Can Obama win the 2012 US Election? Obama’s term as President has been characterised by contrasts. His election was met with hope and high expectations, but his national approval rating hit an all-time low in late 2011. What are Obama’s chances of re-engaging the voters who turned out in droves to elect him in 2008? Will they stay home, disillusioned, or will they support Obama’s record in a very challenging financial and political environment?

**NB: This talk is now on Monday, 18 Feb** Peter FitzSimons brings to life the Eureka Stockade, the events which caused it and changes to Australia’s societal fabric that occurred after the battle.