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Ideas for Melbourne

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Sport and Major Events

In 2012, Ideas for Melbourne will be the talk of the town.

With city elections looming in 2012, we’re kicking off this year’s programming by turning the spotlight on some of Melbourne’s biggest civic issues. Over the course of a week, we’ll be asking the city’s most controversial questions, giving you the chance to ask the city’s best placed commentators, experts and policy-makers the questions that will decide this year’s elections. Our aim is simple: to generate public conversation on the issues that matter to Melbournians most.

Melbourne once prided itself on its major events. Can we still claim the crown of the world’s best city for sporting events? Or is it all a colossal waste of money? Angela Pippos, Perry Crosswhite, Gideon Haigh and others discuss.

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Who?

Portrait of Angela Pippos

Angela Pippos

Angela is an award-winning journalist, presenter, documentary-maker, author and MC.

Her most recent documentary, The Record, follows Australia’s dramatic Women’s T20 World Cup campaign and the audacious bid to fill the MCG for the final on International Women’s Day 2020. The two-part documentary premiered globally on Amazon Prime in March 2021, and had a secondary release on ABC TV. Angela co-wrote and co-produced the film. Her next documentary idea is bubbling away.

Angela is a co-host on Broad Radio - a live-streamed radio show by and for women.

She also writes regular columns about sport and culture for a number of publications and is a tireless campaigner for gender equality in sport and society. In fact, her most recent book, Breaking The Mould – Taking a Hammer to Sexism in Sport made the Grattan Institute’s ‘Prime Minister’s Summer Reading list’, The Australia Institute’s ‘Essential Reading List’ and is on its third reprint.

Angela is a proud ambassador of the Adelaide Crows.

Perry Crosswhite

Perry Crosswhite AM is the head of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

Portrait of Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist 32 years, published 32 books and edited seven others.  His latest is book is Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot That Changed Cricket published in 2016 by Penguin Random House.

Ideas for Melbourne

We’re kicking off 2013 with a series of public forums that take a closer look at the city we call home – and the problems and challenges facing Melbourne right now. What better way to begin than by engaging with the issues that directly affect us, every day?

We’ve chosen to focus on city planning, racism and homelessness, three topics that loom large in local debates – and will continue to dominate civic conversations in 2013.

Barely a week goes by without a planning incident, public transport screw-up or debate about our city boundaries or skyline. Racism is rarely discussed, but hit headlines in late 2012 when indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was refused a cab ride home from his own concert. And while we’re never short on good initiatives or well-meaning campaigns to tackle homelessness, it remains an ongoing – and complex – problem.

Be part of the conversation about Melbourne’s future – and the kind of city we want to live in.

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