February 2012

Submission

29 Feb 2012

In making this submission, we hope to assist The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in developing a methodology for valuing Public Sector Information (PSI) and to contribute to the current draft and design of proposed subsequent agency and user survey questionnaires....

Research report

15 Dec 2011

The key findings of this study are:

• Journal articles and conference papers are critical for advanced research and scholarship, and are rated as`important’ by 90.4 per cent of survey respondents (for journal articles) and 58.2 per cent (for conference papers).

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Research report

29 Feb 2012

This paper investigates how the declining proportion of younger people and increasing proportion of older people in the population has reduced past crime levels and should reduce future crime levels.

Official crime statistics suggest that young people aged 24 years and under make the...

Research report

29 Feb 2012

This paper uses a case study of the Western Australian population to illustrate the extent to which Australia's largest birth cohort have engaged in higher levels of criminal activity compared with smaller birth cohorts.

Official Australian crime statistics indicate that individual offence levels peak...

Research report

29 Feb 2012

The revised legislative crime control scheme would likely survive constitutional challenge in the High Court.

On 15 February 2012 the NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith, introduced the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Bill 2012 [the 2012 Bill] into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill was passed...

Research report

20 Feb 2012

This paper examines the varied issues raised by the Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance Bill 2011.

On 11 November 2011 the Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Bill 2011 [the Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance Bill] was introduced in the Legislative Council, sponsored...

Research report

1 Mar 2012

This report explores the policy implications of the large-scale development of geothermal energy resources and their impact on water quality and availability.

Australia could potentially produce energy from a variety of geothermal systems including:

non-conventional engineered geothermal systems (EGS) hot sedimentary...

Research report

29 Feb 2012

This paper outlines the range of internal and external challenges facing the Philippines and some of the implications for Australia and the region.

The Philippines is a large and important country in Southeast Asia, and potentially a more active security partner for Australia. If...

Research report

29 Feb 2012

To deter intimidation, this paper argues that election monitors should begin deployment to Aceh long before the 9 April election.

Despite rhetorical commitments on the part of all contenders to a peaceful election, the potential for isolated acts of violence between now and then...

Research report

22 Feb 2012

Somalia is currently at a tipping point and needs greater support from the international community to move forward.

Over the last two decades, Somalia has been characterised by armed conflict and lawlessness, and often associated with famine, extremism, piracy, kidnapping, internally displaced persons, and...

Research report

1 Mar 2012

Modelling two recommendations made in the Henry Review of Taxation (2010), this study considers the impact of the recommendations on rents, rental supply and housing affordability.

The Henry Review recommended two key changes to taxation arrangements to promote more balanced investment in...

Research report

29 Feb 2012

Among other recommendations, this paper argues that the Commonwealth should take the earliest opportunity to apologise publicly to those affected by former forced adoption policies and practices.

On 15 November 2010, the Senate referred to the Community Affairs References Committee an inquiry into former...

Research report

1 Mar 2012

Considering eight case studies, this project examines the sustainability outcomes of new affordable housing projects and showed how limited public funding was used to leverage desirable financial, environmental and social outcomes.

Governments across Australia are increasingly turning to not-for-profit housing providers to...

Research report

1 Mar 2012

The paper outlines international literature, previously unreleased data from the Australian Institute of Criminology's National Homicide Monitoring Program and case examples of fathers and mothers who have killed their children. While these deaths are often described in the media as 'inexplicable', this new...

Discussion paper

29 Feb 2012

Compulsory superannuation is a core element of Australia's retirement income system.

In May 2009, the Government commissioned an independent review into the governance, efficiency, structure and operation of Australia’s superannuation system (the Cooper Review). The Cooper Review provided its final report to Government on...

Research report

29 Feb 2012

From July 2006 to December 2010, 11 Victorian government departments and five agencies spent over $1 billion on advertising and communications.

Government spending on advertising and communications is significant and has grown consistently since 2002. Given the political sensitivity and significance of this annual...

Research report

1 Mar 2012

This audit examined the performance of public bus, tram and train services across Victoria.

The Department of Transport was not prepared for the rapid growth in public transport patronage between 2004 and 2009. It did not have the capability to foresee this growth...

28 Feb 2012

Fifty years after the publication of Jane Jacobs’s landmark book, we’re still trying to find our way around the city, writes Richard Johnstone in Inside Story

FOR a while there, the new technologies seemed to be promising us that we could, if we...

Audio program

27 Feb 2012

The issue of refugees and asylum-seekers provokes heated public debate in many countries around the world, including in Australia.

On 14 February 2012, in an address in the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, examined...

27 Feb 2012

By challenging – and decisively losing – Kevin Rudd has at least done Julia Gillard a favour or two, writes Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story

KEVIN Rudd – the man with a great future behind him – is likely to leave an...

27 Feb 2012

Tom Griffiths was on board the Aurora Australis as it sailed south to Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Douglas Mawson’s historic expedition

IN ANTARCTICA, you can’t just select a date, waltz in, and perform a ceremony. You...

Research report

27 Feb 2012

Superannuation is vital to Australia's system of support for retirement. Compulsory super, along with voluntary contributions, enables people to have a much higher standard of living in retirement than possible on the Age Pension alone. Australian governments currently support retirees not only through the Age...

