July 2011

Working paper

30 Jul 2011

This paper traces the changes in economic thinking concerning the case for action on climate change, through an analysis of the work of three eminent economists: William Nordhaus, Nicholas Stern and Ross Garnaut.

This paper traces the changes in economic thinking concerning the case...

Discussion paper

30 Jul 2011

The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for thinking about the potential for visualization technologies in assisting public servants in undertaking analysis, providing advice to elected leaders, and engaging citizens on policy matters.

In the 21st century there has been widespread...

Working paper

30 Jul 2011

This paper provides an overview and survey of the rapidly growing field of 'visualization'.

The great strides in computing, graphics and information technology, and the widespread use of the web and communications technologies have rapidly changed the landscape for conveying and analyzing data and...

Discussion paper

28 Jul 2011

The Government is seeking comment from the public, stakeholders and legal experts on the details of its Clean Energy Legislative Package.

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Minister Greg Combet and Treasurer Wayne Swan released drafts of the key bills in the package on 28...

Research report

28 Jul 2011

Racism has major adverse impacts on the health of Indigenous Australians, and significantly hinders their access to effective health care.

This paper aims to highlight the scope and ramifications of racism on health and health care of Indigenous Australians, and suggest approaches for minimising...

Research report

28 Jul 2011

Overall stores licensing has had a positive impact on food security, argues this report.

This report outlines the evaluation of the Community stores licensing program . The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs commissioned the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia...

Research report

28 Jul 2011

This briefing provides an overview and analysis of the key details of the Australian Government’s recent Clean Energy Future package.

If it passes parliament later this year, the scheme, which includes an initial carbon price of $AU23 per ton CO2e, will end a policy...

Research report

28 Jul 2011

The main impetus for the interest in innovation is that it is seen to improve productivity at the firm level and therefore improved economic prosperity and living standards.

This edited volume was commissioned by the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations. The authors...

Research report

28 Jul 2011

Australian house prices have moved from being affordable to severely unaffordable in the last 10 years and it will take at least another 10 years of flat house prices coupled with income growth for houses to regain an affordable status.

This is the key...

Briefing paper

28 Jul 2011

Citizen participation in policymaking and service design has been debated or attempted, but too infrequently realised.

The theory and practice of public administration is increasingly concerned with placing the citizen at the centre of policymakers’ considerations, not just as target, but also as agent....

28 Jul 2011

Opponents of a proposed privacy law are mistaken, argues Greg Barns in The Drum Unleashed .

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Last week Justin Quill, a lawyer who has represented, among others, some News Limited papers, warned that a statutory right to privacy would be simply...

28 Jul 2011

Harrowing reports of starvation and death as famine sweeps the region are a wake-up call we cannot ignore writes Ban Ki-moon

Across the Horn of Africa, people are starving. A catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought has left more than 11...

28 Jul 2011

Last week Tony Abbott branded the Government’s target to reduce emissions by five per cent by 2020 as ‘crazy’, but the crazy thing is that the Coalition has the same target. Was this just Mr Abbott getting over excited in his attacks on the Government?...

Research report

26 Jul 2011

The Brimbank Young Men’s Project has been a two year pilot initiative of the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The project has targeted young men of African backgrounds who are: disengaged (or at high risk of...

Strategy

1 Jun 2007

Demographic changes pose significant challenges to Europe's society and economy. Information and communication technologies (ICT) can play an important role in dealing with these challenges.

Europe's population is ageing: average life expectancy has increased from 55 in 1920 to over 80 today. With the...

Commentary

25 Jul 2011

In Inside Story, Michael Cornish assesses the report of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness

IT’S BEEN a fortnight since the report of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness was finally released to the public, together with the federal government’s...

Article

26 Jul 2011

The implications of the changes in the way China educates its people are far-reaching says Philipp Ivanov.

On the eighth of May this year China’s Suzhou University based in the eastern province of Jiangsu announced its plans to open a campus in Laos –...

Audio program

25 Jul 2011

Every year more than 200 people in Queensland get very sick with a nasty, little understood, hard-to-treat type of bacteria. Other states report none. Why? Our water supply is now so complex, things are overlooked.

