October 2006

Report

31 Oct 2006

This report calls for an integrated national approach to prisoner health information, to support improved prisoner health. The report notes that the large and growing population of prisoners in Australia presents a strong challenge to the public's health. There is an opportunity to intervene and...

Report

30 Aug 2006

The goal of newborn screening is early identification of children affected by congenital and metabolic disorders for which medical treatment can be promptly initiated to avert metabolic crises and prevent irreversible neurological and developmental sequelae. Early identification of these conditions is crucial, as timely intervention...

Report

31 Oct 2006

This document is a a review of the communication components of Australian and overseas public education and social marketing campaigns aimed at reducing violence against women. It focuses on campaigns conducted since 1995 that included a primary objective of influencing 'community attitudes' towards violence against...

Report

31 Oct 2006

Most Victorian women and men, regardless of their socio-economic status or cultural background, did not hold ‘violence-supportive’ attitudes on many of the measures used in this VicHealth survey on community attitudes to violence against women. Attitudes had improved on most measures since 1995. Nonetheless there...

Report

31 Oct 2006

Pacific 2020 highlights major challenges facing the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and East Timor in the next 15 years. It emphasises the importance of economic growth to surmount these problems and provides practical policy options in nine key sectors to maximise growth. The report was...

Report

31 Oct 2006

The Stern Review is regarded as the most comprehensive review ever carried out on the economics of climate change.

Report

31 Oct 2006

These programs have undertaken a broad mix of renewal activity, from physical redevelopment , to community oriented initiatives. Yet while a number of evaluations of these programs have been undertaken, the development of evaluation methodology has lagged behind that of other countries. The emergence of...

Report

31 Oct 2006

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) estimates that energy used in buildings accounts for almost 27 per cent of all energy related greenhouse gas emissions. In moving towards more sustainable urban forms the ability to model how different kinds of urban development might perform in...

Discussion paper

31 Oct 2006

In March 2005, following a decision of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the Australian Government requested the Productivity Commission to undertake a research study1. The aim of the study was to examine issues impacting on the health workforce, including the supply of, and demand...

Journal article

31 Oct 2006

Consumer engagement is the process of involving consumers in the planning and development of policies and services. It has long been an established practice in fields such as urban planning and development, and is now widely used as part of government policy making activities. Within...

Report

30 Oct 2006

This national annual survey of 14,700 young people, aged 11-24 (95% between 11-19), has found family conflict, alcohol and other drugs and body image are their three main issues of concern. When asked to rank 12 issues in level of importance, family conflict was ranked...

Report

30 Oct 2006

This detailed, comparable and up-to-date collection of indicators on the performance of education systems focuses on the 30 OECD countries, including Australia, as well as some partner countries. The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it, how education and learning...

Report

30 Oct 2006

The early intervention program is a voluntary program for low to medium risk families encountering problems that impact on their ability to care for their children. The purpose of this evaluation is to examine the effectiveness of the program in achieving its stated objectives and...

Report

30 Oct 2006

In this report commissioned for the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change, CSIRO scientists suggest that future emissions trajectories indicates that, left unchecked, human greenhouse gas emissions will increase several fold over the 21st century. As a consequence, Australia’s annual average temperatures are projected to...

Report

27 Oct 2006

Email and online shopping and banking have become a fact of life. This policy brief looks at how cyberfraud affects the digital economy and what governments can do to protect e-commerce and use of the internet.

Article

26 Oct 2006

The North Coast of NSW has some of the most innovative and experienced digital media practitioners and some of the lowest figures for internet and new technology uptakes. Thus project sprout has been devised to tackle digital technology training on two fronts. Firstly gather sixteen...

Report

27 Oct 2006

Produced in partnership with The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, this report looks at the changing face of museums, libraries and archives in Britain. Putting them at the vanguard of social and economic change, the report asserts that through their collections and resources they help...

Briefing paper

27 Oct 2006

Email and online shopping and banking have become a fact of life. This policy brief looks at how cyberfraud affects the digital economy and what governments can do to protect e-commerce and use of the internet.

Report

26 Oct 2006

The Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste was established under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights following an invitation from the then Minister for Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste to the Secretary-General to establish such a body. Its mandate was...

Report

26 Oct 2006

The Special Rapporteur expressed serious concern about the ‘hidden national housing crisis’ in Australia, and recommended that the Federal Government develop a National Housing Policy, and consider establishing a Federal Ministry for Housing, making housing and homelessness a national priority. The Special Rapporteur described the...

Report

26 Oct 2006

Until September 11, Australia had no national laws on terrorism. Political violence was dealt with by the ordinary criminal law. Since then we have passed a litany of new anti-terror statutes. In an era punctuated by terrorist attacks starting with New York and Washington and...

