1999-2000

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.

Seminars held during 1999-2000

Title/Speakers/Chair
Number/Date
Country Cousins:How poor are they and what can governments do about it?
Speakers:
Professor Ann Harding and Professor Tony Sorenson
Chair: Senator Winston Crane
10 1999-2000
28 June 2000
Australian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Changing Rules and New Issues
Speaker:
Dr Coral Bell
Chair: Senator John Hogg
9 1999-2000
21 June 2000
Fiji's Political Crisis: Internal and Regional Implications and Australia's Responses
Speaker:
Professor Brij V. Lal and Mr Greg Fry
Chair: Mr Michael Danby, MP
8 1999-2000
7 June 2000
Tent Embassy: diversity and evolution in Aboriginal Politics
Speaker:
Frances Peters-Little - film maker and researcher
Chair: Senator Aden Ridgeway
7 1999-2000
5 April 2000
A Proposal for an Australian Bill of Rights in Light of the Republic Referendum
Speaker:
George Williams- Barrister and Senior Lecturer
The Australian National University
Chair: Senator Barney Cooney
6 1999-2000
24 November 1999
Two Views on Regional Development : Some Lessons from the US and the 'My-Town' Approach in Australia
Speakers:
Mr David Dodd and Mr Ian Burns
Chair: Ms Fran Bailey MP
5 1999-2000
20 October 1999
Outcomes of the Review of Business Taxation
Speaker:
Mr John Ralph AO
Chair: Mr David Hawker MP
4 1999-2000
19 October 1999
Rebuilding East Timor: the Political, Economic and Social Challenges
Speakers:
Professor James J. Fox, Dr Hadi Soesastro and Dr Chris Manning
Chair: Mr Kevin Rudd MP
3 1999-2000
29 September 1999
East Timor: Australia's Security Role and Australia-Indonesia Relations
Speakers:
Dr Harold Crouch and Associate Professor Hugh Smith
Chair: Senator John Hogg
2 1999-2000
22 September 1999
Australia's Timber Industry: Where to Now?
Speakers:
Ms Judy Clark and Mr Michael O'Connor
Chair: The Hon Dick Adams MP
1 1999-2000
25 August 1999

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