Seminars and Lectures 2017-18

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 2017–18

Title/Speaker MP3/MP4
National Reconciliation Week Lecture
Thursday 31 May 2018
Presented by Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous, and Professor of Law, University of New South Wales
MP3 72MB 
Australian Crime statistics - context is everything
Thursday 24 May 2018
Presented by Professor Toni Makkai, Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University
Notes [PDF 3.59MB]
MP3 53MB
Understanding the Budget
Tuesday 8 May 2018
Presented by Adrian Makeham-Kirchner, Phillip Hawkins and Dr Jonathon Deans
Notes [PDF 2MB]
MP4 207MB
MP3 49MB
Strategic context Pre-Budget Seminar
Monday 7 May 2018
Presented by Professor Warwick McKibbin AO and Dr John Edwards
Notes [PDF 425KB]
MP4 241MB
MP3 58MB
Taking stock of section 44 of the Constitution
Thursday 30 November 2017
Presented by Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
Notes [PDF 91KB]
MP4 221MB
MP3 52MB
Alfred Deakin as Prime Minister
Wednesday 18 October 2017
Presented by Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, La Trobe University
MP4 204MB
MP3 48MB
Australia’s anti-money laundering regime in the international context
Tuesday 12th September
Presented by Liz Atkins PSM, former Deputy CEO of AUSTRAC, Australia’s AML/CTF agency.
Notes [PDF 928KB]
MP4 200MB
MP3 46MB