September 2007

Report

30 Sep 2007

This briefing provides an overview of football-related hospitalisations during 2004-05. Injuries sustained while playing football accounted for 31% (n=14,147) of all sports and leisure-related hospitalisations during this period. Australian football accounted for 30%, soccer for 24%, and rugby for 21% of all football-related hospitalisations. Over...

Report

29 Sep 2007

Australia is awash with plantation resources. Plantations can meet virtually all Australia’s wood needs now and feed industry expansion into further processing and export markets. Government forest policy, however, remains glued to the commercial interests of the native forest based incumbents. This article looks at...

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29 Sep 2007

The compliance section of Australia’s Department of Immigration enforces the departure of 10,000 people yearly. By international standards this is a very high number relative to population. This article proposes reforms to migration laws to make the system operate more justly and humanely.

Report

29 Sep 2007

Regardless of which political party wins the upcoming election, and whether the approach to healthcare reform is revolution, evolution or status quo, the new federal government will be unable to ignore the looming health workforce crisis. This article surveys the extent of the problem and...

Report

29 Sep 2007

Cross country comparisons of lifecycle labour supplies show that female hours of market work are significantly lower in Australia than in other comparable OECD countries, notably, the US, UK and Sweden. This paper argues that an explanation can be found in the rate structure of...

Report

29 Jul 2007

This paper investigates the relationship between housing prices and the quality of public schools in the Australian Capital Territory. To disentangle the effects of schools and other neighbourhood characteristics on the value of residential properties, it compares sale prices of homes on either side of...

Report

29 Sep 2007

Thorium is a naturally-occurring radioactive element that can be used in a new generation of nuclear reactors as an alternative source of fuel for the generation of electricity. It has several advantages as a nuclear fuel:

• it produces less of the nuclear by-products...

Commentary

Article

28 Sep 2007

Both his friends and his enemies have overstated the PM's influence, according to DAVID BURCHELL.

IN Shakespeare’s day it was common to refer to the “seven ages of man” to describe the various paths our lives take over time. “One man in his...

Article

28 Sep 2007

Can governments lift their broadband performance rankings? This paper aims to identify the factors that are significant in driving broadband penetration.

Policy

28 Sep 2007

This is the Labor Party's arts policy document for this year's federal election. It includes a commitment to increase arts funding, to introduce a resale royalty scheme for visual artists and to examine ways to adequately protect artist's copyright given the challenges posed by new...

Commentary

Article

25 Sep 2007

In this extract from his new book, JOHN WARHURST looks at the rise and fall of the Hawke government's Lobbyists Registration Scheme. Professor Warhurst's book, Behind Closed Doors: Politics, Scandals and the Lobbying Industry , describes the growing importance of the lobbying industry and...

Video

26 Sep 2007

WEBCAST / MIT Media Lab professor Judith Donath, Berkman fellow Gene Koo, visiting assistant professor at Northeastern School of Law Wendy Seltzer, and Berkman co-founder Jonathan Zittrain discuss their visions of the net ten years from now.

Report

25 Sep 2007

Since 1984, every Australian federal election campaign except 1987 has featured at least one televised debate between the major party leaders. The debates have always generated considerable interest and significant media attention. International research suggests that coverage can influence perceptions of debates, for debate viewers...

Report

25 Sep 2007

In this paper for the 2007 Australasian Political Science Association conference, Daniel Baldino argues that the Australian government’s pattern of highly reactive legislative responses to international terrorism unduly compromised democratic standards and failed to keep a sense of reality and equilibrium in complex issues of...

Report

25 Sep 2007

In this paper for the 2007 Australasian Political Science Association conference, Dennis Woodward argues that underlying John Howard’s electoral dominance has been a disciplined ‘electoral professional’ party that has adopted a strategy of permanent campaigning. This has involved an unprecedented degree of media management and...

Report

25 Sep 2007

This report includes a new statement on the future of schooling in Australia and a twelve-point action plan to which all states and territories have agreed. It proposes a national framework for schooling based on the principle that the quality and performance of teachers, schools...

Report

25 Sep 2007

The report commends the Syrian and Jordanian governments for largely keeping their borders open to date, but it criticises other states for doing too little to help them cope with the huge demands they face in meeting the needs of around two million Iraqi refugees...

Report

25 Sep 2007

This report provides a summary of settler arrivals statistics by birthplace, state of intended residence and eligibility category for the period 1996-97 to 2006-07.

