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Background on the Australian Multicultural Foundation

A few years ago I heard about the Australian Multicultural Foundation in the context of donations by the Scanlon Foundation (formerly the Brencorp Foundation) to the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) for the production of the "Scanlon Report on "The technological implications of Australia at 30 million in 2030". The AMF was also the recipient of Scanlon Foundation funding together with the Institute of Global Movements, at Monash University, run by Professor Nieuwenhuysen, who used to be with the Bureau of Immigration. What initially got my attention was the enormous amount of money and publicity the AMF and the IGF attracted. Then what absolutely arrested my attention was the membership of the Australian Multicultural Foundation - made up largely of prime ministers and almost-prime ministers of every political complexion. I then became interested in the history of the AMF and decided to try to track down its origins and early associations. This is an interim report.



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A few years ago I heard about the Australian Multicultural Foundation in the context of donations by the Scanlon Foundation (formerly the Brencorp Foundation) to the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) for the production of the "Scanlon Report on "The technological implications of Australia at 30 million in 2030".[1] The AMF was also the recipient of Scanlon Foundation funding together with the Monash University Institute of Global Movements, run by Professor Nieuwenhuysen, who used to be with the Bureau of Immigration. ( Do have a look at this article which shows the Australian Multicultural Foundation in the bigger political and corporate picture.) What initially got my attention was the enormous amount of money and publicity the AMF and the IGF attracted. Then what absolutely arrested my attention was the membership of the Australian Multicultural Foundation - made up largely of prime ministers and almost-prime ministers (such as John Hewson and Mark Latham) of every political complexion - (but not Gough Whitlam). I then became interested in the history of the AMF and decided to try to track down its origins and early associations.

Australian Prime Ministers and social engineering programs

It seems pretty clear that the Scanlon Foundation and ATSE's, "The Scanlon Report 30/50 - The Technological Implications of an Australian Population of 30 million by 2050," (2007) has furnished a sort of recent technological blueprint for successive governments to impose higher and higher intakes of immigrants on Australia.[2] The donations to the Institute of Global Movements and the Australian Multicultural Foundation fit broadly into the area of social engineering to try to get Australians to accept these impositions. The association of successive prime ministers all the way back to Bob Hawke with this is absolutely fascinating and somewhat chilling, because it seems to indicate objectives at a high level which have not, to my knowledge, ever been discussed with the Australian public and for which their consent has not been sought.

The Memorandum of Association of the Foundation was signed by R.J. Hawke in 1988. The President of ATSE was one of the signatories. The Foundation is supposed to be non-profit. I have previously published the information below, but only as a footnote to this article. If anyone can stitch some of this together, please write to me.

The Australian Multicultural Foundation

[Links to information about members are made by candobetter.net and do not appear on the AMF page itself.]
Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF)
Board of Directors

The Hon Sir James Gobbo AC CVO (Chairman)
Major General Peter Maurice Arnison AC CVO
Ms Carla Zampatti AM
Professor Kwong Lee Dow AM
Executive Director and Company Secretary

Dr B. (Hass) Dellal OAM
Administrative Assistant

Mrs Brigit Murikumthara

Ms Azmeena Hussain
Project Co-ordinator

Ms Athalia Zwartz
Training and Project Development Manager

Ms Lynn Cain

Members of the Foundation

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP
[Added here from the Multicultural Foundation site on 5 May 2013.]

The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition
[Ed. Added here from Multicultural Foundation site on 5 July 2012]

