Committee Communiqué

From the CEO

The Crawford Leadership Forum 
'Seizing opportunities in a time of rapid change' was the theme of the 5th Annual Crawford Leadership Forum at the Australian National University (ANU), chaired by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, which I participated in last weekend.

With the strap line 'Global Realities and Domestic Choices', the invitation-only forum brings together 150 international and Australian leaders from the business, public sector, research and advocacy community to help craft political and community consensus for Australian policy responses to rapidly changing global political, strategic and economic realities.   

Two themes dominated the discussion:

  • The profound impact of the shift of geopolitical and economic power to Asia, China’s continuing rise as the US withdraws from international engagement, and the fraying of the international rules-based trade and security system which has served Australia so well in the past decades
  • The rapidity of disruption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to our economy and workforce

These were the change drivers we used in the Committee’s Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce scenario planning exercise and validates the prescience of our Melbourne 4.0 agenda. The cross-sectoral approach to solving complex problems also mirrors how we work at Committee for Melbourne.  

The forum concluded with a thrilling JG Crawford Oration by one of the 'Fathers of the Internet', Vice-President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Vinton G. Cerf, moderated by Professor Genevieve Bell who helped the Committee launch the Victorian All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence here in Melbourne on 7 March.

Second from left: Vinton G. Cerf and Professor Genevieve Bell 

Australia-Iran Dialogue
And on the subject of Melbourne and the World, this year, 2018, will mark 50 years of uninterrupted relations between Australia and Iran with Melbourne hosting the second round of the resumed Australia-Iran Dialogue this coming weekend. Last year, Iran hosted the first round of the resumed dialogue in Tehran after a 10-year suspension.

The Melbourne dialogue will again be led by the Institute for Political and International Studies of Iran and the ANU, with the participation of government and opposition Federal MPs from Victoria and New South Wales. The dialogue will cover global, regional and bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Australia, with a focus on wider educational, cultural and social relations.

I will be sharing with the delegation the common challenges Melbourne and Iranian cities face in the 'Metropolitan Century' – rapid population growth’s impact on transport and housing, how to develop and retain global talent in research and business and the role technology will play in transforming urban planning and employment. While there is no time to attend a footy game, the delegation will be enjoying Melbourne’s great eateries and museums!

Happy reading!

Martine Letts

Playing the game 'Survivor'

I remember being fascinated by the game show 'Survivor' when it first hit our screens 18 years ago.  

I couldn’t help but wonder how one would survive all the different challenges, adapt, learn new skills and deal with a diverse group of individuals. 

No wonder the show is still running today. As our member Aurecon so artfully points out, we are actually living in this age of disruption and rapid change, every single day! The Fourth Industrial Revolution is taking hold and here are some tips to survive, thanks to Aurecon.

If you would like to ensure Melbourne comes out on top in the real-world Survivor game by participating in our Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce, please get in touch.

Clive Dwyer
Director, Engagement

4th IR & US Supreme Court

On 27 June, United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

Justices to the Supreme Court serve for life (unless they choose to retire or are impeached) and lead the Judicial Branch of the US Federal Government. Hugely influential, the Court’s decisions are followed by all other courts in the United States. 

As the Court’s longest-serving member (since 1988), 81-year old Justice Kennedy is widely recognised as a crucial swing vote on the nine person bench. The Court has had – and continues to have – a unique role in influencing America’s society and economy. The 1920s and 1930s were about the role of government and the 1950s and 1960s were about civil rights. It is likely that the next decades will be shaped by decisions around privacy and surveillance, First Amendment rights (freedom of speech) in the social media era, whether tech giants are monopolies, as well as ethics as our capabilities in the biological world are rapidly expanding. 

Given the United States’ leading role in the development of the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whoever gets nominated as Justice Kennedy’s replacement by President Trump will hold a crucial vote likely to impact us all. 

As Justice Kennedy conceded last year, “while we now may be coming to the realization that the cyber age is a revolution of historic proportions, we cannot yet appreciate its full dimensions and vast potential to alter how we think, express ourselves, and define who we want to be.” Find out more

The culture of sport

After great success in Vienna, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Chicago, Boston, Kyoto, and Montreal, it was Melbourne’s turn to host the 20th International Conference on Cultural Economics.

Hosted by Committee member RMIT University between 26 and 29 June, the Committee was the proud Presenting Partner of an event which attracted hundreds of delegates from all corners of the globe. 

The Committee facilitated a fascinating panel discussion on the 'culture of sport'. As a young and culturally diverse country, it was an opportunity to celebrate the heritage and influence sport has had on shaping our society today. 

Cricket Without Borders Director Ken Jacobs, Melbourne Cricket Club General Manager Venue and Event Services, Gerard Griffin and VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter, provided engaging personal and professional reflections on the culture, evolution and future of sport, as well as its implications for Melbourne from a social and economic perspective.  

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter presents at the conference

The ABCC in Melbourne

In a further sign of the strengthening of links between Australia and the UK, the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) launched their new Victorian office at International Chamber House on 18 June in Melbourne.

