Seminars and Lectures 1996-97

The Vital Issues Program is a series of seminars organised by the Parliamentary Library for the benefit of Senators and Members. The aim of the seminar program, which has been running since 1986, is to bring notable speakers to the Parliament to give Senators and Members and their staff the opportunity to hear, first hand, expert opinion on a range of currently relevant topics. Seminars are recorded and are available to Senators and Members only.

Seminars held during 1996-97




Vital Infrastructure: The Buried Issue
Speaker: Professor Maurice Daly
Chair: Mr Peter Andren MP
1 1996-97
Euthanasia and Palliative Care
Speakers: Professor Peter Baume, Dr Roger Hunt and Dr Robert Marr
Chair: Mrs Chris Gallus MP and Mr Anthony Albanese MP
2 1996-97
The World's Oil Barrel — Half Full or Half Empty?
Speakers: Mr Brian J. Fleay and Mr Dick Wells
Chair: Senator Dee Margetts
3 1996-97
Downsizing: Disease or Cure?
Speaker: Professor Craig R. Littler
Chair: Mr John Langmore MP
4 1996-97
Palliative Care: The Debate Continues
Speakers: Professor Malcolm Fischer, Dr Brian Pollard and Dr Frank Varghese
Chair: Senator the Hon. Bob Woods and Ms Trish Worth MP
5 1996-97
Accountability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
—A Two Way Street

Discussant: Dr Peter Read
Chair: Senator the Hon. Margaret Reynolds
6 1996-97
Agricultural Quarantine Policy and Practice
Speakers: Ms Carolyn Tanner and Dr Mike Nunn
7 1996-97
Financing Australia's Health System: What is/should be the Role for Private Health Insurance
Speakers: Mr Paul Gross and Professor Stephen Leeder
Chair: Senator Kay Patterson
8 1996-97
Regulation of Genetic Manipulation: Legal and Scientific Viewpoints
Speakers: Mr Peter Drahos and Professor John Shine, AO
Chair: Senator Belinda Neal
9 1996-97
An Australian Population Policy
Speaker: Professor Gavin Jones
Chair: Senator the Hon. Margaret Reynolds
10 1996-97
Taxation Reform: The Issues
Speakers: Fergus Ryan and Patrick Gallagher
Chair: Senator the Hon. Brian Gibson AM
11 1996-97