June 2011

30 Jun 2011

Compassion as a motivator for action is overrated, writes Klaus Neumann in Inside Story, but Go Back to Where You Came from is a reminder that it’s not a bad starting point

IN Go Back to Where You Came from, a...

Discussion paper

30 Jun 2011

Interest in answers to questions on who receives Australian aid and why are timely given the announcement by the government of its intentions to double the total Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget by 2015‐16. The Australian government has announced its intention to allocate 0.5 percent...

Discussion paper

30 Jun 2011

In 1986, Mosely first drew attention to an apparent paradox in the performance of international aid. Microeconomic data from evaluations of aid financed projects showed a majority of projects were successful, whereas macroeconomic data from regressions of aid on growth were discouraging. The paradox, if...

Discussion paper

30 Jun 2011

This paper measures the extent to which both donor finance and resource revenues have contributed to higher rates of expenditure in key development sectors of the PNG economy - social services (including health and education) and infrastructure, between 1975 and 2010. Estimated elasticities are then...

Discussion paper

30 Jun 2011

New forms of aid, including “philanthrocapitalism” such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are rapidly altering the international aid architecture for health. These organisations have financial power, actively shape agendas and influence policy.

The rise of non‐traditional donor organisations creates opportunities and has...

Research report

30 Jun 2011

As part of the APEC Finance Ministers‘ Policy Initiatives of 2008, the World Bank was asked to prepare studies on the current state of economic policies concerning climate change and recommendations for strengthening these policies.

This report was prepared as part of the APEC...

Research report

30 Jun 2011

This paper examines how individuals behave in situations of risk and uncertainty in public and private goods context.

It finds that subjects are willing to pay a much higher amount to find out information relating to the probabilities of providing the private...

Working paper

30 Jun 2011

Based on a detailed empirical analysis of discursive engagement in several structured and decentred settings, this paper assesses the challenges for improving the democratic quality of global climate governance.

The global governance of climate change represents one of the more profound and, to date,...

Working paper

30 Jun 2011

In recent years, the post-neoliberal bloc of Latin America countries, ALBA, has fashioned a role for itself in international climate change negotiations as representing the voice of ‘the peoples’. In this article I draw on innovative theorising of representation to critically examine this claim. I...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

Noise standards adopted by the states and territories for the planning and operation of rural wind farms should include appropriate measures to calculate the impact of low frequency noise and vibrations indoors at impacted dwellings.

This is among seven recommendations made in this...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

This inquiry is the first major review of the National Classification Scheme since it was introduced over 15 years ago.

The inquiry presented the committee with an opportunity to examine a range of important issues relating to the National Classification Scheme and to assess...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

This report details the findings of a second independent assessment of the implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU.

This report is part of the European Commission`s commitment to support the industry self-regulatory initiative - the “Safer Social Networking Principles” (from...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

A series of short articles on topics of interest relating to sport and physical recreation using data sourced from a range of ABS surveys.

This statistical release contains information on:

Sporting facilities in Australia; A profile of spectators at selected sporting events; Statistics...

Video

Ingrid Betancourt was born in Colombia and raised in France. In 1989 she returned to Colombia to pursue a career in politics. While campaigning for President with her Green Oxygen (Oxigeno Verde) Party, she was kidnapped by FARC rebels and held hostage for 6½ years....

Discussion paper

28 Jun 2011

The existence of multiple regulatory marks, which apply in relation to particular technical requirements, is inconsistent with the evolution in the communications and IT technical and commercial environments.

The ACMA has four labelling notices:

Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Notice 2001...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

This paper presents the results of a project focused on using digital pens to enable teachers to create learning content, and deliver it to learners in the form of pencasts.

The level of engagement learners have with the pencasted material was analysed and compared...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

Provides information to help e-learning content developers make informed decisions about the use of video formats, codecs and delivery systems for e-learning video content.

The report is intended to be used in conjunction with the current e-standards for the vocational education and training (VET)...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

New questions this year cover attitudes towards the US alliance and the war in Afghanistan, opinions on basing US forces in Australia, WikiLeaks, foreign aid and the intervention in Libya.