Commentary

Article

25 Sep 2007

What will be the legacy of the Howard years, ask JAMES WALTER and PAUL STRANGIO in this extract from their new book, No, Prime Minister: Reclaiming Politics from Leaders (0) , which traces the growing centralisation of power during the prime ministerships of Gough...

Report

25 Sep 2007

A wide range of arts organisations from across the North West of the UK participated in the Regional Challenge New Audiences programme, which looked at ways of developing audiences. This publication looks at the programme and is aimed at anyone embarking on an audience development...

Article

25 Sep 2007

Most arts organisations collect a huge amount of information about their customers but a common problem is accessing this data and turning it into meaningful or actionable information to inform marketing. Profiling helps answer the questions such as 'who is our audience?', 'where is our...

Article

25 Sep 2007

Since 1984, every Australian federal election campaign except 1987 has featured at least one televised debate between the major party leaders. The debates have always generated considerable interest and significant media attention. International research suggests that coverage can influence perceptions of debates, for debate viewers...

Article

25 Sep 2007

How do you choose a donor database that will support successful fundraising? The software is only half the story. Fundraising technology strategist Robert Weiner addresses ten common mistakes that can prevent you from selecting the right database and managing it effectively.

Picture, if...

Article

25 Sep 2007

RSS is one of the most important Web technologies for marketers to understand. It?s a way to syndicate and distribute all kinds of content easily over the Internet, and with RSS readers embedded in just about every browser, as well as the new versions of...

Report

25 Sep 2007

Virtually all cultural institutions in the Netherlands - not just traditional guardians of cultural heritage and libraries, but also broadcasting associations and art institutions - now have their own websites and are working hard on digitisation and creating digital access to museum collections, old films...

Report

25 Sep 2007

Who are the people in the Netherlands with an active interest in cultural heritage and the performing arts, and who prefer to leave these forms of culture alone? Have the size and composition of the groups of 'culture-lovers' and 'culture-leavers' changed since the end of...

Report

24 Sep 2007

The State Services Authority is currently undertaking a research project on agile government with Demos, the UK think tank. The project is explores the way government shapes, recognises and responds to new opportunities and challenges. The project is considering:

The way administrations can create...

Article

23 Sep 2007

There are now an estimated 137 million internet users in China, second in number only to the United States, where estimates of the current internet population range from 165 million to 210 million. The growth rate of China's internet user population has been outpacing that...

Report

23 Sep 2007

Whilst there are both positive and negative experiences associated with caregiving, it is the negatives that are more likely to impact on subjective quality of life. A number of literature reviews have concluded that studies have consistently found that mental illness produced significant burden and...

Report

23 Sep 2007

The paper examines the strategies employed by Dutch, British and Singaporean agencies to counter radicalisation. It suggests five measures that should be undertaken to prevent the type of violent extremism that has evolved in Europe and elsewhere from establishing itself in Australia.

Report

23 Sep 2007

In a feasibility study carried out in 2001 and 2002, the Institute developed a strategy for linking the hospital morbidity and residential aged care databases using date of birth, sex, region of usual residence and event dates. Doubts concerning the efficacy of the linkage strategy...

Report

23 Sep 2007

Highly pathogenic avian influenza A (HPAI) subtype H5N1 has caused family case clusters, mostly in Southeast Asia, that could be due to human-to-human transmission. Should this virus, or another zoonotic influenza virus, gain the ability of sustained human-to-human transmission, an influenza pandemic could result. This...

Report

23 Sep 2007

William Tow, of the Australian National University argues that the March 2007 Japan-Australia Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation was symbolic of one of two possibilities that Australia foreign policy must chose between: 'a strategy of regional engagement designed to pursue community-building and avoid security dilemmas,...

Report

23 Sep 2007

This report investigates the extent of integration of state and territory housing and disability policies in Australia in order to understand how and to what extent relevant state and territory policies and plans address the housing and assistance needs of people with disabilities, and what...

Report

23 Sep 2007

An analysis of how the provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) are intended to operate to control termination payments to company directors, and whether the scheme of the Act can work effectively to regulate the widespread practice of share-based remuneration. The authors argue that...

Report

23 Sep 2007

This paper presents an empirical analysis of the termination payments contemplated by the service contracts of the managing directors of ASX50 companies. It uses real remuneration data from those companies’ 2005 annual reports to test the operation of the relevant provisions in the Corporations Act...

Report

23 Sep 2007

This report to the Family Court of Australia describes a follow-up study of the Child Responsive Program (CRP), piloted in the Registries of Melbourne and Dandenong in 2006.