Briefing paper

27 Feb 2012

During December 2010 and January 2011, Queensland was devastated by a series of natural disasters, with 78% of the state being declared a disaster zone. During this period, six children and young people died in association with floodwaters. Of those, four were in vehicles that...

Research report

27 Feb 2012

The Web is transforming how organisations conduct business, ranging from improving efficiency to creating new, innovative products and services—all with an eye toward improving the bottom line. Adoption of sustainability may be following a similar path.

At first, organizations were just trying to be...

Research report

22 Feb 2012

Access to affordable dental care remains out of reach for many Australians.

Recent reports have highlighted the extent of ongoing problems with access to affordable dental care. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has recently reported that among Australian children, nearly half have...

Research report

27 Feb 2012

This paper provides evidence on changes in the labour force status of Indigenous and other Australians since the mid-1990s, a period of strong macroeconomic growth.

The paper expands the standard definitions of labour supply to consider marginally attached workers—people who want to work but...

Research report

27 Feb 2012

This paper considers the arguments for and against greater use of a sovereign wealth fund in Australia. It argues that the existing Future Fund is unnecessary and that greater use of a sovereign wealth fund would harm Australia’s future prosperity.

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs)...

Article

24 Feb 2012

A close look at the data tells an ambivalent story about China's growth.

With most of the developed world still struggling to deliver sustained growth, much is resting on the continued strength of emerging markets in general and of China in particular. China watchers...

Briefing paper

27 Feb 2012

Recent data from the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program indicate a decrease in the use of ecstasy among police detainees.

Specifically, only five percent of police detainees in 2010 and 2011 reported using ecstasy; 50 percent lower than in...

Research report

27 Feb 2012

Over the past year, there have been a large number of shootings, including drive-by shootings, in South-Western and Western Sydney.

This has given rise to great concern in the community. NSW Police have set up a special taskforce to tackle gun violence. In addition,...

Research report

20 Feb 2012

Technology has democratized news publishing, and it has rattled regimes that equate survival with control of all aspects of society, especially the flow of information

Blogger Rami Nakhle leaned across the table toward a cluster of U.S. technology leaders. “People are tortured to death...

28 Feb 2012

John Menadue and Ian McAuley look at how government handouts to the private health insurance industry put subsidies to the auto industry in the shade

THE DEBATE about inequity and the need for means testing of private health insurance (PHI) addresses...

27 Feb 2012

Will we know it when we see it? asks Peter Shergold .

I was lucky enough earlier this month to visit Canada as a guest of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada although, unfortunately, not quite lucky enough to go skiing. So,...

Research report

27 Feb 2012

The Prime Minister reports annually on progress in Closing the Gap. This is the fourth annual report, tabled in Parliament on 15 February 2012.

According to the report: "This Closing the Gap report shows that the foundations for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage are now in...

Literature review

31 Jul 2011

Abstract

This article presents a review of the literature over the past 10 years into the use of technological interventions that tutors might use to encourage students to engage with and action the feedback that they receive on their assessment tasks. The authors...

Book

27 Feb 2012

This book provides a comprehensive coverage of one of Australia’s most historic elections, which produced a hung parliament and a carefully crafted minority government that remains a heartbeat away from collapse, as well as Australia’s first elected woman Prime Minister and the Australian...

Research report

22 Feb 2012

This annual publication presents Deloitte’s view of key developments over the next 12-18 months that are likely to have significant medium- to long-term impacts for companies in TMT and other industries.

Each area is analysed with its own list of key predictions and trends.These...

Conference proceedings

22 Feb 2012

This conference held in December 2011 at the University of Melbourne addressed the field of digital humanities scholarship from the perspective of methods for improving research outcomes by better use of technology.

Digital methods for recording information are now ubiquitous. In fieldwork-based disciplines, like...

Research report

22 Feb 2012

This UK report finds that 28% of 11-to-16-year-olds have been deliberately targeted, threatened or humiliated by an individual or group through the use of mobile phones or the internet.

The latest findings from Beatbullying reveal that 28% of 11-to-16-year-olds have been deliberately targeted, threatened...

Journal article

24 Feb 2012

This Griffith Review article explores the conflicting narratives of the Janga , the boat, its crew and its passengers involved in the Christmas Island tragedy of December 2010.

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On a sultry mid-December day an Indonesian fishing boat manned only...

Audio program

24 Feb 2012

Sociologist Associate Professor Gili Drori explains how the vocabulary of human rights is making its way into the constitutions of nation states, and what this says about the societies that choose -- or choose not -- to include such rights in their national...

24 Feb 2012

Three little words strike fear into the heart of at least 40% of Queenslanders: coal seam gas, writes Tina Hunter for the Conversation .

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These three seemingly innocuous words have managed to divide a state, and become the hottest topic in...

24 Feb 2012

What do the 'DIY urbanism' movement and homelessness have in common? Whether it's a temporary studio, a pop-up shop, a sleeping bag in a doorway or a tarpaulin under a bridge, all are informal responses to the scarcity of space for everyone's needs and ambitions....

Research report

24 Feb 2012

As successive governments have committed to reducing the regulatory burden on business, so too they need to give equal priority to working with the community sector on reforms that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the sector’s operating environment. The Productivity Commission clearly showed...

