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Event archive

2015 events

2015 Melbourne Press Freedom dinner photos

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2015 Melbourne Press Freedom Dinner speeches

Videos of speeches from the inuaugural event

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Keating and Beyond with Kerry O'Brien

Veteran political interviewer Kerry O'Brien takes an MPC audience through his blockbuster book of interviews with the ever intriguing and controversial Paul Keating.

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Telling Digital Tales: Lunch with Jeremy Gilbert

09 November 2015

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jeremy Gilbert has created unique digital products and storytelling experiences for the legendary <em>Washington Post</em>.

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Graham Perkin memorial dinner

The MPC marked the 40th anniversary of Graham Perkin's death with a special dinner featuring tributes from some of the big names in Australian journalism. 

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2015 Graham Perkin dinner photos

Photos from the 2015 Graham Perkin memorial dinner.

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Women CEOs leading the way

While there’s a lot more work to be done to increase the representation of women in executive ranks, a group of dynamic women has quietly taken the Australian leadership of major multinational technology companies.

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David Weisbrot, chair of the Australian Press Council

03 August 2015

Since taking over as chair of the Australian Press Council in March, Professor David Weisbrot has proved an 
energetic and outspoken supporter of journalism at a time of great challenges to the industry.

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State of Suppression: Justice served or hidden?

08 July 2015

The use of suppression orders by courts to stop publication of the sensitive details of legal proceedings has grown rapidly in recent years – especially in Victoria.

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Fighting for Justice: Lunch with Peter Greste

23 June 2015

Journalist Peter Greste was freed from an Egyptian prison in February after being held for 14 months on discredited terror charges – but his fight for justice is far from over.

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Labor's Plan for Victoria: Lunch with the Premier

16 June 2015

Premier Andrews joined us to talk about the 'shake-up' he says Victoria needs, focusing on the state's new jobs and investment panel, the government's 'China strategy' and its tourism and major events focus.

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Beyond the Big "R" Life after Redundancy

La Trobe’s Associate Professor Lawrie Zion hosted a discussion with three distinguished colleagues who have taken redundancy and discovered life beyond our shrinking metropolitan newsrooms.

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The Waiting Room – Lunch with Kylie & Alan Trounson

06 May 2015

Ahead of the MTC's premiere of The Waiting Room, playwright Kylie Trounson and her father, Prof Alan Trounson, joined us to talk about IVF.

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Noel's Party Line: Lunch with Noel Tennison

A lunch with journalist, raconteur, PR maestro and former Press Club president Noel Tennison

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2014 events

A Fair Australia – Worth Fighting For with Bill Shorten

19 February 2014

In his first visit to the Melbourne Press Club since being elected Labor Leader, Bill Shorten outlined his priorities for 2014.

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2013 events

Futures of Investigative Journalism Public Lecture

16 December 2013

Investigative journalism is one of the few independent checks on the excesses of government, corrupt officials and corporate scoundrels. Such journalism is expensive to produce, takes a long time and risks expensive legal proceedings. 

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The new News chief - safe hands or a visionary?

03 December 2013

Julian Clarke is said to have been entrusted with the CEO role at News Corp Australia because he provides stability in tough times.

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Gerard Ryle in conversation with Bill Birnbauer

25 November 2013

In April 2013, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the first of a series of astonishing reports revealing the secret financial records of tens of thousands of people in more than 170 countries linked to offshore companies and trusts. What became one of the biggest multi-country investigations in history started in 2011 when then-Fairfax Media investigative journalist Gerard Ryle received a mysterious package in the post: a hard drive containing 2.5 million digital files.

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Ashes to Bashes – Too much cricket or never enough?

12 November 2013

ANOTHER Ashes series is just weeks away. A much anticipated KFC T20 Big Bash season is also upon us, and this time it’s free on our TVs. 

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Spring Racing book launch: They Hit the Line

16 October 2013

Celebrate the romance of racing and some of the greatest horses to have graced the track at The Melbourne Press Club’s Spring Racing Carnival luncheon. 

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John Bertrand - America's Cup 30 years on and lessons for leadership

17 September 2013

It was hailed as the greatest team performance in two centuries of Australian sport.  On 26 September 1983, John Bertrand and his crew aboard Australia II won the 7th and final race of the America’s Cup series off Newport, Rhode Island, and ended 132 unbroken years of American domination of the event. 

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Media Puzzle: is politics more than a two-horse race?

21 August 2013

Does the media report politics accurately and fairly? Has political coverage of election campaigns become more about spin and headlines than detail?

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Faine & Smith - Talkback titans go head to head

31 July 2013

In their very first public appearance together on stage, the ABC's Jon Faine and 3AW's Justin Smith talk about the art of broadcasting, how they hold politicians to account and how they're adapting to the digital age. 

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The New Rivers of Gold - How the dot coms cornered the classifieds

20 July 2013

Three Melbourne based businesses – Carsales, Seek and REA Group – redirected them to create what are now the dominant online brands in this market.

