· Science futures · Ideas & silences · Australia’s Security/Independence ·


We are delighted to invite you and your guests to join us at Cranlana for the next instalment of our annual speaker series. These speakers will build on the discussion of what constitutes a good society.

Wednesday 30 March - Dame Julia Cleverdon
Tuesday 27 May - Professor Ian Chubb
Thursday 31 July - Mr Steven Skala
Wednesday 24 September - The Right Hon. Malcolm Fraser



Time: 6.00-8.30pm
Venue: Cranlana, 62 Clendon Road, Toorak
Cost: $45 per evening, per person
Drinks and canapés will be served before and after the talk
Booking: Click here to book your ticket

Please note that this series will be recorded for broadcast on ABC radio.


Dame Julia CleverdonVice President of Business in the Community, UK 
What do business leaders need to do to retain/rebuild the trust of society?

Adam Smith wrote in 1759 that ‘the wise and virtuous man is at all times willing that his own private interest should be sacrificed to the public interest.’ The interdependence between business and society continues to challenge wise and virtuous business leaders across the globe, especially now that every company action is seen through glass walls and communicated instantly through Twitter. As businesses increasingly blur their boundaries with the public sector and deliver government services, transparency, accountability and trust in business are even more critical to success. The immense challenges now faced by society cannot be solved by any one sector working alone so what must business leaders do to earn the trust to play their part?

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE is the 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. For 25 years, she has engaged executives and leaders in the issues which affect society and impact on business. Dame Julia will reflect on the successes and failures of businesses she has witnessed and set the priorities for corporate leaders if they are to contribute to a good society.

Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia
The Importance of Science to Australia’s Future

In a rapidly changing world, Australia needs a strategic, long-term vision to manage the transition of the next 20 years. Other countries are preparing for a future more dependent on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Australia must do the same, if it is to position itself to advantage.

Professor Ian Chubb commenced his role as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 23 May 2011. He was previously Vice-Chancellor at the Australian National University (2001-2011), Vice-Chancellor at Flinders University of South Australia (1995-2000), Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University (1993-1995), Chair of the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Council (1990-1995) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wollongong (1986-1990).  Professor Chubb was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for "service to higher education including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy".

Mr Steven Skala
The Best Ideas I Never Had

For many people, in order to live a good life, they must understand. The development of understanding requires many attributes, including the ability to assess information (including the absence of information) and to reason. Information is often conveyed to us where we have no idea or means to assess the conscious or unconscious bias of either the information provider or the sources of the information. Motivation underlying the selection of information and the use to which information is put is complex. A key element in understanding information is observing what is omitted to be provided, and the context in which such omission occurs.

The law, literature, business, history and indeed, life itself, is littered with information behind which sits Oliver Wendell Holmes "inarticulate premise". Sometimes things are unsaid and this is understood, sometimes they are unsaid and are not understood. Context and motivation is essential in seeking understanding. Are deliberate omissions always in bad faith? How are we impacted by omissions which reflect unconscious bias? Do we need to be suspicious of every public (and private) utterance?

This examination of the 'silences' is a personal journey through my own experience reflecting on the nature and context of what has been omitted to be said.

Steven M. Skala AO B.A., LL.B.(Hons)(Qld.), B.C.L. (Oxon.) is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG.  He is Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Limited, and is a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Hexima Limited.  Steven is Vice President of the Board of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies.  He is a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the Advisory Council of the Australian Innovation Research Centre.  He is a past Chairman of Film Australia Limited and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a former director of Max Capital Group Limited, the Channel Ten Group, The King Island Company Limited, Rothschild Australia e-Fund Investors Pty Ltd and The Australian Ballet, a former Trustee of the Sir Zelman Cowen Foundation for Medical Research and a former Member of the Global Foundation and the Grievance Tribunal of Cricket Australia.  Steven practised law in Brisbane, London, and in Melbourne where for almost 20 years he was a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Solicitors. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in January 2010 for service to the arts, education, business and commerce.

The Right Honorable Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL 
Would we follow America into a fourth war?

The complex set of relationships involving China, the United States, Japan and Australia.

Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser served as Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister from 1975-1983 after 28 years as the Federal Member for Wannon. Since leaving government Mr Fraser has played an eminent role in international relations including chairing the United Nations hearings in New York, Co-Chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Eminent Persons in 1989 and Chairman of the United Nations Committee on African Commodity Problems.  Mr Fraser was Chairman of CARE Australia from 1987-2001 and President of CARE International from 1990-1995. Mr Fraser is a Senior Advisor of the International Crisis Group, Honorary Chairman of InterAction Council and a member of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. Mr Fraser has received numerous Honorary Degrees and Awards including Professorial Fellow, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law in 2007 and Honorary Doctor of Laws in 2011, at University of Melbourne. Mr Fraser has written three books, “Common Ground” in 2002, “Malcolm Fraser the Political Memoirs” with Margaret Simons in 2010 and “Dangerous Allies” with Cain Roberts in 2014.  Mr Fraser writes articles for The Age, The Conversation and Project Syndicate.










Cranlana Advanced

In response to many requests from alumni for a further opportunity to engage with the Cranlana program – but over a shorter timeframe – we are very pleased to announce Cranlana Advanced, a new symposium exclusively for alumni.

The two-day event is designed to be the next stage after the Colloquium and will be the first in a series of shorter, intensive Alumni programmes. Using the Colloquium round-table discussion format, this symposium will specifically focus on Power and Society.

