June 2002

Report

28 Jun 2002

The referral of power by the states to the Commonwealth was effective in "fixing" the Corporations Law by replacing it with the Corporations Act. But it has proved to be no more than a stop-gap measure, doing nothing to remedy the fact that the constitution,...

Report

28 Jun 2002

This bulletin challenges the assumption that 25 to 34-year-olds, having undertaken training and gained work experience, can readily find secure employment. It documents the experiences of young men and women who have not found full-time permanent jobs, and the effects of uncertain employment on their...

Report

27 Jun 2002

The Housing and Other Service Needs of Recently Arrived Immigrants is the final report of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia. The research found that recent immigrants made considerable use of government and other services, varying considerably by tenure, with home owners and...

Report

25 Jun 2002

Prepared by Peter McDonald and Steve Dowrick, this analysis of the federal government's Intergenerational Report suggest that the report reaches unduly pessimistic conclusions by understating the effect of a fall in unemployment, greatly underestimating the potential for future increases in labour force participation rates, and...

Report

25 Jun 2002

It is now four years since the original HIV Futures report was released and we had for the first time a comprehensive picture of the complexity and diversity of the lives of HIV positive Australians. This survey, HIV Futures 3: Positive Australians on Services, Health...

Report

25 Jun 2002

In collaboration with biological scientists at Northern Territory University and Bawinaga Aboriginal Corporation in central Arnhem Land, Jon Altman aims to generate creative ideas about development futures for Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land. By broadening the notion of economy and development to include the...

Working paper

25 Jun 2002

Sharon Duchesneau and Candy McCullough's decision in the US to seek out and employ a sperm donor with a family history of deafness in order to maximise their chances of having a deaf child raises a number of ethical questions. Do parents have an obligation...

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2002

Independent rural MP Peter Andren stood his ground on asylum seekers and became more popular than ever. Peter Browne reports on new findings about why the voters supported their local member.

SOMETIME in the late 1890s Edward Andren, a sailor from Gothenburg in...

Report

18 Jun 2002

The accountability of ministerial staff has re-emerged as an issue during the hearings of the Senate Committee inquiring into "a certain maritime incident". The growth of ministerial staff numbers and the perception that they operate independently of direct ministerial supervision suggests that new accountability mechanisms...

Report

18 Jun 2002

This paper analyses the growth in numbers of ministerial staff and discusses the accountability of staffers, particularly their accountability to Parliament, in an historical perspective.

It also looks at the regulation (or lack of regulation) of the people who work for the government of...

Commentary

Article

17 Jun 2002

Against expectations, Mike Rann’s Labor government is functioning smoothly, according to Haydon Manning

OVER the last decade and a half South Australians have enjoyed only four years of government by a party able to command a clear majority on the floor of parliament,...

Briefing paper

17 Jun 2002

This Current Affairs Brief examines the "multiple functions" of agriculture -- including food security, environmental protection and the viability of rural areas -- and the debate underway for the present World Trade Organization Round. It considers the parties to the debate, summarises the underlying issues...

Technical report

15 Jun 2002

An easily avoidable disaster that can befall poultry enthusiasts is the introduction of disease into their flock. It can be a huge cost both financially and emotionally, to build up a valuable breed or line of poultry, only to have them jeopardised by the introduction...

Report

14 Jun 2002

Klaus Neumann, an associate of the Institute, has written extensively about the history and culture of Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Germany. He has recently completed a fellowship at the National Archives of Australia dealing with Australia's treatment of refugees prior to the...

Report

14 Jun 2002

The government's discourse suggests it is the "dependence" of people with disability that keeps them on income support, not labour demand problems, argue David Abelló and Jenny Chalmers. It suggests these people do not make useful contributions to their communities, and make no effort to...

Report

14 Jun 2002

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's discussion paper on paid maternity leave in Australia signifies the formal arrival of paid maternity on the nation's agenda. In this discussion of the paper, Marian Baird argues maternity leave must be discussed seriously, without contamination from competing...

Report

12 Jun 2002

Australia's population is ageing. While the population has increased more than fourfold since the beginning of the 20th century, fertility and mortality rates have undergone significant changes, and overseas migration has fluctuated substantially. Ageing Yet Diverse: The Changing Shape of Australia's Population focuses on the...

Report

11 Jun 2002

In a paper prepared for the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment and Training's Taskforce on Teacher Quality & Educational Leadership, Lawrence Ingvarson discusses what we mean by "good teaching" and considers what a national standards framework would include and how it would operate. He argues...

