October 2011

Research report

31 Oct 2011

In 2010, Australia registered a $16.8 billion trade surplus, with our goods and services exported to more than 200 countries. This paper provides an informative summary of Australia's trade performance.

Australia has long been an open and active trading country. This engagement in global...

Audio

31 Oct 2011

New South Wales Minister for Community Services and Women, Pru Goward speaks about managing and breaking disadvantage.

Research report

31 Oct 2011

This report reviews the department's performance in 2010–11 in relation to the deliverables and key performance indicators of its programs and their effectiveness in achieving planned outcomes.

Readers will find the relevant objectives, deliverables and key performance indicators listed at the beginning of each...

Journal article

31 Oct 2011

China has the most extensive and most practised cyber-warfare capabilities in Asia.

This article describes the development of these capabilities since the mid-1990s, the intelligence and military organisations involved, and the particular capabilities that have been demonstrated in defence exercises and in attacks on...

Research report

31 Oct 2011

This report details the outcome of an OPI investigation concerning the conduct of a member of Victoria Police undertaking secondary employment as a Ministerial Adviser and his relationship with a Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police.

The Office of Police Integrity (OPI) is an anti-corruption...

Research report

31 Oct 2011

The current level of inconsistency and divisiveness in the funding systems for government and non-government schools indicates a clear need for reforming school funding in Australia.

Widespread dissatisfaction with the current arrangements has been documented across the education sector. Forty percent of respondents in...

Research report

31 Oct 2011

Sydney needs a network of ferries that is able to cater to the city’s changing demographics but is also financially sustainable and responsible.

The current state-controlled model has proved inefficient, backward looking, and costly to taxpayers. Sydney Ferries made more passenger trips in 2000–01...

Research report

31 Oct 2011

This report provides a summary of the feedback from discussions held in the Northern Territory from late June to mid-August 2011.

Consultations to discuss stronger futures in the Northern Territory were held between June and August 2011. This report provides an opportunity for all...

Research report

31 Oct 2011

A monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes.

Where available, the statistics in this issue are presented as time series for the last three years of annual data, the last nine quarters or 15 months of...

Research report

30 Oct 2011

Papua New Guinea is home to around 6.7 million people, with approximately 87 per cent living in rural areas. Five influential studies conducted over a 30 year period suggest a strong spatial component to disadvantage and show relatively little change in the poorest areas over...

Book

30 Oct 2011

Before television, radio, and later the internet came to dominate the coverage of Australian politics, the Canberra Press Gallery existed in a world far removed from today’s 24-hour news cycle, spin doctors and carefully scripted sound bites.

This historical memoir of a...

Research report

30 Oct 2011

Alternatives to the current buy-back of water entitlements by the government in the Murray Darling Basin are assessed using multiple criteria based on the western U.S. experience, real options theory, scenario analysis and policy adoption criteria.

This analysis suggests the following benefits of incorporating...

Discussion paper

30 Oct 2011

This article turns existing theories of European integration on their head, exploring the conditions under which they would predict the European Union to disintegrate and assessing to what extent these conditions currently exist.

It then provides a critique of these theories, of which the...

Working paper

30 Oct 2011

This working paper outlines the labour force participation issues facing us today and reflects on labour market reforms in Australia over time.

It provides a background for further work and discussion with key stakeholders, principally government and the Australian Public Service. it reviews past...

Working paper

30 Oct 2011

This paper analyses possible sources of finance in Australia for climate change aid.

Developed countries have pledged to mobilise $100 billion per year by 2020 for climate change action in developing countries. Progress on financing is necessary to ensure broader progress on climate change...

Research report

28 Oct 2011

RDA Sydney's Regional Plan is an informative tool providing important perspectives on the economic, environmental and social status of Sydney's Regions.

The Regional Plan is unique in that it captures an overview of a wide range of issues within the ‘whole of Sydney’ (utilizing...

