December 2013

Report

12 Dec 2013

This is the third report of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor reviewing the appropriateness and effectiveness of Australia's counter-terrorism legislation. It focuses on terrorism financing legislation and the proscription of organisations.

This third annual report was provided to the Prime Minister on 8...

Report

11 Dec 2013

This report makes a case for the Commonwealth expanding its role in fighting organised crime, and provides the first detailed analysis of its recent anti-gangs initiatives.

Dr Connery presents an argument for the Commonwealth to take the lead in developing nation-wide capability in this...

Commentary

Article

19 Dec 2013

Since Nelson Mandela died, compliments have come from all shades of the political spectrum, as politicians and commentators competed for the most impressive sound bite or pithiest phrase. There has been barely a critical word among them. The praise is not insincere or wrong, nor...

Guide

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Justice section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits recorded by Google Analytics.

Most popular were reports on cyber-safety, particularly those that gave practical advice. Other reports covered the consequences of alcohol...

Guide

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Urban Policy & Design section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits according to google analytics.

Homelessness was a major area of interest for users of Policy Online in 2013, as were...

Guide

18 Dec 2013

These are the ten most popular research publications viewed in 2013 from all Policy Online topic areas, and from all years of publication, based on the number of page visits on Google analytics.

Two policy guides commissioned by Policy Online in 2011 (on long-term...

Commentary

Article

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular articles from Policy Online's Commentary section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits.

Photo: ebayink / flickr

1 Collaboration: Getting beyond the magical thinking

Geoff Aigner | Australian Policy...

Report

17 Dec 2013

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is determined to keep Japan a tier-one power in Asia and the world. Through strengthening the economy and reforming national security institutions, as outlined in the December 2013 inaugural Japanese national security strategy, he seeks a strengthening of the US-Japan alliance...

Guide

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Creative & Digital section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on Google analytics.

Young people and the use of technology (and the risks involved) was a particularly popular topic for Policy...

Guide

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Economics section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on Google analytics

The most popular Economics reports added to Policy Online in 2013 tended to have a social angle. Two Productivity Commission...

Guide

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Environment section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on Google analytics

Most of the reports cover climate change, from a range of angles and with a particular focus on what changes...

Report

11 Dec 2013

This report argues that asylum seekers detained at Australia's asylum seeker processing centre on Manus Island experience degrading conditions and serious human rights violations.

Introduction and summary

Fleeing war, chilling acts of torture, threats of death, or profound discrimination, many asylum seekers...

Report

16 Dec 2013

The report looks at how China's changing demand for coal could impact coal-related assets in Australia, which is a large and growing coal exporter to China.

Aims

This report investigates how China’s demand for coal is changing as a result of environment-related...

Report

17 Dec 2013

This mid-year budget report provides updated information on the Australian Government’s fiscal position.

Foreword

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013-14 (MYEFO) has been prepared in accordance with the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 . The Charter requires that the Government...

Report

17 Dec 2013

This report presents the findings of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for 2012-13, and describes the clients who received specialist homelessness support, the assistance they sought and were provided, and the outcomes achieved for those clients.

Summary

An estimated 244,000 Australians...

Guide

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Politics section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on google analytics.

Popular reports tended to focus on the functioning of the public service, government expenditure, and public opinion.

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Report

10 Dec 2013

This report examines the numbers and rates of young people who were in youth detention in Australia due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It focuses on trends over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2009 to the June quarter 2013....

Report

16 Dec 2013

This report provides estimates of Australia's health system expenditure on care for those with cancer and on the prevention and treatment of cancer. The report presents cancer expenditure by age group, sex and type of cancer, and it compares health system expenditure on cancer in...

Report

12 Dec 2013

This report contains comprehensive information on adoptions in Australia, including the characteristics of adopted children, adoptive families and birth mothers.

Summary

Australian adoptions increased while intercountry adoptions declined

The number of finalised adoptions in Australia increased slightly to 339 in...

