Seminars and Lectures 2019-20

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 2019–20

Title/Speaker MP3/MP4
The Australian labour market—unpacking the ABS statistics
Wednesday 26 February
Presented by Bjorn Jarvis, head of the labour statistics program at the Australian Bureau of Statistics
Slides: [PDF 1483KB]
MP3 58MB
Colonial frontier massacres
Wednesday 12 February
Presented by Professor Lyndall Ryan, Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science (History) at the University of Newcastle
Notes: [PDF 327KB]
Warning: readers and viewers might find this material disturbing
MP4 190MB
One year until the next presidential inauguration: What to expect from America in 2020
Thursday 6 February
Presented by Kim Hoggard, Fellow, United States Studies Centre and former staffer for President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush; and Dr David Smith, Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre and University of Sydney
MP4 100MB
The prerogative, the courts and article 9 of the Bill of Rights
Thursday 28 November
Presented by Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
Notes: [PDF 280KB]
MP4 190MB
Why Politics? Ambition and Ideals in Alfred Deakin's shifting political vocation
Wednesday 27 November
Presented by Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, Latrobe University
Notes: [PDF 353KB]
MP4 160MB
Challenges for trust, fairness and regulators in an AI and algorithm-driven economy
Thursday 17 October
Presented by Peter Leonard, Professor of Practice at UNSW Business School (Information Systems and Business and Taxation Law); Principal of Data Synergies, a data commercialisation consultancy, and previously a foundation partner of national law firm Gilbert + Tobin.
Notes: [PDF 240KB], Slides: [PDF 6MB]
MP4 230MB
Productivity — the main driver of living standards
Wednesday 16 October
Presented by Ralph Latimore, Executive Manager of the Canberra office of the Productivity Commission and Ben Dolman, Assistant Commissioner—Research at the Australian Government Productivity Commission
MP4 200MB
Political marketing and democracy
Tuesday 15 October 
Presented by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment, University of Auckland
MP4 140MB
Puzzles of a Prime Minister - Alfred Deakin Revealed
Monday 14 October
Presented by Dr David Headon
MP4 260MB
So much more than a Prime Minister–Andrew Fisher
Thursday 10 October
Presented by Dr David Headon
MP4 250MB
Declining trust in politics: what can be done about it?
Tuesday 17 September
Presented by Professor Ian McAllister and Professor Patrick Dumont
MP4 160MB
MP3 38MB
Protecting and nurturing the role of the APS in serving the Government, the Parliament and the Australian Public: reflections on the APS Review
Tuesday 10th September
Presented by Professor Andrew Podger AO, Honorary Professor of Public Policy, Australian National University
Notes: [PDF 420KB]
MP4 200MB
MP3 56MB
Australia’s press freedom: how do we compare against international standards?
Tuesday 23rd July
Presented by Dr Julie Posetti
MP4 255MB