June 2008

Research report

30 Jun 2008

This report by the CSIRO was commissioned by Dusseldorp Skills Forum and released jointly with the Australian Conservation Foundation.

It explores the skills, innovation and employment dimensions of the transition to a more environmentally sustainable society, with a particular focus on the challenges...

Discussion paper

30 Jun 2008

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has appointed an expert panel to examine the social impacts of drought, and related government and non-government social support services, on farm families and rural communities as part of the government's national review of drought policy.

The...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

China runs an opaque aid program in the Pacific that has fuelled suspicions about its motives in the region and that undermines efforts to improve accountability, governance and stability. Despite concerns about China's aid program, China and Australia share broadly similar interests in the region...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

In this paper Hugh White argues that we face questions about Asia's future peace today because the order they have built over the last 35 years is under pressure from its own success.

To make war unthinkable in the new Asia, we need...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

Housing is one of the most basic needs for families, and yet for many Australians it is increasingly at risk. The costs associated with the provision of housing are among the largest ongoing expenses that families will incur over their lifetime. Between 1996 and 2006,...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

This annual report on Australia's public hospitals shows they are under severe strain, with public hospital admissions increasing faster than population growth.

Research report

30 Jun 2008

The Minister intends to introduce a Bill to amend the Migration Act 1958 to reform the sponsorship regime for Subclass 457 and a range of other temporary visas that include work rights. This bill and associated regulation presents the opportunity to clarify sponsor obligations and...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

Federal Discrimination Law provides an overview of significant issues that have arisen in cases brought under: * the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 * the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 * the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

It also considers the provisions of the Age Discrimination Act...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

In the lead up to the 2007 Federal election the then opposition party announced that it would support the establishment of so called "GP super clinics". The aims of these clinics are to firstly encourage general practitioners (GPs) to practice in parts of Australia where...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

This Progress of the Northern Territory Emergency Response Child Health Check Initiative: Health Conditions and Referrals report describes the number and types of health conditions identified during the Child Health Checks as well as the number and types of referrals made as part of those...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

About 9–15% of adult-onset asthma cases can be attributed to exposures at work. Precise data are not available, but based on research from Australia and overseas, there may be as many as 1,000–3,000 new cases of occupational asthma each year in Australia. People with occupational...

Research report

30 Jun 2008

Australian Aboriginal children living in remote communities still experience a high burden of common infectious diseases which are generally attributed to poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions. The objective of this systematic literature review was to examine the epidemiological evidence for a relationship between various...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

In 2006, The Australia Institute published two discussion papers on the issue of the sexualisation of children in the contemporary media: Corporate paedophilia: sexualisation of children in the media1 and Letting children be children: stopping the sexualisation of children in Australia.2 The two papers prompted...

Research report

27 Jun 2008

In 2006, The Australia Institute published two discussion papers on the issue of the sexualisation of children in the contemporary media: Corporate paedophilia: sexualisation of children in the media1 and Letting children be children: stopping the sexualisation of children in Australia.2 The two papers prompted...

Research report

27 Jun 2008

The mining industry is of enormous economic importance and is the lifeblood of many communities in regional Australia. Sadly, in a small but significant number of cases, it is also the source of tragedy.

While the Queensland mining industry may, statistically, be one...

Research report

27 Jun 2008

How does the violence experienced by older people intersect with gender? As many researchers have noted, it is important to understand how violence against older women, in particular sexual assault, is connected to gendered violence experienced over the lifespan. For many women, the dynamics of...

Research report

27 Jun 2008

This information paper is the second in this series and is a result of collaboration between the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

Results for 2006–07 are reported against a set of 11 railway indicators. These...

Research report

27 Jun 2008

This report presents the annual review of notifiable diseases among New South Wales (NSW) residents. Controlling the spread of sexually transmitted infections, in particular, remains a priority for NSW. This is evident in the re-emergence of infectious syphilis in the gay community and the high...

Research report

27 Jun 2008

Peer-reviewed conference papers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) international conference are available online.

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Careers in the creative sector are unusual in that they are characterised by boundarylessness, in which short term employment relationships and self-employment are common, and the responsibility for career development is placed on the individual. In addition, it has been suggested that many creative workers...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Open access to knowledge is the foundation of learning and discovery in higher education. Yet in Australian music faculties, the use of essential material is regulated and commercialized by record companies and music publishing houses. This paper details the impact of this framework through the...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

This paper documents a research project undertaken by the authors to investigate the recognized need for creativity based education at all levels. National and international bodies in business, politics and education have emphasized the need for creativity, recognising the importance of innovative and creative thinking...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Acknowledging and celebrating new energy around critiques of Australia's National Innovation System, this paper explores the design of an innovation system that would harness energy from the Creative Industries. The notion that the Creative Industries are an important element of Australia's innovation system has not,...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Music curricula have become increasingly systematised in universities. This means that students may be segregated into class groupings that do not naturally support active participation in knowledge sharing, networking, moving between expert groups, socialisation and professional success. This may result in students graduating still unprepared...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Creativity is known to be of central importance to the generation of new ideas, new ways of working and innovation. Creativity and the harnessing of creative capital are essential for the success of firms, in fields as diverse as the creative industries and multi-media to...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

This paper explores how research in the fields of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Business can be applied to monitoring the development of student creative capacity.

