September 2012

27 Sep 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said Australia needs to “ know Asia (0) ” in order to prosper, writes Susan Leong and Catherine Gomes for The Conversation .

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Delivering a speech to the Asia Society on behalf of Prime...

27 Sep 2012

Australians are among the most enthusiastic online shoppers in the world.

Our most recent survey, published in the CCi Digital Futures report, The Internet in Australia 2012 , has found a quarter of Australian internet users make weekly purchases online, compared to...

27 Sep 2012

Inger Mewburn discusses the online ethics that University staff and students should adhere to, in The Conversation.

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Trying to control your reputation online is a bit like trying to clean up wee in a toddler pool. You are much more...

28 Sep 2012

A new parliamentary report challenges the thinking behind the downgrading of Indigenous languages in schools, writes Lisa Waller in Inside Story

• THE first school in Australia to teach in an Indigenous language was set up by German missionaries in Adelaide in 1838 with...

28 Sep 2012

Indonesia’s President Yudhoyono isn’t getting the right kind of encouragement to create a long-term solution, writes Richard Chauvel in Inside Story

“Yep. The world is behind Indonesia now. It means they all compromise with Indonesia to kill West Papua.” Victor Yeimo, the...

Audio

26 Sep 2012

Is this the last generation of newspaper cartoonists? And more importantly, what will we lose when they are gone? Phillip Adams from Life Matters discusses.

A special global discussion about cartoons and whether they can survive the digital age.

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Audio

26 Sep 2012

Journalist Anne Summers has called for the community to reject the abuse and sexist attacks against the Prime Minister. Natasha Mitchell in Life Matters discusses this further.

In a lecture at the University of Newcastle she argues that this sexual harassment would be...

26 Sep 2012

Scott Ewing discusses retail magnate Gerry Harvey's somewhat inaccurate predictions regarding online shopping in The Conversation .

Gerry Harvey is great media talent. When I first became interested in online retail, I almost immediately became interested in Gerry.

As...

Essay

27 Sep 2012

Superheroes emerge when heroes fail. One possible definition of the superhero is that he (and it used usually to be a ‘he’) is a being with extraordinary powers who fights evil and has a recognisable costume in which to do it. As the genre evolved,...

25 Sep 2012

Footpath fossickers are inspired by ethics and aesthetics writes Michael Green in The Age.

Earlier this year, Tania Lewis and her colleagues visited householders in Moreland, in Melbourne's inner north, to ask how they reuse hard rubbish. Dr Lewis, an associate professor...

Commentary

25 Sep 2012

The facts of Australia’s ageing population are stark: around 13.5% are currently aged 65 and over, but by 2050 this age group will make up almost 23% of the population. There will be just 2.7 people of working age (15-64) compared to five now, for...

Audio

25 Sep 2012

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Australia would devastate our livestock industries, costing anywhere between A$7-16 billion.

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Video

The Wheeler Centre's David Marr sets out to find the 'real' Tony Abbott.

David Marr’s Quarterly Essay on former PM Kevin Rudd marked the beginning of the end. Was it a well-timed coincidence, or a body blow he never recovered from? Now, Marr turns...

26 Sep 2012

While the art world waits for a new national cultural policy, in The Australian, Rodney Hall warns that the proposed restructure of the Australia Council will emasculate arts funding.

THE authors of the promised Australia Council review have presented their findings...

Journal article

25 Sep 2012

This scoping paper examines the complex issue of assessing and understanding community views about the restructuring towards nature-based rural tourism of traditional agriculture and forestry rural economies and their activities that had hitherto shaped local identities. It shows how individual resident perceptions can be included...

24 Sep 2012

Tony Smith explores the myths, markets, moral panics, and fascinating history of Australian larrikinism in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

These days, the figure of the 'larrikin' is celebrated in popular culture and embraced by politicians, sportsmen and entertainers as quintessentially...

Research report

24 Sep 2012

The care sector is highly significant to Australia, providing nearly 20% of all paid employment, and worth an estimated $762.5 billion in 2009-10 ($112.4 billion paid care and $650.1 billion imputed value of unpaid care).

Care work is highly significant to the...

21 Sep 2012

Media reports regularly report about software security issues as well as concerns about privacy and online identity, writes Gerry White in DERN .

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Schools, training colleges and universities, which have finite budgets, have to keep up to date with...

