Lecture archive

2017 - The Honorable Howard Nathan: Bigotry, Referenda, Plebiscites, Polls and Conscription

The Honorable Howard Nathan is an adjunct professor at La Trobe University Law School and a former Supreme Court Judge who has continued to give his time and resources at both a local and international level, including significant support of the arts within Bendigo and regional Victoria. Howard discusses the constitutional issues arising from the conscription referenda, although they were in fact plebiscites, with a particular focus on Bendigo and passes comment upon the recent public opinion poll concerning marriage. The Honorable Howard Nathan: Bigotry, Referenda, Plebiscites, Polls and Conscription [PDF 400KB]

2016 - Jim Ife: Rethinking Human Rights in the 21st century

Apart from a touch of poetry, Emeritus Professor Jim Ife covered the rights of humans, animals and the earth, in relation to the “multiple and serious” human rights issues we face right now. “If the powers that be read Wordsworth, we’d have a much better world,” he said. Jim Ife: Rethinking Human Rights in the 21st century [PDF 112KB]

2015 - David Hunt: From Crown Tyranny to Australian Democracy

David Hunt an award winning and best selling Australian history author (Girt: The Unauthorized History of Australia) and podcaster. David discussed how a land settled by pickpockets, sheep thieves and Irishman transformed from Tyranny into a model constitutional democracy in a single human life span.

2013 - Rajmohan Ghandi: What would Gandhi do?

Professor Gandhi the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi – the human rights activist who led a peaceful resistance movement against the British Empire’s control of India. Profoundly influenced by his grandfather’s legacy, Professor Gandhi has spent his life working as a journalist, biographer and peace builder and shares his stories.

2012 - Painting a Picture:  Tony Ellwood and Karen Quinlan

John Higgs board director of the Bendigo Art Gallery chats with Tony Ellwood Director of National Gallery Victoria and Karen Quinlan Gallery Director about the key influencers and drivers that have guided their careers.

2007 - 2011

2011 - Shaun Tan: Tales from Inner Suburbia

Shaun Tan an award winning illustrator and Author of children’s books. Mr. Tan also directed the academy award winning short film “The lost thing”. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honoring his contribution to international children’s literature.

2010 - Ross Garnaut: Sustainability

Ross Garnaut an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

2009 - Education in Australia

Professor Mick Dodson AM, 2009 Australian of the Year delivered an inspirational lecture addressing the issues that must be met in order to see an improvement in the lives of all young Australians, in particularly young indigenous Australians.

2008 - Politics and the Public Language

One of Australia's most distinquished writers and public speakers, Mr Don Watson's lecture can be downloaded for free at i-Tunes or streamed via Politics and Public Language [mp3]

2007 - Can we avoid the looming ecological armageddon?

Award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, Dr David Suzuki. The lecture can be downloaded for free at i-Tunes or streamed via Can we avoid the looming ecological armageddon ? [mp3]

2002 - 2006

2006 - Globalisation, the WTO and a World without Walls

Rt Hon Mike Moore, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. Globalisation, the WTO and a World without Walls [PDF 68KB]

2005 - The Strange Case of Cornelia Rau

Professor Robert Manne The Strange Case of Cornelia Rau [PDF 92KB]

2004 - Integration, Quick Smart: Disability and Community

Dr Rhonda Galbally AO. Integration, Quick Smart: Disability and Community [PDF 56KB]

2003 - Alois Alzheimer - Gone but not forgotten?

Associate Professor Tony Snell. Alois Alzheimer - Gone but not forgotten? [PDF 72KB]

2002 - Footprints on the Sands of Time: Bendigo's Citizens, the 1909 Bendigonian Annual and Community History

Professor Jeff Brownrigg. Footprints on the Sands of Time: Bendigo's Citizens, the 1909 Bendigonian Annual and Community History [PDF 384KB]

1997 - 2001

2001 - 150 Years of Gold

Peter McCarthy. 150 Years of Gold [PDF 60KB]

2000 - Referendum - The Australian Way

The Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen. Referendum - The Australian Way [PDF 36KB]

1999 - Confronting Ageism - Towards a Society for All Ages

Delys Sargeant. Confronting Ageism - Towards a Society for All Ages [PDF 28KB]

1998 - What Makes a Place a Community

Dr Al Luloff. What Makes a Place a Community [PDF 92KB]

1997 - The Myth of the Level Playing Field

Dr John White. The Myth of the Level Playing Field [PDF 41KB]

1994 - 1996