December 2010

23 Dec 2010

Not all of them were entirely overlooked, but Inside story contributors definitely read them this year…

WE ASKED Inside Story contributors to write a paragraph about a book they’d read during the year that mightn’t have had the recognition it deserved, and...

23 Dec 2010

Ian McShane reviews Andrew Leigh’s book about social capital in Australia, Disconnected , in Inside Story

ANDREW LEIGH’s Disconnected is a brisk analysis of social capital in Australia. As the title suggests, his concern is the erosion of social bonds and...

Article

16 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Health area in 2010 were:

1. Primary health care reform in Australia Department of Health and Ageing 2. Black Saturday: the immediate impact of the February 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia Peter A....

Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Creative & Digital area in 2010 were:

1. National cultural policy: discussion framework Peter Garrett | National Cultural Policy Consultation 2. Teens and social media Amanda Lenhart, Mary Madden, Alexandra Rankin Macgill, Aaron Smith...

Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Economics area in 2010 were:

1. Intergenerational report 2010 Treasury 2. The economic vitality report: the impact of the GFC on Australians Robert Tanton, and others | National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling...

Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Environment & Planning area in 2010 were: 1. State of Australian cities 2010 Major Cities Unit | Infrastructure Australia 2. Australia's environment: issues and trends, Jan 2010 Australian Bureau of Statistics 3. Our future world:...

Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports, websites and commentary pieces in the Indigenous issues area in 2010 were:

1. 8 Aboriginal ways of learning James Cook University’s School of Indigenous Studies and the Western New South Wales Regional Aboriginal Education Team

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Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the International area in 2010 were:

1. Australia's foreign debt - data and trends Tony Kryger | Parliamentary Library 2. Overseas students: immigration policy changes 1997–May 2010 Elsa Koleth | Parliamentary Library 3. Defending Australia...

Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Justice area in 2010 were: 1. Immigration detention and offshore processing on Christmas Island Australian Human Rights Commission 2. Family violence and family law in Australia Thea Brown, Dale Bagshaw | Attorney-General's Department 3. Silence...

Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Politics area in 2010 were: 1. Report on government services 2010 Productivity Commission 2. The making of Julia Gillard (review) Peter Mares | Australian Book Review 3. Australian Government assistance to refugees: fact v...

Reports

17 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Social Policy area in 2010 were:

1. Who will benefit from the 1 July 2010 tax cuts? Robert Tanton 2. Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts? Janet Phillips | Parliamentary Library...

Report

22 Dec 2010

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Education area in 2010 were:

1. Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2. Draft national curriculum in English, maths,...

21 Dec 2010

A recent High Court judgment clarifies the implementation of privatisations and public-private partnerships, writes David Hume for APO's High Court Watch

EARLIER this month the High Court decided that the Victorian government could be required to compensate a private purchaser of a...

Report

22 Dec 2010

As the third annual statement of water trading activity across Australia, this report provides the definitive national statement of water trading and is an ongoing resource describing trading arrangements and activity in each jurisdiction.

The Australian Water Markets Report 2009–10 reflects the 2009–10 water...

Report

22 Dec 2010

The Australian environmental water management report 2010 presents a comprehensive picture of Australia's current environmental water management arrangements. This report is an important first step in a three-year Raising National Water Standards Program project that is contributing to improved environmental water reporting in...

Report

22 Dec 2010

The community services and health industries have experienced a period of growth in recent times. This report focuses on the sub-section, alcohol and other drugs, which has had difficulty recruiting staff. Through a survey of managers of alcohol and other drugs service agencies,...

Report

16 Dec 2010

This report presents the latest data on adoptions by Australian families, and highlights important national trends in adoptions over the last few decades.

Data for this report were obtained from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Adoptions Australia data collection. This data...

Report

16 Dec 2010

The ten most read research reports and commentary pieces during 2010 on APO were:

1. Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia (2009) Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2. Draft national curriculum in English, maths, science...

16 Dec 2010

Cancun will restore confidence among governments and business that action is going to occur, writes Michael Jacobs in Inside Story, and that makes progress more likely

“I HAD low expectations,” said one environmentalist at the conclusion of the UN climate change conference...

