December 2007

Research report

31 Dec 2007

Union membership and work stoppages due to strikes – two indicators of union power and influence – have been in decline in Australia, New Zealand and the United States in recent decades. Meanwhile, attitudes to unions in Australia seem to have become more positive. This...

Research report

31 Dec 2007

This report looks at the experiences of refugee communities in Tasmania against the Department of Immigration’s criteria for successful settlement for new entrants, which has as a broad goal the full economic and social participation of new entrants. Many aspects of life in Tasmania suit...

Research report

31 Dec 2007

This paper outlines a framework designed to provide a sound theoretical and evidence base to support future government, community and corporate sector activity to prevent violence against women. It identifies priority strategies, settings and population targets. In 2006 the Victorian government identified the need to...

Research report

24 Dec 2007

This paper briefly examines the development of the Job Network and evaluations of this system to determine the Job Network's capacity to cater to the needs of difficult-to-place job seekers and the long-term unemployed, and how this capacity might be improved.

Australia has enjoyed...

Article

21 Dec 2007

When the internet first arrived in China in the 1990s, it was hoped a free and uncontrolled world wide web would help transform the world's most populous country into a more open society. Today, China is widely recognised as having developed the most advanced system...

Article

20 Dec 2007

A maturing MP3 blogosphere is grappling with ethics and responsibility as its industry value swells.

Research report

20 Dec 2007

The vast array of data points that make up "personal information" in the age of online media are nearly impossible to quantify or neatly define. Name, address, and phone number are just the basics in a world where voluntarily posting self-authored content such as text,...

Article

20 Dec 2007

Are internet service providers motivated to require content providers to pay for superior service via lower levels of service for the same price (eg. blocking or 'throttling' content) or higher price for higher quality of service? Can abusive discrimination take place even where an ISP...

Article

20 Dec 2007

Recently, two articles have appeared in SCRIPT-ed on ?Copyright and Research?. One by Kevin Taylor, giving the perspective of an academic publisher (SCRIPT-ed 4:2), and one by Andrew Adams, from the perspective of an ?archivangelist? (SCRIPT-ed 4:3). The latter is a critique of the former....

Transcript

20 Dec 2007

The Media Report speaks with Chris Corbett, the writer/producer of TinyTown, a webisode for kids. TinyTown is a good example of the way in which online is growing as an outlet for creative TV.

Audio

20 Dec 2007

Rex Wong is a US-based IT entrepreneur and founder of AdSense. He's now the head of DAVE Networks which helps companies use video to develop online social communities. He talks with the Media Report about the way in which online companies are using people's web...

Research report

20 Dec 2007

This discussion paper analyses the Howard government’s Regional Partnerships Program, the subject of a recent Australian National Audit Office report. The authors discuss the democratic implications and question the political value of pork-barrelling.

Research report

20 Dec 2007

The rejection rate for voters who applied for a provisional vote in the federal election was far higher than normal, rising from about 50 per cent to about 86 per cent. Peter Brent comments on the causes and impact.

Research report

20 Dec 2007

The National Association of the Visual Arts hopes that the new Labor Government will be able to set a new agenda for the arts. NAVA will be concentrating on getting outcomes in the following areas: artists' resale royalty; visual education; sedition and freedom of expression;...

Research report

20 Dec 2007

The former Director for Education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development assesses Australia's recent performance against new OECD data.

Research report

20 Dec 2007

This paper was presented as a talk to the Australian Education Union Federal Executive meeting in Melbourne in September 2007 by Bob Harris from Education International and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD. It contains comparisons to countries with standardized curriculum and national...

Research report

20 Dec 2007

Building on earlier research undertaken at the Australian Institute of Criminology (Pinto & Wilson 1990), the current research explores the serial murder phenomenon in Australia using data collected as part of the Institute's National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP). Results show that between July 1989 and...

Research report

20 Dec 2007

Stolen firearms represent a very real source of weapons for diversion into the illegitimate firearms market and hence, potential use in criminal activities. This report represents the first in the National Firearms Theft Monitoring Program (NFTMP) series, and builds on earlier AIC research on firearms...