Transcript

26 Oct 2006

Even without technology, we are, what Terry Dartnall would call, 'bioborgs', with modular brains and onboard robot-like devices (let's call them 'biobots') that we launch to do our bidding. This leaves us well placed for mechanical augmentation, for a seamless meshing between our onboard abilities...

Article

26 Oct 2006

The ramping up of criminal responsibility for copyright infringement follows a trend most explicit in the US of prosecuting and jailing copyright infringers. This is a major shift for copyright law which has traditionally remedied infringement with civil liability, such as damages. The criminalisation of...

Report

26 Oct 2006

Television is heading into a post-broadcast phase of interactive innovation and do-it-yourself production, brought on by the coming-of-age of the Internet, which combines individual creative content and global scale in a way that was hardly thinkable in the broadcast era.

Commentary

Article

25 Oct 2006

The revealing detail of a bipartisan Senate report suggests the government will eventually have to abandon its opposition to Pacific Islanders picking Australian fruit writes Peter Mares

AT THE Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji this week, Prime Minister John Howard has once again...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Rhonda Jolly provides an overview of the development of media ownership regulations and the changes wrought by the recently implemented media ownship legislation. The Bill permits cross-media mergers in radio licence areas where sufficient diversity of media groups remains following the mergers. At least five...

Bill

24 Oct 2006

This Bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Radiocommunications Act 1992 to broaden the range of enforcement powers available to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. This report provides background information on the creation of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and details...

Report

24 Oct 2006

The Greens private members bill on Freedom of Information passed through the NSW Upper House yesterday. Lee Rhiannon explains the reasons behind the bill, arguing that IT advances and the rise in public-private partnerships mean that NSW FOI laws are in need of an overhaul....

Report

24 Oct 2006

Maternal deaths are rare, catastrophic events and require monitoring and investigation. The report is an observational study of maternal deaths based on information provided by the states and territories. It includes information about the women, pregnancy, clinical care and the deaths. Maternal deaths that occurred...

Report

24 Oct 2006

The Greens private members bill on Freedom of Information passed through the NSW Upper House yesterday. Lee Rhiannon explains the reasons behind the bill, arguing that IT advances and the rise in public-private partnerships mean that NSW FOI laws are in need of an overhaul....

Report

24 Oct 2006

Advocates of justice for asylum-seekers and refugees were justifiably relieved when the Government was forced to withdraw its proposed amendments to the Migration Act - amendments that would have seen any asylum-seeker arriving by boat in Australia being deported to Nauru to be processed. However,...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Radioactive waste is one of the most emotive issues in the current debate on Australia’s nuclear involvement. Many nuclear proponents share, with their opponents, an acceptance that radioactive waste is integral to the use of nuclear materials, from medical applications to power generation. It is...

Report

24 Oct 2006

This publication provides information on apprentice and trainee activity for the 12 months ending 31 December 2005. An apprentice or trainee is a person undertaking vocational training through a contracted training arrangement. This annual publication brings together information published on a quarterly basis, and provides...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Rhonda Jolly provides an overview of the development of media ownership regulations and the changes wrought by the recently implemented media ownship legislation. The Bill permits cross-media mergers in radio licence areas where sufficient diversity of media groups remains following the mergers. At least five...

Report

24 Oct 2006

This Bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Radiocommunications Act 1992 to broaden the range of enforcement powers available to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. This report provides background information on the creation of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and details...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Water access entitlements, allocations and trading have been key elements of recent water reforms in Australia. This publication presents data on the number of water access entitlements, the volume of water allocated to water access entitlements, and water trading in Australia in 2004-05. Water access...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Business and higher education were the biggest contributors in Australia's $15.8 billion outlay on research and experimental development (R&D) in 2004-05, according to this ABS report. This was an increase of 19% or $2.6 billion since 2002-03. More than half of this expenditure came from...

Report

24 Oct 2006

The national fertility rate is at its highest level since 1995, according to this ABS report. Australia's total fertility rate increased in 2005 to 1.81 babies per woman, up from 1.77 in 2004. All states and territories recorded increases in total fertility rates between 2004...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Paid maternity leave was used by one-third (34%) of employed mothers-to-be, according to the first detailed ABS survey on the employment circumstances of women who had a child under two years of age. Paid leave of some sort was taken by just under half (47%)...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Desmond Ball writes that the security relationship between Australia and Japan has now grown to the extent that, if the range of cooperative activities could be summated, Japan would be in the top five of Australia's security partners. Given the increasing likelihood of their common...

Journal article

24 Oct 2006

For the last 20 years injury prevention policy in Australia has been hampered by poor consultation practices, limited stakeholder involvement, inadequate allocation of resources, poor implementation, and an absence of performance measures. This paper describes the development of injury prevention policy in Australia from its...