Research report

28 Oct 2011

Executive summary by John R Taylor, Acting Obudsman

1. My office has a longstanding interest in the good administration of Victorian universities. I regularly deal with complaints from staff and students about universities under the Ombudsman Act 1973. I also investigate...

Research report

28 Oct 2011

When sick, the doctor is the first port of call for most Australians. In 2009-10 one in five visits to a GP resulted in extra fees over and above the Medicare scheduled fee. An estimated $557 million extra were paid for these visits.

While...

Journal article

28 Oct 2011

There has been very little research to date investigating attitudes to homelessness in Australia. Such research is important as public opinion can influence both political will to act and the viability of different policy responses.

Attitudes also shape the way the community responds...

Research report

28 Oct 2011

Concession cards provide access to a range of welfare benefits additional to income support payments. While concession cards constitute an important means of accessing support, their efficacy is dependent upon cardholders using their cards. There are many questions relating to the determinants of...

Research report

28 Oct 2011

While studies of cannabis use are numerous, the voices of consumers of cannabis are rarely heard. Even less prevalent are the voices of young people living with a mental illness, whose perceptions, attitudes and experiences are crucial to construction of effective health strategies...

27 Oct 2011

WE’RE belting along a bauxite-red dirt highway in north-east Arnhem Land, crossing country covered with the short, spindly eucalypts that are endemic to the region. Tall termite mounds rise from the forest floor, guaranteeing that many of the tree trunks are hollowed out...

Briefing paper

28 Oct 2011

Briefing Paper 21 comprises of two papers that focus attention on the ways interagency collaborations benefit children and families. Part A looks at what collaboration is, the benefits and risks of involving families in collaborations, when interagency collaborations are likely to be most...

Research report

28 Oct 2011

Health expenditure in Australia in 2009-10 increased to $121.4 billion. As a percentage of GDP it was 9.4% of the GDP, 0.4% higher than in 2008-09. Public hospital services accounted for under one-third (31%) of the total increase in 2009-10, while medications accounted for over...

27 Oct 2011

Immigration is a uniquely prejudicial site of public policy, in which the goal of exclusion is exercised and institutionalised writes Brandon Ah Tong from Vision Australia.

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After more than two years of uncertainty, Simran Kaur, a legally blind social worker...

Guide

26 Oct 2011

Long-term unemployment is defined as a person being unemployed for over 52 weeks.

Of approximately 640,000 unemployed Centrelink customers in 2010, over 370,000 (59%) were identified as long-term unemployed – that is, having been in receipt of income support for over 52 weeks (FaHCSIA,...

26 Oct 2011

Monday night's Four Corners revealed systemic problems with mandatory detention and its representation by the government, writes Nick Riemer , for New Matilda.

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There are many ways to lie in politics. Politicians can lie directly, by saying something that is untrue....

Research report

26 Oct 2011

Governments are struggling to meet the rising demand for secondary education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where there are enough school places for just 36% of children of age to enrol. Girls face the greatest barriers as the gender gap widens across the region, according to...

Research report

24 Oct 2011

Now in its eighth year, Saver Plus has supported nearly 12,000 people to save over $6 million towards costs relating to participants’ vocational training or their children’s schooling. Research by RMIT, ANZ and the Brotherhood of St Laurence shows that 87 per cent of Saver...

Article

24 Oct 2011

This paper examines the relationships between parental and family characteristics, including a history of dependence on income support, on a diverse set of indicators of social inclusion among young Australians.

The data contain a large group of young people who might be considered at...

Journal article

24 Oct 2011

Psychological distress is an important component of the overall health and wellbeing of individuals. It also represents a risk factor for illnesses such as depression. In mothers, psychological distress has been linked with poorer outcomes, both for the mother and her child. This...

Research report

24 Oct 2011

Discussing new ways of measuring entrenched disadvantage, these five essays consider some big problems faced by people excluded from mainstream society, and describe what is being done to meet these challenges.

From the foreword by Chris Jones:

In thinking about how fair or...

