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Jobs of the Future


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Today’s jobs have changed far beyond yesteryear’s projections. And instead of planning for one career, we plan for three or four. In this rapidly changing landscape, how can our education institutions meet new demands?

And in a world where old professions are disappearing, tertiary fees are rising, and unemployment comes with weighty obligations – how should the kids of today plan for tomorrow? And who’s being left behind? We’ll look at global competition, the loss of manufacturing and more.

Question time

When you think ‘question time’, perhaps you picture rowdy politicians cussing each other out. But in our new series, we’re putting the dignity back into proceedings … along with a generous amount of time. It’s one full hour of pure Q&A between you, our audience, moderator Madeleine Morris, and a panel of experts in the evening’s chosen field of inquiry. Get informed about the key issues of our time, in the lead-up to the Victorian state election.

This programme, Question Time will tackle three critical topics: renewable energy, jobs of the future, and the always-fraught issue of transport, now and into the future. BYO hot potatoes and burning questions.

Hosted by Madeleine Morris.

Presented in partnership with Arts House.


Charles Brass

Charles Brass is currently the chair of the Futures Foundation, a future-focused organisation which all Australians are welcome to join. Previously he spent over 15 years in Human Resources Management and has also been CEO of a number of not-for-profit and charitable organisations. In 1995 Charles ... Read more

Gill Palmer

Professor Gill Palmer is currently the interim vice-chancellor and president of RMIT. She previously held the positions of deputy vice-chancellor (academic) and vice-president at RMIT, pro vice-chancellor and vice-president of the College of Business at RMIT, and Dean of Australia’s largest univer... Read more

Matt Wicking

Matt is currently Greenie-in-Residence at Arts House, where he’s helping a group of progressive arts organisations build sustainability into their practice.

For the past decade, he has worked as a sustainability consultant across business, government, the arts, education and more.

Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow ... Read more

Peter Gahan

As founder and director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership and Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne, it is safe to assume that Peter Gahan is passionate about all things ‘work’ related. Peter began his career with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) at the University of New South... Read more


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