Report

23 Sep 2007

This latest edition in the series from the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides information on divorces granted in Australia in 2006. Key indicators of national and state divorces are also included in the analytical commentary on the summary page; detailed divorce tables are available with...

Report

22 Sep 2007

Professor Glyn Davis AC, the University of Melbourne's Vice-Chancellor, delivered the 2006 Redmond Barry Lecture on Monday 17 July. He outlined how the University will combat intense domestic and international competition for students and staff by refocusing its research activities, and teaching professional courses at...

Report

22 Sep 2007

With the ageing of the population, and increasing demand for individuals to be financially literate and self-sufficient, older Australians may find themselves at greater risk of fraud. Although the proportion of the elderly experiencing fraud is lower than for those aged less than 65 years,...

Report

22 Sep 2007

Professor Glyn Davis AC, the University of Melbourne's Vice-Chancellor, delivered the 2006 Redmond Barry Lecture on Monday 17 July. He outlined how the University will combat intense domestic and international competition for students and staff by refocusing its research activities, and teaching professional courses at...

Report

22 Sep 2007

Louise Adler reflects on the critical importance of good writing today.

From the risible spectacle of Paris Hilton shrieking in the back of a police car, through to the haunting sight of a man falling from a tower at the World Trade Center, we...

Report

22 Sep 2007

Is capitalism moral, immoral, or just plain amoral? Some societies have tried to do away with it. But more often than not it's all ended badly. Capitalism works. Its capacity to adapt and grow has enabled millions to live with material comfort hitherto only dreamt...

Report

22 Sep 2007

We have come a long way since 1978 when the first test tube baby was born. In Australia today IVF accounts for close to close 3% of all births. Other developed countries show similar figures. But these new technologies do no leave a benign imprint....

Report

21 Sep 2007

Telecommunications are embedded in the lives of the vast majority of Australians, with nearly 90 per cent having both a fixed landline and mobile phone and 80 per cent of households having access to the Internet, mostly through broadband. Telecommunications are embedded in the lives...

Report

15 Aug 2007

This report analyses qualitative findings about the impact of WorkChoices on women workers most of whom are on minimum wages.This report analyses qualitative findings about the impact of WorkChoices on women workers most of whom are on minimum wages.

The WorkChoices amendments to the...

Report

21 Sep 2007

In 1993 the Western Australia and Federal Governments both introduced new industrial relations reforms aimed at enhancing flexibility. At the time of introduction the WA reforms were far more radical than those in the Federal system, particularly with regard to individual bargaining and the marginalisation...

Report

21 Sep 2007

This report makes 48 recommendations with a particular focus on fraud, financial abuse, substitute decision making, and family agreements.

Key recommendations of the report include:

• National industry-wide protocols for banks and financial institutions to report alleged financial abuse;

• Uniform legislation...

Report

21 Sep 2007

From the report's foreword:

Australia’s aid program focuses on assisting countries in the Asia-Pacific region. A considerable proportion of our aid goes towards assisting our Pacific Island neighbours. In the 2007-2008 financial year $872.5 million will be disbursed to the Pacific, with the...

Report

21 Sep 2007

Recent problems have led many commentators to discuss the decline or even the death of the music business as we have known it. Such discussion has been accompanied by speculation that a new era of greater abundance and diversity for consumers might emerge from the...

Report

20 Sep 2007

While policymakers pay much attention to copyrights, exceptions to copyright protection also promote innovation and are a major catalyst of U.S. economic growth. Specific exceptions to copyright protection under U.S. and international law, generally classified under the broad heading of Fair Use, are vital to...

Report

20 Sep 2007

Viral marketing may be relatively new on the Internet having emerged roughly a decade ago in its high-tech form. However, it's by no means a novel promotional technique, and it certainly doesn't depend on technology.

With the arrival of the Internet, of course,...

Report

21 Sep 2007

According to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage (ICH) ? or living heritage ? is the mainspring of our cultural diversity and its maintenance a guarantee for continuing creativity. As of 30 August 2007 eighty States have already deposited their instrument of ratification, approval or acceptance of...

Commentary

Article

21 Sep 2007

Mike Rennie's experience shows how far Indigenous community radio training can take you, writes ELLIE RENNIE.

LATE last week, a young man called Mike Rennie won the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award, which recognises outstanding achievements in...

