June 2007

Research report

29 Jun 2007

For more than two decades, policymakers in much of the world have pursued pro-globalisation polices. The result has been a wealthier and more dynamic global economy. Yet today, significant parts of the developed world are having second thoughts about the benefits of globalisation, with many...

Research report

29 Jun 2007

Human tissues are big business. Skin, procured from cadavers or 'abandoned' after operations, is sold for manufacture into burns treatment and use in cosmetic surgery. Corporations own patents to thousands of human genes, generating great streams of income. Yet blood and organ donation for therapeutic...

Research report

29 Jun 2007

The building of three Air Warfare Destroyers for the RAN is one of the largest Defence decisions the Australian Government will make. The field has been narrowed to two competitors. This ASPI Policy Analysis looks at the pros and cons of the two options. The...

Research report

29 Jun 2007

This Special Report authored by Rod Lyon examines the debate over what is - or what ought to be - the 'ordering principle' of Australian strategic thinking. In an era of quickening globalisation and the heightened strategic complexity, geography is proving a less useful determinant...

Research report

29 Jun 2007

For businesses, political organisations and the arts community, using the internet both as a channel to market and customer acquisition tool has enabled niche and traditionally under-funded voices to be heard by the larger community. Technology has also enabled organisations both big and small, as...

Commentary

Article

29 Jun 2007

IAN ANDERSON compares the federal government's response to the Little Children Are Sacred report with the authors' recommendations

ON 21 June the Prime Minister and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs announced a series of measures in response to Pat...

Strategy

28 Jun 2007

Blueprint: Growing Auckland's creative industries is an action plan that aims to build on the vital contribution the creative sector makes to Auckland. This plan views the creative sector through an economic lens and will result in the council actively promoting and assisting Auckland city's...

Research report

28 Jun 2007

The creative industries are a new way of doing business but the policy interventions to support them proceed to work in old, industrial ways. The task for policy is no longer simply to try to pre-empt the information and knowledge that the creative industries need,...

Article

29 Jun 2007

For businesses, political organisations and the arts community, using the internet both as a channel to market and customer acquisition tool has enabled niche and traditionally under-funded voices to be heard by the larger community. Technology has also enabled organisations both big and small, as...

Literature review

28 Jun 2007

There's no tragedy in a digital commons where quality content is king, says Felix Cohen, in this contribution to an on-going debate about the tension between the instant abundance and transferability of information in the Creative Commons and its capacity to act as the foundation...

Book review

29 Jun 2007

With his brilliant theory of the Long Tail – a powerful new economic force in a world where the internet allows access to almost unlimited choice – Chris Anderson has identified an important truth about our economy and culture. In a Long Tail world, the...

Research report

28 Jun 2007

The knowledge economy gets a reasonably clean bill of health as far as polarisation between "good" and "bad" jobs is concerned. Overall Rececca Fauth and Ian Brinkley agree with recent analyses positing a stable labour market and continued expansion of well-paid jobs at the top...

Research report

28 Jun 2007

The UK has the largest creative sector in the EU, and relative to GDP probably the largest in the world. It is a national asset in multiple ways. The creation of ideas, images, symbols, design and cultural expression on this scale would alone be enough...

Research report

28 Jun 2007

Gary Hayes looks at the four forces that are converging to create perfect conditions for hybrid forms of entertainment. He looks back 10 years at early inhabited TV 3D world experiments when he was an innovation producer at the BBC and then forward to the...

Research report

28 Jun 2007

PODCAST: Tony Walsh explores virtual worlds, alternate reality and mixed reality by providing definitions, historical context and his experienced opinion on how the experiences provided by these are really driving future entertainment. He looks at isometric browser based worlds as well as fully immersive 3D...

Research report

28 Jun 2007

Keynote address delivered by Lesley Tobin at the Youth Mentoring Trust's conference in New Zealand. A comprehensive analysis of the experiences of mentoring in Australia, and the benchmarks of good practice.

Commentary

Article

27 Jun 2007

Policy makers need to shun short-term politics for long-term vision, argues SIMON MARGINSON.

EDUCATION, science and scholarship are the tools for understanding and coping with the many challenges facing us in future. But Australians need to consider whether the tools this country has...

Research report

28 Jun 2007

At both the national and regional level, the key concepts that underlie the cluster approach continue to be at the centre of policy formulation. This report analyses the objectives, targeting, instruments and inter-governmental role-sharing used by 26 programs to promote cluster-based approaches in 14 OECD...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

ACMA invites public comment on this paper, which outlines key issues to be considered in the current review of the children's TV standards, including whether the current Children’s (C) and Preschool (P) program quota levels, classification criteria and time bands are still appropriate today; whether...