21 Sep 2012

In the lead up to the US elections Dennis Phillips comments on the content and contradictions of modern American conservatism, in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

Mitt Romney’s mid-August choice of 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running...

Audio

19 Sep 2012

What is it about watching movies that so many of us love? Sitting back in the chair to watch the big screen? Those rich, high definition visuals? Asks Natasha Mitchell on ABC's Radio National .

Much of going to the movies and watching films...

Audio

19 Sep 2012

Social media, like Twitter and the blogosphere, is influencing Australian politics and political journalism

Social media, like Twitter and the blogosphere, is influencing Australian politics. Witness the controversy which recently engulfed the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who was called upon to clarify her role...

Research report

17 Sep 2012

This report provides recommendations for maintaining Indigeneous languages.

Language work is close to the heart of many Indigenous Australians. The important role that Indigenous languages play in terms of a connection to culture, kinship, land and family was highlighted during the Committee’s inquiry, as...

Research report

15 Sep 2012

This report proposes a collaborative approach be developed involving universities, governments, professional bodies, the business sector and communities working together to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through higher education.

The Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal...

19 Sep 2012

John Lenarcic of The Conversation comments on the recent Twitter war of words.

Writing for Edge in 2007 , Professor Martin Rees – then President of the Royal Society and ongoing Astronomer Royal – quipped: “The global village will have its village...

Research report

18 Sep 2012

The transformation of global politics since the 9/11 attacks on the United States has significantly influenced the course of Germany's foreign policy framework over the past decade.

Germany’s rising economic strength and political influence has resulted in a shift of expectations, with both Berlin...

Research report

19 Sep 2012

This Background Note summarises the situation regarding apple imports from Japan, China, New Zealand and the United States.

Primarily the paper outlines the significant stages and processes that have led to the present situation. However its scope does not include consideration of the technical...

Research report

20 Sep 2012

Alcohol marketing has a powerful effect on young people in Australia. While traditional forms of alcohol marketing remain a potent influence among young people, new digital technologies and sophisticated branding techniques have dramatically expanded the variety and volume of promotional activities and advertising practices that...

18 Sep 2012

In Inside Story, Ralph Johnstone meets the people at the sharp end of the complex challenges facing young refugees from Africa

TEN years ago, among the humanitarian community in East Africa, the term “lost boys” came to represent a special story of...

18 Sep 2012

Public debate about the super trawler FV Abel Tasman and new national marine reserves have highlighted major flaws in the way Australia manages its ocean resources, writes Amanda Cornwall in Inside Story

WITH an on-board processing facility that extends its time at...

Research report

19 Sep 2012

This report recommends ways to make our new suburbs, shopping centres and homes more adaptable to change, without imposing undue costs on current residents. We can do many things now to ensure that our newest suburbs are flexible enough to thrive for decades to come....

Research report

19 Sep 2012

This paper describes the key characteristics of services and recipients of aged care packages and also looks at the distribution of services relative to the needs of the population.

Together with its companion report Residential aged care in Australia 2010-11: a statistical...

Research report

19 Sep 2012

At 30 June 2011, there were nearly 185,500 residential aged care places, an increase of more than 2,600 places compared with 30 June 2010.

This report on residential aged care presents statistics from July 2010 to June 2011. Together with its companion...

Research report

14 Sep 2012

With this year marking the 40th anniversary of Mongolia–Australia relations, this paper looks at the background of relations, educational investment, economic interests and political and security ties.

The Australian Government will increase the number of scholarships for Mongolian students from 28 to...

Research report

18 Sep 2012

This paper argues for ocean development to be a key strategic goal of Australia's increased aid investments.

In particular, it recommends that AusAID fund key features of the follow-on to Australia's successful Defence funded Pacific Patrol Boat program.

Australia has a vital national...

Research report

18 Sep 2012

Presenting registers of interests, the post-separation employment of ministers and the use of ethics commissioners in providing advice on and/or conducting investigations into breaches of codes.

In 2009 the Canadian Senate Ethics Officer, Jean T. Fournier, spoke about parliamentary ethics at an Australian...

Research report

19 Sep 2012

This study explores the value of public libraries in Queensland.

It finds that for every $100 invested by local government and state government, Queensland public libraries deliver $230 dollars worth of value to their communities. It also found that nearly 50% of all Queenslanders...

Journal article

23 Aug 2012

A 1999 study prepared for the Defense Intelligence Agency and produced at the Naval Postgraduate School began with a disclaimer stating, “cyberterror is not a threat. At least not yet, and not for a while.” Nevertheless, the authors warned, “cyberterror is indeed coming.” Around the...