Report

16 Dec 2010

Australia's Arts and Entertainment Sector underpins cultural and social innovation, improves the quality of community life, is essential to maintaining our cities as world class attractors of talent and investment, and helps create ‘Brand Australia’ in the global marketplace of ideas (QUT Creative...

Report

17 Dec 2010

Giving Voice to the Impacts of Values Education – The Final Report of the Values in Action Schools Project , October 2010 is a report of the learnings and outcomes of the Values in Action Schools Project (VASP) (51) . It presents...

17 Dec 2010

The debate about refugees and asylum seekers is confused by a misunderstanding of the origins of the 1951 Refugee Convention, writes Klaus Neumann in Inside Story

OUR APPROACH to asylum seekers is woefully inadequate. I don’t necessarily mean the government’s asylum seeker...

Report

17 Dec 2010

Using data from the three most recent National Drug Household Surveys, this report to look at trends in alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm, alcohol beverage of choice, and under-age drinking.

Using the 2007 data, the report also explores factors that are associated with short-term risky...

Report

17 Dec 2010

Estimating the potential years of life lost to describe mortality patterns for deaths due to chronic disease this bulletin shows that most premature deaths were due to chronic disease.

The leading cause of premature mortality among females was breast cancer and among males it...

Report

16 Dec 2010

This report analyses deaths occurring in custodial settings, such as prison and juvenile detention, as well as police custody and related operations, for the period 1980 to 2008.

It does not consider deaths in detention centres under immigration legislation. Since it was established to...

Report

16 Dec 2010

This report provides an overview of the numbers and rates of juveniles in detention in Australia since 1981 and juveniles in detention for the financial year 2007-08.

As with the Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC’s) previous report on juveniles in detention, it also provides...

Transcript

16 Dec 2010

This paper sets out eight policy initiatives by which the Australian government and civil society could constructively move towards a foundation of sustainable peace in Afghanistan:

1 Withdraw all Australian forces: completely, rapidly and unconditionally.

2 Move the United Nations towards a more...

Report

16 Dec 2010

This paper explores a possible technological strategy that would avoid security and sustainability dilemmas associated with the management of the rapidly growing quantities of nuclear spent fuel in the East Asia region.

The region‘s spent fuel inventories from nuclear power are growing rapidly. The...

Transcript

16 Dec 2010

Recent meetings between Australian and United States officials resulted in significant developments on two key issues: the unresolved conundrum of the Australian and US strategic relationship vis-a-vis China, and Australia’s deepening integration into US global space-based intelligence and military communications systems.

In particular, the...

Report

16 Dec 2010

By focusing attention on the opportunities for and barriers to improving the environmental sustainability of Australia’s private rental housing stock, this research contributes to present debates about the sustainability of Australian cities .

Report

16 Dec 2010

This report provides a comprehensive picture of national statistics on cancer using a range of resources, presenting the latest available data and trends over time.

This is a joint report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the state and territory...

Discussion paper

14 Dec 2010

The purpose of this paper is to provide context and background to the government’s Convergence Review, which is examining Australia’s communications legislation in light of emerging technology and industry trends. This paper is not intended as an exhaustive account of all the issues. Rather, it...

Book

14 Dec 2010

The reading literacy of Australian 15-year-old students has fallen sharply over the past decade, results from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveal. The Australian national report shows Australia’s results have also slipped in mathematics but held ground in science.

PISA measures...

14 Dec 2010

The protests in Britain highlight how much the Liberal Democrats have compromised to share power, writes Frank Bongiorno in Inside Story

• HAS the revolution begun yet? Last Thursday’s helicopters, sirens, riot police and chanting protesters – followed by shattered glass, graffitied buildings and...

Report

14 Oct 2010

The report provides an up to date analysis of the pay-back of the significant investment by the Australian Government and business community in HMR in Australia. The Lateral Economics report indicates that if health and medical research spending were to atleast keep pace...

14 Dec 2010

There is no simple, technical answer to question of the optimal class size argues Margaret Clark

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You would have thought this was a bold new 'emperor has no clothes announcement', but Jensen's conclusions about class size are not new writes Margaret Clark...