Located at 121 Exhibition Street, International Chamber House is a Victorian Government initiative which encourages strong collaboration between Victorian government agencies and bilateral international chambers and business associations.  

On hand to officially open the new office were Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Cr Sally Capp and British Consul-General to Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania Chris Holtby OBE.

L to R: ABCC CEO David McCredie, Cr Sally Capp, Minister Dalidakis, Chris Holtby OBE

The evening, sponsored by GFG Alliance and Treasury Wine Estates, was a great success demonstrating the extensive and dynamic links between Victoria and the UK. 

Committee for Melbourne looks forward to working closely with the ABCC as they increase their activities in Melbourne.

For more information on the ABCC’s activities, please contact ABCC General Manager (Victoria), Paul O’Hagan.

View more photos of the ABCC's Victorian office launch. 

Welcome new member: LMCF

We are thrilled to welcome our new Not-for-Profit member, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.

We asked Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation (LMCF) CEO, Catherine Brown, about her organisation and why she decided to join Committee for Melbourne:

"Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has been supporting the health and well-being of Melbourne for 95 years and today is Australia’s oldest and largest community foundation. In the past five years, we have provided grants of $46 million and in 2018 we are managing a grants program worth $10 million.

At Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, we believe that community philanthropy transforms and changes communities for the better. Through our future focused research and innovative grant making, we are helping communities across Melbourne transition to become healthy, resilient and sustainable. We know that innovation and change occurs in communities when the intersection of ideas, knowledge and funding comes together.

We are delighted to become a Committee for Melbourne member as many of our priorities reflect the Committee’s vision. An affordable housing mix, researching emerging issues, supporting sustainability, social cohesion and community resilience, and helping people overcome disadvantage are all critical for our city."

What's on our radar

Farewell the fair go in 21st century Australia? - Much of what will happen in the next decade and beyond is driven by technological trends and laws that are already set, or are in motion; trends and laws that Australians had little to no role in shaping. The winners-takes-all structure and momentum of the 21st century digital economy is threatening Australia’s deeply engrained value of the 'fair go'.

The Moment is Now - Our sister Committee, Committee for Ballarat, is promoting and celebrating all the wonderful aspects the capital of western Victoria has to offer - diversity of business opportunities, world-class health and education, enviable lifestyle and liveability - through an engaging and exciting new campaign 'Ballarat: the moment is now'.

ABCC event: offer for members

On 17 July, together with Quest Apartment Hotels, the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) will host an expert discussion on how corporate travel and tourism help facilitate investment and spur economic activity outside our capital cities.

Following opening remarks by Director of Trade for Australia and New Zealand (UK Department for International Trade), Joanne Freeman, Director of the Graduate Tourism Program at Monash University's National Centre for Australian Studies, Dr Jeff Jarvis will moderate an expert panel made of:

  • Danielle Green MP I Parliamentary Secretary I Tourism and Major Events IVictorian Government
  • Paul Constantinou I Chairman I Quest Apartment Hotels
  • Paul Matthews I Head of Regional Tourism and Strategy I Visit Victoria

The ABCC has generously provided 10 complimentary tickets for Committee for Melbourne members, contact us to attend. 
If you miss out on a complimentary ticket, all Committee for Melbourne members can attend at the ABCC member rate. RSVP. 

Event details:
'Regional Prosperity through Corporate Travel and Tourism'
Tuesday 17 July 2018
6.00 - 8.00pm
Quest Apartment Hotels

IV: hear from the experts

Infrastructure Victoria automated and zero emissions vehicles advice: Hear from the experts 

In early August, Infrastructure Victoria will publish the evidence base that will underpin its advice to government on what infrastructure may be required to enable highly automated and zero emissions vehicles in the state. This evidence base will include all technical reports commissioned for the advice. 

Committee for Melbourne members are invited to attend a series of information sessions on 16 August to learn more about the evidence base. These sessions will provide an overview of the key findings from the technical work and give stakeholders a chance to ask questions of the Infrastructure Victoria team and consultants involved in developing the work. 

Each session will focus on different aspects of the evidence base. If you would like to attend more than one session, please RSVP separately to each using the links below.

Event details
Thursday 16 August 
Karstens, Level 8, 123 Queen St, Melbourne

  • SESSION ONE (transport modelling, land use modelling, socioeconomic impacts): 8.45 - 11am 
  • SESSION TWO (urban design, financial analysis, international markets assessment): 11.45am - 2pm 
  • SESSION THREE (transport engineering, energy modelling, ICT infrastructure, environment and population health): 2.15 - 5pm

A maximum of two participants from each organisation are welcome to register.
To learn more about the advice visit the Infrastructure Victoria website. 
If you would like more information, please contact the Infrastructure Victoria team.

The good news is...

According to JLL's 2018 City Momentum Index, Melbourne is among the top 20 cities globally that are "future-proofing" to ensure positive, long-term momentum. We are certainly playing our part through our Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce! Find out more.

Our vision for Melbourne:

Global city of choice for people and organisations, due to its distinct blend of prosperity, opportunity and liveability.