January 2010

Discussion paper

29 Jan 2010

This paper provides a framework to enable discussions on measuring the contribution of reconciliation actions in closing the gap.

Reconciliation Australia is especially interested in ways to measure the relationship between Reconciliation Action Plans and the contribution they make to closing the gap in...

Research report

29 Jan 2010

In this discussion paper ACMA reviews the regulation of mobile phone jammers and provides background on a proposal to trial mobile phone jammers in a correctional facility.

Executive summary

In 1999 the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) published the Mobile Phone Jammer Prohibition...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

The fourth Social Barometer examines the extent of disadvantage among older Australians through indicators of people's capabilities covering eight key dimensions of life, including employment, income, health, housing, safety and social participation.

The barometer concentrates on national data, and draws attention to the different...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

This Brotherhood research commissioned by the Myer Foundation tracks the influence on government policy of the foundation's decade of investment in developing a vision for aged care, and assessed its impact on practice.

The report outlines progress in five key areas (community care, housing,...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

In 2006 the Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs commissioned AIFS to conduct an evaluation of the 2006 changes to the Australian family law system.

The evaluation has involved the collection of data from some 28,000 people...

Book

28 Jan 2010

Capturing the Year 2009 represents the fourth time the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific has published an annual selection of the best journalism of its scholars.

Their expertise ranges from archaeology, linguistics and history to economics, political science and security...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

Climate change science has been and will continue to be essential in supporting the three pillars of the Australian Government's climate change policy.

Australian science has provided a foundation for climate change policy development to date, and international leadership in several areas of climate...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

As part of the preparations for the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture 2009 in Johannesburg in September 2009, IFACCA released a Discussion Paper exploring the claim that intercultural dialogue has become a new priority for arts and cultural policy makers around...

27 Jan 2010

The lack of Australian cultural diplomacy in China has ramifications which reach far beyond the cultural sector, writes Dan Edwards in New Matilda.

Australia's international cultural profile is not something many at home tend to think about. Given the myriad competing demands on...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

This report looks at environmental, societal, cultural and economic sustainability issues of collecting organisations.

A set of pilot sustainability indicators is proposed, based on consultations with the directors and CEOs of some major South Australian collecting institutions, (including the Art Gallery of South Australia,...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

This report recommends that NSW state laws be amended to ensure that if material is found to be child pornography, the fact that it is art cannot be used as a defence.

The laws would cover the production, distribution, or possessing of child pornography....

Research report

16 Dec 2009

On the basis of our survey of international research, we argue that Australia should not apply a system of media content classification that already treats different media inconsistently to the online environment without any consideration of the existing flaws in regulation and the complex particularities...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

In September 2009, the National Human Rights Consultation recommended that the federal government draft and enact a charter of rights. Opponents of a federal charter have vehemently argued against the institutional changes that such a law would bring to Australian governance, while supporters have saluted...

Guide

28 Jan 2010

This guide has been developed as a resource for teaching staff and course/subject coordinators who are considering integrating student peer review in their subjects. While the case studies and tools described in this booklet are specific to the University of Melbourne, the discussion has broad...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

Over 11,500 households were living in state owned and managed Indigenous housing at 30 June 2009, occupying 95% of all SOMIH dwellings.

Of these households, 84% paid less than market rent for the dwelling. On average, SOMIH rebated households paid about $123 per week...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), in consultation with clinicians, consumers, public and private hospitals, and other healthcare provider organisations, has identified the priority national safety and quality areas for action in Australia.

Throughout 2009, the...

Research report

28 Jan 2010

This report argues that it is time for a fresh approach by the Australian Government to prepare the grounds for a more effective re-engagement with the Government of Fiji. Eliminating some of the negatives in the current bilateral relationship is a necessary first...

Journal article

28 Jan 2010

No recent Australian studies or literature, provide evidence of the extent of coverage of multicultural health issues in Australian healthcare research. A series of systematic literature reviews in three major Australian healthcare journals were undertaken to discover the level, content, coverage and overall quality of...