The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP (Prime Minister of Australia)
The Hon. John Howard AC
Dame Beryl Beaurepaire DBE AC [Generally noted for activism in girls' education and women's affairs in Liberal Party and historic involvement in WAAF, but described as company director in the registration of the Foundation.]
The Hon. Kim Beazley AC (See Pronatalist policy in Australia 1945-2000)
The Hon Mr Simon Crean MP
Mr Ivan A. Deveson AO
The Hon. Alexander Downer
Sir Llewellyn Edwards AC
Mr William Charles Fairbanks [?Secretary of Landcare Australia P/L)
Ms Gaye Rosemary Hart AM
The Hon. Robert Hawke AC
Dr J. R. Hewson AM
Ms Vivien Suit-Cheng Hope (Careers and Counselling Centre Tutor, Centre of Asian Students, University of Adelaide)
The Hon. Paul Keating
Mr Mark Latham
Mrs Irene Kwong Moss AO [Home Building regulation]
Mr Robert Brooker Maher AM Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Paddington NSW and Former board member of The Australian Rail Track Corporation
Ms Wendy Elizabeth McCarthy AO Interestingly, this woman is also a patron of the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance, which has links with Sustainable Population Australia. She is also Chair of McGrath Estate Agents, currently expanding into Australia's iconic Blue Mountains.
Mr Lindsay Gordon Crossley Moyle AM
Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM
The Hon. Andrew Peacock AC
Lady Stephen
Mr Ross Tzannes AM
Mr George Wojak AO MBE

Source: http://amf.net.au/about/australian-multicultural-foundation/
Further documentation

Link to Memorandum of Association of Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation Limited

The link has changed. Updated here on 5 May 2013 to http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CEQQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aph.gov.au%2FParliamentary_Business%2FCommittees%2FSenate_Committees%3Furl%3Dlegcon_ctte%2Festimates%2Fbud_0910%2Fag%2FQON_011_AHRC_ATTACHMENT_A.pdf&ei=Vq2FUfK8IcSziQfUqYDQDw&usg=AFQjCNH-SIHtY-DkyBzzK97NkqAG7pLueA&sig2=KYb6k_I2Exqr9Zop46odBQ&bvm=bv.45960087,d.dGI&cad=rja
If that link also fails, there is now a pdf copy on the candobetter.net site. Access by clicking on the link here: /files/http___www.aphref.aph_.gov_.au_senate_committee_legcon_ctte_estimates_bud_0910_ag_qon_011_ahrc_attachment_a.pdf.

[For documentation purposes, the discontinued link originally used in this article was Memorandum of Association of the Company, known as the Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation Limited. ]

Dated 1988, with illegible month (maybe September), it is signed by R.J.Hawke, (witnessed by his senior private secretary in the prime ministerial lodge in Canberra); Sir James Augustine Gobbo (Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria); Michael George Kailis, Governing Director of M G Kailis Group of Companies, West Australia [Seafood and pearl culture industries]; George Wojak; Lindsay Gordon Crossley Moyle, Chief Executive Officer, State Bank of Victoria, 131 Powlett Street, East Melbourne; Sir David Ronald Zeidler, Company Director, Park Avenue Towers, Parkville, Victoria [Past Chairman of ICI and 1983 - 1988 President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering];Dame Beryl Edith Beaurepaire, Company Director, Mt Eliza, Victoria; Vivien Suit-Cheng Hope, Careers and Counselling Centre, Tutor, Centre of Asian Students, University of Adelaide, S.A.; Ross Tzarthes, Solicitor, Pryor, Tzannes, Glebe, NSW; Marie Anna Elizabeth Blake, Managing Director Jetset Tours (Old) Pty Ltd, New Farm QLD; William Charles Fairbanks, General Manager, Finance and Management Services, The Australian Bicentennial Authority, Wahroonga NSW; Gaye Rosemary Hart, General Manager Programs, The Australian Bicentennial Authority, Elizabeth Bay, NSW; James Frank Kirk, Chairman and Chief Executive, The Australian Bicentennial Authority, Edgecliffe, NSW; Wendy Elizabeth McCarthy, General Manager Communications, The Australian Bicentennial Authority, Mary St., Longueville, NSW.

The Scanlon Foundation

The information below is taken from the Foundation's website at
Social Cohesion and it provides confirmation of links between the organisations already mentioned, plus demographers from the ANU.

"The Scanlon Foundation believes that the future prosperity of Australia, underpinned by continued population growth, will depend on our ability to maintain social cohesion in a society with even more cultural diversity than we have successfully accommodated historically.

The Foundation, in seeking to create awareness and knowledge based discussion about Australia's population growth and its relationship to social cohesion, has provided substantial funding grants in the following areas of research:

1. The Australian Centre for Population Research at the Australian National University, led by Professor Peter McDonald and Rebecca Kippen, have undertaken projections of Australia's population that have enabled the Foundation to “lock in” on a future population target of 30 million Australians by 2050. In shorthand we refer to this as 30/50.

