August 2006

Article

31 Aug 2006

A J Brown of Griffith Law School reviews Australian laws on public interest disclosures. He finds significant variation in the scope of whistle-blowing law between the different States and Territories, and calls for a 'second generation' of law throughout Australia. He ranks legislative provisions on...

Report

31 Aug 2006

One of the major concerns about a parliament controlled by the Executive is that the passage of legislation is poorly scrutinised in a process that has commonly been equated with the functioning of a sausage machine writes Liz Young.

Report

31 Aug 2006

Preaching democracy abroad is a mistake because democracy is not the essence of good government writes Harry Evans. It is a necessary but not a sufficient condition. To the extent that government in the West has been a more civilised business, it has not been...

Report

31 Aug 2006

Andrew Leigh and Christopher Jencks investigate whether changes in economic inequality affect mortality in rich countries. To answer this question the authors use a new source of data on income inequality: tax data on the share of pretax income going to the richest 10 percent...

Discussion paper

31 Aug 2006

There is a commonplace notion that full moons affect natality and mortality.

To test this theory, Joshua S. Gans and Andrew Leigh obtain daily births and deaths data from Australia, covering all 10,592 days from 1 January 1975 to 31 December 2003. They find...

Report

31 Aug 2006

How much do non-medical factors affect the timing of conceptions, births and deaths?

To test this, Joshua S. Gans and Andrew Leigh estimate the effect of the millennium on conceptions, births and deaths. With a highly flexible empirical specification, they find large and significant...

Report

31 Aug 2006

It is clearly necessary to move beyond the compliance culture in corporate governance and discover what is working well in practice. This project conducted by Thomas Clarke is designed to survey best practice corporate governance in Australia and compare this with international practice in the...

Report

31 Aug 2006

This paper reviews law and order legislation that was passed in the States and Territories in the period from 1 January 2003 to 31 July 2006. It updates two earlier briefing papers that covered law and order legislation from 1995 to 1998 and from 1999...

Report

30 Aug 2006

This national listing of initiatives, spaces and galleries has been compiled by the Visual Arts Board.

Article

30 Aug 2006

RUN_WAY 2006 is a program designed to extend and enliven experience and understanding of interdisciplinary arts and new media arts practice. The initiative is for young and emerging artists and artsworkers 30 years of age and under, and provides opportunities for young and emerging artists...

Statistics

30 Aug 2006

More than $5 billion was spent by the public sector in Australia on cultural activities in 2004-05, according to this ABS report. Governments in Australia gave the largest proportion of their total cultural funding to broadcasting and film ($1.2 billion) in 2004-05, followed by nature...

Article

31 Aug 2006

Reflecting on the recent decision to ban two Islamist books, Norm Abjorensen is critical of how censorship has been used in the war on terror to pursue political rather than security goals.

In July 2006 the Australian Government took the unusual step of banning...

Briefing paper

30 Aug 2006

In July, proposed changes to the current cross-media ownership and foreign media ownership laws were launched as part of a media reform package. In response, the ACCC published its views on protecting competition (and possibly diversity) in the context of anticipated mergers in rapidly developing...

Report

30 Aug 2006

More than $5 billion was spent by the public sector in Australia on cultural activities in 2004-05, according to this ABS report. Governments in Australia gave the largest proportion of their total cultural funding to broadcasting and film ($1.2 billion) in 2004-05, followed by nature...

Report

30 Aug 2006

Business spending on research and experimental development (R&D) in Australia has increased for the sixth year in a row, to a total of $8.4 billion during 2004-05, according to this ABS report. Businesses in the mining industry reported the largest growth in R&D expenditure, and...

Report

30 Aug 2006

This report covers various aspects of involvement in culture, the arts and cultural heritage relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia. It draws together data from the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, the 2002 General Social Survey,...

Report

30 Aug 2006

In 2003, mental illnesses were among the ten leading causes of disease burden in Australia, accounting for 13% of the total burden of disease. This ABS article provides a brief overview of the prevalence, risk factors and characteristics of persons with mental or behavioural problems...

Commentary

Article

30 Aug 2006

The legal battle over control orders is not likely to end until the High Court has made a ruling, write George Williams and Edwina MacDonald

CONTROL orders have no precedent in Australia. They give the government a second chance to deprive someone of their...

Commentary

Article

30 Aug 2006

The distinction between news and entertainment doesn't bother advertisers, writes Margaret Simons

IT?S A COMMONPLACE these days to talk about the ?marketplace of ideas?, as though the exchange of news and views were just another branch of capitalism. But is there really a ?marketplace?...

Report

29 Aug 2006

This report focuses on the issue of (mis)match between labour and housing markets in large, globally connected cities in the current era of globalisation. Inevitably, attention in the Australian context is directed towards Sydney and Melbourne. Author Mike Berry draws on the urban analyses of...