Journal article

28 Jan 2010

This paper highlights some of the competing tensions in public health tertiary education, their impact on public health training programs, and the educational pathways that are needed to grow, shape and prepare the public health workforce for future challenges.

Public health educational pathways in...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

Overall, financial stress and conflict have independent effects on youths' transitions and youths' perspectives have different consequences to those of their mothers.

This paper analyzes the effect of mothers' and youths' reports of family financial stress and conflict on youths' transitions into adult roles....

Research report

27 Jan 2010

This paper for educators provides an overview of what are the characteristics of new learning and learning spaces in the 21st century.

A new environment of schooling has been emerging over several decades of the 20th Century, stimulated by a new economy, new technologies...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

Following the ICT in Learning Symposium held on 1 May 2009, DEEWR requested an investigation that reports on the current experience of student teachers in applying ICT in pedagogy, any barriers to using technology at university, challenges in the practicum and ways to...

Research report

25 Jan 2010

Defence has processes in place that are designed to produce military capabilities that the government can draw on. Supposedly designed to match military means with strategic ends, the results are more often reflective of the preferred structures of the three Services. Alternative or...

Research report

25 Jan 2010

Indonesia is seeking to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent by 2020 and up to 41 percent with international assistance. This paper spells out a longer-term strategic framework, grounded in economic principle and international experience, that can guide climate policymaking. It provides...

Research report

25 Jan 2010

Eco-innovation will be a key driver of industry efforts to tackle climate change and realise “green growth” in the post-Kyoto era. Eco-innovation calls for faster introduction of breakthrough technologies and for more systemic application of available solutions, including non-technological ones. It also offers...

Research report

25 Jan 2010

This paper measures government acceptance of parliamentary committee recommendations: one of the ways in which a committee can demonstrate its effectiveness.

Of the reports in this sample recommending new action by the government, 60.0 per cent demonstrated a minimum level of effectiveness in that...

Research report

25 Jan 2010

All women have the right to live free from violence. However, to achieve this right, not only do individual perpetrators of violence need to be held accountable, but the attitudes and social norms which condone or excuse violence must be challenged.

A Right to...

Strategy

Victoria Police strategy to reduce violence against women and children 2009 - 2014
25 Jan 2010

Victoria Police strategy to reduce violence against women and children 2009-2014 demonstrates a public commitment by the police to improve their response to victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

This includes a more effective response to perpetrators with decisive action and...

Discussion paper

26 Jan 2010

Together with state and territory governments and the non-government sector, the federal government is developing National Standards for Out of Home Care. This paper has been developed to generate discussion and ideas to be considered in developing National Standards.

The development of these...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

This article reviews existing traditional media theories, and analyses the challenges that the current developments of globalisation present to them.

The article provides a short history of the concept of globalisation, and reviews the primary theoretical approaches to globalisation that are critical to communication...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

Daniel Dayan is well known for his research into the ‘public sphere’. His recent work has distinguished ‘public’ and ‘audience’, detailed the conditions for their development (Dayan, 2005), and discussed the ethical dimension of contemporary mediated public engagement through a critical review of Roger Silverstone’s...

Research report

25 Jan 2010

This report contains comprehensive information relating to state and territory child protection and support services, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system.

During 2008-09 across Australia, over 200,000 children were the subject of one or more child protection notifications; almost...

Research report

27 Jan 2010

The interACT Resource Kit has been designed to assist those who want to work in integrated performance settings.

One of the purposes of the kit is to create awareness amongst a wider audience of the work that is going on in the field of...

Article

27 Jan 2010

This essay discusses the competing voices in Australian story-telling.

"Writers matter a little bit, but great stories told well matter hugely. There has never been a civilisation that has managed without fiction, and this is because the best fiction changes us in ways that...