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Teaching-for-creativity is rarely an explicit objective of the learning and assessment process. In Europe, collaborative research projects have been recently set up to address this lack of acknowledgment or explicitness. Australian universities lag behind in this respect. However, Australian HEIs are now showing increasing commitment...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

This paper examines various perspectives on creativity fuelled by a current collaborative research project, Dancing Between Diversity and Consistency: Refining Assessment in Post Graduate Studies in Dance, in an attempt to arrive at some position on the value of creativity and critical reflection from the...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Teaching-for-creativity is rarely an explicit objective of the learning and assessment process. In Europe, collaborative research projects have been recently set up to address this lack of acknowledgment or explicitness. Australian universities lag behind in this respect. However, Australian HEIs are now showing increasing commitment...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

This paper by Arthur ter Hofstede, Michael Rosemann, Marcello La Rosa and Katherine Shortland considers recent developments in the field of business process management. Such developments have made it possible to effectively deal with large collections of process models that exhibit many similarities but also...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

A broad overview of the current status of employment in the performing arts provides a context for the core problem of this paper, namely, new ways of thinking about creating employment opportunities in professional theatre and dance for newly graduated and emerging performers.

Research report

26 Jun 2008

SBS has been the subject of some heated debates about funding models, commercial activity, perceived 'populism' and the continued relevance of publicly funded media. These debates and challenges are not unique to SBS or to Australia. Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) in many contexts is facing...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

Australia’s education services exports have continued to grow in importance this decade. Since 1982, education services exports have grown at an average annual rate of around 14 per cent in volume terms, with their share in the value of total exports increasing from less than...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

This report provides a snapshot of Australia's regions across the key areas of education, health, transport, population, communications and economic and social statistics. Its findings include:

• From 2001 to 2006 the percentage of Australian dwellings with internet access increased from 35 to 63...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

The NES are a key element of the Rudd government's new workplace relations system and will come into effect on 1 January 2010. They will apply to all employees in the Federal system regardless of industry, occupation or income. They cover maximum weekly hours of...

Research report

26 Apr 2008

Summary

In August 2007 there was an intake of 52 horses into the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station in New South Wales and 27 horses into the Spotswood Quarantine Station in Victoria. Thirteen of the horses were from Japan. They arrived at Tullamarine Airport...

Research report

26 Jun 2008

2006-07 saw the highest level of investment in telecommunications in the ten years since the introduction of open competition, according to this report. The period was also significant in terms of take-up of regulated unbundled services, with the number of unbundled lines increasing to over...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

This statistical profile, prepared for the OECD Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy taking place in Seoul on 17-18 June, compares major trends in the diffusion of the internet across OECD and selected non-OECD countries.

Note: This is a very...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

The expansion of the services sector, globalisation, deregulation and the emergence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have brought to the fore the issue of how knowledge is created, disseminated, retained and used to obtain economic returns. This development is associated with a structural...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

Risky and high risk drinking by young people and underage drinkers has become a major public health issue. This report investigates the data on consumption patterns and evidence supporting the government's proposed increase in excise, which the committee supports in the context of a range...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

This report outlines Australia's current regulatory framework for corporate governance, the role of shareholders in ensuring good corporate governance, the importance of effective communication between company boards and shareholders and the voting mechanisms through which shareholders enforce the accountability of company boards. The final section...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

The paper focuses on the background to, and provisions of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 relating to industrial action. It examines:

• the benefits of collective bargaining • the role of a right to strike in voluntary collective bargaining systems • recognition of the...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

This report is a submission of the Australian Government to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to demonstrate its capacity to account for its emissions and assigned amount for the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.

Research report

25 Jun 2008

It is estimated that in 2003 there were 474,600 primary carers providing care to a person because of disability or old age. In coming decades, as the Australian population ages, the number of carers is projected to increase. Despite the large number of carers in...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

This report presents the findings of a household survey of 58 existing Indigenous Business Australia home loan clients in nine towns in Queensland and the Northern Territory: Townsville, Normanton, Charters Towers, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. These rural and regional...

Research report

25 Jun 2008

Tobacco use is a major cause of morbidity and mortality for Aboriginal people in NSW. Few interventions to reduce the harm resulting from tobacco use have been developed specifically for this population. However, brief interventions for smoking cessation, pharmacotherapies such as nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion...

Article

24 Jun 2008

Internet search engines are locked in their own Darwinian drama. Depending how it turns out, desktop brands such as Google and Yahoo could become sturdier versions of themselves, ensuring survival as more people bolt for the mobile Web. Or they could become the Dodo birds...

Research report

24 Jun 2008

Tackling climate change means our dependency on coal as an export earner and as a domestic fuel must be phased out over the next decades, rather than ramped up, rather than ramped up, according to this paper. This will mean a huge change in the...

Research report

24 Jun 2008

In advance of the Garnaut Review's final report, this paper argues that the introduction of a national Emissions Trading Scheme should see all permits auctioned rather than given away to industry. This is one of the key decisions on which wider policy success lies. It...

Research report

24 Jun 2008

This report draws on the results of the Australian Election Study surveys – comprehensive post-election surveys of political opinion that have asked the same questions and used the same methodology – for the period 1987 to 2007. Each of the AES surveys contains questions relating...

Research report

24 Jun 2008

This report provides information about the role and activities of the Taskforce, the key achievements of the Northern Territory Emergency Response and the Taskforce’s views on the response.

Research report

24 Jun 2008

In this discussion paper, Joo-Cheong Tham from the University of Melbourne argues the case for treating trade union financial contributions to political parties differently from those of corporations. The paper is a response to growing support for restricting or banning political donations from all organisations....

Research report

24 Jun 2008

This report provides comprehensive statistical information on residential aged care homes and their residents and contains information on the capacity of residential aged care homes, their residents and resident characteristics, levels of dependency among residents, and admissions and separations. Residential aged care in Australia 2006-07:...

Research report

24 Jun 2008

Australia's health 2008 is the 11th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It's the nation's premier source of statistics and informed commentary on: - patterns and determinants of health and illness - health across the life stages - the supply...

Research report

24 Jun 2008

Despite a long period of peace and prosperity amongst members of the Association of South East Asian Nations on the land, this paper examines the problem of achieving cooperation between ASEAN states in respect of maritime boundaries.

