November 2006

Report

30 Nov 2006

The Bill proposes to make significant changes to the Copyright Act 1968 affecting provisions dealing with enforcement, copyright exceptions, technological protection measures (TPMs) and the Copyright Tribunal. This Bills Digest provides an overview of the legislation and draws on material from Senate Standing Committee on...

Report

30 Nov 2006

Theories of networked individualism and urban alienation have challenged the continued purpose and relevance of conventional communities in urban neighbourhood. However, the majority of urban residents surveyed in this research still believe that there are people living in their immediate neighbourhood who may share their...

Report

30 Nov 2006

A book chapter that differentiates information management inside and outside libraries with particular reference to information acquisition, information organisation, current awareness, information resource evaluation, information quality control, requirements analysis,preservation, and information policy. To be published in Libraries in the twenty-first century: mapping future directions in...

Report

30 Nov 2006

Evidence suggestions that even now many arts and entertainment organisations are still not recognising the value of data on their customers’ behaviours, and are as likely to be 'product focussed' and not necessarily 'customer-focussed'. In the 21st century, many are still only slowly realising the...

Discussion paper

30 Nov 2006

Theories of networked individualism and urban alienation have challenged the continued purpose and relevance of conventional communities in urban neighbourhood. However, the majority of urban residents surveyed in this research still believe that there are people living in their immediate neighbourhood who may share their...

Guide

30 Nov 2006

Evidence suggestions that even now many arts and entertainment organisations are still not recognising the value of data on their customers? behaviours, and are as likely to be 'product focussed' and not necessarily 'customer-focussed'. In the 21st century, many are still only slowly realising the...

Book

30 Nov 2006

Charles Sturt University (CSU) celebrated thirty years of teaching in the field of librarianship in 2005 and the festschrift has been produced to mark this achievement in a formal way. The publication brings together a range of contributions, covering activities at CSU and in the...

Report

28 Nov 2006

In The writer in a time of terror - the first comprehensive review of the consequences of enforcing anti terror laws which restrict freedom of expression - Frank Moorhouse reveals a chilling portrait of a new authoritarianism. While researching this major essay for Griffith REVIEW,...

Report

28 Nov 2006

This paper examines issues connected with the availability of finance to develop Mãori land and the use of Mãori land as security for loans, using two case studies. The paper concludes with some remarks about the New Zealand situation that might be relevant and of...

Report

28 Nov 2006

A report on the appropriateness of current services, provider incentives and government administration of Job Network with respect to assisting disadvantaged job seekers. According to the report current Job Network arrangements do not meet the changing needs of increasingly disadvantaged job seekers and an urgent...

Report

28 Nov 2006

This paper looks at the interests and assumptions that guide the process of market extension in the socio-institutional neoliberal mould, what these imply for the state and society, and how this plays out on the ground. The case study below involves the privatisation of water...

Report

28 Nov 2006

Yasuji Ishigaki from Tokai University Law School discusses how Japan sees its own situation in Asia and the Pacific region. How different for Japan is the current political situation in Asia from that of some years back? Secondly, if the situation has become very different,...

Report

28 Nov 2006

In The writer in a time of terror - the first comprehensive review of the consequences of enforcing anti terror laws which restrict freedom of expression - Frank Moorhouse reveals a chilling portrait of a new authoritarianism. While researching this major essay for Griffith REVIEW,...

Report

23 Nov 2006

The presentation by Veena Poonacha, Professor and Director, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India, begins by describing the Self Help Groups (SHGs) movement and will subsequently narrate the struggles of the women in a tribal community in the heart of the...

Transcript

20 Nov 2006

In his speech for the Ninth Annual Hawke Lecutre, Greg Combet asks How can we, as Australians, create a democratic consensus around the issues which are important to our present and to our future? Although Australians differ amongst themselves over many issues, our national identity...

Report

28 Nov 2006

The narrow terms of reference set by the federal government have restricted the Switkowski panel to a study of nuclear power, not a serious study of energy options for Australia. A body of existing research indicates that the objectives of meeting energy demand and reducing...

Report

28 Nov 2006

From the patient’s point of view, Australia’s health system should be seamless. It should be designed around patients' needs, free of the legacies of historical divisions. Instead, the patient requires great skill in navigating the plethora of disconnected programs. The design of our health arrangements...

Report

28 Nov 2006

There are limits to the amount of household work parents can outsource, says Paula Wright. If governments are worried about low fertility rates, they should start dealing with the workforce crisis in Australian homes.