Report

20 Sep 2007

People choose to spend their leisure time in various ways. Some people's choices include visiting cultural venues, attending cultural events and participating in cultural activities. For example, people may choose to attend cinemas or the theatre, listen to music, read books, or visit a museum...

Report

20 Sep 2007

This Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority focuses on the need for maintaining quotas for children's programs, the desirability of increasing the quotas, scheduling and promotion, the inadvisability of contemplating so-called tradable obligations and touches on advertising....

Report

20 Sep 2007

FULL TEXT: In this submission the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance comments on whether Australia should participate as a third party in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement panel requested by the United States concerning the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights by...

Report

14 Sep 2007

The creative and cultural industries are perhaps the most visible and potent emblem of the way the post-industrial age is transforming Britain?s economy. The rise of a global division of labour has meant that, for the first time, significant numbers of people are able to...

Report

20 Sep 2007

A recent survey posted on the Pew Internet Project website collected stories about how the internet has had an impact on people's hobbies. It found that the internet has become a hobbyist's playground. The telephone survey, conducted in February-March 2007, found that fully 83% of...

Article

19 Sep 2007

If someday we have a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like? How would citizens make up a front page differently than professional news people?

If a new crop of user-news sites ? and measures of...

Report

20 Sep 2007

Just as the internet allows users to create and share their own media, it is also enabling them to organize digital material their own way, rather than relying on pre-existing formats for classifying information.

A December 2006 survey by the Pew Internet & American...

Report

19 Jul 2007

This paper is concerned with the question of how couples should be taxed. One reason for the importance of this issue is simply that the overwhelming majority of individuals live in households formed around couples, and so it could be argued that empirically, this is...

Report

19 Sep 2007

This research is the first comprehensive investigation of the Australian garment sector’s attitude to, and knowledge of, corporate responsibility in relation to labour rights. The report documents both the opportunities and the challenges facing the sector in demonstrating responsible and sustainable business practice. The study...

Discussion paper

19 Sep 2007

The Australian Institute of Health Policy Studies has commissioned this discussion paper to encourage broad community debate and, importantly, action on reform of Australia’s health care system. This report demonstrates that, all too often, existing processes for health system reform are ineffective. It documents the...

Report

19 Sep 2007

This paper describes the use of spatial microsimulation techniques to examine differences in income poverty at a small area level in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. This paper provides details of methodology, along with some initial results demonstrating substantial geographic...

Report

19 Sep 2007

This paper reviews the typical elements of a technology-focused climate policy (currently adopted by the USA and Australia under the umbrella of Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate-AP6) against the elements of an effective and efficient ideal climate policy. It argues that the technology-focused...

Report

19 Sep 2007

As US suburbs fill with For Sale signs, and major lenders queue up for central bank bailouts across the globe, the obvious question is "could it happen here?" In this report Steve Keen argues that while the level of irresponsible lending is lower here than...

Report

19 Sep 2007

This report shows that 70,000 households are now experiencing severe stress across Australia. This is predicted to rise to 113,000 if mortgage interest rates increase by 0.5 per cent over the next six months, as increased borrower gearing levels on variable rate loans leaves borrowers...

Report

19 Sep 2007

More widespread university education means more prosperous economies and provides rich rewards in the labour market for those who graduate. Furthermore, the job prospects for the less well qualified do not appear to be damaged by the expansion of higher education and may even be...

Report

19 Sep 2007

Biofuels have been championed as an energy source that can increase security of supply, reduce vehicle emissions and provide a new income stream for farmers. These claims are contested, however. Critics assert that biofuels will increase energy-price volatility, food prices and even life-cycle emissions of...

Report

18 Sep 2007

Under the media reforms new rules are to be introduced to ensure that regional commercial radio licensees broadcast material of local significance. As part of the implementation of the new requirements, ACMA conducted an investigation into the appropriate applicable number of hours of material of...

Report

18 Sep 2007

The disadvantages of the low-density car-based suburbs that surround Australian and US cities are well known and widely debated. These include facilities located to the disadvantage of non-car users, wasteful use of land, cost of infrastructure, time and energy expended on driving, low incidence of...

Report

18 Sep 2007

This discussion paper provides background on the profession and examines issues to be considered by the review, including the continuing adequacy of the regulatory framework, dual regulation of lawyer agents, professional development requirements for migration agents, and the Migration Agents Registration Authority's performance as an...

Report

18 Sep 2007

Private activities and government regulatory actions or inaction can have impacts on the environment and on human health. Scientific uncertainty about such impacts compounds the problems that confront policymakers. In environmental and natural resource management areas subject to scientific uncertainty, policy development can be enhanced...

