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The Di Gribble Argument 2014 Inaugural Dinner: Mark Carnegie


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The late Di Gribble was a force in Australian cultural and intellectual life. Publisher, editor,
businesswoman: her impact on the world of books, writing and ideas cannot be overstated.

She was tireless in her contributions; founder of McPhee Gribble, Text Media, Text Publishing
and Private Media, with stints as the deputy chair of the ABC, and board member for Lonely Planet, CARE Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Major Events Company and Circus Oz.

The Di Gribble Argument is a new annual occasion to remember Di and her legacy and – in her name – to put a bit of stick about. Over dinner in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, we’re inviting you to take part in a good old-fashioned argument; with a provocative proposition, considered responses and a good-natured free-for-all.

Our inaugural arguer is outspoken venture capitalist Mark Carnegie, reminding us all of our civic responsibilities, or current lack thereof. A distinguished, possibly irate, group of guests will respond to Mark’s address, before our postprandial audience joins the throng with arguments of their own.

This is a golden opportunity to share in dinner, drinks and hearty conversation, and to remember the contribution of an extraordinary powerhouse of Australian public life. The inaugural Argument promises to be an indelible addition to the national debate: pushing buttons, rattling cages and getting up noses somewhere between the entrée and main course.

On Friday 11 July, Mark Carnegie will present his argument in a free event at the Wheeler Centre.


Jim Minifie

Dr Jim Minifie is a leading economist and writer, with a strong grasp of the Australian policy landscape. A graduate in applied economics from Stanford University, he worked closely with Australian corporate leaders during his seven years as Chief Economist of the Boston Consulting Group. ... Read more

Marian Rakosi

Marian Rakosi is a young, passionate early childhood educator and proud unionist from Sydney. She is an activist in the Big Steps Campaign for quality reforms in the early childhood education and care sector. Why? Because early education shapes our nation. Oh, and she lives on twitter @MarianRakosi.... Read more

Mark Carnegie

Mark Carnegie is Principal of M.H. Carnegie & Co. He was previously Head of LCW Private Equity, Lazard’s Australian private equity business. He has had a near twenty five year career as an investor and corporate adviser in New York, London, and Sydney. Mark co-founded Carnegie, Wylie & Com... Read more

Van Badham

Van Badham is a Melbourne-based writer, theatremaker, critic, activist, occasional broadcaster and one of Australia’s most controversial public intellectuals. She is currently employed as a political columnist and culture critic for Guardian Australia, while as a theatremaker she’s had more than... Read more


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