Journal article

24 Oct 2006

These cancer control plans have arisen in response to the impact of cancer on the Australian community and in recognition of the health gains that can be made through effective cancer control. They have been developed either in the context of a broader framework of...

Report

24 Oct 2006

This is the first occasion on which the Australian intelligence community has set out in a public document its role and functions. The six agencies covered in this information brochure are the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, the Defence Intelligence Organisation,...

Report

24 Oct 2006

This report considers, and where possible quantifies, the wide range of economic, environment and social impacts from the Cooperative Research Centres Programme. The study finds that for each dollar invested in the CRC Programme Australian GDP is cumulatively $1.16 higher; total Australian consumption is $1.24...

Report

24 Oct 2006

This paper presents findings from a collaborative analytical project examining the diversity of farm water use practices and management in Australia for the period 2000-01 to 2003-04. It provides a detailed statistical description of farms which use and trade irrigation water and estimates of the...

Report

24 Oct 2006

Key among the report's recommendations is the call for initial funding from the Commonwealth government for the establishment of a stand-alone Centre for Gynaecological Cancers within the auspices of Cancer Australia to provide a national voice for gynaecological cancer issues.

Report

24 Oct 2006

This report argues that there is no labour shortage of such seriousness as to threaten the prosperity of the horticultural industry, worth $6.6 billion in 2003-04. It argues that measures to increase the labour force - including allowing seasonal contract labour from the Pacific islands...

Report

24 Oct 2006

The refereed papers from this international conference held at Deakin University in November 2005 are now online. Papers include Robert Cummins on 'The wellbeing of caregivers', and Peter Kriel on 'Quality of work life and business ethics'. David Caldwell, The Language of Subjective Wellbeing Robert...

Report

24 Oct 2006

The annual Australian Unity Wellbeing Index monitors the subjective wellbeing of the Australian population. Past surveys show that events such as the Bali bombing tend to elevate the wellbeing of the Australian population by causing increased social cohesion. However, Survey 15 shows that the downward...

Statistics

24 Oct 2006

Business and higher education were the biggest contributors in Australia's $15.8 billion outlay on research and experimental development (RandD) in 2004-05, according to this ABS report. This was an increase of 19% or $2.6 billion since 2002-03. More than half of this expenditure came from...

Report

24 Oct 2006

The American industry association for entainment software companies presents their report on 2006 sales, demographic and usage data on video and computer games.

Article

24 Oct 2006

Can the internet integrate with broadcasting for innovation as well as entertainment, asks John Hartley in this extract from his keynote address to the annual conference of the Association of Internet Research. If so, then the resulting content, created out of a convergence of all...

Audio presentation

23 Oct 2006

Joel Kotkin considers the critical role of libraries in economic success, from ancient times to the 21st century. He then looks at the opportunities provided by new technologies to disseminate information to those who are in danger of being 'left behind'. Audio and transcripts available...

Audio presentation

23 Oct 2006

Charles Leadbeater looks at two different types of creative economies - the open and the closed organisation. He considers the assumptions and the applications of the two models and the breaking down of the closed approach. Libraries are precursors to open innovation and the public...

Report

23 Oct 2006

No violence against children is justifiable; all violence against children is preventable. Yet this in-depth study on violence against children confirms that such violence exists in every country of the world, cutting across culture, class, education, income and ethnic origin. In every region, in contradiction...

Essay

23 Oct 2006

After disastrous leakages of government guns in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Australia led the charge to help island nations lock up their small arms, building secure state armouries across the region. But of late, regional implementation of the UN Programme of...

Transcript

19 Oct 2006

In this transcript from his speech at The Sydney Institute, Mark Scott, the ABC's Managing Director states that the revised editorial policies of the ABC stand as the most significant public statement of values made by an ABC Board in over twenty one years. It...

Report

20 Oct 2006

The Copyright Amendment Bill 2006, introduced into Parliament on 19 October 2006, has been referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. The bill includes amendments relating to technological protection measures; enforcement; unauthorised reception of encoded broadcasts; time-shifting and format-shifting; non-commercial activities of libraries,...

Statistics

20 Oct 2006

In June 2006 there were 181 million broadband subscribers in the OECD, corresponding to 15.5 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Subscriptions were up 33 per cent from one year earlier. In June 2006, six countries (Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Korea, Switzerland and Finland) led the OECD...

Discussion paper

19 Oct 2006

The Kelvin Grove Urban Village (KGUV) is a diverse inner-city master-planned community in Brisbane, Australia, established through a strong partnership between the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the Queensland Government’s Department of Housing ( www.kgurbanvillage.com.au ). The 16 hectare KGUV is unique, because the...

Commentary

Article

20 Oct 2006

The big look like getting bigger, writes Jock Given..

THE future is supposed to surprise us.

Since the government?s legislation passed the Senate late last week, the detail of the moves in the media market has. But the broad shape of the...