Report

28 Nov 2006

'Drink spiking' refers to drugs or alcohol being added to a person's drink without their consent. It has become a growing problem worldwide, and has come to be associated with sexual assault and theft. It is notoriously difficult to determine the exact number of drink...

Report

28 Nov 2006

Sexual assault is the offence least likely to be reported to police and, when reported, often does not proceed to court. The study reported here investigates ways of improving the likelihood of a guilty offender confessing and is based on interviews with offenders and police....

Report

28 Nov 2006

This BFI report highlights how class, ethnicity and education influence the way British viewers relate to film and television and how these differences can exclude large groups of the population. It suggests we need to rethink how we communicate across our different communities as audiences...

Report

28 Nov 2006

Approximately one in seven (almost two million) Australian adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), where death is inevitable unless dialysis or a kidney transplant is performed. Sadly, people with CKD have a poor quality of life and an elevated risk...

Report

28 Nov 2006

This detailed study outlines the reasons why exporting Australian uranium to other nations, particularly those with nuclear weapons programs, is a dangerous gamble. It offers 11 core recommendations to the government and industry, beginning with "Australia should stop its contribution to the global nuclear chain...

Report

28 Nov 2006

In June 2006 the Prime Minister appointed a taskforce, headed by Dr Ziggy Switkowski to undertake a review into uranium mining, value-added processing and the contribution of nuclear energy in Australia in the longer term. This draft report is intended to contribute to a wide...

Report

27 Nov 2006

The report into the UN oil for food bribery scandal that has rocked the Australian Wheat Board has been tabled by the Attorney-General's department. Known as the Cole Inquiry after Commissioner Terence Cole, the report sets out a range of findings in relation to possible...

Commentary

Article

24 Nov 2006

A botched privatisation created the conditions for the AWB scandal, argues Stephen Bartos in this edited extract from his new book, Against the Grain: The AWB Scandal and Why It Happened

THE seeds of the AWB affair lie in its privatisation in the...

Report

24 Nov 2006

In its thirtieth annual report the Council's chair, Ken McKinnon, suggests that the position of free speech in Australia has badly deteriorated over the past few years, but that the decline has been piecemeal so that there has yet to be the recognition of how...

Report

24 Nov 2006

How democratic is the way in which political parties are funded? This report identifies two central problems: a lack of transparency around the way parties are funded and the way in which their money is spent; and an inequality in the system that favours the...

Report

24 Nov 2006

Tom Roberts discusses the implications of changes to industrial relations law for freedom of expression in the construction sector. Virtually all forms of industrial action are deemed unlawful in the sector and could result in deductions in pay, fines, and damages claims: the Australian Building...

Commentary

Article

24 Nov 2006

The electoral map in Victorian has been redrawn by Labor, writes Brian Costar

ON 18 SEPTEMBER 1999 the political earth moved in Victoria - or at least that part of it that lay beyond Melbourne, where the Labor Party threw a fifty year...

Book

24 Nov 2006

As we enter a new century we face an increasingly complex world constituted by local and global networks. Our challenge is to develop new ways of thinking about social and cultural relations and about the role of the arts in a multicultural society. This book...

Video

24 Nov 2006

Service-oriented ICT, website evaluation, multilingual websites, accessibility and internet broadcasting are all topics discussed at this third annual conference at UN Headquarters in New York. All sessions from the conference are available for viewing.

Audio podcast

24 Nov 2006

Brian Fitzgerald from the QUT Law Faculty and Peter Coroneos from the Internet Industry Association discuss the implications of Australia?s impending new copyright laws.

Audio podcast

24 Nov 2006

Paul Harpur is a solicitor and PhD candidate at QUT Law School who lost vision in both eyes as a young boy. In this interview, he discusses some of the difficulties he has in obtaining access to copyright material for his research and work activities,...

Report

23 Nov 2006

Minister's foreward

As technology evolves, consumers are demanding always-on, anywhere access to their favourite content – whether it is on the television, their mobile phone or their computer. It is this passion for new services and improved technology that is driving the international...

Commentary

Article

22 Nov 2006

The government of low interest rates hasn't done notably well in comparison to other western economies, writes Peter Browne

BURDENED by memories of 17 per cent interest rates in 1989-90, Labor has found it very difficult to challenge the Howard government’s apparent success...