Research report

24 Oct 2011

In 2011 ANDS commissioned the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University of Technology to examine the costs and benefits of public sector organisations making their data (Public Sector Information or PSI) freely available.

The study was undertaken by Professor John Houghton, a...

Research report

25 Oct 2011

This paper argues that while succession is looking more assured in Pyongyang – with Kim Jong-eun set to accede to the leadership – this period represents a time of potential instability in North Korea.

Additionally, the North’s unveiling of a uranium enrichment facility, and...

Submission

25 Oct 2011

CCI supports the federation government’s initiative to develop a National Cultural Policy, the first since Creative Nation in 1994.

From the wide raft of aspirations, intentions and possibilities embodied in the Discussion Paper, this looks to be much more than business-as-usual in cultural policy....

Audio

24 Oct 2011

Maurice Newman, chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, discusses the roles of public and private broadcasters in engaging with and providing public discourse.

Research report

24 Oct 2011

People with dementia have comparatively high rates of hospitalisation. Their relatively high casemix complexity contributes to longer hospital stays, which has an impact on their physical and mental state. Research shows that well-designed and targeted services have improved the quality of care for...

Research report

21 Oct 2011

This report provides the underpinning framework and evidence for DPCD's community development work and Indicators of Community Strength. It shows that building community participation and collaborative governance have significant outcomes. These include better physical and mental health, positive parenting, improved child development, success at school,...

Research report

30 May 2011

The following is an overview of five reports describing disadvantage in Victoria’s regions of Barwon South West, Grampians, Loddon Mallee, Hume and Gippsland (Figure 1). It compiles data from across the reports to describe disadvantage across regional Victoria as a whole.

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Research report

21 Oct 2011

Asthma is an important health problem in Australia. This report brings together data from a wide range of sources to describe the current status of asthma in Australia. It includes information on the number of people who have asthma and who visit their general practitioner,...

21 Oct 2011

What do we really know about the number of "suspected irregular entry vessels" lost at sea, asks Tony Kevin

RECENT WEEKS have seen rhetoric from both sides of politics citing high and unsubstantiated figures about deaths of asylum-seekers on suspected irregular...

Commentary

21 Dec 2011

Since 2005 the number of students from the Gulf States, specifically from Saudi Arabia, studying in Australia has increased significantly. Saudi academic sojourners have their own adjustment challenges, and the professionals who interact with them also have to adapt to a group of learners made...

Commentary

20 Oct 2011

Can heritage be globalised like information or commerce? Martine Hawkes reviews a collection of essays from around the world on heritage, memory and identity.

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While some corners would argue that our world is a global one in terms of commerce...

20 Oct 2011

In Inside Story, Fergus Green explains how an Abbott government may be able to repeal the carbon tax without paying compensation.

“TELL ’em to get stuffed.” That’s what Darryl Kerrigan – the central character in 1997 comedy hit The Castle – had...

20 Oct 2011

Allan Asher's resignation highlights the need for the ombudsman to be free of government control, argues John Wood in Inside Story

It’s a dark day for the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman, and not for the reasons parroted in the media about...

Audio

21 Oct 2011

Producing new medicines to extend lives and reduce suffering is a noble cause. The marketing of those drugs is often ignoble, with the wining and dining of doctors and the use of specialists to spruik the company line.

A former industry insider gives a...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

Only a small number of empirical studies in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have examined the relationship between Indigenous people's levels of cultural attachment and their socio-economic outcomes.

This paper examines whether strengthening cultural attachment can help reduce Indigenous disadvantage in Australia.

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19 Oct 2011

Mat Hardy , Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, discusses the impact of Gilad Shalit's release, and his trade with 1000 Palestinian prisoners, on The Conversation.

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Gilad Shalit speaks to his family following his release from captivity after five...

19 Oct 2011

It wasn't only the usual suspects who turned out when Adam Brereton went to the Occupy protests in Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend. Here's his take on who is showing up - and why, for New Matilda.