Report

9 Dec 2013

This paper demonstrates that, even within an urban area, there is a large degree of residential segregation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Report

22 Nov 2013

This report documents the experiences of 47 parents who have been involved with Tasmania’s Child Protection Service. It also covers the experiences of over 140 frontline workers employed by 40 different non-government services (NGOs) that have provided support to these parents. In addition, the research...

Report

22 Nov 2013

This report provides a review of international and national models of engagement, support and advocacy for parents who have contact with child protection systems. How statutory child protection systems engage with parents ultimately affects the outcomes for children, including safety, permanency and wellbeing. While social...

Report

10 Dec 2013

Executive Summary: Pacific arts and culture are a major feature of New Zealand’s arts landscape. The success of Pacific arts and the engagement of Pasifika1 audiences are vitally important for the success of New Zealand arts generally. Pasifika artists are making significant contributions to...

Video

6 Dec 2013

Join host Sally Warhaft with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, visiting from the UK, and Guardian Australia editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, to discuss the news, newspapers and Australia’s latest addition to online journalism.

It’s been 192 years since the founding of the British Guardian (formerly the...

Video

5 Dec 2013

In a world of global information flow and almost organic interconnection, the influence of traditional ‘government’ may be on the wane. For now, this spreads a sense of disconnection. Distrust. A lack of faith. It may soon resolve into a sense of great opportunity …...

Report

9 Dec 2013

Abstract

Cloud computing is a relatively recent term to describe computer resources available as a service accessible over a network, such as internally to a corporation, or externally available over the Internet; and cloud storage is the storage of electronic data on remote...

Audio

6 Dec 2013

It's likely that we'll look back at 2013 as the year that social media tightened its stranglehold on the world. Everywhere you look, you see its tentacles infiltrating further into the daily business of life. This growing ubiquity is translating into major movements in big...

Discussion paper

10 Dec 2013

Major projects are a vital source of Australia’s future prosperity. They lift national income, create employment opportunities, raise productivity and generate revenue for governments. However, they can also have negative impacts on community amenity, the environment, public health and our heritage assets. Australian governments regulate...

Article

8 Dec 2013

Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd began his term of office in 2007 with the catch cry that he didn't want to be a Prime Minister of a country that didn't make things anymore. In the final throes of his reign he stressed: "I'm at my...

Commentary

Article

9 Dec 2013

As of 30 September 2013, there were a staggering 9,644 people in immigration detention in Australia, the vast majority of whom arrived in Australia without a visa by plane or by boat. Of those 9,644 people being detained, 6,403 were in high security prison-like facilities....

Guide

6 Dec 2013

This guide provides quick links to:

• federal, state and territory government entry points and key departments

• government gazettes

• federal state, territory and local government directories

• federal, state and territory administrative arrangements orders

• selected overseas government...

Guide

6 Dec 2013

This Quick Guide provides direct links to key websites, information and documents relating to:

Australia’s Vice Regal arrangements Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia Parliaments of the States and Territories Overseas parliaments Overseas parliamentary organisations .

Policy

3 Dec 2013

The Council's new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) demonstrates its ongoing commitment to recognising, supporting and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultures into our organisation and encouraging this practice in the arts sector.

Our vision The Australia Council for the Arts...

Report

10 Dec 2013

This report argues that Australians are using less power but paying more for it, with potentially highly damaging consequences for the electricity system.

Overview

Electricity use in Australia is falling. From the 1960s to the end of the 20th century, electricity consumption...

Report

10 Dec 2013

This paper explores trends in types of child care for children aged under 12 years old with employed mothers in Australia, from the 1980s through to 2011, to examine how the roles of different forms of care provision have changed in this environment of increasing...

Report

7 Dec 2013

This resource sheet reviews evidence for the functioning and effectiveness of various diversionary programs in the context of Indigenous contact with the justice systems.

Introduction

A diversionary program is a form of sentencing usually run by police departments, courts and other agencies....

Report

9 Dec 2013

This study examines the reasons for the enhancement of Chinese and Indian naval capability, to determine if these are benign or otherwise.

Summary

To protect their growing economies, China and India have securitised their sea-borne trade routes by enhancing their naval prowess,...