Report

29 Aug 2006

Young people facing or experiencing homelessness in rural Australia have very different experiences to their urban contemporaries. The Foyer model is one response that could help young rural people establish themselves, without relocating them to cities away from their support networks writes Bill Randolph in...

Report

29 Aug 2006

This report addresses the questions of when, and in what ways, an accused’s state of intoxication (whether by alcohol or drugs) is relevant to their trial for a criminal offence. Kate Warner makes 13 recommendations for reform including the key recommendation that evidence of intoxication...

Report

29 Aug 2006

The Guide to Giving is a guide to philanthropy for donors. Philanthropy is a voluntary donation of money, goods or time for the public good – sometimes called 'time, talent or treasure'. The Guide to Giving explains the different ways in which Australians can give....

Report

29 Aug 2006

Employee volunteering programs and wider partnerships with the non-profit or community sector are gaining in momentum in Australia and are now seen by some corporations as central to their corporate vision. Non-profit organisations are just beginning to embrace the concept of utilising corporate volunteers and...

Report

29 Aug 2006

Colin Fenwick looks at legal protection of the human rights of workers in Australia focussing in particular on aspects of the protection of freedom of association, and how Australian law acts to eliminate discrimination in employment and occupation. This focus of course takes in only...

Report

29 Aug 2006

In 1979, Australia abolished federal inheritance taxes. Using daily deaths data, Joshua S. Gans and Andrew Leigh show that approximately 50 deaths were shifted from the week before the abolition to the week after (amounting to over half of those who would have...

Report

29 Aug 2006

It is well understood that government policies can distort behaviour. But what is less often recognized is the anticipated introduction of a policy can introduce its own distortions. We study one such “introduction effect”, using evidence from a unique policy change in Australia....

Report

29 Aug 2006

This paper by Prem Jung Thapa and Tue Gørgens extends the traditional static focus of research on the labour market assimilation of migrants in Australia by analyzing the dynamics of job search and actual time taken to find the first job after arrival in Australia....

Report

29 Aug 2006

Using data on births from Australia, Joshua S. Gans and Andrew Leigh estimate the level of patient bargaining power in negotiations over birth timing.

In doing so, they exploit the fact that parents do not like to have children born on the 'inauspicious' dates...

Report

29 Aug 2006

Abstract: International research suggests that differences in teacher performance can explain a large portion of student achievement. Yet little is known about how the quality of the Australian teaching profession has changed over time. Using consistent data on the academic aptitude of new teachers, we...

Report

29 Aug 2006

Infill housing in middle ring suburbs is a destination for low-income, disadvantaged households in the private rental market writes Bob Birrell in this AHURI research and policy bulletin.

Report

29 Aug 2006

Employee volunteering programs and wider partnerships with the non-profit or community sector are gaining in momentum in Australia and are now seen by some corporations as central to their corporate vision. Non-profit organisations are just beginning to embrace the concept of utilising corporate volunteers and...

Report

28 Aug 2006

This report commissioned for the National Emissions Trading Taskforce describes the impacts of the emissions trading scheme on the electricity market. In this report we describe the impacts of the emissions trading scheme on the electricity market. Section 2 of the report describes the methodology...

Discussion paper

28 Aug 2006

This Discussion Paper has been prepared by the National Emissions Trading Taskforce, which reports to the Premiers and Chief Ministers of all Australian States and Territories.

The paper sets out a possible design for a national emissions trading scheme. The scheme is designed to...

Report

28 Aug 2006

The retention of DNA and other forensic evidence following the completion of the trial process raises many issues for the criminal law. On one side, is ‘fresh’ DNA or other evidence to be used by the prosecution to mount an appeal against what is perceived...

Survey

28 Aug 2006

New audience research into community radio listenership conducted by McNair Ingenuity between March and May 2006 shows that the number of Australians aged 15+ listening to community radio in an average month has risen from 7,054,000 people (45 per cent) in 2004 to 7,515,000 people (47 per cent) in 2006.

Blog post

28 Aug 2006

In mid June 2006 the Powerhouse Museum launched the new online collection database. Internally referred to as OPAC2.0, the project put online nearly 62,000 object records, and 30,000 images, opening access to these records with intelligent search tools, serendipity tools and the ability for users...

Commentary

Article

28 Aug 2006

Creative impulses are the economy?s driving force, writes Stuart Cunningham

THE term creative economy refers to the growing role of creative industries and creative people in our economy and society. This is a crucial emerging concept for Australia because the creative economy will...

Transcript

25 Aug 2006

In the 2006 Elizabeth Jolley Lecture, Katharine Brisbane draws on over fifty years of observing the arts in Australia to discuss the development and future of a 'creative nation'.

Commentary

Article

25 Aug 2006

... and the train is speeding out of control, argues Norm Kelly

MANY people have a cynical attitude towards politicians, believing they are in the business primarily for self-interest. The recent decision by the Howard government to increase the printing allowance for House of...