Audio program

25 Jul 2011

The Federal Government is planning big changes to compulsory superannuation. It wants to lift the contribution rate from 9% to 12% and it's introducing MySuper, a simplified, low-cost investment option which is meant to meet the needs of most Australian workers who choose...

Audio program

25 Jul 2011

The Federal Government wants to introduce $10,000 fines to penalise employers who take on illegal workers.

The meaures are released a report into illegal work in Australia, that concluded that at any time there are at least 100,000 people working in Australia without the...

Research report

25 Jul 2011

According to this review, since 1998 there has been a growing number of non-citizens working in Australia without permission and that their presence is very often organised by intermediaries who abuse and exploit these workers.

Australia has a remarkably effective system of border control...

Research report

22 Jul 2011

Aim: To estimate the impact of a 10 per cent increase in arrests on (a) the number of male and female offenders sentenced to full-time prison terms (FTP) and (b) the number of offenders given community-based supervised orders (SO).

Method: Three pairs of time...

Research report

22 Jul 2011

After almost two decades of hype and speculation predicting a digital book revolution, the last 12-18 months have seen some major developments that could herald a turning point in the broad adoption of digital publishing in Australia. Few could have missed the high profile launches...

Research report

22 Jul 2011

The quality of employees and the ability to attract staff with the desired skills, attributes and cultural fit can have significant impacts on the operation and success of businesses. The Allen Consulting Group was commissioned by the Food Technology Association to undertake a survey to...

Research report

22 Jul 2011

The purpose of this background note is to present information (in a simplified format) that may help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues.

The magnitude and complexity of the issues arising from the flow of asylum seekers and refugees globally...

Research report

22 Jul 2011

On 2 March 2011 the Parliament established the Joint Select Committee on the Christmas Island Tragedy to inquire into the incident on 15 December 2010 in which a suspected irregular entry vessel (SIEV) foundered on rocks at Rocky Point on Christmas Island (CI)1.

The...

Research report

22 Jul 2011

Despite ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, this report finds that Australia has not effectively incorporated human rights into policy and legislative frameworks to nurture and support children.

Instead, successive governments have perpetuated a traditional welfare approach...

Article

22 Jul 2011

The public health paradigm provides a comprehensive framework for identifying target groups for action, setting objectives, identifying factors that influence risky behaviours, and generating policies to facilitate positive changes. What a public health approach lacks is a framework for the implementation of programs,...

Research report

22 Jul 2011

Social scientists and education, health and human service practitioners recognise the benefits of primary prevention and early intervention compared with remedial alternatives. A recent meta-analytic review of early childhood prevention programs conducted by the authors demonstrates good returns on investment well beyond the early years,...

Video

The first Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation of disciplinary and institutional research quality in early 2011 established a comprehensive measure of research performance. The effect on institutions was immediate and electric, everywhere triggering strategies to lift ERA rankings.

This suggests that the...

Research report

21 Jul 2011

Australia's federal system of government has served it well, but improvements are in order.

On 17 June 2010 the Senate established a Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation. On 29 September 2010, the committee was re-established by the Senate, to:...

21 Jul 2011

Our public heath messages need to be refined, writes Marian Pitts in The Conversation .

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We are bombarded with health messages on an almost daily basis. Many of these encourage us to monitor ourselves for worrying signs that might be signals...

Audio program

21 Jul 2011

The Northern Territory has been advised to change its system for electing local governments before elections are held in March next year.

An expert review, commission by the NT government, warns that the current method of vote counting produces results that are extremely lopsided,...

Audio program

21 Jul 2011

Our increasing urbanisation means a significant growth in the size and number of the world's slums. So, without romanticising the slum, can we make them places fit for living? And do we have any choice?

Guests

Billy Cobbett Manager of...

21 Jul 2011

Australia's out of home care (OOHC) system is not run in the best interests of vulnerable children, argues Jeremy Sammut in The Drum Unleashed.

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In a letter in the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, July 15, Reverend Harry Herbert,...

19 Jul 2011

News Limited does some things very well, writes Geoffrey Barker in Inside Story . Self-analysis isn't one of them

BEWARE those who claim a monopoly on wisdom, truth and virtue.

