March 2003

Research report

28 Mar 2003

Since the Burdekin Report highlighted the links between homelessness and people with mental health problems, there has been a growing body of research which has highlighted the risk factors associated with mental health problems in vulnerable housing situations. Buthere has been little documentation of the...

Research report

26 Mar 2003

Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys of 1981, 1988, 1993 and 1998 this paper presents estimates of health expectancies of the states Disability-free and Disabled for females and males aged 60 and over by cohort from 1980 and current for the survey years. Findings...

Research report

26 Mar 2003

2002 was the first year of the second phase of data collection in the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia project, which has been running since 1999. There are now seven sites participating in the program which interviews detainees in police custody about their drug use:...

Research report

26 Mar 2003

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has projected the nation's population to 2101, with the mid-case scenario indicating a population of 25.3 million in 2051, a peak of 25.5 million in 2063 and then a gradual declines. Population predictions for Sydney forecast it to grow from...

Briefing paper

26 Mar 2003

This briefing paper is intended to be a progress report on alternatives to court for juveniles who commit criminal offences in New South Wales. Primary attention is paid to the system of cautions, warnings and youth justice conferences available under the Young Offenders Act 1997....

Research report

26 Mar 2003

Reported serious crime has risen around 450 per cent since 1964, a time when there were some 225 police officers per 1000 serious crimes. In 2000 this number fell to just under 60. Statistics demonstrate that we require more police if we are to effectively...

Briefing paper

26 Mar 2003

This Briefing Paper provides a brief overview of the influence of law and order issues on politics and surveys the latest trends to have emerged regarding the rate of crime. It reviews relevant legislation passed between 1999 and 2002 in each state and territory. Reference...

Other text

20 Mar 2003

The leader of the federal opposition, Simon Crean, asked the Gilbert and Tobin Centre to provide an opinion on the legality under international law of the use of force by Australia against Iraq in the absence of a further Security Council resolution. The centre concluded...

Conference proceedings

18 Mar 2003

Steps Forward for Families: Research, Practice and Policy - More than 90 papers from the Institute's biennial family research and policy conference are now available online.

Research report

18 Mar 2003

Economic Freedom Watch is a regularly updated index of economic freedom in Australia. In the latest issue: The public mood favours a return to collectivism and Australia's economic liberalisation has slowed to snail's pace. The author argues that our greatest asset -- the adaptive capacity...

Commentary

Article

13 Mar 2003

Drawing on data from Wave 1 of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, this paper explores patterns of contact between non-resident fathers and their children - including patterns of day-only contact. It also examines the impact of re-partnering on contact and...

Research report

14 Mar 2003

Papua New Guinea is showing every sign of economic paralysis, governmental collapse and social despair, despite the best efforts of past AusAID strategies respecting PNG's sovereign leadership. Australia cannot afford to ignore the shared history and future of our closest neighbour, and needs to reassess...

Discussion paper

13 Mar 2003

This Discussion Paper follows on a previous one examining the extent of youth exposure to pornography and the likely effects. It examines the effectiveness of current regulatory arrangements and puts forward new proposals for minimising youth exposure to internet pornography. It also presents the findings...

Research report

12 Mar 2003

John Howard's political program and Tony Blair's New Labour share a common political logic: a mix of enthusiastic commitment to economic liberalism with an equally assiduous propagation of illiberal policies that draw on reactionary and nostalgic understandings of community and culture.

Research report

12 Mar 2003

Is liberalism a universally applicable moral and philosophical framework, and thus an avenue for general and progressive human liberation, or simply a culturally specific and relatively barren system of instrumental rationalism and market competition, merely one scheme of values amongst a plurality of values?

Research report

12 Mar 2003

Liberalism stands for respect for the individual. But does respect for the person bring with it respect for that person's cultural identification even when this is grossly illiberal, involving for example the denial of equal rights to women?

Research report

11 Mar 2003

This paper examines the potential for urban consolidation in Sydney, concentrated upon the heavy rail network. It also outlines the current interest in 'smart growth' as a strategy for managing the containment of urban sprawl and promoting urban consolidation within that process.

Research report

7 Mar 2003

Immigration is one of the key issues of our times. It defines both the appeal and the challenge of a modern, global society. It speaks directly to issues of economics, politics, culture, society, identity, sovereignty and tolerance. The National Europe Centre co-hosted an international conference...

Discussion paper

4 Mar 2003

Three-quarters of 16 and 17 year-olds have been exposed accidentally to pornographic websites on the Internet, and two in five boys have found them deliberately, according to the Australia Institute report released on Monday. The material these teenagers are seeing is often violent and extreme,...

Discussion paper

4 Mar 2003

The current regulatory system for protecting children from Internet porography is failing, according to Michael Flood and Clive Hamilton. They argue for school pornography education, mandatory filtering of content by service providers (with an adult "opt-out" option), and online strategies to minimise children's exposure.

Article

3 Mar 2003

What mechanisms might provide more resource rights to Indigenous Australians? How effective have treaties with Indigenous people in the Torres Strait and New Zealand been? And what are some of the relevant issues that these two cases raise? In this article, Jon Altman highlights the...

Research report

3 Mar 2003

In Australia, governments and the business lobby have emphasised reform to decentralise the industrial relations system and to reduce the role of unions in bargaining. However, Jeremy Buultjens and Felicity Orme argue that small businesses are unlikely to be major beneficiaries of changes to labour...

Literature review

3 Mar 2003

Sue Richardson examines the extent to which low wage jobs provide access to and progression in employment for low skill workers. Do people in low wage jobs stay there for a long period, or simply transit them on their way to better paid work? In...