Research report

20 Aug 2007

This report describes key findings from the department’s third Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia – LSIA 3. The LSIA 3 is a survey of approximately 10 000 Primary Applicants from the Family and Skill stream who either: arrived in Australia between December 2004 and...

Article

20 Dec 2007

This article provides a snapshot of some of the many legal issues which confront people who have experienced primary homelessness, including a discussion of some of the driving factors underpinning this trend such as the criminalisation of homelessness, the absence of socio-economic considerations in the...

Research report

20 Dec 2007

Although Supported Accommodation Assistance Program agencies accommodate large numbers of people every day, they cannot always meet all the requests for SAAP accommodation. This report provices information about the level of unmet demand for SAAP accommodation, including how the estimates are calculated.

Research report

20 Dec 2007

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to consider the economic case for and against privatisation of electricity assets in NSW. The report, Electricity supply in NSW: alternatives to privatisation, reviews Australian...

Research report

20 Dec 2007

In 2006 and 2007, PIAC and the NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre worked with a number of key disability advocacy groups and individuals across Australia on the issue of barriers to access to airline travel for people with disabilities. This report uses the stories provided...

Article

19 Dec 2007

If Treasury is to play an effective role in Indigenous policy, it must focus on what's inhibiting effective government engagement, argue NEIL WESTBURY and MICHAEL DILLON.

Commentary

Article

19 Dec 2007

Defence faces increased scrutiny after the “positively Whitlamesque” Howard years, writes GEOFFREY BARKER.

AUSTRALIA’s $22 billion defence budget is bound to come under intense scrutiny as the Rudd government casts around for spending cuts to combat inflationary pressures in the national economy. With...

Research report

19 Dec 2007

This paper looks at recent developments in residential tenancy law in NSW, provides an overview of Residential Tenancy Act, and describes the reforms outlined in the NSW Government’s September 2007 consultation paper, which contains 102 proposals for reforming residential tenancy laws in NSW. Some key...

Research report

19 Dec 2007

This report rates how Melbourne and surrounds are handling the challenges thrown at its environment. Melbourne might be one of the world’s most liveable cities but there are significant threats to the region’s natural assets. Further action is needed to protect the beauty and environmental...

Research report

19 Dec 2007

This report of the ACCC inquiry into the price of unleaded petrol conclude that the industry in Australia is fundamentally competitive. There is no obvious evidence of price fixing or collusion between the major participants in the industry. The evidence of price fixing in petrol...

Research report

18 Dec 2007

Results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 show that, while the scientific literacy levels of Australian 15-year-olds are significantly above the OECD average, and either similar to or higher than most of our trading partners, many students in Australia continue to...

Research report

18 Dec 2007

Does Australia have a world-class education system? If not, what kind of 'education revolution' would be required to achieve one? Geoff Masters examines findings from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Research report

18 Dec 2007

Recent drought conditions and diminishing drinking water storage levels in Australian capital cities have led to increasing attention being directed to water recycling and the use of alternative water sources for urban domestic use. Despite the 'in principle' acceptance by the Australian public for water...

Research report

18 Dec 2007

Emerging evidence from Australian general practice is consistent with evidence from the United Kingdom that occupational violence is common and has important effects on practitioner welfare and delivery of care. This article provides an overview of the evidence of prevalence and impact of violence directed...

Research report

18 Dec 2007

This paper presents a number of tables and charts that allow comparisons to be made between individual Australian states and territories in terms of their performance across a wide range of social and economic indicators. Each table has data for the last five years, while...

Discussion paper

18 Dec 2007

The objective of the paper is to seek the views of interested parties on issues relating to the involvement of ACMA and industry in the development of digital television technical standards, industry codes and industry standards under Parts 9A and 9B of the Broadcasting Services...

Research report

18 Dec 2007

This report is an in-depth study of children's use of electronic media and the way parents mediate that use. It includes an up-to-date review of the academic research literature on the long-term influence of media on children and families.This report is an in-depth study of...

Research report

14 Dec 2007

This is the twelfth in a series of cultural funding reports produced for the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group. The publication presents information about cultural funding by each level of government which has been classified into two major groups: Heritage; and the Arts....