“We are the only organisation that really takes it up to...

Discussion paper

20 Jul 2011

The public consultation on the Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding (launched on 9 February 2011) closed on 20 May 2011. The response to the consultation has been nothing less than overwhelming, with an unprecedented 775 position papers received and more than...

Research report

18 Jul 2011

Australian women suffer a 'wage penalty' when they return to work after having a child, according to new research by the Australia Institute.

In the first year back at work, women can expect to earn around four per cent less per hour on...

Research report

18 Jul 2011

Improving health management and leadership capacity and performance has been identified by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services as critical to improving health delivery and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

This review describes the current state of health management...

19 Jul 2011

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A study published today in the Medical Journal of Australia (0) concludes that more prison inmates in Australia die in the year after they’ve been released than the annual number of deaths in custody writes Alex Wodak . A disproportionate number of...

Journal article

18 Jul 2011

The number of deaths among recently released prisoners in Australia is considerably greater than the annual number of deaths in custody, highlighting the extreme vulnerability of this population on return to the community.

Research report

18 Jul 2011

Abstract

Objectives:

To determine issues that affect newly resettled refugees in accessing an emergency department (ED).

Design, setting and participants:

We conducted a descriptive community survey using a semistructured questionnaire. Newly resettled refugees from the Middle...

Journal article

14 May 2011

Collaborating with consumer and community representatives in the Alcohol and Pregnancy Project 2006-2008, this paper evaluates researchers' and consumer and community representatives' perceptions of the process, context and impact their participation in the project.

The researchers found that consumer and community participation was an...

Discussion paper

15 Jul 2011

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the development of a national school curriculum, believing that the development of the Curriculum is a unique opportunity to ensure all young Australians develop an understanding and appreciation for human rights.

While the existing draft Curriculum includes some...

Transcript

15 Jul 2011

In this talk for the Sydney Institute Elizabeth Broderick, Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination focusses on older people and age discrimination, particularly in paid work.

"I want to do 4 things:

First, I will start by making some introductory remarks about age discrimination...

Research report

15 Jul 2011

The report examines the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on the South Alligator River system in Kakadu National Park, Australia. It uses modelling to assess the risk of saltwater intrusion and extreme rainfall events on low-lying coastal wetlands, under...

Video

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific hosts some of the world's most prominent Asia-themed academic blogs including New Mandala, East Asia Forum and South Asia Masala.

Blogging breaks new ground for many academics. Its immediacy, the opportunities to take ideas to...

Discussion paper

15 Jul 2011

The Coalition has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent on 2000 levels by 2020. It proposes to achieve this target with a "Direct Action Plan": a competitive grant scheme that would buy greenhouse gas reductions from businesses and farmers....

Research report

15 Jul 2011

This study reports on the potential for small businesses and community organisations to take advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN). It has been informed by a series of targeted focus groups with small business and community organisations held across the NBN’s first...

Research report

15 Jul 2011

Increasing productivity by moving people from welfare to employment is a priority for the Australian Government. This report considers the complex issues of helping those marginalised from the labour market into employment.

Case studies of innovative intermediaries illustrate that both demand and supply factors...

Briefing paper

15 Jul 2011

The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS) data specifications and collection manual has been prepared as a reference for those involved in collecting and supplying the data for the AODTS-NMDS. It should be particularly useful to staff in Australian Government,...

Research report

15 Jul 2011

This paper provides an assessment of the extent to which Indigenous labour force status has changed over the period 1994 to 2008. It finds that over the period 1994 to 2008 the non-CDEP employment rate of the Indigenous population increased from 31.1% to 50.5%. There...

Research report

15 Jul 2011

This report is the final output of a synthesis examining the nature of locational disadvantage and ways in which governments can intervene to improve the lives of disadvantaged residents in areas of concentrated poverty and disadvantage.

The report outlines the synthesis methodology...

Research report

15 Jul 2011

This report presents findings from a segmentation analysis that used data from the 2008 ANZ Survey of Adult Financial Literacy in Australia . The project profiles the population into segments based on personal money management attitudes and behaviours. The findings are designed to...

