Research

30 July 2015

In this speech at the Australian National University, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, reflects on the state of racism in Australian society – in particular some of the emerging challenges we face in combating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.

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30 July 2015

A little more than a decade after independence, the small island state of East Timor is exhibiting the hallmarks of a neo-patrimonialist state.

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29 July 2015

From the tiniest nations of the Pacific to a giant like China, developing countries are demonstrating that reducing poverty and tackling climate change can, and indeed must, go hand in hand.

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29 July 2015

This paper identifies some of the key decisions to be made by ADF leaders over the next two years to ensure that Australia has an amphibious warfare capability that’s effective and relevant to future challenges and provide specific recommendations on them.

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29 July 2015

Identifies potential sources of influence that threaten judicial independence, and reflects upon what insights Vanuatu’s experiences may provide into the influence of informal networks on judicial independence more broadly.

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29 July 2015

This report argues that the number, type and sophistication of cyber security threats to Australia and Australians are increasing.

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28 July 2015

Australia's agricultural future is bright but faces challenges. This report delivers evidence-based research and interdisciplinary findings to support policy development in areas of importance to Australian agriculture.

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27 July 2015

This paper discusses the available data and statistics relating to suicide and suicidal behaviour in women.

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26 July 2015

A huge spread of achievement levels in Australian classrooms is making it hard for teachers to implement best education practice and target their teaching to the needs of every individual student.

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25 July 2015

This paper describes the operation of existing state taxes; evaluates the different taxes in terms of their effects on revenue, efficiency, equity and simplicity; and proposes a number of reform packages to increase national productivity and improve simplicity.

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24 July 2015

The Government has released new research on the levels of online copyright infringement in Australia and why people choose to download content illegally.

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24 July 2015

Around 20% of those aged 10–16 when released from sentenced community-based supervision in 2012–13 returned to sentenced supervision in 6 months, and 44% returned within 12 months.

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2015

The community store licensing regime was first introduced as part of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 (Cth) and subsequently expanded under the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012 (Cth). The legislation introduced a new penalty regime with a range of...

2015

Payday loans are small-amount, short-term, unsecured, high-cost credit contracts provided by non-mainstream credit providers. Payday loans are usually taken out to help the consumer pay for essential items, such as food, rent, electricity, petrol, broken-down appliances or car registration or...

2015

John Milton, one of the English language's finest poets, once likened free speech to a "flowery crop of knowledge," and in addressing the British Parliament in 1644 cautioned against censorship, which he likened to "an oligarchy" that would "bring famine upon our...

2015

There is a long history of Australian government policy and initiatives by non‑government bodies that aim to secure the inclusion of people who are understood to be excluded. In this context, the term 'social inclusion' has come to be associated with two policy moments in...

2015

Review(s) of: Rationalism, pluralism, and freedom, by Jacob Levy, Oxford University Press, 2015, $66.95, 322 pages, ISBN 9780198717140.