September 2002

Report

26 Sep 2002

This report from the Centre for Development and Innovation in Health, Latrobe University, presents the findings and conclusions of the final impact evaluation of the NRCCPH. It is the last stage of a three year evaluation. The evaluation methodology included document analysis of a range...

Report

26 Sep 2002

The aim of this project was to investigate whether and how consumers and community groups would like to be involved in quality improvement initiatives undertaken at the Flinders Medical Centre, to explore issues for consumers which may inhibit or enhance their participation, and to use...

Commentary

Article

25 Sep 2002

The constitutional change debate has shifted ground, according to John Warhurst

THE BIG constitutional questions about structural and systemic change in the political system don’t go away. They include political representation issues such as the possible introduction of citizen-initiated referendums and a...

Working paper

25 Sep 2002

For three decades new social movements have undergone scrutiny from political scientists with much written about why social movements exist and how they attract members. However little has been done on the influence of these mass mobilisations. In this paper I investigate normative and empirical...

Report

24 Sep 2002

Tasmanian voters went to the polls on 20 July 2002, well before an election was due. Dubbed "the cold snap election", it was only the fifth Tasmanian election held in the middle of winter. The Bacon Labor government was comfortably returned, the Liberal Party lost...

Report

24 Sep 2002

This overview report covers the first stage of a review commissioned by the Tasmanian government on the impact of extended shifts on the Tasmanian mining industry. The findings are based on information obtained from over 1000 employees, families, management and other stakeholders across all sites....

Report

24 Sep 2002

The AustralianUnity Wellbeing Index is designed to promote greater public and political awareness of the social factors underpinning wellbeing, as well as enhancing scientific understanding of subjective wellbeing.

Report

17 Sep 2002

This is the fourth in a series on political theories in Australia. The earlier Research Notes were on conservatism, liberalism and socialism. This Note discusses the main strands of populism, it discusses populism overseas as well as in Australia, and concludes that populist ideas will...

Report

19 Sep 2002

What policies and practices do working men and women believe would make a positive difference in helping them find a better balance between these two spheres? The object of acirrt's latest Working Paper by Lousie Thornthwaite is to shed light on what employees want by...

Report

13 Sep 2002

This e-Brief provides an overview of child abuse and some of the measures aimed at reducing its incidence in Australia. Various data on child abuse is included, as well as a broad summary of its consequences. The roles of both the Commonwealth and the states/territories...

Report

19 Sep 2002

This e-Brief provides easy access to recent material on the extent of poverty in Australia, the characteristics of those in poverty and some recent international comparative studies. Links to recent research and commentary guide the reader to the original documents.

Report

19 Sep 2002

... used by the Australian government for not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. The institute's director, Clive Hamilton, tackles each of them in this briefing paper.

Report

18 Sep 2002

This Electronic Brief provides an overview of US-Iraq relations since the Gulf War and the US case for "regime change" against Saddam Hussein. US domestic and international reactions and related issues are highlighted with useful links to key documents and statements.

Report

18 Sep 2002

This e-Brief covers many of the developments that have occurred since the Kyoto meeting to the near finalisation of all outstanding issues at the COP7 meeting at Marrakesh in late 2001. It now appears that the required threshold number of countries willing to ratify the...

Report

18 Sep 2002

The debate as to whether government should fund paid maternity leave to an ILO standard has received greater scrutiny following an interim report by the Human Rights Commission released in April. An Australian Democrats Bill to introduce paid maternity leave was tabled in May, and...

Report

18 Sep 2002

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has served the Australian community well, according to Jan Donovan In this article she argues that increases in the present system of 'copayments' for medicines will not contribute to improving the equity, effectiveness or efficiency of the health system, particularly for...

Report

18 Sep 2002

During the decade 1991-2001, the number of drugs prescribed under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme increased by 50 per cent, the price per script rose by more than 120 per cent and costs to the government soared from $1 billion to over $4 billion. In this...

Report

17 Sep 2002

Over the last five centuries, as the system of states has developed, so too have norms of legitimate state behaviour. These reflect the struggle of the international community to respond to practices, such as forced displacement, ethnic cleansing or genocide, that have come to be...

Report

16 Sep 2002

Commissioned by the Victorian government, this report proposes options to contribute to the capacity of workers, families and employers to balance their work, family and community commitments. These include action the government could take in co-operation with other levels of government, and with business, unions...