Commentary

Article

22 Nov 2006

Senator Coonan's new plan isn't all bad, writes Margaret Simons

Ready, Get Set, Go Digital was the title of Senator Helen Coonan’s much anticipated Digital Action Plan, released last week. The title conjures an image of athletes poised and ready to go...

Commentary

Article

23 Nov 2006

Peter Browne and Brian Costar go rummaging through letterboxes in Victoria's marginal seats

“MANY MEDIA commentators do not see much of the real campaign these days,” says the former national director of the Liberal Party, Lynton Crosby. “It does not take...

Report

22 Nov 2006

This paper looks at how the mobile phone may shape the boundaries between the public (work) and private (home) domains, and on how these boundaries are negotiated or navigated. Positive and negative impacts of the mobile phone appear to be dependant on occupation, economic and...

Commentary

Article

21 Nov 2006

Poll after poll has shown the depth of community concern, writes John Spoehr

THE global political climate is heating up in response to a new report on the global economic impact of climate change. The British government’s Stern Review has transformed the debate...

Commentary

Article

21 Nov 2006

The principles of the HECS scheme can be used in other government programs, argues Bruce Chapman

AUSTRALIA led the world by introducing income contingent loans, or ICLs, to higher education in 1989. But governments have been slower to realise that there are many...

Commentary

Article

21 Nov 2006

Australia has always been multicultural, says Simon Adams in this speech to a forum on “Islamophobia and the War on Terror” held recently at Curtin University of Technology

LET me set the scene for you. It’s a Tuesday morning in September 2006 and...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2006

This paper looks at how the mobile phone may shape the boundaries between the public (work) and private (home) domains, and on how these boundaries are negotiated or navigated. Positive and negative impacts of the mobile phone appear to be dependant on occupation, economic and...

Report

21 Nov 2006

The Australian government recently reformed policy on disability and work to make people who are assessed as capable of working at least fifteen hours a week ineligible for the Disability Support Pension (DSP). This article reports on a study based on six focus groups with...

Report

21 Nov 2006

Income tax reform has been at the centre of the policy agenda in recent years. In particular, there is concern about whether tax rates are dampening work incentives at all levels of the income distribution. This paper examines the potential for reform of the Australian...

Report

21 Nov 2006

This report presents updated statistics on chronic diseases and their associated risk factors in Australia. It focuses on patterns of disease across the age groups, the prevalence of risk factors and their trends, the effects of chronic diseases on health services in Australia, and the...

Report

21 Nov 2006

Innovation is crucially important for the future of Australian manufacturing industry. This report offers an in-depth survey of a sample of small and medium-sized Australian manufacturing firms conducted as part of a large international study. While there is evidence of manufacturers engaging in some innovative...

Report

21 Nov 2006

Australians are recycling nearly half their waste, but are facing a major electronic waste challenge, according to this latest national snapshot of environmental issues and trends. The report presents a range of statistics from both ABS and other sources on trends in environmental issues of...

Discussion paper

30 Oct 2006

This discussion paper seeks views on three key areas of humanitarian program policy: the development of a Complex Case Support Network, the expansion of the Australian Cultural Orientation Programme, and strengthened requirements for Special Humanitarian Program proposers.

Report

21 Nov 2006

This study provides an up-to-date picture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s access to major health programs. It also considers a range of Australian government initiatives that have been implemented since the submission of an earlier report on Indigenous access to Medicare and the...

Report

21 Nov 2006

The following report documents the growing up stories provided by people in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area during the trial phase of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. The trial is designed to assist the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and...

Report

21 Nov 2006

This paper is based on the minutes taken during extensive consultations with urban, regional and remote Indigenous communities across Australia during 2003-04 for Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. The goal of the consultations was to ensure that the research project was...

Report

21 Nov 2006

This literature review was commissioned as part of Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, to consolidate what is already known about Indigenous children, and to highlight what information is missing. It considers the data available for understanding the care giving environment of...

Transcript

3 Nov 2006

This is the text of a speech by the chair of the Productivity Commission, who also chairs the Regulation Taskforce, at the 2006 Australian Social and Economic Outlook Conference. He argues that there is considerable scope for regulation within Australia's federal system to work better...

Report

21 Nov 2006

This paper summarises recent Treasury work that has sought to quantify the extent to which Australia’s geography explains the productivity gap with the United States. This work has found that Australia’s geography might explain as much as half of the productivity gap with the United...

Report

21 Nov 2006

Over the past five years, the labour force participation rate of older Australian men has risen after declining for over 25 years. In combination with ongoing increases in older women’s participation, the participation rate of older persons is now at its highest level on record....