Research report

27 Feb 2007

The Community Consultation and the ‘Hard to Reach’ project is investigating how community consultation is currently practised by Victorian councils, especially in relation to multiple publics and groups that councils can find hard to reach. This case study looks at the City of Maribyrnong.

Research report

27 Jun 2007

The Community Consultation and the ‘Hard to Reach’ project is investigating how community consultation is currently practised by Victorian councils, especially in relation to multiple publics and groups that councils can find hard to reach. This case study looks at the City of Melbourne.

Research report

27 Jun 2007

Through more contemporary demographic analysis, and some minor spatial analysis, the paper also explores the different relationships of these three types of local governments to Indigenous interests. Two important pieces of background information are that roughly one-quarter of the Northern Territory’s population of 200,000 is...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

After adjusting for the differences in age structure between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous women were twice as likely as non-Indigenous women to report fair/poor health. This snapshot provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Topics...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

According to the 2006 Census, the median age of the Australian resident population was 37 years, up from 35 years in the 2001 Census. The first figures are now available with more reports on specific topics due out over the coming months.According to the 2006...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

CSIRO has combined its knowledge of the minerals sector with its social science expertise to undertake an analysis of the social dimensions of the Australian minerals industry. The research is captured in this report, which: provides an overview of recent literature; explores current research and...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

The key concern of Richard Mitchell and Anthony O'Donnell in this paper is how statutory labour law in Britain and Australia is being reconstructed in the light of the 'partnership' idea.

"This necessarily entails some examination of contrasting notions of partnership: which understanding of...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

The ability of dissents to pave the way for change in the law is regularly cited as one of their virtues. But this examination of a period of the court’s recent history shows that the direct reversal of a precedent in favour of the minority...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

This discussion paper presents a discussion of the data management policy and procedures for Wave 2 of Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

Research report

27 Jun 2007

There has been considerable speculation recently regarding the effect of the growing prevalence of institutional investors in the equity markets on investee company behaviour. Institutional investors include superannuation funds, banks, mutual funds and insurance companies. It has been posited that the growth of institutional investors...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

"The Australian education system, taken as a whole, is evolving into something but we don’t know what." This quote from Max Angus expresses the widely held disquiet that the forces driving education policies and priorities within Australia’s federal system are poorly understood and have taken...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

On May 10th or thereabouts the West Australian Government released another climate change policy document. It follows the earlier Greenhouse Strategy of 2004 and the actual title, of course, is not “faking” but “making” decisions. Does the document deserve to be mocked in this unkind...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

In his 2007 Philip Hughes oration given at ANU recently Brian J. Caldwell reflects on the nature and scale of change that is needed to ensure that Australia has a world-class school system.

"My presentation is very much a reflection on the nature...

Research report

27 Jun 2007

The examination of communications infrastructure and service take-up undertaken in this report is intended to provide an overview of infrastructure and service availability across Australia in residential and small business retail markets.The Communications Infrastructure and Services Availability Report 2006-07 is a joint report issued by...

Discussion paper

26 Jun 2007

This paper examines the effect of international patent stock on total factor productivity for 16 OECD countries over the past 120 years. The results show that the international patent stock is highly influential for economic growth and, together with knowledge spillovers through the channel of...

Research report

26 Jun 2007

Between August 2005 and February 2006 the Commission spoke with more than 200 children and young people aged 4–18 years about health and what health means to them. We spoke with children and young people in schools, youth advisory councils, hospitals, and disability services. This...

Research report

26 Jun 2007

How do kids define well-being? This was the starting point for a this study that aims to make kids' views known to the public and to decision-makers. It explores the views of 126 children and young people, and reveals some surprising facts about what makes...

Research report

26 Jun 2007

This paper examines the effect of international patent stock on total factor productivity for 16 OECD countries over the past 120 years. The results show that the international patent stock is highly influential for economic growth and, together with knowledge spillovers through the channel of...

Research report

26 Jun 2007

There is a very real danger that the transition from the Construction Boom in 2009 to a rapidly growing sustainable normal economy in Aceh will not happen unless both preventive and effective constructive measures are implemented during the coming two years. Instead what could easily...

Research report

26 Jun 2007

Commissioned by the Governments of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, this report presents a snapshot on major national health funding in an easy to understand format. It details for the first time where...

