Seminars and Lectures 2010-11

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 free of charge. 

Seminars held during 2010–11 

Title/Speakers/Chair /Number/Date
MP3 File/Duration

Gov 2.0: Online engagement or neo-liberal trojan horse
Chair: Roxanne Missingham
Speaker: Dr Peter Chen
22 June 2011
Lecture notes [PDF 145KB] and Powerpoint presentation and presentation with audio

MP3 45.51MB
63 minutes


Online electioneering and citizen engagement in Australia—a social media future?
Chair: George Christensen MP
Speakers: Professor Jim Macnamara and Dr Jason Wilson
Date: 15 June 2011
Powerpoint presentations: Professor Jim Macnamara Dr Jason Wilson

MP3 35.63MB
1 hour 14 minutes

Understanding the Budget
Chair: Roxanne Missingham
Speakers: Scott Kompo-Harms, Garth Day and Richard Webb
Date: 10 May 2011 Powerpoint Presentation
Glossary [PDF 1.6MB]
MP3 47.40 MB
65 minutes
Droughts and flooding rains: Australia’s climate variability
Chair: Roxanne Missingham
Speaker: Dr Karl Braganza
Date: 23 March 2011
Presentation [PDF 7.55MB]
MP3 36.10 MB
50 minutes
Open government—the new agenda
Chair: Melissa Parke MP
Speaker: Professor John McMillan AO
Date: 17 November 2010
Powerpoint presentation and notes
MP3 36.6 MB
47 minutes

Letting the Sun Shine In: New Developments and Challenges in Government Transparency and Accountability
Chair: Senator George Brandis
Speaker: Professor AJ Brown
Date: 27 October 2010
Powerpoint presentation

MP3 41.81 MB
65 minutes
Australia's role and commitment in Afghanistan
Chair: Senator Russell Trood
Speakers: Major General Molan AO DSC and Mr Geoffrey Barker
Date: 20 October 2010

MP3 33.2 MB
60 minutes