In 2014 Cranlana Advanced: Power and Society will be held on 29 - 30 May and 18 - 19 October. To register please call the office on 03 9827 2660.



Alumni lecture speakers have included:

Professor Dan Russell, Percy Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy, Ormond College, The University of Melbourne
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Meaning Well and Doing Well

Professor Martin Krygier, Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, The University of New South Wales
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: How to think about what we've done?

Professor Geoffrey London, Victorian Government Architect
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Housing Equity

Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: How will a future Australian generation judge ours?

Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law and Director of Research, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Financial crisis = arts crisis

Ms Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Australia
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Growth to what end? Changing the Australian mindset

Professor Michael Dodson AM, Australian of the Year 2009
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Mr Simon McKeon, Australian of the Year 2011
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Australian of the Year 2010
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE, Australian of the Year 2000
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Professor Ian Frazer AC, Australian of the Year 2006
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Professor Fiona Wood AM, Australian of the Year 2005
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG
Life after the High Court of Australia

Mr Petro Georgiou MP, Member for Kooyong
Principles and Refugees

Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
Ready to Lead? Rethinking America’s Role in a Changed World

Dr Rufus Black
Educating the Millennial Generation for the Challenges of the 21st Century

Dr Jim Peacock AC
Climate Change: What we should do and what we can do

Mr Greg Bourne, CEO, WWF Australia
Climate Change - Pathway to the Future

Ambassador Pete Peterson
From Handcuffs to Handshakes

Professor Alan Dupont, Director, Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney
Heating up the Planet: Climate Change and Security

Mr Waleed Aly, Executive Committee Member, Islamic Council of Victoria
Classical Islam - A Problem or an Ally in Seeking a New World Order

Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH
Who Matters? How Many?

Mr Owen Harries, Senior Fellow, The Centre For Independent Studies
Living with a Super Power: the future of the American Alliance

Hon Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Minister For Education, Science & Training
The Role of Australia's Universities in National Development and Civil Society

Professor Amin Saikal AO, Director, Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies - The Middle East & Central Asia, Austalian National University
Islam, The West & The War on Terrorism

Professor Raimond Gaita, Professor of Moral Philosophy, King's College University of London & Professor of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
Seeing the Humanity in People Who are Degraded

Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, Justice, High Court of Australia
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally - the Growing Impact of the World on Australian Law

Mr Hugh White, Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
A Contingent Asset: Australia's American Alliance and the Rise of China

Mr Patrick Dodson, 'Father' of Reconciliation in Australia
Beyond Bridges and Sorry

Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
America, China and India: Australian and South-East Asian Places Amongst Tomorrow's Giants

Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
New Challenges for Australia's Role in the World

Mr Yasser Soliman, President, The Islamic Council of Victoria together with Dr Greg Barton, Senior Lecturer, School of Social and International Studies, Deakin University
Islam in Australia and the Region

Professor Peter Dawkins, Director, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Hard Heads, Soft Hearts - a New Reform Agenda for Australia

Professor Robert O'Neill AO, Chairman, Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Australia's Strategic Role in the World

Professor Robert Manne, School of Politics, La Trobe University
Justice and the Good Society: Thoughts on Australia's Past, Present and Future

Mr Paul Barratt AO, Principal, CEO Collegiate Pty Ltd,
Responding to Terrorism

His Excellency J Thomas Schieffer, Ambassador United States of America
Challenges to September 11

Hon Gareth Evans QC, AO, President, International Crisis Group
Challenges to September 11

Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC
Boyer Lecturer, 2001

Professor Robert Manne, Associate Professor, School of Politics, La Trobe University
The Road to Nauru

Professor Cheryl Saunders, Director, Institute for Comparative and International Law and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, The University of Melbourne
The Constitution, Diversity and Globalisation

Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
Australia and Globalisation in the 21st Century

Mr Patrick Dodson, Indigenous Leader
Pathways to Reconciliation

Professor Stuart MacIntyre, Dean, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne
The Place of Humanities in Australian Education

Dr Tim Flannery, Director, South Australian Museum
Australia, The Environment and Culture

Mr Alan Oxley, Chairman, National APEC Study Centre
Australia's Third Golden Age - Globalised, Greener and Wired

The Hon Fred Chaney AO, Member, National Native Title Tribunal and Chancellor, Murdoch University
The Search For Values and Standards

Rev Tim Costello, Director, Urban Mission Unit, Collins Street Baptist Church
Justice and Society

Professor David Penington AC, Professor Emeritus, The University of Melbourne and Director, The Cranlana Programme Advisory Board
Australia Agonising over Policy for Illicit Drugs

Dr Simon Longstaff, Executive Director, The St James Ethics Centre
Living on the Edge: Reflections on an Uncertain Nation

Mr Carrillo Gantner, Former Councillor, Melbourne City Council
Clown Hall Revisited

Professor Martin Krygier, Boyer Lecturer, 1997 and Professor of Law, The University of New South Wales
A Good Society

Professor Spencer Zifcak, Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies, La Trobe University
The Anxious Republic: Reflections on the Constitutional Convention and Constitutional Making

Mr Alistair Maitland, International Adviser, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
The Economy and Culture: Australia's Relationship with Asia

Mr Paul Chadwick, Journalist and Founder, Communications Law Centre
The Media and Accountability

Dr Timothy Potts, Director, The National Gallery of Victoria together with Mrs Catherine Walter, Company Director and The Hon Warwick Smith MP, Federal Member for Bass