Research report

15 Jul 2011

This snapshot of recent Australian research projects demonstrates the potential for primary health care research to improve the health of Australians.

Snapshot of Australian primary health care research 2011 is a collaborative venture involving representatives from PHC RIS, the Australian Government Department of Health...

13 Jul 2011

With the Greens now in control of the Australian Senate is the Gillard government’s plans for Internet censorship dead asks Jo Coghlan .

If it were up to Gillard and Conroy they would introduce Internet filter legislation today. But the...

Transcript

13 Jul 2011

This conference paper focuses on the reactions of Australian online news media sites to the release of the diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks

The global release of 250,000 United States Embassy diplomatic cables to selected media sties worldwide through the WikiLeaks web site was arguably...

12 Jul 2011

In Inside Story, Peter Whiteford assesses the government’s package of compensation measures

A MAJOR component of the government’s clean energy plan is a package of assistance to compensate households for higher prices. The government will provide assistance through increases in pensions, allowances...

13 Jul 2011

In Inside Story, Fergus Green unpacks the carbon pricing package to discover a tension between fundamentally different visions for the future of Australia’s economy and environment

THE federal government wants to convince us that its new carbon price package creates a “clean...

Research report

13 Jul 2011

The independent Review Committee, chaired by the Hon Peter Heerey QC takes the view that the basic structure of the legislation should remain, while making recommendations about the framework for human embryo research. The 33 recommendations that were produced relate largely to updating and clarifying...

Discussion paper

13 Jul 2011

Following consultations and analysis of the responses to the discussion paper, an exposure draft of the 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure has been developed and released for further consultation.

During 2011, a Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure will be developed to...

Discussion paper

20 Feb 2011

This Green Paper launched in February 2011 initiated a public debate on the key issues to be taken into account for future EU research and innovation funding programmes. Specific proposals for funding programmes are due to be adopted by the end of 2011.

These...

Report

11 Jul 2011

This is the Australian Government's response to the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness.

The purpose of this document, entitled An Effective Aid Program for Australia, is to outline the Government's response to the Independent Review and set out the Government's overall aid strategy through...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

The seasonally adjusted Australian unemployment rate was steady at 4.9 per cent in June.

This report shows the number of people employed increased by 23,400 to 11,455,200 in June. The increase in employment was driven by an increase in full-time employment, which was up...

11 Jul 2011

The Defence Department seems unable to discuss the Afghan conflict openly, argue Natalie Sambhi and Nic Jenzen -Jones in Quarterly Access.

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Two commandos of the Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) were cleared in late May of manslaughter charges arising from...

11 Jul 2011

Labor is finally ready to take the training wheels off Australia's low carbon economy, argues Laura Eadie in The Drum.

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FOLLOWING AUSTRALIA'S carbon price debate is a lot like watching the Tour de France. Gillard beat team mate Rudd to win...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

Women in the Asia-Pacific Region still face significant injustice - especially in relation to domestic violence, household decision making and land rights.

This is UN Women's first major report, following the agency's launch in early 2011. The report offers a comprehensive global...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

This paper explores what is likely to happen to the incidence of fraud in the context of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), whether as a result of the crisis or of other factors that coincide with it.

Normally, statistical data on crime and/or cost...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

This paper proposes five key tests to assess the Government, independents and Green’s carbon pollution policy package.

These tests relate to:

Pollution Reduction Transforming Australia's pollution dependent economy into a competitive, clean energy economy Helping global climate action Independent governance Assistance to households...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

While the majority of Australians believe climate change is a real phenomenon, some confusion and misconceptions exist when trying to decipher the information presented by the media and other communication specialists.

In October 2010, CSIRO conducted an internet survey aimed at understanding the current...

Research report

1 Mar 2011

The report is based on an analysis of climate change impacts on the deterioration of concrete infrastructure that was funded by Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) and the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship.

It aims to draw together all the major outcomes...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

The impact of e-learning on employment outcomes is at its highest recorded level.

More than 6,000 students from 250 different registered training organisations (RTOs) responded to this survey, on e-learning.