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Commentary

1 Feb 2012

Since 9/11 and the beginning of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan on 7 October 2001, women’s position in Afghanistan has improved. Girls are attending schools, and women are participating in politics, entertainment and sports. For example, Fawzia Koofi became a member of the Afghan Parliament...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This paper argues that inappropriate government policies cause of low remote Indigenous labour force participation and high unemployment.

This paper is a submission to the Remote Participation and Employment Services Engagement Panel (0) , responding to the Discussion Paper released 16 August 2011....

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This paper examines whether Community Services' capacity to adequately respond to children assessed as being at risk of significant harm has improved as a result of changes to the child protection system introduced through the former NSW Government's reform program.

It is...

Discussion paper

18 Oct 2011

This paper seeks to start discussion how government, industry and the community can work together to address the challenges and risks arising from greater digital engagement.

The result of this conversation will be the release of Australia’s first Cyber White Paper in the first...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This year has been both eventful and demanding, marked by the 2010 election, the extended caretaker period and significant new functions following the swearing in of the Gillard government.

On the domestic front, 2010–11 has seen PM&C provide a diverse range of strategic policy...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This digest explains the key features of the Clean Energy Bill.

The Government intends to provide financial assistance to low to middle income households and others, to compensate for the cost of living impact of the introduction of the carbon price on 1 July...

19 Oct 2011

Annabelle Crab discusses Australia's political engagement in an era of new information technologies and waning media profit models, on The Drum.

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It's okay. I don't commemorate the birthdays of all long-dead US presidents as a...

Article

19 Oct 2011

This short essay argues that Australia's political leaders lack stature.

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This paper examines counterinsurgency from a commander's perspective, focusing on Australian operations in Uruzgan in the second half of 2009.

Success in counterinsurgency requires a careful balance between the ability to win the support of the people, and a finely honed close combat ability...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This paper examines capture-or-kill operations in Afghanistan based on an analysis of all Inertnational Security Assistance Force (ISAF) press releases over the last 22 months.

ISAF officials have long presented the capture‐or‐kill operations as one of the most effective parts of the military mission...

Annual Report

29 Sep 2011

Serious and organised crime is an ever-evolving transnational phenomenon. But for all its manifestations, the underlying motivations are constant: greed and power drive organised crime and money is its lifeblood.

This greed has a significant impact on all of us. Organised crime threatens national...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This report presents 2009-10 information collected on people who used disability support services provided under the National Disability Agreement, and the agencies and outlets that provided services.

Seven years of national data have been collected as part of the Disability Services National Minimum Dataset...

Research report

17 Oct 2011

This background paper looks at a wide variety of methods of measuring the impact of research. Each method has its own characteristics and advantages. No one method is complete in itself and does not offer unambiguous or certain results. Measuring the impact of...

Audio

17 Oct 2011

The MIT Media Lab has an international reputation for designing technologies for people to create a better future. But what's the philosophy behind their innovative research?

Frank Moss is a former director of the MIT Media Lab and the author of a book called...

Audio

17 Oct 2011

As part of the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Peter Baxter, Director General of AusAID, discussed Australia's aid program and the critical role of development aid in an increasingly interconnected global community.

Mr Baxter answered the critics of the Australian aid program, some...

Research report

14 Oct 2011

Water is a classic common pool resource, especially during drought. This paper studies the impact of changing storage levels on urban water usage in the context of a prolonged drought and an extensive public information campaign which emphasized communal responsibility for maintaining ‘dam...

Discussion paper

14 Oct 2011

One of the most common differences across households is that they have to divert some time away from leisure or paid labor to a variety of duties. Examples of such duties are the need to take care of children or of dependent parents,...

Discussion paper

14 Oct 2011

Eleven male business leaders from a group called the Male Champions of Change have devised this best practice guide of strategies to assist large organisations to increase the number of women in leadership roles.

The Male Champions of Change, convened by Sex Discrimination Commissioner...