Research report

26 Jun 2007

Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) play a central role in the Australian system of ethical oversight of research involving humans, mainly within universities and hospitals. This report examines the ethical dilemmas that confront HRECs and researchers in the consideration and conduct of health and medical...

Research report

26 Jun 2007

This annual report from the UNHCR reviews the achievements and impact of its programs worldwide during the previous year.

Research report

26 Jun 2007

Migration to OECD countries continues to rise, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual report on migration movements and policies. About four million new immigrants entered OECD countries on a permanent basis in 2005, an increase of 10 per cent from 2004....

Discussion paper

26 Jun 2007

Commercial piracy, where a firm (hereafter referred to as the pirate) illegally reproduces and sells copies of legitimate products thereby competing with the original producer, has emerged as one of the leading global challenges faced by software businesses, entertainment industry, law enforcement agencies, and international...

Other text

25 Jun 2007

Whichever party wins government, procedures for dealing with disputes need to change, writes ANTHONY FORSYTH

LABOR’S pledge to abolish the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) along with several other federal agencies and replace them with a new body, Fair Work Australia, has generated...

Research report

22 Jun 2007

Desmond Ball of the Australian National University discusses China's anti-satellite (ASAT) test of 11 January 2007, and outlines the history of US and Russian anti-satellite testing. Ball provides detailed account of the current Chinese programme, and the vulnerabilities of different satellite constellations to kinetic energy,...

Research report

22 Jun 2007

Just over half of Australian adults (54%) felt that they could trust 'most people', according to a this report on social wellbeing from the ABS. People were most likely to trust their doctor (89%) and local police (76%). Older people (75+) were even more likely...

Research report

22 Jun 2007

The dangerous idea is that school reform, in India in particular, but across the world too, is impossible.

Changing education, at the systemic level or at the institutional or school level, or educating teachers and school leaders in change can be classified as...

Discussion paper

21 Jun 2007

Recently much attention has been paid to creativity in education, reflecting wider concern with creativity in general. The creative industries are a hugely successful part of our economy and ministers have pledged to ?make Britain the world?s creative hub?. However, with this focus on creativity...

Commentary

Article

22 Jun 2007

Hitwise uncovers Australian online search trends to reveal how the population is engaging with environmental issues.

Statistics

22 Jun 2007

Last week, BBC.co.uk ranked #14 among All Categories of websites with 0.82% of all UK Internet visits compared to YouTube's #25 ranking with 0.81% of UK Internet visits. The gap between the two websites is closing rapidly. Last week, BBC had a 1.6% lead on...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

The IIA has moved to establish an industry taskforce for the development of an industry code of practice for online content service providers in Australia, following the passage by the Senate of the "Content Service" amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act.

The new laws...

Survey

21 Jun 2007

Parents say they?re gaining over their children?s exposure to sex and violence in the media. A US national survey of 1,008 parents of children ages 2-17, explores how parents view the role of media in their children?s lives.

Video

21 Jun 2007

WEBCAST ? There is much debate, and a number of competing initiatives, but the problems of identity and personal-information management over the Internet remain unsolved. These problems range from issues of convenience, such as requirements for multiple usernames and passwords, to the inability to carry...

Article

21 Jun 2007

Internet filtering seems like an infringement of the civil liberties of all of us who use this free, public, unitary, global network of networks. But states have a strong argument that they have the right to control domestic matters, whether or not they occur in...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

What does it mean when half of adult Americans have relatively distant relationships to modern information technology such as the internet and feature-rich cell phones? Pew Internet's typology of information and communications technology users tells us a lot about how far along we are -...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

Changing the definitions describing de facto relationships in relevant federal laws could help end daily discrimination suffered by more than 20,000 same-sex couples in Australia, according to this HREOC report. The Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry spent more than three months travelling around Australia holding public...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

Open trade and investment policies can be a powerful force for raising living standards. Economists have long emphasised this point and it is confirmed by much research. For example, the OECD’s Growth Study estimated that a 10 percentage point increase in trade openness translates over...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

The study reports on self-reported benzodiazepine use using DUMA data since 1999. Use was lower than for heroin and at similar levels as amphetamines. It is frequently used in conjunction with other drugs, which indicates a greater potential for harm.

Research report

21 Jun 2007

The level of violence is higher among this group (people detained by the police) than in the general population, and, of those who were involved in violence in the previous 12 months, around two-thirds were both perpetrators and victims.

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This year’s report includes data from two new sites in Melbourne and Darwin, to give a broader picture of drug use and criminal activity across Australia. The report provides comprehensive data for 2006 and trend analysis from the start of the program in 1999. In...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

Elections for the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, and for local government in most of England and in Scotland, were held on 3 May 2007. In a new Audit paper, James Jupp (ANU) reviews the background and results.

