February 2007

Research report

1 Mar 2007

Just over half a million (544,600) workers were ready and willing to work more hours in September 2006 according to this ABS report. The vast majority (483,900 or 89%) of underemployed workers were working part-time. They represented 17% of all part-time workers in the labour...

Research report

1 Mar 2007

More students are staying in school and class sizes have gone down, but there are also fewer male teachers than there were 20 years ago, according to ABS annual schools census. The survey shows that as at August 2006, nearly three-quarters of all students were...

Research report

1 Mar 2007

Bringing guns back to the Solomons, Alpers argues, would reverse a life-saving regional trend begun in Bougainville, and seen most recently in East Timor, where the first Australian peacekeeping commander declared: 'We will be disarming everybody in Dili'. Moreover, across 20 Pacific nations, and now...

Research report

1 Mar 2007

A cruel irony has marked recent Australian social policy. Reconciliation between indigenous and settler Australians –which involves a concept and a process that are essentially symbolic – was made "practical", limited to policies aimed at improving Aboriginal living conditions that the government should have been...

Research report

1 Mar 2007

This Research Monograph investigates the relationship between urban environments and health. The project examines the empirical evidence for relationships between urban environments and health outcomes, focusing on three specific aspects of the urban environment: urban form, transport systems and the location of health services....

Conference proceedings

1 Mar 2007

Held in Melbourne in February 2007, this conference was an exploration of policy proposals designed to assist people in making transitions across the life course. The focus was on social investment and an investigation into how such ideas can translate into an updated participation income...

Research report

1 Mar 2007

According this MJA research, Children in home-based foster care experience high rates of mental health problems but only a minority receive professional help for their problems.

The objective of the research was to identify the prevalence of mental health problems, rates of suicidal ideation...

Research report

1 Mar 2007

Debt freedom day is a good barometer of the pressure that private debt puts upon the Australian economy. Steve Keen, explains why this pressure is getting worse - and what we can do about it.

Private debt is now over 152 per cent...

Commentary

Article

1 Mar 2007

John Howard has shown Kevin Rudd how to go with the flow, writes David Burchell

WHAT should we make of the recent opinion polls which appear to show Kevin Rudd eclipsing John Howard as preferred PM? The unexciting answer, I think, is: not...

Audio podcast

28 Feb 2007

Matthew Pearl considered how literary titans such as Twain, Dickens, Poe, and Whitman confronted copyright transitions in their time. He ranges from copyright clubs and associations that transformed the intellectual property map, to modern rhetoric about intellectual property and the large role it may continue...

Article

28 Feb 2007

Globalisation has bound people, countries, and markets closer than ever, rendering national borders relics of a bygone era - or so we're told. But a close look at the data reveals a world that's just a fraction as integrated as the one we thought we...

Research report

28 Feb 2007

This paper provides an overview of juveniles in detention in Australia. It contributes to knowledge about the numbers and rates of Indigenous young people placed into detention. It draws on census data on the numbers of young people placed into detention, on a quarterly basis,...

Research report

28 Feb 2007

This annual survey received responses from 857 community services across Australia in the 12 months to July 2006. The report finds that community services are under strain trying to meet the needs of disadvantaged Australians. Lack of funding or resources meant one in every sixteen...

Research report

28 Feb 2007

Nanotechnologists have developed industrial processes that exploit the ability to work with materials at the molecular and supramolecular levels. They have unique physical and chemical properties, and are promising to drive the next industrial revolution, with an ostensibly limitless range of applications, from biomedical imaging,...

Research report

28 Feb 2007

The committee proposes a road map for change to achieve and maintain excellence in teacher education into the future. It recommends rebalancing some of the responsibilities between the levels of government and assigning responsibility for some important functions, such as the dissemination of educational research...

Research report

28 Feb 2007

The committee argues that a more coherent approach needs to be taken to the provision of rural skills training and education. Among its recommendations, the committee proposes a national strategy on rural skills training, encompassing the school, vocational education and training, and higher education sectors....

Research report

28 Feb 2007

Take-up of broadband services in Australia continues to increase, according to the latest ACCC Snapshot of Broadband Deployment. The report estimates that as at 30 September 2006, there were 3,639,700 total broadband connections across Australia.

Research report

30 Sep 2006

The ACCC collects data on broadband take-up from a limited number of broadband providers, cross-classified by technology type and type of customer. This information is summarised in the ACCC's snapshot of broadband deployment reports.

