August 2011

29 Aug 2011

Perhaps ten million displaced people live in camps, often for years or even decades, writes Klaus Neumann in this book review for Inside Story

“BASED on his work in the camps (which was facilitated by Médecins Sans Frontières), Agier questions the assumption...

Audio

29 Aug 2011

One in four Australian households are single occupancy homes, and it's predicted that in the coming decades millions more of us will choose to live alone.

Professor David de Vaus is from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland...

Report

29 Aug 2011

The main purpose of the Bill is to facilitate Australia's accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (the European Convention).

The provisions of the Bill and the European Convention are outlined in Chapter 2 and dealt with in greater detail in the...

Report

29 Aug 2011

This report examines existing international and Australian evidence around the links between housing and health to better understand the gaps in the evidence and suggest a way forward for research in Australia.

Report

29 Aug 2011

This report looks at the ways various sectors of government service delivery, economic and regional development and social and community activity can be enhanced and expanded as a result of the fibre-to-the premises infrastructure of the National Broadband Network.

The report is...

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2011

Some 18 million people die annually from poverty-related causes. Many more are suffering grievously from treatable medical conditions. These burdens can be substantially reduced by supplementing the rules governing pharmaceutical innovation. Established by the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS Agreement, these rules cause advanced medicines to...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to our understanding of the rationale behind the case for promoting trade among developing countries (South-South trade) by examining the emerging trends, patterns, and determinants of intra-developing country trade (South-South trade) in Asia within the wider global...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

This paper contributes to the literature on the effects of child market work on human capital by focusing on the long-term growth in human capital, which is widely known to significantly affect earning ability.

Child labor is a phenomenon that has attracted a great...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

Constrains on job creation in Indonesia include poor infrastructure, an uncertain investment climate and tight labor regulations.

Employment generation has been a challenge in Indonesia since the Asian Financial Crisis (AFC), especially in labor-intensive manufacturing. We examine the direct and indirect impact of exports...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

This paper examines the impact of the Australia-Thailand free trade agreement on bilateral trade, paying attention to the implications of 'rules of origins' and the utilization of tariff preferences.

It is found that trade has expanded faster following the Australia-Thailand free trade agreement (TAFTA)...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

This paper analyses the impact of international carbon control measures – and the absence of such measures – on Australian carbon pricing policies at both a theoretical and empirical level.

While theory and interest group advocacy suggest a potential case for destination accounting of...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

Countries with low marginal costs of abating carbon emissions may have high total costs, and vice versa, for a given climate mitigation policy.

This may help to explain different countries' policy stances on climate mitigation. We hypothesize that, under a common percentage cut in...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

Private equity investment in technologies which deliver low carbon energy has grown as an area of both economic and social performance. This article offers a perspective on some of the challenges in the industry.

It relies on case studies drawn from thirty five interviews...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

This paper reviews Indonesia’s implementation of green fiscal policies and discusses recent Indonesian fiscal policy responses to its commitment to reduce its emissions by 2020.

In common with other archipelagic countries, Indonesia is vulnerable to such impacts of climate change as prolonged droughts, increased...

Working paper

30 Aug 2011

This paper argues the importance for Indonesia to start developing strategies to mitigate its emissions from fossil fuel combustion.

Indonesia is among the largest 25 carbon dioxide emitting countries when considering only fossil fuels, and among the top three or five when emissions due...

Report

30 Aug 2011

This paper aims to identify local recreational use values for recreation in and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park using the travel cost methodology, focusing on beach, island, and fishing, boating and sailing trips.

Of the 1051 responses to the survey, drawn...

Report

30 Aug 2011

This brief workshop summary examines climate change adaptation in Australia, focusing on the issues of policy framing, evidence and implementation.

Session 1 - Framing adaptation as a public policy issue

Session 2 - Evidence of how adaptation is proceeding in Australia

Session...

Report

29 Aug 2011

The Gillard Government has today received the first report from the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians (the Panel) that looks at how our nation can best harness the opportunities presented by a larger and more active community of older...

