September 2008

Report

30 Sep 2008

Closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people would deliver sizeable economic benefits and increase living standards for all Australians, according to this analysis of the economy-wide advantages from improving the quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians over the...

Report

30 Sep 2008

The costs of Australia playing its proportionate part in an effective global effort are manageable, according to this report. There is a path to Australia being a low-emissions economy within around 40 years, consistently with continuing strong growth in material living standards, says the review,...

Article

30 Sep 2008

"The word 'blog' doesn't really give one much of an idea about the content or nature of a given online site. In fact, author and freelance journalist, Margaret Simons, describes the term as 'manifestly inadequate', because it offers so little differentiation. She says there's now...

Article

30 Sep 2008

The internet is allowing Americans to stay constantly informed and updated with the news of the day -- on the company dollar. Of the 44% of the public who regularly go online while on the job, more than two-thirds (70%) check the news during the...

Report

30 Sep 2008

Just over half of American adults (53%) say that they are currently employed with full or part-time work. Among those who are employed, 62% could be considered "Networked Workers" who use the internet or email at their workplace. Networked Workers are not only connected while...

Article

30 Sep 2008

This article argues that it is time for librarians to find their voices as professionals and that professionalism entails learning how to present, promote and to be where the market of users is.

This article argues that it is time for librarians to find...

Report

26 Sep 2008

This paper attempts to identify Commonwealth expenditure in the area of Indigenous affairs over the 40 years from 1968 to 2008 and to plot that expenditure by agency. It analyses trends in both the nominal and real expenditure, in the expenditure as a percentage of...

Report

29 Sep 2008

A taxpayer-funded parental leave scheme of 18 weeks at the adult minimum wage ($544 per week) would benefit around 140,000 mothers and their newborn children each year and yield community-wide gains in the long term, according to this draft report. The scheme also provides for...

Report

29 Sep 2008

The fourth annual Lowy Institute Poll surveys Australian public opinion on a range of foreign policy issues and contains a number of new questions this year. These cover attitudes towards Japanese whaling, foreign investment in Australia, China, the US presidential election, climate change, Australia’s international...

Report

25 Sep 2008

The ageing of Australia’s population will call for the provision of aged care services to much larger numbers of people over the next few decades. Services will also need to meet the challenges posed by the increasing diversity of older people in terms of their...

Report

29 Sep 2008

Drug use among women appears to be on the rise both in Australia and around the world. The number of women in Victoria that misuse drugs is small with 10.35% of women using illicit drugs in the past 12 months but the health implications for...

Report

29 Sep 2008

The Victorian Drug Strategy 2006-2009 details an integrated approach across the Victorian Government. It aims to ensure that activities to address the harms from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are guided by a consistent and agreed set of principles. Its overarching objectives and priorities will...

Report

29 Sep 2008

The proposals in the Sydney Metro Strategy for 420,000 new higher density brownfield dwellings represent the most significant planned re-structuring Sydney will have faced in 100 years. Its impact will be long lasting and substantial – and the solution to Sydney’s environmental sustainability will largely...

Report

29 Sep 2008

• The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report concluded that the agriculture sector in Australia is particularly vulnerable to climate changes, with potential negative impacts on the amount of produce, quality of produce, reliability of production and on the natural resource base...

Report

29 Sep 2008

The international resource boom has spurred a hunt for new mineral and hydrocarbon reserves, and an important new frontier in this search is Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Australian resource companies are now spending tens of billions of dollars on exploration and development, and engineering and service...

Report

29 Sep 2008

This paper argues for an accounting approach that brings greater discipline to the organisation of environmental data and their integration with economic and social data.There is a wide variety of environmental information produced in Australia for a diverse range of purposes. The scope and definition...

Report

29 Sep 2008

Australian aid has not been effective in helping the Pacific Islands region make significant progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Australian aid should be used to leverage growing corporate interest in reducing global poverty into investment in the Pacific - to create real income-earning...

Report

29 Sep 2008

The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2008 was 21,283,000 persons, an increase of 336,800 since 31 March 2007 and 102,000 persons since 31 December 2007. The increase for the year ended 31 March 2008 is the largest recorded for a...

Report

29 Sep 2008

The regional terrorist threat remains high on the list of Australia's national security priorities. It is time to take stock of the regional security environment and to ask how the Southeast Asian terrorist threat might evolve in the future. This report, authored by Peter Chalk...

Report

29 Sep 2008

Governments should play very little or no role in determining what people are allowed to say and hear, regardless of whether this may be ‘offensive’ to the traditional enemies of liberty—primarily religious fanatics—or to those of a weaker ‘moderate’ disposition who would passively give up...

Report

29 Sep 2008

Evidence suggests there has been an increase in protectionist attitudes among the US public in recent years. James Paterson’s article presents the differences between the Australian and American political systems that may explain the divergence in political intentions toward protectionism between the two nations....

Report

29 Sep 2008

Good quality Indigenous early learning and care can ameliorate the significant health, social, economic and political disadvantages experienced by Indigenous people in Australia.

Successful programs and services include those which emphasise the importance of Indigenous history and culture, Indigenous community control, and respectful supportive...

Report

1 Dec 2007

Collaboration provides the opportunity for learning and creative problem solving. Bringing people from diverse backgrounds together provides a positive environment for transferring knowledge between sectors or organisations, and for generating new ideas and practices. In this context, collaboration across the research, policy and practice sectors...

Report

27 Sep 2008

The project aimed to reduce the risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses (BBV) and sexually transmissible infections (STI) amongst African and Arabic-speaking young people by increasing their knowledge of these conditions and promoting preventative behaviours. It intended to achieve this aim through the provision of...

Report

27 Sep 2008

The paper describes sources of data on victimisation, noting the gaps in data on Indigenous status and victimisation types, and arriving at trends in Indigenous violent victimisation. It identifies factors that act individually or collectively to increase victimisation, and makes some recommendations about addressing these...

Article

27 Sep 2008

We've all become semi-experts in using search engines and search terms to get information on the web. But how easy is it to ask a question in normal language and get the right answer? Several new services are trying to do just that. OTM producer...

Article

27 Sep 2008

* The advent of computer-based telephone switches and the Internet has made it more difficult for the government to monitor the communications of criminals, spies and terrorists.

* Federal agencies want Internet companies to comply with the same wiretapping requirements that apply to...