Report

14 Dec 2010

The cost of ATM fees is having a significant and detrimental impact on Indigenous people living in remote communities.

Report summary

Indigenous consumers have no choice but to use the single ATM in a remote community. All ATMs charge fees and these...

Report

13 Dec 2010

This study is completed. The final research report was released on 13 December 2010.

On 27 November 2009, the Australian Government requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a study into the impact of bilateral and regional trade agreements on trade and investment...

Discussion paper

14 Dec 2010

The meeting of the 27 EU member states this Thursday will do nothing to solve the crisis of Europeargues German economist Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich.

No matter how many rescue packages are announced or meetings held, the current European crisis is the beginning of...

Report

14 Dec 2010

This report outlines the federal government's proposed banking reforms to promote competition and assist consumers.

To empower consumers, the government plans to:

• Ban exit fees outright on new home loans from 1 July 2011 • Boost consumer flexibility to transfer deposits and...

Report

14 Dec 2010

The efficiency dividend has been chipping away at public service budgets for 20 years. This paper examines the problems it causes and puts forward alternatives.

While initially the dividend may have helped reduce excess spending, its effects are now eroding the ability of government...

Video

3 May 2013

We are well used to the idea that the Museum has a role in explaining national identity. Yet the National Museum - like museums around the world - has to make a place for itself not only in a national context but in a global...

Report

15 Dec 2010

Technology innovation is the key to reducing carbon emissions cheaply, according to this report based on the experience of six pollution pricing schemes in Australia and overseas.

In each case, costs to reduce pollution, and actual prices, were much lower than governments and their...

Report

15 Dec 2010

Boat arrivals have been the focus for a flurry of policy-making in 2010. This paper asks why, and whether it has been worth it.

It argues that Australia is not undergoing an asylum crisis of the sort that warrants such attention and policy reform....

Report

15 Dec 2010

This paper looks at patterns of own-home wealth across the life cycle in Australia and in several North American and Western European countries and finds that Australia is out of step with comparable countries.

In the mid-1990s, the Australian elderly had the lowest relative...

Report

15 Dec 2010

This paper presents evidence regarding the extent to which parental substance misuse, domestic violence and parental mental health problems co-occur and discusses the wider context of exclusion and disadvantage.

The factors most commonly associated with the occurrence of child abuse and neglect, and identified...

Report

15 Dec 2010

This paper presents information about the educational experience and associated characteristics of persons aged 15 to 64 years and persons aged 65 to 74 years who are in, or marginally attached to, the labour force.

Statistics in this publication were collected in May 2010...

Report

15 Dec 2010

This report summarises information received from 106 malaria-endemic countries and other sources and updates the analyses presented in the 2009 Report.

It highlights continued progress made towards meeting the World Health Assembly (WHA) targets for malaria to be achieved by the end of 2010...

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2010

This paper considers a new scheme, the Tender-Price Allocation Mechanism, which focuses carbon factor cost expenditure on abatement rather than just revenue transfers.

In Australia and internationally, we have witnessed intense discussions concerning the best policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The two main...

13 Dec 2010

If we want an informed populace who can participate in public debate, we need a robust and diverse local media environment, write Marni Cordell and Catriona Menzies-Pike in the National Times

• "BY WEDNESDAY, the readers, writers and editors of independent news and...

Report

8 Dec 2010

On the ecological side, this paper concludes that should Australia’s population reach the ‘Big Australia’ projection of 35.9 million by 2050, this will not put serious pressure on Australia’s non-renewable resource stock or capacity to feed the nation. However such population growth will make the...

Report

13 Dec 2010

This report provides an overview of the Australian telecommunications industry performance against a range of regulatory obligations.

The ACMA Communications report 2009–10 fulfils the ACMA’s statutory reporting requirements under section 105 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to report to the Minister for Broadband, Communications...

Book

13 Dec 2010

Indonesia's Islamic courts have embraced reform within a judicial system notorious for corruption and incompetence.

Western perceptions of Islam in Indonesia are often dominated by images of radical minorities seeking a shari’ah state. In reality, however, mainstream Islamic institutions have played an important part...