Report

24 Aug 2006

This AIHW report presents the findings of the first national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector. The information collected was designed to support the calculation of four national performance indicators that were developed and agreed by representatives of the states and...

Report

24 Aug 2006

Despite few apparent institutional or economic barriers, the proportion of injured patients in NZ who seek compensation after sustaining a compensable injury is very low.

Hence, substantial underclaiming occurs in both negligence and no-fault systems. The disproportionately low propensity of elderly, poor and minority...

Report

24 Aug 2006

The recent SARS epidemic was a wake-up call regarding the risk of major epidemics. While important differences exist between SARS and pandemic influenza, the experience of controlling SARS provides some lessons on how to prepare for major outbreaks according to Peter A Cameron, Michael Schull...

Report

24 Aug 2006

Australia is in the throes of an unprecedented epidemic of diabetes and obesity write Paul Z Zimmet and W Philip T James. It is ludicrous to expect the whole population — including the disadvantaged — to voluntarily become very active on an optimum diet. Thus,...

Report

24 Aug 2006

The NSW Government is developing a State Plan to set priorities in guiding state government policy and resource allocation over the next ten years. The NSW Premier's Department is seeking feedback from community members and organisations about a draft plan which is available online, with...

Report

15 Aug 2006

In response to the referral of approximately 200 cases of suspect wrongful detention from the immigration minister, the Ombudsman has been issuing a series of reports. These three reports cover eight people.

Report

23 Aug 2006

This discussion paper seeks the views of the public and industry sectors on the role of the private sector in the supply of water and wastewater services in Australia.

Discussion paper

22 Aug 2006

Terri Janke and Robynne Quiggin survey the major indigenous intellectual and cultural property issues and canvass some of the instruments and interventions which could be considered in respect of these issues.

Report

23 Aug 2006

The Telecommunications Service Provider (Mobile Premium Services) Determination 2005 (No.1) provides rules to restrict and prohibit access to certain categories of content accessible via mobile premium rate numbers and mobile carrier portals. ACMA is seeking public comment on a draft amendment to the rules governing...

Report

23 Aug 2006

ACMA is inviting applications for an auction of spectrum licences in the 2010?2025 MHz band. This auction will go some way to meet current anticipated demand for spectrum to provide wireless broadband services. Demand for broadband services continues to increase and wireless technology is likely...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Thirty-five percent of the packaged software installed on personal computers worldwide in 2005 was illegal, amounting to $34 billion in global losses due to software piracy, according to the annual global PC software piracy study.

Report

23 Aug 2006

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, has announced new safeguards to protect consumers from inappropriate or harmful material delivered over 3G mobile phones and similar devices.

Article

22 Aug 2006

In May 2006, Mobile Top Level Domain, acting under the direction of ICANN, opened initial domain name registration in the new .mobi domain created specially for mobile devices. The new domain is aimed at making it easier for mobile device users to identify which sites...

Report

23 Aug 2006

In June 2006, IBSA distributed a discussion paper which canvassed options for re-organising existing multimedia qualifications so that they more accurately reflect the way the digital content industry operates. Consultation was undertaken and a report prepared that details responses received to the discussion paper. The...

Article

22 Aug 2006

Proposed legislation, expected to be introduced towards the end of 2006, will result in a number of enhancements to the rights of Australian trade mark owners.

Report

22 Aug 2006

Many scholars now accept that what previous generations of scholars referred to as the Enlightenment was in fact a diverse phenomenon with distinct national variations. However, they may be overstating their case. Enlightenment ideas of 'civilisation' did operate as a single 'classificatory' scheme, which was...

Report

22 Aug 2006

For a long time most activists saw the liberation of gay people as the task of gay people themselves. Interested heterosexuals found themselves asked, politely, if they were lucky, to step aside. But times have changed. The Christian Right's attack on gay equality has moved...

Report

22 Aug 2006

This ABS article provides a brief overview of the prevalence, comorbidity and mortality, risk factors, actions taken and health costs of diabetes mellitus. This paper focuses on diabetes reported by respondents as a current and long term condition. This ABS article provides a brief overview...

Report

22 Aug 2006

This ABS publication provides a brief overview of the incidence of the types of cancer suffered, prevalence and other characteristics, cancer screening practices, trends in morbidity and mortality in Australia.

Report

22 Aug 2006

The traditional 'coming of age' is a longer and less clear-cut process for this generation of young people, who often enjoy the benefits of more study, but also less secure job prospects according to Martina Boese and Rosanna Scutella. The 'Youth Transition Social Barometer' throws...