Book

25 Sep 2008

In the first chapter of his recent book, "In the vernacular: a generation of Australian culture and controversy", Stuart Cunningham looks at history of Australian cinema from 1930?70. In the Vernacular is published by UQP and brings together important works, written over a twenty-year period...

Report

25 Sep 2008

This report recommends the federal government implements a national energy efficiency program for 3.5 million low-income households over the next seven years. Although the government has committed to CPI indexation and cash assistance, cash assistant alone does not represent the best long-term solution for low-income...

Report

25 Sep 2008

This report includes information on important issues such as mental health, disability, risk factors for chronic disease, mortality, education, homelessness, crime, jobless families and family economic situation. Particular attention is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth, and to how Australia compares...

Article

25 Sep 2008

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, writes FRANK BONGIORNO in London

OVER the next year or so, my family is destined to participate in a great struggle. We’re under no illusions: the battle will be fierce. All around the country, campaign...

Statistics

25 Sep 2008

At the end of June quarter 2008, there were 7.23 million subscribers to the internet in Australia. The number of non dial-up subscribers recorded at the end of June 2008 was 5.66 million, or 78 per cent of all internet connections, compared with dial-up subscribers...

Article

25 Sep 2008

How relevant is it to declare oneself to be ?for? or ?against? copyright? Neither the stabilization nor the abolition of the copyright system seems within reach. All we see is a seemingly endless assembly line of new extensions to the law being proposed and enacted...

Guide

24 Sep 2008

The National Standards Taskforce has developed the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries in consultation with the museum and gallery sector and with reference to current industry practices, existing resources, and museum development and accreditation programs.

They are designed to be an accessible...

Guide

25 Sep 2008

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So of course you want to include pictures in your materials, whether they?re newsletters, posters, or your organization's Web site. Thanks to the ubiquity of digital cameras, that's never been easier to do.

But digital images...

Report

24 Sep 2008

This report outlines the provisions of a Bill to modify the existing framework for the introduction of digital radio.The Bill modifiies existing framework for the introduction of digital radio so that:

the deadline for commercial broadcasters to commence digital radio services in the mainland...

Report

25 Sep 2008

The aim of this D'Art topic was to assist in locating organisations similar to NAVA in other countries, ie: non- government organisations with a focus on policy development (eg taxation, copyright, government priorities and programs) and service provision (eg information, advice, research and publication of...

Article

25 Sep 2008

The demise of publishing has been predicted since the days of Gutenberg. But for most of the past century?through wars and depressions?the business of books has jogged along at a steady pace. It?s one of the main (some would say only) advantages of working in...

Statistics

25 Sep 2008

Some 69% of online Americans use webmail services, store data online, or use software programs such as word processing applications whose functionality is located on the web. Online users who take advantage of cloud applications say they like the convenience of having access to data...

Report

25 Sep 2008

Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2008 report is released in five consecutive daily segments. Since 2004, this annual study has unearthed and analyzed the trends and themes of blogging, but for the 2008 study, Technorati resolved to go beyond the numbers of the Technorati Index...

Report

24 Sep 2008

A number of broad issues relating to the impact of taxation incentives for the establishment carbon sink forests were examined during the committee's consideration of this legislation. These included: • the impact on prime agricultural land; • the impact on rural communities and industries; •...

Report

23 Sep 2008

The technology is already available for generating reliable continuous electrical power from some renewables (eg. biomass). However, the current power capacity is small. Further development in the renewables sector is required before any significant level of substitution of coal-fired power can take place. Research and...

Report

24 Sep 2008

This paper aims to shed light on the contribution of health care and other determinants to the health status of the population and to provide evidence on whether or not health care resources are producing similar value for money across OECD countries. First, it discusses...

Article

24 Sep 2008

Today, using the internet as a dating tool is common. Should it therefore be a surprise that older Australians, as well as the young, are taking advantage of the technology, engaging in online dating, flirting and cybersex, which in many cases leads to the real...

Report

24 Sep 2008

This 2007 report presents the results of three surveys: an online survey of 1,277 nine- to 17-year-old students, an online survey of 1,039 parents as well as telephone interviews with 250 school district leaders who make decisions on Internet policy. Among other findings, students report...

Report

23 Sep 2008

This essay looks at how the progressive consensus about Indigenous affairs has come undone, and at how a progressivist moral politics dulled our instincts about the sanctity of Indigenous people’s right to be free from violence, abuse, neglect, ignorance and corruption. Links between the morality...

Report

23 Sep 2008

The main aim of the analyses is to examine the 'churn' of tax and transfer at a micro level, where 'churn' is defined as individuals paying income tax while at the same time also receiving income support payments. The Melbourne Institute Tax and Transfer Simulator...

Report

23 Sep 2008

This report looks at the death and serious injury of Indigenous persons in Australia due to transport accidents in the five-year period 2001-02 to 2005-06. It focuses on the four jurisdictions of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland and examines variables such...

Report

23 Jun 2007

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ Office of the ASCC commissioned the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research to conduct research on disability and employment under the Department’s Social Policy Research Services Agreement. The project set out to identify the socio-economic...

Report

23 Sep 2008

This report provides a rationale for key indicators designed to monitor the nutritional quality of food available through remote community stores. It provides a framework for the use of these indicators and makes recommendations for its future development. The remote community store is considered a...

Report

23 Sep 2008

This Policy Analysis, authored by Anthony Bergin, discusses the new Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence which will open in Queanbeyan in November. It will focus on bringing a range of agencies together to develop practical contributions to stabilisation, reconstruction and peacekeeping. The Centre should...

Report

23 Sep 2008

Decisions to invest time, funding and other resources into limited-term projects are based on the expectation that these projects will leave some lasting legacy after funding ends. Sustainability, in this context, refers to the likelihood of achieving benefits from a time-limited intervention (project, program or...

Report

23 Sep 2008

This Fact Sheet was prepared to coincide with National Child Protection Week, 7-13 September 2008. It presents an overview of child protection in Australia, including how child abuse and neglect is defined, its prevalence, the costs of child maltreatment, and prevention and early intervention strategies....

Report

23 Sep 2008

The paper examines some of the projected changes in Australian climate and their potential impacts on Australian agricultural production and exports. It provides a brief discussion of potential adaptation and mitigation options and strategies available to the Australian agriculture sector to respond to climate change....