Book

12 Sep 2012

Recent years have seen an unprecedented rise in interest in the topic of corruption, resulting in a rising demand for suitable teaching materials. This edited collection brings together two different approaches to the study of corruption — the first represented by a large, practically-oriented literature...

Research report

27 Feb 2012

This paper provides a list of key events, policy and legislative changes that have occurred in Australia between 1985 and September 2012. Events are listed by jurisdiction, at the national and state/territory level.

All events added in the last six months are highlighted in...

Research report

4 May 2012

This report is provides examples of practice that illustrate the use of authentic learning and simulations in post-graduate and on-campus learning environments, especially when applied national security policy education.

It examines the following areas:

The place of authentic learning in postgraduate education. The...
18 Sep 2012

The economic relationship between China and the USA is one of the world's most important, writes Tom Conley on Big P Political Economy .

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The trade balance is considerably in China's favour and is matched by huge Chinese purchases...

Audio

17 Sep 2012

Public policy experts Prof John Alford and Assoc Prof Janine O’Flynn discuss the hidden costs and long-term effects of outsourcing important public services to for-profit firms in the private sector.

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14 Sep 2012

The use of the Internet has changed the way that people, especially students, access information, communicate with others and collaborate in learning programs, write Gerry White in DERN .

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The incidence of actual difficulties arising from using the Internet...

Research report

13 Sep 2012

Housing stress measures (using the 30/40 rule) have been criticized in terms of their usefulness for housing policy decision making. One criticism is that some in housing stress do not experience adverse effects on wellbeing. Another is that householders might, by choice, face housing stress...

Discussion paper

13 Jul 2012

The NSW Government is proposing transformative changes to the planning system in NSW with a significant shift to a more strategic and streamlined system that facilitates economic growth and upfront community participation.

The transformative changes will move us from an overly regulated and prescriptive...

Video

Sydney is one of the world's great global cities. For a city of this size, the distribution of housing, jobs, infrastructure and transport networks can't be left to chance.

On 20 June 2012 the department held its first Urban Conversations public forum. Titled Triumph...

Research report

12 Sep 2012

Across Australia - and around the world - communities and governments are changing the way they respond to children and young people who break the law. This shift has been away from systems that deal largely with the consequences of youth crime, towards ones that...

Research report

5 Sep 2012

There are approximately 2 billion English speakers globally, while English is spoken by about 800 million people in Asia and is widely used as an official language in the region. Multicultural Australia is also home to approximately 2.2 million speakers of Asian languages, including more...

Research report

11 Sep 2012

This publication presents the first official Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates of the prevalence of homelessness, developed using data from the 2001 and 2006 ABS Censuses of Population and Housing.

Homelessness is not just the result of too few houses. Its causes are many...

Research report

30 Aug 2012

This study decomposes the gap in labour market attachment between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians in non-remote areas, combining two separate data sources in a novel way to obtain access to richer information than was previously possible.

Research report

12 Aug 2012

Programs that encourage an early return to study and programs that develop post-school career plans may be more effective than programs that concentrate on improving numeracy and literacy scores, according to this paper.

Despite efforts to engage youth in education, there have been only...

12 Sep 2012

The use of ICT as a teaching tool in the early years of schooling receives some research attention in relation to learning to read, states Gerry White in DERN.

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Children who are motivated to read and have the opportunity...

12 Sep 2012

Wikis are increasingly being used in education , especially in training and higher education, writes Gerry White in DERN .

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Wikis can be ideal tools for teaching because wikis were designed originally as simple websites specifically for collaboration purposes....

Research report

30 Aug 2012

This Bulletin reviews recent activity by the National Cannibis Prevention and Information Centre to address cannabis use among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

While data are scarce, it appears that drug use among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population generally begins...

Research report

6 Jun 2012

The report contains an overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia, including the health and social impacts of alcohol use during pregnancy.

The report also contains recommendations to address the condition, which include:

implementing broad ranging social marketing campaigns to raise awareness...
12 Sep 2012

Is it possible to “design out” online crime? It’s definitely worth a try, writes Nigel Phair for The Conversation .

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Back in 1989, the Australian Institute of Criminology released a report (0) containing advice for home-owners and builders to manipulate the...