Report

18 Sep 2007

This paper is about vicarious trauma, a normal response to repeated exposure and empathetic engagement with traumatic material. It describes what vicarious trauma is, how it may be experienced, and what may predict it occurring. This paper is about vicarious trauma, a normal response to...

Report

18 Sep 2007

This report stems from an inquiry into how to create a fair and harmonised national industrial relations system that appropriately balances the interests of employees and employers in partnership between the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments.

The inquiry will not be making recommendations...

Report

17 Sep 2007

This report argues that the full potential for petitions to make a difference is not currently realised. The committee recognises that citizens (and other residents) now have other avenues for influencing the political process – through the Ombudsman or by forming a lobby group –...

Report

18 Sep 2007

This report examines home loan lending practices and the processes used to deal with people in financial difficulty. The committee’s key recommendation is that the federal government takes over the regulation of credit from the states and territories. This includes the regulation of mortgage brokers...

Report

18 Sep 2007

This law reform blueprint contains 301 proposals for overhauling Australia’s complex and costly privacy laws and practices. The ALRC proposes a single set of privacy principles for information-handling across all sectors and all levels of government, making it easier and less expensive for organisations to...

Commentary

Article

18 Sep 2007

The polls could be giving the wrong impression in three different ways, writes MURRAY GOOT in this analysis for APO, but that doesn’t mean the government is well placed to win.

ARE the polls exaggerating Labor’s lead? Will the polls show the parties...

Report

17 Sep 2007

In attempting to address health workforce shortages generally and medical workforce shortages in particular, federal governments have introduced a number of initiatives including regulatory restrictions and incentive payments.2 Some of these have involved programs that encourage development of the practice nurse specialisation - qualified nurses...

Report

14 Sep 2007

Commonwealth financial assistance grants to local government take the forms of general purpose grants, and grants for roads known as identified local road grants. The level of assistance has been declining as a proportion of gross domestic product because the formula used to calculate assistance...

Commentary

Article

17 Sep 2007

Child poverty fell significantly between 1985 and 1995, and the gains have persisted under John Howard, writes NICHOLAS GRUEN in this special report for APO

ONE of the world’s experts on the tax and welfare systems of the developed countries was in Melbourne...

Report

14 Sep 2007

Arthritis and osteoporosis are major sources of pain, activity limitations and functional restrictions, in particular among older Australians. At an individual level and for their carers, the experience of these diseases and conditions is catastrophic overshadowing daily activities. Regional musculoskeletal limitations not only...

Report

14 Sep 2007

This report focuses on the issue of providing housing and support to people with complex needs, specifically people with physical disability, people with intellectual disability, and people with mental illness. It builds on the extensive literature review undertaken in a AHURI Positioning Paper, which highlighted...

Report

14 Sep 2007

The Lowy Institute for International Policy has released the results of its third annual poll surveying Australian public opinion on foreign policy and global affairs.

The Poll is Australia's most comprehensive opinion poll on foreign policy and contains insights on relations with the US,...

Report

14 Sep 2007

Indonesia's democratisation has brought the two neighbours' political systems more in line with each other. Yet, this has not led to quieter times. This paper evaluates the sources of this volatility and ways the two governments can counteract them and the potential problems if things...

Report

14 Sep 2007

This Climate Institute paper reviews the recent efforts that have been taken by China to re-structure it's economy and avoid greenhouse gass emissions.

'Many commentators in the government, the media and business have been portraying China as the greenhouse bogey man hiding under our...

Report

14 Sep 2007

Robert McClelland, ALP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, writes that 'the Howard government is worse than ambivalent when it comes to nuclear non proliferation - it is positively obstructive.' International security has, he notes, 'been made more volatile by a combination of nuclear proliferation and...

Commentary

Article

14 Sep 2007

The housing debate often ignores the two million who rent, writes KATH HULSE.

WE HAVE been hearing a lot recently about housing affordability. Much of the discussion has been about the effects of high, and increasing, apartment and house prices.

There is...

Commentary

Article

13 Sep 2007

Will we have to wait for a new generation of politicians before governments start dealing with global warming, asks GEOFFREY BARKER.

APEC leaders in Sydney were mightily pleased when they agreed to work towards a long-term aspirational goal for reducing global greenhouse gas...

Commentary

Article

13 Sep 2007

On the anniversary of 11 September 2001, CLIVE WILLIAMS surveys the global and regional threats

TERRORISM is still regarded by the Howard government as a medium threat to national security (that is, a terrorist attack could occur here), with the priority focus since...