Report

23 Sep 2008

This project employs AHURI's housing market microsimulation model (AHURI-3M) to undertake modelling on initiatives to improve the supply of affordable housing. The project is carried out in two stages. During the first stage, the authors address two key policy questions. First, what are the internal...

Journal article

23 Sep 2008

Australia’s National Mental Health Strategy’s statement of rights and responsibilities states that children and adolescents admitted to a mental health facility or community program have the right to be separated from adult patients and provided with programs suited to their developmental needs. However, in rural...

Report

23 Sep 2008

Dr. Garry Glazebrook, Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, writes, ‘The rise in petrol prices in Australia has accelerated the trend back to public transport evident over the last decade. But this has caused overcrowding of trains and buses, leading some to question...

Report

23 Sep 2008

This paper presents on the issues of social inclusion and older people which has received relatively little academic and policy attention in Australia. It particularly considers the SOCIAL dimensions of social exclusion. This paper was presented at the Social Inclusion Down Under symposium hosted by...

Report

23 Sep 2008

The terms social exclusion and social inclusion originated in Europe (especially France) and were intended to provide a contrast to the notion of poverty which focussed excessively on the lack of money at a particular point of time, rather than the dynamic social processes that...

Report

23 Sep 2008

Whilst adolescent violence toward parents is an emerging trend internationally, little research has been undertaken in Australia that examines male adolescent violence to their mothers. This research examined male adolescents’ abuse and violence to their sole parent mothers. It gathered qualitative data from ten women,...

Report

23 Sep 2008

The Introduction of an Emissions Trading Scheme has the potential to significantly reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, but the issue of which groups should be compensated, and by how much, is yet to be addressed. In this paper the Institute makes the case for providing...

Report

22 Sep 2008

This is the report of a two-year review of Australia's visual education that examined existing programs and good practice from across the education system and outlined a framework for the future of visual education and four key recommendations.

The four key recommendations of the...

Report

22 Sep 2008

Oil prices rose to a peak of US$145 per barrel in July and are currently trading at close to US$100. Despite the recent moderation, the current (US dollar) price is around 30 per cent higher than a year ago, and more than 250 per cent...

Discussion paper

22 Sep 2008

This discussion paper examines eight potential measures to encourage the uptake of more fuel efficient, low carbon emission vehicles. They are:

• CO2 emission targets for new light vehicles (voluntary or mandatory) • Differential registration and stamp duty charges for new light vehicles based...

Report

22 Sep 2008

This proposal recommends restructuring question time with the aim of making it a more effective mechanism for seeking the accountability of the executive government to parliament. This would involve replacing the current system, of one question without notice and one supplementary question from the questioner,...

Report

22 Sep 2008

Australia's Textile, Clothing and Footwear industries can have a promising future, with goodwill, effective leadership, sound business strategy and appropriate support from government, according to this report. Australia cannot compete with China on low-cost, commoditised items but can develop new capabilities in innovation, supply chain...

Report

22 Sep 2008

The first Australian candidates to contest an election on a clearly espoused environmental policy were members of the United Tasmania Group in the 1972 Tasmanian election. Concerns for the environment saw the emergence in the 1980s of a number of environmental groups, some contested elections,...

Report

22 Sep 2008

This paper details House of Representatives by-elections held from 14 September 1901 (Darling Downs) to 6 September 2008 (Lyne and Mayo), a period during which there were 144 by-elections, an average of 3.5 per parliament. The number of nominations has grown over the years from...

Commentary

Article

22 Sep 2008

Will the government have the courage of John Faulkner's convictions, asks GEOFFREY BARKER

MONEY is the lifeblood of modern election campaigns. It fuels the expensive electronic advertising as well as the interminable polling surveys that shape political messages. Political parties therefore struggle remorselessly...

Blog post

22 Sep 2008

These exploratory thoughts on the impact of web 2.0 trends on technology adoption come from a session of the Web 2.0 Expo that is held in NYC in Sept 08. The paper by Fraser Kelton entitled "The real, long-lasting (and negative) impact of web 2.0...

Article

22 Sep 2008

Since late 2007, the United States and a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea, have been negotiating an "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" (ACTA). The aggressive timetable of the negotiation effort, together with a pronounced lack of transparency,...

Article

22 Sep 2008

The practice of "behavioral advertising" involves the compilation of detailed information about an Internet user's online activities for the purpose of sending them targeted online advertisements. In the traditional behavioral advertising model, online ad networks contract with many different Web site publishers on one side...

Report

20 Sep 2008

Empirical evidence from the psychology literature suggests that reactions towards health shocks depend strongly on the personality trait of locus of control, which is usually unobservable to the analyst. In this paper, the role of this discrete heterogeneity in shaping the effects of health shocks...

Report

20 Sep 2008

This report focuses on a comprehensive range of health issues concerning people living in regional and remote Australia. This report focuses on a comprehensive range of health issues concerning people living in regional and remote Australia. It includes information relating to health system performance (such...

Report

20 Sep 2008

This report examines the vocational education and training (VET) pathways pursued by young people since leaving school. It investigates the characteristics of those who pursue VET, their persistence in those programs, and the labour force and related outcomes that they experience following their VET participation....

Commentary

Article

19 Sep 2008

We need a watch kept on the operation of Australia’s terrorism laws, writes ANDREW LYNCH

THE return of the jury verdicts in the trial of Abdul Nacer Benbrika and others was correctly described as “the most successful terrorist prosecution that this country has...

Report

19 Sep 2008

The first national survey of its kind finds that virtually all American teens play computer, console, or cell phone games and that the gaming experience is rich and varied, with a significant amount of social interaction and potential for civic engagement. The survey was conducted...

Report

19 Sep 2008

This report considers the history and current practice of federal-state and territory fiscal relations. It deals with the cash and fiscal positions of the states and territories, and of government business enterprises, and the level of debt with which they operate. The report makes a...

Report

18 Sep 2008

This study focuses on the copyright and related laws of Australia, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the impact of those laws on digital preservation of copyrighted works. It also addresses proposals for legislative reform and efforts to develop...

Report

18 Sep 2008

The tenth in an annual series reviewing behavioural data relevant to the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis and other sexually transmissible infections, this report examines behavioural and attitudinal data relevant to the formation and evaluation of prevention strategies and to understanding individuals’...