The Poll also repeated questions asked in previous years, revealing trends in public opinion...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

Children's 'witnessing' or exposure to domestic violence has been increasingly recognised as a form of child abuse, both in Australia and internationally.

Although it is difficult to accurately assess the scope of the problem, research has demonstrated that a substantial amount of domestic violence...

Research report

17 Nov 2013

This paper summarises the information derived from the 2011 Softlink Australian School Library Survey and explores the relationships between budgets, staffing and student literacy levels in school libraries.

Principle findings from the 2011 Softlink Australian School Library Survey include:

Where student...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

This inquiry compared two Bills that have the same purpose – to control price signalling in Australian markets.

In November 2010, the Hon Bruce Billson MP introduced a Bill to this effect and the Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP, introduced a government Bill...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

In December 2009 Ms A, a single mother with three children, complained to the ACT Ombudsman about having been on Housing ACT’s High Needs housing list for six months and not receiving any assistance from them. Ms A had been living in shortterm rental accommodation...

Research report

28 Jun 2011

This paper summarises the results of a high-level scoping workshop with senior government officials and labour market experts from the Australian National University and other research institutions to explore current issues and experiences, particularly in light of the 2011 Budget initiative.

This brief worskhop...

Article

27 Jun 2011

This paper argues that the alleged jobs losses aspect of the climate change policy debate is not in any sense important to the overall discourse.

It is commonplace in Australian policy debate for groups presumed to be adversely affected by proposed policies to provide...

Discussion paper

26 Jun 2011

This paper argues that a renewed focus on science policy – as a distinct area of policy with its own challenges and opportunities – has the potential to dramatically improve the conduct of both science and policy-making across a range of Australian Government departments and...

24 Jun 2011
Achieving equity is less about grand gestures than meeting the actual needs of Indigenous Australians writes David Paul

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its latest report on how much money the Commonwealth and State governments spend on the health of...

Research report

24 Jun 2011

This Positioning Paper is the first output from the research project Homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence: Innovations in policy and practice. This project will explore the value and implementation challenges of innovative staying at...

Research report

24 Jun 2011

In 2008-09, total health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $3,700 million. The average health expenditure per person for Indigenous Australians was $6,787, compared with $4,876 for each non-Indigenous Australian. Correspondingly, the Indigenous to non-Indigenous per person health...

24 Jun 2011

A disability scheme could be the light on the hill Julia Gillard needs, writes Tony Maher in the Age

ON SUNDAY I was asked by The Age's political editor, Michelle Grattan, what my union's position was on gay marriage and whether I...

Research report

24 Jun 2011

The paper explains how the vote counting system used in Northern Territory local government leads to very poor electoral outcomes which concentrate representation rather than spread it.

It discusses how, in the case of Alice Springs, this has produced a narrowly based council with...

23 Jun 2011

Two new books look at the places where social ecologies take root and flourish, writes Ian McShane in Inside Story

THIRTY years ago two little-known American sociologists, Ramon Oldenburg and Dennis Brissett, coined the term “third place” to describe the locations...

Research report

23 Jun 2011

Social and community services (SACS) workers are currently fighting for a substantial increase in their award wages. The Equal Remuneration Case before Fair Work Australia (FWA) is an historic one which seeks to rectify decades of undervaluation. The pay gap between SACS workers...

Research report

23 Jun 2011

20 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, young Aboriginal people are 28 times more likely to be detained than non-indigenous juveniles.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee recently tabled this report into Indigenous youth and the criminal justice...

Research report

23 Jun 2011

This report discusses potential changes to the functioning of the Senate.

The report deals with:

Operation of standing order 55(2) to (5) Consideration of private senators' bills Procedures for dealing with formal motions Use of general business time on Thursdays Consideration of government...

Research report

20 Jun 2011

Exploring the relationship between the housing we want, and the housing we have, this report presents original research on the housing preferences of Australians.

Briefing paper

20 Jun 2011

This Practice Sheet outlines the challenges child and family services may face when they seek to collect data directly from parents and children for the purposes of evaluation. It contains some examples of how child and family services can engage children and families in the...