Report

23 Oct 2017

These 'Categories for the description of works of art' (CDWA) were created by the Art Information Task Force (AITF), a group of art historians, museum curators and registrars, visual resource professionals, art librarians, information managers and technical specialists brought together in the early 1990s by...

Article

13 Sep 2007

One of Idealware's most popular articles from 2006, has been updated. Email newsletters are a great way to stay in touch with and grow your audience, but it can be complex to send and track thousands of emails. Idealware spoke to eleven nonprofit technology experts...

Website

13 Sep 2007

The study of visual communication is a multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional effort. People who write on this topic come from a wide range of disciplines and viewpoints causing some problems academically for those who teach visual communication because of a lack of common theory.

This project...

Article

13 Sep 2007

It's more than 40 years since Oz magazine scandalised Britain and made its editors a cause celebre for free speech when they were jailed for obscenity. That time seems a world away from the internet age, but when Joshua Fanning read an article about Oz...

Report

13 Sep 2007

This report examines how to achieve the best education for students progressing through twelve years of school. The majority of committee members conclude that a more rigorous approach to teacher training and to curriculum design is required to improve educational achievement levels across the country....

Report

13 Sep 2007

This report makes recommendations to strengthen the integrity of Australia's temporary business visa program, maintain the program's effectiveness to meet the needs of business, and ensure fair conditions for overseas and Australian workers. The report makes 25 recommendations on Australia's temporary skilled migration arrangements, with...

Commentary

Article

12 Sep 2007

Every dollar invested in job-creating community enterprises would create $14 in benefits, writes TONY NICHOLSON

WE are enjoying unprecedented economic growth, yet while business cries out for skilled workers the most disadvantaged job seekers are left outside the economy.

Australia can’t afford...

Commentary

Article

12 Sep 2007

Times have changed since Peter Beattie entered parliament in 1989, and he can take some of the credit, writes BRIAN COSTAR

WHILE few would deny that Peter Beattie was one of the most successful and politically talented of the contemporary crop of state...

Commentary

Article

12 Sep 2007

The policies needed to underpin water savings in the Murray-Darling Basin still haven't been announced, writes WAYNE CHAMLEY

IN MID AUGUST the Water Bill 2007 was passed by federal parliament. The legislation proposes new management powers and statutory arrangements over the Murray-Darling Basin,...

Report

13 Sep 2007

Kevin Lim interviews Alex Halavais, who researches social media, particularly blogging and wikis and who believes that experts 'are not necessarily better encyclopedists than interested amateurs.'

Website

13 Sep 2007

'Steve' is a collaborative research project exploring the potential for user-generated descriptions of the subjects of works of art to improve access to museum collections and encourage engagement with cultural content. Participants are a group of volunteers, primarily from art museums, who share a common...

Report

12 Sep 2007

R&D and ICT are both important drivers of productivity. But they are also simplifications, and the money spent on each can be both a fantastic investment and a missed opportunity. In this paper, we survey the 'conditioning' factors behind the success or failure of these...

Report

12 Sep 2007

This report examines the legal framework within which research data is generated, managed, disseminated and used.

Report

12 Sep 2007

For men the Australian retirement system provides incentives to retire early, while for women financial incentives are less significant, as the factors that influence women’s retirement behaviour are more commonly found to be family related, rather than financial incentives. In Australia, labour force participation among...

Report

12 Sep 2007

Public debate over climate change, and how we should respond, has reached unprecedented levels in Australia. The energy and transport sectors are responsible for almost 70% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and emissions from these sectors continue to grow rapidly (AGO 2006a). It is in...

Website

12 Sep 2007

This site contains the results of all elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since the first general election under Responsible Government in 1856. It contains seat by seat results for every election, overall totals, summaries for each election, results for all by-elections, a...

Report

12 Sep 2007

This research report contains the findings of a survey of company directors in the areas of directors' understanding of their duties, directors' priorities, the company's relationship with its shareholders, the company's relationship with its employees and the influence of key stakeholders.

Report

12 Sep 2007

Economic prospects in the United States, Europe and Japan have become less buoyant and more uncertain, according to the chief economist of the OECD. US growth is likely to be weighed by a weaker housing sector while activity in the Euro area and Japan should...

Report

12 Sep 2007

The use, learning and transfer of workplace numeracy skills, as well as current understandings of the term numeracy, are examined in this study. It also highlights the importance of numeracy as an essential workplace skill. The report challenges the training system and training organisations to...

