2009-2010

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. Seminar recordings are available to Senators and Members only.

Seminars held during 2009–10

Title/Speakers/Chair /Number/Date
MP3 File/Duration
Engaging with the community using social media
Chair: Senator Kate Lundy
Speaker: James Dellow
Date: 23 June 2010
Presentation [PDF 20MB]
MP3 48.4MB

Understanding the Budget
Chair: Roxanne Missingham
Speakers: Scott Kompo-Harms, Garth Day and Richard Webb
Date: 11 May 2010
Powerpoint presentation
Budget seminar slides [PDF 1MB]

MP3 55.5MB

'Twitter election': use of new media by political players in election year 2010
Speaker: Dr Peter Brent
Chair: The Hon. Dick Adams MP
Date: 17 March 2010
Powerpoint presentation

MP3 33.5MB

Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report
Speaker: Dr Nicholas Gruen
Chair: Nola Adcock
Date: 24 February 2010
Powerpoint presentation

MP3 54.2MB
Copenhagen negotiations and the CPRS: an industry perspective
Speaker: Michael Hitchens
Chair: Roxanne Missingham
Date: 25 November 2009
Powerpoint presentation
MP3 36.2MB
The science behind the pollicy agenda for the Copenhagen talks
Speaker: Dr Janette Lindesay
Chair: Roxanne Missingham
Date: 19 November 2009
MP3 53MB
The global recession and the future of social policy in Australia
Speaker: Professor Paul Smyth and Professor Bob Gregory
Chair: Senator Rachel Siewert
Date: 28 October 2009
Professor Smyth: Powerpoint presentation
Professor Gregory: Powerpoint presentation
MP3 49MB

Global policy trends in a financialised economy
Speaker: Professor Michael Hudson
Chair: Roxanne Missingham
Date: 21 October 2009

MP3 50MB
The state of the working nations: current issues and future prospects for working families in the US and Australia
Speakers: Professor Eileen Appelbaum and Professor Barbara Pocock
Chair: The Hon. Mark Butler MP
Date: 19 August 2009
MP3 37MB

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