June 2005

Research report

24 Jun 2005

This is the AIHW's first national report on Indigenous housing information. Detailed information is presented on a range of Indigenous housing indicators including overcrowding, dwelling condition, affordability, connection to services and recurrent and capital expenditure. There is also a range of information on Indigenous community...

Research report

23 Jun 2005

This report makes a series of recommendations in relation to the aged care workforce, quality of care, the Complaints Resolution Scheme, the number young people being placed in aged care, and related matters.

Released 23 June 2005

Commentary

Article

21 Jun 2005

There are no judicial checks on Australia’s system of mandatory removal, writes Glenn Nicholls

FOR A CENTURY Australia had a legal process for deportation, but since 2001 deportation has effectively disappeared. No new deportation orders were issued in Australia after 2001. Instead there is...

Commentary

Article

23 Jun 2005

In his Fulbright Public Lecture, delivered earlier this week at the University of Melbourne, George Williams looks at the lessons of Australia’s response to terrorism

THE THREAT of a terrorist attack has affected Australia’s political and legal landscape in ways that, four years ago,...

Research report

22 Jun 2005

This report considers the implications of the federal government's proposed changes to funding arrangements for targeted assistance in Indigenous education, as contained in the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2004.

Released 22 June 2005

Research report

22 Jun 2005

This inventory provides a list of publications and other information sources which have led to, or could lead to, improved national disability data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. These sources may include data concerning Indigenous people with a disability or discuss Indigenous data...

Research report

22 Jun 2005

A recent St Vincent de Paul Society report claimed income inequality in Australia is dramatically widening. Peter Saunders suggested the report was grossly exaggerated. The authors of the report responded by telling the CIS to take a Bex and have a lie down. But Saunders...

Research report

22 Jun 2005

Robyn May, Iain Campbell and John Burgess argue that the Coalition government's next round of industrial relations reform will create further opportunities for employers to 'casualise' jobs.

This is one of a series of papers analysing the Howard government's proposed changes to Australia's...

Research report

22 Jun 2005

Peter Saunders finds that, after increasing during the period 1990-95, wage inequality has been broadly stable. Some low-income groups have, however, lost ground over that period.

This is one of a series of papers analysing the Howard government's proposed changes to Australia's industrial relations...

Research report

21 Jun 2005

The committee argues that government policy on unfair dismissal, in the light of inconclusive evidence, has its basis in an ideological position which has little relevance to the real problems that face small businesses. The claim that exempting small business from unfair dismissal laws will...

Commentary

Article

21 Jun 2005

John Fitzgerald argues that democracy matters in Australia’s dealings with China

PUBLIC DISCUSSION since the airing of allegations by First Secretary Chen Yonglin and former security officer Hao Fengjun that a large Chinese spy network operates in Australia has focused on the...

Research report

22 Jun 2005

Lee Ridoutt, Chris Selby Smith, Kevin Hummel, Christina Cheang look at how employers value and use qualifications in their business decisions. Their research indicates clear differences in the value placed on and use made of qualifications by employers for different groups of workers and occupations....

Research report

22 Jun 2005

The number of people completing an apprenticeship or traineeship in the year ending 31 December 2004 was 11 per cent higher than the number completing in the same period in 2003, according to this new set of national statistics. In the twelve months to December...

Research report

21 Jun 2005

The committee argues that government policy on unfair dismissal, in the light of inconclusive evidence, has its basis in an ideological position which has little relevance to the real problems that face small businesses. The claim that exempting small business from unfair dismissal laws will...

Research report

21 Jun 2005

The Australin Capital Territory is the first Australian jurisdiction to have a Bill of Rights. One year after its commencement, the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner, Helen Watchirs, finds that its biggest impact has been in influencing the formulation of government policy and legislation....

Commentary

Article

20 Jun 2005

John Howard made unexpected concessions last week to avert a backbench revolt in parliament. But why is crossing the floor seen as such a major step? Paul Rodan looks at the precedents

ALTHOUGH the prospect of Liberal MPs crossing the floor over a private...

Research report

20 Jun 2005

Bryan Mercurio details, evaluates and critically analyses the eight provisions relating to health services and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. He argues that while the agreement may result in uncertainty and discontent among some in the Australian academic and health...

Research report

19 Jun 2005

This report presents data on patterns of drug use in each of the states and territories. It supplements the national findings from the 2004 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: First Results report, published in April 2005. The results are based on a survey of almost...

Research report

20 Jun 2005

The 7.96 per cent average increase in private health insurance premiums for 2005 marks the third year in a row in which private health premiums have increased on average by more than 7 per cent. Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott's announcement of the increases was...

Research report

17 Jun 2005

In this discussion paper John Uhr ranks parliaments against four key values - political equality, popular control of government, civil liberties and human rights and public deliberation. The Senate emerges in a positive light, particularly in relation to proportional representation, scrutiny of legislation and the...