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Lunch with Colleen Ryan

Former Australian Financial Review editor Colleen Ryan's latest book Fairfax: The Rise and Fall is billed as a devastating expose of Fairfax Media's rollercoaster ride from the folly of Young Warwick to the challenge of Gina Rinehart. 

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Russel Howcroft media lunch

04 June 2013

Through his appearances on ABC1’s hugely successful show The Gruen Transfer Russel Howcroft has become the very public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia. 

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Premier Denis Napthine's MPC address

16 May 2013

Since taking over as Premier in early March, Dr Denis Napthine has moved quickly to reposition the state government and recast the political contest in Victoria.

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Antony Catalano media lunch

07 May 2013

On April 29 2010, Antony Catalano's Metro Media Publishing launched the first edition of The Weekly Review.

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Book launch: Galbally's Lore

17 April 2013

David Galbally QC has many more strings to his bow than a life with the law and its rich tapestry of anecdotes. His family has also been involved with the Collingwood Football Club for 70 years, and Galbally spent time on the committee. He knows where the bodies are.

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TV News Directors Panel

05 March 2013

They said it was dying - TV News would be eaten up by new media and viewer apathy and disappear from our screens.

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Victorian Media Hall of Fame dinner 2012

05 December 2012

The first 20 inductees to the Victorian Media Hall of Fame were announced at a special invite-only dinner on Thursday 6 December at the Monash Law Chambers in Melbourne.

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Corporate Lunch with Kim Williams

27 November 2012

Kim Williams discussed the profound changes sweeping through the media landscape, and the implications of these changes for quality journalism, media companies and policy making in Canberra. 

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2012 events

Media Lunch with Derryn Hinch

20 November 2012

Derryn Hinch has been sacked 15 times, but he is always welcome at a Melbourne Press Club gig.

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Corporate Lunch with Monash VC Professor Ed Byrne

Can our universities continue to compete with the best of Europe and America and the massive resources pouring into research and education in Asia?

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Corporate Lunch with Daniel Andrews

15 October 2012

After two years in office, the Baillieu Government was facing an electoral backlash as budget pressures drive deeper cuts in state services and programs. An audit commission report urged a further withdrawal of government from the delivery of health, education and aged care. Labor believed in an alternative approach.

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Corporate Lunch with Tony Ellwood

21 August 2012

A lunch with the National Gallery of Victoria director Tony Ellwood.

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Investigative Reporters Panel

07 August 2012

What is the future for investigative journalism in an era of shrinking newsrooms, budget cuts and digital deadlines?

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Corporate Lunch with ACTU President Ged Kearney

25 July 2012

After five years in power - two of them in a hung parliament - the federal Labor government was trailing badly in the polls and speculation mounted about the future of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. A crucial element in the fortunes of Labor was the party's relationship with the trade union movement - particularly the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

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One Month To Go Olympics Lunch

21 June 2012

As the world's attention turned to the London Olympic Games, the Melbourne Press Club held a 'One Month To Go' Olympics Lunch.

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Adele Ferguson Media Lunch

20 June 2012

Senior business writer and columnist for The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald and author of a new book on Gina Rinehart.

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Margaret Simons Media Lunch

30 May 2012

Journalist, author, blogger and academic Margaret Simons is one of Australia’s most prolific and most commented on journalism communicators. Strongly independent, she is fearless and articulate when discussing the shortcomings of Australia’s media or the future of journalism.

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Lunch with Harold Mitchell

26 April 2012

Harold Mitchell is one of Australia's most important media buyers and knows better than most whether the media’s new online ventures will attract the advertising support they need to support quality journalism.

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Birthday Special Event: The Future of the Media

13 February 2012

In February 1972, Melbourne’s three newspaper editors held a panel discussion to discuss the future of the Press.

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Lunch with Chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims

09 October 2011

Rod Sims discussed aspects of the ACCC’s approach to enforcing Australia’s competition and consumer laws and the importance of appropriately regulating monopoly infrastructure.

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2011 events

Football Finals Feast

21 September 2011

This 2011 annual Melbourne Press Club AFL Finals Feast was held at Etihad Stadium's Crest Room on September 22. It featured AFL boss Andrew Demetriou, coach extraordinaire Kevin Sheedy and popular spearhead-turned-commentator Matthew Richardson.

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Robert Rosenthal on Saving Investigative Journalism

19 September 2011

Renowned US editor and Centre for Investigative Reporting executive director Robert Rosenthal delivered a free public lecture at Monash University on Tuesday 20 September, 2011.

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Lunch with Greg Hywood

07 September 2011

Mr Hywood spoke about his start in journalism, how Fairfax is adapting to new challenges and the company's "technologically agnostic" nature. After his speech the floor was opened up to questions, which covered everything from the role of radio and the suspension of 2UE's Mike Smith to media enquiries and ways Fairfax could expand.

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