Report

29 Aug 2011

This report examines the differences in health-care use for doctor-diagnosed osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis between population groups. The report uses data from the 2004–05 National Health Survey, the 2004–05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and the AIHW National Hospital...

Report

29 Aug 2011

Business has a powerful opportunity to contribute to shaping and supporting school communities as they face the future, according to this report.

"Our education system has embarked on a bold transformation to ensure that all our young people have access to a high quality...

26 Aug 2011

Early childhood policy is in the midst of enormous change, writes Deborah Brennan in Inside Story

. But the legacy of a fragmented and incomplete system, and a failure of ambition, mean that great challenges remain

AFTER the collapse of ABC...

Report

24 Aug 2011

Essentially, the story of the CCI has been to give substance to the link between creative industries and innovation, to explore its implications for our core academic discipline fields and several policy domains and, working with industry and community, to assist in its application in...

25 Aug 2011

Australia should look towards more than fuel, resources and agriculture in its economic relationship with China, writes Jieh-Yung Lo .

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Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd summed it up correctly in a recent speech presented in China – “Australia has more...

Article

25 Aug 2011

Local community supports and resources, such as community-based parenting services, play an important role in building parenting efficacy and should be accessible for all parents.

Local councils could provide information about these services through newsletters and advertisements.

Interventions that focus on...

Article

25 Aug 2011

Understanding the grief, loss and ongoing trauma associated with past practices is essential to be able to provide appropriate services to meet the needs of those affected.

As past adoption practices cannot be "undone", one of the steps in the journey for both mothers...

Report

25 Aug 2011

A spike in violence in Indonesian Papua over the last two months underscores the urgency of exploring new ideas to address conflict there.

The conflict in Indonesian Papua continues to defy solution, but some new ideas are on the table. A spike in violence...

Article

25 Aug 2011

Steps taken in the next few days and weeks will decisively shape the post-Qaddafi order.

As Libyans prepare for the Qaddafi regime’s imminent demise, the country faces a pivotal moment of historic proportions. Steps taken in the next few days and weeks will decisively...

Book review

25 Aug 2011

Kemran Mestan reviews A Decent Provision: Australian Welfare 1870-1940 for APO

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The term ‘nation building’ is not used in Murphy’s history of the Australian welfare state up to 1940, but this is one of its major concerns nevertheless. A nation is not...

Report

1 Sep 2011

The Sentencing Advisory Council has released a report that indicates people’s perceptions of crime can predict how confident they are in the courts and the legal system.

Predictors of Confidence: Community Views in Victoria is the fourth paper in a series about findings...

Report

22 Aug 2011

This report comprehensively critiques Australia’s refugee and asylum policies and finds they are inhumane, ineffective and expensive.

It argues that Australia needs a circuit-breaker in our treatment of people seeking asylum from war and persecution. On the 10th anniversary of the Tampa, Australia’s asylum...

Report

22 Aug 2011

Recent public debates about family law reform have revealed both support for and criticism of legislative policies that seek to shape social norms. Amidst this debate was a suggestion from some quarters that the Whitlam Government's removal of fault-based divorce is responsible for...

Report

22 Aug 2011

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the March quarter 2011.

In total, there were 458,900 apprentices and trainees in-training as at the end of March 2011, an increase of 5.3% from...

Audio

22 Aug 2011

It's taken a decade of debate, but Australia's states and territories have finally reached an agreement on violent and sexually explicit video games. The country's attorneys general have decided to introduce a new, adult rating for some video games: R18+.

At last...

Audio

22 Aug 2011

There's some good news on the horizon for female company directors: women make up almost a third of new appointments to Australian boards.

This is a dramatic turnaround, if you consider that just three years ago the number of women on ASX...

Guide

22 Aug 2011

Aiming to assist women who have experienced human rights violations, and been failed by processes in Australia, this guide can be used to seek redress from international complaint mechanisms.

Subtitle: A guide to using the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of...

22 Aug 2011

On the anniversary of the 2010 Australian election, Frank Bongiorno – just back from London – contrasts the challenges facing Britain and Australia in Inside Story

ALMOST four years of living in Britain probably doesn’t quite qualify me for the title “returning...

