August 2002

Research report

27 Aug 2002

The latest developments in advanced economies, like Australia, have seen the emergence of a phenomenon variously referred to as the "new economy", "knowledge economy" or "information economy". The ABS data indicate that in Australia's case this is most evident in those industries that utilise high...

Research report

27 Aug 2002

In the Australian political party system MPs are sometimes given the opportunity to exercise a "conscience vote" on moral and social issues such as abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment. The decision of the major parties to allow members a free vote on the Research Involving...

Research report

27 Aug 2002

The Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 governs employment of staff -- commonly called "ministerial advisers" -- by MPs and ministers. Although it has served to provide a systematic framework for employment of political staff, questions are emerging about whether the legislation ensures an appropriate...

Research report

26 Aug 2002

In 2001 A.J. Brown, supported by the Local Government Association of Queensland, surveyed 1264 Queenslanders for attitudes to future constitutional change, including a sample of 259 local government opinion leaders. Results suggest ongoing political, functional and theoretical challenges surrounding local government in Australia. Only 22%...

Research report

26 Aug 2002

During 2001, A.J. Brown surveyed 1264 Queenslanders for attitudes to the federal system and constitutional change. Despite satisfaction with their political system, a majority of population (62-63%) expect and look forward to change in basic structure over the next 100 years. A substantial proportion (around...

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23 Aug 2002

Margo Huxley examines the strategies and resources mobilised in the defence of urban areas, and looks at the way in which the Melbourne resident action group, Save Our Suburbs, was able to subsume different sources of conflict under the banner of a particular representation of...

Research report

23 Aug 2002

David Abello and Helen MacDonald report on a study on the impact of the Job Network on non-profit providers. It finds competition has fostered innovative practices but also introduced conflicts between community sector information sharing and cooperation, and the need to guard market knowledge and...

Commentary

Article

23 Aug 2002

In Australia, the policy towards digital terrestrial TV is barely worth the name, says Julian Thomas in this article for OpenDemocracy. There is a hole where vision and planning should be.

Research report

23 Aug 2002

Recent proposals for social welfare reform in Australia are predicated on the assumption that passive welfare systems have eroded pro-work attitudes and values. Staying on welfare is believed to have become either a life-style choice or a form of learned helplessness. Rob Strathdee and David...

Research report

22 Aug 2002

In the second part of their analysis of the role of mass media in child abuse prevention, Bernadette Saunders and Chris Goddard discuss the benefits of mass media programs as a tool to advocate for children's rights and more specifically, to promote awareness of, and...

Research report

22 Aug 2002

In the field of marriage and relationships research there has tended to be a preoccupation with relationship breakdown and dissolution, obscuring the body of literature that explores the reasons why many marriages are enduring, satisfying and happy. Drawing on this literature, Robyn Parker discusses some...

Research report

19 Aug 2002

The governmen's rhetoric presumes that all boat people are trying to jump the queue. We treat them as criminals until they can prove they are refugees, locking them up in the desert to send a message to their countrymen. This policy presumes we can isolate...

Research report

19 Aug 2002

Widespread community debate and understanding, as well as demonstrable support for the principle of a Bill of Rights, must develop before detailed models are considered, argues Louise Chappell. This is not to say that canvassing possible models is not important. But exclusive focus on the...

Research report

16 Aug 2002

Are we doing enough training? If we need to do more, then who should pay for it? In this discussion paper, Mark Cully examines these questions by comparing Australia’s training system with those of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and France. The...

Research report

13 Aug 2002

The key factors in promoting resident participation in renewal are community development approaches that start with local people, identify local issues and give residents the confidence and skills to influence their communities writes Bill Randolph.

Much of the debate and policy action involving area...

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13 Aug 2002

On the surface, it would seem that guaranteeing privacy protection for human genetic samples and information, and preventing discriminatory use of such information would be goals shared by most Australians. However, recent advances in human genetics have created opportunities and dilemmas, as well as confusions...