Research report

24 Jun 2008

The Victorian Government's language services policy recognises bilingual staff as part of language services but does not elaborate on how they can be used. The following report presents key findings, recommendations and guidelines for recruiting, employing and working with bilingual staff.

The Victorian Multicultural...

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2008

LESLEY RUSSELL assesses the Rudd government’s financial commitment to Indigenous Australians

THIS WEEK marks the first anniversary of the Northern Territory Emergency Response. Responding to the Little Children are Sacred report into the protection of Indigenous children from child abuse in the Northern...

Research report

23 Jun 2008

A dangerous gap exists in Australia's refugee system that means people threatened with torture and gross human rights violations are being sent back to their country of origin after years in detention centres because they do not fit the technical definition of a 'refugee', according...

Research report

22 Jun 2008

Teacher librarians need to be at the forefront of curriculum change within their schools. They must be leaders in this change. In their role as information specialists they are well placed to facilitate the shift to a critical thinking, ICT and personal learning framework such...

Research report

22 Jun 2008

There is a growing trend for developing democracies to attempt to shape their party systems by regulating the way parties can form, organize and behave. This policy brief surveys attempts at party regulation and considers how to promote stable, non-sectarian political parties -- an essential...

Research report

22 Jun 2008

This article provides an overview of the current situation in the teaching of languages by providing some data regarding student participation in languages, outlining activities being undertaken collaboratively at the national level and providing information about recent Australian Government initiatives.

Research report

21 Jun 2008

Bill Ivey has spent the better part of 30 years at the unglamorous intersection of art and policy. Having worked on both sides?for the government, as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (1998?2001), and for a nonprofit, as director of the Country Music...

Research report

21 Jun 2008

John Taylor and Nicholas Biddle have modelled the contribution of net migration to small area population change to address the question of how to be sure that we are measuring the same population over time. This research uses a non-jurisdictional typology of Indigenous settlement reflective...

Research report

21 Jun 2008

The problem is one of time (the speed of change) and scale (the number of people it will affect). But the simplistic image of a coastal farmer being forced to pack up and move to a rich country is not typical. Temporary migration as an...

Research report

21 Jun 2008

Indonesian Papua has seen periodic clashes between pro-independence supporters and government forces, but conflict between Muslim and Christian communities could also erupt unless rising tensions are effectively managed. Violence was narrowly averted in Mano­kwari and Kaimana in West Papua province in 2007, but bitterness remains...

Journal article

21 Jun 2008

The misuse of alcohol in adolescence is linked to increased risk of alcohol dependence and other social and health inequalities in adulthood and drinking habits in adolescence are predictive of regular drinking in later life. One of the key influences on young people is the...

Research report

20 Jun 2008

Chaired by barrister, author and former journalist, David Solomon, the panel makes 141 recommendations that are "not merely an upgrade of the legislation, but a new model... a radically different but more effective legislative architecture for FOI". Government information should be released ?routinely and proactively?...

Research report

20 Jun 2008

The committee was directed to examine the effectiveness of the broadcasting codes of practice operating within the radio and television industry, with particular reference to the frequency and use of coarse and foul language (swearing) in programs; the effectiveness of the current classification standards as...

Research report

21 Jun 2008

Director/designer Julie Taymor talks about her boundary-shattering theater work -- such as turning The Lion King into an astonishing live musical. The key? Always respect, and rely on, the audience's imagination.

Working in musicals, Shakespeare, film and opera, Julie Taymor is a wildly...

Research report

20 Jun 2008

Commonwealth, state and territory governments share the responsibility for providing disability support services in Australia. Governments also provide a range of mainstream services that indirectly impact on people with disabilities, for example, various health programs. This mix of mainstream and disability-specific services at the local...

Research report

20 Jun 2008

The committee was directed to examine ongoing efforts towards improving mental health services in Australia, with reference to the National Action Plan on Mental Health agreed upon at the July 2006 meeting of the Council of Australian Governments, particularly examining the commitments and contributions of...

Research report

20 Jun 2008

The committee was directed to examine the effectiveness of the broadcasting codes of practice operating within the radio and television industry, with particular reference to the frequency and use of coarse and foul language (swearing) in programs; the effectiveness of the current classification standards as...

Discussion paper

19 Jun 2008

This paper draws on Jennifer Pei-ling Tan's ongoing doctoral study of student engagement with new digital media technologies in a formal schooling environment to demonstrate the importance of playfulness as a learning disposition. The study shows that cognitive playfulness mobilises productive engagement with learning innovations...

Research report

19 Jun 2008

Stephen Banham of Letterbox talks to D*Hub about Australian graphic design, and his plans to auction the exclusive rights to his newest font Bisque on eBay this month.

Research report

19 Jun 2008

Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005 is the first nationwide look at artists' demographic and employment patterns in the 21st century. Artists in the Workforce analyzes working artist trends, gathering new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a comprehensive overview of this workforce segment...

Transcript

19 Jun 2008

This interview with Ross Dawson looks at the overall health of the Australian dotcom community at the moment.

Ross Dawson is a media strategist specialising in online applications and innovations and involved in the launch of the second annual list of Australia's top...

Research report

19 Jun 2008

This paper provides information on intellectual property issues that arise in relation to arts festivals, with a specific focus for traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and traditional knowledge (TK) related issues. The Festival of Pacific Arts is a celebration of Pacific arts, culture and knowledge. A...

Research report

19 Jun 2008

Important research initiatives have been taken in the last few years under the Dementia Initiative – making Dementia National Health Priority including the establishment of three new Dementia Collaborative Research Centres and additional funding for dementia research grants.

Research report

19 Jun 2008

In a wealthy country like Australia, no citizens should be forced into homelessness. A reasonable standard of housing should be achievable for all. A small number will need to be assisted with accommodation by governments or community organisations. Many will prefer rental accommodation for its...