Report

12 Sep 2007

This report examines non-accredited community language, literacy and numeracy provision in Australia. A diverse range of providers assist many adults who do not need or cannot yet cope with accredited training. Growth in self-confidence appears as important as development of literacy and numeracy skills, with...

Report

12 Sep 2007

This paper looks at the domestic demand for tertiary education (that is, excluding overseas students). It argues that the concept is problematic because of the dominant role of the government in provision, and discusses the factors that impinge on it: fees, returns to study and...

Report

12 Sep 2007

Climate change is likely to have important consequences for spawning patterns and productivity cycles in the ocean, according to this report. Most international studies centred on change in the ocean take temperature increases into account. But other important variables that require consideration include changes to...

Report

12 Sep 2007

Throughout industry and among community groups in Australia there is increasing awareness of the importance of advancing sustainability and as such, a desire to adopt more sustainable practices. According to the committee, a national Sustainability Commission, Commissioner and Charter would help coordinate the use of...

Report

12 Sep 2007

Since the 2004 election there have been electoral boundary redistributions in the Australian Capital Territory (2005), New South Wales (2006) and Queensland (2006). The 2004 election results have been transposed onto the new boundaries and a revised electoral pendulum showing margins (swings) needed to lose...

Report

12 Sep 2007

Based on the largest survey of environment management practices to be conducted in Australia, this report finds that companies are deeply concerned about greenhouse emissions, and are taking action to reduce their consumption of electricity, gas, water and waste production.

The report involved 810...

Report

12 Sep 2007

Carbon offsets are generated from different types of projects. In Australia the most common are renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry (known as bio-sequestration) projects. The market for voluntary carbon offsets, where businesses choose to offset their emissions as part of their carbon strategy, rather...

Report

11 Sep 2007

The focus of this paper is on the use of the Internet for the sexual solicitation of children, which is known as 'online grooming'.

Typically, this relates to the use of the Internet with the intention to ‘procure’ a child to engage in sexual...

Report

7 Sep 2007

As part of a review of a set of changes to taxation legislation, the committee looked at Schedule 10 of the bill, which dealt with the recently announced film production offsets. The committee concluded that this schedule contains necessary measures to improve the long term...

Report

9 Aug 2007

This one-day seminar was held as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Senior representatives from the public and private sectors gathered to discuss and debate current and emerging issues in complaint handling and ombudsman oversight of administration. Speeches and presentations from...

Report

7 Sep 2007

This report is the outcome of a project to map key school science initiatives across the country, to identify gaps and recommend actions to improve science education. It has been presented to state and territory education authorities with the aim of achieving agreement about priority...

Report

7 Sep 2007

Under the Competition Principles Agreement (CPA), the Australian Government is required to publish an annual report outlining its progress towards: achieving the review and, where appropriate, reform of all existing legislation that restricts competition (as outlined in the Commonwealth Legislation Review Schedule); and implementing competitive...

Report

6 Sep 2007

There has been significant debate in the Australian parliament and the wider community in recent years in relation to alternative drug treatments for opioid (mainly heroin) dependence. Within this debate, zero-tolerance style arguments have been raised by many in favour of abstinence-based treatments using medications...

Report

6 Sep 2007

This report shows that rapid economic growth will lead to a major increase in the number of people in the developing economies of the APEC region with significant discretionary spending power. It examines the policy implications of this development, and the role of APEC's agenda...

Report

6 Sep 2007

Potential trade gains from more transparent and predictable trade regulations among APEC economies would be worth approximately US$148 billion to the region, according to a report on investment in member economies of the APEC region.

Report

6 Sep 2007

Botswana is one of the few African countries in which the urgency and scale of the government’s response to HIV/AIDS match the size of the problem. And the scale of the problem is enormous: an estimated quarter of the adult population live with HIV/AIDS, and...

Report

6 Sep 2007

The Media Report travelled to Indonesia recently to take a first hand look at the state of the Indonesian media. The country has experienced some remarkable liberalisation over the last ten years, but what's that meant for Indonesia's media sector?

Report

6 Sep 2007

The Unlocking Doors Project was a series of forums, workshops and consultations conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission throughout 2006, which brought Muslim people and communities in New South Wales and Victoria into a dialogue with Police. This dialogue sought to strengthen...