23 Feb 2012

Tory Maguire of the Punch presents the issues facing Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labor Party.

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Never underestimate the furiously protective streak of an adult daughter towards her father. Last night as the ALP conflagrated in an orgy of Rudd-loathing...

Research report

23 Feb 2012

Smart.Digital.Connected investigates how Australian organisations participate and benefit in the digital economy, and how they are preparing to engage in the future.

This research highlights how businesses are reaping productivity, efficiency, profit and growth rewards from the use of digital tools across their organisations....

Research report

23 Feb 2012

The findings of these visits to detention centres by Amnesty International is that indefinite and prolonged detention of asylum seekers in Australia is a failed policy that contravenes human rights standards.

The most serious and damaging conditions faced by asylum seekers in immigration detention...

23 Feb 2012

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Twitter is being sued for defamation by a Melbourne man who was wrongly identified as the author of a “hate blog” directed at writer and TV personality, Marieke Hardy.

Hardy posted a tweet last year to “name and shame”...

Discussion paper

23 Feb 2012

In Indigenous policy circles there is an increasingly desperate desire to lift the educational and employment outcomes of remote Indigenous students, relative to their non-Indigenous peers in the rest of Australia.

A lack of engagement with education and a scarcity of jobs underpin this...

23 Feb 2012

Strongly argued, thoroughly evidenced, and unlikely to succeed. In Inside Story, Dean Ashenden looks at the Gonski report on Australian schools.

SINCE the grand Karmel/Whitlam settlement of 1973, money for schools has come from three different sources and gone in three different mixes to...

23 Feb 2012

Julia Gillard has finally explained the events of mid 2010, writes Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story

IT MIGHT well have been her finest hour – but the hour comes late in the day. A poised, forthright and confident Julia Gillard responded to...

Research report

24 Feb 2012

This report explores the factors that contribute to successful course completion for students with a mental illness, with a particular focus on the role of disclosure.

Research report

24 Feb 2012

This publication provides detailed analysis of two-party and two-candidate preferred results by polling place for the 2011 New South Wales election. The publication is the latest in a series first published by the Parliamentary Library after the 1991 election, and is a companion to last...

Research report

23 Feb 2012

This report maps current research and thinking on the state of community liveability indicator development in Australia.

The report facilitates further thinking and research in this area by:

a) Increasing the amount of information in the public domain on community indicators.

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23 Feb 2012

Is Australia no longer the first choice for our Asian neighbours when it comes to receiving an international education? Discusses Justin Norrie of the Conversation.

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The “comprehensive failure” of Australian universities to engage with Asia is rapidly unravelling their...

Research report

23 Feb 2012

Newly exporting small and medium-sized enterprises have not, to date, has sufficient focus from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation's assistance with export finance and insurance, according to this report.

Key points

These key points were released with the Australia's Export Credit...

Audio program

23 Feb 2012

Listen to the Federal Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson MP discuss on the great population debate.

Kelvin is a former member of the ALP Front Bench and has been at the forefront of the debate since his speech to the Federal Parliament of Australia,...

Article

23 Dec 2011

In this paper, Mark Hutchinson examines the substantial influence Gough Whitlam had on the establishment of the University of Western Sydney.

When Gough Whitlam first entered parliament in 1952 as the MP for the south-western Sydney seat of Werriwa, there was not a single...

21 Feb 2012

Technology trends are notoriously inaccurate but two reports stand out in helping predict what will happen in 2012 writes Gerry White on DERN

This first research review post for 2012 is a slight departure from the usual review of educational research. DERN has read...

22 Feb 2012

While there are great benefits of the internet for learners there are also risks, such as cyberbullying, that need to be managed writes Gerry White on DERN

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The use of digital technologies is increasing among the population, especially use of the internet...

22 Feb 2012

What effect has technology had on our ability to read in both hard copy print and technological form? Gerry White from DERN reviews the latest research.

The use of computers in education has introduced dual reading modes: on paper and on screen. Concerns have...

20 Feb 2012

We should put aside the gloomy predictions about constitutional reform and debate the Indigenous recognition proposals on their merits, writes Paul Kildea in the Australian Financial Review

IN THE WEEKS since the Expert Panel reported to the Gillard government on the constitutional...

20 Feb 2012

A brief review of the Gonski report on school funding from Save Our Schools

The central issue in the Gonski review of school funding has been whether the focus of government funding policies should switch from supporting choice to improving equity in education.A...

Research report

20 Feb 2012

Released to the public on 20 February 2012, this report on a review chaired by David Gonski, is the culmination of the first significant schools funding review since the Whitlam Government.

In 2010 the Australian Government commissioned a Review of Funding for Schooling. Chaired...

21 Feb 2012

Without realising it, we seem to have entered a new geological epoch. In Inside Story, Brett Evans looks at how we got there and what it means

IT MAY seem hard to believe, but for the first three orbits they were so...

21 Feb 2012

William McMahon’s famously ill-starred prime ministership has been back in the news, not necessarily to the advantage of the federal Labor government. In Inside Story, Paul Rodan recalls the election of nearly forty years ago

RECENT unflattering comparisons between Julia Gillard’s prime...