Research report

21 Jun 2007

Peter Brent (ANU) and Simon Jackman (Stanford University) review the slowing rate of increase of the Australian electoral roll. They find that the Australian Electoral Commission has become more proficient at expunging than at enrolling or re-enrolling voters.

Research report

21 Jun 2007

In May 2006 the Australian Government commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to analyse and report on the content, curriculum and standards in Year 12 English (including Literature), Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and Australian History.

Research report

21 Jun 2007

In the twenty years 1982-2002 the employment participation rate of all working age persons has increased. Since 1982 there has been a particularly sharp increase in participation rates among women residing in households that are buying their home. On the other hand employment participation rates...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

A response to the need for a flexible framework of design guidelines - a 'design system' - for remote Indigenous housing. As such, the project provides concepts and design principles to supplement the focus on safety, health, quality control and sustainability in the National Indigenous...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This report contains information on the capacity of residential aged care homes, residents and resident characteristics, levels of dependency among residents, and admissions and separations. The report will be particularly useful to aged care service planners, providers of aged care services, and researchers in the...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

A statistical overview presenting key statistics on the levels of service provision of the Australian Government funded aged care packages. The programs providing these packages are the Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) Program, the Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) Program and the Extended Aged...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This snapshot provides an overview of the health and social circumstances of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Topics covered include family and community, culture and language, health status, long-term health conditions, disability, health risk factors, immunisation, service use, hospitalisation rates and mortality.

Research report

21 Jun 2007

In November 2006, there were 8.6 million employees aged 15 years and over. Of these, 92% (8 million) were employees. Of these 60% did not have any say in their start and finish times, 72% could choose when their holidays were taken, and 38% were...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This ABS survey provides a statistical overview of culture in Australia. It contains information on a range of topics including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

Social, economic and technological change has altered the way in which families spend time together. Important changes include increases in maternal employment, part-time employment and the number of people living alone. There have also been higher levels of geographic mobility, lower fertility rates and the...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

The Federal Government’s greenhouse policy is mainly based on nuclear energy and clean coal technology. The policy includes some measures to promote alternatives like energy efficiency and renewable energy. However, these alternatives are viewed as secondary. The emphasis in the Government’s policy statements has been...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This study examined the extent to which English language, literacy and numeracy teachers used classroom management strategies to meet the needs of adult Sudanese refugee learners. While teachers met the needs of these learners insofar as they coincided with those of other refugee groups, the...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

Community-run men's sheds have recently developed and proliferated, mainly across parts of southern Australia and with higher proportions of older men not in work. This study examines their role as a place for older men to learn informally. It concludes that such sheds have important...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This report examines older workers' perspectives in a national survey of the finance sector and case studies of aged care and construction workers. Older workers expect to work beyond retirement but age-biased stereotypes, discriminatory insurance and superannuation need to be changed. With training, older workers...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This report finds that the use of alcohol and other drugs in households with dependent children is high. The national databases all point to high rates of binge drinking in particular.

While rates vary across each of the studies, there is a clear pattern...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

Seasonal workforce management, the use of migrant labour and the provision of career paths in the tourism sector are three of the big workforce challenges tackled in this House of Representatives report.

The report makes a total of 25 recommendations. It focuses on employment...

Research report

21 Jun 2007

This report highlights significant opportunities to better engage key sections of the population in electoral matters and to improve the quality of civics education. The report follows successive surveys of young people which have shown that Australians between the ages of 15 and 35 typically...

Research report

20 Jun 2007

One of the main programs within ASEMUS is the exchange between museum teachers and outreach staff. The program is designed as a twinning project between two museums, one in Asia and one in Europe. This is the first report of the project twinning the Islamic...

Statistics

21 Jun 2007

This ABS survey provides a statistical overview of culture in Australia. It contains information on a range of topics including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and...

Research report

20 Jun 2007

The report summarises responses to a D'Art query about a number of research-related issues, such as whether research is undertaken by agencies in house or contracted externally, whether an agency has a dedicated research unit or a library, and the number of staff and financial...

Research report

20 Jun 2007

Three countries - the United Kingdom, United States and China - produced 40 percent of the world's cultural trade products in 2002, while Latin America and Africa together accounted for less than four percent according to this report. The report analyses cross-border trade data from...

Research report

20 Jun 2007

This publication explores the challenges and successes in implementing the Convention over the past 30 years. A historical perspective serves as the backdrop to analyse the current state of conservation of cultural and natural World Heritage sites before exploring looming areas of concern, such as...