The survey revealed 55% of students said e-learning helps them to...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

This report documents the history of Indigenous eye health policy-making in Australia with the aim of providing evidence to assist the Australian Government and the Council of Australian Governments in the system reform of Indigenous eye health.

By undertaking a review of literature in...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Indigenous Australians) typically die at much younger ages than other Australians and are more likely to experience disability and reduced quality of life because of ill health.

One important contributor to health and wellbeing is access to health...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

On a snapshot day in 2010 there were 46,078 clients who received pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence, of which almost two in three were male.

This report presents data from the 2010 National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) collection, which includes information at both...

Research report

11 Jul 2011

For every new case of end-stage kidney-disease treated with dialysis or transplant there is one that is not, and the vast majority of these are elderly.

End-stage kidney disease (ESKD) is the most severe form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), where kidney function deteriorates...

Book

8 Jul 2011

This guide presents humane and cost effective mechanisms to prevent the unnecessary and damaging detention of refugees and aims to ensure that detention is only ever used as a last resort. Governments around the world are increasingly using detention as a migration management tool, with...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

From the Chair's forward

When considering electoral reforms, our priority must be: enfranchisement, not disenfranchisement. It is this philosophy that has guided this inquiry and is reflected in many of the Committee’s recommendations.

This report continues the tradition of examining and reporting...

Video

Dr D. Subbarao presents the 2011 K R Narayanan Oration - 'India and the global financial crisis -- what have we learnt?'. Dr Subbarao is the 22nd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Prior to this appointment, he was the Finance Secretary in the...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

This report presents the most up-to-date estimates of the number of people with diagnosed diabetes in Australia based on self-reports to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2007-08 National Health Survey.

The number of people with diabetes is presented by diabetes type, age, sex, state...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

This publication presents estimates of the financial performance and workforce characteristics of private sector businesses and organisations involved in the provision of health care services, in respect of the 2009-10 financial year. These data are compiled from a directly collected survey conducted by the Australian...

Audio program

8 Jul 2011

Medical consultations over the internet just got more affordable in Australia with the federal government announcing online visits to the doctor will be funded by Medicare.

This development aims to improve access to specialist care for people in remote areas.

Dr Peter Rischbeth,...

Audio program

8 Jul 2011

It's coming fast, the digital hub where i-pads talk to mobile phones, computers talk to TVs, TVs have hundreds of apps, and you can choose and change with your magical remote wand.

But, big but, who is in charge of customer service for...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

While the offence is certainly serious, the incidence of household burglary in NSW has fallen considerably in the past 10 years.

Aim: To examine changes in the types of objects stolen in household burglary offences.

Method: Comparison of police-recorded numbers, rates...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

Every year in Australia suicide claims the lives of around 2000 Australians placing it ahead of road traffic accidents and skin cancer as a cause of death.

For young people aged 15 to 24, it is the number one cause of death. Despite this,...

Article

8 Jul 2011

Beyond issues of Australian drug offenders, asylum seeker arrivals and animal cruelty in abattoirs, a battle is now raging in Indonesia that presents enormous strategic and economic risk to Indonesia and its relations with the region.

In the most recent Asialink Essay, Professor Tim...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

Risks are growing that China-centric maritime incidents could lead to war in Asia.

Authors Rory Medcalf and Raoul Heinrichs, with maritime adviser Justin Jones, examine the drivers of Asia’s growing maritime ‘crisis of confidence’, including clashes of sovereignty, national pride and military strategy....

Research report

8 Jul 2011

In June 2009, Allen and Clarke Regulatory Specialists were commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing to evaluate two Indigenous health programs: the Child Health Check Initiative (CHCI), and the Expanding Health Services Delivery Initiative (EHSDI). This report provides findings and recommendations...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

Provides a statistical overview of illicit drug arrests and seizures as well as profiling the current situation, national impact and the emerging trends and threats of illicit drugs in Australia.

The Illicit Drug Data Report is produced by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

On 16 November 2010, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, announced the Australian Government had commissioned an independent review of the Australian aid program.

The Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness Panel consisted of: Sandy Hollway AO (Chair), Professor Stephen Howes,...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

Nineteen people talked to Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study (SCIPPS) researchers about what life was like living with chronic illness. They described the strengths they brought to experiences of living with chronic illness. Sharing stories and health information with friends...