21 Feb 2012

Education experts respond to the Gonski review of education funding

... School funding is under the microscope for the first time in nearly 40 years.

A much-anticipated review of Australian school funding, spearheaded by businessman David Gonski, was handed to the Gillard government...

Article

20 Feb 2012

While a large battle looms once again for the APL leadership, this paper provides an insider's view of a more orderly, though no less intense, ALP contest and Andrew Leigh's eventual preselection for the Canberra seat of Fraser.

Fear and loathing on ANZAC eve?...

Audio program

20 Feb 2012

The Rural Doctors Association has put forward a long list of policy changes it would like to see to attract more doctors to Australia's isolated towns and communities.

It has asked for a change to the classification sysytem for defining rural and...

Article

20 Feb 2012

This paper examines the fatherhood settings and fatherhood stories of fourteen Australian gay men aged 33–75 who were interviewed 2001–2003 as part of a larger study.

Two fatherhood settings and two principal fatherhood stories were revealed in the men’s interviews. The fatherhood settings consisted...

Journal article

20 Feb 2012

Citizens need to be informed to participate in democracy -- and they rely on the media for information.

Three recent books catalogue the problems with the contemporary media, and show just how much needs to change for the democratic role of the news to...

17 Feb 2012

The ongoing communication breakdown between telcos and their customers has been well documented by the telco industry regulator, the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA). Two years ago they commenced the biggest inquiry this industry has ever seen, called Reconnecting the Customer. It conducted public...

17 Feb 2012

Australia’s educational system must be one of the most over-reviewed in the OECD, states David Zyngier in T he Conversation

Hundreds of Select Committees – Federal and State, Upper and Lower House in the past 20 years have reviewed teacher quality and student outcomes....

17 Feb 2012

The Ghosts of Labor’s Past: We know Labor is in trouble in Australia—but they are not alone. In Europe increasing numbers of the public are turning to right rather than left wing to govern. Why?

One reason might be, paradoxically, that centre-left parties are...

Research report

16 Feb 2012

This paper explores data on Solomon Islanders’ perceptions of the role of an elected Member of Parliament (MP), their experience of elections and their perceptions of women as leaders.

The Solomon Islands comprises around half a million people from nearly a hundred different language...

Discussion paper

13 Jan 2012

Obama's visit to Australia gave followers of politics a rare opportunity to observe the performances of three distinct leaders in three distinct roles.

The visit of a United States President is among the more exciting events Australian parliamentarians experience. This was obvious on November...

Research report

16 Feb 2012

This paper develops and applies a stochastic simulation model in order to assess the effect of renewable technologies on the financial risk and cost of electricity supply in Fiji.

In recent years, renewable energy technologies have been advocated in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)...

Research report

30 Dec 2011

This 2011 publication outlines what can be done to minimise alcohol and drug related risk to workplace safety.

This includes identifying and dealing with workplace factors that can contribute to the risk; developing and implementing a written alcohol and drug policy; providing relevant...

Discussion paper

30 Jan 2012

This paper examines whether improved targeting of public spending will necessarily result in more or more cost‐effective poverty reduction.

In an important and influential study, Ravallion shows that targeting measures perform poorly as indicators of the poverty impact and cost-effectiveness of an urban cash...

Research report

16 Feb 2012

This report has been prepared as a component of the next phase of the Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government Program of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG). The aim of the overall strategy is to identify key steps in building the capacity...

Briefing paper

13 Feb 2012

Pacific development specialist Steve Pollard shares some of his personal development policy sojourns in the continuing interest of adopting better policies for a better future in the islands

Steve Pollard, known in the Pacific as a government employee, researcher, consultant, and donor staffer, recently...

Briefing paper

30 Jan 2012

Central Finance Agencies are uniquely positioned, strategically and operationally, to influence economic outcomes.

As the agency in control of public resources, a Central Finance Agencies (CFA) marshals and deploys resources to achieve desired objectives and outcomes while at the same time also exercising guardianship...

Working paper

16 Feb 2012

From the mid 1970s Australian parliaments enacted legislation establishing statutory schemes to deal with grievances of discrimination in a range of contexts such as the commercial provision of goods and services, and accommodation. From the outset employment and work were a central concern of the...

Discussion paper

18 Jan 2012

This paper exploits a brief period of asymmetric information during the implementation of Pennsylvania’s “report card” scheme for coronary artery bypass graft surgery to test for improvements in quality of care and selection of patients by health care providers.

During the first three years...

16 Feb 2012

As the UK's economic crisis worsens - 2.67 million now find themselves unemployed - The Drum asks agencies how their businesses are being affected and industry bodies tell us what they will do to help. Alison Meadows, managing director of Cambridge creative agency...

Research report

17 Feb 2012

Today’s centre of high performance in school education is East Asia. Four of the world's five highest-performing systems are Hong Kong, Korea, Shanghai and Singapore, according to OECD’s 2009 PISA assessments of students.

In Shanghai, the average 15-year old mathematics student is performing at...

Research report

14 Feb 2012

This consultation paper introduces, and seeks comment on, Australia's National Research Priorities.

A process to refresh the National Research Priorities (NRPs) is being undertaken as recommended by the Focusing Australia’s Publicly Funded Research Review (21) . The NRPs are:

An Environmentally Sustainable Australia...