Research report

27 Feb 2007

The United Kingdom Financial Services Authority has recently introduced the "Treating Customers Fairly" initiative. This requires senior level management of regulated financial services firms big and small to implement strategies to ensure the principle of fair customer treatment is present in their operations. The initiative...

Research report

27 Feb 2007

Family violence mars the lives of a very large number of Indigenous Australians, helping to effectively disable many communities and deny future generations a basic chance for health, happiness and prosperity. It is important to understand why some programs aimed at changing this...

Research report

27 Feb 2007

On 1 July 2006 the Australian Family Law Act 1975 underwent major reforms with the introduction of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006. The reforms have serious implications for adult and child victims of family violence. Among the safeguards for victims accompanying...

Research report

27 Feb 2007

Despite our nation's recent strong economic growth, some communities remain caught in a spiral of low school attainment, high unemployment, poor health, high imprisonment rates and child abuse, according to this report, by Tony Vinson, which maps the distribution of social disadvantage throughout Australia....

Research report

27 Feb 2007

This report looks at Australia's future oil supply and alternative transport fuels, with particular reference to: a) projections of oil production and demand in Australia and globally and the implications for availability and pricing of transport fuels in Australia; b) potential of new sources of...

Research report

26 Feb 2007

This annual publication provides data on the finance and expenditure of Australia's public vocational education and training system. Information pertaining to revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities are provided nationally, for each state and territory, and for the Department of Education, Science and Training.

Research report

26 Feb 2007

This paper models completions for traditional apprenticeships on the basis of commencements from 1995 to 2005. These models are used to understand the dynamics of the relationship between commencements and completions in order to predict the number of future completions. On the basis of the...

Research report

26 Feb 2007

The ways in which parents currently manage their family and work responsibilities, and the means by which equitable outcomes are to be achieved and maintained, are not well understood, even basic information on the use of parental leave policies has not been available. This report...

Research report

23 Feb 2007

Nell Schofield talks to Mark Macleod, Anna Fienberg and Sandra Nobes about children’s publishing. As part of Sydney Writers' Festival, this talk explores what sets a book apart in the saturated market of children's publishing. Is it the story, the illustrations, or the overall design?...

Research report

23 Feb 2007

Australian designer Matt Butler has been creating a sensation with his Zaishus. These highly desirable flat-pack stools now represent a collaborative project that continues to bring together some of the country's most creative minds. This article is an edited version of an in-depth interview first...

Research report

23 Feb 2007

Chris O'Doherty is often referred to as a Renaissance man – artist, singer, songwriter and musician. The National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery is currently showing the first major survey exhibition spanning O'Doherty's thirty-year career as an artist. Anne-Marie Van de Ven, curator of graphic design,...

Website

23 Feb 2007

Sounds of Australia is the National Film and Sound Archive’s program to promote and celebrate the nation’s sound heritage.

Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia (formerly known as the National Registry of Recorded Sound) is the NFSA’s selection of sound recordings with cultural,...

Research report

23 Feb 2007

This annual report contains important industry statistics on production, employment, funding and release data. The current edition reports documentary production from 1996-97 to 2004-05 and reveals that Australian commercial free-to-air broadcasters spent $9.2 million on Australian documentary programming in 2004-05, up from $2.2 million in...

Article

23 Feb 2007

Australian designer Matt Butler has been creating a sensation with his Zaishus. These highly desirable flat-pack stools now represent a collaborative project that continues to bring together some of the country's most creative minds. This article is an edited version of an in-depth interview first...

Transcript

23 Feb 2007

Nell Schofield talks to Mark Macleod, Anna Fienberg and Sandra Nobes about children?s publishing. As part of Sydney Writers' Festival, this talk explores what sets a book apart in the saturated market of children's publishing. Is it the story, the illustrations, or the overall design?...

Article

23 Feb 2007

Chris O'Doherty is often referred to as a Renaissance man, artist, singer, songwriter and musician. The National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery is currently showing the first major survey exhibition spanning O'Doherty's thirty-year career as an artist. Anne-Marie Van de Ven, curator of graphic design, Powerhouse...

Research report

23 Feb 2007

This is the first edition of a quarterly index designed to track the broadband market over time, monitor IIA internet targets for broadband and encourage the widespread deployment of higher speed, better value plans.

