Seminars and Lectures 2018-19

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 2018–19

Title/Speaker MP3/MP4
National Reconciliation Week
Wednesday 29th May
Presented by Professor Tom Calma AO
Notes: [PDF 6.90MB] [MP4 120MB]
MP4 250MB
Understanding the Budget
Tuesday 2nd April
Presented by Adrian Makeham-Kirchner, Phillip Hawkins and Dr Elizabeth Wakerly
Notes: [PDF 1.87MB]
MP4 208MB
MP3 46MB
Pre-Budget Seminar
Monday 1st April
Presented by Professor Beth Webster and Professor James Morley
Notes: [PDF 3.15MB]
MP4 211MB
MP3 48MB
Forgotten founder—George Houstoun Reid
Tuesday 4th December 2018
Presented by David Headon
MP4 227MB
The National Disability Insurance Scheme: is it meeting its objectives?
Tuesday 27th November
Presented by Helen Dickinson
Notes: [PDF 1.3MB]
MP4 192MB
MP3 46MB
Rising Inequality? A stocktake of the evidence
Wednesday 17 October
Presented by Jonathan Coppel, Commissioner
Notes [PDF 2.2MB]
MP4 194MB 
MP3 43MB
Section 44—Office of profit under the Crown
Thursday 20th September
Presented by Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
MP4 238MB
MP3 53MB
Developments on the Korean Peninsula
Tuesday 18th September
Presented by Dr Euan Graham, Senior Fellow, Lowy Institute
MP4 252MB 
Cybersecurity and electoral integrity
Tuesday 11th September
Presented by Tom Uren, ASPI
Notes [PDF 3.4MB]
MP4 231MB
MP3 51MB 
Tech briefing: New Genetic Technologies
Wednesday 22 August
Presented by Dr TJ Higgins AO FAA FTSE
Notes [PDF  1.4MB]
MP4 186MB
MP3 43MB
Tech briefing: Blockchain technologies
Wednesday 15 August
Presented by Rob Hanson, ANU and Data61
Notes [PDF  2.3MB]
MP4 234MB
MP3 53MB