Technical report

14 Feb 2012

Santos recently commissioned the Allen Consulting Group to examine the economic impacts of developing coal seam gas operations in North West NSW.

Far from delivering ‘once-in-a-generation economic opportunities’ as claimed by Santos, this analysis of the modelling reveals that the benefits to the local...

Research report

9 May 2012

This Senate report reviews amendments to how mobile device and online computer games are classified, and recommends these amendments be passed.

On 3 November 2011, the Senate referred the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Online Games) Bill 2011 (Bill)...

Research report

10 Feb 2012

This paper proposes a method for more efficient identification of those at higher risk of re-offending.

Aims: The objectives of this study were (1) to explore the effects of applying a screening tool to determine who is administered the Level of Service Inventory...

Book

30 Jan 2012

This book develops an explicitly cultural perspective on environmental politics in the Philippines by analysing the responses of fishers to marine resource regulations.

In the resource frontier of the Calamianes Islands, fishing, conservation and tourism provide the context where competing visions of how to...

Book

30 Jan 2012

This book is the first scholarly publication to examine the effect World War II had on the careers of Australasian social scientists.

It links a group of scholars through geography, transnational, national and personal scholarly networks, and shared intellectual traditions, explores their use, and...

Research report

8 Feb 2012

This paper presents a brief introduction to the structure, ideological underpinnings and policies of the Australian Greens, and includes a brief history of the development of Green politics internationally and in Australia.

• In 2008 the Parliamentary Library published The rise of the Australian...

Audio program

16 Feb 2012

The Communications Alliance has presented the revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code to the regulator, but will it be accepted? Do the revisions mean a real change for consumers?

In this edition of Twisted Wire, the CEO of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, (ACCAN),...

Research report

16 Feb 2012

There has been a significant increase in the number of adult offspring continuing to reside in the family home in Western societies, especially in major cities. Multi-generational households tend to be larger in size than other household types and are demanding large dwellings. They have...

Research report

16 Feb 2012

This positioning paper is the first output of a research project, which aims to examine two models of public engagement in planning approval processes—Third Party Objection and Appeal Rights (TPOAR) and Fast tracked planning—to see how they impact on housing supply, resident perceptions, and realisation...

Research report

16 Feb 2012

The latest data about the incidence (the number of new cases) of insulin-treated diabetes from the National Diabetes Register are reported here and cover the period 2000 to 2009. During this period, 222,544 people began using insulin to treat their diabetes. Of these, 77% had...

Research report

30 Jan 2012

Sexual assaults are less likely to be reported to the police than physical assaults, while sexual assaults by a current partner are the least likely of all to be reported, even compared to other types of sexual assaults.

Despite indications of a high prevalence...

Research report

30 Jan 2012

This paper argues that the use of international units in the emissions trading scheme could potentially undermine the price floor.

On 8 November 2011, the Australian Senate passed the Clean Energy Future package of 18 bills without amendment. Among other things, these bills introduce...

Working paper

8 Feb 2012

The possible crucial role of international bank lending in the transmission of adverse economic disturbance from advanced economies to emerging economies in the recent global financial crisis has once again placed this type of capital flows into sharper scrutiny both in academic and policy discussions....

Working paper

30 Jan 2012

By acknowledging that the hallmark of future climate change effects is uncertainty, rather than readily identifiable and deterministic outcomes, it is possible to formulate coherent policy approaches.

Economists were able to formulate and recommend policy approaches for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (mitigation) by...

Working paper

16 Feb 2012

This paper applies a multi-sector dynamic computable general equilibrium model to estimate the impacts of the carbon-based border tax adjustments implemented by US and EU on China’s sectoral carbon emissions.

Carbon-based border tax adjustments (BTAs) have recently been proposed by some OECD countries to...

Audio program

16 Feb 2012

Political scientist Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh joins host Jacky Angus to talk about the changing geo-political environment confronting the United States in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring".

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Research report

14 Feb 2012

This report examines the risks to the Australian non-profit sector of money laundering and terrorism financing and describes the regulatory changes that could minimise risk.

The exploitation of the non-profit sector for money laundering and, in particular, the financing of terrorism, is understood to...

Research report

14 Feb 2012

This report examines a form of money laundering based on the trade of goods and services, commonly known as trade-based money laundering.

Although the global response to trade-based money laundering has been limited so far, more research needs to be conducted into the nature...

Research report

15 Feb 2012

With the US military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan starting to wind down, the United States is increasingly pivoting towards the Asia-Pacific region and is prioritising Southeast Asia in its global strategy.

The US needs to continue to build and maintain relationships in Southeast...

Research report

13 Feb 2012

Five months after an outbreak of Christian-Muslim violence in Ambon, the city is outwardly calm and bustling, but many issues remain unresolved.

This briefing from the International Crisis Group looks at how the city is faring after the unrest that led to eight deaths...

Research report

30 Sep 2011

This guide is a summary of consensus-based clinical practice guideline for the management of volatile substance use in Australia.

This quick reference guide contains information about how to care for people who deliberately become intoxicated by inhaling vapours from solvents, gases or aerosols (often...

Research report

13 Feb 2012

This paper gives an overview of rises in private health insurance premiums over the last decade.