Report

22 Aug 2006

In 2005 the federal government decided to establish a National Radioactive Waste Facility in the Northern Territory and in late 2005 legislation to facilitate this process passed into law. In so doing, the government sets aside an existing consensus-based process, established with states and territories,...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Brian Lloyd examines the arguments presented for and against the expansion of Australia’s present engagement in nuclear activities - uranium mining, radioactive waste storage and, potentially, nuclear power generation. The paper gives an overview of debate over the last two years, showing the economic, environmental,...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Helen Hill reports on the current debate in the UN Security Council on Kofi Annan's recommendation to establish a new UN mission in East Timor. Why is Australia trying to sabotage the Secretary General's proposal for a UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), a proposal...

Submission

21 Apr 2006

Former senior defence department strategist Allan Behm urges the federal government to begin planning for a 'tectonic shift' in the power balance in Asia, which will see China's economic and military power rival and even surpass that of the US. Australia would need to place...

Discussion paper

22 Aug 2006

Australia prides itself on being a 'good international citizen'. But how does Australia fare with regard to human rights from an international perspective asks Hilary Charlesworth. It is a party to all major human rights treaties and yet reluctant to make them work at a...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Current practices in science education may be leaving many students poorly educated about science and with an ambivalent or negative attitude towards science according to Professor Jonathan Osborne of King’s College London, one of the keynote presenters at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Increasing cannabis availability in rural and remote areas has extended a thriving illicit drug trade to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settlements in some of Australia’s most isolated regions. From little more than a trickle a decade ago, the fl ow of cannabis to outlying...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Through a number of case studies, Alan Bishop, Barbara Clarke and Will Morony explore the extent to which AAMT Standards for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics in Australian Schools are able to be used to support the professional learning of teachers of mathematics in the context...

Report

22 Aug 2006

This ACER report by Lawrence Ingvarson and Elizabeth Kleinhenz provides a review of national and international developments in relation to advanced standards and certification processes for teaching. It also considers the implications of current research on teaching for the development of advanced teaching standards and...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Expectations of what teachers and school leaders should know and be able to do change over time and context, as they do in most professions. Standards must reflect those changes. But with school leaders, expectations often appear to have outstripped the quality and supply of...

Report

22 Aug 2006

The data cover 110,834 children from all states and territories except for New South Wales. This publication by JM Armfield, GD Slade and AJ Spencer presents the results of the 'Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 2001' and examines the differences in oral health...

Commentary

Article

22 Aug 2006

The 1966 equal pay decision is often blamed for the decline for Indigenous workers in the Northern Territory. But it was only the last straw, argues Thalia Anthony

THE forty year anniversary of the equal wage decision for Northern Territory Aboriginal stockworkers has...

Commentary

Article

21 Aug 2006

The evidence doesn't support this simple equation, writes John Quiggin

THE creation of the Fair Pay Commission as part of the government’s WorkChoices legislation has led to a debate about the role of minimum wages for Australian workers. Whereas the Industrial Relations Commission set...

Report

22 Aug 2006

Before pouring more resources into our health system, we need to make better use of what's already there, writes Denis King. The cargo cults that developed in Melanesia in the late 19th century based their culture on goods that would arrive from supernatural sources, and...

Statistics

22 Aug 2006

In 2004-05, 56% (72,828) of the 129,934 Australian farms with an estimated value of agricultural operations of $5,000 or more used a computer as part of their business operations reports the ABS. This was an increase of 1 percentage point since 2003-04. During 2004-05 an...

Transcript

17 Aug 2006

Australia’s media landscape is experiencing a period of tremendous change. The process of transformation has largely been driven by great advances in communications technology that are redefining how we produce and consume media – from home grown entertainment to news clips from the frontline of...

Report

16 Aug 2006

This report is one of a series of initiatives commissioned by the National Advisory Group on Smoking and Pregnancy as part of an overall strategy to reduce smoking in pregnancy in Australia. It presents data on pregnancy and births according to the mother's smoking status...

Report

16 Aug 2006

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs made 128 recommendations in its report, the Road to Recovery: Report on the Inquiry into Substance Abuse in Australian Communities. The report has informed government policy in many areas, including the development of the...

Report

16 Aug 2006

Fixing Houses for Better Health projects target the improvement of houses and household living conditions in remote and rural Indigenous communities, using a method knowing as 'housing for health', which recognises the connection between a series of healthy living practices and the quality and condition...

Report

16 Aug 2006

The July 2006 missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea heightened tension in what is now a long-running diplomatic impasse over North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear-weapons capability. The current impasse commenced in October 2002, when the United States alleged North Korea had...

Report

16 Aug 2006

This ABS publication presents 2003-04 estimates of the economic and financial performance of Australian industry. The estimates are based on data collected in the ABS Economic Activity Survey, and business income tax data reported to the Australian Taxation Office.

Report

16 Aug 2006

In the 2006 La Trobe University Media Lecture, Graeme Samuel discusses the process of transformation in the media industry, which has largely been driven by advances in communications technology that are redefining how we produce and consume media ? from home grown entertainment to news...