Audio

13 Sep 2012

Apple have recently patented their original iPhone design, but NPR 's Laura Sydell looks at what this will mean for the future of other smart phone designs.

Video

Touchscreens tend to be great for consuming information but not so good when it comes to being creative - that's one of the issues which Microsoft's new operating system Window 8 addresses. From composition on the run to writing prose, LJ Rich demonstrates how it's...

Video

Sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones or UAS are moving from the battlefield into civilian life and Australia is leading the charge.

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Commentary

13 Sep 2012

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Complex public policy issues often require collaborative responses that cross departmental lines. Examples of such issues include climate change, social inclusion, literacy and numeracy, and health inequalities....

Research report

1 Jul 2012

This study estimates the economic, environmental and social impacts of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program since it commenced in 1991 and out to 2017. Nearly 120 past and present CRCs have contributed to the study.

Between 1991 and 2017 almost $14.5...

Research report

27 Mar 1991

This inquiry was established in 1988 following a series of well organised attacks against church and community leaders, as well as complaints from Indigenous people and ethnic community groups.

Despite intimidation and the fear of retaliation, almost 1,000 people came forward to give evidence....

Research report

6 Sep 2012

This paper presents tables and charts for a broad range of social, demographic and economic indicators across all Australian states and territories, and compares them to Australian averages.

Each table contains data for the last five years, while each chart plots data for the...

Audio

12 Sep 2012

Episode six of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Social Trends podcast series.This article considers notification rates of major STIs and the estimated prevalence of genital herpes .

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Research report

12 Sep 2012

This paper reports on the oral health, including dental decay experience and use of fissure sealants, of Australian children examined by school dental service staff in 2008.

The findings are drawn from the 2008 Child Dental Health Survey (CDHS), from which the data of...

Research report

11 Sep 2012

This report presents comparisons over time for different age groups for key risk factors for health including overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

These are key risk factors for diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and...

Research report

6 Sep 2012

This publication provides national standards for the broader health sector, and has been updated to reflect changes to data standards between 1 July 2010 and 30 April 2012.

During this time ten data set specifications, twenty three data element clusters, a hundred and seventy...

Research report

7 Sep 2012

This report provides a stand-alone description of how the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Anti-money Laundering/Counter-terrorism Financing Survey of regulated businesses was undertaken, emphasising the importance of understanding the methodology and design of this national census of regulated businesses in Australia.

As is often the...

Research report

10 Sep 2012

Research in Uruzgan, the province which is the primary focus of Australia's military deployment in Afghanistan, suggests that insecurity is largely the result of the failure of governance, which has exacerbated traditional tribal rivalries.

While respondents within the international military did report some short-term...

Research report

25 May 2012

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This report presents the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian's latest analysis of the performance of the outcomes achieved for Queensland children and young...

Research report

30 Aug 2012

This report is based on nation-wide polling on attitudes to alcohol in Australia, alcohol consumption patterns, knowledge of the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol, experiences of alcohol-related violence, and perspectives on alcohol-related policies. It contains previously unreleased data which is specific...

Book

11 Sep 2012

This book examines the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of Australian cabinet ministers.

It examines the sorts of jobs ministers do, what is expected of them, what they expect of the job and how they (are supposed to) work together as a team. It considers...

Research report

12 Sep 2012

The fight against Somali-based pirates is becoming a private battle as global defence cuts reduce naval counter-piracy deployments. Because governments have struggled to contain the spread of piracy in the Indian Ocean, shipping companies have turned to private military security companies to guarantee the safety...

Research report

12 Sep 2012

This background note revises material previously released by the Parliamentary Library on Australia's involvement in Afghanistan.

In November 2010, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Government of Afghanistan agreed to a formal transition process that would transfer full security responsibility to Afghan...

11 Sep 2012

It looks likely that the Greens will still hold the balance of power in the Senate after the next election. In Inside Story, Norman Abjorensen looks at the numbers and asks: how would Tony Abbott deal with them?

A GOOD twelve...

11 Sep 2012

The government has at last come up with the outline of a strategy for reforming schools, writes Dean Ashenden in Inside Story. The worry is in what the prime minister didn’t say

THE Gonski proposals were greeted earlier this year with approval,...

Research report

31 Aug 2012

This resource sheet reviews international and Australian research evidence for the characteristics of early learning programs that are effective in promoting developmental and learning outcomes.

The early years of life are the best opportunity to lay the foundations for a child’s future. By getting...