Report

21 Nov 2006

This paper provides an overview of the regulation of quality assurance for genetic testing and outlines the steps currently being taken to critically appraise and improve the regulatory framework in each country. It aims to contextualize this framework within the broader context of quality and...

Report

21 Nov 2006

Innovation is crucially important for the future of Australian manufacturing industry. This report offers an in-depth survey of a sample of small and medium-sized Australian manufacturing firms conducted as part of a large international study. While there is evidence of manufacturers engaging in some innovative...

Report

21 Nov 2006

This report provides an overview of the broadcasting industry and its performance in delivering services to audiences and consumers. The report provides an overview of the communications operating environment; a snapshot of key participants in the communications environment; analysis of the benefits that accrue to...

Report

21 Nov 2006

The analogue subscription television broadcast carriage service encompasses the terrestrial carriage of analogue signals used for transmitting a pay TV service, as well as the use (or potential use) of conditional access services. The service was declared on 1 September 1999 and is due to...

Report

20 Nov 2006

This paper reports on a face-to-face survey conducted with 337 small businesses in two communities in Sydney. Chinese businesses were at greater risk of shoplifting and Vietnamese businesses were at greater risk of burglary and vandalism compared with English speaking businesses, while English speaking businesses...

Report

20 Oct 2006

Riots such as the Cronulla and Macquarie Fields occurrences and media reports of large numbers of individuals gatecrashing parties understandably raise community concern. This is a difficult area to research as the number of events is typically low, although their impact can be high. This...

Working paper

8 Oct 2006

Corporate CEO salary packages have risen spectacularly in recent decades – but these rises have enjoyed no significant connection with the standard market rationale: job difficulty/talent and performance. Although CEOs in the public sector are paid far less, their salaries are also rising fast and...

Report

17 Nov 2006

What are the benefits of programs for the very young? Why have countries been slow to implement policies that integrate care, health, nutrition and education? Besides taking a closer look at early childhood care and education, this fifth edition of the report assesses progress towards...

Report

17 Nov 2006

New countries have moved ahead of some Western democracies in this fifth annual index, while the most repressive countries are still the same ones. Northern European countries once again come top, with no recorded censorship, threats, intimidation or physical reprisals in Finland, Ireland, Iceland and...

Report

17 Nov 2006

Competition, new technology and new infrastructure deployments are helping to improve the availability of communications services, according to this report. Broadband service providers seeking greater control over their costs and pricing are driving ADSL network rollouts; all four mobile network operators are now providing 3G...

Submission

17 Nov 2006

In conjunction with the Intellectual Property: Knowledge, Culture, and Economy research program at Queensland University of Technology, the IIA has compiled risk analyses of how teenagers, families and small businesses could be liable under the proposed changes to Australia's copyright laws.

Website

17 Nov 2006

A rich and surprising fusion of word, sound and image is generating a new, transcultural creative space: the digital commons. It's also free - and that provokes opposition from those with legal, business or artistic interests in keeping culture under copyright. openDemocracy writers map the...

Commentary

Article

16 Nov 2006

Business and government may have got more than they expected in the High Court's decision on Work Choices, argues Graeme Orr

Following the Commonwealth’s legal victory in the Work Choices case, work in Canberra can begin on twin monuments to Gough Whitlam and...

Article

16 Nov 2006

Britain is the largest market for computer and video games in Europe and the third largest in the world. This supplement looks at the history, performance and future of the industry.

Discussion paper

15 Nov 2006

The poor socio-economic outcomes of women who have their first child when young are well documented, but the policy implications depend on the causal mechanisms that underlie it. This paper examines this issue using a new Australian panel of young women. No evidence is found...

Report

15 Nov 2006

The provision of early childhood care and education services in this country is insufficient, fragmented, under funded and inconsistent, according to this report. Alison Elliott calls for a coherent, long-term national action plan and timeline to develop and implement an integrated, well-funded, regulated and managed...

Briefing paper

15 Nov 2006

Over the past thirty years, private investment in the provision of social and affordable housing has increased significantly in the United Kingdom. The reverse is true in Australia, according to this AHURI Research & Policy Bulletin.

Report

15 Nov 2006

his positioning paper explores the implications of loss of a partner for private renters aged 50 years and over. It focuses on renters rather than owners as the housing circumstances of renters are considered more susceptible to financial stress and uncertainty.