Article

13 Dec 2007

MUSEUMS have long been considered caches of tangible history, grand buildings that showcase the remnants of bygone eras in glass cabinets. Today Australian museums are at the forefront of a worldwide trend to draw museum collections out of the cloisters and into an interactive, digital...

Article

13 Dec 2007

This commissioned piece by Fleur Watson and Martyn Hook explores global retail trends for artists and designers and the growing importance of unique shopping experiences as well as the originality and exclusivity of the product. 'Discovery and immediacy' are critical for many purchasers in increasingly...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

With the growing knowledge economy investment in intangible assets is starting to match, and is set to overtake, investment in tangible assets. More money and time is now being spent on developing assets such as human capital, and brand value, than on more traditional assets...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

This report looks at the characteristics of Europe's knowledge-workers, explores the nature of knowledge work and demonstrates how it varies across the European Union by drawing on the data from the fourth European Working Conditions survey (EWCS). It creates a 'good work' index based on...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

Teachers are immigrants in their students' digital world and risk being sidelined as irrelevant if they fail to embrace the learning potential offered by digital technologies.

Former film producer turned British Labour politician David Puttnam keynote address at Curriculum Corporation 14th Annual Conference in...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

This report provides estimates of welfare expenditure in Australia for the period 1998-99 to 2005-06. In 2005-06 this expenditure totalled $90 billion, $61 billion being for cash benefits and the remaining $29 billion for welfare services.'Welfare expenditure Australia' 2005-06 provides estimates of welfare expenditure in...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

The issue of body image development and the effect of negative body image upon young people is of major importance to the community. As this report shows, a significant proportion of young people are affected to a significant degree. The issue of body image development...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

Melbourne Citymission workers have expressed concern that they do not currently have the time or resources to provide the amount of intensive support required for families experiencing housing crisis. Many families have complex needs, which require a long-term commitment of support. This project has sought...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

The third Lowy Lecture on 'Australia in the World' was given in Sydney on 19 November by Lord May of Oxford. It deals with one of the most urgent problems we face - the consequence for the international system of the range of environmental challenges...

Discussion paper

13 Dec 2007

This paper examines the question of whether nuclear power in Australia should be part of the solution to the increasingly urgent problems of global warming and securing reliable energy supplies. This paper examines the question of whether nuclear power in Australia should be part of...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

People with epilepsy, their carers and family value being consulted. Their hope is to improve their own quality of life as well as the quality of others living with epilepsy. This project set out to: (1) contribute information on the needs of people with epilepsy...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

The revised Living is For Everyone (LiFE) framework provides updated information to mental health professionals and the wider community to enhance the understanding and prevention of suicide and self harm in Australia. It is an updated version of the first LiFE framework which was developed...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

Executive summary

Australians are a third richer than New Zealanders. Per capita GDP (adjusted for purchasing power parity) is NZ$48,000 in Australia compared to just NZ$36,400 in New Zealand. This difference is remarkable given that the two countries enjoyed the same level of...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

Employers are reporting shortages of skilled labour, yet unskilled workers are sitting idle on welfare. Many commentators think both problems can be solved by more education and training, but this paper disputes this. The solution to the skills shortage lies in policies like delayed retirement...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

During 2007 ASPI sponsored an expert Task Force which included specialists in international security terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The Task Force was asked to make judgments about what the War on Terror might look like 'after' Iraq. This...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

There have been many developments since the collapse of state authority in Timor-Leste. The country has a new president and a new coalition government. It is time to review how these developments might affect Australia's long-term interests in Timor-Leste.

The paper, authored by Bob...

Literature review

13 Dec 2007

Fiscal illusion is the political art of crafting tax and expenditure policies to make taxpayers think that taxes are not as onerous as they appear. Sinclair Davidson argues that big government distorts its citizens' fiscal consciousness to allow it to raise more tax revenue and...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

This project aims to assess the concept of 'housing submarket' in relation to its potential policy relevance for the public housing sector.In broad terms, the project aims to assess the concept of 'housing submarket' in relation to its potential policy relevance for the public housing...