Report

19 Aug 2011

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between the Australian, State, Territory and Local Governments to support the growth and development of Australia’s regions. RDA Sydney is a new organisation with the aim of facilitating economic growth in the Sydney Metropolitan Region. The...

Discussion paper

19 Aug 2011

This discussion paper is a step towards the development of a new Australian national cultural policy.

Consultation began on a National Cultural Policy in 2009, and has involved the arts and culture sector, creative industries, the public at large and government. This has informed...

Report

19 Aug 2011

This practice sheet explores food insecurity in Australia with a focus on identifying those most likely to suffer it as well as considering its impacts.

Whilst often thought of in terms of third world countries, food insecurity is also prevalent in certain groups within...

Report

19 Aug 2011

The supply of employed medical practitioners increased between 2005 and 2009, from 323 to 350 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population, based on a 40-hour week.

The increase reflected a 20.7% rise in practitioner numbers. The gender balance continued to shift, with women making...

Report

19 Aug 2011

The supply of nurses in Australia increased by 6.2% between 2005 and 2009, from 1,040 full time equivalent (FTE) nurses per 100,000 population to 1,105 FTE nurses based on a 38-hour week.

This was mainly a result of both a 13.3% increase in the...

Report

19 Aug 2011

This review describes the current situation of health leadership and management capacity in Timor-Leste. Timorese health authorities have identified management and leadership capacity development as an important area needing attention.

The country has made significant progress in re-building its health system since becoming a...

Audio

17 Aug 2011

Tech publisher Tim O'Reilly talks about using the web to curate and archive knowledge, and what innovations publishers like he have to take on in order to survive.

If you’ve worked in technology at all you probably recognize the name “O’Reilly” — it has...

Report

17 Aug 2011

This report is the final of a two year evaluation of the project that focussed on the impact of the project on residents and the efficacy of the Wired Community@Collingwood public housing project in forming the basis of a sustainable social enterprise.

There is...

17 Aug 2011

In Inside Story, Michael Gilding reviews Paul Cleary’s analysis of the Australian mining industry

THIS is a slim book about a big issue. Paul Cleary believes that the current mining boom in Australia is a national disaster in the making. We are...

17 Aug 2011

The screening of the ABC’s ambitious courtroom drama, Crownies , coincides with a renewed debate about Australian content. Ben Goldsmith has been watching them both

FOR a few years in the mid 2000s, the ABC screened barely any new Australian drama. This...

Report

18 Aug 2011

Trends in couple formation and dissolution have resulted in an increase in the proportion of Australian adults who are unpartnered.

Patterns of couple formation and dissolution in Australia have changed significantly over a number of decades. Such changes represent a response to the interaction...

Journal article

18 Aug 2011

Objectives

Adverse event or complication rates are increasingly advocated as measures of hospital quality and performance. Objective of this study is to analyse patient-complexity adjusted adverse events rates to compare the performance of hospitals in Victoria, Australia. This study uses a unique hospital dataset...

Report

18 Aug 2011

Serious limitations in the development and implementation of the 2009 Victorian Cycling Strategy compromised its potential to achieve its goal.

The ultimate goal of the 2009 Victorian Cycling Strategy was to ‘grow’ cycling into a major form of personal transport. This audit...

Report

18 Aug 2011

Australian workers increased their productivity far less in the past decade than in the previous one.

They are also increasingly less productive than workers in most comparable countries. Since rising productivity is vital to a strong economy, the problem is serious, even if its...

18 Aug 2011

Warning labels are noticeably absent from alcoholic beverages in Australia, writes Robin Room in The Conversation .

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Despite known risks of drinking, health and safety warning labels have been noticeably absent from alcoholic beverages in Australia.

But that...

Report

18 Aug 2011

Recent research reveals that Indigenous household overcrowding has a dual nature.

On the one hand, overcrowding may occur when there is no way of allocating sleeping space without placing a person in situations that compromise the need for respect among kin. On the other...

18 Aug 2011

Australia lacks efficient means of identifying human remains, writes Daniel Franklin in The Conversation .

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Given terrorism, natural disasters and other mass-fatality incidents seem to dominate news coverage, its never been more important to have an accurate and efficient means of...