Research report

22 Jan 2010

While most Australians live well, there are some groups who are doing it very tough, according to this report. Approximately 5% of Australians aged 15 years and over experience three or more types of disadvantage.

While most Australians are employed, 15% of all Australian...

Research report

22 Jan 2010

In this widely reported speech on tax reform, the Treasury head and chair of the Future Tax System Review Panel argues that for tax reform to be successful the community must understand, appreciate and generally support the reasons for change.

He argies that factors...

Research report

22 Jan 2010

This report provides a overview of developments in the Australian telecommunications industry for 2008-09 and also covers many aspects of the broadcasting and radiocommunications industries.

The report provides an overview of the telecommunications industry including service developments and industry performance in meeting statutory...

22 Jan 2010

With four elections in twelve months it’s likely that allegations about electoral fraud will surge in 2010. In Inside Story Brian Costar looks at two court cases that exposed a striking lack of evidence behind the claims

UNLIKE THEIR counterparts in the United States,...

Research report

22 Jan 2010

The radical overhaul of Australia’s preschool sector will require better legislating for the sector and increasing the number of early childhood education teachers, according to this policy paper.

The paper summarises the current structure of preschool in Australian in contemplation of major policy shifts...

Research report

21 Jan 2010

Drawing on HILDA panel data, this study estimates the influences affecting married women’s participation in the labour force and how this changes with changes in their lives.

The analysis provides useful estimates of parameters that assist in predicting how changes in these well-known factors...

21 Jan 2010

WARM THE SET and cool the tinnies. While 2009 was a shocker of a year for Australian election watchers – with just one (albeit an interesting one) in Queensland in March – the next twelve months will yield four fat contests, including the fattest...

21 Jan 2010

So why does everyone else’s seem to cost so much, asks Tim Smith, Mayor of Stonnington, on Crikey

AS OUR FEDERAL politicians prepare to once again get bogged down in a mire of name calling and mud-slinging over action on climate change, local government...

20 Jan 2010

Attacks on Christian churches in Malaysia tell us more about shifting political faultlines than about religious attitudes, writes Amrita Malhi in Inside Story.

THE GROUND FLOOR of a three-storey building on a busy corner stands gutted by fire, as cars and pedestrians stream by....

Research report

15 Dec 2009

Climate policy - an 'endangered species'?

In this year again, none of the countries ranked in the index achieved the positions one to three; despite the high attention the issue of climate change has reached prior to the climate change summit in Copenhagen....

Research report

19 Jan 2010

The extent of poverty and social exclusion in Australia is measured using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. For each individual, the authors construct a measure of social exclusion that recognises its multidimensionality, including its potential variability in depth...

Research report

19 Jan 2010

A significant demographic trend in recent decades in Australia has been the growth in lone parent families as a proportion of all families, associated with which has been growth in welfare dependency. This has led to considerable policy focus on increasing lone parent participation in...

Research report

19 Jan 2010

This report presents the results of a survey undertaken by Per Capita on public attitudes towards taxation in Australia.

Per Capita has asked over 1,000 adult Australians for their opinions on a wide range of taxation issues. The Tax Survey was undertaken...

Research report

19 Jan 2010

This paper examines the question of whether and how a study of the costs and benefits of the homelands might be conducted. It is concluded that cost benefit studies of different designs are possible.

As others previously have established beyond reasonable doubt, there are...

Research report

19 Dec 2009

The HIV Futures 6 survey was completed by 1106 HIV positive Australians from all states and territories. This represents approximately 6.6% of the estimated HIV positive population.

92.4% were male (1018), 7.4% were female (81) and 0.3% were transgender (3).

78.5% were gay...

Journal article

19 Jan 2010

In the aftermath of the May 1998 riots that forced President Suharto to step down, ethnic Chinese received unprecedented freedom to assert their long suppressed cultural and religious identity. Following the transition from assimilation to multiculturalism, for the first time in over three decades Chinese...