Video

23 Feb 2007

This presentation addresses the Internet Governance Forum as a new, complex mechanism where a wide range of interests, discourses and hopes on different aspects of the Internet meet. Terje Rasmussen sketches ways to sort out the various social forces at play in the process, and...

Video

23 Feb 2007

WEBCAST ? The Open Access movement reserves the right to re-use the peer reviewed literature: translation, republication, annotation and analysis. John Wilbanks, Executive Director of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons, lays out the key elements of a test case in this area called...

Research report

23 Feb 2007

In late September, the Steering Committee of the GAID met to establish a plan of action to unite the public and private sectors in pushing for a closing of the digital divide. To find out more about the Global Alliance's agenda, and the outcomes of...

Research report

22 Feb 2007

Paul Malone reviews the current caretaker conventions, designed to ensure that a government does not exploit its position once an election is called. The conventions are, however, interpreted very differently between departments, particularly in relation to departmental websites. New guidelines should minimise the scope for...

Research report

22 Feb 2007

Linda Botterill considers the outcome of the Cole Inquiry into the AWB Ltd's alleged bribery in Iraq. The problem was not so much one of government culpability, she argues, but shortcomings in the way in which the original privatisation of the wheat exporting institutions were...

Research report

22 Feb 2007

Improving Defence Management is the first major external review of Defence in almost a decade. As such, it represents a rare opportunity to bring in outside perspectives to improve the performance of the organisation. There is much at stake. Not only does Defence spend almost...

Research report

22 Feb 2007

The government recently announced that it was in discussions with the US Government regarding the purchase of twenty-four Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft for the RAAF. This is a very significant development. It is essentially an admission that unacceptable risks have developed since the formulation...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

Patterns of pathways between and within vocational education and training (VET) and higher education are examined in this study. It compares the notion of straightforward pathways with what is actually happening. The researchers interviewed 49 students in South Australia who had participated in VET and/or...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

There is currently a great deal of interest in, and misunderstanding about, Australia’s Muslim communities. Muslim Australians are not a homogeneous group as some media reports might lead us to believe, but make up a small, culturally diverse section of Australian society. The following is...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

Some argue that the greatest change in migration patterns to Australia in the last decade or so is the change in emphasis from permanent to temporary migration—with temporary migration increasingly becoming the first step towards permanent settlement in Australia.The 457 visa— the Temporary (long stay)...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

The growth of apprenticeships and traineeships between 1997 and 2003 is examined in this report, with a specific focus on age and sex. The research found apprenticeships and traineeships changed dramatically during this period, with the range of occupations widening, part-time apprenticeships and traineeships now...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

This ABS information papter identifies the agreed priorities and action for information development in the area of children and youth. The paper also includes a conceptual framework, identifies key issues in the field, lists data currently available and identifies gaps in data.

Research report

21 Feb 2007

Provides condensed information about agriculture, balance of payments, building, climate, consumer prices and other price indexes, demography, education, exchange rates, finance, geography, international statistical comparisons, international investment, international merchandise trade, labour force, manufacturing, mining, national accounts, retail trade, tourism, transport, wages, earnings and hours.

Research report

21 Feb 2007

The 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) is the largest Indigenous health survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The survey collected health-related information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. This booklet provides a summary of the...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

In the past few years, an increasing number of Private Security Companies (PSCs – also sometimes referred to as Private Military Companies, PMCs2) has emerged and is offering and conducting maritime security services in Southeast Asia. These companies offer services in addition to security provided...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

This paper reviews methods that can be used to assess the impact of medicine use on population health outcomes. In the absence of a gold standard, Wayne D Hall and Jayne Lucke argue that a convergence of evidence from different types of studies using multiple...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

This report of a scoping project encompasses the breadth of issues facing culturally and linguistically diverse older people in Queensland. This report encompasses the breadth of issues facing culturally and linguistically diverse older people in Queensland.

Research report

21 Feb 2007

The special qualities of regional landscapes of many favoured destinations are increasingly at risk as these regions experience significant in-migration leading to rapid and unplanned population growth. These challenges are particularly acute for metropolitan regions experiencing rapid peri-urban and urban growth. It has been the...

Research report

21 Feb 2007

Although the real estate development industry is a very large industry and a major shaper of the built environment, planning, the discipline concerned with regulating development, has shown remarkably little interest in matters of development industry structure, little is known about the industry’s structure and...