13 Dec 2010

Should we trust predictions of long-term prosperity, asks Tom Conley in Big P Political Economy

I DON'T know about you, but whenever I read headlines like "20 year boom", my bullsh-t detector comes on hard and fast. While there can be...

Report

13 Dec 2010

This project examines sexual offending by asking victim/survivors how the sexual assault(s) they experienced happened; what factors they thought facilitated it; and what strategies, behaviours and tactics perpetrators used against them.

Building the evidence on how sexual assault occurs, and particularly the strategies used...

Audio interview

10 Dec 2010

Mary Edmunds has just published an evaluation of the Northern Territory intervention for the Whitlam Institute, and she joins Peter Mares on ABC Radio's National Interest.{C}

It's three and a half years after the Howard government sent an army of soldiers, civil servants, police...

Report

14 Dec 2010

Diabetes affects about 1 in 20 pregnancies in Australia and is associated with poorer pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Diabetes is known to adversely affect women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and delivery. These adverse effects differ by type of diabetes and between population...

Report

14 Dec 2010

Health expenditure in Australia in 2008-09 reached $112.8 billion, an increase of $9.2 billion since 2007-08.

The area of health expenditure with the largest increase was public hospital services, which accounted for over one-quarter of the total increase in 2008-09.

'Health expenditure Australia...

Report

9 Dec 2010

Comprehensive statistical information on residential aged care facilities and services, their residents, admissions and separations, and residents' dependency levels.

At 30 June 2009, there were over 178,000 residential aged care places, an increase of 1.6% compared with 30 June 2008. Almost 82,000 permanent residents...

Report

9 Dec 2010

Residential aged care in Australia 2008-09 provides comprehensive statistical information on residential aged care facilities and services, their residents, admissions and separations, and residents' dependency levels.

At 30 June 2009, there were over 178,000 residential aged care places, an increase of 1.6% compared with...

13 Dec 2010

Australia's politicians are proposing discredited solutions to an exaggerated problem, writes Khalid Koser in the National Times

IS AUSTRALIA really undergoing an asylum crisis of the sort that warrants the political attention the issue attracted this year? In the 2009-10 financial year,...

13 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks is the product of a time of great stress in the international system, argues Tony Kevin in Inside Story

IN RECENT DAYS I’ve been looking for answers to a series of questions raised by the massive WikiLeaks releases over the...

Report

13 Dec 2010

This report, the first of two on the sentencing of Indigenous people in Victoria, presents a descriptive profile of the Koori Court.

In 1991, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody reported that Indigenous people were significantly over-represented in police custody, prisons and...

Report

13 Dec 2010

This paper proposes a multi-systemic practice framework to help counsellors assess for and respond to homicide risk in family violence contexts.

The framework outlines the four main system domains that counsellors may need to address: the client system; the therapeutic relationship; the organisational context;...

Journal article

9 Dec 2010

This survey reveals a strong desire among information professionals to employ taxonomies more effectively and a need to demonstrate the business value of taxonomy work to organizational decision makers.

Innotecture and Straits Knowledge conducted a survey on taxonomies in Australia. The survey investigated the...

Journal article

9 Dec 2010

Political parties are among the most lax, unregulated organizations handling large volumes of personally identifiable data about citizens’ behavior and attitudes.

This paper analyzes the privacy practices of political parties in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States to assess the current state of...

9 Dec 2010

Wikileaks has taken on the USA with the intention of slowing its communications lifeblood "until it falls, stupefied", writes Jonathan Holmes in The Drum.

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WikiLeaks: It's the media story that just grows and grows. Quite apart from the leaked cables themselves,...

Report

9 Dec 2010

This paper examines the struggle between representatives of major record companies and artists in the music industry, and peer-to-peer file-sharing services and their users.

This struggle can be analysed in terms of tactics used by the two sides, which can be classified into five...

Report

9 Dec 2010

Indonesia witnessed sporadic violence in its local elections during 2010, and this report argues that these easily preventable incidents could be increasing in frequency since the last cycle.

While most district polls pass peacefully, the small number that do not reveals nationwide institutional weaknesses...

Journal article

9 Dec 2010

Just as commercialism has rendered television beyond the reach of education, commercial pressures threaten to seriously limit the potential of the social Web for education and learning.