Report

18 Sep 2008

Assisted Reproduction Technology in Australia and New Zealand 2006 presents information on all assisted reproduction technology (ART) treatments that took place in 2006 and the resulting pregnancies and births. It is the fifth report using data from the Australian and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database...

Report

18 Sep 2008

Much has been made of the good that could come from giving Australian mothers paid maternity leave. But in the current debate, many of the assumptions about paid maternity leave have gone largely unchallenged.

This paper examines some of the complexities involved in...

Commentary

Article

18 Sep 2008

The term poisoned chalice wasn’t coined for nothing, writes PETER BRENT

IF winning elections was all about ability, energy and determination, the Coalition would be the strong favourite to take government in 2010. If the just-minted Malcolm Turnbull isn’t the most centred, talented...

Commentary

Article

18 Sep 2008

MALCOLM TURNBULL has all it takes to be a great, and ultimately successful, leader of the Liberal Party. He has ambition and drive. He has a tremendous ego - fancy him calling the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, vain - but also a considerable capacity to...

Commentary

Article

18 Sep 2008

SINCE the release of Ross Garnaut’s first report two months ago the debate about climate change has intensified, with contending interest groups pressing their claims for influence or special treatment. In the midst of this clamour is a federal government that has promised strong action...

Essay

17 Sep 2008

Key elements of Aboriginal policy in Queensland reflected the influence of racial science well into the second half of the century. Those policies continue even now, in obvious and subtle ways, to affect the lives and aspirations of Aboriginal people in Queensland. This is why...

Report

17 Sep 2008

Design is an increasingly important component of our world-at-work. This project reveals the views of design educators working within vocational education and training (VET). Research participants called for a review of design education teaching methods in the VET context, with a particular focus on promoting...

Report

17 Sep 2008

In the 2008 Federal Budget, delivered on 13 May 2008, the ALP Government committed to the provision of $1.5 million for the establishment of a resale right scheme for visual artists.1 At the time of writing in May 2008, a Resale Right for Visual Artists...

Report

17 Dec 2007

The primary purpose of this study was to gain a comprehensive picture of the status of e-learning in small business in Australia and to highlight the barriers and impediments to increased use of e-learning solutions. This report, by the national training system's e-learning strategy, the...

Report

17 Sep 2008

Vertical fiscal imbalance is the root cause of intergovernmental conflict in the Australian federation, and un-remedied will limit the dividends of any revitalised Council of Australian Governments. This paper argues the while the GST has been an effective growth tax, it has exacerbated Australia’s VFI...

Report

17 Sep 2008

Deforestation and the degradation of native forests account for an estimated 20 per cent of Australia’s annual net greenhouse-gas emissions. Most of the degradation occurs via chip exports, with the plantation sector having captured 80 per cent of wood processing in Australia. Being perfect substitutes...

Report

17 Sep 2008

Key elements of Aboriginal policy in Queensland reflected the influence of racial science well into the second half of the century. Those policies continue even now, in obvious and subtle ways, to affect the lives and aspirations of Aboriginal people in Queensland. This is why...

Report

17 Sep 2008

Women have made great gains in Queensland yet in key areas – equal pay, childcare decisions and services, opportunities for betterment in the workforce, rates of teenage pregnancy and domestic violence, and appointments to boards and positions of power – they are not doing any...

Report

17 Sep 2008

Significant challenges are confronting the petroleum and transport industry, both domestically and internationally. The first of these is tight supplies of crude oil, coupled with a growing market base of emerging economies. The second is the necessity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent dangerous...

Report

17 Sep 2008

The primary purpose of this study was to gain a comprehensive picture of the status of e-learning in small business in Australia and to highlight the barriers and impediments to increased use of e-learning solutions. This report, by the national training system's e-learning strategy, the...

Article

17 Sep 2008

A new initiative to bring old newspapers that pre-date the digital age to the web has been launched by the search giant Google.

The company has partnered with around 100 newspapers to digitize them and make scanned copies available online.

This means users...

Article

17 Sep 2008

A major software package shouldn't be chosen lightly. In this detailed guide, Peter Campbell walks through how to find software options, evaluate them, make a good decision, and then purchase the system in a way that protects you.

A smart shopper evaluates the...

Report

16 Sep 2008

This discussion paper forms part of a broader investigation by the office into the processes and procedures surrounding freedom of information in New South Wales. This investigation will also involve reviewing documents and auditing randomly-selected files from 18 different government agencies, as well as interviewing...

Report

16 Sep 2008

As the Philippine Government kills and displaces its Muslim population on Mindanao, Peter Sales looks at how Australia is making the situation worse, asking,

"Why do we provide assistance to the ruthless, coup-prone Armed Forces of the Philippines and bring scores of their...

Report

16 Sep 2008

This information sheet assists organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988 to address a privacy complaint by an individual. The Act requires that businesses (including non-profit organisations) with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, all private health service providers and some small businesses,...

Book

15 Sep 2008

Hailed by Bruce Sterling as "a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek," this is the first collection of Cory Doctorow's articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information - even if it?s just a...

Discussion paper

16 Sep 2008

This discussion paper forms part of a broader investigation by the office into the processes and procedures surrounding freedom of information in New South Wales.

This investigation will also involve reviewing documents and auditing randomly-selected files from 18 different government agencies, as well as...

Fact sheet

16 Sep 2008

This information sheet assists organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988 to address a privacy complaint by an individual. The Act requires that businesses (including non-profit organisations) with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, all private health service providers and some small businesses,...

Strategy

16 Sep 2008

Screen Australia's draft Statement of Intent (SOI) for 2008/09 responds to the Statement of Expectations (10) 2008/09 from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts. SOIs are formal commitments by Screen Australia to meet the expectations of Government. They are intended to enhance...

Report

15 Sep 2008

This briefing provides an overview of injury as a chronic health issue in Australia. The report highlights the long-term health consequences following severe injury and the effects on individual's physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Types of injuries covered include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe...

Report

15 Sep 2008

Political cartoons are a ubiquitous form of satire which assists the public to interpret political life. This study examined the tone and content of 107 political, satirical cartoon images published in mainstream Australian newspapers in 2005 and 2006.

The cartoons illustrated the sweeping...

Report

15 Sep 2008

This publication presents estimates from climate themed questions on the 2006-07 Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This is the second survey conducted by the ABS dedicated to Natural Resource Management (NRM), but the first...