Statistics

16 Aug 2006

Australia's online advertising market has continued growing, with new figures from the Audit Bureau of Verification Services confirming that total online expenditure for the second quarter of 2006 topped $226 million. The market has grown 59.4 per cent over the past twelve months and shows...

Article

16 Aug 2006

Proposals are invited for scholarly papers for presentation in the research stream of the CBAA?s 2006 national conference. This forum aims to provide academics and research students interested in community-based media with valuable networking, presentation, and publication opportunities. Abstracts for proposed papers, up to 200...

Survey

16 Aug 2006

New research shows that on a national basis, community broadcasting exceeds it minimum quotas for Australian music, reaching an average of 35 per cent Australian music per week. An increase on the already impressive previous survey results. These figures are part of the latest Community...

Submission

16 Aug 2006

The federal government has announced a review of the policy, administrative and regulatory arrangements that underpin the operation of the .au internet domain. The review specifically considers competitiveness, cost effectiveness, consumer protection aspects of domain name arrangements, security and stability arrangements, emerging internet issues, technical...

Statistics

16 Aug 2006

As at the end of June 2006 the estimated number of free to view digital television receivers sold to retailers and installers in the Australian market was in excess of 1,740,000 units. These figures include the sales of set top boxes, personal video recorders and...

Article

16 Aug 2006

This month the update discusses, among other things, the assent of the Do Not Call Register Bill, enhanced powers for ACMA, the independent review of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsmen scheme and variation to the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan.

Report

15 Aug 2006

For a number of years the issue of teacher shortage has been a concern for principals across the country. For a considerable part of this time this matter had been ignored or dismissed by both federal and state governments. As a result the Australian Secondary...

Report

15 Aug 2006

The island economies of the Pacific are small nation states located at considerable distance from large economies and each other in the vast Pacific Ocean. With persistently high population growth and the youth population reaching 40 percent in some countries, finding paid employment is a...

Report

15 Aug 2006

Family law experts and key stakeholders in Australia and elsewhere discuss issues and exchange ideas around cutting-edge strategies and programs for supporting families through family transitions — particularly relationship change. Papers from this forum held in December 2005 are now available online edited by Bruce...

Report

14 Aug 2006

After nearly eight years as chief executive officer of the Australia Council for the Arts, Jennifer Bott is stepping down from her role with the Australian government's primary arts funding and advisory body.

Survey

14 Aug 2006

The federal government's media reform package has failed to attract support of Australians, according to a Morgan phone survey. A small majority of Australians (52 per cent) oppose the plan to drop cross-media restrictions, while a clear majority of Australians (64 per cent) oppose the...

Report

14 Aug 2006

It is now almost six years since Australia and one hundred and ninety other nations committed to a global plan to halve extreme poverty by 2015. This plan has eight goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This paper looks at whether Australia’s developing...

Report

14 Aug 2006

How effective is overseas aid in reducing poverty? This discussion paper examines the evidence and finds that aid, while not a cure-all solution, has had remarkable success in helping to create better lives and opportunities for millions of people in developing countries. At the same...

Report

14 Aug 2006

Security of tenure gives people a sense of autonomy, identity and control over their living environment resulting in increased residential stability and reduced stress writes Jeanette Lewis. This in turn benefits children's education and neighbourhood social cohesion, and in some contexts enables workforce participation.

Report

14 Aug 2006

Infill housing in middle ring suburbs is a destination for low-income, disadvantaged households in the private rental market writes Ernest Healy and Bob Birrell.

Report

14 Aug 2006

Multinational logging companies operating in Papua New Guinea are involved in widespread human rights abuses, political corruption and the brutal suppression of workers, women and opponents, according to a joint report by Australian and Papua New Guinea researchers.

PNG’s social, political and economic histories...

Report

14 Aug 2006

Unlike during the nuclear crisis of 1992-94, the current Korean confrontation has elicited a surprisingly uncompromising response from the United Nations Security Council. There are grounds for the view that a major watershed has been reached writes James Cotton. No longer assured of China's unconditional...

Report

14 Aug 2006

The depiction of the baby boomers as the 'lucky generation' is wrong according to a report by Myra Hamilton and Clive Hamilton. There is a sharp divide between the retirement prospects of rich and poor boomers, with the 'lucky generation' tag being reserved...

Survey

10 Aug 2006

The Federal Government's media reform package has failed to attract support among the vast majority of Australian journalists, according to a survey of Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) members conducted for Crikey!, with 82% believing the changes to the media laws will have a...

Report

10 Aug 2006

Whilst property votes are normally regarded as a relic dating back to an age before mass democracy, they persist in local government elections in much of Australia writes Marian Sawer. Their continued existence is an affront to most modern conceptions of democracy.

Australia often...

Report

10 Aug 2006

Carol Harlow (LSE) explores how the UK Human Rights Act compromises between upholding European human rights standards and the Westminster principle of parliamentary sovereignty. She finds that the UK government has sometimes been impatient with constraints placed on the war on terror and the war...