In recent years, new socially‏ oriented Web technologies have been portrayed as placing the learner at the...

Report

9 Dec 2010

ACMA is proposing to amend the anti-terrorism standards that apply to open and subscription narrowcasting services following an investigation into the content of Al-Manar Television.

Al-Manar Television is an Arabic language service that originates from Lebanon and is received in Australia via satellite...

Report

10 Dec 2010

This paper summarises the results of a small-scale study into the online interactions of suspected paedophiles with undercover Australian police officers posing as male children.

The study provides insight to an under-researched area of how persons with a sexual interest in male children interact...

Report

10 Aug 2010

This scoping study includes a detailed review of local, national and international policy relating to arts, education and innovation and case studies of innovative and best practice schools education programs delivered by eighteen contemporary arts organisations in Australia and the UK.

It also contains...

Report

9 Dec 2010

This paper describes the outcomes of a Gold Coast program delivered to men who perpetrate domestic violence and who are legally obliged to participate.

International surveys have suggested that around one-third of all adult women will, at some point in their lifetime, experience abuse...

Report

9 Dec 2010

While the media is rightly concerned about protecting freedom of expression, this paper argues that this must not be to the exclusion of privacy rights.

This paper, presented at the 2010 Conference of the Centre for Media and Communications Law, argues that there are...

Discussion paper

9 Dec 2010

This paper outlines the Australian Government's current Information and Communication Technology services panel situation and proposes a new model.

Briefing paper

9 Dec 2010

This briefing provides an overview of the Australian Government’s Data Centre Strategy, including a summary of the drivers behind the initiative and an update on the nine projects currently underway.

This will provide industry representatives with an idea of project timelines, expectations and upcoming...

9 Dec 2010

Since 1996 Newstart for a single person has fallen from around 54 per cent to 45 per cent of the after-tax minimum wage, writes Peter Whiteford in Inside Story. It isn’t enough to live on

• ONE of the more surprising newspaper stories of...

Report

7 Dec 2010

This is the fifth year that Ofcom has published comparative international data on the communications sector, benchmarking the UK against comparator countries. It aims to provide a statistically-driven international comparative context for the UK communications sector.

This is a core responsibility for Ofcom, enabling...

Report

7 Dec 2010

Highlighting the important role young people play in addressing climate change, this report offers suggestions on how young people might be more effectively integrated as individual and collective agents of change within the realm of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The report is designated...

Report

7 Dec 2010

Examining how Australians view their health care system, this paper presents the results of a telephone survey of a representative sample of 1201 Australians.

The survey was conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and The Nous Group (Nous) on July 2010 and...

Report

8 Dec 2010

The report sets out a number of actions government will pursue in relation to improving access to TV, Cinema, DVD and internet downloads for people who are hearing or vision impaired.

Media access includes the availability of captions, which assist Deaf people and people...

Report

8 Dec 2010

Examines the Vocational Education and Training sector, the context in which it operates and the implications this has for workforce composition and development.

The Productivity Commission has been asked by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), through the Australian Government, to undertake a study...

Report

8 Dec 2010

This investigation into Customs’ use of coercive powers found that it is generally consistent with principles of good administration but improvement could be made in several areas.

Complaints have been received from travellers about their experiences with Customs officers, showing individuals often do not...

Report

8 Dec 2010

Examines regulation and quality assurance at the level of existing operational practice in government accreditation authorities for higher education throughout Australia.

This report is the result of the work of an Expert Group that was established through collaboration between the Australian Universities Quality Agency...

Report

8 Dec 2010

This research project was funded under the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security (NAP), a whole-of-government program coordinated by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The project's aims were achieved by addressing the following research questions:

a....

Report

8 Dec 2010

Retirement-village residents may be disadvantaged by current policy on eligibility for Commonwealth Rent Assistance, reports this paper examining potential inequities in rent assistance for older people across different types of housing.

This report is concerned with policies on Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) for older...

Report

8 Dec 2010

This paper examines both the urgency for Climate Change action and the accompanying political challenges.

The paper tackles the vast issue with a distillation of the science and scientific history of climate change; an exposition of the political meanderings that risk leaving Australia without...