Early each year the Health Minister announces the average increase to health insurance premiums following the Government’s assessment of applications for increases from health insurers. This announcement invariably...

Research report

10 Feb 2012

This paper provides background material for the parliamentary debate that is likely to follow the introduction of Labor MP Stephen Jones' private Bill supporting same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for several years, as part of the broader...

14 Feb 2012

So Whitney Houston died and the news broke social media, states Greg Barila for the Punch .

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Facebook exploded, pieces fell off YouTube and Twitter practically melted as music fans around the world took to their keyboards to tell...

14 Feb 2012

ABC TV has returned to normal programming, but the dominance of British programming lingers on, writes Henry Reynolds in Inside Story

IN A recently released policy statement the ABC’s managing director, Mark Scott, and his head of television, Kim Dalton, declared that...

15 Feb 2012

The word “open” has grown educational wings over the past decade. Writes Roland Sussex for the Conversation

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From the British Open University , which enrolled its first students in 1971, the concept has expanded to mean various ways of relaxing the...

Research report

19 Dec 2011

This publication contains information on employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and services.

It also provides profiles of the cultural sectors, grouped according to the Australian...

Research report

3 Feb 2012

This is an annual publication of data on schools, students and in-school staff involved in the provision, or administration, of primary and secondary education, in government and non-government schools, for all Australian states and territories.

The publication also includes derived measures of student...

Website

The Australian Government's Easy Guide to Socialising Online provides information on how internet users can protect themselves and their information when using social networking sites, search engines and online games.

13 Feb 2012

The number to watch is not the putative $100bn valuation but the 845 million users that Facebook now claims to have.

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The observation that if Facebook were a country then it would be the third most populous on the planet has...

Research report

1 Feb 2012

JISC Collections, together with Professor Carol Tenopir from the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, has carried out research to measure the value and outcomes from access to scholarly publications by academics.

Presented in the UK Scholarly...

Research report

30 Aug 2011

It is a contribution towards understanding the status and possibility of self-build housing as a viable means of housing delivery to overcome or bridge the housing shortage in remote Indigenous communities.

Although this study proved to be limited in its demographics, and thus may...

Briefing paper

7 Feb 2012

This study of neighbourhood satisfaction has revealed older residents believe it is safer for children to walk to school than the parents of primary school-aged children believe to be the case.

The study, examined survey responses from over 800 residents aged 60 years and...

Dataset

13 Feb 2012

The total value of dwelling commitments excluding alterations and additions (trend) rose 0.8% in December 2011 compared with November 2011 and the seasonally adjusted series rose 3.8% in December 2011.

Video

Stuart Littlemore and PM Newton both have serious form, as a lawyer and police officer respectively.

Now they’ve traded that for the world of fiction. Far from the glamorous world of private eyes with cigarettes dangling from the lips, these two masters of...

14 Feb 2012

Researchers have known for years that common drugs like aspirin can help cancer patients, but they were not sure why.

Now they have found a link between drugs like aspirin and the ability for cancer tumours to spread in the body.

The institute's...

Research report

14 Feb 2011

Over the past decade or so, pornography has become both more mainstream and more hardcore.

Technology has played a significant role in these shifts. For young people growing up in this era of ever-new and accessible technology, it is almost impossible to avoid exposure...

Research report

13 Feb 2012

This paper investigates the role of lead vocational teachers in TAFE Queensland and their personal and career development needs. Focus group discussions with these teachers ascertained that they wanted to feel valued by their institutes and have more opportunities to contribute to business development. It...

Research report

1 Feb 2012

Encouraging older workers to stay in the workforce has become a policy priority. At the same time, the life expectancy of Australians has increased dramatically over the past several decades, effectively inserting a new stage in the life course, often called the 'third age'. This...

Research report

17 Jan 2012

Mixed-sector tertiary education institutions are still only small in number and remain relatively under-researched. This project examines universities that offer a small amount of VET and private providers that offer both VET and higher education, building on previous research examining TAFEs that offer higher education....

Discussion paper

11 Jan 2012

Using interviews with adult migrants over a period of two years, the authors look at how undertaking an English as a second language (ESL) class helps to facilitate integration into Australian society.

Overall, not being competent and confident in speaking English was...

Journal article

13 Feb 2012

When agricultural commodities in developing countries experience an economic boom, they offer potential pathways out of poverty while creating environmental and social problems. While recent research provides insights into the governance of international supply chains, it provides less analysis of the local production networks creating...

Audio program

13 Feb 2012

In the 1930s and 40s, wireless ‘was what television, the internet and the iPhone, all rolled into one, are today’. Empire State tells the story of Ernest Fisk, the man who led the Australian wireless company AWA in those extraordinary decades, and was managing director...

Audio program

13 Feb 2012

We often hear the term 'information overload' but is it a case of over-consumption as much as filter failure? There’s a school of thought that says we now take in information in the same way we consume fast food—without control or moderation.

Guests...

10 Feb 2012

Ross Gittins of the National Times main aim this year is to prevent lobbyists from creating dodgy economic models.

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One resolution this year is to spend more time trying to prevent lobby groups from using dodgy economic ''modelling'' to mislead...

10 Feb 2012

What does ‘creativity’ mean in China today? Is China serious about reforming its cultural and media sectors? Asks Michael Keane for CCI.