Report

16 Sep 2002

Following the successful forum, "Not If But How: A Victorian Perspective on Paid Maternity Leave", the Centre for Applied Social Research has been maintaining a web page to provide information and news around the achievement of a national scheme of paid maternity leave. Submissions made...

Working paper

16 Sep 2002

Tom Campbell argues that, outside the confines of a fairly conservative common law methodology, "judicial activism" can be so wrong as to be treasonable. He argues that it is a breach of trust and an abuse of judicial power that undermines the foundations of constitutional...

Report

16 Sep 2002

This paper deals with the tax treatment of discretionary trusts (popularly known as "family trusts"), arguing that these entities are, in many ways, an ideal vehicle for income tax avoidance and putting forward a series of options to curb their use for this purpose. The...

Report

13 Sep 2002

In this report Charne Flowers outlines the findings of a project which explored, through interviews and group discussions, how Australians describe their values and how they are involved in their communities. The project investigated the relationship between personal aspirations and hopes for Australian society generally,...

Report

11 Sep 2002

Jennifer Clark looks at the implications of the High Court's decisions in two native title cases, WA v Ward and Wilson v Anderson. Native title lawyers have been apprehensive that the High Court would resolve conflicts between the title discovered in 1992 and two centuries'...

Report

11 Sep 2002

Drawing on a large survey of migrants who had been in Australia about 6 months at the time of interview, this report looks at what life is like for new migrants to Australia. It finds that migrants, who are generally very well educated and healthy...

Report

11 Sep 2002

The ultimate strength of Indigenous peoples' political claims lies in their being seen as quite different from those other interest groups. Following the example of Canada, Will Sanders looks at the idea of Indigenous peoples' organisations and their processes of representation as constituting an Indigenous...

Report

10 Sep 2002

In this paper Hal Turton and Clive Hamilton present the estimates of comprehensive per capita emissions for industrialised countries for 1999. The industrialised country average is 12.8 t CO2-e. Australia has the highest per capita emissions at 27.9 t CO2-e, followed by Canada (22.2) and...

Report

9 Sep 2002

Globalisation has produced concern among the public in terms of its possible effects on job security. This paper sets to discover some of the determinants of the variation in public opinion between different countries and regions on this issue, analysing public opinion about the effects...

Report

9 Sep 2002

A pattern is emerging in Western liberal democracies, in which centre-left and social democratic governments are losing power to centre-right governments. This paper outlines the extent of this pattern, and discusses factors that may be contributing to the process, such as a pendulum swing effect...

Report

5 Sep 2002

On 19 June 2002, the Senate referred the following matters to the Committee for inquiry and report:

(a) Consideration of the adequacy, effectiveness and fairness of proposed legislative participation requirements for parents and mature-age unemployed Australians; and

(b) The Family and Community Services...

Report

5 Sep 2002

Earlier this year the Federal Government resurrected its policy on choice of superannuation fund. But there are significant barriers to overcome for the objectives of this policy to be met. While the absence of relevant information disclosures by funds can be overcome by establishing standardised...

Report

4 Sep 2002

This working paper examines how NSW immigrant workers with limited English receive information about OH&S at work.

In high immigrant density workplaces, employers typically rely on informal language buddying to communicate, resulting in communication that is haphazard in quality and one-way. Often where information...

Report

4 Sep 2002

In this occasional paper Larissa Behrendt, professor of law and indigenous studies, looks at the legacy of Mabo. There is no doubt that the elation about the overturning of the doctrine of terra nullius was deserved in the sense that the case can be seen...

Report

1 Sep 2002

Professor Graham Maddox writes that in the very moment of its invention, federalism was pitted against democracy. How can a system which in Australia is acknowledged on all sides to be a peculiar impediment to traditional Labor, and indeed to progressive Liberal, politics, be said...

Report

1 Sep 2002

Dr John Uhr argues that review at its most basic means legislative review, including reviews which take the policy initiative and set appropriate legal standards for government. It draws lessons from ACT Government arrangements and those of the Senate. The paper concludes with a warning...

Report

1 Sep 2002

Drought in Australia is a natural occurrence, and there are a wide range of perceptions in the community about the nature and significance of drought. However, severe drought can have a debilitating effect on rural and regional communities and represent a major cost to the...