Article

14 Oct 2011

With a focus on the banking industry, this essay looks at trends in longer working hours in Australia and the impact this has on human health and workplace safety.

Almost a quarter of workers globally work more than 48-hours per week, including 1.2 million...

Research report

14 Oct 2011

This final report is from a three-year research program that examined the dynamics of workforce development and explored the challenges in maintaining viable labour flows in the child care and meat processing industries.

The paper highlights the lack of receptiveness for workers in the...

Research report

13 Oct 2011

Without a significant medical breakthrough, the number of Australians with dementia is expected to soar from an estimated 267,000 in 2011 to almost one million people by 2050.

Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia to provide updated dementia prevalence estimates and projections...

Research report

14 Oct 2011

Proposals in this discussion paper focus around the issues of social security, child support and family assistance, income management, employment, superannuation and migration.

The Discussion Paper sets out in detail the issues raised by the Terms of Reference, the research behind...

12 Oct 2011

How do we want to be seen as we get older, asks Richard Johnstone in Inside Story - and who is our audience?

THERE is a scene in Todd Phillips’s buddy film The Hangover (2009) that reminds us, even as we celebrate...

Audio

12 Oct 2011

In the first Inside Media podcast from Inside Story , Peter Clarke talks to journalist and academic Margaret Simons and blogger Tim Dunlop about the federal government’s independent media inquiry, headed by former judge Ray Finkelstein, and the issues raised by Justice Mordy Bromberg’s judgement...

12 Oct 2011

What happens when the internet finds out what we like, asks Jason Wilson in Inside Story

RECENT events, including the Arab Spring and the mass release of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, have tended to strengthen the view that digital media technologies are...

12 Oct 2011

With another summer approaching, Tom Griffiths looks at two fine accounts of Black Saturday and its aftermath in Inside Story

IT IS three winters now since the Black Saturday bushfire brought its terror. In the past year, soaking rains have inspired grass...

Audio presentation

4 Oct 2011

At the Lowy Lecture on Tuesday 4 October 2011, Professor Keith Jeffery reflected on the challenges, rewards and frustrations of writing an authorised history of the most secretive department of the British state.

Keith Jeffery is Professor of British History at Queen's University Belfast...

Research report

13 Oct 2011

Access to maternity services in Victoria is not equitable, argues this report.

Planning is critical to the delivery of effective, accessible maternity services. However, shortcomings in the Department of Health’s planning approach have limited its understanding of maternity capacity in Victoria. As a result,...

Article

13 Oct 2011

This short essay argues that economic changes effected after the election of the Hawke-Keating government in 1983 marched in step with a corruption of political life.

Research report

11 Oct 2011

This paper provides coverage of selected procedural changes during the first year of the operation of the House of Representatives in the 43rd Parliament, together with a range of statistics relating to the work of the House.

The 2010 election, held on 21 August,...

Research report

11 Oct 2011

This paper argues for new institutional arrangements, such as the establishment of a federal schools commission to coordinate school funding.

Save Our Schools urges the School Funding Review Committee to recommend a new national school funding model which consists of three basic components: a...

Research report

11 Oct 2011

This consultation paper sets out the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s views on future arrangements for call charges to freephone and local rate numbers.

Together these number ranges are known as freephone and local rate numbers (FLRNs).

During 2010–11, the ACMA undertook a...

Audio

11 Oct 2011

Human resources expert Prof Ian Williamson explains how the increasing mobility of workers in knowledge industries is creating challenges for employers desperate to maintain their skilled workforce.

Strategy

11 Oct 2011

This manual is used for the risk managed protection of information and systems.

Improving cyber defence is a top national security priority and the Australian Government has invested significantly in enhancing cyber security capabilities over a number of years. The Australian Government Information Security...

11 Oct 2011

The death of Steve Jobs has offered us a symbol which is surprisingly rare: the capitalist as a hero, writes Chris Berg in The Drum Unleashed .