Report

15 Sep 2008

This paper compares the effects of pro and counter-cyclical government spending on income inequality and welfare in a small open economy. The authors examine the consequences of alternative government spending rules following shocks to productivity, domestic interest rates, terms of trade and export demand. The...

Report

15 Sep 2008

Three years after the Helsinki agreement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, GAM) to end a 30-year conflict, Aceh is tense in the lead-up to general elections in 2009. The sources of unease are several. As preparations get underway...

Report

15 Sep 2008

This year, for the first time, all Australian school students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 undertook the same assessment in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and numeracy. The results in this report show that more than 90 per cent of students in Australia...

Report

15 Sep 2008

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry into the competitiveness of retail prices for standard groceries (grocery inquiry) recommended the introduction of a mandatory unit pricing scheme within six to twelve months, subject to detailed cost-benefit analysis to determine the scope of the scheme. Unit...

Report

15 Sep 2008

This is the third annual statistical report of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australian (HILDA) Survey. Like the previous vol- umes (Headey, Warren and Harding, 2005; Headey and Warren, 2007), it contains short reports and statistical tables covering the four main areas of...

Report

15 Sep 2008

Intellectual property occupies a central position in the biotechnology innovation system, the expected source of new medicines, foods and bio-energy. An international and interdisciplinary research team has convened for the last seven years in an attempt to better understand the mechanisms of intellectual property in...

Technical report

15 Sep 2008

This Agricultural Note provides information on bioethanol, drivers and barriers for production, markets, and research and development in Victoria, Australia.

Journal article

14 Sep 2008

This paper brings together critiques of contemporary Australian cultural policy from three sources: academic research, arts leaders and public intellectuals. It discusses the discursive shift in cultural policy towards an instrumentalist framework, and reviews academic research on this shift and its implications. It then looks...

Report

14 Sep 2008

In recent years and at an accelerating pace, technology and market forces have been fundamentally changing the advertising industry through the collection, storage and use of information. One growing industry, "behavioral advertising," involves the compilation of detailed information about an Internet user?s online activities. Data...

Report

12 Sep 2008

On September 5, Professor Garnaut released his supplementary report on recommended emission reduction targets. While Garnaut concedes that we need to act prevent dangerous climate change, the low targets and high concentrations that his proposal allows risk causing exactly that.

This summary and members'...

Report

12 Sep 2008

This paper argues that as the proportion of elderly people in Australia doubles over the next forty years, growth in federal health spending will create serious budgetary problems. Without policy adjustments or cuts to services, governments will have to force a smaller base of future...

Discussion paper

12 Sep 2008

Evidence-based’ policy is all the rage in Canberra, yet policymakers are not testing their ideas to see if they will work before rolling them out, unproven, at taxpayers’ expense. This author argues that randomised trials are the epitome of rational inquiry: they can...

Report

12 Sep 2008

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as distinct from head injury, is characterised by an external impact to the head that results in damage to the brain. This report describes hospitalisations for TBI in Australia for the period 2004–2005.

This report describes hospitalisations for Traumatic Brain...

Report

12 Sep 2008

This paper reports on research (both primary research and a literature review), undertaken with the aim of demonstrating strategies for successful inclusion into Australian society of children and families from culturally and linguistically different (CaLD) backgrounds.

The authors recognise that CaLD children and families...

Report

12 Sep 2008

Australia and Papua New Guinea have a close relationship. A change in government in Australia and the recent re-election of Sir Michael Somare provide an opportunity for reassessment and readjustment to restore a more productive interaction between the two countries.

This report, written by...

Report

12 Sep 2008

This report contains summary results of the monthly Labour Force Survey containing estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups; and persons not in the labour force.

Report

12 Sep 2008

Christopher Snedden of Deakin University writes that on the basis of his record, Pakistan’s new president, Asif Zardari, has neither the skills nor the aspiration to effectively address Pakistan’s deep-rooted and threatening problems. With more than a thousand Australian troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, Snedden argues...

Report

12 Sep 2008

Nuclear dangers are growing, yet so is a new 'realistic idealist' campaign for nuclear disarmament. In this Lowy Institute Policy Brief, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf suggests ways Australia might contribute to nuclear security in Asia and globally, in addition to the new international...

Report

12 Sep 2008

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf provides background and detail for his proposals for renewed Australian activism on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues, introduced in the Lowy Institute Policy Brief 'Nuclear security: what else can Australia do?'

Survey

11 Sep 2008

High quality, accessible university education is the cornerstone of a strong, flexible economy and of a vibrant civil society. The second ANU poll examines public opinion towards higher education. Topics covered include: access to higher education; universities and the labour market; the funding of higher...

Report

11 Sep 2008

This report identifies emerging policy and management issues for public housing providers and for Commonwealth and state/territory governments as older people in public housing seek to age in place.At the 2001 Census, 102,735 older persons (aged 65 years or more) were housed in 87,940 public...

Report

11 Sep 2008

SNAICC Policy Paper on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have the right to develop their own community services. Outlines the important roles non-Indigenous services can play in developing programs that respect cultural rights and identity and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community...

Report

11 Sep 2008

This paper provides an overview of the research literature on the outcomes of children raised in families with multiple problems including parental substance misuse. The authors argue that until we have accurate mechanisms for estimating the extent of the problem and policies that include a...

Commentary

Article

10 Sep 2008

The Nationals and the Greens were the star performers last Saturday in Western Australia, writes NORM KELLY

WHAT an enthralling contest the Western Australian election is turning out to be. A variety of scenarios are being played out as to who will form...

Transcript

10 Sep 2008

In this address to the National Press Club, the innovation minister stresses that the humanities, arts and social sciences are absolutely central to the innovation process, for four reasons.

First, they drive innovation themselves: especially the kind of incremental, process innovation that frequently goes...

Journal article

10 Sep 2008

This study examines the content of MySpace pages to reveal the types of personal information users disclose on their pages and the types of communication users engage in via through their MySpace accounts. The researchers performed a traditional content analysis on MySpace user profiles to...

Article

11 Sep 2008

The Asia-Pacific region has reached a significant crossroads regarding the protection of privacy. This article examines current privacy developments in the Asia-Pacific region and provides some analysis of the benefits and risks of pursuing either the EU or the US/APEC approach to privacy regulation....