How do creative industries function under authoritarian style governance? In 2011 I published two books dealing with the creative industries in China....

10 Feb 2012

THE story is told in Canberra that back in 1995, soon after he entered parliament at a by-election, Tony Abbott had lunch with some old friends who were keen to celebrate his arrival on the national stage. Gently brushing aside all the handshaking...

Journal article

23 Jun 2014

Criminology, forensic science and policing scholars have a significant role to play in exploring new developments and directions in modern policing. Yet while the concept of forensic intelligence has caught the attention of a number of policing agencies around the world, it has yet to...

Research report

30 Jan 2012

Australia’s strategy for managing national security is set out in a number of complex and interrelated policy documents that span multiple agencies. This paper summarises key parts of the federal critical infrastructure protection policy trajectory in the period 1978 – 2010.

The research was...

Journal article

1 Feb 2012

The failure of the United Nations to construct a police force in Timor-Leste has far broader implications in police building globally.

The United Nations (UN) has now been involved in the (re)construction of Timor-Leste’s police force on two occasions. Although initially hailed as a...

Research report

30 Dec 2011

This article articulates ten ideas for ADF support to disaster relief operations.

These ideas originate from the development of the strategic, operational and tactical plans for Operation QUEENSLANDER in order to ensure that the ADF can continue to fulfil Defence White Paper 2009 requirements....

Research report

9 Feb 2012

This publication presents information on both financial and non-financial contributions to venture capital and later stage private equity investments.

Venture capital and later stage private equity is high risk capital directed towards businesses with prospects of rapid growth and/or high rates of returns. It...

Audio program

9 Feb 2012

A lifelong Apple superfan, Mike Daisey sees some photos online from the inside of a factory that makes iPhones, starts to wonder about the people working there, and flies to China to meet them.

Mike Daisey performs an excerpt that was adapted for radio...

9 Feb 2012

Until recently I was one of those people who saw access to the internet as a nice option, but not a necessity.

I’ve recently changed my mind… completely.

I’ve become totally convinced that everyone, especially older Australians, wherever they live, need...

Research report

10 Feb 2012

This report provides a snapshot of the prevalence of mental illness in association with common chronic conditions in Australia in 2007.

Research report

30 Jan 2012

This sector summary provides an introduction to the Public hospitals (chapter 10), Primary and community health (chapter 11), and Mental health management (chapter 12) chapters of this Report.

Major improvements in reporting in health this year are identified in each of the service-specific health...

Research report

9 Feb 2012

Funds lost through online fraud in the not-for-profit sector is at an all-time high, with fraudulent online transactions resulting in almost 40 per cent of the total value of sector fraud reported.

The BDO Not-For-Profit Fraud Survey 2012 is the fourth biennial BDO Not-For-Profit...

Research report

8 Feb 2012

This audit found that State Trustees is not able to clearly demonstrate that it is fulfilling its obligations to represented persons.

Represented persons are those deemed incapable of managing their own affairs due to disability, mental illness, injury or other incapacitating circumstances. They...

Research report

9 Feb 2012

This report presents information on the number of young people in detention in 2011 and describes recent trends in the detention population.

In Australia, the state and territory governments are responsible for dealing with young people involved in crime. Most young people in the...

Research report

8 Feb 2012

This report contains 102 recommendations for law reform to address family violence.

The recommendations are intended to ensure:

consistency in understanding and application of the law as a result of the adoption of a common definition of family violence; appropriate education and training...

Dataset

7 Feb 2012

This publication presents statistics and commentary on six major areas of social concern for gender equality: Economic security, Education, Health, Work and family balance, Safety and justice, and Democracy, governance and citizenship.

Briefing paper

7 Feb 2012

This fact sheet provides general guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking and workers on managing risks to health and safety posed by falling objects.

Objects have the potential to fall onto or hit people at the workplace or adjoining areas if precautions...

Research report

30 Nov 2011

This study provides information about the factors that influence the participation of families in paid employment and their communities more broadly.

In-depth interviews were undertaken with 59 households (involving 71 individuals) across Broadmeadows in Victoria, Mansfield Park in South Australia, and Carole Park near...

Briefing paper

9 Feb 2012

This Facts Sheet provides a summary of the ways in which adoption currently operates, past adoption practices, and the potential impacts adoption has on those involved.

There are three types of adoption currently operating in Australia:

Intercountry adoptions are of children from other...

Research report

7 Feb 2012

Most Facebook users receive more from their Facebook friends than they give, according to a new study that for the first time combines server logs of Facebook activity with survey data to explore the structure of Facebook friendship networks and measures of social well-being....

Research report

7 Feb 2012

This paper attempts to educate small business owners about the risks that they face and the mitigation strategies they could employ to make their organisation safer.

The internet is an affordable and effective place for small businesses to sell and promote their goods and...

Video

The 2011 Fay Gale Lecture will be presented by Associate Professor Denise Doiron on the theme Trends and Recent Developments in Income Inequality in Australia .

The lecture will be presented first at Assoc Professor Doiron's home university, the University of New South Wales,...

Research report

6 Feb 2012

The Internet is one of the most significant vehicles for promoting violent radicalism - more so than prisons, universities or places of worship.