Journal article

19 Oct 2006

Researchers in the arts, media and design often struggle to find serviceable methodologies within the orthodox research paradigms of quantitative and qualitative research. In response to this and over the past decade, practice-led research has emerged as a potent strategy for those researchers who wish...

Report

19 Oct 2006

A 12 year old girl uploads a video of herself lip syncing the latest Shakira pop song onto YouTube and is served with a copyright infringement notice. Has she breached copyright law? Has she infringed moral rights or performers’ rights? Is she entitled to rely...

Report

19 Oct 2006

Many Australians will be affected by the current wave of family law reform, which includes changes to the family law system and the introduction of new and expanded prevention, early intervention and postseparation support services for individuals, couples and families. As part of...

Report

19 Oct 2006

This report discusses the findings from a follow-up survey of 457 visa holders since the first surveys were conducted in 2003-04. The paper focuses on the changes that have occurred in their employment and residence status over the course of a year. It also examines...

Report

19 Oct 2006

Since 2003-04 the majority of people resettled under the Australian Humanitarian Programme have come from Africa. Humanitarian entrants from Africa have experienced higher levels of disadvantage than entrants from previous source regions. This discussion paper presents a range of recommendations across a variety of policy...

Discussion paper

19 Oct 2006

Researchers in the arts, media and design often struggle to find serviceable methodologies within the orthodox research paradigms of quantitative and qualitative research. In response to this and over the past decade, practice-led research has emerged as a potent strategy for those researchers who wish...

Report

18 Oct 2006

The Howard government has this year enacted the most far-reaching changes to the Commonwealth Electoral Act since the reforms of 1983. The Howard changes, including early closure of the electoral roll and looser requirements for disclosure of party finance, have been part of the government's...

Report

18 Oct 2006

A proposal to abolish the state upper house is under discussion in South Australia. Not only do the changes risk damaging the quality of the political process and the accountability of government, they are also ill-thought out and, it is argued, may be defeated anyway....

Report

18 Oct 2006

Most Australians will be carers at some stage in their lives. Research by Juliet Bourke clearly demonstrates that the financial cost of care affects carers’ employment decisions. In particular, when the cost is perceived to be 'too high' carers are forced to leave the paid...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Media commentators, satirists, artists and activists should be safe from controversial sedition laws, even if their ideas are unpopular and confronting, as long as they don't urge the use of violence, under changes to federal law proposed by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The...

Working paper

17 Oct 2006

Do Australians feel that their privacy is adequately protected? Is it possible for privacy laws to keep up with technology such as data matching, facial recognition and even body odour measurement? Do younger people care as much about privacy as their elders? hese are some...

Transcript

17 Oct 2006

The creative industry's contribution to employment and economic activity is significant, yet political champions for the arts are rarely to be found argues Peter Garrett in a speech to the Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools Annual Conference.

Report

17 Oct 2006

Media commentators, satirists, artists and activists should be safe from controversial sedition laws—even if their ideas are unpopular and confronting—as long as they don’t urge the use of violence, under changes to federal law proposed by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The five-month inquiry...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Do Australians feel that their privacy is adequately protected? Is it possible for privacy laws to keep up with technology such as data matching, facial recognition and even body odour measurement? Do younger people care as much about privacy as their elders? hese are some...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Cutting company tax appears to offer the most effective means of spurring economic growth through tax cuts. It should be brought back onto the agenda of public discussion for policy makers and commentators argues Nicholas Gruen. This is the lesson from both recent economic theory...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Australian parents lack confidence in their role, are unsure of their place in the parent-child dyad, feel under pressure and see child-rearing as parental responsibility rather than a community-based responsibility. Over 62% of Australian parents lack confidence in their role and 70 % feel a...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Each year in Australia since 1999-00 about 4,700 cases of poisoning in children under the age of 15 years resulted in hospitalisation. Of these, 63% were due to poisoning by pharmaceutical substances and 37% to poisoning by non-pharmaceutical substances. Poisoning, or concern over the possibility...

Report

17 Oct 2006

The supermarket industry now services many customers through online food shopping over the Internet. The Internet shopping process offers a novel opportunity for the modification of dietary patterns. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects on consumers' purchases of saturated fat of...

Report

17 Oct 2006

A national survey carried out by Flinders University researchers has found a high level of acceptance towards the use of treated wastewater in non potable (not-for-drinking) applications, with very high approval of its use for toilet flushing and for uses such as watering public parks...

Report

17 Oct 2006

The worst crisis in Timor-Leste’s short history is far from over. The country is in political limbo, waiting for the report of the UN-appointed Independent Special Commission of Inquiry that is expected to name names and recommend prosecutions for perpetrators of the April-May violence in...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Yvonne Lay examines and assesses the adequacy of sexual and domestic violence service providers in accommodating for the specific needs of victims from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, particularly focusing on Chinese, East Timorese and Vietnamese women. In recognising the totality of the intersection...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Hannah McGlade who writes about how Aboriginal women and girls are being discriminated against by the criminal justice system on the basis of their Aboriginality and gender, notwithstanding the existence of formal legislation prohibiting such discrimination. In examining the legal system's unequal treatment of Aboriginal...