Research report

20 Feb 2007

Overview: Our brief is to investigate the role of community and lifestyle in the making of a globally successful knowledge city region. Our approach is essentially pragmatic. We start by broadly examining knowledge-based urban development from a number of different perspectives. The first view is...

Research report

20 Feb 2007

This paper considers 'proliferation': that is, the degree to which links between civilian and military applications of nuclear materials, and technology, may contribute to an increase in risk from nuclear weapons. Key questions are: can nuclear material supplied for peaceful purposes be used to fashion...

Research report

20 Feb 2007

This report examines employment opportunities and challenges in the Australian automotive component manufacturing sector with a focus on the following issues:

current and future employment trends in the industry; emerging skill shortages and appropriate recruitment and training strategies; labour adjustment measures required to assist...

Research report

20 Feb 2007

The job-first rationale underpinning the latest, and by far the most sweeping tranche of Australian welfare reform, is a both very radical and a largely undebated position. It is a policy deliberately designed to widen the pool of workforce 'participants' and also forms an integral...

Research report

20 Feb 2007

This is a diverse collection of Australian perspectives on WTO dispute settlement from those who have been exposed to the system, including in government, industry, academia and legal practise.

Guide

20 Feb 2007

ACMA is seeking comments on its proposed guidelines regarding the types of services that may be provided as narrowcasting television services under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

Research report

19 Feb 2007

This paper argues that the rules, procedures and understandings that surround international financial flows are inadequate. The paper advocates limiting short-term capital inflows and strengthening international crisis management measures. International capital flows can be very volatile: capital reversals were a central element in the Asian...

Research report

19 Feb 2007

The study identifies the prevalence of mental health problems, rates of suicidal ideation and behaviour, and use of professional mental health services among children and adolescents residing in home-based foster care. It finds that Children in home-based foster care experience high rates of mental health...

Research report

19 Feb 2007

Stephen Grenville, former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, writes that economists are again debating the role of money in monetary policy. For more than two decades, money has almost disappeared from monetary policy. Most central banks target inflation, using the short-term interest...

Research report

19 Feb 2007

In recent years manufacturers have devoted special attention to young children, or ‘tweens’ aged between six and thirteen. But as manufacturers have attempted to engage with this young age group to develop brand loyalty for life, children have been put under increasing pressure to consume....

Research report

19 Feb 2007

In rich countries children's basic needs have been generally met but there is scope for further progress in child well-being, according to the seventh report card from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence. Small North-European countries dominate the top half of the table. Although...

Commentary

Article

16 Feb 2007

Bush's critics need to come up with a coherent alternative, argues DAVID BURCHELL

PRESIDENT BUSH’s new strategy for Iraq has been subjected to a tidal-wave of critical reaction. Democrats in Congress have been manoeuvring to pass resolutions opposing the plan, without wanting to...

Transcript

28 Nov 2006

In this lecture Barbara Pocock explores the connections between work, care and justice. She argues that Australia is currently missing the opportunity to build a better society that is happier and more sustainable for its citizens in the longer term. Australian governments – of all...

Article

15 Feb 2007

Technological innovation has been setting the agenda and the pace of change within the publishing sector. Meg Carter looks at how the industry is rising to the new challenges

Article

15 Feb 2007

Google could face daily fines of $25,000 ($17,000) after losing a court battle with Belgian publishers over the scope of its Google News service. A court in Brussels has ruled that the search engine had infringed the copyright of several newspapers after it included their...

Research report

15 Feb 2007

Consumer troubles and complaints in relation to mobile commerce are increasing. This report suggests that countries create more effective schemes for information disclosure, liability protection over SIM and RFID cards, effective notice to excessive consumption, and the importance of consumer education. Businesses should also consider...

Article

16 Feb 2007

As the music industry begins to move away from digital rights management, the European Union considers criminalising the infringement of intellectual property, writes Becky Hogge.

Discussion paper

14 Feb 2007

This paper instigates a discourse on the unplanned effects of intelligent agents in the context of their use on the Internet. By utilizing a social informatics framework as a lens of analysis, the study identifies several unanticipated consequences of using intelligent agents for information- and...

Discussion paper

14 Feb 2007

Web-based community networking systems have the potential to facilitate intra-neighbourhood interaction and support community building efforts.

But community networking studies have shown that technical connectivity alone does not ensure community. This paper builds on these findings to present a methodology combining principles of Participation,...