Research report

19 Jun 2007

On 9-10 March 2007, the second workshop for IFACCA researchers was held in Singapore, hosted by the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC) and IFACCA. Fifteen delegates from seven countries attended the workshop (participants are listed at the end). This paper contains a summary of...

Research report

19 Jun 2007

This paper explores the effects of product and labour market regulation on growth in total factor productivity (TFP) using panel data from 1974–2003 for 18 OECD countries. Our regressions are specified so that labour and product market regulations can affect productivity both individually and in...

Research report

19 Jun 2007

Canadian political scientist Fred Fletcher discusses the meaning of "free" and "fair" in the context of elections, the evolution of the rules of the game - laws, regulations and conventions - and, in particular, some of the current dilemmas we face as a result of...

Transcript

19 Jun 2007

VIDEO This joint research symposium explored a range of topics including the uses of multimedia, citizen consumers, building a creative workforce, rethinking arts education, and a roundtable forum on research directions for digital literacy and creative innovation in a knowledge economy. All presentations are available...

Research report

19 Jun 2007

The Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership is working in partnership with the Australian government, the Queensland government and the Cape York Indigenous communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge with the objective of achieving comprehensive welfare reform.

The Cape York...

Research report

19 Jun 2007

Economic development can and does happen on Indigenous land, and when the preconditions are right, Indigenous Australians can and do achieve great things on the land, writes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma in this report. The report also contains a...

Research report

17 Jun 2007

Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently underperforms on most dimensions of performance, relative to other countries. Compared with five other nations - Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom - the U.S. health care system ranks...

Research report

15 Jun 2007

The Board of Inquiry was created by the Northern Territory Government in August 2006 to research and report on allegations of sexual abuse of Aboriginal children. The Inquiry was established to find better ways to protect Aboriginal children from sexual abuse.

The Inquiry gathered...

Statistics

14 Jun 2007

This publication contains results from all ISPs operating in Australia with over 10,000 active subscribers as at 31 March 2007. Growth from September 2006 to March 2007 may be due to the movement of subscribers from smaller ISPs. The Internet Activity Survey (IAS) collects details...

Article

14 Jun 2007

This editions looks at the Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Bill 2007, the launch of the Do Not Call Register, ACMA's guidelines for narrowcasting television services and new arrangements for access to IPND data, the Australian Competition Tribunal's ruling Telstra's Unconditioned Local Loop Service prices...

Blog post

14 Jun 2007

The Guardian's Jemima Kiss blogs from the NMKF conference in London, a key event for the media tech industry, and "one of the few events where the two industries overlap to any worthwhile effect".

Article

14 Jun 2007

Last month, to considerable fanfare, Australia's major media organisations launched an organisation called Australia's Right to Know as part of a campaign to remove restrictions on free speech. It has mainly targeted restrictions on the use of Freedom of Information laws and a clamp-down on...

Conference proceedings

14 Jun 2007

Identity management in the online environment is seen as a key enabler for electronic business and electronic government because it facilitates the expansion of information systems and network boundaries and increases access points. Presentations from a recent OECD workshop on this topic are now available....

Guide

14 Jun 2007

OECD governments have agreed on this new framework for co-operation in the enforcement of privacy laws. The initiative is motivated by a recognition that changes in the character and volume of cross-border data flows have elevated privacy risks for individuals and highlighted the need for...

Article

15 Jun 2007

The community-building projects of the digital world are celebrated for the abundance they make it possible to access and share; but what if the culture of a community only arises from jointly endured constraints? Tony Curzon Price explores a key paradox of the online age....

Research report

14 Jun 2007

The global transformation of the market in intellectual property is provoking elite resistance, but also creative initiatives to develop the potential of the new knowledge economy. Becky Hogge maps the state of debate.

Commentary

Article

13 Jun 2007

Performance pay is a trickier idea than it might first seem, writes JACK WATERFORD.

PERFORMANCE pay for teachers is such an obviously good idea that anyone who is against it is obviously against rewarding excellence, fostering innovation, improving student outcomes, measurement of performance...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

This report details the results of community consultations in all States and Territories and telephone polling on what Australians think are the essentials to make Australia fair.

