January 2004

Report

30 Jan 2004

Final report of a research project by Sean McNelis examining Independent Living Units - units provided by not-for-profit organisations and which are targeted at older persons with relatively low incomes and low assets. The project is looking at the significance and status of ILUs as...

Journal article

15 Dec 2003

It is a natural reflex to bridle at criticism from the outside - particularly when that criticism charges Australia with violating human rights. But in Australia's response to decisions by United Nations human rights treaty bodies, argues Devika Hovell, this defensive reflex has become more...

Report

30 Jan 2004

Shifting sexual practices amongst gay men are themselves framed by constant movement in politics and policy and by differences amongst gay men. How these affect the social relations that impinge on sexual practice requires ongoing consideration. In the meantime, argues Michael Hurley, a sustained commitment...

Report

29 Jan 2004

There have always been differences of view on what poverty means in conceptual terms, and even greater differences on how to measure it. These differences span a broad spectrum of normative and ideological positions and raise a number of technical issues surrounding the statistical measurement...

Report

30 Sep 2003

Child abuse and neglect associated with Indigenous communities cannot be understood, nor addressed, unless it is viewed from a broad perspective which includes both historical and present day issues. Janet Stanley, Adam M. Tomison and Julian Pocock argue that measures centred on community-based responses which...

Report

28 Jan 2004

Volume 11 number 2, 2003, contains articles on child protection and infant harm, empowering children through the arts, a report on sibling sexual abuse, and violence in the media and its effects on children.

Report

23 Jan 2004

This report provides comprehensive information on child protection services provided by state and territory community service departments. It contains data for 2002-03, as well as trend data on child protection notifications, investigations and substantiations, children on care and protection orders and children in out-of-home care....

Report

21 Jan 2004

Is 'sovereignty' a roadblock to a modern-day treaty or treaties between Indigenous peoples and the wider Australian community? In this second issues paper from the Centre's Treaty Project, Sean Brennan, Brenda Gunn and George Williams identify the different ways in which the term sovereignty is...

Report

21 Jan 2004

Discrimination based on disability has, for some time, been illegal and intolerable. Why then, asks Bryan Mercurio, do we allow such discrimination to continue at the ballot box, where disabled and illiterate Australians must abandon their right to vote in secrecy, an absolute right held...

Report

21 Jan 2004

Far from being rigorously protected, Australia's borders actually contain a gaping hole, argues William Maley. It is a hole through which tourists travel - but as the recent Willie Brigitte case shows, others with more sinister agendas can use it to enter Australia as well....

Report

20 Jan 2004

Toni Makkai and Jason Payne examine the illegal drug using and criminal careers of male participants in the Drug Use Careers of Offenders (DUCO) project. DUCO surveyed 2135 adult male offenders in prisons in Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory in mid 2001....

Report

19 Jan 2004

In 2003 the federal government released an issues paper on the establishment of a National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership. Responding to the proposal, ACER's Lawrence Ingvarson argues that it has great potential to strengthen teaching as a profession and, thereby, the quality...

Report

15 Nov 2003

'Horizontal fiscal equalisation' was originally devised as a principle for distributing federal government grants to the states and territories, but has now become the basis for apportioning GST revenue. There has been considerable agitation on the part of New South Wales and Victoria, for horizontal...

Report

14 Jan 2004

This paper assesses the impact on the estimated level of poverty of variations in some of the key poverty measurement parameters. Expenditure data have been analysed to assess the sensitivity of poverty estimates, derived from a range of poverty indexes, to variations in the generosity...

Report

14 Jan 2004

The Australian education system is currently experiencing rapid change at all levels. This paper considers the recent trends in private school enrolments and fees in light of the new university arrangements which allow for Australian citizens to enrol as full fee paying students rather than...

Conference paper

14 Jan 2004

This paper by Professor Howard Adelman (York University, Canada) states that preemption in the use of force is neither illegal nor unethical per se. An analysis of a concrete case in terms of norms - both legal and ethical - will be the author's basis...

Conference paper

14 Jan 2004

This paper by Dr Michael Evans suggests that the doctrine of preemptive war is here to stay and that it is a realistic and morally justified response to dangerous new security challenges in the 21st century. The paper develops this argument by demonstrating two things....

Report

14 Jan 2004

George Monbiot's recent book, The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order , tackles the problem of 'democratic deficit' in a world where democracy seems to be the only political system worth considering. Monbiot challenges democrats everywhere to accept his controversial idea...

Report

13 Jan 2004

Kathy Arthurson and Keith Jacobs present the findings of a literature review that addresses the relevance of the concept of social exclusion for Australian housing policy. In general terms, social exclusion is understood to denote a set of factors and processes that accentuate material and...

Report

13 Jan 2004

Tenure diversification strategies that involve the transfer of public housing to alternative forms of ownership or management have been an important part of the operational management plans of a number of state housing authorities in Australia since at least the early 1990s. In this research...

Report

12 Jan 2004

In general, farm crime has not attracted a lot of research activity. Marissa McCall and Peter Homel review types of farm crime, farmer attitudes to crime and prevention, difficulties in dealing with this type of crime, and crime prevention programs and tactics. As repeat victimisation...

Report

30 Nov 2003

Using ABS data on underlying cause of death, Jenny Mouzos and Catherine Rushforth found a 47 per cent decrease in firearm related deaths in the period, with a fall in the number of suicides accounting for the largest part of that decrease.

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Report

5 Jan 2004

This report is the fifth annual report based on key program activity, performance and outcome indicators to monitor the achievements of the BreastScreen Australia Program. The report presents the most recent information on participation in breast screening, cancer detection, program sensitivity and recall to assessment...

Report

5 Jan 2004

Bullying in schools has become an issue of major importance among educators. However, interventions to reduce bullying have enjoyed only modest and limited success. Ken Rigby examines five different explanations for bullying. Each has had some impact on school policies and practices. The strengths and...

Report

5 Jan 2004

In Australia 'open-street' or 'town centre' CCTV refers to visual surveillance systems established in the main by local government authorities in cooperation with police to monitor public spaces such as malls and major thoroughfares. In-depth interviews were conducted with relevant personnel in 22 CCTV systems,...

Report

19 Dec 2003

This report is the fourth annual report based on key program activity, performance and outcome indicators to monitor the achievements of the BreastScreen Australia Program. The report presents the most recent information on participation in breast screening, cancer detection, program sensitivity and recall to assessment...

Transcript

5 Jan 2004

Speakers at this seminar examined various aspects of the Bill, identifying both its innovative aspects and challenges it may face.

Most papers from trhe conference are available online. Speakers included Professor Peter Bailey, Faculty of Law, Australian National University (ANU), Professor Tom...