Report

10 Aug 2006

How have those involved in the political process, including government, political parties, MPs and civil society groups used new technology ask Peter Chen, Rachel Gibson and Karin Geiselhart.

On the one hand there is the potential for increased big brother surveillance of citizens, on...

Report

10 Aug 2006

Corporate responsibility is emerging as an issue of critical importance in Australia's business community. This inquiry has provided the committee with the opportunity to closely examine this increasingly important aspect of the corporate governance of Australian companies.

Corporate responsibility is usually described in terms...

Report

10 Aug 2006

Corporate social responsibility is back on the corporate law reform agenda. From an Australian perspective, the evidence for this is found in the simultaneous but separate inquiries that, at the time of writing this paper, are being conducted into this topic by the Australian Parliament’s...

Report

10 Aug 2006

This paper provides guidance on the ACCC's approach to media mergers under the federal government's proposed legislative changes.

It discusses how the ACCC might consider such issues as the various dimensions of media markets - products, geographic and functional - as well as the...

Report

10 Aug 2006

The Retirement Villages Care Pilot has trialled the provision of flexible care packages into retirement villages in metropolitan, regional and rural locations across Australia.

In this evaluation Cathy Hales, Lydia Ross and Claire Ryan found that RVCP packages deliver a more comprehensive range of...

Report

10 Aug 2006

People who are socioeconomically disadvantaged experience higher rates of cardiovascular disease mortality than other Australians – and there is evidence that the gap has widened. A similar trend has also been observed in other OECD countries. This bulletin examines data on cardiovascular disease mortality mortality...

Report

10 Aug 2006

Continuing high population growth in Queensland and slower than average population growth in New South Wales means that this redistribution will increase the number of electoral divisions in Queensland to 29 and decrease the number in NSW to 49. Stephen Barber describes the proposed redistributions...

Commentary

Article

10 Aug 2006

Written by Whitlam, passed by Fraser, the Northern Territory Land Rights Act is falling victim to ill-considered amendments, writes Sean Brennan

THERE are telltale signs when ideology overrides common sense in making new laws. Government tries to ram changes through quickly, under the radar...

Report

10 Aug 2006

ACMA has introduced a new price-based allocation process for the allocation of apparatus licences for broadband wireless access services in the 1900-1920 frequency band in regional and remote areas. In response to unexpectedly high market demand for some licences, ACMA has decided to auction broadband...

Report

10 Aug 2006

ACMA has reduced the reserve prices for spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band to encourage take up of the spectrum to provide services to the community. The spectrum is suitable for the delivery of wireless local loop services and wireless broadband internet access. Spectrum is...

Briefing paper

10 Aug 2006

This paper provides guidance on the ACCC's approach to media mergers under the federal government's proposed legislative changes. It discusses how the ACCC might consider such issues as the various dimensions of media markets - products, geographic and functional - as well as the relevant...

Article

10 Aug 2006

Recent appointments to the ABC board may well have yielded a majority favourable to advertising on the national broadcaster, writes Ken Inglis, author of the recently published book, Whose ABC?

Report

8 Aug 2006

Over the past decade household saving rates have been falling in some OECD countries, and the declines appear to correlate with large capital gains and rapid financial innovation. This empirical investigation indicates that gains in the valuation of asset holdings have indeed been important as...

Article

8 Aug 2006

Nicholas Gruen likes the Australia Institute's attempt to create a broader measure of economic wellbeing but is disappointed by the Genuine Progress Indicator's left-handed approach to accounting.

Essay

8 Aug 2006

The Australian SLR remains the experienced criminal's assault weapon of choice writes Philip Alpers. Of the 7,664 M-16 and SLR assault rifles delivered to the PNG Defence Force since 1971, only 2,013 (26 per cent) remain in stock. Now, Australia faces the near-inevitability of its...

Commentary

Article

7 Aug 2006

Toowoomba’s water vote shows the potential risk in sending every issue to the people, write Peter Mares and Brian Costar

THE recent vote against drinking recycled waste water in drought-ravaged Toowoomba does much worse than give parliamentary secretary Malcolm Turnbull an unflattering 0-2 record...

Commentary

Article

7 Aug 2006

Ian Chubb, vice-chancellor of ANU, responds to recent attempts to restrict academic freedom

CONTROVERSY is the lifeblood of a university that is doing its duty. It has long been thus and it is today. Modern societies expect contemporary universities to be working at the...

Report

8 Aug 2006

The ACCC is 'perplexed' by Telstra's announcement that it has decided unilaterally to discontinue talks over its proposed fibre-to-the-node network upgrade, according to the ACCC chair, Graeme Samuel.

Report

7 Aug 2006

Conducted in 2005 by the National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR), based at UNE, the survey elicited responses from about 3,000 primary and maths/science secondary teachers - and nearly 1,000 parents - in 1,400 schools across all...

