are coming from Metropolitan Victoria register on this bus:

12 November - Tour of Sandhurst Gaol (11am - 12pm): Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within what was once the Sandhurst Gaol. Constructed in the early 1860s, the gaol was based on the Pentonville prison model where the wings radiate from a central tower, now the symbiotic link between the heritage and contemporary architecture. Your guide will explore spaces throughout this extraordinary arts and community facility, telling the tales that once remained behind the walls. For registration ring Fiona Gardner - (h): 03 5446 9951 or (w): 03 5444 7875. Tour is free of charge but limited places so register quickly.

12 November 12 - WE ARE THE WORLD! Bring a bell! Concert (4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Ulumbarra Theatre): A magnificent blend of traditional, classical and sacred music and dance, presented by over 150 performers, ending with Federation bells and audience bells, joining  in unity.

Faith Communities Council of Victoria
Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer
Mobile: 0412 670 369

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Bendigo Interfaith Council and the City of Greater Bendigo

JCMA | TALK AGM | ‘New Kids On The Block’- Interfaith Conversations | Thursday 16 November 2017 | 6.45pm for 7 pm start

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What is the interfaith experience like for young people of faith today, the next generation?  Is interfaith important and what are the challenges?  

Come along and hear three young inspirational members of JCMA, Eva Sweid, Bracha Rafael and Amna Iqbal reflect on their own personal experiences. Stay for Annual General Meeting.

Where: The Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne

Bookings: RSVP here online through EventBrite

Inclusions: Light supper supplied (Halal & Kosher). Parking is available at the back of the building, entry from Lansdowne Street. The Cathedral Room is entered from the car park.

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia Inc. (JCMA)
Post: JCMA, PO Box 146, East Melbourne Vic 8002
Tel: 03 9287 5590

JCCV | TALK AGM | Hot issues in human rights - Australia | Monday 20 November 2017 | Arrive 7.45pm for 8pm start

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Hear from Mr Edward Santow the Australian Human Rights Commissioner speaking on ‘Hot issues in human rights - Australia 2017’ at JCCV’s Annual General Meeting.

Being the Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016, Mr Santow leads the Commission’s work on modern slavery, detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); as well as marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI people. Mr Santow also has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of association.
In 2009, he was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

The AGM will also include the awarding of the prestigious Sir John Monash Award, the JCCV Young Leader Award and the Marion and Kurt Lippmann Scholarship.

Where: Gandel Philanthropy, Chadstone Office Tower, Level 9, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone

Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)
Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162, Australia
Tel: 03 9272 5566

WAFV | WALK | Against Family Violence | Friday 24 November 2017 | 1pm

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Advocating and raising awareness of family violence and the impact it has on women and children in our community. Paying tribute and commemorating those who have lost their lives to family violence. 

WAFV is held each year at Federation Square and attracts over 3000 participants who actively participate in campaigning for an end to family violence through marching alongside each other in solidarity and support.

Speakers include the Hon Natalie Hutchins, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence; Rosie Batty, former Australian of the Year, Annette Gillespie, CEO Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre and Dean Mc Whirter, Assistant Commissioner, Family Violence Command for Victoria Police.

Following on from the speakers, the crowd will walk down Swanston street around the block leading back to Federation Square.

Show support for this important issue by walking together for an end to violence against women and children.

Bookings: Register attendance at

Walk Against Family Violence (WAFV)

A commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day.

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | November 2017

Approx 5 min reads

Madeleine Dore explores subconscious attitudes, causes, affects and one way “How to break a cycle of negative thoughts” via The Age

Nick Cumming-Bruce reports how public demonising of minorities continues, revealing how “UN condemns arrests of gays in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia” via The Brisbane Times

Malcolm Knox explores rules, gender diversity and the games people play, about “Hannah Mouncey: We live in a non-binary world and sport is unprepared for it” via WA Today

Michael Lallo explores examples between science-assisted fertility, private motivations and public self-identity, reviewing “Sisters: How stranger-than-fiction controversies inspired new Australian drama” via The Age

Peter Martin explores connections between gender, timing, access and enabling of opportunity, declaring “The Bachelorette explained. In praise of online dating.” via The Age

Andrew Bragg explores marriage, respectful debate and equality for all citizens as “Same-sex deadline approaches” via The Brisbane Times

Maher Mughrabi explores the Modern Pandora’s Box that is Nuclear armament, asking “Could a Melbourne student hold the key to peace on the Korean Peninsula?” via The Sydney Morning Herald

John McDuling explores public expression, opinion influencers and ease of manipulation, citing a $85.10 experiment in “How fake news spreads on Facebook, and why it's so difficult to stop” via The Canberra Times

Alan Attwood explores history, globalism, empiralism and satisfying universal appeal, reviewing “A Thirst for Empire: Erika Rappaport on the sheer power of a good cuppa” via WA Today

Evelyn Heard values remembering founding principles of humanising the demonized, sharing her “Faith” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Kylie Northover explores moving across gender, profession, and transitioning towards happiness over “Lunch with Eddie Ayres” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Maureen Mathews discusses strategies for knowing, recognizing and overcoming long-term relationship milieu “About Last Night: Prepare for the next stage” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Annabel Ross explores a mindful theatrical response to historical divisions, reviewing how “We Love Arabs tackles Middle East politics with humour and hummus” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Harold Mitchell explores different ways to make informed decisions, advising to “Forget economic modelling, real world experience wins hand down” via WA Today

Ray Edgar describes gameplay, technology and seeing familiar things through fresh eyes, reflecting upon “Is Melbourne becoming the Cannes of games? International Games Week suggests so” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Amelia Lester explores what happens to a civil society after all its citizens enjoy equal access to belonging, explaining “Of course, the gay marriage debate is about more than just weddings” via WA Today

Harold Mitchell describes Facebook old-school: nationalism, patriotism, collectivising and rousing anthems, declaring “'When 1800 people leapt to their feet, I knew I wasn't in Australia'” via WA Today

Joe Hinchliffe explores some examples of minimising negative impacts, thinking different and giving new life to abundant waste products “Salon sweepings, old beds and shucked seashells star in our best green schemes” via The Age

Christine D’Mello explores how enterprises benefiting from ‘as need’ collaborative approach to business, revealing some of the ways “Sharing economy serves up savings to small businesses” via WA Today

Megan Backhouse explores how an imported idea won local backing enriching relationships, revealing how “Nunawading Community Gardens open day celebrates 40 years of growing well” via The Age

Barney Zwartz explores connections between ideas, origins of Christian Protestantism and the personal search for modern truth, engagement and profound understanding, citing “How Martin Luther and 'Christianity's dangerous idea' made the world we live in” via WA Today

Approx 20min presentations

Margaret Heffernan: Forget the pecking order at work

Roger Antonsen: Math is the hidden secret to understanding Life

Kelli Swazey: Life that doesn't end with death

Approx 5 min presentation

Lamb - Wise Enough

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street: Zac Efron and Elmo - Patience

Approx 70 min presentation

Q&A Equality in Marriage Debate
Join this debate with moderator Tony Jones and panellists: actress and author Magda Szubanski; Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies; Jesuit priest and law professor Frank Brennan; 'No campaign' spokesperson Karina Okotel. This episode available until 10:34pm on 6 Nov 2017.