Journal article

19 Jan 2010

Kate Grenville discusses the transformative power of fiction.

"A while ago I went to a lecture on geothermal power. Afterwards I got talking to the man sitting next to me, a retired professor of physics. When I told him I was a writer, his...

Journal article

19 Jan 2010

This study determines the trend in mental health-related mortality (defined here as the aggregation of suicide and deaths coded as "mental/behavioural disorders"), and its relative numerical importance, and to argue that this has importance to policy-makers.

Its results will have policy relevance because policy-makers...

Research report

20 Jan 2010

This report recommend reforms to promote the sustainability of Australia's economic development, reduce and simplify the regulatory burden, ensure the most efficient and effective achievement of desired environmental outcomes, and are based on an effective federal arrangement.

Tom Arup discusses the report in...

Research report

30 Dec 2010

This report examines rising tensions in the South China Sea, which are creating a difficult set of questions for Australian strategic policy.

In order to examine the origins and implications of this conflict, the paper provides an analysis of the complex political/military and international...

Research report

30 Dec 2010

Australia has a progressive personal income tax schedule with a seemingly simple five rate structure (including a zero rate), but overlaying the statutory tax schedule are more than 40 offsets designed to reduce tax liability for certain taxpayers.

These offsets add complexity to the...

20 Jan 2010

If the Christmas Island tragedy is to tell us anything, it is that there is no easy fix in refugee policy, writes Peter Mares in The Drum.

THERE IS an understandable urge to find someone to blame for the deaths at Christmas Island: the...

Research report

18 Jan 2010

This paper provides an overview of social assistance and other minimum-income programmes in OECD countries, summarises their main features, and highlights a number of current policy challenges.

Almost all OECD countries operate comprehensive minimum-income programmes for working-age individuals, either as last-resort safety nets alongside...

Research report

18 Jan 2010

The report examines the link between the PISA test requirements and student performance. It focuses specifically on the proportions of students who answer questions correctly across a range of difficulty. The questions are classified by content, competencies, context and format, and the connections between these...

18 Jan 2010

In Australian Humanities Review, Meaghan Morris tackles forebodings about the impact of the online environment on everyday life, sociability and political change.

PROCRASTINATING one Sunday, I set aside a pile of print-outs from on-line media stories on the perils and inanities of Facebook...

Research report

18 Jan 2010

Teenage children have been identified as being at increased risk of dental disease, and among pre-teen children nearly half of all 6 year olds had a history of decay in their baby teeth. The Child Dental Health Survey provides national information on the dental health...

Research report

4 Dec 2009

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health and Families has worked with partners in the non-government, private and Aboriginal health sectors and consulted widely with other stakeholders to develop the Strategy. It aims to improve the health and well being of all Territorians by reducing...

Research report

19 Jan 2010

Sensor networks play an important role in tackling environmental challenges. Sensor applications in smart power grids, smart buildings and smart industrial processes make significant contributions to more efficient resource use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. This report gives an overview of sensor...

Research report

18 Jan 2010

The author argues that an “unfair and dysfunctional” funding system put in place by the Howard government that should be scrapped. The report also finds that: • by the end of the current schools funding agreement in 2012/13, private schools will have received $47 billion...

Research report

18 Jan 2010

This paper is a part of a larger project looking at the various effects that trade and investment can have on innovation.

The study looks at the role of trade and investment in technology transfer, the competition effects of trade and investment on innovation...

17 Jan 2010

THE PAST DECADE has been a public relations nightmare for big pharmaceutical companies – and deservedly so, their critics say. Activists and non-government organisations the world over have slated Big Pharma for putting profits ahead of people and vigorously enforcing their intellectual...

Research report

15 Jan 2010

This guide walks through NSW climate change policy and issues that a business needs to consider when developing a climate strategy.

The Climate Group CEO Steve Howard met with New South Wales Minster for Climate Change and The Environment, John Robertson, in November 2009...

