Seminars and Lectures 2013-14

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 2013–14

Title/Speaker/Chair MP3/MP4
The impact of optional preferential voting on Senate election results
Presenter: Antony Green
25 June 2014  
 MP3 45MB
ALRC Inquiry: Copyright and the Digital Economy
Presented by Professor Jill McKeough, University of Technology, Sydney
4 June 2014
Presentation [PDF 1MB]
 MP3 49MB

Aboriginals in the First Australian Imperial Force, a secret history
Presenter: Gary Oakley, Indigenous Liaison Officer, Australian War Memorial and the National President of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Services Association of Australia (ATSIVSAA)
28 May 2014

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this presentation contains images of deceased persons.
Powerpoint presentation  Slide notes [PDF 261KB

 MP3 24MB
Understanding the Budget
Presenters: Robert Dolamore and Daniel Weight
13 May 2014 
Presentation [PDF 2MB] Additional notes [PDF 236KB]
MP3 51MB
MP4 222MB
Assisting people with disabilities to find employment
Presenter: Craig Wallace, President of People with Disability Australia
26 March 2014
Presentation notes [PDF 95KB]
MP3 41.3MB
MP4 180MB
Going to war, 1914: the view from the Australian Parliament
Presenter: Professor Joan Beaumont, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University
19 March 2014
Lecture [PDF 448KB]
Presentation notes [PDF 105KB] Powerpoint presentation
MP3 51MB
MP4 222MB
Machinery of Government changes after an election
Presenters: Leo Hardiman, Deputy General Counsel, Damian Page, Senior General Counsel and Leah Edwards, Senior General Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor
20 November 2013
AGS Legal briefing  [PDF 157KB]
MP3  40.1MB
MP4 179MB