Report

11 Jun 2002

While there is a considerable body of research relating to housing, disability and care, there have been very few studies that have looked at policy linkages across all three areas and the combined impact of policies in meeting unmet need. Housing and Care for Younger...

Commentary

Article

11 Jun 2002

David Burchell looks at what Neville Wran’s review of the 2001 election campaign does and doesn’t tell us about why Labor lost.

SOME WEEKS AGO I received a phone call from an old acquaintance who works nowadays at the ABC. He needed to...

Briefing paper

11 Jun 2002

The recent Victorian state budget received rave reviews from the social sector on the day it was brought down last month. But how good was it? asks David Hayward in his post-budget analysis for the Victorian Council of Social Service.

Article

5 Jun 2002

Peter Mares, author of the bestselling book Borderline: Australia's Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, argues that the government's response to the Tampa was consistent with its longer-term strategy, but could usher in a dangerous new phase in people smuggling. Peter Mares was speaking...

Report

4 Jun 2002

In his contribution to The Drawing Board's symposium on the 2002-03 federal budget, Graeme Cheeseman argues that, while most post-budget commentaries have made much of the government's political motives for focussing on border protection and the war against terrorism, less has been said about the...

Report

4 Jun 2002

Ken Harvey argues that value for money is more important than bottom line PBS cost. Cutting costs too far in the wrong way will produce poor value for the health system if people get sick because they do not have appropriate access to medicines and...

Commentary

Article

3 Jun 2002

In his contribution to a symposium on the 2002-03 federal budget, Ian McAuley argues that the federal government's Intergenerational Report (budget paper #5) exposes the narrowness of Commonwealth budgetary policy. It is concerned with budget expenditures only, rather than the community's total health care costs....

Report

4 Jun 2002

This Research Note considers the international instruments dealing with free speech and notes the lack of an express legislative basis for freedom of speech either in the Constitution or in other legislation. Decisions of the High Court which have found an implied freedom of political...

Report

3 Jun 2002

In this submission to the Senate committee examining the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002, the Communications Law Centre argues that the public interest will most effectively be addressed by maintaining current regulations until such time as a genuine, workable media-specific public interest test...

Working paper

3 Jun 2002

The labour hire industry likes to portray its business as the provision of flexible labour to help employers cope with fluctuations in demand, a short term need for specialist skills, or the covering of staff absences. But according to Richard Hall the reality is that...

Submission

3 Jun 2002

In this submission to the Senate committee examining the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002, Jock Given argues that it is not clear that the provisions of the Bill will lead to the greater diversity and competition it professes to promote. On the contrary,...

Briefing paper

1 Jun 2002

This paper explains what cloning and stem cell research are, canvasses the ethical issues associated with such work, and outlines the regulatory framework in which it operates.

The issues of human cloning and stem cell research introduce terms which are not necessarily in every...

Report

1 Jun 2002

Jane Kenway's chapter in Marginson, S. and Manderson, L. (Eds) Postgraduate Training in the Social Sciences (2002) considers the specificity of Education faculties in Australia over time and the implications of key changes within the tertiary sector, education systems and the education profession for their...

Report

1 Jun 2002

Bruno Frey writes that when discussing constitutional design, economists concentrate on the propensity of individuals to free ride. Preventing opportunistic behaviour by knaves has costs by crowding out civic virtue. Another view emphasises active citizen participation in order to bolster civic virtue. A viable constitution...

Report

1 Jun 2002

In this article article submitted to the McGill Journal of Education, Pat Thomson and Barbara Comber argue that students in disadvantaged schools are very often seen as lacking in ability, motivation and appropriate academic skills.

In a practitioner-university co-research project which investigated literacy learning,...

Report

1 Jun 2002

This paper by Anna Kraack and Jane Kenway, first published in Special Issue of Rural Sociology on Rural Youth (2002), focuses on rural young people in time and space, examining the implications of changes in their location for their youthful identities and reputations-particularly those of...

Report

1 Jun 2002

This report provides an understanding of the services required by young people in the year 2015, based on a thorough analysis of recent trends and expert projections of those trends. The report analyses key social and economic changes for young people in Australia over the...

Report

1 Jun 2002

Full text of Professor Paul James' Inaugural Professorial Lecture at Kaleide Theatre, RMIT, in 2002. James writes: "Senior government figures are lying. They are telling lies of a very particular kind. The confronting thing however is not just what John Howard, Peter Reith or Philip...