Report

17 Oct 2006

In Australia there has been an increasing consciousness surrounding sexual crimes and their impact, and this extends to a marginalised yet significant group: male victims. To date, the abuse of males is still underrepresented in our literature, statistics and programs pertinent to sexual abuse. This...

Report

17 Oct 2006

New Matilda presents a manifesto for the development of public policy based on Australia’s long term interests and values. Calling on all Australian politicians to re-think the way they develop public policy, this paper argues that the short-term thinking of the election cycle is damaging...

Report

17 Oct 2006

We can restore universalism and increase both equity and efficiency in health care - at no additional cost to the taxpayer, according to this policy proposal from New Matilda. Private insurance is weakening the government’s ability to use its bargaining power to control costs. We...

Report

17 Oct 2006

Australia’s minerals industry will need to find an extra 70,000 workers over the next decade to meet its demand for labour, according to a new report from the Minerals Industry National Skills Shortage Strategy (NSSS) Working Party. Buoyed by sustained global economic growth, employment in...

Report

17 Oct 2006

The Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation envisions a future in which two principles are widely understood. First, that our cultural expressions and heritage are central to the fabric of the Vermont community. Second, that they act as a powerful economic engine that inspires innovation,...

Report

16 Oct 2006

In his 2006 Stegley Lecture Irving Saulwick argues that there are two social tectonic plates operating in Australia. They coexist, sometimes, occasionally, live in harmony with each other, and sometimes cause tension at their interface. The first we will call the 'Consequences of Change and...

Report

16 Oct 2006

This paper provides information about initiatives to be funded by the Australian and State and Territory governments as part of the COAG National Plan on Mental Health. The paper largely focuses on Commonwealth and Victorian initiatives. The information is taken from government sources.

Report

16 Oct 2006

This positioning paper explores the implications of loss of a partner for private renters aged 50 years and over (aged 50+). The scope of the analysis includes singles who turned 50 having previously lost a partner through death, separation or divorce and those who lose...

Conference proceedings

16 Oct 2006

The Governments and Communities in Partnership conference held in September 2006 brought together key policy makers, community leaders and researchers from around Australia, together with leading experts from the UK, Ireland, Austria, Canada, the United States and New Zealand. The aim of the program was...

Commentary

Article

13 Oct 2006

US might and right ends with a predictable bang, writes Jack Waterford

THE nightmare of North Korea’s having a nuclear bomb is one for our region, and of the western alliance. But a good many people around the world will be tickled pink...

Audio

13 Oct 2006

Using World of Warcraft and Second Life as examples at both ends of the spectrum of social online games Luke Carruthers, a games developer who runs Imaginary Numbers in Sydney, talks about environment design, demographics and game-play competitive structures of these services.

Conference paper

13 Oct 2006

The advent of Next Generation Networks is bringing forward a series of innovative opportunities but also a greater array of challenges, touching on competition, interconnection agreements and new business models. Papers and presentations from this OECD Foresight Forum, held on 3 October 2006, are now...

Report

12 Oct 2006

Religion and the resurgence of faith-based foreign policies have become a central theme in contemporary world politics. In a series of short essays, Lorraine Elliott, Mark Beeson, Shahram Azbarzadeh, Greg Fealy and Stuart Harris investigate the main features of this resurgence and put to the...

Report

12 Oct 2006

Terminal decline is not a description that is warranted for the Australian press, given the innovative and vigorous response of newspapers to the challenges they are encountering, according to this report. The best business model for a prosperous future for newspaper companies is not obvious....

Report

12 Oct 2006

Australian farmers reported spending $3.3 billion on natural resource management during 2004-05, according to this ABS survey. This money was spent managing or preventing weed, pest, land and soil, native vegetation or water-related issues on their agricultural holdings. More than $1.1 billion was spent on...

Commentary

12 Oct 2006

The government is giving with one hand and taking with the other, writes Ellie Rennie

IF YOU happen to have wandered into the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI, in Melbourne) over the past few months you will have seen an exhibition...

Report

10 Oct 2006

The recent Federal Court’s decision about the Perth area is not a groundbreaking legal precedent; it is the simple application of existing law to the facts that were presented during the case. Justice Wilcox seems to have understood how controversial his decision was going to...

Report

10 Oct 2006

One of the key emerging public concerns is the socio-economic risk to households arising from the combined impact of rising mortgage expenses, historically high petrol prices and inflationary pressures. To assess how the impact of these three factors is likely to be distributed across Australian...

