Seminars and Lectures 2014-15

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 2014–15

Title/Speaker MP3/MP4
Aboriginal advantage: an insider look at an Aboriginal community 
 Presenter: Dr Lawrence Bamblett, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and author of Our stories are our survival
27 May 2015
Lecture [PDF 1.26MB]
MP3 43.6MB
MP4 196MB
Understanding the Budget 
Presenters: Robert Dolamore and Daniel Weight
12 May 2015
Notes [PDF 313KB]
MP3 44.6MB
MP4 201MB
Should we trust science?
Presenter: Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC
1 October 2014
MP3 43.0MB
MP4 207MB
To catch a drone: security and privacy challenges in a high-tech age
Presenter: Ron Bartsch, Managing Director of UAS International, and Managing Director, AvLaw
24 September 2014
Presentation [PDF 6MB]
MP3 40.4MB 
MP4 182MB
Integrity, anti-corruption and the G20
Presenter: Professor A. J. Brown, Professor of Public Policy and Law and program leader, Public Integrity & Anti-Corruption in the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University 
3 September 2014
Presentation [PDF 523KB]
MP3 82.6MB
MP4 203MB
A small navy in a Great War
Presenter: Dr David Stevens, Director Strategic and Historical Studies, Sea Power Centre – Australia
27 August 2014
MP3 37.4MB
MP4 169MB