Research report

21 Dec 2009

This report on the state of the world's indigenous peoples reveals alarming statistics on poverty, health, education, employment, human rights, the environment and more.

Indigenous peoples contribute extensively to humanity's cultural diversity, enriching it with more than two thirds of its languages and an...

Research report

15 Jan 2010

This paper examines the foundations and rationale for Australian reliance on US assurances of extended nuclear deterrence (END).

The Australian model of END “is marked by its lack of public presence, a lack of certainty about its standing and character in American eyes, its...

Article

15 Jan 2010

This paper analyses developments in the system of United States nuclear hegemony in East Asia deriving from North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons.

Hayes argues that “the nuclear threat projected by the US in this hegemonic system drove the DPRK to adopt a nuclear...

Research report

15 Jan 2010

The National Firearm Theft Monitoring Program (NFTMP) was established at the Australian Institute of Criminology to monitor the number of firearms reported stolen in Australian states and territories and to examine the nature and characteristics of these thefts. This report represents the fourth in the...

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2009

This paper estimates the impact of increased rainfall on traffic accident fatalities.

This focus is motivated by two factors. First, in OECD countries, road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged 15-24. Second, the social welfare cost of traffic deaths...

Discussion paper

15 Jan 2010

A common critique of most measures of income inequality, which are based on a single year's income, is that they fail to take account of income mobility.

If income fluctuations are large, and individuals can smooth consumption, then high inequality and high mobility may...

Research report

15 Jan 2010

The extent to which CCTV can prevent crime depends on the consideration is given to all of the components of the system and where there is a detailed understanding of crime in the local area.

Unintended consequences can include increased crime, crime displacement and...

Research report

15 Jan 2010

This working paper models a base case scenario for emissions projections between 2007 and 2020, assuming no further abatement measures are taken.

The underlying data has been used in recent reports prepared by the Department of Climate Change and the Treasury.

Video

15 Jan 2010

In the Statistics NZ migration figures for November 2008, of the 37,500 New Zealand citizens who left the country (permanent long term departures), 35,200 moved to Australia, followed by 600 to the United Arab Emirates and 500 to Canada. Why are so many...

Research report

15 Jan 2010

In recent years, a series of emails have been widely circulated throughout Australia claiming to describe the social security entitlements of refugees, compared with those of other Australian residents. A common claim in these emails is that refugees in Australia receive higher social...

Journal article

15 Jan 2010

However much conservatives insist that marriage is divinely ordained, it is an institution profoundly moulded by secular events. The changing position of women, the nature of the labour market, educational and welfare policy, the state of the economy and other structural factors will continue to...

Audio

14 Jan 2010

Is it better for children to start school young at four years and six months or to wait until the compulsory six years of age?

Research by Dr Ben Edwards at the Australian Institute of Family Studies suggests that late starters have an edge...

14 Jan 2010

There is a special sort of loneliness about sitting in a cinema on your own. Over the past year, I have frequently found myself watching an Australian movie as the sole member of an audience and, on three occasions, with only one other...

Audio

14 Jan 2010

Paul Pholeros has spent three decades working on indigenous housing. He talks about why housing for Aboriginal Australians is still in such a dire state and what's needed to improve it?

14 Jan 2010

We need to base our future on a recognition of indigenous as well as British heritage, says Noel Pearson at the Sydney Festival.

FRIENDS: this evening I want to talk about the hopes we have long harboured for Australia’s future: the renewal and affirmation...

15 Jan 2010

IT’S ONLY about a month ago that an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine on pandemic influenza vaccine policy warned that globally, “demand for influenza vaccine greatly exceeds supply”. Which just goes to show that you should be sceptical about what you read...

Article

13 Jan 2010

This essay reveals how the Arts are a microcosm of Australia-Asia engagement. Unless we are proactive in Asia, the burgeoning Arts community in Asia will continue to grow in complexity and internal goodwill, and Australia will remain forever on the edge. Australia must make some...