Report

15 Nov 2006

The best public involvement programs are the result of thorough and thoughtful planning taken well in advance of any public involvement activities. This guide book provides straightforward step-by-step guidance on how to plan an effective public involvement strategy.

Report

15 Nov 2006

This qualitative study of people with disabilities in Tasmania living on the Disability Support Pension provides a detailed account of their lives, the additional costs associated with living with a disability, the service network and gaps in services and the barriers people face in accessing...

Report

15 Nov 2006

The Singapore government hoped for significant returns when it invested approximately $85 million to host the September 2006 meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. After all, the 16,000 delegates represented a captive audience to promote the Singapore’s finance and tourism industries. What...

Report

15 Oct 2006

The evidence for Britain shows that minimum wages are associated with a small increase in work-related training for the low paid and have not adversely affected the employment of British workers. The authors therefore suggest that the minimum wage has the potential to reduce wages...

Report

15 Nov 2006

For most young people the family – and particularly parents, directly or indirectly - plays a signficiant role in giving young people a foundation on which to build their own views of politics and democratic participation through voting. This report discusses ways in which young...

Commentary

Article

14 Nov 2006

Is Peter Beattie grooming Anna Bligh as his successor or setting her up for a fall, asks Paul Williams

ANNA BLIGH, Queensland’s treasurer and deputy premier, is a woman on a political roll. Having enjoyed a high public profile since her election in...

Conference proceedings

15 Nov 2006

Papers and presentations from this event and associated roundtable discussion are available online. Speakers included John Lloyd and E.J. Dionne, two of the world's leading commentators, with a response by the Tony Abbott, Federal Minister for Health and Ageing.

Papers and presentations from this...

Report

15 Nov 2006

After analogue TV signals are switched off with the shift to digital transmission, a significant amount of spectrum bandwidth is expected to be freed-up, potentially making it available for other applications rather than replicating the similar quality analogue TV programs. This paper discusses spectrum management...

Report

14 Nov 2006

Earlier this year significant amendments were made to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, perhaps the most controversial of which related to the ministerial appointment of planning assessment panels to replace the role of local councils in determining development applications. This paper reviews the...

Report

14 Nov 2006

This report presents information on the extent of violence (in particular family violence) in the Indigenous population, using existing surveys and administrative data collections. The report also discusses gaps in existing information, the extent to which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are identified and...

Report

14 Nov 2006

Many community service agencies deliver multiple programs and are funded through a variety of sources. Anecdotal evidence suggest that these services have an increased administrative and reporting burden as they are required to collect and report on the same or similar data multiple times. This...

Report

13 Nov 2006

According to this report 12 per cent of all Australians aged between 15 and 24 years were unemployed, wanting work or wanting more hours if they were already working part-time. Since 1995, full-time jobs for older Australians have risen by more than one million but...

Report

13 Nov 2006

This paper discusses the likely dates of the next federal, state and territory elections, surveying the factors that constrain the election dates.

Report

13 Nov 2006

Australia's higher education and training policies are misguided and based on myths that will not meet the future demands of the workforce, according to this report. It debunks three myths that have underpinned recent policy and debate: that too much emphasis is placed on university...

Report

13 Nov 2006

In the lead up to the G-20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Melbourne, this paper examines recent efforts to combat global poverty. It considers how effective these efforts have been and analyses some of the criticisms that have been made about...

Report

10 Nov 2006

Most studies of economic well-being now use equivalent disposable income as their measure of resources, ignoring the benefits of publicly provided goods and services and the impact of all sources of taxation apart from income tax and social security contributions. This study of the UK...

Report

10 Nov 2006

This Research Note examines the three major measures of home loan affordability in Australia and their limitations. The Note also looks at the trend in home loan affordability over the past 20 years and shows how the sensitivity of home loan affordability to interest rate...

Report

10 Nov 2006

ALIA's 2006 conference - Create, Lead, Innovate, Connect, Knowledge - examined the library profession's role and responsibilities in coming years. Conference papers are progressively being added to the conference website.

Report

10 Nov 2006

Elly Robinson explores the changes that young people and their families experience during the adolescent period, and ways that practitioners can help facilitate or strengthen bonds between the two. She discusses strategies for encouraging parents to be effectively involved in their young person's life, even...

Website

9 Nov 2006

This new UK community radio website contains news, resources and links to useful websites, and provide a space for community radio practitioners to communicate with each other about all sector matters.