Report

19 Oct 2009

The rapid spread of digital-based communications and information networks is likely to have an effect on 21st-century wars, which increasingly center on internal conflict, disputed borders of new states, and separatist movements.

The complex relationship between media and conflict is longstanding. Traditional mass media...

Report

15 Aug 2011

This policy brief details recent economic developments in four of Asia's largest economies - Japan, India, China and Indonesia - and assesses the implications of these changes for Australia.

Jenny Corbett looks at how economic frustrations led to political change in Japan and argues...

Report

15 Aug 2010

The relationship between ministers and public servants has been a longstanding topic among students of Australian public administration. Recent debate has centred on issues of supposed politicisation and excessive responsiveness in the APS, caused, in part, by the weakened tenure of department heads (secretaries)....

Report

15 Jul 2011

Social Capital is defined as networks of trust and reciprocity that link multiple individuals together, and has been shown to facilitate a range of positive outcomes for individuals and communities.

This research found that school students with higher levels of social capital tended to...

Journal article

15 Aug 2011

This article examines the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, issued by the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 13 February 2008, and the landmark Welcome to Country ceremony that opened the 42nd Parliament the day before. The original discussion of this event,...

Audio

15 Aug 2011

With the appointment of the Hon. Susan Ryan AO, Australia has its first full time Age Discrimination Commissioner. From 1975-1988 Susan was Senator for the ACT and became the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a federal Labor Government. More recently, she has...

Audio

15 Aug 2011

People who have a print disability include people who are blind or with low vision, people with a physical disability that makes it difficult for them to manipulate a standard book and people with other cognitive impairments. This is a large group of people. However,...

Report

15 Aug 2011

Sourcing data from the National VET Provider Collection and the Higher Education Statistics Collection, this publication provides a summary of participation in tertiary education and training in Australia.

It covers participation in Australian Qualifications Framework certificate I qualifications through to doctorates by research, as...

Audio

15 Aug 2011

Opening with a discussion about the best of journalism exposing the worst of journalism, Anna Bligh focuses on the role that social media, used by the police and state and local governments, played during the floods and cyclones in Queensland last summer.

15 Aug 2011

The true value lies in creating a network that enables people who are geographically and socially isolated to connect, writes Australia's Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes in The Telegraph

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Why do we need the national broadband network?...

Report

15 Aug 2011

‘Social inclusion’ refers to opportunities, resources, and human capability. Most generally, it is understood as the extent to which both individuals and populations have the choice and capacity to participate in society. Education is particularly important to the concept of social inclusion since...

Report

15 Aug 2011

This report provides a portrait of the initial formal training for VET teachers in private and public registered training organisations. It describes the features and content of generic courses offered both in the VET sector and higher education ranging from certificate IV TAA...

Report

12 Aug 2011

The Gillard government's Clean Energy Future package goes a long way to providing robust foundations, but more work is needed in some areas.

The Southern Cross Climate Coalition (SCCC) is an alliance of the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Council of Trade...

Report

12 Aug 2011

This study provides a method for developing and testing the reliability of estimates of population measures for alcohol-related crime.

Aims: Alcohol misuse causes substantial public health harm. Strategies have been proposed to reduce alcohol-related harm at the community-level, which requires suitable community-level measures...

Report

12 Aug 2011

The Philippine government is experimenting with a creative but risky new strategy to resolve the conflict in Mindanao.

It has three goals: demonstrate that good governance in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is possible through a two-year reform program; bring...

Video

At the inaugural Per Capita Reform Agenda series, Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses Australia's long-term economic outlook and the challenges that lie ahead. Following her speech, she talks with David Hetherington about China's role in our economic future, the mining boom, our demographic forecasts, the...

Literature review

12 Aug 2011

This annotated bibliography outlines a number of key resources on the topic community engagement that have been prepared for practitioners and policy makers.

It was developed in conjunction with the ACELG Working Paper ‘Local Government and Community Engagement.’

The selected resources have been...

Report

30 Jun 2011

This report presents findings on the first systematic national survey of Demand Management (DM) undertaken by electricity network service providers in Australia.