Research report

13 Dec 2007

The new Australian Government will have to navigate some difficult diplomatic waters in a world where power is shifting away from unipolarity and towards an Asia-centric multipolar order. This Lowy Institute Paper by one of Australia's renowned international security scholars, Dr Coral Bell AO, sketches...

Conference paper

12 Dec 2007

The importance of the creative industries to national economies is by now well recognised, and governments around the world have instituted programmes at local, regional, and national levels to foster the growth of their creative industries. However, such programmes tend to focus mainly on what...

Conference paper

12 Dec 2007

Much has been written in recent years about the blogosphere and its impact on political, educational and scientific debates. Lately the issue has received significant attention from the industry. As the blogosphere continues to grow, even doubling its size every six months, this paper investigates...

Research report

12 Dec 2007

This free supplement to Breen Creighton and Andrew Stewart's textbook, Labour Law, provides an overview of the Rudd Government's plans for workplace reform. It includes details of the revised version of the National Employment Standards released in June 2008, together with an update on the...

Research report

12 Dec 2007

This report reviews the latest scientific evidence in relation to fluoride and health. Based on the research the NHMRC recommends artificial fluoridation of water as an effective community measure to protect the population from tooth decay.

Research report

12 Dec 2007

Australia's consumer policy framework has considerable strengths, but parts of it require an overhaul if it is to effectively meet the needs of consumers, businesses and the community in the decades ahead. At present, its capacity to deliver good outcomes is compromised by institutional deficiencies...

Research report

12 Dec 2007

Recent initiatives to extend the uptake of treatment for mental disorders have been centred around GPs as the initial point of help-seeking. Few young people see GPs as a preferred source of help, and action is needed to alter this perception or to reform mental...

Research report

12 Dec 2007

Several high profile medical disasters have occurred recently in Australia and England and have raised concern about quality of care and patient safety. In Australia, the major disasters have included those at the Bundaberg Hospital in Queensland, and the Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals in New...

Commentary

Article

11 Dec 2007

In Western Sydney, the big swings against the Coalition were in the aspirational heartlands, writes DAVID BURCHELL

A COUPLE of days after the recent federal election I was rung up by a young journalist from a local newspaper in south-west Sydney, the Camden...

Article

12 Dec 2007

This bulletin discusses the latest cases and legislative developments affecting patents, designs, trade marks, copyright, trade practices and litigation, including the ACCC's decision to drop misleading conduct case against Google subsidiaries.

Survey

12 Dec 2007

This online survey of 351 media industry employees from across all media sectors provides a snapshot of educational qualifications, voluntary/work experience history and other factors which assisted media industry employees to make the transition to paid employment.

The survey reveals that community media contributes...

Research report

12 Dec 2007

This report is intended to push the debate on personal information beyond the legal and technical language associated with data protection and identity management. The debate must move towards something that people ? through day-to-day experiences in their own lives ? have a stake in....

Research report

11 Dec 2007

People with a mental illness are now one of the largest groups in society who smoke, but receive little support to quit and pay a terrible cost for this neglect. This report by Access Economics, commissioned by SANE, details the human and financial impact on...

Research report

11 Dec 2007

This report presents the results from the most recent PISA survey, which focused on science and also assessed mathematics and reading. It explores not only how well students perform, but also their interests in science and their awareness of the opportunities that scientific competencies bring...

Commentary

Article

11 Dec 2007

The Liberal Party will be more than competitive if it can be said to stand for economic prosperity and personal freedom, argues JOHN CHESTERMAN

THE Liberal Party under John Howard was famed for its blend of economic liberalism and social conservatism. And yet,...

Research report

9 Dec 2007

This survey concludes that Australians continue to work longer hours and the great Aussie weekend may be a thing of the past. Drawing on the findings from an international workplace survey conducted in spring 2007, the survey found that over 60 per cent of Australians...

Research report

9 Dec 2007

Using data from wave 5 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, this study examines: (i) the extent to which Australian employees use their annual leave entitlements; and (ii) the association between annual leave taking and weekly hours of work. After...

