Although we have a female Prime Minister, and have had five female Premiers – and many women cabinet ministers – why does Australia still have a society that dwells on the appearance and domestic arrangements of our female politicians? Dr Meredith Burgmann doesn’t know all the answers but she certainly has opinions.

Do you have fond memories of rolling Jaffas down the cinema aisles, of attempting to tear your Minties wrapper into the longest strip possible, or getting Fantales stuck between your teeth? Dr Lisa Murray uncovers the history of food manufacturing in the suburbs of Redfern, Alexandria, Waterloo and Surry Hills, reminding us that Sydney has long been a place of industry and production.

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.