Report

6 Dec 2010

Combining information on trade flows and trade policy measures of 184 countries, this report offers a concise overview of global trade.

The data provided for each country includes basic economic indicators (such as GDP), trade policy indicators (such as tariffs and import duties), merchandise...

Book

6 Dec 2010

Focusing on the foundations of Information Systems as an academic discipline, this volume shows how the design science approach can be used in academic research.

This volume presents papers from the fourth biennial Information Systems Foundation Workshop, held at The Australian National University in...

Guide

25 Nov 2010

This Guide deals with the licensing of government copyright materials for distribution and reuse under Creative Commons (CC) 3.0 Australia licences.This Guide has been developed for government departments and agencies that make their copyright materials available for access, use and reuse. It provides practical step-by-step...

Report

6 Dec 2010

This report finds the NSW Community Services' early intervention program, Brighter Futures, to be a success, while also identifying some teeting problems.

Brighter Futures is an innovative program, which has changed the practice of child abuse prevention services in NSW. The program has broken...

6 Dec 2010

Forty-one years after the declaration of the principle of equal pay, we’re still not there, writes Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story

WOMEN have had the vote in Australia for more than a century, and discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital...

Report

6 Dec 2010

Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. This report outlnes the key events and issues.

Islamists use “Christianisation” – a term that generally refers both to Christian...

6 Dec 2010

Whistleblower laws give only an illusion of protection for whistleblowers, argues Brian Martin in On Line Opinion

WHISTLEBLOWERS are people – most commonly employees – who speak out in the public interest to expose corruption, abuse and dangers to the public. For...

Report

6 Dec 2010

Highlights the progress made and recommends changes where these could help to improve the effectiveness of the Family Responsibilities Commission for the remainder of its term.

This Report focuses on the findings from the Implementation Review of the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC).

This...

Report

6 Dec 2010

This latest edition of the annual report includes provides an overview of migration from both the global perspective and through six regional chapters.

Migration is a constant and dynamic phenomenon increasingly requiring diversified policy intervention in order to maximize its potential benefits and minimize...

Report

6 Dec 2010

This report considers vocational education, post release support and, significantly, innovative strategies to better address the issue of Aboriginal recidivism.

This report is the second and final report of the Inquiry ‘Making our Prisons Work’. The first report focussed on prison employment and industries....

Report

6 Dec 2010

The National Mental Health Strategy was endorsed by all Australian Health Ministers in 1992 and committed all governments to a reform process aimed at achieving major improvements in the quality and range of mental health services available to the community. Through various changes in government...

Report

6 Dec 2010

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the funding of New South Wales local government election campaigns and makes a series of recommendations for change.

The report examines the distinctive structure of NSW local government and its electoral system, the regulation and patterns of...

Video

Discussing his Quarterly Essay "Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era", political journalist George Megalogenis examines the restless pace and timid tone of contemporary Australian politics.

Discussing the essay with former Labor politician Lindsay Tanner – in a sometimes disarming reversal...

Discussion paper

7 Dec 2010

Reporting entities provide services that are vulnerable to exploitation for money laundering and terrorism financing purposes, creating the need for regulation.

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) has released this discussion paper on the proposed cost recovery model for the agency's regulatory...

Discussion paper

7 Dec 2010

This discussion paper invites comment on the effectiveness of the Telemarketing Industry Standard in balancing community and industry expectations in relation to the making of telemarketing and research calls.

The ACMA is reviewing the Telecommunications (Do Not Call Register) (Telemarketing and Research Calls) Industry...

7 Dec 2010

The High Court has redefined what it means to be a charity and boosted freedom of speech, writes George Williams in the Sydney Morning Herald

A HIGH COURT decision last week provided a big win for charities, and another big loss for...

Report

3 Dec 2010

Provides Australia's first comprehensive view of how the most difficult year of recent times - in economic terms at least - has impacted on Australia-Asia engagement.

The PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index is the first multi-indicator measure of engagement between Asia and Australia. The...

2 Dec 2010

What happens when an industry concerned with the production of culture is beholden to a company with the sole goal of underselling competitors, asks Onnesha Roychoudhuri in the Boston Review

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THE MAN sitting next to me takes out his new...