2. The Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2007 have released a major study Report entitled “30/50 The Technological Implications of an Australian Population of 30 Million by 2050” which concludes that there are no insurmountable technological, engineering or environmental barriers to Australia sustaining a population of 30 million by 2050, assuming that thorough analysis and planning occur and that leadership is exercised by governments. See the Foundation's Chairman, Peter Scanlon's address at the ATSE launch of this Report;

3. The Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements, in partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation, are continuing to undertake a major Social Cohesion Research Program for the Foundation. Further to a first National Benchmark Mapping of Social Cohesion 2007,survey this has been followed up with a second round Mapping Social Cohesion 2009 survey. See the Foundation Chairman, Peter Scanlon's address at the launch of this second round Report. This research is focused on monitoring how Australia in the future can maintain the “immigration with social cohesion” success story of the last five decades.

4. Monash University’s Institute for the Study of Global Movements have recently published a Discussion Paper on the Implications of the Economic Downturn for Immigration and Social Cohesion."

NOTES

[1] If anyone wants an electronic copy of the 2007 ATTSE Report itself, "The technological implications of Australia at 30 million in 2030," contact me through candobetter.net and I will send one to you. The file was too big to upload here. There old URL for "The technological implications of Australia at 30 million in 2030" was a href="http://www.atse.org.au/index.php?sectionid=128 no longer works. I have linked above to an new URL. I have also copied and pasted the 'Address' by Peter Scanlon in the Appendix below, to document the launching of the document. This speech is quite interesting because it gives us an economic belief context and even admiringly cites a chapter written by Harvard economist, Benjamin M. Friedman, written with the notorious Milton Friedman: Benjamin M. Friedman, Milton Friedman, A. W. Clausen, "Postwar Changes in the American Financial Markets," in Martin Feldstein, ed., The American Economy in Transition," University of Chicago Press, 1980.

[2] The 2007 Report is no longer accessible on the ATSE site or from the Scanlon Foundation site, perhaps because projections for 2050 have Australia massively overshooting 30 million and heading towards 45 million. The population project has got totally out of hand, yet none of the people responsible for these population growth stimulation projects are sounding the alarm.

APPENDIX

ADDRESS BY

FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN, PETER SCANLON

TO ATSE REPORT LAUNCH

18th April 07

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The Honourable Robert Smith MLC, President of the Legislative Assembly.

The Honorable Jenny Lindell MP. Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Parliamentarians;

Mr. Peter Laver, Vice president of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Mr. Vaughan Beck
Distinguished guests.

The Scanlon Foundation is committed to the belief that Australia needs to continue to grow and that this growth will require a substantial and increasing role for migration. As a consequence we see social cohesion as critical to both migration and Australia’s growth.

In that context and separately from the study by ATSE The Scanlon Foundation’s Social Cohesion Research Program incorporates six (6) individual projects, managed by the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements and the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

One of these projects is the innovative benchmark survey throughout Australia measuring the current status of social cohesion in Australia. This survey has been commissioned and field interviews will commence in May. We anticipate results in July ready for analysis and preparation for release at Metropolis 2007.

However, the study released today by ATSE, and although very much part of our program, has different origins. In the early days of our work on social cohesion it was clear to us that there are a number of people in Australia across a broad spectrum who queried the underlying principal of growth because they worried whether the country was able to accommodate more people. In essence they asked “can we have a population of 30 million people by the year 2050 without creating substantial infrastructure and environmental issues”.
It was to deal with this perception, this question that led the Foundation to commission this study. That is why it is specific both as to numbers and Australia. That is why we went to ATSE as the independent expert with its 750 eminent Fellows.

Clearly the study says we can accommodate 30 million people by 2050. However it does say there are issues and that these are legitimate issues that need to be discussed and dealt with. ATSE concludes in fact they need to be dealt with irrespective to 30/50.

However I ask that as you reflect on this study that you do not do so in isolation. There is a flip side to the debate. That is the consequences of Growth. Too often growth is mistakenly seen to be only about material outcomes.