Journal article

12 Aug 2011

Background

Rural and remote areas are characterised by a shortage of medical practitioners. Rural background has been shown to be a significant factor associated with medical graduates' intentions and decisions to practise within a rural area, though most studies have only used simple definitions...

Report

12 Aug 2011

This publication provides information about child care across Australia for the December quarter 2010. The data in the report are sourced primarily from the Department’s administrative system, the Child Care Management System.

Key findings

In the December quarter 2010 there...

Report

12 Aug 2011

A key part of the Australian Institute of Criminology’s role is to provide a capacity to investigate new and evolving crimes and in the past two years, there has been significant interest in determining the nature and extent to which international...

Report

12 Aug 2011

A review and analysis of the health management and leadership capacity issues that affect the performance of district health managers in Cambodia. The first six chapters of each report provide descriptions of the health system of the country and the final four chapters...

Report

12 May 2011

This review describes the current state of health leadership and management capacity and issues that affect management performance at the district level in Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR or Laos).

A review and analysis of the health management and leadership capacity issues that...

Report

12 Aug 2011

As part of the ongoing series Growing Up in Australia, this first Annual Statistical Report provides policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and others with a valuable introduction to the information collected by the study.

As part of the ongoing series Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal...

Literature review

12 Aug 2011

More than one million Australian children are affected by domestic violence, according to the Personal Safety Survey (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006). More than two decades of international research definitively shows that infants, children and adolescents experience serious negative psychological, emotional, social, and developmental impacts...

12 Aug 2011

Seeing Antarctica as just another prize does not bode well for Australia's national interest.

When does “national interest” equal “national sovereignty”? Apparently when Australia looks south.

That position seems to be emerging from think tanks and senior government officials in the stop/start, semi-private...

12 Aug 2011

Expect resistance to implementing the report’s recommendations, says Hal Kendig in The Conversation .

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What is the most remarkable aspect of this report?

The Productivity Commission is proposing an important set of reforms with its Caring for Older Australians...

Report

12 Aug 2011

Defence has a complex accountability system that has evolved over many years. It has its strengths and weaknesses, however Defence has reached a point in its evolution where there is a strong case to redesign its accountability system.

Current arrangements are under...

Report

12 Aug 2011

Aim: To describe current trends in domestic violence and factors associated with reporting offences to police in NSW.

Method: Descriptive analyses were conducted on all incidents of domestic assault recorded by NSW Police between 2001 and 2010. Factors associated with reporting of...

Report

12 Aug 2011

Aim: To determine whether the profile of those receiving suspended sentences (of any length) changed over the 10-year period from 2000 to 2009 and whether those receiving suspended sentences have different characteristics from those receiving a full-time custodial sentence of the same length...

Book

12 Aug 2011

This book brings together 27 chapters from some of the world's leading practitioners and experts on environmental water, communities, law, economics and governance. Its goal is to understand the many dimensions of water in the Murray- Darling Basin and provide guidance about how to implement...

Report

10 Apr 2011

This report analyses patterns of screen media consumption in Australia, helping to understand shifts in media penetration and offering insights into consumption of DVD/Blu-ray and online video.

Focusing initially on feature films, Screen Australia also released a new standardised audience metric, designed to evaluate...

Video

Full presentations from an industry forum held to discuss Screen Australia's research into the size and shape of Australian screen audiences.

The research analysed patterns of screen media consumption in Australia, helping to understand shifts in media participation and offering never-before-published insights into...

Report

10 Sep 2003

This 2003 report on the nature of R&D and innovation within the creative and content industries has been a key document in the development of theories around creative industries in Australia. It has now been added to the APO archive.

The nature of R&D...

Audio

10 Aug 2011

This podcast explores wind market trends in Australia and internationally.

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of energy globally and is now becoming a significant source of power in countries such as Germany, Spain, Ireland and Denmark. As one of the lowest cost...

Report

11 Aug 2011

Exploring the question of community engagement and political participation by younger Australians, this project analyses fifteen years of Newspoll surveys.

Youth voting intentions over the most recent 15 years of Newspoll quarterly data were investigated using both statistical and graphical means. An initial approach...