Research report

19 Jun 2008

A blueprint demonstrating how Australia can transform the way it produces and uses energy that will result in massive cuts to CO2 emissions.

The report illustrates that by adopting renewable energy and accelerating energy efficiency measures, we can phase out dirty fossil fuels such...

Commentary

Article

19 Jun 2008

Consumers only receive part of the benefit of fuel subsidies, writes FLAVIO M. MENEZES.

QUEENSLAND motorists have had access to a subsidy on fuel for over over a decade, introduced by the state government in order to offset the fuel excise imposed by...

Commentary

Article

19 Jun 2008

Kevin Rudd’s proposed nuclear disarmament commission will encounter problems in Washington, writes ANDY BUTFOY.

NEWS that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is establishing a Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission is welcome. But the commission will have an uphill battle to make substantive progress outside...

Article

19 Jun 2008

Is your organization drowning in a virtual sea of documents? Document management systems can provide invaluable document searching, versioning, comparison, and collaboration features.

Guide

19 Jun 2008

This detailed 89-page report summarizes the common features and eighteen different systems used by grantmakers to track outgoing funds, with prices and a comparison chart. Register and download the free report on Idealware's partner Solpath's site.

Research report

19 Jun 2008

According to Sex on TV 4, a biennial study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of sexual scenes on television has nearly doubled since 1998. And while the inclusion of references to ?safer sex? issues ? such as waiting to have sex, using protection,...

Discussion paper

19 Jun 2008

The LLNP discussion paper provides an opportunity for all interested parties to comment on the services the Australian government might purchase for the Language, Literacy and Numeracy program when the current contracts expire on 30 June 2009. The paper identifies a number of questions that...

Article

19 Jun 2008

The French state and Internet service providers have struck a deal to block sites carrying child pornography or content linked to terrorism or racial hatred, Interior Minister Michel Alliot-Marie announced Tuesday.

The plan, part of a larger effort to fight cybercriminality, is to go...

Research report

18 Jun 2008

This paper discusses the regulation of political lobbyists as at 2 June 2008. It takes a comparative approach, looking at current and proposed schemes in Australia and in selected overseas jurisdictions. It asks what is the best and most effective regulatory scheme to safeguard and...

Research report

18 Jun 2008

This paper considers the problems facing transport policy in large cities. As the world’s cities have become home to the vast majority of their national population, governments are faced with the challenge of providing transport infrastructure to accommodate the needs of their citizens. In many...

Research report

18 Jun 2008

The Stronger Families and Communities Strategy (SFCS) 2000-2004 was designed to help build family and community capacity to deal with challenges and take advantage of opportunities, with a special focus on those at-risk of social, economic and geographic isolation. It consisted of seven community-based linked...

Commentary

Article

17 Jun 2008

An exhibition of Australian artist Bill Henson's photographs, including some works depicting nude children, has provoked a debate between adults over the values that adults should hold in protecting children on one hand and in viewing art on the other. Children and young people themselves...

Journal article

18 Jun 2008

Estimating geographic information from an image is an excellent, difficult high-level computer vision problem whose time has come. The emergence of vast amounts of geographically-calibrated image data is a great reason for computer vision to start looking globally ? on the scale of the entire...

Research report

17 Jun 2008

An exhibition of Australian artist Bill Henson's photographs, including some works depicting nude children, has provoked a debate between adults over the values that adults should hold in protecting children on one hand and in viewing art on the other. Children and young people themselves...

Article

17 Jun 2008

Thin, flexible, low-power digital paper is just around the corner. Will your next book or newspaper be 'e'?

Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle has turned a long underperforming category of tech gadget -- e-book readers -- into an overnight hit, and in the process has...

Article

17 Jun 2008

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (the Department of Innovation) invites proposals from organisations to host, and to assist in delivering, some elements of the Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC). The CIIC will form part of Enterprise Connect.

The Enterprise Connect network...

Article

17 Jun 2008

The New Media Literacies team based at MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, is currently exploring participatory culture with an eye toward identifying the social and cultural skills they think young people should learn and be given the chance to practice in order to successfully navigate...

Article

17 Jun 2008

For many people the Internet is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through our eyes and ears and into our minds. But as the media theorist Marshall McLuhan pointed out in the 1960s, media are not just passive...

Research report

16 Jun 2008

The key recommendation in this report is the establishment of an independent statutory Sentencing Advisory Council. The Institute’s research highlights the need for accessible information about crime and sentencing in Tasmania and, in particular, accessible sentencing statistics for Magistrates Courts. This would be among the...

Research report

16 Jun 2008

Unemployment, and in particular youth unemployment, is one of the most significant economic and social issues facing the Illawarra region. Whilst the official youth unemployment statistics can be debated from one month to the next, what is clear is that for at least the past...

Research report

16 Jun 2008

This is an independent report commissioned by the Australian Education Union to provide a cost analysis of the capital investment required to meet short-falls in Australian public schools. The report estimates the current funding gap between investment in facilities for Australian public schools and private...

Research report

16 Jun 2008

In this report, the feasibility and usefulness of linking the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program, child protection and juvenile justice data collections is investigated.Linking the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program, child protection and juvenile justice data collections would provide valuable information about the characteristics of people who...

Research report

16 Jun 2008

In 1848, Rudolf Virchow asserted that “medicine is a social science, and politics nothing but medicine on a grand scale”. Regarded by many to be the father of modern pathology, Virchow saw clear responsibilities for doctors to engage with the broader social concerns that cause...

Research report

16 Jun 2008

This is the Final Report for a research project which has involved a complex and multi-faceted analysis of longitudinal administrative income support (IS) data. Conducted by the AHURI Queensland Research Centre, the study has been principally concerned with issues about patterns of housing consumption among...