Research report

17 Jun 2005

The Attitudes to Child Support Study, conducted by the AIFS early in 2005, was designed to inform the work of the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support. Data were obtained from a general population sample of 1001 people aged between 18 and 64 years and from...

Research report

17 Jun 2005

The policy of the New South Wales government is that children with disabilities will have the best outcomes in a family environment. This contrasts with the past practice of placing children with profound disabilities in large institutions soon after birth. In this paper Paula Eyler...

Research report

16 Jun 2005

The medical community can take an important role in reducing harm from alcohol and other drugs, argue Wendy M. Loxley, John W. Toumbourou and Timothy R. Stockwell, in this editorial for the Medical Journal of Australia.

Research report

16 Jun 2005

Andrew Jones and Tim Seelig propose a strategy, a set of broad approaches and a series of specific options to enhance linkages between research and policy in Australian housing, with particular reference to the role of AHURI.

Research report

16 Jun 2005

Lee A. Bygrave outlines the principal similarities and differences between the main national and regional regulatory measures taken to protect privacy in the context of information processing. He compares not only regulatory strategies but also various national/regional/cultural conceptualisations of the ideals and rationale of privacy...

Research report

16 Jun 2005

Queensland is now a major centre for Australia's population and economic growth. But the state's infrastructure is struggling to keep up. The problem isn't just a matter of funds, according to Scott Prasser - it's the priorities set by the state government.

Research report

16 Jun 2005

Nick Buchanan, Rick Evans and Jago Dodson undertake a preliminary investigation of public transport and the spatial distribution of vulnerable social groups on the Gold Coast, Queensland. In particular, they examine the combination of spatial and temporal access in public transportation.

Research report

16 Jun 2005

Governments of all persuasions have had the problem that appointees to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission have exercised their independence. Is this the 'problem' that the government seeks to remedy with its new industrial relations laws, asks Keith Hancock.

Commentary

Article

15 Jun 2005

Detention didn’t deter, argues William Maley

IMMIGRATION Minister Amanda Vanstone has not been well served by her department. She has been left to explain policies and practices which are indefensible (and in at least one case, to use her own expression, ‘insane’).

A...

Commentary

Article

15 Jun 2005

It’s time to turn the volume down, says David Burchell

LET’S TRY for a moment to place ourselves in the position of an ordinary Indonesian citizen at present. Call it a leap of empathy, if you like.

Indonesia has become a transit point...

Research report

16 Jun 2005

The Western world is in the grip of a consumption binge that is unique in human history, argue Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss. Rates of stress, depression and obesity are up as we wrestle with the emptiness and endless disappointments of the consumer life. The...

Research report

16 Jun 2005

Lesley Cooper, Mary Morris present the findings of the project, 'Sustainable Tenancy for Indigenous Families: What Services and Policy Supports are Needed?', which aimed to identify the major factors that initiate and sustain iterative homelessness among Indigenous families, especially Indigenous women and children, in both...

Research report

16 Jun 2005

Voter and candidate surveys since the 2004 federal election shed light on changing Australian attitudes to defence, national security, foreign policy and trade. On some issues, Australians are more divided than at any time since the Vietnam War, and opinions are more strongly held. Ian...

Research report

16 Jun 2005

In this positioning paper, Judith Yates, Bill Randolph, Darren Holloway and Dominique Murray introduce a project to test the impact of high housing costs on the workplace-home relationship for all workers. They identify 'indicator' groups in the workforce that might be seen to be typical...

Research report

15 Jun 2005

In the past decade there has been increased concern with broader environmental influences on health and wellbeing, but relatively little attention has been given to the social determinants of problematic alcohol and other drug use. Attempting to fill this gap, this report by Catherine Spooner...

Research report

15 Jun 2005

Michelle Cochrane reports on a research trip in May 2003 to study the Djelk Ranger program operating under the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation. The success of the ventures mentioned in this report is built on a unique blend of formal legal institutional mechanisms and customary law...

Research report

14 Jun 2005

The findings in this research note are based on regional experimental estimates, at the Statistical Local Area (SLA) level, of the sources and total amount of personal income which people received in 2000-01. Not surprisingly, there are significant differences between electorates. The percentage of income...

Research report

14 Jun 2005

Nicholas Gruen discusses the merits of open source software and the counter-arguments of corporate interests, and concludes that Australia should be wary of extending its intellectual property law.

Research report

14 Jun 2005

Strong upper houses are a distinctive and important part of Australia's constitutional heritage. While the Senate is the most visible and celebrated example, state upper houses (the legislative councils) are now also vital components of Australian democracy. Bruce Stone audits the state upper houses and...

Research report

14 Jun 2005

On August last year, the Minister for Children and Youth announced the terms of reference and membership of a Ministerial Taskforce and Reference Group to examine Australia's child support scheme. This followed the Prime Minister's announcement of 29 July 2004 of proposals to reform the...