7 Sep 2012

Jonathan Haidt thinks so, writes Fiona Kate Barlow in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.

When asking whether something is ‘good’, or ‘bad’, left wing people ask, ‘is this hurting someone?’, and ‘is this helping someone?’, and especially ‘is harm being down to someone...

7 Sep 2012

Have you ever considered a political career? If not, you are in the majority. Who takes this path and why asks James Walter in the Australian Review of Public Affairs .

Most of us never seriously consider this option. What is the catalyst of...

Commentary

5 Sep 2012

Early last week, Origin Energy, Australia’s pre-eminent energy retailer, launched an online energy-use monitoring portal Origin Smart to much fanfare. All good – but what about the the privacy and security of the data being collected and made available?

Guide

1 Sep 2012

This guide is for consumers and explains their rights in relation to mobile phone, landline, internet and pay TV services.

The guide summarises in plain language what rights customers have under the newly registered Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code and other laws, regulations and...

Research report

4 Sep 2012

On 13 August 2012, the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers released its report containing a suite of measures and recommendations to the Government on how best to deal with asylum seeker issues in the short, medium and long term. One of the short-term...

Research report

6 Sep 2012

This paper explores the theoretical understandings of supervisory neglect and how these understandings might assist in delivering practical responses using a public health approach to child protection.

Children are vulnerable to different types of injury depending on their stage of growth and...

Research report

31 Aug 2012

This resource sheet examines programs for Australian Indigenous families that effectively support parenting in the early years. This is not a systematic review of all programs; instead, it presents briefly on the evidence for parenting programs generally and then focuses specifically on the evidence for...

Research report

13 Aug 2012

This evaluation assesses the extent to which the states and territories collected and provided data in accordance with the Perinatal NMDS specifications as published in the National health data dictionary (NHDD) for the period 2006 to 2009.

The compliance evaluation involved a structured...

Strategy

30 Jul 2012

This Strategy is part of a suite of measures that are designed to protect all Australians from racism and complement the positive activities that occur through cultural diversity and reconciliation programs.

It also complements the domestic protections that are afforded under Commonwealth, state and...

Research report

6 Sep 2012

This paper provides statistics on crime in New South Wales, covering the 24 months to June 2012.

Assaults and malicious damage to property are down, while stealing from a motor vehicle and fraud are up.

The incidence of non-domestic assault fell by 8.2...

Research report

31 Aug 2012

This resource sheet focuses on how to improve access to early childhood services located in metropolitan regions and large country towns where the majority of Indigenous people live.

However, many studies do not differentiate urban from remote geographic contexts in reporting on effective strategies....

Research report

27 Aug 2012

This book showcases a range of ‘out-of-school’ youth learning contexts in remote Australia, to analyse the factors that enable positive learning and to provide some working principles for facilitating and supporting effective youth learning in the remote Indigenous context.

The Lifespan Learning and Literacy...

Working paper

5 Sep 2012

This project compares the house price profiles before and after the introduction of neighbourhood renewal programs to consider their impact on perceived amenity (as proxied by house prices).

Australian State Housing Authorities have used urban renewal programs to improve housing stocks and...

5 Sep 2012

To deliver stronger results at the elite level, community sport needs to be properly funded, writes Jieh-Yung Lo for APO.

The public outcry and fallout following Australia’s Olympic performance has been disappointing to say the least. A shining example was Australia’s most senior international...

Audio

5 Sep 2012

Social media experts Baratunde Thurston and Deanna Zandt answer questions about how to behave in the digital age. This week's topic: How should you address touchy subjects such as religion and politics on Facebook?

Audio

5 Sep 2012

One in four Australians will be over the age of 65 by 2050 and we need to prepare for the social and economic effects of such a population shift.

Encouraging people to delay retirement and to work longer is one way to reduce the...

Research report

3 Sep 2012

This report relates to a 2011 research study into the experiences of homeless fathers, identifying the consequences of their homeless experience and their relationship with their children.

It was developed by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, in collaboration with Hanover Welfare Services and...

Guide

30 Jan 2012

We have selected the top twenty data sources to help you describe community wellbeing in Victoria. They cover a broad range of topics from population, workforce, social and multicultural features, services and facilities, children and families, health, disadvantage, participation, amenity, economy, industry and...

Discussion paper

3 Sep 2012

Victoria's planning zones are being reformed to ensure that they are still relevant and adequately reflect the aspirations of all Victorians.