Report

2 Dec 2010

The Northern Territory Intervention has been surrounded in controversy since day one. Three and a half years later the intervention continues, but we now have a chance to take stock in search of a just response to a complex problem. In this essay Dr Mary...

Report

2 Dec 2010

While the financial crisis cut swathes through the financial sector and real economics of developed countries generally its effect in Australia was to illustrate a grand paradox.

Our banks were revealed to be amongst the strongest in the world, profitable beyond the wildest dreams...

Report

3 Dec 2010

With China becoming a far more effective player in the United Nations, this paper describes how China conducts itself in New York and the positions it takes on issues such as peacekeeping, Iran and North Korea.

The author, Michael Fullilove lays out these approaches...

Report

3 Dec 2010

Detailing the activities and human resource management practices of Australian Public Service agencies during 2009-10, this report assesses the capability of the agencies to meet the demands of an increasingly challenging environment.

Section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999 (the PS Act) provides...

Report

3 Dec 2010

Levels of overall satisfaction with communication services in Australia are high, but satisfaction about customer service and other specific aspects of service delivery are significantly lower.

This report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) shows that satisfaction levels varied considerably when consumers...

Report

3 Dec 2010

Unreasonable or difficult behaviour should not mean inadequate service from government agencies, argues this report on the Child Support Agency.

This report examines the Child Support Agency’s ‘write only’ policy which restricts certain customers to written contact only, as a result of ‘unreasonable behaviour’,...

Report

3 Dec 2010

This brief report summarises the results of a workshop that explored developments in health systems internationally and how comparative analysis of these might usefully be applied to the Australian health system.

The HC Coombs Policy Forum took advantage of the visit of two experts...

Report

2 Dec 2010

Observing an apparent shift in the relationship between place and performance, Redefining Places for Art explores whether, how, why, and to what extent artists, administrators and audiences see place as an essential part of twenty-first century performance experience.

Using the vibrant emerging...

Report

1 Dec 2010

Around one in three Australians are regularly putting one or more everyday bills like utilities, car registration and groceries on their credit card but not paying the balance off in full each month.

Categorised as 'playing catch-up', these people face higher rates of interest...

Audio

2 Dec 2010

Is it possible to build your own satellite? Or to use your digital camera to map the geology of the moon? We examine the idea of space 2.0 - the open sourcing of space exploration. We also get an update on what's happening with the...

Report

2 Dec 2010

This Information Sheet is designed for employers bound by the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) (IPA) – for example, Victorian state government organisations (including local councils, Victoria Police and courts). The IPA is about information privacy: it regulates how Victorian public sector organisations collect and...

Report

2 Dec 2010

This report looks at whether vocational education and training (VET) is equipped to meet the changing needs of the modern workplace. It finds that regulation and business needs drive changes in the way the training system operates.

The system has advantages and disadvantages: it...

Transcript

2 Dec 2010

New resources are available from the ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010, held in Melbourne on 3-4 November 2010.

More than 180 educators, thought leaders and managers from vocational education and training (VET), adult and community education (ACE) and higher education (HE) coming together for...

Article

30 Nov 2010

Announcing the Prime Minister's literary awards on 8 November, Julia Gillard quoted the English playwright Tom Stoppard : 'Words are sacred… If you get the right ones in the right order you can nudge the world a little'.

Stoppard and the Prime...

Transcript

26 Oct 2010

Australian cities rate highly internationally on liveability and well-being indices. State and metropolitan governments are keen to promote the liveability of their cities as a means of attracting mobile capital, skilled labour and tourists.

An examination of the liveability-environmental sustainability nexus, however, suggests that...

Report

30 Nov 2010

With the advantage of hindsight we examine the four key assumptions and confront them with published scientific evidence to assess their bearing on the sustainability of kangaroo harvesting in Australia.

Australian consumers increasingly believe that eating kangaroo meat encourages destocking in the...

Report

30 Nov 2010

Although we kill around 3 million kangaroos annually, the current widespread commercial and non-commercial killing of kangaroos has yet to be proven necessary according to this report.

Over the last decade in Australia, the Federal and State governments have approved an annual commercial kill...