Article

10 Nov 2006

After discussing reputation and the blogosphere, Tim Berners-Lee found his words turned upside down. Becky Hogge helps uncross the wires.

Bill

9 Nov 2006

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is inquiring into this Bill, which makes a range of major amendments to the Copyright Act 1968. Among other things, the Bill implements the outcomes of several copyright reviews conducted by the federal government in 2005-06 in relation...

Report

9 Nov 2006

Consumer agencies need to consider changes to the way they work with Indigenous people to ensure that services they provide are equitable and effective for Indigenous consumers.

In addition consumer agencies need to consider changes to the rules that regulate traders and service...

Report

9 Nov 2006

The Senate inquiry into Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector is due to report in March 2007 and is taking submissions until 27th November. The inquiry has particular reference to: the current size and scale of Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector; the...

Report

9 Nov 2006

Males continue to outnumber females in the Northern Territory according to the latest snapshot of the Territory and its regions. This report presents selected statistics that demonstrate the regional diversity of the Northern Territory (NT).

It brings together selected economic, social, population and...

Report

9 Nov 2006

Across Australia the number of divorces decreased by 348 (0.7%), from 52,747 in 2004 to 52,399 in 2005.

In 2005, the number of divorces in Australia represented the fourth annual decrease since a high of 55,330 in 2001. There was a 2.4% decrease in...

Report

9 Nov 2006

In 2004, the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists gave its wholehearted support to the National Water Initiative and we still do. However, when we put the Initiative together, we gave ourselves until 2014 to get water management right, but nature has taken over the timetable....

Survey

9 Nov 2006

This year's survey reveals a below-average overall result due largely to a sharp drop in foreign features shooting in Australia. In 2005-06 the total production slate comprised 32 features and 607 hours of TV drama. Foreign feature production was the lowest since tracking of Australian...

Journal article

9 Nov 2006

Since the beginning of human existence, humankind has sought, organized and used information as it evolved patterns and practices of human information behaviors. However, the field of human information behavior (HIB) has not heretofore pursued an evolutionary understanding of information behavior. The goal of this...

Book

9 Nov 2006

Within this reader, published in full online, are various chapters covering learning and teaching innovation and research. These range from outstanding online learning environments to the use of proprietary curriculum, mentoring programs and adminstrative systems.

Essay

9 Nov 2006

Will Wright changed the concept of video games with The Sims. Can he do it again with Spore, asks John Seabrook.

Report

8 Nov 2006

Examination of trends in the structural impact of income tax and cash transfer policy between 1996-97 and 2006-07. Study concludes that older Australians with some private resources and single income couples with children have been particular beneficiaries of program changes. It also examines trends in...

Commentary

Article

8 Nov 2006

Australia’s aid polices are too important to be left to insiders, writes Stephen Bartos

AUSTRALIA’s reputation in the South Pacific has rarely been lower. At the recent South Pacific Forum in Fiji, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, attacked “heavy- handed...

Commentary

Article

8 Nov 2006

It’s time to reform the preselection process, argues Brian Costar

UNLIKE the United States, elections in Australia are well conducted by impartial administrators. We can be sure that this week’s mid-term congressional elections will be followed by allegations of mismanagement, partiality and all...

Discussion paper

7 Nov 2006

Peter Andren MP, the Independent member for Calare, considers the impact of the recent changes to media law on media diversity in rural areas. The laws, which will allow a single owner to control both television and newspapers in a particular market, will see, he...

Article

7 Nov 2006

Bully is a serious game causing serious controversy in the US. Writing for Serious Games Source, Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost offers a look at the game unlike any other. the public detractors of Bully do take the game seriously, as a threat and a...

Report

7 Nov 2006

Australia and China negotiated a treaty on mutual assistance in criminal matters in 2006.

Vic Adams considers the treaty and its possible implications in the light of China’s record on the death penalty. The treaty lacks safeguards to ensure Australia is not...

Report

7 Nov 2006

Peter Andren MP, the Independent member for Calare, considers the impact of the recent changes to media law on media diversity in rural areas. The laws, which will allow a single owner to control both television and newspapers in a particular market, will see, he...

Report

6 Oct 2006

House prices in Australia have risen substantially over the past 20 years, far outpacing the growth in inflation, average earnings and household income. Nationally, there are four main measures of established house prices—those produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Real Estate Institute...

Report

30 Oct 2006

In April this year the Commonwealth Government announced its intention to sell Medibank Private, the health fund that has been government-controlled since its inception in 1976. Following public debate over the sale the government announced that the sale would not occur before 2008, but that...