The zone reforms seek to:

simplify requirements allow a broader range of activities to be considered improve the range of zones to...

Research report

3 Sep 2012

On 19-20 April 2010, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) asked the Housing Supply and Affordability Reform (HSAR) Working Party to report back on an examination of the housing supply pipeline and government policies that may act as barriers to supply or that stimulate demand...

Video

The purpose of this paper is to argue two main points. One is that the questions and conflicts that are part of the Two Speed debate are not simply the consequence of the resources boom and the strength of the Australian. The second point is...

Research report

4 Sep 2012

This working party was asked to review the operation of the eServices panel and to recommend changes to improve the way the Victorian government procures ICT services from the industry.

In June 2011, the Victorian Government concluded a tender for the eServices Panel. The...

3 Sep 2012

There is now an opportunity to get a better deal from the Olympic Dam project, writes John Spoehr in The Conversation .

The prospect of a four kilometre long and one kilometre deep open pit mine captures the imagination. Think about a chasm as...

Research report

30 Aug 2012

Issues relating to small business are currently the subject of intense interest across many Australian jurisdictions. Among the many issues concerned are those relating to workplace relations, retail tenancy leases, access to finance, the burdens of red tape and unfair market practices.

One indication...

Guide

14 Aug 2012

'Using policy to promote mental health and wellbeing: A guide for policy makers' is intended to encourage and enable policy makers in Victoria to systematically consider the social and environmental determinants of mental health when developing or reviewing policy. The guide introduces concepts in mental...

Research report

31 Aug 2012

This paper explores how regulations, governance arrangements, and industry practices for unconventional gas production may be enhanced in Australia based on the US experience.

Global primary energy consumption is expected to increase by 39 per cent over the 20 years to 2030. The vast...

Research report

23 Aug 2012

Quad bikes are now the leading cause of preventable machinery-related death on Australian farms, with more deaths from quad bikes than tractors or any other farm-related machinery.

This paper provides a review of child deaths in quad bike incidents and recommendations to improve quad...

Journal article

3 Sep 2012

Can the arts change how we view cities? How can we evaluate the broad social impacts of arts programs, particularly in elusive areas such as the local image of urban communities? This article examines the cultural renaissance of Western Sydney, long considered a crass, working-class...

Research report

23 Aug 2012

This paper examines the deaths of children in rural drowning incidents and the need to develop specific drowning prevention strategies for the unique environments of rural areas.

Drowning prevention strategies need to address the geographical and social barriers of rural life, while maintaining a...

Book

30 Aug 2012

This Storybook celebrates the achievement of Indigenous people (and in some stories non-Indigenous people) across Western Australia and acknowledges the contributions they have made to improving health and social wellbeing, focusing on the Perth and Peel regions.

It is very easy to find negative...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This report reviews the available research evidence on the impact of initiatives to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalisations.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) described potentially avoidable hospitalisations (PAHs) as “admissions to hospital that could have potentially been prevented through the provision of...

Research report

3 Sep 2012

While it is widely recognized that industrial development is imperative in developing countries to reduce poverty and to attain sustainable economic growth, there is no consensus on how to develop industries and where to start.

Generally, the literature argues that developing countries should concentrate...

Research report

30 Aug 2012

This report argues that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono needs to act more firmly against institutions and officials that defy national court rulings or his inaction risks prolonging local conflicts.

District councils, mayors and regional election commissions have learned that there is little cost...

Research report

29 Aug 2012

In May 2012, ASPI and the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation co-hosted a major international dialogue on natural resource demand and China’s economy. Held in Zambia, the event brought together experts and policymakers from Africa, Australia, Latin America and elsewhere.

Australia's growing interest in...

Research report

29 Aug 2012

This report examines professional military education in Australia - the career-long process of developing the qualities Australian Defence Force personnel will require as members of the profession of arms.

It sets out reasons why professional military education (PME) is crucial to Australian security and...

Research report

31 Aug 2012

There is considerable scope to improve the way that regulations are developed and scrutinised by all governments, according to this draft report.

In Regulatory Impact Analysis: Benchmarking - a report requested by COAG - the Productivity Commission compares the regulatory impact analysis processes of...

Research report

23 Aug 2012

People with mental impairments are overrepresented in New South Wales' courts and jails. This report's recommendations aim to reduce their reoffending by ensuring their impairments are identified early and they have access to appropriate treatment and support.

The report’s 55 recommendations include:

expanding...