Article

6 Sep 2007

The Media Report travelled to Indonesia recently to take a first hand look at the state of the Indonesian media. The country has experienced some remarkable liberalisation over the last ten years, but what's that meant for Indonesia's media sector?

Conference proceedings

6 Sep 2007

The International Conference for Cultural and Heritage Online took place in San Francisco in April 2007. Conference sessions covered almost every conceivable aspect of museums in the online environment. Many of the resulting papers from international specialists are available here.

Report

5 Sep 2007

The expansion of the Australian welfare state over recent decades has surprised many, especially those commentators who diagnosed its imminent crisis in the 1980s. In 1960, five per cent of Australians of working age lived on income support—now more than sixteen per cent do. Have...

Report

5 Sep 2007

A healthy liberal democracy depends upon the willingness of citizens to appreciate the value of the institutions and processes that are central to its operation – genuine elections, representative assemblies, political parties, politicians with human frailties, and the need for compromise and protection of the...

Commentary

Article

4 Sep 2007

Labor has moved a long way to unseat the government, says ANTHONY FORSYTH, but is it too far for the unions?

IF JOHN HOWARD and Joe Hockey are right, and “union bosses” are running the ALP, they are doing a pretty ordinary job....

Commentary

Article

4 Sep 2007

Centralised decision-making would reduce opportunities for civic participation, writes TALIA EPSTEIN.

JOHN HOWARD’S call for “aspirational nationalism” proclaims a new vision of federal-state relations focused on outcomes, not systems. But might this come at the expense of democratic participation?

Last month the...

Report

4 Sep 2007

The creative workforce represents 5.4 per cent of total employment, according to this summary of some of the key findings of the Creative Industries National Mapping Project. The project has developed new definitions and methodologies for revealing the employment and business characteristics of the creative...

Report

4 Sep 2007

This paper examines the methodologies used in this study, the metrics that have been identified as useful for seeing the patterns in the data and the first measurements from the application of the new ruler to the creative and related industries. Attempts to...

Report

4 Sep 2007

Previous attempts to measure the significance of the Australian creative production capacity and employment have underestimated their true extent.

The experimental methodologies developed in the Creative Industries National Mapping Project indicate that previous attempts to measure the significance of the Australian creative production capacity...

Report

4 Sep 2007

The terms Creative Industries and Creative Digital Industries are now widely used by business and government in similar ways to the more established terms of cultural sector, primary and manufacturing industries. But what are these industries?

Governments have been quick to see the potential...

Report

4 Sep 2007

In her Lands of Shame , a book that is probably influential in the Howard cabinet, Helen Hughes argues that public funding to Indigenous Australians should focus on their health and education, to equip them for the labour market. She condemns as 'exceptionalist' policies that...

Report

4 Sep 2007

The creative workforce represents 5.4 per cent of total employment, according to this summary of some of the key findings of the Creative Industries National Mapping Project. The project has developed new definitions and methodologies for revealing the employment and business characteristics of the creative...

Report

4 Sep 2007

In recent years, employment has grown strongly while output has grown modestly. This implies a weak growth in labour productivity that is difficult to interpret. This article explores some possible explanations for recent economic growth and labour productivity outcomes, with a focus on developments in...

Report

4 Sep 2007

A report on a survey of employers in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. Prepared for the Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations, NSW Office of Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations Victoria.

From the executive summary: We appear to be living in an era...

Report

4 Sep 2007

Community geographic domain names are domain names registered within the eight Australian state and territory 2LDs: act.au, qld.au, nsw.au, nt.au, sa.au, tas.au, vic.au, wa.au. auDA is conducting a twelve-month review of the Policy Rules and Guidelines for Community Geographic Domain Names.

Community geographic domain...

Report

4 Sep 2007

This edition explores the launch of NetAlert, the new internet filtering scheme by the federal government, and also looks at the release of the expert taskforce guidelines for new broadband network.

Report

4 Sep 2007

The 2007 edition of this report shows that worldwide filings of patent applications have grown at an average annual rate of 4.7 per cent, with the highest growth rates experienced in North East Asian countries, particularly the Republic of Korea and China. The report is...

Article

4 Sep 2007

This paper explores methodologies for using the IssueCrawler research tool to map the interconnections of individual blogs in sections of the blogosphere. It uses the case of Australian-born Guantanamo detainee David Hicks as a case study, mapping the distributed discussions of this case in that...

Report

3 Sep 2007

This report presents the findings of the second national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector. The information collected was designed to support the calculation of four national performance indicators based on the goals and objectives of the National Palliative Care Strategy...