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The tributes to the Apple co-founder have praised his vision, entrepreneurial drive, single-mindedness, how...

Research report

12 Oct 2011

Critical of the Office of Police Integrity for failing to apply sufficient whistleblower protection laws, this report investigates allegations of misused powers with regard to the OPI's investigative actions against senior staff.

1. This report examines whether the Office of Police Integrity (OPI): •...

12 Oct 2011

As long as gambling and betting dominate sport, the stench of corruption will hang over ever bizarre result, writes Simon Tatz in The Drum.

. Australian sport is not corrupt, and how dare those cheating Pakistanis accuse us of match fixing the cricket!...

Research report

12 Oct 2011

This study was designed to explore the viability of an alternative method of measuring housing affordability stress (using the residual income method) to that of the ubiquitous 30 per cent benchmark method. The project will help devise rent-setting formulas for social housing that better correspond...

Research report

11 Oct 2011

This paper challenges a number of assumptions about the transformation of Asia's security environment.

Contrary to expectations, the United States will remain the pre-eminent strategic actor in the region for a number of reasons that will be difficult to alter, while China's...

Research report

11 Oct 2011

Clashes between Muslims and Christians in Ambon, Indonesia, raised fears of a return to the communal fighting that wracked the region from 1999 to 2002.

his time, an extraordinary effort by grassroots “peace provocateurs” and local officials largely kept the violence from spreading further...

Article

6 Oct 2011

Indonesia has shown that new communications tools can serve peace rather than spread conflict, writes Jim Della-Giacoma in The Interpreter .

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From London to Jakarta, there have been accounts of how social media have been used to help encourage violence. In...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

Highlights developments in arts and cultural heritage and sports and recreation statistics and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with an interest in this field.

This compendium was created by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics, a...

Research report

18 Oct 2011

This report examines the impact recent programming decisions have had on the ABC and makes a range of recommendations.

On 17 August 2011 the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 October:...

Fact sheet

6 Jan 2012

This snapshot describes the penalties imposed on convicted drink-drivers in NSW.

A fine is the most serious penalty, imposed on 59.8 per cent of convicted drink-drivers. The average fine varies according to the PCA range of the offence: $470 (low range PCA range), $704...

Fact sheet

6 Sep 2011

This snapshot describe the penalties imposed on convicted robbery offenders.

The most common penalty imposed on a convicted robbery offender was a prison sentence. Prison penalties were imposed on 79 per cent of offenders convicted of an aggravated robbery offence and 58 per cent...

Fact sheet

6 Sep 2011

This snapshot describes the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of sexual assault (not including child sexual assault).

The most common penalty imposed on an offender convicted of sexual assault was a prison sentence. Prison penalties were imposed on 86 per cent of offenders...

Discussion paper

7 Oct 2011

There is a lot at stake over the next few months in the countdown to the Gonski panel's final advice on schools funding. That advice, and the Government’s response, could determine the long-term future of schooling across Australia and, in particular, the nature...

Research report

30 Apr 2011

This selection of data sources helps describe community wellbeing in Victoria. They cover a broad range of topics from population, social and multicultural features, services and facilities, children and families, health, disadvantage, participation, amenity, economy, industry and transport.

For each resource there...

Research report

7 Oct 2011

Analysing a 2011 Department of Health dataset on Local Government Area performance in 2009 against a whole range of indices that impact health, this paper finds that proximate transport access is an important health issue. It is not a gender neutral either. It matters to...

Research report

7 Oct 2011

This study compares work-life labour income of Indigenous and average Australians and assesses potential impact of bridging mortality gaps on their work-life earning gaps using a life-table model which took account of the survival, employment and income trajectories from 25 to 64 years....

Research report

7 Oct 2011

The purpose of this paper is to examine the responsiveness of partnered women’s labour supply to the price of child care in Australia. We show that the way in which child care prices are constructed can have very large impacts on findings, which is an...