As Australia experiences a period of economic growth, what impact this change has had on fairness? There...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

This snapshot provides an overview of the health and social circumstances of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Topics covered include family and community, culture and language, health status, long-term health conditions, disability, health risk factors, immunisation, service use, hospitalisation rates and mortality. Unless...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

This publication contains results from all ISPs operating in Australia with over 10,000 active subscribers as at 31 March 2007. Growth from September 2006 to March 2007 may be due to the movement of subscribers from smaller ISPs. The Internet Activity Survey (IAS) collects details...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

Domestic violence is an issue that permeates all levels of society. It is difficult to accurately estimate the true incidence of domestic violence in society as most incidents are not reported to police and some victims may attempt to deny or hide its reality. Access...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

Motor vehicle theft continued to fall in 2006 and was at its lowest level since national reporting began in 1993, according to this ABS report of national crime statistics relating to victims of a selected range of offences that have been recorded by police. Motor...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

Australia's low income households received more cash benefits from the government than higher income households, while indirect benefits (provided in kind) were more evenly distributed, according to this ABS study.

During 2003-04, more than a quarter (27%) of government benefits went to people...

Research report

14 May 2006

While some developing countries have begun researching male-to-male sexual activities and interests, many gaps exist in the understanding of sexual networking within MSM populations, and between MSM populations and wider populations.

This study was commissioned by Family Health International (FHI) and undertaken by the...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

This publication reports on levels of unmet demand for specialist disability services funded under the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement. It gives estimates of current levels of unmet demand for accommodation and respite services, community access services, and disability employment services, and presents data and commentary...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

Professor Stephen Schneider's report to the Government of South Australia recommends long-term change for the way South Australian's live and do business. It is a challenge, to government, to industry and to the community.

Stephen Schneider is South Australia’s ninth Thinker in Residence, and...

Strategy

14 Jun 2007

This comprehensive and detailed plan has been designed by the Government of South Australia to address climate change. It outlines the case for immediate action in both the local and the wider, international context.

It is based on three imperatives: the need to reduce...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

There has been a growing interest over recent years, both within Australia and overseas, in enhancing the translation of research into policy and practice. As one mechanism to improve the dissemination and uptake of falls research into policy and practice and to foster the development...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

A group of consumers of private hospital services and their carers collaborated with staff of a Melbourne private hospital and with industry representatives to develop a consumer-driven performance report on cardiac services. During the development process participating consumers identified situational and structural barriers to their...

Research report

13 Jun 2007

This policy analysis looks at Australian universities as potential terrorist targets. It then considers steps that should be taken to improve protective security for our universities, enhance terrorism research and strengthen the role of universities in providing solutions for countering terrorism. A comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

This report contains detailed analyses underlying the summary data presented in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2006 report and is designed to provide the basis to monitor the impact of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health...

Research report

14 Jun 2007

Background papers for this symposium - which aims to formulate a 'road map' for stakeholder organisations including academic and research institutions, water sector operators, governments and non-governmental organisations, civil society and donors - are available online.

Research report

14 Jun 2007

Inflammatory rhetoric during the current parliamentary election campaign could reignite violent tensions in Timor-Leste, according to this briefing paper, which explores the political environment as the young country faces a key vote on 30 June. Successful elections could strengthen political institutions and thus be an...

Briefing paper

14 Jun 2007

ACMA has decided to extend the community television trial in Adelaide until 4 July 2008. The trial will continue to be conducted by the current operator, C31. ACMA notes that C31 has not met its projected financial target, but is satisfied that it is currently...

Submission

14 Jun 2007

This submission argues that Government support for Australia's audiovisual industries through regulation, direct subsidy and indirect incentives exists to deliver cultural outcomes, that is, Australian stories and Australian characters on Australian screens.This report argues that Government support for Australia?s audiovisual industries through regulation, direct subsidy...

Policy

14 Jun 2007

The Australian Government recently announced a comprehensive package of measures to significantly boost support for the Australian film and television industry, following the completion of the Review of Australian Government Film Funding Support. A series of media releases and fact sheets containing details of the...

Research report

13 Jun 2007

Kakadu National Park is Aboriginal land, home to one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world. It is an internationally significant World Heritage Area, jointly managed with its Aboriginal traditional owners. Kakadu protects the entire catchment of a large tropical river, the South Alligator,...

Research report

13 Jun 2007

At least one billion people will be forced from their homes between now and 2050 as the effects of climate change deepen an already burgeoning global migration crisis, according to this report. These future migrants will swell the ranks of the 155 million people already...

Research report

12 Jun 2007

The argument that studying the arts boosts academic achievements in other subjects has been the subject of extensive research and the consensus view could be summed up as 'not proven'. But as Kate Oakley argues, there is stronger evidence for the relationship between arts education...