Research report

20 Jun 2011

The Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis conducted this review to identify efficiency modelling methodologies and data considerations relevant to Australia and of use to NSW Health and the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority in driving decisions about hospital resource allocation.

Key findings...

Research report

20 Jun 2011

The NSW Department of Health is establishing a four year program to provide grants to fund and evaluate demonstration projects that aim to prevent injury among Aboriginal people, as part of the NSW implementation plan for the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the...

Research report

20 Jun 2011

With preventive health now a major focus of health reform in Australia, this report provides information about the prevalence of those chronic diseases for which behavioural changes, or increased screening practices, can reduce onset, assist in management, or prevent death.

The report...

Video

At this event celebrating the National Gallery of Victoria's 150th anniversary, artist and photographer Bill Henson gives some random (though by no means offhand) thoughts and observations about art and the public arena; about the way we consume and experience art today, and how modern...

Research report

17 Jun 2011

In 2009, a the bipartisan US Knight Commission found that while the broadband age is enabling an information and communications renaissance, local communities in particular are being unevenly served with critical information about local issues.

Soon after the Knight Commission delivered its...

16 Jun 2011

In the Australian Review of Public Affairs, Christina Ho analyses the latest My School data

TALK to enough parents about choosing schools for their kids, and sooner or later, you’ll hear one express concern about the local public school having ‘too many Asians’, or...

16 Jun 2011

Forty years ago this week, the New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers – until recently, the largest leak of all. In Inside Story, Rodney Tiffen recounts a tale of two leakers

DANIEL ELLSBERG and Bradley Manning are probably the two...

Research report

17 Jun 2011

This paper presents the views and experiences of minimum wage-reliant employee participants and employers of minimum wage-reliant workers from a mix of metropolitan and regional locations across all states and territories. The research comprised two phases of focus group, in-depth interview and online discussion forum...

Research report

17 Jun 2011

This report presents the findings of a qualitative longitudinal study examining the impact of the minimum wage increase afforded by the Annual Wage Review 2009–10 Decision on a sample of minimum wage-reliant enterprises and their employees.The study focused on enterprises in the Community Services, Manufacturing,...

Research report

17 Jun 2011

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, life-long disease which causes a major health, social and economic burden for individuals with the disease, their families and the community. Prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children, 2008 presents for the first time estimates of the prevalence...

Research report

16 Jun 2011

In 2009-10, Australian Government budgetary outlays, tax concessions and import tariffs provided Australian industry with $17.3 billion in assistance in gross terms, according to this latest annual review.

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15 Jun 2011

Would abandoning the treaty substantially affect Australia’s strategic circumstances, asks Geoffrey Barker in Inside Story

FOR sixty years the ANZUS alliance has been the holy grail of Australian security policy. It is the alliance on which Australia ultimately relies for national survival...

Discussion paper

16 Jun 2011

Over the past two decades the increase in global research output has been driven largely by an increase in international research collaborations (highlighted by the need to solve major global problems, for example in medicine and the environment). It is evidenced in increasing rates of...

16 Jun 2011

A growing movement among US healthcare professionals is arguing that medical treatment can cause more harm than good, reports Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

MOST of us have grown up listening to the constant refrain of modern healthcare: the chorus telling us...

Video

Following a Monthly profile on Indigenous academic Marcia Langton by author Peter Robb ('Midnight in Sicily', 'M', 'Street Fight in Naples'), Langton and Robb come together on stage at the Sydney Writers’ Festival for an intimate conversation about the common themes of their lives: difficult...

Research report

14 Jun 2011

This report outlines the first year of operation and the significant achievements accomplished in that time.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has made a range of commitments to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians and in particular provide for a better future for...

Research report

14 Jun 2011

Journalism in Afghanistan continues to be scarred by seemingly endless conflict but is able, when occasion arises, to celebrate significant achievements.

At the official commemoration of World Press Freedom Day in 2011, the country’s Minister for Information, Sayed Makhdoon Raheen, remarked upon the growth...

