Seminars and Lectures 2016-17

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 2016–17

Title/Speaker MP3/MP4
Disconnects between opinion polling of national votes and the results–implications for polling
Thursday 15 June 2017
Presented by Emeritus Professor Murray Goot, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University; Professor Simon Jackman, CEO, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney; Mr Martin O’Shannessy, Partner, OmniPoll (formerly of Newspoll).
Mr Martin O’Shannessy Notes [PDF 658KB]
Professor Simon Jackman Notes [PDF 1210KB]
MP4 298MB
MP3 67MB 
2017 Parliamentary Library National Reconciliation Week Lecture
Friday 2 June 2017
Ms Louise Taylor: Obstacles to a truly reconciled Australia
Dr Elizabeth Ganter: Counting contributions, not just bums on seats: Can Indigenous public sector employment be a respectful relationship?
Flyer [PDF 270KB]
MP4 251MB
Understanding the Budget seminar
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Daniel Weight: Navigating the Budget Papers [PDF 444KB]
Dr Nitin Gupta: Understanding Budgets – An economic toolkit [PDF 220KB]
MP4 218MB
MP3 49MB
Budget outlook seminar
Monday 8 May 2017
Professor Glenn Withers AO Notes [PDF 275KB]
Professor Susan Thorp Notes [PDF 564KB]
Professor Bob Gregory AO Notes [PDF 573KB]

World Energy Outlook 2016 – Renewables
Presented by Mr Ian Cronshaw – International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris
Wednesday 29 March 2017
MP3 52MB
Russia’s activities and strategies in the Asia-Pacific, and the implications for Australia
Presented by Honorary Associate Professor Stephen Fortescue, School of Social Sciences and International Studies UNSW and Visiting Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies
Thursday 23 March 2017
Unconventional gas – costs and benefits
Presented by Mr Ian Cronshaw – International Energy Agency (IEA) France
Thursday 16 February 2017
Notes [PDF 4254KB]
MP4 222MB
Alfred Deakin and his ‘Times that try men’s souls’
Presented by Dr David Headon, Cultural consultant and historian
24th November 2016
MP4 932MB
Changing attitudes to mental illness in the Australian Defence Force: A long way to go…
Presented by Dr Edward Scarr, 2015 Australian Parliamentary Library Fellow
11th November 2016
Notes [PDF 344KB]
MP4 212MB
MP3 47MB
What is happening in the US election, why, and how it matters for Australia
Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
13 October 2016
Notes [PDF 3557KB]
MP4 2.5GB
MP3 57MB
Private sector whistleblowing: options & issues for law reform in Australia
Presented by Professor A J Brown, Centre for Governance & Public Policy, Griffith University
12 October 2016
Notes [PDF 1280KB]
MP4 2.5GB
MP3 25MB