Research report

12 Jun 2007

The argument that studying the arts boosts academic achievements in other subjects has been the subject of extensive research and the consensus view could be summed up as 'not proven'. But as Kate Oakley argues, there is stronger evidence for the relationship between arts education...

Article

12 Jun 2007

Governments around the world are using their websites to rewrite history - or 'webscrubbing' writes Kellie Tranter. Whilst the internet has allowed instant access to a vast amount of information, it also allows governments (and companies) retrospectively to edit embarrassing information from their websites and...

Discussion paper

8 Jun 2007

This paper explores the humanitarian promise contained in advocacy for broader access rights to knowledge, and, the notion that access is a precondition to the public good of invention. This politics is explored from three perspectives: the Commons as a product of a history of...

Research report

8 Jun 2007

A family cat is on the operating table at a Tamworth veterinary clinic. Its condition is critical. The cat is receiving expert treatment from a vet who works in a clinic that is like many others across Australia, except there is a small camera hanging...

Research report

8 Jun 2007

This paper explores the humanitarian promise contained in advocacy for broader access rights to knowledge, and, the notion that access is a precondition to the public good of invention. This politics is explored from three perspectives: the Commons as a product of a history of...

Research report

8 Jun 2007

People in OECD countries will have to save more for their retirement as a result of the major pensions reforms carried out in recent years, according to this report. The average pension promise in 16 OECD countries studied was cut by 22 per cent. For...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

The Australian Communications and Media Authority's recent Media Diversity Report details the ownership of the regulated media platforms in each commercial radio licence area and provides details about the new points regime. Ian McGill reports that, while the new media ownership regime permits foreign and...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

DCITA has been working with the Australian Library and Information Association with the aim of ensuring the filtering needs of libraries are adequately addressed. The survey, conducted in May of this year, is the third to have been conducted by the sssociation since 2002. The...

Briefing paper

7 Jun 2007

The community broadcasting sector welcomes the allocation of Channel A for new digital television services and believes that this is a crucial opportunity for the first stage in the conversion of existing CTV services from analogue to digital. However, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

This is the second quarterly broadband index, prepared in conjunction with Spectrum Strategy Consultants, tracking price, capacity and coverage of fixed and wireless broadband across market leaders in Australia.

Research report

8 Jun 2007

In recent months, two significant new studies have been released about food advertising to children on television: one in March 2007 from the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the other in June 2007 from the Federal Trade Commission. While the two studies are similar, this analysis...

Blog post

7 Jun 2007

Bias puts people off newspapers, an international poll has found. Stephen Brook blogs on this and other matters from the World Association of Newspapers conference in Cape Town.

Research report

7 Jun 2007

In Amnesty International's 2007 report on the state of the world's human rights the Australian government is one of the countries singled out for criticism for adopting 'the politics of fear' in relation to asylum seekers. Additionally Australia's refugee policies, violence against women and the...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

The pursuit of political equality is one of the four underpinning values of the Democratic Audit of Australia. In this new paper, Audit leader Marian Sawer reviews the state of Australian democracy in relation to this core principle. Restrictions on voting, a lack of transparency...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

In a new Democratic Audit paper, Tony Smith analyses the representation of women in the New South Wales parliament following the election on 24 March 2007. He argues that the Coalition's failure to make greater inroads into the Labor government's majority can, in part, be...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

Since 1997 the Reserve Bank has undertaken an annual survey of the fee income commercial banks earn from their domestic banking operations. According to this latest survey, relating to banks’ 2006 financial year, the growth in fee income appears to have been mainly the result...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

This report outlines the state of play in international cooperation on climate change and the possible development of emissions trading at the global level. Against this background, the report outlines a proposed Australian domestic emissions trading scheme, together with a set of complementary policies and...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

This report looks at the death and serious injury of Indigenous persons in Australia due to transport accidents in the five-year period 1999 - 00 to 2003 - 04.

It focuses on the four jurisdictions of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

Exercise Cumpston 06 was Australia’s largest ever health exercise and was one of the first major exercises on pandemic influenza conducted in any country. The four-day live simulation exercise was held in October 2006. The exercise simulated the arrival of an international flight carrying sick...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

This paper focuses on financial disadvantage among Australians using data from the first two waves (2001 and 2002) of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. Four measures of poverty/disadvantage are explored in the paper:

• Relative income poverty (households with...

Research report

1 Jun 2007

In April 2002, the Council of Australian Governments commissioned the Steering Committee to produce a regular report against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. This report has the long-term objective of informing Australian governments about whether policy programs and interventions are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous...