Article

10 Oct 2006

Ongoing instability in East Timor and social and political fragility in the Solomons, PNG and other Melanesian states call into question the sustainability and viability of Australian policy on the ‘arc of instability’ to our north writes Michael Dillon. In recent years, Australia has been...

Report

10 Oct 2006

Expenditure and human resources devoted to research and experimental development (R&D) carried out by government and private non-profit organisations in Australia, classified by socioeconomic objective, field of research, type of expenditure, type of activity, source of funds, type of employee and location of expenditure. Most...

Report

10 Oct 2006

There is no empirical evidence that Muslim men in Australia are any more likely to commit rape than non-Muslim men. So people who are concerned about women's rights should be worried when the language of rights and gender equality is appropriated for an anti-Muslim agenda....

Report

10 Oct 2006

In a review of Amanda Lohrey's Quarterly Essay 22: Voting for Jesus and Tom Frame's Church and State Michael Hogan argues that there is serious work to be done in reforming the supposed religious neutrality of the state in Australia. But assertions about the need...

Report

10 Oct 2006

The broad tenets of the Washington Consensus, with its market-based policies, remain in place, but there is a recognition that well-functioning markets require complex institutions, rules and procedures, and that these take time and effort to develop. Dr Stephen Grenville asks how economic policymaking changed...

Report

10 Oct 2006

With Doha in the deep freeze and the future of the multilateral system in question, the search is now on for a Plan B for international trade. The most likely Plan B on offer is a deepening of the world economy's recent infatuation with preferential...

Report

10 Oct 2006

Dr Rodd McGibbon calls on the Australian government to engage more actively in the public debate in Australia over the Papua conflict. This debate so far has been dominated by local supporters of West Papuan self-determination who seriously undersell the importance for Australian security interests...

Report

10 Oct 2006

The Scoping Study's recommendations were developed through consultation by way of interviews, focus groups and written submissions with more than 100 people and organisations. The Scoping Study sets a future for media arts at the Australia Council that sees it integrated across the funding programs...

Report

9 Oct 2006

This report includes a majority, a dissenting and two minority reports from the committee's inquiry into the federal government's controversial media Bills, the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2006, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2006, the Communications Legislation Amendment (Enforcement Powers) Bill...

Report

9 Oct 2006

'Leadership matters,' and 'start with the pedagogies, not the technologies', say Australian educators. Voices from the profession provides an overview of what a cross-section of over 400 of Australia's educational leaders saw in 2005 as factors that contribute to how leadership supports learning with information...

Report

10 Oct 2006

The sexualisation of Australian children in the interest of corporate profit is increasing and exposes children to a wide range of risks from a very young age, according to an analysis by Emma Rush and Andrea La Nauze.

Children are increasingly being portrayed in...

Report

9 Oct 2006

The environment in which research is being conducted and disseminated is undergoing profound change, with new technologies offering new opportunities, changing research practices demanding new capabilities, and increased focus on research performance. John Houghton, Colin Steele and Peter Sheehan draws on international and local experience...

Discussion paper

30 Sep 2007

Do Australians feel that their privacy is adequately protected? Is it possible for privacy laws to keep up with technology such as data matching, facial recognition and even body odour measurement? Do younger people care as much about privacy as their elders? These are some...

Report

9 Oct 2006

This primer contains information on stem cells, the regulation of human embryo research and the prohibition of human cloning in Australia, together with links to online sources of additional information.

Report

9 Oct 2006

Michael Bittman and Kimberly Fisher examine the policy relevance and economic significance of the volunteering sector. They present a case for an expanded definition of volunteering, encompassing activities performed outside formal organisations.

The paper uses statistical analyses to examine the profile of...

Report

9 Oct 2006

On 19 September the Federal Court determined that native title exists in some areas in the Perth metropolitan area. Tribunal President Graeme Neate spoke about the significance of this decision in this interview on ABC TV's 7.30 Report.

Report

9 Oct 2006

This report includes a majority, a dissenting and two minority reports from the committee's inquiry into the federal government's controversial media Bills, the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2006, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2006, the Communications Legislation Amendment (Enforcement Powers) Bill...

Report

9 Oct 2006

Mark Cully of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research dissects what traineeships are today, who’s using them, how they have changed over time and the implications of all this for the current 'skills crisis'.

Report

9 Oct 2006

Generation Y have their feet firmly on the ground. They are not, for the most part, idealists. Their ambitions are material (the car, the house) and conventional (marriage, children). In these ways they are not perhaps very different from earlier generations, but in one important...

Article

9 Oct 2006

Despite on-going frustrations, Indigenous educators continue to play a highly important and positive role in the educational experiences of Indigenous students. Information gathered from the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Program found that ensuring Indigenous presence, involvement, and influence in schools is one of the best...

