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Event – Future Melbourne’s Global Forum – Our Place in the World: Melbourne Going Global, 21 August

Posted in Events, Policies, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on August 7th, 2007

This forum will explore Melbournes global positioning and role as a city internationally.

It will ask the questions:
* How does Melbourne rate as global city and where does Melbourne fit in Australias global identity?
What are Melbournes global strengths, future commercial and cultural touch points of success?
How do we make the most of Melbournes ‘second tier global city advantages?
* Where does Melbournes economic future lie in the light of increasing levels of global engagement
in the economy? How can Melbourne best position itself to take advantage of growth of China, India
and other expanding economies? How can skills needed for the global economy be captured? Our
diaspora – brain drain or asset?
* How do we balance the global versus the local?

Date: 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Tuesday 21st Aug 2007
Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square

Speakers
To be confirmed but will include:
Paul James – Director, Global Cities Institute, RMIT
Ben Foskett – CEO Invest Victoria

Moderator: Peter Mares
Peter Mares presents the weekly discussion program ‘The National Interest’ on ABC Radio National (Sundays at noon) and is an adjunct research fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, where he writes on issues of migration, borders and human movement. Peter has been a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC for more than twenty years. From 1987 to 2002 he specialised in reporting Asian and Pacific affairs, including two years as a foreign correspondent based in Vietnam. In 2001 he published ‘Borderline’ (UNSW Press), a detailed critique of Australia’s policies towards refugees and asylum seekers that won numerous awards.

For more information visit the Future Melbourne website.

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