Research report

9 Dec 2007

This paper presents statistical evidence on the nature of working time arrangements in Australia, and especially their distribution. More specifically, the paper analyses: (i) the distribution of weekly working hours in Australia and how that has changed over time; (ii) the extent of mismatch between...

Research report

7 Dec 2007

This publication gives a brief insight into the 2007 results of the community survey on Information and Communication Technologies usage in households and by individuals in the European Union.

Eurostat offers a comprehensive range of printed and electronic publications and datasets that, collectively, cover...

Article

6 Dec 2007

We all have news and stories to tell. But the Internet lets us tell our stories to the world. If you want to tell something important to others, this guide will help you. It's a basic outline that will help you build the machinery that...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

The Media Report looks at the health and structure of children's television in Australia... and they also find out whether a Coalition promise to fund a new ABC children's channel will be taken up by the new government.

Research report

6 Dec 2007

Web-based reference services such as synchronous, (chat reference or 'Ask-a-Librarian' services) and asynchronous (email) virtual reference services (VRS) have become common features of academic library home pages. In the current economic and technological environment, evaluation to determine the sustainability of VRS is crucial. An international...

Article

7 Dec 2007

Musicians, authors and others are convincing producers and publishers that a simultaneous and freely available web launch of their product along side their 'hard copy' launch doesn't undercut sales and is ultimately good for business.

This article discusses the rise of free down-loadable...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

'Australia's welfare 2007' is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include children, youth and families; ageing and aged care; disability and disability services; housing for health and welfare; dynamics of homelessness; welfare services resources; and indicators...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

Knowledge about sexual violence against women from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is scant. Anecdotally, levels of sexual violence are purported to be high, but national victimisation surveys may not capture, or may misrepresent, the extent of sexual violence in these communities. While...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

An overly negative view of literacy and reluctance to take account of history has limited research and led indirectly to the advancement of some unproductive ideas about literacy, according to this review of research on literacy education by the Australian Council for Educational Research....

Research report

6 Dec 2007

Oxfam estimates that adapting to climate change in developing countries is likely to cost at least $50bn each year, and far more if global greenhouse-gas emissions are not cut fast enough. Yet international funding efforts to date have been woeful. In the year that the...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

Australia still lacks a comprehensive and coordinated approach to housing and older people, such that community care programs will achieve not only good outcomes for owner-occupiers but also good outcomes for vulnerable older people who rent. This research paper identifies particular issues for older public...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

This study uses spatial microsimulation techniques to estimate at a small area level the impact of housing costs on spatial differences in financial disadvantage, and the actual or potential effect of housing assistance in reducing disadvantage.

It is widely acknowledged that substantial spatial differences...

Article

5 Dec 2007

Recent changes to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 have been driven by an objective of harmonising Australia's content regulation. Ian McGill and Valeska Bloch review the changes. Subject to a number of exceptions, whatever the delivery platform or form the content takes, whether permanent or...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

The Arts Council currently provides revenue funding to ballet companies and supports individual dance artists working in ballet. Dance artists may also be funded by the Arts Council through its allocation to local authorities. The decision to commission a study was set in the context...

Research report

6 Dec 2007

An overly negative view of literacy and reluctance to take account of history has limited research and led indirectly to the advancement of some unproductive ideas about literacy, according to this review of research on literacy education by the Australian Council for Educational Research....

Research report

5 Dec 2007

Susanne Huttner introduces the main themes of The Future of the Internet Economy, the first OECD ministerial meeting to be hosted in Asia. Taking place 17-18 June 2008 in Seoul, it will examine the implications of the rapid growth in the use of the Internet...

Research report

29 Nov 2007

The passage of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Workplace Relations Act) and the further reforms implemented by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 resulted in significantly increased concerns for Australia’s compliance with its international obligations under the ILO’s fundamental conventions. Since 1997, there...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

This report was prepared by Access Economics in conjunction with the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), funded by ASCIA in conjunction with an unrestricted educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Research report

5 Dec 2007

This report was commissioned by the MBF Foundation in collaboration with the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute to estimate the economic impact of chronic (or persistent) pain in Australia in 2007.