In his book “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth” Benjamin Friedman demonstrates why the elements, held out by the Enlightenment thinkers so central to Western philosophy, of openness, opportunity, tolerance, economic and social mobility, fairness and democracy are all enhanced by growth.

Freidman explains that growth, rather than simply creating a higher standard of living, is the key to effecting political and social liberalization in the third world. He shows that even the wealthiest of nations puts its democratic values at risk when growth stops. Merely being wealthy is no protection against a turn toward rigidity and intolerance when a country’s citizens lose the sense that they are getting ahead.

Post war we had the growth of economic socialism which tried to deal with the imbalance of material well being by relying on redistribution rather than creation. It failed miserably.

Today, to me, in many ways there seems to be a populous move to a form of environmental socialism in that there is a concentration on regulating and redistributing what we have as was the case with economic socialism. It won’t be the answer. Separately from mans proven record of ingenuity and adaptation we need to get back to planning and doing. This will be the answer.

That we need to manage better is without doubt. The ATSE report is very clear about this. The short period of elected governments, our system of Federation together with upper and lower houses, the politicisation of the public service and so on has left us with ineffective long term planning. And this when there has never been a better time to set these priorities with our prosperity and surplus investment capital which is searching the world trying to find a home.

If Social Cohesion was not the Foundations main game I think we would have tackled this issue. Pressure and knowledge needs to be focused on our infrastructure and environmental planning. The current situation is a disgrace. We probably need for the want of a better title a Reserve Bank of Infrastructure.

However right now that’s not for us other than to support ATSE’s call for leadership and planning.

In conclusion the Foundation expresses it appreciation to ATSE. In particular my thanks to Vaughan Beck, Ian Duncan, Ian Rae and of course many talented authors and contributors to the 30/50 study.

We at the Foundation look forward to pursuing our ongoing work on social cohesion and positive migration strategies for the future prosperity of Australia.

Thank you

Comments

This quote within a quote from from some sort of Bible? "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth" by Benjamin Friedman in address by Peter Scanlon to ATSE report Launch 2007 is intriguing

"Freidman explains that growth, rather than simply creating a higher standard of living, is the key to effecting political and social liberalization in the third world. He shows that even the wealthiest of nations puts its democratic values at risk when growth stops. Merely being wealthy is no protection against a turn toward rigidity and intolerance when a country’s citizens lose the sense that they are getting ahead. "

If this is true then most of human history has been at risk of "rigidity" and a feeling of not "getting ahead". Australia is growing very rapidly right now but I don't feel I am "getting ahead". Does anyone else?

So when is Australia's society to be blessed with moral wealth? The promise of 'economic growth' is like Lasseter's gold? Who benefits from 'getting ahead'?

Are we experiencing the undoing of the recently aspired goal of the Triple Bottom Line to a withdrawal back to human primitive desperate survival instinct of 'self'?

Ruddism/Abbotism is all about spinning to perpetuate the self of those privileged, oblivious to most Australians right to a fair share and a safety net. LibLab are equally morally deprived to leave charities to pick up the can; to be sure they are seen to be seen casting a few coins to these charities before the cameras.

Boom and bust economic cycles are after hundreds of years still out of control. Business is allowed to cast its workers quickly to the scrap heap with no moral duty of care. Banks are allowed to set their own rules.

Economic dogma has delivered a chronic social plague just to enrich a few corporates. This is corporate aristocracy. Those that are not its victim like our aristocratic gated community we call 'Government' peddle its ideal ignoring growing shameful social costs and deprivations.

Celebrating the Top 500 Rich List by BRW Magazine every year is a snub to those that got them there.

Australia has fulfilled a class culture reminiscent of industrial England that it originally sought to distance itself from.

LibLab governments have failed Australians and continue to do so.

Sheila Newman starts with...

A few years ago I heard about the Australian Multicultural Foundation in the context of donations by the Scanlon Foundation (formerly the Brencorp Foundation) to the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) for the production of the "Scanlon Report on "The technological implications of Australia at 30 million in 2030".