Report

7 Aug 2006

This study by P. M. McNeill and others investigated the 'gift-relationship' between pharmaceutical companies and doctors. A high percentage of specialists received offers of food (96%), items for the office (94%), personal gifts (51%) and journals or textbooks (50%). Most specialists were invited to product...

Report

7 Aug 2006

This paper examines the effects of market power and product differentiation on demand for grocery products in Australia over the period 2002 to 2005. We construct a model of the relationship between demand, market power and brand characteristics and then estimate the model using monthly...

Report

7 Aug 2006

Many Australians receiving government welfare benefits are still living below the poverty line, according to the latest issue of Poverty Lines: Australia conducted by Roger Wilkins. Figures in the March 2006 quarter, released this week, show that single adults on unemployment benefits fare worst, receiving...

Report

7 Aug 2006

The Australians facing the strongest disincentives to work are mostly on middle and lower incomes argues Nicholas Gruen in this CEDA report. These people are also the ones most likely to respond to the incentive provided by tax cuts. To encourage more work, tax cutting...

Report

7 Aug 2006

It’s clear that Australian-based businesses have a vital contribution to make in sustaining Australia's defence forces. Now the Defence Force needs to ensure that businesses supplying it with goods and services have more clarity and certainty about what Defence intends to do and buy. This...

Report

7 Aug 2006

Mortality rates in the NT Indigenous population have been increasing since 1977, but there is evidence of a slower rise (or even a fall) in death rates in the 1990s.

These early small changes give reason to hope that some improvements (possibly in medical...

Report

7 Aug 2006

Worldwide demand for energy will be more than 50% greater by 2030 if governments continue their present energy policies. Australia is a net exporter of energy, and is well placed to meet this demand. Australia has significant reserves of coal, and has 36% of the...

Report

7 Aug 2006

The primary aim of the Energy Efficiency Program for Low Income Households is to reduce financial hardship faced by low-income households as a result of rising energy costs. The program seeks to achieve its objectives through the delivery of energy efficiency services in collaboration with...

Report

7 Aug 2006

The 'Families at Risk' study has produced local evidence drawing attention to the strengths and challenges for parents living in situations of chronic and multiple disadvantage with children aged 0 - 7 years. Life for the majority of these parents and youg children is under-resourced,...

Report

7 Aug 2006

Janet Hawtin argues that policy developers must look at alternatives to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to help the nation recognise that we have an opportunity to respond to this treaty differently.Australia is at risk of being legislated out of the information economy. Laws...

Commentary

Article

7 Aug 2006

Lost in the current debate on Australia’s nuclear industry has been our prominent role in the development of what is clearly a more desirable option, electricity generation using solar cells. Solar or photovoltaic cells have powered small systems in the outback since the 1970s, following...

Discussion paper

7 Aug 2006

Janet Hawtin argues that policy developers must look at alternatives to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to help the nation recognise that we have an opportunity to respond to this treaty differently.Australia is at risk of being legislated out of the information economy. Laws...

Report

3 Aug 2006

Young mothers, and by extension their children, are one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged groups in Australian society. Around 9 in 10 teenage mothers are receiving income support payments, and they go on to have much lower family incomes in middle age. Are these patterns...

Report

3 Aug 2006

This UK report by Saul Becker, Alan Bryman and Joe Sempik presents the findings from an innovative mixed methods study of over 250 social policy researchers and users of research and how they conceptualise 'quality' in social policy research and how they judge the quality...

Discussion paper

3 Aug 2006

This discussion paper signals Labor's intention to develop measures which would help to support a vibrant and diverse arts sector. Additionally the paper identifies areas of critical importance, including arts education, Indigenous art and creative industries. This discussion paper is the second stage of the...

Report

3 Aug 2006

Years of government inaction and a suicide rate twice the national average has forced rural groups and the NSW Farmers Association to step in to ease the mental health crisis gripping regional areas. This blueprint includes 22 areas of action, such as mental health first-aid...

Report

3 Aug 2006

Entrepreneurs and the brands they stand behind are being embraced by consumers who now see big companies as the bad guys. This is one of several interesting messages coming out of the 2005 Eye on Australia study of Australian consumers' attitudes to life and corporate...

Discussion paper

3 Aug 2006

This discussion paper signals Labor's intention to develop measures which would help to support a vibrant and diverse arts sector. Additionally the paper identifies areas of critical importance, including arts education, Indigenous art and creative industries. This discussion paper is the second stage of the...

Report

3 Aug 2006

This UK report by Saul Becker, Alan Bryman and Joe Sempik presents the findings from an innovative mixed methods study of over 250 social policy researchers and users of research and how they conceptualise 'quality' in social policy research and how they judge the quality...

Report

3 Aug 2006

Entrepreneurs and the brands they stand behind are being embraced by consumers who now see big companies as the bad guys. This is one of several interesting messages coming out of the 2005 Eye on Australia study of Australian consumers' attitudes to life and corporate...