Discussion paper

8 Jul 2011

To date, state and federal anti-discrimination legislation has been largely unsuccessful at challenging the gender norms and cultural inequalities that exist in Australian workplaces. There remains a significant reduction in labour force participation of women aged between 25 and 44 years, of which...

Research report

8 Jul 2011

This report provides a statistical gender analysis of the composition of Australian Government boards and bodies for the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

The Australian Government is determined to see greater gender balance in the nation's top level boards...

Research report

7 Jul 2011

The paper will examine the role of family violence in determining health outcomes and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. It will also analyse and discuss how national health policy and service delivery could embrace the goals of the National...

Research report

7 Jul 2011

This reference document provides a broad basis for analysis and research on the Australian economy and includes statistics that can be applied to both macro-economic and sectoral analyses.

Australian Economic Indicators is a monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature...

7 Jul 2011

In Inside Story, frequent flyer Robyn Williams takes a look at how aviation is dealing with its carbon footprint

I FLY a lot. It comes with the job. I’ve also, jesuitically perhaps, regarded seats on planes like any other form of public...

7 Jul 2011

You shouldn’t have to work for free to break into the white-collar world, argues Ross Perlin in his new book. Sara Dowse agrees

WELCOME to the world of white-collar exploitation. What child labour and apprenticeships were to preceding centuries, internships are shaping...

Audio program

7 Jul 2011

When 12 new Senators arrive in Canberra next week, they'll be entering the chamber without the benefit of having had a full orientation to parliament for the first few days of sittings.

When 12 new Senators arrive in Canberra next...

Audio program

7 Jul 2011

Dame Silvia Cartwright is currently one of two international judges in the five member 'Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia' which is trying former senior members of the Khmer Rouge for war crimes committed between 1975 and 1989.

An...

7 Jul 2011

Saul Eslake ponders Tony Abbott's distrust of economists in Online Opinion.

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I attended a conference of economists from around the world in Amsterdam last month at which, during one of many discussions about the handling of the Greek sovereign debt...

Database

1 Jul 2011

Since 1 July 2011, homelessness data for the new Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection has been submitted through a secure Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website called Specialist Homelessness Online Reporting (SHOR) . This website accepts and processes all homelessness data from agencies...

Transcript

4 Jul 2011

In this address to the session 'Managing the Growth Shock' at the Economic and Social Outlook Conference in Melbourne on 30 June 2011, Gary Banks discusses the role for policy in the current mining boom.

"Australia’s past reform successes have generally been founded on...

Research report

4 Jul 2011

The 2011-12 Health and Ageing budget has $3.57 billion in spending over six years, most of which is for mental health and regional and rural infrastructure. This is offset by $1.59 billion in savings including an unspecified amount from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme....

Research report

4 Jul 2011

This paper seeks to answer the following questions: Are artist occupations projected to grow or decline? What are the driving factors behind the projected growth or decline of various artist occupations? What is the projected level of competition within those occupations? Which industry-related...

Research report

4 Jul 2011

The annual Australian water markets reports provide statistics that summarise activity in Australian water markets, together with information on water market structures.

The aim of this synthesis report is to analyse trends in market activity (how much water is being traded and where), as...

Research report

4 Jul 2011

In many areas of Australia, demand for groundwater now exceeds sustainable supply rates. Groundwater trading aims to encourage the efficient allocation of scarce water access between competing users.

This report sets out a management framework for groundwater trading that provides a structure...

Video

Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown joins The Australia Institute's Executive Director Dr Richard Denniss at Politics in the Pub to discuss 'Greening Government'.

Duration: 15 min 22 sec.

1 Jul 2011

Journalists need to think more carefully about their relationships with their sources, writes Matthew Ricketson in Inside Story

THERE’S a famous gag in the American sitcom Frasier where the world’s most neurotic psychiatrist, Niles Crane, recalls one of his patients’ “rather amusing...

Research report

30 Jun 2011

The aim of this work is to understand what incentives exist to encourage integration in land and water management across northern Australia. Integration is seen as important in improving planning and management of resources in the context of climate change and development pressure. The north...