Research report

14 Jun 2011

This study builds on previous work by looking at the impact of being over-skilled or over-educated or both on an individual's wages as well as their level of job satisfaction.

The study distinguishes between ‘genuine’ mismatch (wages and job satisfaction are both low) and...

Discussion paper

14 Jun 2011

This paper focuses on pollution pricing mechanisms and an approach to setting scheme caps and targets, and proposes moving to cap and trade system within three years.

It comes on the back of recent proposals from Professor Garnaut, comments from the Coalition on robust...

Research report

14 Jun 2011

The land sector - including agriculture and forestry - accounts for around 23 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions, making it imperative to craft climate change mitigation policies tailored to landholder.

Other key points include:

The Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)...

Research report

14 Jun 2011

This report examines the options available for local government to increase its capacity and provide improved services.

A recurrent theme in local government reform, in Australia, New Zealand and overseas, has been the issue of municipal amalgamation and the various benefits which are assumed...

Research report

14 Jun 2011

Efficiency has remained a primary theme for higher tiers of government within Australasia when addressing issues of local government performance.

This report provides a literature review of current and past research on local government. It constitutes Volume 2 of the report Consolidation in Local...

Audio program

13 Jun 2011

Traditionally Australia's political allegiances have been with the United States. More recently our economic fortunes have been tied to China, which is asserting itself as a global power and in the process perhaps challenging American hegemony. So do we have to choose where our primary...

Audio program

13 Jun 2011

The recent Productivity Commission report on Carbon Emission Policies in Key Economies boosted the Government's arguments for a carbon price.

It commissioned the work for the Multi-Party Committee on Climate Change, a parliamentary group which is discussing the carbon price. The Commission concluded that...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

This Brotherhood of St Laurence research about home contents and vehicle insurance for low-income Australians points to a need for improved product design and payment methods for those on a low income, together with access to information and advice, and collaboration between the community sector,...

Briefing paper

10 Jun 2011

How do Australians with a mental illness fare when they become parents? How well are they supported during pregnancy and the early years – by maternal and child health services and by mental health services – and what action is needed to improve...

10 Jun 2011

T he population debate in Australia is really two debates, writes Jo Coghlan for Australian Policy Online .

The 2011 federal budget announcement increasing skilled migration intakes has again focused public and political attention on the question of just how big Australia's population...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

The Productivity Commission's research report on Carbon Emission Policies in Key Economies has been released by the Government. It indicates responses key economies are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report is a culmination of a six month study commissioned by the Government to...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

Arvinder Sambei, Director, Sambei Bridger & Polaine Legal and Law Enforcement Specialists, draws on collective experiences to highlight the difficulties in apprehending, extraditing, and prosecuting individuals who have engaged in proliferation related behaviour salient to both counter-terrorism and to controlling WMD proliferation. Her report also...

Briefing paper

10 Jun 2011

Research suggests that individuals with a mental illness and/or intellectual disability are over-represented at all stages in the criminal justice system. As such, it appears that traditional criminal justice responses may not be as effective with this offender group. Alternative criminal justice processes...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

The focus of this report is on the extent to which the current legislative regulation of privacy in NSW effectively protects individual privacy.

Its recommendations aim to simplify the law as well as remove inconsistency and ensure adequate coverage and enforcement of privacy legislation....

Research report

10 Jun 2011

The development of Australia's water markets represents a centrepiece of national water reform.

Trade in various water products has grown substantially in recent years, with the combined value of markets estimated to be $3 billion in 2009-10.

Water markets provide an...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

This report presents data on the people turned away from government-funded specialist homelessness accommodation in 2009-10. The data indicate that government-funded specialist homelessness agencies are operating to capacity and are unable to completely meet the demand for their accommodation. Some groups, such as families, experience...

Transcript

10 Jun 2011

In this keynote address to AIATSIS Native Title Conference, Social Justice Commissioner asks how the annually tabled Native Title and Social Justice reports can be used to achieve the aims of reconciliation.

I will start by giving you some background to my role as...