Research report

15 Jun 2008

As obesity prevention becomes an increasing health priority in many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, the challenge that governments are now facing is how to adopt a systematic policy approach to increase healthy eating and regular physical activity. This article sets out a structure...

Research report

15 Jun 2008

The commercial drivers of the obesity epidemic are so influential that obesity can be considered a robust sign of commercial success – consumers are buying more food, more cars and more energy-saving machines. It is unlikely that these powerful economic forces will change sufficiently in...

Research report

15 Jun 2008

America has no labour party. Why? Many have tried to explain: racism, the early achievement of manhood suffrage, and political structures such as federalism and the roles of the president and the courts have all been cited as the cause of this unusual characteristic of...

Research report

15 Jun 2008

With the first Rudd government’s budget, an economically risky election commitment to major personal income tax cuts amidst a booming economy, and a 2020 Summit-related promise of ‘root and branch’ tax reform including federal finances, 2008 promises to be another taxing year for Australian governments....

Discussion paper

15 Jun 2008

This paper outlines the proposed design of the Housing Affordability Fund including the process for selecting suitable projects. It seeks responses to a range of questions included throughout the document. These questions have been included below for reference.

• The Housing Affordability Fund targets...

Research report

15 Jun 2008

The Rudd Government has two stated goals in health policy: to end the cost shifting and the blame game between the Commonwealth and the states and territories, and an increased focus on prevention and primary care in order to address the predicted impact of a...

Report

13 Jun 2008

This report on Australia's largest consultation with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people finds that there is a strong desire amongst same-sex couples to have their relationships formally recognised. While de facto recognition is seen to reflect the relationships of a significant number of consultation...

Research report

13 Jun 2008

The Westie was a creation of the 1960s and '70s as young, working families were encouraged westward into the newly built, rather austere public and private housing subdivisions on Sydney's urban fringe. It was a term of division and derision, and became shorthand for a...

Research report

13 Jun 2008

One of the most striking themes to emerge from the 2007 State of Australian Cities Conference was the need to address urban issues within the national policy agenda by 'planning with a light touch'; using what keynote speaker Ruth Fincher describes as the principles of...

Research report

13 Jun 2006

There is clear evidence that addressing the low literacy levels of many children from disadvantaged backgrounds requires identifying and removing barriers these children face when starting school. Doing this will require new ways of working and greater partnerships and collaboration between schools and early years...

Research report

12 Jun 2008

The rise of part time employment over the past forty years represents a fundamental change in the Australian labour market. Part time employment has become an important component of the range of working arrangements and represents an example of the labour market’s response to...

Research report

13 Jun 2008

Major performing arts companies need to keep pace with economic and social trends, such as rapid development in the Asia region and shifts in the demographics and leisure time options of the Australian population, according to this report. Climate change, generational workforce succession, an increasingly...

Article

12 Jun 2008

One of those rumbling arguments that betrays a deeper discontent is going on within the loose collection of blogs, newspapers and academic websites that has replaced public lectures and university common rooms as the space for public debate on matters of intellectual significance.

...

Research report

13 Jun 2008

This document is a comprehensive examination of the concept of the creative economy and more particularly of how the current labour policy framework should adapt to the realities creative professionals.

The report reflects a broad range of approaches to the creative economy in...

Journal article

12 Jun 2008

Web 2.0 is a buzzword introduced in 2003?04 which is commonly used to encompass various novel phenomena on the World Wide Web. Although largely a marketing term, some of the key attributes associated with Web 2.0 include the growth of social networks, bi?directional communication, various...

Journal article

13 Jun 2008

Mobile technologies are becoming central to contemporary media ? yet there has been little critical examination of mobiles, or of their role in community, alternative, and citizens' media. This paper examines the way that mass media representations of mobile media are bound up with individualistic...

Journal article

12 Jun 2008

This study focuses on describing the ecology of Mauritian early adolescents' Internet- mediated dating/romance. It used a grounded theory analysis of 136 narrative interviews and eight focus group discussions from Mauritian early adolescents (10-14 years old). The main findings were that (a) within a conservative...

Article

13 Jun 2008

The scholarly monograph has been compared to the Hapsburg monarchy in that it seems to have been in decline forever! Many publishers, university administrators and academic researchers are still largely wedded to historical and Balkanized Web 1.0 monograph settings. While the ramifications of the fall...

Discussion paper

13 Jun 2008

Major changes are affecting the scope and scale of the Internet. As a result, the internet is increasingly high on the policy agenda in many OECD and non-OECD countries. This policy brief reviews likely future developments in the internet economy and how policy-makers can help...

Research report

13 Jun 2008

Convergence and next generation networks and their potential impact on policies and regulations is the subject of this report, covering issues of competition in the new fibre environment, convergence of video, voice and data services, the rapid growth of new technologies, such as HDTV and...

Article

13 Jun 2008

This paper promotes the value of data for strategic marketing and outlines some of the main issues and challenges for arts organisations around collecting, analysing and managing audience data. It also provides a brief overview of data collection methods and Vital Statistics, a program developed...

Article

12 Jun 2008

Defining culture is a tough task. A number of intellectuals have tried but, ultimately, all descriptions of culture have proved to be inadequate in one way or the other. To avoid confusion in this particular article, ?culture? is defined as ?the beliefs and attitudes about...

Research report

12 Jun 2008

AThis report presents a detailed picture of access to elective surgery services in Australia using combined admitted patient and elective surgery waiting times data. Access to elective surgery in public hospitals is of interest to health providers, policy makers and the general public. This report...

Research report

12 Jun 2008

Vocational education and training (VET) has a role to play in sustainable regional development. Through five regional case studies this research examines how well VET is tailoring supply to skill needs, how VET has become more flexible to obtain a better match between demand and...