On 25 May the Home Affairs Committee announced a new inquiry to examine the root causes of violent radicalisation in the...

Research report

7 Feb 2012

This report examines trends in technology put to practical business use.

This year’s theme, Elevate IT for Digital Business, examines the broad impacts of five technology forces that have influenced Deloitte reports over the past several years – analytics, mobility, social, cloud and cyber...

5 Feb 2012

AUSTRALIANS like to think of themselves as world class drinkers. Talking about getting drunk on the weekend must dominate a good percentage of workplace conversations on Monday morning (and perhaps for other mornings of the week).

I always remember my manager at...

5 Feb 2012

In Inside Story, Paul Kildea looks at what’s being proposed for Australian constitutional reform, and how we might get there

AMENDING the text of the Australian constitution has been described as a “labour of Hercules.” It has been changed just eight times...

5 Feb 2012

ONCE a year, on the first day of February, the Australian Electoral Commission publishes, verbatim, the political finance disclosures of the political parties and of some donors and third party or lobby groups. The timeliness of this annual data dump – the figures...

Briefing paper

1 Feb 2012

Young people Tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa.

In the first ever attempt to comprehensively map the use of Twitter in Africa, Portland and Tweetminster analysed over 11.5 million geo-located Tweets originating on the continent during the last...

Guide

30 Jan 2012

This Ireland-based guide provides information on the tourism sector and practical approaches for including visitors in audience development strategies.

This guide has been published as part of the Arts Audiences: Build your Audience scheme 2011, which focused on cultural tourism by providing the services...

Research report

12 Dec 2011

Thirteen years after the fall of Soeharto, victims in Indonesia continue to suffer from the negative effects of gross human rights violations and from ongoing discrimination.

Although efforts by the president and the National Human Rights Commission to create a reparations policy have lost...

Research report

31 Jan 2012

This digest examines the Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Bill 2011, currently before the Senate.

The Bill:

extends the operation of most provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) to contract outworkers in the textile, clothing and footwear...

Journal article

25 Jan 2012

In recent years, there has been an increase in students with refugee experience in the UK, the US, Europe and Australia.

These students face many barriers to education, and appropriately educating this diverse student population presents many challenges to schools and education departments. We...

Research report

31 Jan 2012

In December 2010, Grant Thornton was commissioned by a consortium of industry peak bodies and providers to undertake a national study of the cost of delivering residential aged care services in modern efficient facilities. The research builds upon Grant Thornton's examination of service costs in...

Research report

31 Dec 2011

This paper assesses whether the philosophy of the Young Offenders Act (YOA) is being adhered to in respect to the nature of offences being diverted and the use of the hierarchical approach to sanctioning.

The aim is be addressed by describing the use of...

Research report

31 Dec 2011

This paper compares police-referred youth justice conferences (YJCs), court referred YJCs and Children’s Court matters on the time to finalisation, and assess the contribution of index offence- and/or offender-related characteristics as potential confounders.

The study utilised data from the NSW Re-Offending Database (ROD) for...

2 Feb 2012

Simultaneously unsafe abortion rates are increasing while contraceptive uptake is plateauing.

These findings have prompted some of the most critical debates in recent times, at the centre of which is ensuring that there is adequate investment in reproductive health services that have...

Research report

30 Jan 2012

This digest examines the Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2011.

This Bill applies indexation to the current funding caps for the financial years commencing 2011 to 2013. The Bill also creates an additional funding cap for the financial year commencing 2014.

The Australian...

Report

2 Feb 2012

This report focuses on the progress and achievements made over the last 12 months including the delivery of programs, funding and support to communities and individuals affected by the 2009 bushfires.

2 Feb 2012

Gina Rinehart has the money but no clear national influence. This may change, now she has a bigger stake in Fairfax, writes Ben Eltham of the New Matilda.

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Money and power sometimes walk hand in hand. When Malcolm Turnbull...

Audio program

3 Feb 2012

Richard Eckard examines how modern agriculture contributes to global warming and discusses ways of mitigating the problem. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

Research report

2 Feb 2012

Sexual violence against men and boys is a pervasive feature of armed conflicts. This paper provides commentary, recent data, and promising programming and therapeutic approaches in the care and support of male survivors.

The world is increasingly aware that armed conflict brings danger of...

Research report

1 Feb 2012

Economic modelling can and often does make a useful contribution to policy debates, but the fact that it sometimes can should not be confused with the conclusion that it always will.

Economic modelling has, for many people involved in Australian policy debates, become synonymous...

Research report

2 Feb 2012

The kit provides the tools and knowledge teachers need to deliver engaging classes for VCE Legal Studies. It uses real case studies, with names and some details changed.

This VCE Legal Studies teachers' kit has been substantially revised and updated.

The updates to...

Research report

2 Feb 2012

The majority of Australian children engage in oral health behaviours that are in line with current Australian guidelines on the use of fluoride products.

This report from a study of almost 17,500 children from four Australian states (Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania) shows...

Research report

2 Feb 2012

Primarily a reference document, this publication 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.

This is a monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries,...

Research report

12 Dec 2011

This interim report examines the adequacy of current biosecurity and quarantine arrangements, including resourcing, and progress towards reform of Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service export fees and charges.

On 23 June 2010, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Standing Committee on...