Audio program

10 Jun 2011

On the International Day for People with Disabilities last year, the ABC launched a portal called Ramp Up. Based on a similar BBC website called Ouch, it deals with day-to-day issues facing people with disabilities, but in a way which challenges generally held stereotypes. In...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

A review of the recent Australian data indicates an increase in the use of knives for homicide offences, while their use decreased or remained steady in relation to robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping/ abduction.

The limited academic research on this issue reveals...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

This report considers explanations for why data show adult employees earning below the hourly Federal Minimum Wage (FMW), including whether identifiable categories of employees fall into this group, and the extent to which this phenomenon is due to data problems.

The three main data...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

This research paper provides an historical perspective on the consideration of equal remuneration principles as it relates to minimum wage setting.

The paper consists of four sections: an overview of the relevant legislative provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) which consider ‘the...

Research report

10 Jun 2011

This report is the fourth in a series of national statistical reports on young people aged 12-24 years, produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It provides the latest available information on how Australia's young people are faring according to a...

10 Jun 2011

Public health nurses at the 11th Street Family Health Services Center are committed to developing long-term relationships with the community, reports Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

MUCH of the debate about the future of primary healthcare in Australia has been dominated...

Research report

9 Jun 2011

The latest crime figures continue the pattern of stable or falling crime in NSW established over the last decade.

In the 24 months to March 2011, 11 of the 17 major offences were stable and five were trending downwards. One offence, assault – domestic...

9 Jun 2011

As various government and non-government reports show, progress in ‘Closing the Gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage is heart-breakingly slow and very much a story of one step forward, two steps back. Clearly a long-term and substantial investment is needed if the established goals are...

Research report

6 Jun 2011

A price on carbon will have a marginal effect on the number of jobs in the mining industry compared to the normal ebb and flow of the employment market, according to this report.

It is commonplace in Australian policy debate for groups presumed to...

Research report

6 Jun 2011

This study examined a selection 68 Cyber-Security education initiatives in 11 jurisdictions and analysed the literature used to both support and evaluate these strategies.

This project has consisted of two research components:

Component 1 – Comparative analysis of international initiatives : The...

Audio program

6 Jun 2011

Professor Lyn Carson from the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney talks about using deliberative democracy to solve the world's 'wicked problems'.

Guests

Lyn Carson Professorial Fellow, Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy,...

Research report

6 Jun 2011

Leaders talk about holding large-scale public conversations, but they won't succeed if the methods are unsatisfying for participants, if an authentic conversation occurs at all.

In this paper, Lyn Carson presents the World Café method, a viable way of involving large numbers of people...

Research report

6 Jun 2011

Governments at all levels need to be aware of the potential future costs of climate change. This supplement to Climate Change Risks to Australia's Coasts (0) was released In June 2011

Climate Change Risks to Coastal Buildings and Infrastructure (0) presents...

6 Jun 2011

Labor and the Coalition need to recognise that the Greens are part of political reality, writes Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story

THESE are unusual political times. A government without a majority in either house of the parliament clings to office with tenuous...

6 Jun 2011

The federal government is showing signs of getting back into the urban planning business, reports Margaret Simons in Inside Story

WHEN it rains, Australia’s big cities break. The traffic banks up. The air thickens. The stormwater drains, built decades ago and hardly...

Research report

5 Jun 2011

This report seeks to provide a policy relevant complement to the main body of work for the ‘Climate Change and the Public Sphere’ project.

It embodies the recommendations of citizens from the Australian Capital Region who have carefully examined a series of climate change...

Transcript

3 Jun 2011

This paper describes challenges Victoria faced with in making public transport more accessible for people with a disability. It reports the findings from examining the Department of Transport’s accessibility programs.

The department has for the most part complied with the legislative requirements, but it...

Research report

3 Jun 2011

Older people leaving hospital: a statistical overview of the Transition Care Program in 2008-09 presents key statistics on the characteristics and services provided to older people who are eligible for residential aged care directly after discharge from hospital. The program aims to improve...

Research report

3 Jun 2011

A new AIC report where 824 police detainees across the nation were interviewed about their knowledge of emerging and less commonly used illicit drugs, shows different patterns of knowledge and drug use across Australia. Mephedrone, also known as meow meow, drone and MCAT,...