Research report

12 Jun 2008

In February 2008, the Parliamentary Committee on Children and Young People established an inquiry to investigate and report on children and young people aged 9 to 14 years in NSW. The inquiry was undertaken under the statutory functions of the Commission and Young People Act...

Commentary

Article

11 Jun 2008

The complex reality of our region more than justifies Kevin Rudd’s proposal for a regional community, writes GEOFFREY BARKER.

KEVIN RUDD’s proposal for an Asia-Pacific regional security community is a worthy idea with a discouraging history in modern Australian diplomacy. The fate of...

Research report

11 Jun 2008

The federal government's review of Australia’s higher education system will examine and report on the future direction of the higher education sector, its fitness for purpose in meeting the needs of the Australian community and economy and the options for ongoing reform. This paper has...

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10 Jun 2008

If the next US Presidential administration really wants to embrace the potential of Internet-enabled government transparency, it should follow a counter-intuitive but ultimately compelling strategy: reduce the federal role in presenting important government information to citizens. Today, government bodies consider their own websites to be...

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10 Jun 2008

Parties in civil defamation disputes very often disagree about what the publication in question means. While the differences may appear minor for example, does the publication convey that the plaintiff is guilty of some discreditable action or merely suspected of such guilt the way in...

Article

10 Jun 2008

Discovery is perhaps the biggest challenge and opportunity faced by the cultural commons, so it's always exciting to see major hubs develop and refine methods for curating and exposing the best of the commons.Discovery is perhaps the biggest challenge and opportunity faced by the cultural...

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10 Jun 2008

Research shows that most children and adolescents do not get enough high-quality sleep, and that their sleep times appear to have declined over the last two decades. Coinciding with this trend has been the rise in popularity of new media forms including the Internet, video...

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10 Jun 2008

This report provides findings from four case studies that explored the links between people's climate risk management strategies and their perceptions of climate variability and climate change. The study took place across both irrigated and dryland communities in the Murray-Darling Basin.

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10 Jun 2008

This report presents the findings of the 2007 national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector, and comparisons with the results of previous collections in 2005 and 2006. Some characteristics of palliative care agencies are also described. The information was collected to...

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10 Jun 2008

This paper explores working-time arrangements for solicitors in private practice, drawing on official data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), varied documents, surveys, postings on legal blogs ('blawgs') and other secondary material, as well as a small program of interviews with solicitors, ex-solicitors and...

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10 Jun 2008

This publication provides 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 services. It also provides profiles of the cultural sectors, grouped...

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10 Jun 2008

This publication provides information about changing patterns of family and household composition in contemporary Australia, including relationship history, relationship expectations, children born and fertility expectations. This publication presents results from the 2006-07 Family Characteristics and Transitions Survey and compares them to results from the 2003...

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10 Jun 2008

On 5 February 2008 the federal government announced the formation of the Financial Services Working Group dedicated to looking at the key issues associated with financial services advice and disclosure. The Working Group comprises senior officials from the Department of Treasury, the Australian Securities and...

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10 Jun 2008

The purpose of this green paper is to consult stakeholders about the following range of financial services and credit reform initiatives:

• the development of a comprehensive approach to the regulation of mortgages and mortgage broking advice; • the regulation of margin lending; •...

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10 Jun 2008

This report looks at regulation of the DDAS and ISDN services in regional areas and outlines an extension of the declarations of these services until 30 June 2009 or a further 12 months from the expiry date of the current declaration. The ACCC considers that...

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10 Jun 2008

Existing legislation restricts the Australian government's ability to implement a flexible switchover process that addresses the various technical and other issues affecting digital switchover in different parts of Australia. The Department is examining possible legislative change that may be required to implement an appropriately flexible...

Discussion paper

9 Jun 2008

The forthcoming Defence White Paper will be only the fifth since the end of the Vietnam War. This Defence Policy Discussion Paper provides Australians with an opportunity to contribute to the new White Paper and includes some of the key issues to consider.Defence White Papers...

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9 Jun 2008

This paper calls for the establishment of a new statutory authority, the Australian Coast Guard, out of the current Border Protection Command that is directly responsible to a Minister for the assessment of intelligence, planning and implementation of operations and future improvements to maritime border...

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9 Jun 2008

There are varied Australian approaches to suppression orders under common law and statute. This article outlines notable aspects of the law and examines concerns that have been raised by commentators about practices in Australia.

Suppression or non-publication orders have been described as being...

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9 Jun 2008

This paper argues that a national Indigenous representative body has to be a fundamental component of the Indigenous policy landscape if we are to make lasting progress in improving the conditions of Indigenous people and our communities.

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9 Jun 2008

Cardiovascular disease is a major health problem in Australia, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples carrying the greatest burden of illness and death from this disease. Up-to-date estimates on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors are important for monitoring their...

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9 Jun 2008

The BreastScreen Australia Program aims to reduce mortality and morbidity from breast cancer by maximising early detection. This report presents the most recent information at the national level on participation in breast screening, cancer detection, program sensitivity and recall to assessment and rescreening rates. Breast...

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9 Jun 2008

This report has been developed to assist practitioners, policy makers and planners to increase adult physical activity levels through bicycle riding. It does this by first setting the scene on Australian cycling and then outlines current barriers and facilitators to greater participation. Finally, the report...

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9 Jun 2008

This is the third five-yearly report on Australia's forests. It presents data obtained from a wide range of sources, including the public and private sectors. Previous reports were published in 1998 and 2003.

In this report, 7 criteria and 44 indicators provide a framework...

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9 May 2008

This research was designed to gather information and increase understanding about sex on premises venues (SOPVs) so as to enhance the capacity of public health and gay community stakeholders to better address recent rises in HIV and other STIs.

The research sought to gain...