Report

15 May 2009

This report outlines how Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments will work together to protect Australia against the threat of an influenza pandemic and support the Australian community should one occur. Supporting this plan are plans that cover in more detail how individual agencies and...

Report

14 Jul 2006

Commonwealth, state and territory health ministers met in Brisbane to discuss a range of priority health issues including remote area renal services, national health call centres, pandemic influenza, childhood obesity, quality and safety, and a range of health workforce issues.

Commentary

Article

2 Aug 2006

The pressure points in the government industrial relations laws are already showing, writes Anthony Forsyth

KIM BEAZLEY’s announcement that Labor will abolish Australian Workplace Agreements if elected to office next year has added new impetus to the workplace policy debate. But while the ALP’s...

Article

1 Aug 2006

Australia must play a more constructive role in the Middle East, argues BEN SAUL

THE Australian government’s position on the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has not helped the search for a peaceful settlement. Apart from rescuing its own nationals, Australia done little but...

Transcript

2 Aug 2006

This speech by the authority's chair, Chris Chapman, to the Australian Telecommunications Summit 2006 includes observations about the communications convergence environment, an overview of ACMA's recent internal changes and their rationale, a survey of ACMA's activities in relation to telecommunications, and a discussion of emerging...

Transcript

2 Aug 2006

Transcripts of the public hearings of this inquiry, held 24 May to 21 July, are now availble online. Also available are the written submissions (122) made to the inquiry earlier this year.

Report

1 Aug 2006

National integrity systems function to ensure that power is exercised in a manner that is true to the values, purposes and duties for which that power is entrusted to, or held by, institutions and individual office-holders. This report by Dr AJ Brown looks at how...

Report

1 Aug 2006

Online auction sites are very popular in Australia and are becoming increasingly popular writes Nick Moustakas. More than 4.4 million people visited eBay Australia’s site in March 2006 alone. Yet a significant portion of online auction users in Australia appear to be experiencing problems when...

Report

1 Aug 2006

This study by Roger Harris, Michele Simons, Carmel McCarthy examines the nature of the training activity of private registered training organisations (RTOs) offered to Australian students in 2003, based on data from a national sample of 330 RTOs. The study also provides estimates of the...

Report

1 Aug 2006

The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006 (the Bill) proposes a number of significant changes to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. It While many of the changes are commended there are serious concerns with other aspects of the Bill. This...

Report

1 Aug 2006

Effective housing policy should support and enable people's participation in social and economic life argues Connie Hughes. To understand the links between public housing and employment we need to examine a complex mosaic of how public housing as a tenure is designed, who the tenants...

Report

26 Jul 2006

This Bill Digest provides an overview of legisation intended to: provide certainty in relation to the immigration clearance and immigration status of non-citizen children born in Australia; harmonise certain offence provisions with the Criminal Code; amend section 269 to ensure that a security may be...

Report

1 Aug 2006

This ABS report presents statistics on the use of information technologies by Australian businesses. Data is presented on business use of the Internet and web, including functionality of web sites. Data is also provided on the extent of purchasing and selling via the Internet or...

Report

1 Aug 2006

This publication presents national crime statistics relating to victims of a selected range of offences that have been recorded by police. These statistics provide indicators of the level and nature of recorded crime victimisation in Australia and a basis for measuring change over time. As...

Report

1 Aug 2006

Australian farmers used less water for irrigation in 2004-05, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). A total of 10,085 gigalitres of water was used on crops and pastures, down 3.4% on the previous year. Australian farmers used less water for irrigation in 2004-05,...

Report

1 Aug 2006

This federal government audit was announced in response to concerns that the supply of skills from the education and training system may not be adequate to meet current or future demand for skills. This summary report brings together the key outcomes of the audit....

Report

1 Aug 2006

Governments are the custodians of the vast majority of the most significant heritage places in Australia, and also own a very large number of less significant places. Arrangements for their conservation are often deficient, according to this report, as are existing arrangements for privately-owned places....

Commentary

Article

1 Aug 2006

The status quo in Australia is shifting, writes George Williams

WHEN it comes to freedom of speech we are in danger of losing our sense of perspective, as well as our sense of humour. The latest proposal from Attorney-General Philip Ruddock is to ban...

Article

1 Aug 2006

The much-publicised copyright infringement litigation brought by the major record companies in the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney has been settled, reports AAR.

Report

1 Aug 2006

Online auction sites are very popular in Australia and are becoming increasingly popular writes Nick Moustakas. More than 4.4 million people visited eBay Australia?s site in March 2006 alone. Yet a significant portion of online auction users in Australia appear to be experiencing problems when...

Article

1 Aug 2006

The month's update discusses reviews of the the Broadcasting Services Act and the Spam Act and a new 'dot-mobi' top level global internet domain for mobile services.