Report

9 Oct 2006

Multiple factors indicate that the Asia/Pacific region possess a high degree of vulnerability to climate changes. Many nations within the region already struggle to cope with the current climate variability to which they are exposed including tropical cyclones, rainfall extremes, frequent droughts, and extreme tides....

Report

9 Oct 2006

The world’s poorest people – many of whom are already experiencing the effects of climate change – will be the worst hit under climate change with impacts for the developing world predicted to be far more devastating than in industrialised nations. Australia recognises industrial economies...

Report

9 Oct 2006

Leadership matters and starts with the pedagogies, not the technologies, say Australian educators. This report provides an overview of what a cross-section of over 400 of Australia's educational leaders saw in 2005 as factors that contribute to how leadership supports learning with information and communication...

Report

9 Oct 2006

A glance at the Australian Joint Council of Professional Teaching Associations (AJCPTA) brochure provides an interesting picture of the rich and varied nature of professional teaching/subject association culture. The complexity of that culture—its development and operations—is less easy to encapsulate writes Terry Hayes.

Briefing paper

6 Oct 2006

ACMA has approved the Mobile Premium Services Self-Regulatory Scheme, which provides a range of new protections around mobile premium content for adults and children. It has been developed by mobile phone companies and providers of mobile content, and has benefited from a consultation process that...

Book

6 Oct 2006

The introduction in late 2005 of the re-invigorated sedition laws provoked an angry response from a wide coalition of civil libertarians, authors, publishers, artists and performers, who saw them as an invasion of creators? right to social criticism. Jonathan Biggins examines the state of theatrical...

Report

5 Oct 2006

There is a close correspondence between disability benefit receipt and labour market outcomes according to this study of centrelink records. Entry to disability support pensions via unemployment benefits is associated with substantially reduced prospects of exiting the pension, while employment during this time is associated...

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5 Oct 2006

Women are more sensitive to life events than men according to this paper by Robert Drago, Mark Wooden and David Black. Women’s preferred hours and labor force participation decline sharply with pregnancy and the arrival of children; approach usual levels as children enter school and...

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5 Oct 2006

The state election in Queensland passed without much fanfare. Only the ABC provided extended coverage on election night, and the chief protagonists downplayed the results, whether a win or a loss. Jim Forbes provides an overview of what happened.

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5 Oct 2006

The debate about Australian values, culture and citizenship keeps simmering along and shows no sign of going away any time soon. Martin Leet examines the hypocrisy that characterises the debate and argues that it distracts attention from the real issues.

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4 Oct 2006

Exposure drafts of three sets of amendments to the Copyright Act are available. The amendments relate to new exceptions (including time-shifting, format shifting and exceptions for libraries, educational institutions, people with a disability and parody and satire), and other Digital Agenda review measures; enforcement provisions;...

Article

4 Oct 2006

Entries have opened for AIMIA's interactive and digital media awards. The awards, now in their 13th year, celebrate the best in digital content innovation across all genres and platforms.

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4 Oct 2006

This project aims to explore how convergent media technologies could create more content for the community media sector. It involves a group of nine 4ZzZ journalists producing current affairs and features pieces in radio, online and TV formats, with the majority of content relevant to...

Submission

3 Oct 2006

In this submission to DCITA, the AFC argues that there needs to be a greater emphasis placed on indirect funding of the film industry. The AFC believes that a significant, effective incentive needs to be introduced to drive increases in the volume of production and...

Statistics

3 Oct 2006

Comparisons between Australia and other countries in terms of: Number of feature films produced; Production investment; Number of films released; Cinema screens; Cinema admissions; Admissions per capita; Cinema ticket price index; Box office; Top films' box office share; and Domestic films' share.

Report

3 Oct 2006

Free-to-air television continues to be Australia's most popular medium and the principal source of news, current affairs and entertainment for most households. However, the challenges confronting the industry are increasing as it approaches the second half of the current decade. Along with an examination of...

Report

3 Oct 2006

Analysis 2003: Garry Maddox analyses the trends About the data Video hire outlets: Key statistics; Income; Expenditure; By state; By business size; Business activities; Size of stock; Rental rates Wholesale sales: Wholesale revenue; Units sold; Average price per unit Video product: No. releases and Australian...

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3 Oct 2006

The Lowy Institute Poll broke new ground this year, conducting national public opinion surveys simultaneously in Australia and Indonesia. The report contains responses from both countries to questions on foreign and security policy, global affairs, and each other. Some of the questions focus on Australia's...

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3 Oct 2006

Alan Dupont and Graeme Pearman canvass the international security consequences of climate change especially for Australia's Asia-Pacific neighbourhood.

Their paper examines the implications of temperature increases and sea level rise for food, water, energy, infectious diseases, natural disasters and environmental refugees and asks whether...