Commentary

11 Sep 2008

Before we criticise bloggers, let's define our terms, writes MARGARET SIMONS.

SOMETIMES language can obscure as much as it reveals, particularly when the world changes faster than our ability to create new vocabulary. I think we have reached this situation with 'blogging'. Never...

Report

10 Sep 2008

With more and more high school graduates going on to university, governments face tough decisions on funding and quality standards to ensure that their education systems respond adequately to booming demand for degrees, according to this report.

The 2008 edition of Education at...

Report

10 Sep 2008

This discussion paper is part of a review of maternity services, which will lead to a comprehensive plan for maternity services into the future. The review will: canvass a wide range of issues relevant to maternity services, including antenatal services, birthing options, postnatal services up...

Report

31 May 2008

The Transition Care Program provided additional treatment and care options following hospitalisation for patients and their families. When compared with similar groups of frail older people discharged from hospital during the same time period, those who received Transition Care had fewer re-admissions to hospital and...

Report

10 Sep 2008

Australia has a proud history of producing groundbreaking health and medical research. This booklet showcases a selection of current projects and introduces some of the researchers who are continuing that tradition. Work on stem cells, diabetes, cancer, dental health and obesity in children are some...

Report

10 Sep 2008

This report outlines the scientific evidence available on the likely future climate of Australia's key agricultural production zones, and discusses the adequacy of existing drought assistance and exceptional circumstances programs to cope with long-term climatic changes.

The extension in the reporting date has enabled...

Report

10 Sep 2008

There are several significant drivers, such as climate change and water scarcity, that are changing the waste debate, according to this report. In the committee's view waste policy needs to address issues that are relevant to its own sphere and at the same time, complement...

Report

3 Sep 2008

The committee received evidence from a variety of organisations and individuals that generally welcomed the Lobbying Code of Conduct. The majority of evidence received included comments of support, which viewed the Code as a significant step towards increasing the level of transparency surrounding lobbying activities....

Report

10 Sep 2008

For children, playing games and school-related or educational purposes are the most common uses for a computer at home. This publication compares computer use for children between 2003 and 2006.

In its 2006 survey, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found around 80 per cent...

Report

10 Sep 2008

Recently, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd revived John Howard’s 2007 pre-election proposal to amend the preamble to the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.1 Rudd’s announcement was prompted after Yolgnu and Bininj elders presented him with a Statement of Intent at the...

Report

9 Sep 2008

According to the report, the architecture of Australia’s existing national innovation system is now a generation old and requires an urgent re-appraisal and re-structuring. Its 72 recommendations range across the components of an effective system, focusing on innovation in business, strengthening people and skills, excellence...

Journal article

9 Sep 2008

This paper is based on the findings of a combined field research study and historical-comparative research analysis. It was undertaken by the researcher during 2003/2004, whilst working for a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) engaged in tertiary visual arts education, in South East China. The research...

Journal article

9 Sep 2008

In a modern context, symphonic music is constantly exploring how to market itself innovatively and yet respect traditional forms, in order to engage new audiences and remain relevant in the 21st century. This project researches the need to understand single ticket buyer behaviour and its...

Article

9 Sep 2008

"If we think about the synthetic environment of Second Life as a metaphor for the web, where are we at today? In the early days of the web, only universities and advanced scientific laboratories had websites. I remember - as a kid - buying an...

Strategy

9 Sep 2008

This two page consumer fact sheet outlines the pitfalls and costs of mobile phone premium services and how to avoid them.There's a lot more you can do on your mobile phone these days, download ringtones and music, chat, vote, check your horoscope, enter competitions, or...

Article

9 Sep 2008

The most interesting question regarding the popularity of the new 3G iPhone is, who is more likely to benefit from this technology, and who is not? Our obsession with slick and funky gadgets makes it hard to see the role technology plays in a wider...

Report

9 Sep 2008

This report stresses the fundamental role which should be played by the school system in developing children's critical faculties with regard to images and the media in general, in order to prevent the disastrous effects of the recurrence of gender stereotypes in marketing and advertising....

Report

9 Sep 2008

Looking at the behaviour of heavy internet users, this study found a pronounced preference for a small number of familiar news and information websites. Preferences are driven by a number of factors, including the need to manage overwhelming amounts of information.

The report...

Journal article

9 Sep 2008

Kim MacKenzie, a PhD student from the Queensland University of Technology, completed some research into Second Life that formed the basis for an article, Few lives left for Second Life (16) , that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age this week....

Essay

9 Sep 2008

Computers have come into existence in the last half century. In that time they have quickly become an important new industry and an everyday tool, affecting the lives of most people. During this time our languages have had to adapt to this new realm of...

Report

8 Sep 2008

Governments at all levels in Australia offer financial assistance in one form or another to private corporations in order to encourage and facilitate business investment in their respective jurisdictions. This disbursement of public funds is often justified on the basis of the number of jobs...

Report

1 Aug 2008

ARACY commissioned this discussion paper to help clarify the problem of youth disengagement - its nature, magnitude, issues and trends – with a strong focus on including the voices and perceptions of young people. The paper includes a comprehensive literature review, an analysis of individual...

Report

8 Sep 2008

On Census night in 2006, the homeless population in Australia was 105,000. Most homeless people were sheltered somewhere on Census night but absolute homelessness, such as sleeping out or in an improvised shelter, accounted for 16% of homelessness in Australia.On Census night in 2006, the...

Report

8 Sep 2008

Russell Goldflam of the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission writes on the overturning on appeal of convictions of four Australian peace activists following their December 2005 incursion into the top secret Pine Gap electronic intelligence facility near Alice Springs in Central Australia in protest against...

Report

8 Sep 2008

This literature review was commissioned by the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney (UWS) to provide context for the Imagining a New Democracy Project. The project is a collaboration between the Whitlam Institute and the Office of University Engagement at UWS. The Foundation...

Report

8 Sep 2008

Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, this research indicates that unobserved heterogeneity substantially biases cross-sectional estimates of union wage effects upward for both males and females. Estimates of the union wage premium for male workers between the ages...

Report

8 Sep 2008

The authors of this paper use new training data from waves 3-6 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey to investigate the training and wages of full-time men. They explore the extent to which the data are consistent with the predictions of...