*** I have nothing further to add, but as Sheila & I were discussing these issues recently, I thought that I would bring this issue to the fore on the recent comments section in the hope that others' will see & read the alarming implications between the way in which this seemingly benevolent & inoccuously named Foundation was started -its membership and consequent development and of its prevailing, extant agenda!

What is this "Alumni" thing on the Australian Multicultural Foundation?
Have a look.
http://amf.net.au/about/alumni/
They all seem to come from the same ethnic background and most of them are women in burkas.
I'm all for everyone being able to express themselves, but is this Foundation actually PROMOTING fundamentalist muslim dress code for women?

Some feminists need to get in there at the AMC!
Quick!

The Australian Multicultural Foundation website lists its aims and objectives as:

Aims and Objectives

1. To cultivate in all Australians a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures and by so doing to advance its social and economic well-being
2. The promotion of an awareness among the people of Australia of the diversity of cultures within Australia
3. The contribution of people from all cultures to the development of Australia
4. The spread of respect and understanding between all cultural groups through any appropriate means.

These seem wholesome noble aims.

Alumni Page

But yes, it seems a tad contrary that the website's Alumni page shows mainly photos of muslim women with head scarves.

Areas of interest

This section states "The Foundation has adopted an active role to develop intercultural initiatives" including "Promotion of awareness of our diverse cultures", "increasing foreign language skills", "Making use of cultural links between overseas communities and institutions and Australian residents".

So how is this 'cultivating in all Australians a strong commitment to Australia as one people'?

AMF Partners

AMF partners include:

    Community Languages Australia

"(Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations) is an umbrella body designed to unite the ethnic schools of Australia, and the state-based bodies which serve as their administrators, consolidating them beneath a single, organizational banner, and in the process carrying out a number of crucial roles in the creation, maintenance, and profile of Australia’s over 1,000 community language schools, who provides language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100,000 school age children."

    Scanlon Foundation

www.scanlonfoundation.org.au
The Scanlon Foundation’s mission is: “to support the creation of a larger cohesive Australian society”. Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion has been the primary focus of its grant giving since its establishment in 2001.

    Kape Communication

www.kape.com.au
Kape Communications headed by Fotis Kapetopoulos specializes in cultural brokerage, multicultural marketing and arts industry development. Kape conducts audience research, communication campaigns, training and business development as well as undertake productions. Kape excel in arts marketing, cultural policy, arts management training, audience development, program curation and research.

    Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia

www.fecca.org.au
"FECCA is the peak, national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA's role is to advocate, lobby and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.



Aims of these Partners incongruent with stated core aim of AMF

Singling out these specific partners from others listed on the AMF website, it would appear that the aims of these organisations are inconsistent with AMF's prime aim "to cultivate in all Australians a strong commitment to Australia as one people."

Rather the aims read more like fostering the reinforcement of foreign cultures and languages, building a larger Australian society from increased immigration, developing multi-cultural opportunities, political advocacy and lobbying of foreign cultures in Australia. AMF is building lots of little countries in Australia.

Where does AMF foster Australian values, such as gender equity?
Where does AMF reject sharia law in favour of Australia's secular laws?



Sharia Law Risk

Britain has been allowed to have mass immigration change its local culture to the extent Britain now recognises Sharia Law.

Read: http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/3522

Is it only a matter of time before the cultural diversity in Australia pushes Sharia Law here?
read: Sharia law would harm Aussie Muslim women

Want to find out what sharia law prescribes?
http://www.islamic-sharia.org/

Not just 'anti-feminist', try anathema to Australian culture!

This article gives vent to expressions of angst at the perception that immigrant lobby groups may lose out with Primeminister Abbott.

"Mr Abbott scrapped the position of Multicultural Affairs Minister. He announced that multicultural affairs and settlement services would no longer be managed by the Department of Immigration.Instead, it would fall under the control of a newly created Department of Social Services with Kevin Andrews the Minister, who would also be responsible for aged care services. Labor's former Multicultural Affairs Minister under the Rudd Government, Senator Kate Lundy, believes the Coalition's decision to scrap the ministerial position shows it won't put a high priority on multicultural policy." See "Disappointment over multicultural policy in 2013" [1]

This is interesting because, as we know, Abbott admired Howard and Howard downplayed multiculturalism and talked about stopping 'boat people' to allay peoples' anxiety about immigration numbers, whilst hugely increasing economic migration. I predict that this is what Abbott is going to do. Note that he is, like every prime minister since Hawke (who started it) a member of the Multicultural Foundation of Australia. It seems that that foundation has some mysterious and possibly malignant power over our land - judging by the fact that every prime minister and opposition leader joins it for no clear reason.