Submission

23 Mar 2005

In this submission to the Federal Parliamentary inquiry on the work and family life balance, lain Campbell and Sara Charlesworth focus on the second term of reference, relating to measures to assist parents who wish to return to the paid workforce. They trace the changing...

Research report

14 Jun 2005

Debate over unequal access to information and communication technology services between regional and metropolitan Australia often focuses on infrastructure. But, as Jeffrey Robertson explains in this research note, infrastructure is just one aspect of a wider host of problems that reinforces the 'digital divide'.

Research report

14 Jun 2005

Lenny Roth surveys the main legal restrictions on children and forms of discrimination against children. He discusses the rights of children at school and in consenting to medical treatment, looks at parents' powers and the exclusion of children from shopping centres, and concludes by examining...

Research report

14 Jun 2005

Alison McClelland traces the changes in understandings of poverty, and responses to it, in the services, research and advocacy undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence since the 1930s. She argues that two enduring features of its approach have been the recognition of the structural...

Research report

14 Jun 2005

In the 1990s, a major development in Australian public administration was the creation of specialised statutory agencies responsible for financial regulation: the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. The responsibilities, resources and public profiles...

Research report

31 Aug 2000

This Australian Competition and Consumer Commission guide covers:

* What is an internet auction? * How to become a buyer or seller * Who is the seller on an internet auction? * What if I don't get what I paid for? * How to...

Commentary

Article

8 Jun 2005

Although Australia’s migration policies have evolved, Klaus Neumann finds some important parallels in three high-profile cases

ON MARCH 18, 2002, immigration minister Philip Ruddock was all smiles. On that day the minister, whom the Australian public had come to associate with a stern face...

Research report

9 Jun 2005

The federal government's proposal to increase the disclosure limit for donations to political parties from $1500 to $5000 is a further blow to transparency and accountability, argues Peter Andren, the independent member for the federal electorate of Calare.

Research report

8 Jun 2005

This report by Access Economics tests the merits of the economic case for increased policy emphasis on youth participation in education, training and employment specifically in relation to the federal government's work with intergenerational issues.

It provides further analysis and modeling of the...

Research report

8 Jun 2005

Ted Wilson examines the experiences of those using Anglicare's Private Rental Support Service over the six year period between the start of 1998 and the end of 2004. His report highlights the fact that the housing boom has strongly affected the housing market in the...

Research report

8 Jun 2005

The St Vincent de Paul Society's recent paper, The Reality of Income Inequality in Australia , warns of Australia's 'current headlong dash into the chasm of inequality'. In his response Peter Saunders shows this claim is grossly exaggerated. The Vinnies' report argues that there has...

Research report

8 Jun 2005

Margie Law looks at the experiences of people who are living on low incomes in Tasmania and who have a gambling problem. Her report looks at low income people not because they have a higher rate of problem gambling, but because they have very limited...

Research report

7 Jun 2004

It is estimated that more than 242,000 Australians have Hepatitis C, and around 16,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Few with this infection access clinical treatment and even fewer successfully complete a course of Hepatitis C treatment. This report examines the range of psychological and...

Research report

7 Jun 2005

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The young people

Writing Themselves In Again - 6 years on: the 2nd national report on the sexuality, health and well-being of same sex attracted young Australians is the follow up report to a similar study conducted in...

Research report

7 Jun 2005

Terry Burke and Robin Zakharov, with the assistance of Caroline Neske, look at what Australia's housing future may look like in twenty years time. They identify and develop a small number of scenarios about the nature of the housing system in 2025 and work through...

Research report

7 Jun 2005

This report gives interested readers greater access to the complex workings of the Australian defence fudget and promotes informed debate on defence budget issues. A summary is available online.

Research report

7 Jun 2005

In this report Rod Lyon examines what the strategic future holds for Australia's relationship with the United States, concentrating on the reinvigorated Australia-US security partnership through the ANZUS alliance. A summary is available online.

Research report

3 Jun 2005

Madeleine Byrne listens to the stories of those who worked at the immigration detention centres and finds the divide was as often between colleagues as it was between detainees and guards. At a time when the mental health of inmates is a matter of great...

Research report

3 Jun 2005

This report, a product of the Institute's Australian Temperament Project in partnership with the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria, provides new information on young adults' own reported driving behaviour and identifies earlier characteristics or circumstances in young drivers'...

Commentary

Article

1 Jun 2005

A commitment to openness would affirm democratic values and principles, write Rebecca LaForgia and Bryan Mercurio

AUSTRALIA and China began the first round of historic free trade agreement (FTA) talks earlier this week. Trade between the two nations has quadrupled in the past decade...

Discussion paper

2 May 2005

Issues paper on the application of fair use and copyright in a digital environment.

Released May 2005

Research report

1 Jun 2005

Leah Bromfield and Daryl Higgins provide a comprehensive national snapshot of Australian statutory child protection services covering: who is responsible for child protection; intake procedures; who notifies concerns to child protection services; and the process of providing child protection services in Australian states and territories...