Research report

7 May 2007

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and the President of the World Bank are appointed under a 60 year old unwritten convention that the Managing Director is nominated by the countries of Western Europe while the President is nominated by the United States....

Research report

7 Jun 2007

Examining the gap between rhetoric and reality in John Howard's Australia, as libertarian policies have crept into the last decade.

Research report

7 Jun 2007

This report examines federal implications of statehood for the Northern Territory, including the historical context of the campaign for statehood and recent developments.

Committee Chairman, Peter Slipper MP, said that the establishment of the first new state in the constitutional history of Australia is...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

Michael Wesley assesses the neo-conservative agenda in the Pacific and the limits of Australia's plan for 'state-building' in the Solomon Islands.

Discussion paper

7 Jun 2007

auDA's 2007 Names Policy Panel is currently reviewing the policy framework for .au domain names, including whether .au should be opened up to direct registrations (eg. domainname.au); whether the policy rules for domain names should be changed; and whether registrants should be allowed to sell...

Research report

7 Jun 2007

Learning resources are often considered key intellectual property in a competitive higher education world. However, more and more institutions and individuals are sharing their digital learning resources over the Internet, openly and for free, as Open Educational Resources (OER). This study, building on previous OECD...

Briefing paper

6 Jun 2007

These recommendations are intended to promote data access and sharing among researchers, research institutions, and national research agencies, while at the same time taking into account the various national laws, research policies and organisational structures of OECD member countries.

Website

6 Jun 2007

As a result of diverse and ongoing social trends, the social order based on standard employment relations, the male breadwinner model and social security in defined but exceptional circumstances has changed. New risks have emerged and are often mutually reinforcing. A recent OECD seminar looked...

Research report

6 Jun 2007

This paper assesses the most recent evidence on trends in disability among the population aged 65 and over in 12 OECD countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The focus is on reviewing...

Research report

6 Jun 2007

This paper shows that health systems oriented towards primary and preventative care achieve better health outcomes at a lower overall cost than systems oriented towards hospital care. It spells out how this can be achieved, with the establishment of 'one stop shop' primary health care...

Research report

6 Jun 2007

Paul Reynolds speculates on the future significance of political parties, a taken-for-granted feature of the Australian political system.

Discussion paper

6 Jun 2007

Staff with bilingual skills are employed either for their linguistic ability or as generalist workers whose bilingual skills are utilised by the organisation to support the delivery of services to people with low English language proficiency. While most agencies readily acknowledge the benefits of bilingual...

Research report

6 Jun 2007

Noel Pearson returns to Hope Vale and finds a stark improvement in conditions in the town since a visit earlier this year. The occasion was a ceremony for signing a new agreement on welfare reform initiatives centering on home ownership, between the Commonwealth government and...

Research report

6 Jun 2007

This report documents learning from the implementation of the Community Enterprise Development Initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Department for Victorian Communities in twelve localities in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

In each neighbourhood, the aim has been to identify and develop...

Research report

6 Jun 2007

This report examines the effects this will have on the strategic architecture of Asia and the challenges facing Australia in developing the relationship between the two countries. Given India’s rise as a significant Indian Ocean and Asian power, Australia has pressing reasons for developing a...

Briefing paper

5 Jun 2007

Based on data from customs seizures in OECD countries, this report estimates that trade in counterfeit and pirated goods across national borders may have totalled around US$200 billion in 2005. The total value of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, including products made and sold...

Research report

4 Jun 2007

A group of consumers of private hospital services and their carers collaborated with staff of a Melbourne private hospital and with industry representatives to develop a consumer-driven performance report on cardiac services. During the development process participating consumers identified situational and structural barriers to their...

Research report

31 May 2007

This chronology starts with the addition of the area that would eventually become the Northern Territory to the Colony of New South Wales in 1825 and concludes with the 2007 report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on statehood...

Research report

4 Jun 2007

This report focuses on the need for intensified efforts in the field of inclusive education. It addresses the normative framework; obligations, duties and rights of all education stakeholders; challenges to implementation as well as the necessary monitoring. It includes recommendations for action by governments and...

Research report

4 Jun 2007

This final report of an AHURI research project identifies three dimensions of social cohesion: social connectedness, inequality, and cultural environment. Home ownership is more positively associated with each of these dimensions than either public or private renting.

Research report

4 Jun 2007

Harmony between the way that parents and early childhood professionals raise children is an important dimension of child care quality aimed at enhancing child wellbeing. This paper outlines several strategies that professionals may employ to support and strengthen parent/carer partnerships.