Report

8 Sep 2008

An increase in recorded sexual assault of young people was a major contributor to an overall rise in recorded sexual assault since the mid-1990s. As data are based on the date of reporting, which may be some time, even years, after the date of occurrence,...

Report

8 Sep 2008

This report shows that workers with a disability are not an increased occupational health and safety risk. The research findings suggest that workers with a disability have on average, a lower number of OHS incidents and have lower workers’ compensation costs, in comparison to...

Report

8 Sep 2008

This paper briefly scopes out the potential impacts of obesity on occupational health and safety and workers' compensation in Australia. The focus on obesity in Australia to date has largely concentrated on public health outcomes with little attention being paid to obesity as...

Report

8 Sep 2008

Religiously motivated mass casualty terrorism conducted by shadowy networks on the fringes of international society is not the only threat to Australian security interests. But it is currently the most important. And for two main reasons it is likely to remain at the forefront of...

Report

8 Sep 2008

Australia is one of the US's closest allies, and its interest in America's role in the world is both direct and immediate. Regardless of who wins the election,the US is not about to disengage from the world. Still, there are possibilities for important shifts in...

Report

7 Sep 2008

During an extraordinary Diet session beginning in September, the government will attempt to extend the MSDF mission by passing an extension of the Replenishment Support Special Measures Law through both houses. At a time when the existing MSDF deployment is under political strain, the government...

Report

7 Sep 2008

This paper, adapted from the ANU- Toyota Public Lecture ‘Closing the Gaps in Indigenous Mortality and Housing: Perspectives from the Social Sciences’ presented at the ANU on Friday 4 April 2008. In it the author argues: "On April 6, 2005 John Howard, on a visit...

Report

7 Sep 2008

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the impact of a liquor license restriction introduced in Fitzroy Crossing in October 2007 by the Director of Liquor and Licensing. The report covers the period October 2007 to February 2008 and provides both qualitative and...

Report

22 Aug 2008

From 1 July 2007 new taxation and preservation arrangements applying to Australia’s superannuation system took effect. It is not too much to say that the change enacted by the government during the course of the 2006–07 financial year constitute the largest overhaul of Australia’s retirement...

Report

5 Sep 2008

Australia should put its strongest possible efforts into securing a global agreement to limit emissions to no more than 550 parts per million CO2-e and encourage the world onto a lower emissions path as soon as feasible, according to this supplementary review report.

...

Report

5 Sep 2008

This report presents a summary of the findings of an exit poll commissioned by APO during the 2007 federal election campaign, and compares those findings with the results from the newly released Australian Election Study and the Auspoll exit poll. Industrial relations and global warming...

Transcript

4 Sep 2008

This speech by Rebecca Burdon, ACMA's Principal Economist, outlines how ACMA proposes to assess whether regulatory proposals that are likely to have a significant economic effect on stakeholders are in the public interest.

Report

4 Sep 2008

New research conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of JISC demonstrates that the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expectations of incoming students are often met, and sometimes exceeded. Overall, higher education institutions (HEIs) are perceived as providing a basic level of ICT to a good...

Article

4 Sep 2008

Clyde Bentley examines the concept of citizen journalism; from the dusty cave-dweller beginnings to Facebook to what the future holds for newsroom journalists. "Citizen journalism is no more a replacement for professional journalism than teabags are a replacement for water. Both can stand comfortably alone,...

Report

4 Sep 2008

This report presents the results from an online survey, Academic Authorship, Publishing Agreements and Open Access, which was conducted by the OAK Law Project from the 2nd October 2007 through to the 9th November 2007. The OAK Law Project seeks to promote strategies for the...

Article

4 Sep 2008

For more than a decade, the audiences for most traditional news sources have steadily declined, as the number of people getting news online has surged. However, today it is not a choice between traditional sources and the internet for the core elements of today's news...

Report

4 Sep 2008

We are a nation increasingly addicted to new technology, according to the 2008 Sensis e-Business Report, and this love affair is starting at a very early age, with children using the internet before they turn five, many of whom are unsupervised. The special report, which...

Commentary

Article

4 Sep 2008

It’s likely that another independent MP will be sitting in federal parliament after Saturday, sending a blunt message to the National Party, writes PETER BROWNE.

UNLESS something very strange happens, Rob Oakeshott will be elected the independent federal member for the NSW federal...

Commentary

Article

4 Sep 2008

A federal court decision has opened up a new front in the debate over industrial relations law, writes GEORGE WILLIAMS.

JUSTICE Jeffrey Spender of the Federal Court has raised major questions about who regulates workplace relations in Australia. Recently he found that the...

Commentary

Article

4 Sep 2008

The federal government's plan to withhold welfare to parents of truanting children won't solve a serious social problem, writes PAUL HENMAN.

KEVIN RUDD claims to take education “very seriously” and his election was partly built on investing in our children’s education. Such an...

Report

4 Sep 2008

This report presents the results from an online survey, Academic Authorship, Publishing Agreements and Open Access, which was conducted by the OAK Law Project from the 2nd October 2007 through to the 9th November 2007. The OAK Law Project seeks to promote strategies for the...

Report

4 Sep 2008

The University of Queensland (UQ) maintains an online research profiling system, UQ Researchers, to showcase the expertise of its academic staff and postgraduate students. The site makes available detailed research profiles and evidence of expertise at various levels. It incorporates school, institute and centre research...

Report

4 Sep 2008

This speech by Rebecca Burdon, ACMA's Principal Economist, outlines how ACMA proposes to assess whether regulatory proposals that are likely to have a significant economic effect on stakeholders are in the public interest.

Report

4 Sep 2008

In the recent Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper (8408) the Rudd government emphasised that a major part of its efforts to control global gas emissions would be its participation in international negotiations leading to a global agreement on this issue. Australia is party to...

Report

3 Sep 2008

This publication reports estimates of expenditure on public health activities in Australia that were funded by the Australian Government and state and territory health departments during 2006-07. This report continues the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's series of reports on national public health expenditure,...

Conference proceedings

3 Sep 2008

This report is composed of a series of provocative essays and the proceedings of a lively and informed symposium earlier this year in Washington, and a set of recommendations extrapolated from both. While several of the subject headings are familiar ? scholarly communication, peer review,...

Essay

3 Sep 2008

The genesis for this paper was a panel discussion held in March 2008 at the annual WebWise conference on the topic of The Power of Presentation. In that discussion a number of projects were profiled that featured new approaches to presentation, some using virtual worlds,...