Report

11 Aug 2011

This working paper was prepared by John Passant and John McLaren of the University of Canberra and closely examines a range of issues canvassed by the Australia's Future Tax System Review of 2010 (the Henry Review) that relate to local government.

These include:...

Report

11 Aug 2011

This study sought to understand appropriate models of service provision in social housing for Indigenous Australians.

It found that social housing for Indigenous households will work best if policy and service delivery settings promote intercultural practices through which service providers, workers, tenants and the...

Commentary

11 Aug 2011

Misleading reports cloud the real homelessness numbers and the issues for homeless people and service providers, argues Alice Clark.

Audio

9 Aug 2011

The Urmadic university is a university without a place, it isn't located anywhere, it is nomadic, it can move. This podcast features interviews with design academics and professionals exploring the university of the future and the future of sustainable design.

Guests

Cameron...

Report

10 Aug 2011

The recent stock market plunge should remind Australians that they live in a vulnerable country as well as a lucky country. While there may be severe problems ahead, over the past two years Australians have been fortunate enough to be debating what to do about...

Report

10 Aug 2011

Are regional communities disadvantaged in the administration of the law, compared with their metropolitan counterparts?

Report

24 Aug 2011

This research seeks to measure the acceptance of Indonesian citizens to egovernment programs.

Huge benefits and usefulness offered by e-government and an increasing number of Internet users has raised the government of the Republic of Indonesia to issue several policies on e-government development. The...

Audio

8 Aug 2011

With an elderly population boom on the horizon, aged care in Australia is under urgent review. But what does "aged care" actually involve - and why isn't it more widely discussed in the community?

From pastoral care to catering, we visit a nursing...

Audio

8 Aug 2011

This program asks why issues of gender equality and discrimination still exists after decades of the Feminist social movement.

Feminism has been one of the most powerful social movements of the last fifty years. So why, after decades of progress, are questions of gender...

Report

8 Aug 2011

This paper summarises recent research regarding the social inclusion of young people in nursing homes, and further outlines the policy and practical challenges related to this issue.

Although those who received services through the recently-ended national YPIRAC program will continue to receive these disability...

8 Aug 2011

The five-year national Young People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program, which aimed to reduce the number of young people with disability living in aged care nursing homes (with the first priority being those aged less than 50), concluded in June 2011. The Summer Foundation...

Article

5 Aug 2011

We have an historic opportunity to re-assess our views and policies, writes the Brotherhood of St Laurence's 
Simon Biggs

AUSTRALIAN social policy on ageing has suddenly burst into new life. The final report of the Productivity Commission’s Caring for Older Australians inquiry is about...

4 Aug 2011

It is time to take the political heat out of the climate change debate and get behind global efforts to bring about a sharp reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The consequences of inaction should overwhelm concerns about the cost of action, particularly given...

Report

4 Aug 2011

The internet has transformed the Australian economy over the last 10 years, and is poised to play an even greater role in our daily lives and businesses as Australia positions itself to become a leading digital economy.

To help reach the goal of becoming...

Audio

4 Aug 2011

Not so long ago many were speculating on the future of the post office, with the decline in its old core business, letters. But right now the post office has a new core business delivering the goods that everyone is buying online.

Guests...

Audio

4 Aug 2011

Next week Australia holds its census, and so Rear Vision traces the recent history of this ancient institution, to make sense of who counts, and who does the counting.

While there have been systems of "enumeration" in place since the Romans, Egyptians and Chinese...

Article

4 Oct 2011

This short essay argues that the emerging world of multilevel governance challenges the tidy realm and primacy of national politics, in Australia as elsewhere.

Report

2 Aug 2011

This report presents information on both Indigenous and other Australians, with the aim of providing a broad profile of Indigenous Australians experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over-represented in the homeless population.

Whilst Indigenous Australians represent...

Report

2 Aug 2011

This report explores the experience of Indigenous people with disability compared with Indigenous people without disability and all Australians with similar severity of disability.

It addresses how they are faring in terms of five key areas reflecting aspects of participation in the context of...