Commentary

Article

14 Feb 2007

The federal government still refuses to take any responsibility for the disaster in Iraq, writes Brett Bowden

THE Australian government’s ill-considered attack on Democrat US presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama was remarkable for a number of reasons. The most obvious being the fact...

Research report

2 Nov 2006

This report highlights the gaps in generalist youth support services in Victoria and the impacts of these gaps on both young people and existing youth and community service providers. The report includes a number of specific recommendations which are aimed at improving the life chances...

Research report

14 Feb 2007

This paper has been prepared as the first in a series of papers associated with the development of the Australian Population and Policy Simulation Model (APPSIM). The APPSIM dynamic population microsimulation model is being developed as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant...

Conference paper

14 Feb 2007

This paper presents estimates of housing stress for Statistical Local Areas (SLA) in Victoria, Queensland and the ACT in 2005.

Research report

14 Feb 2007

The evaluation by Kristy Muir and others at SPRC finds that HASI is mediating some of the effects of mental illness for many clients. This is the third of four reports on the fieldwork for the evaluation of the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative Stage...

Research report

14 Feb 2007

The current debate in Australia about greenhouse gas emissions trading must be seen within the international context of the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This paper reviews greenhouse gas emissions trading, with particular emphasis on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and...

Research report

14 Feb 2007

This paper presents an overview of Federal and NSW government policy, specialist disability support, disability discrimination laws and general policies that aim to promote access to mainstream government services. It also examines the recently adopted United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,...

Research report

14 Feb 2007

The final report of the TOCC is intended to assist in finding the best solution to Australia's work/cost of care challenge. Based on economic modelling and the TOCC's own surveys the taskforce makes 10 key findings.

Research report

14 Feb 2007

This report identifies the demographics and health-related characteristics that define people with asthma and that distinguish them from those who have never had asthma. It highlights the overall burden experienced by people with asthma, including the presence of other diseases, the use of medications and...

Commentary

Article

14 Feb 2007

Two licences for new digital television services will be allocated in 2007: channel A and channel B, which will be used for new and innovative digital television services. The ACCC issued a discussion paper on 15 December 2006 seeking stakeholders' views on the access regime...

Guide

14 Feb 2007

interactive digital media as a broad industry sector which includes web developers, datacasters and streamers, electronic publishers, interactive TV (iTV) producers, software developers, advertising agencies, web-based services, e-learning and games developers. All use a range of interactive tools and functions to create and bring new...

Guide

14 Feb 2007

A common question asked when evaluating a project is: what is its overall contribution to the economy? This contribution can be an important part of the benefit to cost evaluation of the project, and therefore of particular relevance when the project has been supported by...

Research report

14 Feb 2007

Community television should be able to participate in the future of digital broadcasting and continue to develop the richness, diversity and experimentation which have characterised its growth to this point, argues the committee. Any delay in ensuring digital broadcasting would be irresponsible and fly in...

Article

13 Feb 2007

The United States is currently undergoing a dramatic economic transformation, more dramatic even than the previous transformation from a farm-based economy to an industrial economy. This has been variously described as a transformation to an 'information economy', an 'internet economy', a 'knowledge economy', a 'high-tech...

Research report

13 Feb 2007

In the past five years, social networking sites have rocketed from a niche activity into a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users. More than half of all online American youths aged 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to this national survey....

Research report

13 Feb 2007

Just as the internet allows users to create and share their own media, it is also enabling them to organise digital material their own way, rather than relying on pre-existing formats of classifying information. This report finds that 28 per cent of internet users have...

Research report

13 Feb 2007

Most Australians agree that our country needs strong defence forces, but we are much less sure about what exactly we need them for. As a result we find it hard to decide what kind of military capabilities Australia should have. Today these decisions seem harder...

Research report

13 Feb 2007

This Paper asks where Australia's long economic expansion came from, what its defining characteristics are, and where it is going. Reviewing Australia’s recent economic history it argues that the long upswing had its origin in the economic reforms of the nineteen eighties and early nineteen...

Research report

13 Feb 2007

The rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea has created a health emergency, with at least 120,000 Papua New Guineans likely to have HIV/AIDS. In this report, Miranda Darling Tobias discusses the biological, social and political factors that are responsible for the rapid rise...

Research report

13 Feb 2007

This paper investigates the extent of state resources offered to political parties and parliamentarians in Australia. It charts the evolution of these resources, or ‘state subventions’. It argues that the established parties in Australia are the major beneficiaries of these subventions, despite the stated aim...

