May 2002

Commentary

31 May 2002

THE Intergenerational Report, released in the 2002-03 Federal Budget, is another sleight of hand. It claims to be about ageing and a blow out in health costs. But a closer look reveals that it identifies only a blow out in pharmaceutical costs.

Moreover, the...

Research report

29 May 2002

In New Approaches to Expanding the Supply of Affordable Housing in Australia: An Increasing Role for the Private Sector Mike Berry argues that reduced governments have been reducing their spending on social housing at a time when increasing economic inequality and insecurity and high house...

Research report

1 Nov 2001

The “host-home” program, which operates as part of Banksia Respite Services in Carrum Downs, Victoria, is designed to assist full-time carers of older people who have dementia. Paid workers take two or three older people into their own homes for up to six hours. The...

Research report

29 May 2002

Prepared by Ann Harding and Simon Kelly, the AMP-NATSEM Income and Wealth Report, Live Long and Prosper presents stark new evidence about the lack of preparedness among older Australians for retirement, leaving a potential legacy for younger Australians of higher taxes or more government debt....

Research report

29 May 2002

In Sole Parents, Social Wellbeing and Housing Assistance Terry Burke and Kath Hulse compare the attitudes and circumstances of two sets of sole parent households: those in public housing and those receiving government rental assistance in the private market. The survey data showed that housing...

Commentary

Article

29 May 2002

IN JUNE 2000, three months before I began studying at Harvard University, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community hit the shelves. Encountering Putnam’s “civic decline” thesis, I must confess that I was initially sceptical. It took almost all of the 13...

Research report

28 Jan 2002

Robert Putnam's influential book about 'social capital', Bowling Alone , uses volunteering as an index of civic participation and argues that the imminent decline of volunteering signals a potential crisis for democracy. Volunteering: The Human Face of Democracy by Jennifer Wilkinson and Michael Bittman challenges...

Research report

28 May 2002

Following the chemical contamination tragedies in Bhopal and Seveso, support for society's right to know about chemical hazards grew. Yet decades later, the rhetoric of community right to know still significantly outstrips the reality. As Mariann Lloyd-Smith discusses, environmentally sustainable chemical decision-making requires reliable, comprehensive...

Commentary

Article

28 May 2002

YOUR correspondent, a dedicated student of letters to the papers, reached the end of his tether again recently, this time at yet another letter of abuse and factual error about the refugees. Racist certainly, and wrong; it should never have been published....

Briefing paper

28 May 2002

Ministers hold positions of power and influence. Some of the knowledge they acquire might be of a confidential nature, or could confer on them advantages if subsequently, as private citizens, they were to work in an area related to their former responsibilities. This Research Note...

Research report

28 May 2002

In late 2001, the Standing Committee on Law and Justice handed down its findings from an inquiry into whether NSW should enact a statutory Bill of Rights. Despite major concessions on the inadequacies of the protection of rights in NSW, the Committee held that it...

Research report

28 May 2002

Developing research rarely heads Australian public discussion, so we should welcome contributions from outside the academy. Unfortunately, writes Gavin Moodie, the recent discussion paper from Institution of Engineers, Australia, on setting research and development priorities for Australia's future does not advance the debate. Concentrating research...

Research report

28 May 2002

This plan sets out to identify the cultural richness and diversity of the two areas from the standpoints of local tourism authorities, stakeholders, residents, and visitors. The plan describes two areas where the vitality and creativity of residents, in conjunction with unique built and natural...

Discussion paper

28 May 2002

In this paper, John McMillan reflects on the achievements and the obstacles to open government in Australia.

After nearly a decade of debate the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act commenced operating in 1982. The legislation made a small but vital contribution to a revolution...

Research report

24 Apr 2002

Last year, poker machine losses surged past the $2.3b mark, up almost 10% - or $141m - on the previous year. This growth occurred despite the industry introducing its own Responsible Code of Practice in 1997 and despite the Bracks Labor government introducing a range...

Research report

28 May 2002

Australia has a very different Muslim population from European countries: more recent, more diverse and far less numerous than, say, in France or the UK. Australia is also a country of immigrants, and has formally accepted the diversity of its population, evolving specific multicultural policies...

Research report

28 May 2002

In The Recruitment of Older Workers: A Survey of a High Growth Industry Michael Bittman, Mardi Flick and James Rice from the Social Policy Research Centre present the results of a survey on employer attitudes and practices towards the recruitment of older workers in the...

Research report

28 May 2002

Recent media coverage has highlighted the difficulties of estimating poverty accurately. The concept of 'poverty' is not easy to define and even once it is defined it is not easy to measure in a way that is true to the definition. In An Introduction to...

Research report

24 Mar 2010

In The Future Costs of Health Care in Aging Societies: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Deborah Freund and Timothy Smeeding from Syracuse University, USA, discuss concerns that modern rich nations will not be able to afford the growing health care costs of...