Report

2 Aug 2011

This briefing note outlines recent developments in this increasingly important part of Australia’s energy sector.

The paper is primarily about the extent of this resource and its development (including some environmental matters related to this) but it does not cover the details or controversies...

Report

2 Aug 2011

Four in five public service employees agreed that Right to Information and Information Privacy reforms have had a positive impact on their agency and that their agency has a culture open to the release of information.

As part of the Office of the Information...

Transcript

2 Aug 2011

Population growth has been the subject of much public discussion in recent times. However, widespread misconceptions about the pace, characteristics and implications of population growth means that much of this debate has not been as well informed by the facts as the topic...

Report

3 Aug 2011

This briefing paper provides a summary of key data, reports and debate around population growth in NSW and Sydney.

Population growth has been an issue of national concern at various points in Australia's history, and has long been an important issue for NSW and...

Report

3 Aug 2011

What do older Australians who never or rarely use the Internet know about the types of online products and services available to them, and how they might use these products and services to improve their daily life?

This project aims to support current and...

3 Aug 2011

Bacterial infections might move more slowly than heart attacks, writes Frank Bowden in Inside Story, but they can be just as deadly

“MEDICAL systems around the world respond to certain problems in a stereotypical way. The reason that someone with chest pain...

1 Aug 2011

In Inside Story, Anna Cristina Pertierra looks at what social media tells us about communication

IN THE Philippines on New Year’s Day in 2009, my first and oldest friend, Anabel, suffered a brain aneurysm and fell into a coma. Ten days later,...

Report

2 Aug 2011

Australians are known worldwide for their love of gambling, from ‘two-up’, to horse racing and poker machines. Yet gambling causes major personal and economic problems for some people and their families. For regulators, there are few issues in public policy that raise more dilemmas....

Report

2 Aug 2011

Two and a half years after the first National Security Statement to Parliament, it can be argued that the first wave of national security reforms is over. The key building blocks of a national security ‘community’ have been put in place.

The...

Report

2 Aug 2011

This Resource Sheet provides information on resources available for parents regarding online safety for their children.

Online safety is used interchangeably with terms such as Internet safety, cyber-safety, Internet security, online security and cyber-security. The risk of using computers, mobile phones and other electronic...

Report

2 Aug 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...

Report

2 Aug 2011

Australia is facing significant demographic shifts over the next decade as the population grows and ages. Currently, services for the ageing population are fragmented with no single government department assuming responsibility for older Australians in all their diversity.

Homelessness and housing services...

Dataset

2 Aug 2011

All metropolitan commercial television licensees exceeded the requirements of the Australian Content Standard and Children’s Television Standards in 2010.

The networks also exceeded the triennial requirement of 860 points for airing first release Australian drama programs over the 2008 – 2010 period. Seven Network...

Report

2 Aug 2011

This report recommends the creation of a 'second tier' agency to investigate corruption.

On 14 May 2009 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (the committee) initiated an inquiry into the operation of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act...

2 Aug 2011

Fixed-line and mobile arguments are rife with inconsistencies, making it difficult for consumers to make an informed decision about their telecommunications services, says David Havyatt in IT Wire .

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Optus' failed attempt to stop Vodafone advertising 'Infinite' plans late...

Audio

2 Aug 2011

Report after report into Australia's defence bureaucracy has revealed a culture which is dysfunctional and prone to making mistakes.

Expensive mistakes: billions of dollars have been spent on military hardware which have been an ongoing headache for the country's top military brass and their...

Report

2 Aug 2011

Private militia and armies are a common feature of modern warfare and pose a major threat to peacemaking efforts internationally.

However, little analysis and research on those groups currently exist. This publication, the third in a series, seeks to fill this research gap and...

Book

2 Aug 2011

Accommodating China's rise in a way that ensures the future stability and prosperity of the world economy and polity is probably the most important task facing the world community in the first half of the 21st century.

Where the last three decades of the...

2 Aug 2011

The world’s energy policy-makers are watching as the Merkel government takes the lead, writes Michael Jacobs in Inside Story

IN THE days following the earthquake that crippled Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in March, it was clear that the political aftershocks would spread...