Research report

13 Feb 2007

Australia would do well to look to Japan’s energy policy successes and failures, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, diversification of resources, and the creation of a high-skills manufacturing sector for renewable energy. Coupled with the future potential of clean coal technology, Australia would...

Research report

12 Feb 2007

The story of American journalism is undergoing a dramatic rewrite. It's easy to overlook the promise of the many possibilities that lie before us, argues Geneva Overholser. This report focuses on those possibilities.

Conference proceedings

13 Feb 2007

Speakers from around the globe provide papers on a range of topics - from information security to knowledge management, from managing in the virtual world to managing with disruptive technologies. With a particular emphasis on the library sector the conference included papers on RFID, metadata,...

Research report

12 Feb 2007

This paper is a response to the Federal Government's criticism of an Australia Institute report that examined conflicting estimates of carbon emissions. This paper argues that the Federal Government's National Carbon Accounting System (NCAS) is not transparent. Members of the public cannot gain access to...

Research report

12 Feb 2007

If the Federal Government decided to promote the establishment of a nuclear energy industry in Australia, the siting of the power plants is likely to be one of the most politically contentious issues. Overseas evidence suggests that even in countries that rely on nuclear power...

Research report

12 Feb 2007

The Refugee Convention, of which Australia is a signatory, has been criticised for its narrow definition of a refugee, which restricts the convention's protection to that facing "persecution" in their home country. This paper proposes a new legal definition of a refugee premised on the...

Research report

12 Feb 2007

Jago Dodson and Neil Sipe start a conversation about oil prices, interest rates and the sustainability of the suburbs. House owners and policy commentators alike face a new model of suburbanisation, one no longer dependant on cheap fuel and debt.

Research report

12 Feb 2007

David Burchell explores how history, geography and policy intersected to produce the Macquarie Fields riots at the height of Australia's economic boom. He argues, "If you conducted this kind of experiment with laboratory rats, there would be animal activists on hand to demonstrate." Burchell also...

Research report

12 Feb 2007

In local government, 'hard to reach' is a term sometimes used to describe those sections of the community that are difficult to involve in public participation. In this working paper Nicola Brackertz look at the usage of the term in the literature more generally, as...

Research report

9 Feb 2007

This report argues for significant new commitments by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments under the CSDA, including substantial additional funding to address identified unmet need for specialist disability services, particularly for accommodation services and support.

Research report

9 Feb 2007

This inquiry was prompted by the question of whether Australia should be concerned about 'peak oil': the theory that global conventional oil production will reach a peak and then start an irreversible decline soon enough to be of concern. It concludes that the possibility of...

Strategy

9 Feb 2007

These ACMA guidelines relate to its use of enforcement powers under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. The guidelines propose that ACMA would use any enforcement powers available to it in a manner that is commensurate with the seriousness of the breach concerned.

Conference paper

9 Feb 2007

Mobile journalists, hyper-local news sites and community blogging are among the topics being discussed at the journalism and digital media conference in Miami. A GuardianMedia blog is providing coverage of the event.

Conference paper

9 Feb 2007

The emergence of the Internet and the growing number of free trade zones have opened new distribution channels for counterfeit and pirated goods, and raised jurisdictional problems. These are the preliminary results of a new OECD study.

Research report

9 Feb 2007

There are different points of view on the universal mission of museums and the massive transfer of cultural properties over the course of history. Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, participated in a debate, Memory and Universality: New Challenges Facing Museums, held at...

Research report

8 Feb 2007

Creative New Zealand commissioned international arts marketing expert Jerry Yoshitomi to work with professional arts organisations in New Zealand over six months, focussing on innovative peer-to-peer marketing strategies to engage and build new audiences.

Research report

8 Feb 2007

In December 2006 the prime minister announced the establishment of a joint government-business Task Group on Emissions Trading. This paper provides the context for the work to be undertaken by the group, setting out some of the relevant issues and questions on which the group...

Survey

8 Feb 2007

A museum visit may not seem an immediate candidate for the list of quintessential Christmas activities but research undertaken by the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD) tells a different story. CAMD'S annual survey shows that total attendances at CAMD's twenty-one museums rose to over...

