1997-1998

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 1997-98

Title/Speakers/Chair
Number/Date
Policy for Rural Places
Speakers
: Dr Margaret Alston and Richard Stayner
Chair: Ms Sharman Stone, MP

1 1997-98
27.08.1997

Political Decentralisation and the Post-War Political Economy
Speaker
: Francis G. Castles
Chair: The Hon. Barry Jones MP
2 1997-98
03.09.1997
El Nio
Speaker
: Bill Kininmonth
Chair: Mrs Fran Bailey, MP
3 1997-98
01.10.1997
Industry Policy and the Manufacturing Industry
Speaker
: Alan Oxley
Chair: The Hon. Bob McMullan MP
4 1997-98
29.10.1997
Multiculturalism: What Future?
Speakers
: Professor Mary Kalantzis and Mr Christopher Pearson
Chair: The Hon. Dr A. Theophanous MP
5 1997-98
29.10.1997
Policy Reform in the Australian Financial System
Speakers
: Professor Tom Valentine
Chair: Mr David Hawker MP
6 1997-98
29.10.1997
Taxation Reform: the Social Issues
Speakers
: Mr Robert Fitzgerald, Ms Sheila Rimmer and Ms Kathleen Swinbourne
Chair: Senator the Hon. Brian Gibson AM
7 1997-98
19.11.1997
Indonesia, President Suharto and the Asian Financial Crisis
Speakers
: Dr Harold Crouch and Dr Hal Hill
Chair: Dr Andrew Southcott MP
8 1997-98
25.03.1998
Australia's Environment Laws: Proposals for Change to Commonwealth Legislation
Speaker
: Associate Professor Robert Fowler
Commentator: Dr Tony Fleming
Chair: The Hon. Duncan Kerr MP
9 1997-98
01.04.1998
Australia in Orbit: Space Activities and the Future
Speakers
: the Hon A. A. Staley, Dr Bruce Middleton and Dr Brian Embleton
Chair: Senator David MacGibbon
10 1997-98
06.04.1998

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