Research report

5 Dec 2007

During the late 1990s there was a small-scale boom in New South Wales (partly generated by the preparations for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games). Following the Games there was a minor slump: exacerbated by the housing boom which had developed during the late 1990s. In...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

Through a detailed comparison with Canada and New Zealand, Melanie Durette demonstrates that the Australian government's approach to Indigenous customary and commercial fishing rights stands outside developments in other Commonwealth countries. The paper focuses on commercial fishing in particular as an opportunity for Indigenous people...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

There are over 8,000 children with disabilities in Tasmania who are being cared for by their families yet their experiences are rarely heard. This report documents the daily lives of families with disabled children from across the state who are living on low incomes. It...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

The economic cost of countering current and future organised crime is difficult to quantify. This is due to the fact that organised crime groups pursue a diffuse and shifting range of activities. The committee found that organised crime imposes vast costs on all sectors of...

Research report

20 Sep 2007

While Australia has a relatively sophisticated public and private health care system, for some people geographic isolation inhibits their access to specialist health care. Out of a total population of just over 21 million, approximately 34 per cent of Australians reside in regional, rural and...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

Privacy laws do not exist in all jurisdictions across Australia, although some have adopted administrative guidelines that are largely based on privacy laws. Where legislation or guidelines have been adopted, generally their coverage is complementary and their obligations similar. Most privacy laws in Australia and...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

The number of homes that are owned outright by their occupants has decreased over the last decade, according to this ABS report. In 2005-06, just over a third (34%) of homes were owned outright by their occupants - down from 42% in 1994-95. Over the...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

There are fewer Australians with literacy assessed as being in the lowest category than there were a decade ago, according to this ABS survey. Approximately 17% (2.5 million) of people were assessed at the lowest prose literacy level (down from 20% in 1996), while 18%...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

Internet access in Australia has nearly doubled since 2001, according to an analysis of census information released by the ABS. In 2001, just over a third (35%) of homes across Australia had internet access; in 2006, that had grown to nearly two-thirds (63%). Nationally, two-thirds...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

Internet access in Australia has nearly doubled since 2001, according to an analysis of census information released by the ABS. In 2001, just over a third (35%) of homes across Australia had internet access; in 2006, that had grown to nearly two-thirds (63%). Nationally, two-thirds...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

In 2007, OCLC Programs and Research engaged Intelligent Television to study the partnership agreements between cultural institutions and for-profit companies for the mass digitization of books and other media. This report presents the findings of that study.

Libraries have been digitizing portions of their...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground?shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location?is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This...

Research report

5 Dec 2007

Web 2.0 theorists argue that Internet technologies now allow us to harness the 'Wisdom of the Crowd' in unprecedented ways. Successful online experiments such as Wikipedia demonstrate that the collective knowledge of millions of users can produce reference works that are more comprehensive than traditional...

Research report

4 Dec 2007

Finland once again takes the number one spot in OECD's three-yearly PISA test of the abilities of a sample of 15-year old secondary school students, followed by Hong Kong (China) and Canada, according to advance details of results that will be published in full next...

Research report

4 Dec 2007

Getting family-friendly policies right will help reduce poverty, promote child development, enhance equity between men and women and stem the fall in birth-rates, according to this report, which compares the different approaches that the 30 OECD countries take to help parents balance their work and...

Research report

3 Dec 2007

The impact of caring on individuals, family units and relationships is nothing short of phenomenal. It affects so many individuals and families. Most Australians will know someone who is a carer or who needs care because of disability, mental illness, chronic condition or frailty. Caring...

Research report

3 Dec 2007

Greater targeting of housing and greater access to concessional rents cost public housing authorities around $200 million in 2004-05 compared with the mid-1990s, according to this Research and Policy Bulletin, which draws on the findings of a project that analysed financial data provided by state...

Research report

3 Dec 2007

This economic analysis by policy experts from CSIRO, The Climate Institute, Monash University and McLennan Magasanik Associates examined a range of scenarios to explore the relative costs of Australia free riding and following other industrialised countries in the global efforts to avoid dangerous climate change...