Case study

8 Feb 2007

Creative New Zealand commissioned international arts marketing expert Jerry Yoshitomi to work with professional arts organisations in New Zealand over six months, focussing on innovative peer-to-peer marketing strategies to engage and build new audiences.

Bill

7 Feb 2007

An overview of the Bill making amendments to facilitate the abolition of the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) and fold OFLC's administrative and policy functions into the Attorney-General?s Department, remove agency management powers and financial responsibilities from the Director of the Classification Board,...

Research report

1 Feb 2007

The recently-completed redistribution for the NSW House of Representatives seats was unusually controversial. There was concern in rural areas over the loss of a country seat— which was also a ‘Federation’ seat—and dismay over the apparent pushing–aside of the ‘community of interest’ principle by the...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

An overview of the Bill making amendments to facilitate the abolition of the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) and fold OFLC’s administrative and policy functions into the Attorney-General’s Department, remove agency management powers and financial responsibilities from the Director of the Classification Board,...

Research report

4 Dec 2006

This House Standing Committee report investigates the lack of harmonisation within Australia’s legal system, and between the legal systems of Australia and New Zealand, with particular reference to differences that have an impact on trade and commerce.

Research report

7 Feb 2007

This report identifies what individual learners and industry clients want from vocational education and training (VET) and proposes how these needs can best be met. It also identifies a tension between compliance and creativity which needs to be addressed in quality frameworks at the system...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

Using wage data from the Student Outcomes Survey, this study examines whether there is a pay off to actually completing a vocational education and training (VET) qualification, noting that many VET students do not complete full qualifications.

It is important to acknowledge that students'...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

This paper highlights the trends in youth labour market performance over the past decade using a wide range of indicators. It also presents new evidence on the length of transitions from school to work; the wages, working conditions and stability of jobs performed by youth;...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

Fiji has now experienced four coups in the past 20 years, after two military takeovers in quick succession in 1987 and one civilian-led coup in 2000. Many commentators believe that Fiji is now in the grip of a dangerous 'coup cycle' that needs to be...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

This paper shows that the major part of the historically high debt level in OECD countries is held by higher-income households, who also spend a smaller proportion of their disposable income servicing debts. Whether the situation remains benign or not is discussed in the final...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

According to this study, remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage are significantly associated with rate of stimulant prescription for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in WA.

The rate of stimulant prescription was 2.3 to 5.3 times greater in major cities in WA compared with remote and...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

AUDIO: Fred Hilmer was for seven years head of the media company the Fairfax group, and the often difficult and combative challenges he faced in that role he's decided to talk openly about in his book, The Fairfax Experience: What the Mangagement Texts Didn't Teach...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

Ben McNeil argues that if likely blow-outs in construction costs are taken into account, the Switowski report's figures on nuclear power no longer stack up.

Research report

7 Feb 2007

For any policy directed at climate change to be both successful and equitable, we will need to radically rethink how to involve citizens in the policy-making process.

Research report

7 Feb 2007

This report is most comprehensive record yet of human rights violations, including deaths, displacements, torture, ill treatment and threats in Timor-Leste between 1975 and 1999. It includes testimony from seven national public hearings. Over 2500 pages, Chega makes 205 recommendations—based on its findings in relation...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

This booklet has been produced to give Australians a better understanding of Chega! , the final report of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste (CAVR), especially as it relates to Australia. The CAVR was one of four major transitional justice processes that...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

This paper reports on a survey of Asia Pacific non-governmental organisations (NGOs) conducted over a period of two months from 8 June 2006 by Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre in partnership with Griffith Asia Institute. The study seeks to understand how this population perceives Australia,...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

The eighties and nineties have been a period of strong growth for the use of the World Wide Web in schools, vocational education and training, and higher education in Australia. The focus has been about providing quality educational resources, services and adequate bandwidth...

Research report

7 Feb 2007

This paper examines how culturally and linguistically diverse women participate in sport and recreation, and the factors that may limit their full involvement in this area of Australian social and cultural life. This has been undertaken to inform the development of policies and programs to...

Research report

6 Feb 2007

The study determined the least cost generation mix required to meet the following emission targets for the power generation sector at 2030: 140% of 2000 emissions; 100% of 2000 emissions' 70% of 2000 emissions. The study considered three technology suites for power generation: All known...

Research report

6 Feb 2007

ESAA observed in early 2005 that many of the public statements being made by a wide variety of opinion shapers and decision makers were without the benefit of informed, expert and fact-based analysis of the outlook for greenhouse emissions from the stationary energy sector and...