Research report

7 Oct 2011

To operate effectively, mining operations often need access to substantial volumes of water.

While water consumption used by the mining industry is less than two per cent of the total estimated water use across Australia, the effect of operations on local groundwater...

Working paper

7 Oct 2011

This working paper aims to synthesize current efforts to develop comparable evaluation methods for social issue documentary films. Authored by two researchers who have been jointly documenting the field’s transformation over the past five years, this paper offers a framework for planning and evaluating the...

Audio

7 Oct 2011

Media historian Professor Robin Jeffrey explains how the cell or mobile phone has hugely advanced India‘s economic development and is changing the very fabric of its society.

Fact sheet

6 Feb 2012

This snapshot describes the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of motor vehicle theft.

Over the period 2009 to 2010 a total of 1018 offenders were convicted of motor vehicle theft in NSW Local and District Courts. Imprisonment was the most commonly imposed penalty,...

Research report

7 Oct 2011

The majority of National Social Housing Survey respondents were either 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with living in either public housing or community housing.

In addition, most respondents indicated that the amenity and location of their housing met the needs of their household. These respondents...

Research report

7 Oct 2011

Disease and mortality rates, as well as other health and welfare indicators, are often used to evaluate the performance of government and community programs aimed at improving the health and welfare of the population. This involves comparing event rates for different populations over time or...

Journal article

7 Oct 2011

Opportunities for training and volunteering can assist women living in public housing to enter or re-enter paid work. However, income-based rents, poor security and stigma associated with public housing may present significant obstacles to working. This Research and Policy Bulletin provides details of the key...

5 Oct 2011

As the latest carbon price package makes its way through parliament, Fergus Green in Inside Story takes a trip down memory lane

CAST your mind back two years and you’ll recall that the government and opposition were in another, albeit very different,...

Book

6 Oct 2011

This online book makes the work of William Thomas accessible to anthropologists, archaeologists, historians and the descendants of the Aboriginal people he wrote about.

More importantly, people who live, work, study, holiday or just have a general interest in the area from Melbourne to...

Article

6 Oct 2011

When former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to the stolen generations his actions were widely acclaimed as an acknowledgement that was long past due, and of significant value. Although the Apology did not seek to directly address any of the constitutional or...

Video

Melbourne writer Anne Manne stresses the importance of a more thoughtful, generous approach to the care and support we provide to the differently-abled.

Video

This week marks the opening of the inaugural Australia-Indonesia Dialogue, a new forum designed to enhance people-to-people and business-to-business linkage between the two countries. To mark the occasion, Pnyx Events Director Olivia Cable interviewed Ambassador Primo Alui Joelianto about the state of Australia-Indonesia relations in...

6 Oct 2011

Out of the clash of interests in federal parliament in 1911 came an enduring electoral reform, writes Brian Costar in Inside Story. An update is long overdue

ONE hundred years ago today George Pearce of Western Australia rose in the Senate to...

6 Oct 2011

In Inside Story, Sylvia Lawson reviews The Eye of the Storm and enters a controversy about Red Dog

SOMETIMES the most unlikely fusion of modes can actually work. In the extraordinary case of The Eye of the Storm , it must...

Research report

6 Oct 2010

The Transdisciplinary Research and Design Symposium aimed to take stock of the state of transdisciplinary practice across the various domains in which it appears most advanced, seeking to distil lessons and a working set of practice principles. The symposium ran for a day and a...

6 Oct 2011

Public discussion of microfinance focuses on loans, ignoring other approaches like microinsurance, writes Naomi Fillmore in Quarterly Access .

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Microfinance has gained popularity in recent years as a means of relieving poverty in developing nations. However, public discussion of microfinance tends...

Dataset

30 Sep 2011

A compendium of economic statistics for October, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes.

Research report

4 Oct 2011

There remains much to be learned about the ways in which Australian fathers contribute to families and feel about themselves as fathers.

There has been growing recognition of the importance of fathers to families in recent years. Societal trends, such as rising levels of...