Essay

3 Sep 2008

Derived from ancient Greek ("government"), the late Latin word "archive" has come in the modern era to refer not just to public records but also to the entire corpus of material remains that the past has bequeathed to the present: artifacts, writings, books, works of...

Report

3 Sep 2008

Few producers are profiting from digital distribution today, according to this survey of 430 practitioners in the US. Most, however, are optimistic about the future impact of technology, although concerns linger about how indies will use brand, niche marketing and flexible partnerships to succeed in...

Essay

3 Sep 2008

This paper analyses the effect of raising the inventive step requirements in the Patents Act 1990 on Australia?s position in the global supply chain. In particular, it considers the likely effects on the intentions of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) to invest in Australia and the...

Report

3 Sep 2008

Currently, 19 per cent of internet users in the US say they have downloaded a podcast so they could listen to it or view it later. Podcasting has yet to become a fixture in the everyday lives of internet users, as very few internet users...

Report

2 Sep 2008

The success of reintegration programs can be judged by subsequent reoffending. From an analysis of data on released male prisoners and interviews with prisoners, ex-prisoners and stakeholders, the report provides a comprehensive overview of offending, and the elements affecting successful reintegration and their application to...

Report

2 Sep 2008

The 1996-97 National Firearms Agreement (NFA) in Australia introduced strict gun laws, primarily as a reaction to the mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996, where 35 people were killed. Despite the fact that several researchers using the same data have examined the impact...

Report

2 Sep 2008

This paper proposes a method of deriving a hospital quality performance indicator using mortality outcome measures. The method aggregates any number of mortality outcome measures observed over several years into a single indicator. The paper begins with the supposition that there exists an abstract quality...

Report

2 Sep 2008

The receipt of more than $75 per week in child support assisted resident parents living apart to secure better quality housing for themselves and their children. For non-resident parents living apart, the payment of child support appeared to have no measurable effect upon the standard...

Report

2 Sep 2008

This report provides an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between public housing participation and employment outcomes in Australia. It has been made possible through the availability of a unique dataset. The state Department of Housing and Works (DHW) manages public housing programs...

Report

2 Sep 2008

Innovations, such as treatment interventions, programs and therapies, may be costly to develop and evaluate and there is increasing political and financial pressure to ensure that effective and cost-effective health care and professional services are available where needed. Eeven when practitioners are aware of the...

Book

2 Sep 2008

Of the many challenges in public sector management, few are as complex as the management of whistleblowing. This book is the product of one of the world’s most comprehensive research projects on the phenomenon.Of the many challenges in public sector management, few are as complex...

Report

2 Sep 2008

This edition of the Academy's journal, Dialogue. features four articles on religion and contemporary Australian life:

• Belief and Disbelief in Australia – James Jupp

• The Apology, the Secular and the Theologico–Political – Michael Fagenblat

• ‘May we each be faithful...

Report

2 Sep 2008

Political cartoons are a ubiquitous form of satire which assists the public to interpret political life. This study examined the tone and content of 107 political, satirical cartoon images published in mainstream Australian newspapers in 2005 and 2006.Political cartoons are a ubiquitous form of satire...

Report

2 Sep 2008

The Do Not Call Register (the Register) was established in May 2007 and enables Australians to opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial marketing (telemarketing) calls by listing fixed line and mobile telephone numbers used primarily for private or domestic purposes. Request for submissions

At...

Report

2 Sep 2008

Australia is unique in the world in mandating quotas for children’s programs on free-to-air television. The current standards also contain a range of restrictions on advertising to children. The draft new standard includes a number of changes.Australia is unique in the world in mandating quotas...

Report

2 Sep 2008

This occasional paper contains the department's submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into Cost of Living Pressures on Older Australians. The main submission was lodged on 3 August 2007 and outlines the support the Australian government provides to support the living...

Report

2 Sep 2008

This discussion paper is the basis for consultation in relation to the government’s stated intention to consider the need for reform in relation to creeping acquisitions, the acquisition of a number of individual assets or businesses over time that may collectively raise competition concerns, but...

Report

2 Sep 2008

One of the goals of Infrastructure Australia is to facilitate public discussion on how the nation could improve planning and investment in infrastructure to meet our future needs, as well as improving the way we use the infrastructure already in place. During the early phases...

Report

2 Sep 2008

The issues discussed in this paper are based on topics raised during initial discussions between Infrastructure Australia representatives with stakeholders and as a result of internal research. The paper aims to prompt input regarding how to foster an environment in which infrastructure spending decisions can...

Report

2 Sep 2008

Presentations from this symposium at the University of Melbourne on 26 June 2008 are now available. Speakers: Francis G. Castles, Boyd Hunter, Zoe Morrison, Tony Fitzpatrick, Paul Smyth, Fiona Smith, Gerry Naughtin, Stephen Sedgwick and Tony Nicholson.

Report

2 Sep 2008

The Personal Wellbeing Index fell by a significant 1.0 percentage points since Survey 18 in November 2007. One reason for this fall appears to be a sharp increase in inflation. The National Wellbeing Index has fallen by a non-significant 0.7 points since the previous survey;...

Report

2 Sep 2008

Based on the latest available science from groups such as CSIRO and the scientific experts commissioned by the Garnaut Climate Change Review, this policy brief summarises the implications of different carbon pollution reduction targets and projected global, national and state-level impacts.

The main conclusions...

Report

2 Sep 2008

The newly developed Australian Emissions Reduction Model can be used to identify the technologies and strategies needed to meet a user defined emission reduction target. This policy brief provides a preliminary snapshot of one scenario of how Australia could achieve a 25 per cent reduction...

Report

2 Sep 2008

Political cartoons are a ubiquitous form of satire which assists the public to interpret political life. This study examined the tone and content of 107 political, satirical cartoon images published in mainstream Australian newspapers in 2005 and 2006, focusing on cartoons depicting reforms of the...

Article

2 Sep 2008

The Web today is very different to what it was in 1994, when the World Wide Web Consortium was established. This article looks back at the early history of the Web and uses Pace Layering theory to consider some recent developments and the role of...

Report

1 Sep 2008

The focus of this paper is specifically defined to relate to child pornography law. The relevant statutory provisions are set out, with reference to NSW and other Australian jurisdictions, and their operation and application analysed by reference to the available statistical data and case law....