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The pernicious impact of corruption

Noted Sydney barrister and former counsel assisting the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Geoffrey Watson SC, will deliver an Alumni Speaker Series lecture on Thursday 2 July 2015 at Cranlana.

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Failing the ‘good society’ test: domestic violence in Australia

Fiona McCormack, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, addresses the Alumni Speaker Series on Tuesday 9 June 2015.

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Announcing the 2015 Alumni Speaker Series

This year’s Alumni Speaker Series reviews Australia’s progress in creating the Good Society, and turns the spotlight on aspects requiring urgent attention.

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Registrations now open for the Cranlana Advanced symposia

Registrations are now open for the Cranlana Advanced: Power & Society Symposium. This two-day intensive course follows on from the Colloquium, giving alumni an opportunity to re-engage with the concepts and revisit the Cranlana experience.

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A Cranlana Dialogue on the morality of business

Next month we are launching the first in a new series of events. Called the Cranlana Dialogues, they are public moderated events where the audience engages in with an expert panel around a relevant issue. The first is taking place on 14 April in partnership with RMIT and will be an exploration of the morality of business. The panel of experts will be led by Dame Julia Cleverdon.

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Malcolm Fraser (21 May 1930 - 20 March 2015)

In the coming days there will be countless accolades for Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister. Reflecting on his many great works and influence on society, we will also remember the Right Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH as a great supporter of Cranlana.

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2015 programmes now open for registration

Dates finalised and enrolments are now being taken for the various Colloquium programmes. Click here for further details.

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Our military ties with the US endanger rather than protect us: Fraser

According to former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, Australia’s enmeshed military relationship with the United States could lead us into an unwinnable conflict with China. We should, he says, have the political courage to act independently in our region and abroad.

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Limited places remain for Cranlana Advanced symposium

There are two places remaining in October’s alumni-only Cranlana Advanced: Power & Society symposium.

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Steven Skala: The Best Idea I Never Had

Read the full transcript of Steven Skala's moving and insightful speech on the influence and power of unspoken information, recently delivered at the Alumni Speaker Series.

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Malcolm Fraser's lecture is sold out

All tickets for the rescheduled Alumni Speaker Series address by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser are sold out.

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Limited Justice & Society places remaining

There are a handful of places left in the this year's Justice & Society Symposium. Invited participants are advised to submit their registration forms as soon as possible to secure their place. The Symposium runs 16-17 October 2014.

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Malcolm Fraser event postponed to 24 September

Unfortunately we have had to postpone tomorrow night’s Alumni Speaker Series event with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. Mr Fraser is unwell and unable to deliver his lecture, 'Would We Follow America Into a Fourth War?' The address has been rescheduled for Wednesday 24 September 2014.

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Steven Skala on the power of silence and omission

Steven Skala's illuminating sold out Alumni Speaker Series address encouraged the audience to pay more attention to what isn't said and contemplate the motivations and intentions behind such omissions.

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The 2014 Perth Cranlana Conversations

Registrations are now open for the Perth Cranlana Conversations. These five events are a chance for alumni to continue their conversations about the good society and reconnect with the Cranlana Programme.

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Addressing research commercialisation is a question of culture: Professor David Penington

In his address to Cranlana alumni last week the Chief Scientist called for greater research funding and closer ties with business. While acknowldeging the tragedy of reducing research capital, former University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor David Penington sees the scarcity of venture capital funding in Australia as a bigger challenge.

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Science investment is critical to economic prosperity

In his address to Cranlana alumni on Tuesday night Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, asked those attending to consider the Australia of 2025.

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The Importance of Science to Australia’s Future

Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, will address the challenge of preparing the nation for an uncertain future in our second Alumni Speakers Series event on Tuesday 27 May 2014.

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2014 Alumni Speaker Series - more dates for this year

After an excellent opening evening with Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE of Business in the Community in April, evenings in May, July, and August promise to be great with interesting speakers on a range of topics

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Do you or Don't you...? Cranlana in partnership with RMIT

What a fabulous couple of days were had wrangling with everyday ethical issues in RMIT’s historic Emily McPherson Building! Do you or don’t you give to people asking for money in the street? Do you or don’t you bribe when doing business overseas where bribery is an accepted form of transaction? Do you or don’t you buy clothing when it may have been made by people working in slave labour type conditions? And do you or don’t you care about any of this?

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Do You or Don't You: Give, Bribe, Buy, Care?

On the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, a panel with representatives from Melbourne Fashion Festival, Oxfam Australian and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will debate the ethical question for consumers – to buy or not to buy clothing from Bangladesh. Organised by the Cranlana Programme and RMIT College of Business. Admission free and all welcome.

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The 2014 Alumni Speaker Series is here

On 30 April 2014, 6pm, at Cranlana, Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Vice President of Business in the Community, a UK business-community outreach charity, one of the Prince's Charities of Charles, Prince of Wales, that promotes responsible business, CSR and corporate responsibility, will ask the question: What do business leaders need to do to retain/rebuild the trust of society?

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NEW! Everyday Ethics

Living an ethical life means more than having lofty ideals – it involves responding in the best possible way to practical common-day problems. So what do we do when confronted by daily situations that require values based decisions? How do we respond ethically? Find out in this exciting new series

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Return to Cranlana

After being part of a Cranlana Colloquium, alumni often ask about further opportunities to participate in our unique, moderator-led courses. To meet this demand, last year we introduced the Cranlana Advanced series, which offers opportunities for alumni members to take part in two-day events tailored to follow on from the Colloquium.

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Medicine & Society Symposium returns in 2014

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Medicine & Society Symposium, we are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 2014 event, which will be held from Friday 28 February to Saturday 1 March. Places are limited, so we advise booking early.

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Sitting on a great idea? How about nine months and $100,000 to make it hatch?

A Myer Innovation Fellowship could provide you with the unrestricted time and support needed to develop your ground-breaking idea into a plan for action.

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Cranlana moves to the 21st Century. Now on Twitter!

Finally! Have a look at our twitter feed @Cranlana for interesting links to articles pertaining to the Colloquium readings.

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Why Meritocracy Fails Women

It all sounds convincing. Reward people exclusively on merit and the result will be higher quality and greater fairness. Surely the under-representation of women will be redressed and the best and brightest will rise to the top? Not so, says Fiona Jenkins, a philosopher in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Merit tends to be defined in a way that perpetuates existing structures.

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