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13 Aug 2002

Over the past thirty years, there has been a gradual shift toward the adoption of "new right" ideologies in post-industrial advanced capitalist welfare state policies. In this paper Kate Green traces the emergence and critiques of this concept of mutual obligation by focusing on the...

Research report

13 Aug 2002

This final report of an AHURI research project addresses questions raised on the future environment for housing policy, labour markets, housing markets and the shifting metropolitan balance. It is specifically concerned with the spatial implications of socio-demographic and economic change on the two major housing...

Research report

13 Aug 2002

With each new minister comes a new review and reform of higher education with no reference to previous ones. Minister Brendan Nelson has launched Higher Education at the Crossroads, which rounds up the usual banalities about the importance of higher education, but makes clear there...

Research report

13 Aug 2002

Prepared in collaboration with Macquarie Bank, this report aims to identify an appropriate financial product and vehicle for raising retail private finance for investment in community housing.

Research report

13 Aug 2002

Lyn Carson, Stuart White, Carolyn Hendriks and Jane Palmer report on a consultation experiment they conducted confirming community support for container deposit legislation in NSW. They claim that the greater the level of deliberation, the more confident policy makers can be in the results of...

Research report

12 Aug 2002

War is so obviously a bad thing that pacifism, which is defined by its hostility to war, would seem, on the face of it, to be a morally attractive position. Yet recent philosophical discussions of pacifism have tended to be unsympathetic, if not downright dismissive....

Research report

12 Aug 2002

Great hopes have been invested in the Australian Democrats as Australia's first participatory, post-materialist and woman-friendly party. The Democrats have been a feminised party in terms of leadership, policy and electoral support. Counter-trends have been evident, however, and there are now only two women Democrat...

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12 Aug 2002

The ambivalence Australia has shown towards the international rights system resolved into antagonism on 24 July, when Australia voted against the adoption of the text of a protocol designed to strengthen the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture in the UN's Economic and Social Council....

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8 Aug 2002

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children has been funded as part of the Department of Family and Community Services Stronger Families and Communities Strategy , which aims to establish new partnerships to strengthen families and communities and develop and deliver solutions at a local level....

Research report

31 Jul 2004

The papers in this publication have been developed from presentations made at a workshop held at the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2001. The purpose of that meeting was to explore the possibility of establishing a national multidisciplinary research partnership focused on the needs...

Research report

6 Aug 2002

This positioning paper outlines an AHURI research project which will examine the effects of urban economic change on the western region of Melbourne, focusing specifically on local labour and housing markets. The specific concern of the study will be how changes in the dynamics of...

Research report

6 Aug 2002

If, as a number of writers have predicted, the computers of the future will possess intelligence and capacities that exceed our own then it seems as though they will be worthy of a moral respect at least equal to human beings. Drawing on Alan Turing's...

Research report

6 Aug 2002

This paper presents the research plan for a project that will examine these questions focusing on working age income support recipients and other members of the low-income population across Australia.

Research report

6 Aug 2002

Our view of the value of government-provided housing assistance tends to concentrate on the direct impacts of assistance - the impact of a rent subsidy, for example, on a household's housing costs and as an element of government outlays. But housing assistance also has positive...

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6 Aug 2002

Most theorists agree that a theory of justice ought to be practical. Janna Thompson argues that there is no theory of global justice that is both morally adequate and realistic. Those that are adequate as far as their moral content is concerned are unrealistic, and...

Research report

6 Aug 2002

It is commonplace to say there is a judicial duty of make decisions according to law. But this construction of judicial ethics is threatened by radical disagreement as to what it means to make decisions in accordance with law. In this paper Professor Tom Campbell...

Research report

6 Aug 2002

This report draws on the concept of locational disadvantage to evaluate three different housing assistance programs in relation to a whole of government response to major shifts in welfare provision, and with due consideration to current trends in social economic restructuring. The study compares the...

Research report

1 Aug 2002

This paper by Al Rainnie presented at the 'Innovation and Regional Competitiveness' Conference, University of Ballarat in August 2002 argues that an important strand to emerge from the globalisation literature has been the reemergence of regions as significant actors on the economic stage. This can...