Audio

13 Jan 2010

Copyright began 300 years ago, but now laws can't cope with the anarchy of new technologies.

There's a battle between the law and the 'mashers', from the White House to the Australian Federal Court.

Research report

13 Jan 2010

Expenditure on health and high care residential aged care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people amounted to $2,953 million in 2006-07, or 3% of national expenditure on health and high care residential aged care. In 2006-07, the average expenditure per person on health and...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

This report presents national statistics on serious non-fatal injury due to land transport accidents in Australia during 2006-07.

Males were more than 2 times than females to be hospitalised as a result of a land transport accident, while just over 50% of those hospitalised...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

The authors of this report argue that Australia’s current asset-building policies largely support those who are already well off.

Tax concessions on housing and superannuation in particular enable wealthier households to further accumulate assets while doing little for poorer families. Significant reform of the...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

This draft plan identifies the research required to help Australian governments, organisations and communities better understand the social, economic and institutional dimensions of effective climate adaptation responses.

It outlines priority areas for research that can better inform decisions about adaptation to ensure effective, efficient,...

Briefing paper

13 Jan 2010

This guide is designed to assist both new and established screen content producers in getting to grips with online distribution, audience dynamics and monetisation.

The media world is undergoing a seismic shift, as audiences increasingly turn to online and interactive content. Meanwhile, media brands...

Survey

13 Jan 2010

The Swinburne National Technology and Society Monitor (SNTSM) provides an annual 'snapshot' of public perceptions of new technologies, science and technological change. This annual telephone survey involves interviews with a representative sample of 1000 Australian adults from all states and territories.

The...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

In a series of lectures at the College de France 1975–1976 entitled ‘Society must be defended’, Michel Foucault made the following observation: ‘sovereignty’s old right – to take life or let live ... came to be complemented by ... the power to “make”...

Audio

28 Oct 2009

Media and cultural policies are shaped by the few with access to political power. What role can academics play in current policy debates?

Philip Schlesinger is director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow. This event was recorded on...

Transcript

13 Jan 2010

This UK paper considers the role of academics in current debates on media and cultural policy in the UK.

Although theories of the intellectuals differ widely as to what such a role might be, they point to a more general issue: the struggle for...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

The Let’s Start project was a trial to implement the Exploring Together Preschool Program (ETPP) in the Northern Territory (NT) for managing behaviour problems in Indigenous and other children.

Children from four to six years old whose behaviour was a concern were referred...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

This report commissioned by the Equity in Education Alliance seeks to quantify in dollars the extent to which the Victorian community service organisations, including emergency relief providers, assist disadvantaged families to meet school education expenses. This costs data supports the argument that the cost of...

13 Jan 2010

NEARLY forty years ago the eminent macroeconomist James Tobin proposed a tax on foreign exchange transactions as a means of “throwing some sand in the well-greased wheels” of financial speculation. The idea attracted little attention at the time, and it wasn’t until twenty years later...

Research report

22 Dec 2009

This report identifies differences in requirements imposed on business by the food safety regulatory regimes at all levels of government in Australia and New Zealand.

The report identifies opportunities for all jurisdictions to improve food safety regulation and its enforcement in order to reduce...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

This report provides an overview of Australia's electricity and natural gas markets and an assessment by EnergyQuest of the state of the natural gas industry, focusing on the growing integration of Australian and global energy markets.

This year’s edition provides increased coverage of energy...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

The audit examined and reported on the AFP's capabilities to provide for current and future demands for policing and law enforcement services to the Commonwealth. This is the review's final report.

The report makes 110 findings and 40 recommendations relating to a wide range...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

This report outlines progress in dealing with homelessness over the past year, including case studies from individuals that have been helped by the new reforms.

