Seminar

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11 September 2014
Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...

Gambling issues are frequently in the public eye. What does the latest research say about social risks of gambling? What regulatory tools are used in Victoria to manage costs and benefits? The two speakers at this seminar will explore these questions. Robert Kerr is a volunteer with the Research and Policy Centre of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Robert is a Commissioner of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, following a career as an economist with the Treasury, Productivity Commission and the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission.Read more

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4 September 2014
Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...

Young people stereotyped as ‘NEET’, ‘Homeless’ and ‘Disadvantaged’ have become canaries in the coal mine of our society.  The growing challenges we identify in young people point to faults in our ecosystem that we must resolve, but instead we continue to focus on trying to promote, ‘save’ or ‘blame’ young people as the source of the problem.  How can we apply a smarter approach that can ‘free the canary’ at the same time as addressing the real challenges of how we think about, invest in and work with young people?Read more

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17 September 2014
Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...

What happens when a young person in educational setting encounters real life workplaces and the people who work in them?  Over recent years, governments around the globe have encouraged ever greater employer engagement with education.  In this seminar, Dr Anthony Mann will present international evidence on the impact activities like work experience placements, enterprise competitions and careers fairs can have in terms of young people’s employment outcomes and also present new approaches for understanding why positive impacts can often be expected.  He concludes by drawing out the...Read more

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9 October 2014
Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...

Commissioning is a concept that originally emerged in the UK around 20 years ago and has been used since this time to drive reform in a number of different areas of public services.  Broadly speaking the commissioning agenda represents an attempt to reduce the role of the state in the provision of services and instead promote the ides that public authorities should be an enabler; the strategic oversight function concerned with assessing needs of defined populations and the outcomes delivered by services.  This concept has recently started to enter...Read more

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2 October 2014
Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitroy...

At various times the University of Melbourne has had a local reputation for being a rather disagreeable neighbour.  For many residents of Carlton, and particularly residents of the public housing estates, proximity to the University has not increased their educational or socioeconomic opportunities.  A local partnership initiative has recently attempted to address these perceptions and explore possibilities for promoting mutually beneficial outcomes for both local communities and the University.Read more

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19 August 2014
Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus, Building: TD Room: 121

When American troops led the invasion of Iraq in 2003, one question that was widely asked was: how long will it be this time before Hollywood tackles the topic? Notoriously, with Vietnam, there was a long standoff, with hardly a film produced while the long war continued. This time, though, in very curious circumstances, the response of the film-making community was quick, sharp and repeated. In all 24 fiction films tackling different aspects of the war appeared between 2005-8. These films share many features.Read more

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28 August 2014
Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...

The early years of life are critically important in determining children’s long-term development, and it is parents who are children’s first and most enduring educators. Research consistently shows that the impact of the home environment and the quality of parent-child relationships exert the strongest and most durable effects on children’s development.Read more

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12 August 2014
Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus Room LB311

This paper focuses on the scopophilic aspects of large scale data visualization - the fantasy of command and control through seeing (Halperin 2014) - and places these in relation to key sites and conventions inside the tech industry. Borrowing John Caldwell's (2008) notion of "industrial reflexivity", I explain the charismatic power and performative effects that attend representations of data as visual spectacle.Read more

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19 August 2014 to 26 August 2014
Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus

This election year Oxfam will again be holding election debates on issues relevant to international development. Two election debates are planned for Wellington in August:

Round 1: The Foreign Affairs Debate
19 August, 6.15-7.45pm
Victoria University Pipitea Campus
Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 2

Round 2: The Climate Change Debate
26 August 6.15-7.45pm
Victoria University Pipitea Campus
Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1Read more

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14 August 2014
Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...

The Lady Vanishes: Australia’s Disappearing Voluntary SectorRead more