Research report

3 Jun 2011

This paper describes and contrasts approaches that are typically employed to define and assess living standards and needs.

The paper notes that because many aspects of living standards cannot be directly observed, research typically relies on one or more indicators of living standards. The...

Research report

3 Jun 2011

The report provides an overview of the relevant research literature relating to the concepts and determinants of productivity, business competitiveness and viability and their relationship with minimum wages. It also presents various measures of productivity, business competitiveness and viability and their trends at...

Research report

3 Jun 2011

In examining the history of Australian apprentices, the paper finds that the term ‘Australian apprentices’ can encompass employees in a wide variety of occupations and training with differing qualifications. It finds however, that from a wage-setting perspective, wage arrangements still distinguish between what are ‘traditional...

Research report

2 Jun 2011

This report looks at the difficult public policy issues raised by the increased dependence on computer networks for almost every aspect of our lives and the growing amount of hostile activity on those networks.

Threats come from a wide range of sources, the most...

Research report

3 Jun 2011

Each year too many Australians experience homelessness or find themselves in circumstances that put them at risk of becoming homeless. People of all ages, genders, cultural backgrounds and personal circumstances can find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness at some time in their life....

Research report

3 Jun 2011

Macroeconomics’ annual analysis of the Indigenous Budget highlights how difficult it is to track the effort to ‘Close the Gap’ across jurisdictions, portfolios, programs, and reports that too often highlight the lack of key data to measure progress.

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Research report

3 Jun 2011

In NSW, fall-related injury costs the health system more than any other single cause of injury.

A public health surveillance database containing information routinely recorded by the Ambulance Service of NSW was used to define the epidemiology and characteristics of fall-related calls in the...

Discussion paper

3 Jun 2011

The Fukushima accident was a rare opportunity for the Chinese media to cover nuclear issues and address concerns over nuclear power and its related hazards and risks. Though some nuclear specialists, indeed most of them, are supportive of nuclear power, mounting concern amongst the general...

3 Jun 2011

Third-party ads are a relatively recent, unregulated and potentially influential feature of political debate in Australia, writes Graeme Orr in Inside Story

THE simplest advertising trick is the non sequitur. Promoting something dull like banking? Use comedy. Selling junk food? Use sexy...

Research report

2 Jun 2011

This report presents evidence taken at a hearing on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's (ASIC) regulatory activities.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services was established by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001. The committee held a public...

Research report

2 Jun 2011

Abstract

Use of social media by doctors and medical students is common and growing. Although professional standards and codes of ethics that govern the behaviour of medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand do not currently encompass social media, these...

Discussion paper

2 Jun 2011

The paper argues that the practical effect of banning, capping or disclosing political donations is to limit public influence. In a liberal democracy, governments should not select or limit their critics and rivals.

Key points:

• Campaign finance law covers the...

Research report

2 Jun 2011

The informal voting rate at the 2010 House of Representatives election was substantially higher than that recorded at the 2007 House of Representatives election and is the highest since the 1984.

In every election, it is likely that a small proportion of the votes...

Research report

2 Jun 2011

This report argues Australia should develop a comprehensive approach to replace the Pacific Patrol Boat Program.

Australia has supplied twenty-two boats to twelve island countries for maritime security. The vessels will start reaching the end of their service lives from 2018. But Australia’s future...

Research report

2 Jun 2011

This paper argues that Australia's current defence strategy does not correspond with the realities of it's security situation.

The plan for the modernisation of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is focused on expensive maritime and air capabilities for conflicts that the ADF couldn’t fight...

2 Jun 2011

The Australian government has dropped the contentious system of ranking academic journals. Sunanda Creagh has compiled experts' responses at The Conversation.

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Previously, journals were ranked either A*, A, B or C, and academics were assessed based on their ability...

31 May 2011

Uneconomical choices and underperforming assets need a rethink, argues Frank Fisher .

THERE are few things humans do that are as inefficient as urban commuting in driver-only driver-owned cars, or DODOs. When potentially ten billion people seek urban commuting the way Australians do it...