The Australian Government is using three strategies to guide our work to reduce homelessness:

Turning off the Tap...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

The Scholarly Publishing Roundtable was convened to examine the current state of scholarly publishing and develop consensus recommendations for expanding public access to the journal articles arising from research

funded by agencies of the United States government.

After recognizing the progress that has...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

This paper discusses a number of challenges that programs are likely to face in the effort to formulate best practice in sexual assault prevention education.

The discussion is based on findings from interviews conducted with 32 prevention educators and program writers during a research...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

This paper seeks public comment on the benefits and costs of maximising Australia’s "digital dividend", the term used to describe the radio-frequency spectrum made available up as a result of the switchover to digital-only television.

The green paper establishes a Government target of 126...

Research report

1 Jun 2006

This research investigates Australian residential consumers’ experiences with e-security and identifies areas of concern and their implications on telecommunications policy and regulation.

Findings and recommendations have been formed through a literature review and an online survey of 254 Australian consumers. In age, gender and...

Research report

3 Sep 2009

This report brings together consumer-focused case studies across telecommunications and mobiles, the Internet, affordability and broadcasting.

This collection of fundamental consumer issues and policy analyses sketches out the field of play for consumer advocacy moving forwards.

• In the Telecommunications and Mobile area...

Research report

13 Jan 2010

As part of the Rudd Government's cyber safety plan this report was commissioned to test the effacy of internet filtering.

As part of its commitment to examine the introduction of ISP-level filtering, the Australian Government conducted a live ISP filtering pilot in 2009 to...

Discussion paper

13 Jan 2010

This discussion paper argues for the centrality of Aboriginal Spirituality in the practice of social and emotional wellbeing and for applications in all areas of Aboriginal development.

Although often mentioned in the literature on Aboriginal health and social and emotional wellbeing, Spirituality has been...

Transcript

13 Jan 2010

Presentations now available from this symposium held in Melbourne on 1 December 2009.

Topics include:

Aunty Joy Murphy-Wandin Welcome to Country

Dr Paula Gerber

Opening remarks - The experience of Indigenous Victorians relating to birth registration and birth certificates Symposium presentation...

Discussion paper

13 Jan 2010

In the main, Australia's feature film production sector consists of a loose collection of 'kitchen-table' operators, poorly capitalised, going from one project to the next. The distribution sector, by contrast, is in very good health. Why is this the case? What environmental conditions have created...

12 Jan 2010

In APO's High Court Watch series , Tessa Meyrick looks at the Howard government’s legislative legacy in the context of refugee law

TALK of an “Indonesian Solution” to the 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on the Oceanic Viking has brought a...

Research report

7 Jan 2010

Michael Hamel-Green of Victoria University and Peter Hayes of the Nautilus Institute argue that a Korean Nuclear Weapon Free Zone may be a necessary condition to achieving the full denuclearization of Korea.

As well as providing “benefits to the United States in preventing...

Research report

7 Jan 2010

Richard Leaver of Flinders University writes that the Australian activist foreign policy tradition in disarmament has long been “in a state of decline, and the main source of this slippage has been the gradual triumph of form over substance in the realm of safeguards and...

Research report

7 Nov 2009

Using data from all elections to the Australian House of Representatives between 1903 and 2004, this paper examines the relationship between candidates’ gender and their share of the vote.

The authors find that the vote share of female candidates is 0.6 percentage points smaller...

Discussion paper

7 Jan 2010

The final report from the Productivity Commission into executive remuneration does not recommend any far-reaching changes that will address the excessiveness of executive pay in Australia. However, various policy options are available to rein in executive pay, including: removing the tax concession on capital gains;...

8 Jan 2010

AH, COPENHAGEN. Never before have so many gathered for so long to achieve so little. Of course, we all know now that it was the fault of the Coalition and the Chinese, but we didn't know that before.

Kevin Rudd used to say it...

Research report

8 Jan 2010

On 18th December 2009 Ministers with responsibility for schooling released the full set of results from 2009’s national literacy and numeracy tests (NAPLAN) that were conducted across Australia in May.