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9 Jun 2008

Shoppers are paying far too much for their groceries because of restrictive out-of-date planning laws, according to this report. Former ACCC head Allan Fels argues that an overhaul of the NSW government's Centres Policy would allow greater competition, leading to consumers paying up to 18...

Research report

9 Jun 2008

This report outlines significant safety concerns faced by Australian children of today, drawing on responses from 600 children aged between 10-14 years from an online survey conducted by Quantum Market Research.

More than a quarter of the children in the sample were actively...

Research report

9 Jun 2008

In TV Futures, leading researchers examine television and its digital future in terms of platforms and audiences, copyright law and media regulation?issues which are increasingly intertwined and demand interdisciplinary engagement.

TV Futures offers accessible analyses for readers from across the fields of law,...

Research report

6 Jun 2008

Accreditation of Australian Government subsidised residential aged care homes (aged care homes) was introduced to improve the quality of services delivered to older members of the Australian community living in aged care homes. The Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) firmly established the link between...

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6 Jun 2008

Using data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program, this paper examines the prevalence of drug driving among a sample of police detainees in 2005 and 2006.

It found that two-thirds had driven after using drugs and/or alcohol in the previous 12 months,...

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6 Jun 2008

There is renewed momentum towards the establishment of a new national representative body for Indigenous Australia that gives due representation to diverse voices in order to be more sustainable than earlier models.

Megan Davis writes that there is a strong argument to be...

Research report

5 Jun 2008

The commission was asked by the government to undertake modelling of the economy-wide effects of assistance options and scenarios identified by the current Bracks Review of Australia's automotive industry. The options cover a number of combinations of tariffs and levels of assistance provided...

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6 Jun 2008

The Federal Government's Job Network is no longer fit-for-purpose. The program has been successful, but its economic backdrop has changed. Job Network was established to place large numbers of unemployed people into scarce jobs. Its role today is vastly different - preparing a smaller number...

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6 Jun 2008

Community services have experienced a sharp increase in demand, according to this report, which provides information on service use, income, expenditure and workforce issues for the community services and welfare sector. The survey of non-government agencies found a 6.3 per cent increase in the number...

Research report

5 Jun 2008

This report is a presentation to the UK National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts' Measuring the Creative Industries workshop.

This PDF contains a range of slides covering the data collected in this project.

The objectives of the project were:...

Journal article

5 Jun 2008

This article examines the growing phenomenon of online dating and intimacy in the 21st century. The exponential rise of communications technologies, which is both reflective and constitutive of an increasingly networked and globalized society, has the potential to significantly influence the nature of intimacy in...

Journal article

5 Jun 2008

Gay life on the Internet has rapidly expanded over the past decade, leaving some to lament the demise of established forms of gay social life. The Internet as a forum for dating and arranging casual sex has been a particular growth practice in Australian gay...

Journal article

5 Jun 2008

The debate about whether the arts should be supported or not is far from new, and most governments support the arts in one way or the other. The literature considers several arguments in favor of such interventions. Public education may seem to be an action...

Research report

5 Jun 2008

Grant-makers in the culture, media and sport sector in the UK fund awards of around ?1.8 billion a year. The cost of administering these grants, and of related activities, is in the region of ?200 million. Variations in administration costs between grant programs reflect their...

Commentary

Article

5 Jun 2008

More public housing funds are needed to unleash its potential, argue ROWLAND ATKINSON and KEITH JACOBS.

ONE of the early successes of the Blair government was to make clear the need for social investment to promote economic outcomes.

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Commentary

Article

5 Jun 2008

Who’s to blame for the sorry state of Question Time, asks PETER BRENT.

OVER the past fortnight I’ve sat through Question Time in the House of Representatives several times. I had a clear view of our assembled servants, and can testify that occupying...

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5 Jun 2008

This article examines the growing phenomenon of online dating and intimacy in the 21st century. The exponential rise of communications technologies, which is both reflective and constitutive of an increasingly networked and globalized society, has the potential to significantly influence the nature of intimacy in...

Article

4 Jun 2008

For some companies community is not a tactic or marketing plan line item, but core to what they do. It means being hyper-responsive to customers, laser focused on usability, unapologetically human and OK with customers determining the course their businesses should take. The bonus: When...

Article

4 Jun 2008

The current Japanese Copyright Law that prohibits any copying of other people's works or distributing them on the Internet without permission, is soon to be eased.The government will ease its stringent restrictions on using copyrighted works, a development that will affect activities ranging from posting...

Research report

4 Jun 2008

This paper explores the challenges facing orthodox economic approaches to assessing climate control as if it were appraisal of an investment project. Serious flaws are noted in the work of economists with especial attention to the UK Government report by Stern and colleagues.

Research report

4 Jun 2008

'Injury among young Australians' provides comprehensive information on injury incidence, hospitalisations and deaths among young people in Australia. It presents the most up-to-date available data, as well as trend data, on major causes of injury for this population group, including transport accidents, intentional self-harm and...

Research report

4 Jun 2008

Family relationship services span a diverse and extensive range of interventions that aim to support and nurture family relationships, and so provide an important source of support to families in Australia. However, there is a dearth of research and information on service accessibility and the...

Research report

3 Jun 2008

Australian academics are satisfied with their jobs as academics but are critical of the management of their universities, according to this report. They are particularly critical of top-down management styles, cumbersome administrative processes and inadequate internal communication systems.

The study is the largest...

Article

4 Jun 2008

This report, developed in collaboration with experts, aims to inform policy makers about malware impacts, growth and evolution, and countermeasures to combat malware. It seeks to analyse some of the main issues associated with malware and to explore how the international community can better work...

Research report

3 Jun 2008

Evidence exists of differences in levels of achievement between country and city students in New South Wales, and governments have attempted to respond by instituting programs to enhance achievement. Retaining students, to year 12, appears to be a particular issue in providing education to students...