Research report

6 Feb 2007

This report examines rapid advances in information, communication, storage, surveillance and other relevant technologies; possible changing community perceptions of privacy and the extent to which privacy should be protected by legislation; the expansion of state and territory legislative activity in areas relevant to privacy; and...

Research report

6 Feb 2007

This edition includes articles on trends in infrastructure, Australia’s infrastructure policy and the COAG National Reform Agenda, improving the investment climate in APEC economies, the child care market, and Australian net private wealth.

Research report

31 Jan 2007

This twelfth annual report from the Review of Government Service Provision examines the performance of all Australian governments providing education, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing. These services account for 60 per cent of government recurrent expenditure and over 10 per cent of...

Commentary

Article

5 Feb 2007

Efficient solutions to the Murray-Darling water crisis are difficult to see in the government's plan, writes John Quiggin

THE gradualist reform process envisaged in the National Water Initiative of 2004 has been overtaken by events as the record-breaking drought continues in much of...

Commentary

Article

5 Feb 2007

By bringing two non-Labor parliamentarians into cabinet, Mike Rann has broadened his government's support, writes Norman Abjorensen

AUSTRALIA’S political culture is intensely adversarial. Historically, a winner-takes-all approach is the dominant characteristic usually displayed by parties that win elections.

But that’s changing -...

Research report

5 Feb 2007

Rising rates of marriage breakdown in Australia have led to increasing interest in and support for strategies that help couples withstand both the everyday hassles and less common stressors that impact on relationships. One of these strategies involves the provision of marriage and relationship education...

Research report

5 Feb 2007

The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report describes progress in understanding of the human and natural drivers of climate change, observed climate change, climate processes and attribution, and estimates of projected future climate change. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and...

Research report

5 Feb 2007

This paper argues that centralised staffing systems benefit teacher unions but are to the disadvantage of students or even the majority of teachers. It is said to be a system that delivers neither quality nor equality. The paper suggests that more autonomy be given to...

Research report

5 Feb 2007

Transnational crime constitutes a challenge for even the most advanced industrial nations. The Pacific Islands are culturally, educationally and socially diverse, geographically isolated and sparsely populated. There is a degree of heterogeneity in their respective levels of governance, corruption and law enforcement capacity. Economic weaknesses...

Commentary

Article

2 Feb 2007

The avuncular Joe Hockey won’t be able to turn around perceptions of the government’s IR policy, argues John Spoehr

IF THE WorkChoices legislation is as good as John Howard says it is, why did he send Joe Hockey, his new workplace relations minister,...

Research report

2 Feb 2007

The IIPA's annual report on the US copyright industry indicates that "total" copyright industries accounted for an estimated $1.38 trillion or 11.12 % of GDP in 2005. The ?core? copyright industries were responsible for 12.96% of the growth achieved in 2005 for the U.S. economy...

Article

19 Nov 2006

This article argues that contemporary debates around Australian cinema and audiovisual production here are too narrow. This prevents us from considering fully what that production entails for Australian cinema, what it means, who it speaks to, and how it could spark new conversations about the...

Commentary

Article

2 Feb 2007

Audio of conference presentations is now available online. Speakers included Barry Melville, CBAA General Manager; Desa Bajic, Assistant Manager, Investigation Section, Australian Communications and Media Authority; Andrew Brine, CBAA Vice President of TV; Ange Barry, General Manager,Plenty Valley FM; and Geoff Williams, General Manager, 5TCB...

Audio podcast

2 Feb 2007

The authors talking about their forthcoming report Their Space: Education for a Digital Generation. The project, funded by the National College for School Leadership, explores the skills that young people are learning through their use of new technologies and makes suggestions for how schools and...

Audio podcast

2 Feb 2007

Professor Brian Fitzgerald from Griffith University Law School and the IIA's Peter Coroneos discuss the implications of Australia's new copyright laws.

Research report

2 Feb 2007

This report details the successful deployment of free and open source software in projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Each case study describes the reason for choosing to use this software and discusses the development, implementation and impact of applications. The benefits obtained...

Commentary

Article

2 Feb 2007

Margaret Simons looks forward to the return of one of Australia's most exasperating and courageous journalists

In her rather self serving Andrew Olle Lecture late last year, the communications minister, Helen Coonan, made reference to Jay Rosen's newassignment.net as an example of the...