The NAPLAN involves all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 being...

Book

8 Jan 2010

This edition of Australian Education Review explores the goals of Australian education and of how schools should prepare young people for work and life.

This book brings together two stories: one relating to the ways in which young people’s worlds have changed radically over...

Audio

7 Jan 2010

Recorded in Paris last year, this interview with John Baxter, author of The Australian Cinema (Pacific Books 1970), discusses 40 years of Australian film production and government assistance. First broadcast on ARTS alive , which is syndicated nationally on the CBAA satellite service and via...

7 Jan 2010

PROFESSOR Ian Plimer is famous for using litigation to settle disputes going to core beliefs. In the 1990s, Professor Plimer sued Dr Allen Roberts, an elder of the Hills Bible Church in Sydney, for misleading or deceptive conduct in breach of the Trade Practices Act...

Research report

7 Jan 2010

The aim of the study is to analyse the diversity and types of service integrated housing that have been developed in Australia, and to consider the policy and research implications.

It includes examination of the implications of international experience with service integrated housing for...

Research report

7 Jan 2010

The aim of this study is to provide a framework to guide the implementation of statutory kinship services by the Benevolent Society.

The countries included in the study are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and United States of America.

In the...

Briefing paper

7 Jan 2010

Section 20(d) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) provides the Australian Human Rights Commission with a function to ‘prepare, and to publish in such manner as the Commission considers appropriate, guidelines for the avoidance of infringements of Part II or Part IIA’ of...

Article

7 Jan 2010

In one of the most substantive and visible diasporas of the late twentieth century, more than two million Vietnamese left their homeland after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and made new lives for themselves overseas. The majority resettled in the United States,...

Article

7 Jan 2010

While there has been a lull in the debate over 'Asian values' since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the concept never disappeared.

The development of a regional human-rights commission constitutes a fresh battleground where competing views are playing out. As in the past, the...

Research report

5 Jan 2010

This report recommends that corporate governance should be strengthened through the introduction of independent remuneration committees, measures to promote board accountability and shareholder engagement, enhanced pay disclosure and increased pressure on those boards that are unresponsive to shareholder concerns.

Strong growth in executive remuneration...

Research report

5 Jan 2010

This report details key actions taken by the Victorian government in 2008-09 financial year and measures performance against 23 indicators.

It includes a demographic profile of Victoria’s Indigenous community, Indigenous governance arrangements and highlights the key partnership arrangements between individual departments and Indigenous communities....

Research report

5 Jan 2010

Cities represent a challenge and an opportunity for climate change policy. As the hubs of economic activity, cities generate the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions and are thus important to mitigation strategies.

Urban planning will shape future trends and the concentration of population, socio-economic...

Research report

5 Jan 2010

In an attempt to contain rising trends in obesity and associated chronic diseases, many governments have implemented a range of policies to promote healthy lifestyles. These efforts have been hindered by the limited availability of evidence about the effectiveness of interventions in changing lifestyles and...

Research report

5 Jan 2010

Sweeping changes need to be made to the process of informing Australians before a referendum, according to this report. The Committee found the written material provided to all electors before a referendum is insufficient, and that a greater range of communication is needed to properly...

Research report

4 Jan 2010

This paper provides an overview of short-term and long-term developments in ICT employment trends.

Preliminary analysis of available indicators shows that employment is dropping in the ICT sector - notably in ICT goods sectors and mostly remianing flat in ICT services. The paper also...

Research report

4 Jan 2010

The CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th US Presidency has released its final report. The Commission’s three major findings are:

Cybersecurity is now one of the major national security problems facing the United States; Decisions and actions must respect American values related to...

Video

We are moving into a different cyber environment. Your information will be stored in the cloud – a computer somewhere else whose location you do not know – and you will connect to it with a mobile device – a cell phone or PDA. This...