Report

7 Nov 2006

Reports of an ‘obesity epidemic’ appear with increasing frequency and rising concern in Australia. Particular attention is given to reports of the accelerating rate of obesity among Australian children. Despite this high profile of obesity as a public health issue, some aspects of the debate...

Report

7 Nov 2006

Åshild Kolås & Stein Tønnesson of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo note that offshore natural gas is now the major source of income for the Burmese military regime. A wider concern is the current Sino-Indian rivalry over Burmese natural gas from the Shwe field,...

Report

7 Nov 2006

Christian Enemark writes that the expansion of interest and investment in biotechnology in East Asia is being driven mainly by infectious disease challenges, economic interests, and security concerns about biological weapons. A key challenge will be to ensure strict biosafety measures extend to all new...

Report

6 Nov 2006

The purpose of this research and report is to ascertain the position of the Aboriginal tourism market in Nyungar lands in the south-west of Western Australia written from an Aboriginal perspective. The project participants examined five of the regions that comprise Nyungar traditional country through...

Report

9 Mar 2007

Foreword

Governments direct significant public resources to science and innovation. The focus of this study is on the benefits that arise from this public support and how they can be enhanced. The impacts that need to be considered are not just the gains...

Report

6 Nov 2006

Tristan Ewins wonders how an ALP government could afford to fund its 'nation building' programs if Kim Beazley's promised tax cuts for 'middle Australia' go ahead. Ewins proposes an alternative agenda for tax reform to fund an expansion of Australia's 'social wage'.

Report

6 Nov 2006

This paper by Geoff McAlpine outlines the principles that could underpin more effective responses to our many environmental challenges. Although a mere snapshot of ‘eco-philosophy’, this article aims to provoke a broader discussion of the quest for better, values-based environmental policies by: listing four key...

Annual Report

6 Nov 2006

From January to December 2005, there were a total of 599 deaths of children and young people aged 0 to 17 years registered in New South Wales. Males accounted for 58.3 per cent of these deaths (349 deaths) and females made up 41.7 per cent...

Report

6 Nov 2006

Perinatal care at the borderlines of viability demands a delicate balance between parents’ wishes and autonomy, biological feasibility, clinicians’ responsibilities and expectations, and the prospects of an acceptable long-term outcome — coupled with a tolerable margin of uncertainty. A multi-professional workshop with consumer involvement was...

Report

6 Nov 2006

Seeking advice or treatment for male reproductive health disorders is predicted by sociodemographic factors specific to different reproductive health problems.

As middle-aged and older men do attend doctors, opportunities exist for health professionals to optimise their consultations by routinely discussing reproductive health with all...

Report

6 Nov 2006

Recruitment of Indigenous women for cervical screening has improved since 1999. This may have partly contributed to the fall in their cervical cancer incidence and mortality in recent years. Although in most areas Indigenous participation is lower than national levels, in one area it was...

Report

6 Nov 2006

The purpose of this research and report is to ascertain the position of the Aboriginal tourism market in Nyungar lands in the south-west of Western Australia written from an Aboriginal perspective. The project participants examined five of the regions that comprise Nyungar traditional country through...

Report

6 Nov 2006

Stronger Together is the NSW Government's 10-year plan to provide greater assistance and long-term practical solutions for people with a disability and their families.

Report

6 Nov 2006

This research report examines the strategies used by Western Australian families with young children for dealing with the transitions in the family as a consequence of choosing a fly-in fly-out lifestyle.

Report

6 Nov 2006

Australia is well served by its public funding support - some $6 billion in 2002 03 - for science and innovation according to this draft research report into the sector.

It is not possible, given a host of measurement and methodological issues, to provide...

Report

6 Nov 2006

Long waiting lists and lack of choice over which days, the number of days and the type of childcare available were the major problems our survey respondents found when looking for childcare. Once they'd got into childcare, high costs and staffing issues(high staff turnover, too...

Report

6 Nov 2006

In this lecture Director, Shaista Shameem, Fiji Human Rights Commission argues that there is an apparent disjunction between western and Pacific notions of law and order, which include human rights. "Human rights are regarded suspiciously as that which undermine the established order – an order...

Report

3 Nov 2006

A coherent, national approach to the revision of whistleblower protection laws needs to be considered by Australian governments, according to this issues paper. The paper is part of a national research project, Whistling While They Work, which includes nearly all of Australia's most important public...