Fact sheet

4 Jan 2011

This snapshot describe the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of illicit drug offences involving amphetamines.

Summary: In 2009-2010, 2,397 offenders were convicted of illicit drug offences involving amphetamines. The majority (70.9%) were convicted of using or possessing amphetamines, while nearly a quarter were...

Fact sheet

4 Feb 2011

This snapshot describe the penalties imposed on convicted assault offenders.

The most common penalty imposed on assault offenders is a bond but the likelihood of a prison sentence increases with both the seriousness of the assault and the number of prior convictions. Approximately 23...

Fact sheet

4 Jan 2012

This snapshot describes the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of break and enter.

The most common penalty imposed on an offender convicted of break and enter was a prison sentence. Prison penalties were imposed on 64 per cent of offenders convicted of an...

Fact sheet

4 May 2013

This snapshot describes the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of child sexual assault.

Over the two year period 2009 and 2010, 495 offenders were convicted of child sexual assault. 97 per cent of those convicted were male and 64 per cent...

5 Oct 2011

The challenge facing the Tax Forum is to enhance the performance of a tax system that already works well, writes Sinclair Davidson, Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing and a senior fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs.

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Research report

3 Oct 2011

Ensuring all Australians have equal access to education has been a key driver of state and federal governments since the late 1980s. 'Lifting' skills of individuals through education, training and employment is an integral focus of public policies to redress disadvantage and improve social inclusion....

Research report

28 Feb 2011

The landscape has changed significantly since the creation of the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 1984. With more than 20 years of reformist governments the Australian Public Service (APS) has undergone a major rethinking of its role and the way it carries out the task...

Research report

3 Oct 2011

Capturing remuneration data from 105 APS agencies, this annual survey is based on a sample of remuneration data as at 31 December each year.

The Survey was conducted by Mercer Consulting Ltd (Mercer) on behalf of the APSC.

In 2010, Government...

Audio

3 Oct 2011

Tanya Plibersek outlines Australian egalitarian values and how they have been and continue to be translated into government, economic and social policy.

Research report

3 Oct 2011

This guide has been produced to commemorate the centenary of the Commonwealth Government's acquisition of the Northern Territory from South Australia. The Commonwealth assumed responsibility for the administration of the Northern Territory from 1 January 1911. Its administration ended with the granting of self-government on...

Audio

3 Oct 2011

Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, outlines the importance of Australian engagement with the Pacific.

The future of the Pacific matters deeply to Australia – it is our neighbourhood and our roots run deep. Australia is working with the region to help...

Research report

3 Oct 2011

This report reinforces the importance of the transition to school for children from families with complex support needs. For all children and families, but particularly for those with complex support needs, the transition to school is a time of both opportunity and vulnerability....

Research report

30 Sep 2011

Housing is important to all of us. It affects our communities and lives in far reaching ways, contributing to health, employment and the opportunities we have.

During the consultations undertaken as part of the update of South Australia's Strategic Plan, participants identified 'access to...

Research report

30 Sep 2011

Research in the social sciences is routinely affected by missing data. Not addressing missing data appropriately may yield research findings that are either 'slightly off' or 'plain wrong'. This study demonstrates why and how frequently used simple remedies for missing data can impact on research...

Research report

30 Sep 2011

This is the first of two final reports that aims to address the following research question highlighted in AHURI’s housing supply research brief: What is the impact on supply and affordability from implementation of the Henry Review recommendations in relation to negative gearing, land tax...

Research report

30 Sep 2011

Cask wine produced from grapes grown along the Murray River is being sold for less than the cost of bottled water, this report reveals.

With up to 960 litres of water used to make a single litre of cask wine, and bottled water retailing...

Article

30 Sep 2011

Much uncertainty obscures the future of offshore processing in Australia, following the recent High Court ruling on the unlawfulness of the Malaysia Solution in Plaintiff M70/2011 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, and the tumultuous political response which has ensued.

First of all, it...