Federation of Ethnic Communities (FECCA) Chaiman, Mr Caputo, has expressed concern about Abbott attitudes and that migrants who came here in the 1950s and 1960s are getting older and need more services."

"It is indeed an inconvenience that migrants actually age and don't keep our nation young!" someone quipped on reading these remarks, then added, "A foundation of a building is its basis, and not it's entirety. Our foundation may have been high immigration and multiculturalism, but it's time to move on and ensure we hold together now in unity for the long term."

[1] http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/26/disappointment-over-multicultural-policy-2013

Last night on 7's interview Janet Albrechtson with former Australian PM John Howard, Albrechtson asked Howard his attitude to multi- culturalism. It was interesting that Howard replied by querying the meaning of the term. He said that he was in favour of a multi-racial society but with an assimilation of cultures moving towards the "mainstream" .

Dear candobetter.net
Just notifying you that Tony Abbott is now a member of the AMF. Has anyone noticed a change in his multicultural rhetoric since then? What is going on with this foundation and its hugely rich commercial associations?

Australian Multicultural Foundation Members and Staff

Members of the Foundation

The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Kevin Rudd
The Hon. Julia Gillard
The Hon. John Howard AC
The Hon. Robert Hawke AC
The Hon. Paul Keating
The Hon. Sir James Gobbo AC CVO
Dame Beryl Beaurepaire DBE AC
The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP
The Hon. Kim Beazley AC
The Hon. Mr Simon Crean
Mr Ivan A. Deveson AO
The Hon. Alexander Downer
Sir Llewellyn Edwards AC
Mr William Charles Fairbanks
Ms Gaye Rosemary Hart AM
Dr J. R. Hewson AM
Ms Vivien Suit-Cheng Hope
Mr Mark Latham
Mrs Irene Kwong Moss AO
Mr Robert Brooker Maher AM
Ms Wendy Elizabeth McCarthy AO
Mr Lindsay Gordon Crossley Moyle AM
The Hon. Andrew Peacock AC
Lady Stephen
Mr Ross Tzannes AM
Mr George Wojak AO MBE

Emeritus Chairman

The Hon. Sir James Gobbo AC CVO
Board of Directors

Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO (Chairman)
Major General Peter Maurice Arnison AC CVO
Ms Carla Zampatti AC
Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM
Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Executive Director and Company Secretary

Dr B. (Hass) Dellal OAM
Training and Project Development Manager

Ms Lynn Cain
Administrative Assistant

Mrs Brigit Murikumthara
Project Co-ordinator

Ms Anneliese Brinkman
External Legal Consultant

Ms Azmeena Hussain

I also wonder about the roles of various officials of the organisation, like Sir James Gobbo, who is the "Emeritus Chairman" whatever that means. He used to be the Governor of Victoria, but Steve Bracks did not renew his terms, with the following reasons cited in a book extract at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/book-extract-why-steve-bracks-replaced-sir-james-gobbo-as-the-governor/story-e6frf7kx-1226437987335

"INITIALLY, I was of the view that there was a good case for extending Sir James Gobbo's term for another 1 1/2 years, making it five years in total.

But as it got closer to the time when I needed to make my decision, I was made aware of a matter that concerned me.

The Governor was an occasional guest, formerly a full member, of something called the Rumour Tank, a group that had apparently been lunching together for years at Melbourne's Athenaeum Club. The get-togethers involved a range of people, but included Jeff Kennett and other Liberal Party identities.

There's nothing wrong with a lunch club, but the Rumour Tank also discussed state political matters and made some commentary on them.

Also, the progressive side of politics was not typically represented, so while there might have been one or two people who weren't members of the Liberal Party, the club generally had that party's character and nature."