Research report

3 Jun 2008

Australian academics are satisfied with their jobs as academics but are critical of the management of their universities, according to this report. They are particularly critical of top-down management styles, cumbersome administrative processes and inadequate internal communication systems.

The study is the largest...

Research report

3 Jun 2008

This report outlines eight interventions aimed at improving the educational outcomes of Indigenous children and young people. It covers current educational challenges and provides a framework for making philanthropic investments that will produce sustainable outcomes.

Research report

3 Jun 2008

This paper examines the causes of wrongful imprisonment, the nature of losses and the applicability of international approaches and conventions. Definitions of wrongful conviction vary internationally, as do the circumstances and amount of compensation. Australian states and territories can make discretionary ex gratia payments, although...

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3 Jun 2008

This report outlines the diversion programs currently operating for Indigenous offenders. Access to diversion programs and barriers to participation and completion determine the effectiveness of programs. Other issues raised relate to the expansion of programs for participants and support services to cover drugs outside the...

Research report

3 Jun 2008

In this talk at the Manning Clark House Weekend of Ideas, the acting director of The Australia Institute posits that, without any evident philosophical reflection, a series of changes to character tests under Australian law testify to the fact that in this country, character is...

Research report

3 Jun 2008

Australia's love affair with easy credit has turned on itself. In early 2008, the price of credit reached its highest point in 14 years, following 12 successive interest rate rises since 2001. With the domestic economy overheating, and home buyers feeling the economic pain associated...

Research report

3 Jun 2008

This essay examines the political ramifications on supplying water to South East Queensland as the population of the area around Brisbane grows from just under three million today to more than five million by 2050.

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3 Jun 2008

This article looks at the links between Dubai and other post-modern cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Gold Coast that emerged from sand.

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3 Jun 2008

This report estimates that in 2001, PNG's accessible forests were being cleared or degraded at a rate of 362,000 hectares a year. At that pace, by 2021, the authors estimate that 83 percent of the country's accessible forest (and 53 percent of its total forested...

Article

3 Jun 2008

This article looks at the links between Dubai and other post-modern cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Gold Coast that have recently emerged from sand.This article looks at the links between Dubai and other post-modern cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the...

Article

3 Jun 2008

Governments and international organizations looking for ways to measure the information society tend to focus on access to technology rather than monitoring its impact. This publication presents a framework to measure the impact of knowledge societies from the perspective of people and priorities of governments.Governments...

Research report

12 May 2008

Selecting economic immigrants who can make an immediate contribution to the economy will address Canada’s current immigrant underemployment problem and promote growth in the knowledge economy, according to report. Lesleyanne Hawthorne finds that Australia’s revised selection criteria have dramatically improved its employment outcomes relative to...

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2 Jun 2008

This report describes the bites and stings due to contact with venomous animals and plants that resulted in a separation from an Australian hospital in the period 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2005. Analyses of bite and sting cases over time (1999-2005) are also...

Research report

2 Jun 2008

This report continues the comprehensive reporting of statistics on Australian hospitals by the AIHW, presenting a detailed overview of public and private hospital activity in 2006-07 with summaries of changes over time.Australian hospital statistics 2006-07 continues the comprehensive reporting of statistics on Australian hospitals by...

Research report

2 May 2008

Which electorates receive targeted funding, and does targeted funding swing votes? To answer these questions, the author analyzes four discretionary programs funded by the Australian federal government during the 2001-2004 election cycle. Controlling for relevant demographic characteristics of the electorate, those electorates held by the...

Discussion paper

2 Jun 2008

This discussion paper explores the reasons why public housing has become so stigmatised. The first part of the paper provides an analysis of the problems including under funding and restrictive allocation policies. The second part of the paper makes the case for increased investment and...

Research report

2 Jun 2008

This review of the literature is primarily a search for and synopsis of the research evidence that underpins the school readiness of Indigenous Australian children. This review is in four sections. First, definitions of school readiness are outlined and their applicability to the Indigenous population...

Research report

2 Jun 2008

The aim of this study is to pilot a methodology for measuring the economic impact of festivals and similar events in the Northern Territory. The study builds on a previous study Assessing the Value and Contribution of the Darwin Festival 2004.

Research report

2 Jun 2008

China’s transformation from the backward, autocratic economy of just three decades ago is probably the most spectacular and rapid in history. It is inevitable that this extraordinary economic development will have dramatic consequences for Chinese society and politics. Most important are the rise of the...

Research report

2 May 2008

The Rudd Government came to power promising an 'Education Revolution'. For public education it offered the promise of redressing eleven years of underfunding and chronic and systematic neglect of public education and training by the Howard Government.

The crucial thing for the AEU in...

Research report

2 Mar 2008

The Living with HIV Program is a part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University. The program conducts social research into the lived experience of HIV.

The HIV Futures New Zealand 2 survey was completed by...

Research report

2 Jun 2008

The document reports on a scoping study which investigated the professional training and development needs of architects, landscape architects, planners and engineers in climate change adaptation through engaging relevant accrediting institutions in an action inquiry process. The project sought to go further than a normal...

Research report

2 Jun 2008

The 2007-08 Budget, the first from the Rudd Labor Government, delivers on the Government's election commitments and adds some additional health spending.

Total new spending on health is $2.917 billion / 5 years. In addition, $10 billion is promised for the new Health...

Research report

2 Jun 2008

This report is intended to provide a record of the Australia 2020 Summit and recommendations on each of the discussion areas for consideration by the Australian government.

It is based on ideas put forward by participants during the summit discussion sessions, outcomes from preliminary...

Research report

2 Jun 2008

The aim of this study is to pilot a methodology for measuring the economic impact of festivals and similar events in the Northern Territory. The study builds on a previous study Assessing the Value and Contribution of the Darwin Festival 2004.