Research report

28 May 2002

In Does Population Aging Represent a Crisis for Rich Societies? Gary Burtless from the Brookings Institution in Washington discusses the alleged fiscal crisis facing industrialised nations as a result of population aging. It argues that the idea of crisis is misleading because it takes too...

Research report

28 May 2002

Prepared for the Australian Broadcasting Authority by Ben Goldsmith, Julian Thomas, Tom O'Regan and Stuart Cunningham, The Future for Local Content: Options for Emerging Technologies considers the cultural and social objectives of media policy in the context of technological change - including the transition to...

Conference paper

28 May 2002

The Decriminalisation of Domestic Violence , by Heather Douglas and Lee Godden, is based on a survey of all domestic violence protection order files in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for 2001. In the 694 files examined, only three perpetrators were charged with criminal offences. To...

Research report

28 May 2002

This position paper, Funding High Cost Biotechnology under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme , was prepared to aid discussions by stakeholders in the scheme at a forum in Sydney on 7 March 2002. The aim was to identify and assess possible mechanisms or models for funding...

Research report

28 May 2002

Downturns in the job market have traditionally led to the creation of new government labour market schemes from the ground up. But in this paper economist John Quiggin considers the feasibility of a flexible system of active labour market policy which would adjust to the...

Discussion paper

28 May 2002

Ann Harding and Harry Greenwell consider trends in income and expenditure inequality in Australia using data from the last four Household Expenditure Surveys and Income Distribution Surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The results suggest that income inequality increased during the 1990s, but...

Working paper

28 May 2002

In The Occupational and Skill Structures of New Apprenticeships: A Commentary (Acirrt Working Paper 74), Phil Toner examines the occupational structure of the recent intake of New Apprenticeships. His analysis reveals that traineeships are highly skewed toward slower skilled occupations such as labouring and elementary...

Research report

28 May 2002

Guts, intelligence, and integrity are a rare combination in journalism, writes Alan Knight in this review of Chris Masters' new book Not for Publication . But even that may not be enough to keep the Australian electorate informed. The big media's shift from serving the...

Other text

15 May 2002

Law and the Media: Adversaries or Allies in Safeguarding Freedom, was the theme of Justice Michael Kirby's speech at a recent graduation ceremony at Southern Cross University. Here is the slightly edited text of that speech.

An occasional speaker is obliged to say...

Research report

14 May 2002

When may half-Senate elections be held? This Research Note suggests that Prime Ministers do not have as much freedom in this matter as public discussion would tend to suggest.

Research report

14 May 2002

Legalised gambling facilities and opportunities have expanded greatly in Australia over the last 30 or so years. This has led to substantial increases in amounts wagered, net losses and government revenues, both in nominal and real terms. This Paper concentrates on the financial aspects of...

Transcript

14 May 2002

Text of the sixteenth Sir Richard Blackburn Lecture, presented by The Hon Alastair Nicholson, AO RFD, Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia at the Law Society of the ACT, 14 May 2002

Research report

14 May 2002

A major component of Australia's income support system is the provision of benefits for veterans (people who saw active service in wartime, usually overseas) and their dependants. This component is not administered by CentreLink but by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). It provides income...

Research report

8 May 2002

Transcript of a lecture by Mr Don Kenyon AM: "The EU is an important export market for Australia accounting for some 15% of Australia's merchandise exports. The EU is also the major source of imports into Australia, accounting for some 22% of total imports and...

Research report

1 May 2002

Leslie Cannold provides an analysis of several philosophically interesting results of a recent study of the fertility decision-making of thirty-five childless/childfree Australian and American women. While most women endorsed and expanded on longstanding normative prescriptions for how a "good" mother ought to feel and behave,...

Research report

1 May 2002

This report focuses on the experience of young people in immigration detention centres and how they felt it affected them. It considers the human rights standards that Australia has agreed to and how it is respecting them in regards to children seeking asylum. The report...

Research report

1 May 2002

This study investigates the impact on population projections of separating net overseas migration into net permanent migration and net long-term temporary movement and attaches varying assumptions to these components. It also provides a population projection model which allows the impact on future population of different...

Research report

1 May 2002

In Australia in 1989, for the first time in the world, a broadly-based, income-contingent loan policy for the repayment of higher education charges was adopted. In this article Bruce Chapman and Chris Ryan argue that compared to all possible alternatives, income contingent loans...

Research report

1 May 2002

This paper examines the occurrence and practice of graffiti in NSW and the ways in which it has been dealt with in recent years. It is the harm caused by graffiti to the community, in terms of property damage and fear of crime, that is...

Research report

1 May 2002

Catherine McDonald and William Mitchell argue that despite a superficial ideological attractiveness and an apparent institutional 'fit', the current policy orientation represented in third way ideas in particular are inappropriate in the Australian context.

Australia developed a unique welfare settlement dependant on full employment....