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3 Oct 2006

When it comes to retirement, most boomers are neither lucky nor confident about their future. Myra Hamilton and Clive Hamilton report that there is a sharp divide between the retirement prospects of rich and poor boomers, with the 'lucky generation' tag being reserved for a...

Report

3 Oct 2006

Australia’s major companies are calling for major shortfalls in the nation’s electricity network to be addressed in this submission to the COAG national energy reform group. While a national energy market had promised greater competition and lower energy prices in reality, the benefits to date...

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3 Oct 2006

Fixing the nation’s water supply system is achievable and would boost our economy by $9 billion, according to this Business Council of Australia report. Instead of taking hard decisions to fix the problem, Governments are supporting a flawed water system that is effectively turning sufficient...

Guide

8 Jan 2018

This plain language guide to the criminal justice system aims to show what help is available, from the time a crime occurs right through to after the court case has concluded.

It also provides information about support services available, including where to go for...

Commentary

Article

2 Oct 2006

Daniel Tynan and George Williams regret the demise of a valuable check-and-balance function of the Senate

LAST month, the government scrapped eight Senate references committees. This move is one of several measures this government has taken that marginalise the Senate’s ability to hold...

Journal article

3 Oct 2006

A study of listening to Y!Music revealed the extent to which it was an interactive experience. The auto-ethnography was conducted as a capture of the music stream and a journal of interactions with the station. The music that was played was then analysed to determine...

Journal article

3 Oct 2006

This paper conceptualizes mobile phones as beyond two-way voice communication technologies, envisioning the mobile device as a social collective medium instead of a private personal technology. It addresses three central research questions: (1) What are the characteristics of mobile phones that differentiates them from traditional...

Commentary

Article

2 Oct 2006

The introduction of free-to-air digital TV has been an utter failure, writes Jock Given

BY ALL measures, TV was a superb technology for its time,? wrote American George Gilder in 1990. ?Indeed, its presence and properties defined the time. But now its time is...

Report

2 Oct 2006

A recent article in The Economist described women as the ’world's most under-utilised resource’. It showed that getting more women into work is part of the solution to many economic woes, including shrinking populations, skills shortages and poverty. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has also...

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2 Oct 2006

The present WorkChoices legislation marks a radical departure in scope and philosophy from the past. This lecture by Joe Isaac reviews the new legislation in the context of the history of industrial regulation in Australia and the requirements of an economically efficient and socially fair...

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2 Oct 2006

Numerous surveys in recent years have shown that more money doesn’t make us happier, and good relationships are the greatest contributor to wellbeing. However, what if the quest for happiness is part of the problem: one more manifestation of Baby Boomer narcissism; or even a...

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2 Oct 2006

In the Solomon Islands, apart from the appearance of calm and the absence of gun-toting crooks and militants, there is little to show but continued political instability, corruption and ruptured relations. MPs are still wallowing in millions of dollars courtesy of Taiwan ROC. There is...

Report

2 Oct 2006

As part of its mandate to gauge public opinion, the Council initiated a year-long project to ascertain and analyse the current state of knowledge about public opinion on sentencing on both a national and international level. This project is designed to examine and critically evaluate...

Report

2 Oct 2006

The aim of this study was to gain a more detailed understanding of the restraint usage rates, ‘appropriateness’ of restraint use, and the factors that influence appropriate restraint use for children in the booster seat age group. Six hundred and ninety nine parents from the...

Report

2 Oct 2006

Male cyclists aged 30 to 39 are at high risk of being killed or injured in collisions with motor vehicles on weekdays from 4pm to 6pm. Nine out of 10 collisions happen on a straight stretch of road with the vehicle hitting the bike by...

Report

2 Oct 2006

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is Australia’s federally funded national drug monitoring system. The purpose of the IDRS is to provide a standardised, comparable approach to the monitoring of data relating to the use of opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis. The IDRS is intended...

Report

2 Oct 2006

These reports present the results of an ongoing study that monitors ecstasy and related drug markets in every state and territory of Australia. Trends in the demographic characteristics and patterns of drug use among regular ecstasy users, their criminal behaviour, and harms perceived to be...

Report

2 Oct 2006

Today, cannabis remains the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with around 11.3% of the population having used the drug in the previous 12 months. This 23 page summary review of the current research and clinical literature is based on the ANCD report Evidence-based...

Literature review

2 Oct 2006

Cannabis remains the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with an estimated five million people aged 14 and above having tried the drug. Typically, people begin using cannabis in their late teens or early twenties; thereafter, use steadily decreases. While most cannabis use is...

Report

2 Oct 2006

Illicit drug production and use in Asia occurs on a massive scale - the amount of illicit drugs produced, especially heroin and amphetamine-type substances, is measurable in many tonnes per year and the numbers of people using and dependent on illicit drugs run into the...