Report

3 Nov 2006

Margaret Gardner talks about the relationship between universities and libraries, and the interaction students have with libraries on and off campus. Libraries and universities are places of dynamic engagement and learning. The collaborative project to provide wireless access at the State Library of Victoria and...

Report

3 Nov 2006

In recent times, concerns have been raised about the growing number of wind farms and their impacts on communities and the environment. Many of these concerns have been fuelled by well-organised anti-wind groups modelled on similar establishments in the US and UK. By spreading disinformation...

Briefing paper

3 Nov 2006

The new forum aims to heighten dialogue between consumer representatives, industry bodies and regulators about communications issues affecting consumers. Seven consumer representatives will join three representatives from industry bodies involved in self-regulation.

Article

3 Nov 2006

On 27 October 2006 the Federal Court of Australia ordered Clarity1 Pty Ltd to pay $4.5 million and its managing director, Mr Wayne Mansfield, $1 million for breaches of the Spam Act 2003. The penalties follow a ruling by the Federal Court earlier this year...

Fact sheet

3 Nov 2006

This is the first set of results from this survey of the level of knowledge of online and digital technology amongst Britons online.

Audio presentation

3 Nov 2006

Margaret Gardner talks about the relationship between universities and libraries, and the interaction students have with libraries on and off campus. Libraries and universities are places of dynamic engagement and learning. The collaborative project to provide wireless access at the State Library of Victoria and...

Audio presentation

3 Nov 2006

Ms Stannus looks at the collaborative role of ABC Content Services in making available the rich content created by the national broadcaster across the community. She also considers the factors that constrain the distribution of content such as legacy systems, intellectual property rights and preservation....

Report

1 Nov 2006

Social democrats in English-speaking countries have frequently looked to Sweden and its neighbours as offering a policy model that combines economic prosperity with social equality. In recent decades this admiration has dissipated due to a sense that comprehensive welfare provision in the Nordic nations is...

Report

1 Nov 2006

This new book encompasses three overlapping areas of analysis: privacy protection under the general law; legislative measures for data protection in digital communications networks; and the influence of transnational agreements and other pressures toward harmonised privacy standards. Internationally recognised authors discuss developments across these three...

Report

1 Nov 2006

To what extent are wage increases retained by wage earners, rather than being 'clawed back' by government through increases in income tax or reductions in welfare payments? This report commissioned by the Australian Fair Pay Commission looks at the distribution of 'effective tax rates' for...

Report

1 Nov 2006

Extraterritorial asylum policies – initiatives that seek to ‘deterritorialize’ the asylum system by providing protection to refugees and processing asylum claims outside the territory of the state implementing the policy – challenge fundamental features of the global refugee regime. Why did extraterritorial asylum policies in...

Commentary

Article

31 Oct 2006

Anthony Forsyth proposes a social partnership agenda for Australia

WHAT kind of labour law or industrial relations system should replace Work Choices? This might seem an odd question - after all, the new legislation has only been in operation for a little over...

Discussion paper

1 Nov 2006

A community radio pilot scheme was run in the UK during 2002 and the pilot stations have been allowed to continue operating pending the first full licensing process, which took place in 2005 and 2006. This paper examines a sample of new UK community radio...

Discussion paper

1 Nov 2006

RO-TV is a community television program, produced in collaboration with Rotary WA that demonstrates the ideals and objectives of community media. This paper discusses the pilot series of RO-TV in both a theoretical and practical sense. The production technique employed by the program and the...

Discussion paper

1 Nov 2006

Participatory research design appears as an attractive option in the study of community media organisations. But the researcher needs to carefully assess an organisation?s capacity to undertake do-it-yourself research, because, when things go wrong, this approach can also reveal conflicts within an organisation, as well...

Book

1 Nov 2006

This new book encompasses three overlapping areas of analysis: privacy protection under the general law; legislative measures for data protection in digital communications networks; and the influence of transnational agreements and other pressures toward harmonised privacy standards. Internationally recognised authors discuss developments across these three...

Report

1 Nov 2006

How to avoid fragmenting the internet; how to ensure the free flow of information in cyberspace; and how to respect the basic human right of freedom of expression on the web are among the issues being addressed at the first meeting of the Internet Governance...

Book

1 Nov 2006

This book investigates defamation law and litigation practice in Australia, England and the US through empirical research. It focuses on two themes: the central role that a publication's meaning plays in defamation practice, especially in England and Australia; and the ways in which media speech...