Communities in Control 2014

Communities in Control 2014:
The Lucky Country Conference

Australia's most inspiring social movement - the biggest and best annual not-for-profit sector gathering

Moonee Valley Racing Club
Moonee Ponds, MELBOURNE
Monday & Tuesday, May 26 & 27, 2014

Pre-Conference Not-for-Profit Skills Day:
Income generating strategies for enterprising not-for-profits
Sunday 25 May 2014




The Lucky Country

Reflecting on 50 years since Donald Horne's seminal book

In 1964, Donald Horne wrote "Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck." It was a searing criticism that has now been adopted as a nationalistic boast.

Luck: it’s a millstone round our neck. We take it for granted, and we don’t ask why. We don’t say we work harder than other countries, or that we’re stronger or smarter or more creative, or even that we’ve been blessed by destiny. We’re just luckier. And that leads nowhere.

At the 2014 Communities in Control Conference (The Lucky Country Conference) - Melbourne, May 26 and 27 - we want to bring the spotlight back on what we’ve gained and lost as a society, and how we can organise ourselves to get from where we are to where we need to be.


  Glenn Skuthorpe   Tony Abbott   Prof Jon Altman  
  Musical performance: 'No More Whispering', title track of John Pilger's new film Utopia

Glenn Skuthorpe
  Televised Welcome

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
Prime Minister of Australia

Whose Lucky Country? The Indigenous land titling 'revolution' and community-based development

Professor Jon Altman
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University


    Julia Gillard   Dr Simon Longstaff AO  
  The Great Debate: Bambi v Godzilla
Should community groups, charities and local government authorities be small, nimble, and responsive, or big, cost-effective, and secure?

Cr Stephen Mayne, City of Melbourne Councillor, Crikey founder, shareholder activist, transparency crusader; Rowena Doo, Executive Officer - Administration, Victorian AIDS Council; Maggie Maguire, Chief Executive, The Abbotsford Convent; Peter Kenyon, Social capitalist, community enthusiast, Founder and CEO, Bank of I.D.E.A.S.; Brett de Hoedt, Mayor, Hootville Communications

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Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration 2014

The Hon Julia Gillard
Former Prime Minister of Australia; Chair, Global Partnership for Education

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Response and vote of thanks
The Hon Joan Kirner AC
Former Premier of Victoria, Our Community Ambassador


  The Luck of Fools

Dr Simon Longstaff AO
Ethicist, Philosopher, Executive Director, St James Ethics Centre

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  Burger Off   Hugh Mackay   Peter Hartcher  
  Burger Off:
We decide who comes into our community, and the circumstances in which they come

Garry Muratore
Spokesperson, NMITDR (No McDonald's in the Dandenong Ranges)
  What makes a life worth living?

Hugh Mackay
Psychologist, social researcher extraordinaire, multi-award winning author

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The Sweet Spot
How Australia Made Its Own Luck - And Could Now Throw It All Away

Peter Hartcher
Award-winning journalist; political & international editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


  Linh Do   Jane Caro   The Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG  
  Light Bulb Moments: Getting young people involved in community

Linh Do
Co-Founder,; founder, Change a Million Light Bulbs

From Bush Telegraph to Twitter:
How communications changed Australia, and how communities can lead the next phase

Jane Caro
Author, lecturer, social commentator, columnist, broadcaster

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  Leaders Walking Eight Abreast:
How to distribute leadership to the grass roots

The Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG
Former High Court Justice; human rights activist; leader

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But wait, there's more!
2014 Not-for-profit Skills Day

Show Me the Money:
Income generating strategies for enterprising not-for-profits

  • Get in the Driver's Seat: Delivering sustainable social outcomes through social enterprise. The 'What' and 'Why' of social enterprise
  • Profit for Purpose: Social enterprise in profile
  • Generating ideas: For those looking for a social enterprise idea
  • Starting a social enterprise: For those with a social enterprise idea
  • Supporting social enterprise in your community: For local governments and philanthropic organisations
  • Financing and Legal Structure: What and when is appropriate
  • Anything is Pozible! Crowd-sourcing funds for your not-for-profit venture

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 (held the day before the conference)
$260 per person

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Conference Details


Communities in Control 2014: Monday and Tuesday, May 26 & 27, 2014
Skills Day: (Income Generating Strategies for Enterprising Not-for-profits): Sunday, May 25, 2014


Moonee Valley Racing Club, McPherson St, Moonee Ponds, VIC; Melway Ref 29A7


Free all-day parking is available at the venue


Taxi: Ask to be dropped at Members Gate 1, Moonee Valley Racing Club, McPherson St, Moonee Ponds
Tram: Route #59 Airport West-City; Catch the tram from anywhere on Elizabeth St in the city & get off at Stop 33 (Moonee Ponds Junction). Walk down Dean St, turn left into McPherson St; enter at Members Gate 1
Train: Catch a Craigieburn line train from the city & get off at Moonee Ponds Station.
Walk down Puckle St (becomes Dean St) through the shopping strip and turn left at McPherson St; enter at Members Gate 1.
Contact Public Transport Victoria for info on timetables, ticket prices and maps | | Phone 1800 800 007


Communities in Control: $350pp (see registration form for group booking discounts)
Skills Day (Income Generating Strategies for Enterprising Not-for-profits): $260pp
Strictly no split tickets permitted.
For pricing queries contact Alan Matic on 9320 6805 or email


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In line with our sustainability objectives, any materials made available for distribution will be available via the Our Community website - a direct weblink will be advised via email following the conference.


Registrations must be paid no later than 10 working days prior to the event. 50% of the registration fee is refundable if notice of cancellation is received more than 10 working days prior to the event; NO REFUND is available where notice of cancellation is received less than 10 working days prior to the event. Substitution of attendees is allowed, provided written notice is provided. It is not possible to transfer registration between events.


The organisers and supporters of this conference are committed to access and equity and as much as possible will be done to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact Alan Matic if you require special assistance - phone (03) 9320 6805 or email In order to ensure that all needs can be met, please note that we require six weeks' notice for most special needs requests.


This conference is an initiative of Our Community, Australia's leading community sector support organisation, and CatholicCare, which works towards a vision of "life to the full" for families, individuals and communities in all their diversity. Visit or


While every attempt will be made to deliver this conference as advertised, please be aware that sometimes events beyond our control may lead to unavoidable changes to the program or schedule.



Did you know that Communities in Control Conferences have being running for over a decade? Click here to read about the history of the event and to view past presentations.