Seminars and Lectures 2012-13

Vital Issues Seminars and Parliamentary Library Lectures by year

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 is to bring notable speakers to the Parliament to give Senators, Members and their staff the opportunity to hear, first hand, expert opinion on a range of currently relevant topics.

Seminars held during 2012–13

Title/Speaker/Chair MP3/MP4

Budget Seminar
Speakers: Robert Dolamore and Daniel Weight
14 May 2013
Presentation [PPT 421KB]

 MP4 220MB

Ending Australia’s bad drug deal: the three elements of pharmaceutical pricing reform
Professor Stephen Duckett, Director Health Program, Grattan Institute
Chair: Jonathan Curtis
20 March 2013
Presentation [PPT 527KB] [PDF 5MB] 

 MP3 33.5MB
Royal commissions and public inquiries—their place in Australian government
Presented by Professor Scott Prasser, Executive Director, Public Policy Institute, Australian Catholic University
Chair: Johathan Curtis
13 March 2013 
Powerpoint presentation
 MP3 46.2MB
 MP4 200MB
Copyright and the digital economy
Presented by Professor Jill McKeough, Commissioner in charge of the Copyright and Digital Economy Inquiry
Chair: Dr Dianne Heriot
7 February 2013
Powerpoint presentation


The US Presidential Election: some preliminary thoughts
Speaker: Dr John Hart, Reader in Political Science, Australian National University
Chair: Judy Hutchinson
28 November 2012
Powerpoint presentation
MP3 55.9MB
MP4 236MB

Is inequality increasing or decreasing?
Professor Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Powerpoint presentation
Associate Professor Roger Wilkins, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne
Powerpoint presentation
Chair: Senator Rachel Seiwert
10 October 2012

 MP3 59.7MB
 MP4 229MB
Australia and modern slavery: national, regional and global perspectives 
Speaker: Dr Anne Gallagher AO
Chair: Dr Dianne Heriot
19 September 2012
Extracting innovation from digital gridlock: how Australian copyright law is stifling innovation, what it’s costing and how to fix it 
Speaker: Dr Nicholas Gruen
Chair: Dr Dianne Heriot
12 September 2012
Powerpoint presentation
MP3 55.6MB
The imperative for fundamental aged care reform: problems, solutions, and the benefits for older people and carers
Speaker: Professor Hal Kendig, University of Sydney
Chair: Dr Dianne Heriot
22 August 2012
Powerpoint presentation

MP3 54.6MB
MP4 232MB

White Paper on Australia and the Asian Century
Speaker: Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale AO, Australian National University
Chair: Judy Hutchinson
16 August 2012
Powerpoint presentation         Presentation notes [PDF 108KB]
MP3 52.7MB
MP4 225MB

Cyber security
Speaker: Mike Burgess, First Assistant Secretary Cyber and Information Security, Defence Signals Directorate
Chair: Dr Dianne Heriot
15 August 2012

MP3 15.3MB