Report

11 Dec 2013

This report examines attempts to challenge extremist and violent extremist messages, whether directly or indirectly, through a range of online and offline means.

Executive summmary

It is now recognised that violent extremists have made effective use of the Internet and social media...

Commentary

Article

10 Dec 2013

“FROM a vantage point in the First World, debates around refugees carry a strong whiff of parochialism,” Peter Gatrell observes in his excellent new book, The Making of the Modern Refugee. That is certainly true in Australia. Leaving aside the fact that only about two...

Commentary

6 Dec 2013

Australia could benefit too from a renegotiation of the maritime boundary, writes Michael Leach

Report

5 Dec 2013

This report covers trends in crime across 154 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wales over the 24 months to September 2013.

If finds that all major categories of crime in NSW except one either fell or remained stable over the 24 months....

Report

9 Dec 2013

This paper outlines intended analysis techniques to estimate the number and rate of clients receiving alcohol and other drug treatment, to explore patterns of drug use and pathways through treatment, and to explore the characteristics of different client groups.

Summary

One of...

Guide

30 Sep 2013

This guide, developed for students and professionals, looks at some of the most reputable open-access journal websites, as well as paid subscription databases that are still widely used by traditional college students. The guide includes a curated list of free, peer reviewed journals and journal...

Report

10 Dec 2013

This report argues that a narrow focus on promoting diversity threatens individual liberty by promoting the interests of particular groups over those of the individual.

Summary

When it first emerged as an official policy in the 1970s, multiculturalism was a response to...

Report

14 Nov 2013

Commissioned by the Mayor of London in partnership with the other cities signed up to the World Cities Culture Forum, this report contains a wealth of new information and data on the role that culture and cultural policy plays in these cities. It encompasses formal...

Report

15 May 2014

This report brings together a national data snapshot of Salvation Army homelessness services and the people assisted on a daily basis.

Key findings:

155 Salvation Army homelessness services operate across Australia. One out of every eight clients who accesses all Specialist Homelessness...

Report

3 Dec 2013

The extraordinary growth in Asia, particularly over the last five years, has focused government at all levels on the policy implications for Australia. It is broadly acknowledged that cultural engagement is a crucial pathway for developing and deepening Australia’s relationship with Asia.

Good policy...

Report

6 Dec 2013

This paper looks at a range of opportunities and presents four scenarios, not predictions, through which Australia can view potential futures for the national electricity system.

Foreword

Australia’s electricity system is at a significant crossroads. Historically high retail electricity prices, widespread deployment...

Report

6 Dec 2013

This paper provides an overview of current global wildfire carbon emissions and considers future projections and impacts.

Summary

As the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enters its final week in Warsaw, nations are struggling to agree on mechanisms to encourage...

Report

5 Dec 2013

This guide provides a brief overview of youth unemployment, an introduction to some of the key concepts and terminology used, and lists some relevant data sources. This is one in a series of Quick Guides related to labour statistics, designed to provide a basic understanding...

Report

5 Dec 2013

This guide provides a brief overview of unemployment, an introduction to some of the key concepts and terminology, and lists some relevant data sources. This is one in a series of Quick Guides related to labour statistics, designed to provide a basic understanding of Australian...

Report

5 Dec 2013

This guide provides a brief overview of the labour force, an introduction to some of the key concepts and terminology, and lists some relevant data sources. This is one in a series of Quick Guides related to labour statistics, designed to provide a basic understanding...

Report

5 Dec 2013

This guide provides a brief overview of employment, an introduction to some of the key concepts and terminology, and lists some relevant data sources. This is one in a series of Quick Guides related to labour statistics, designed to provide a basic understanding of Australian...

Report

9 Dec 2013

Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate what proportion of domestic violence (DV) victims who seek help from DV services choose not to report the violence to police and to investigate factors and reasons associated with non-reporting.

Method: Data was...

Report

25 Sep 2013

Abstract : This paper, commissioned by the UK Higher Education International Unit and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, selects a number of current trends and considers their consequences for higher education sectors over this short timeframe. The main themes addressed are: demand for HE,...

Report

18 Sep 2013

This survey of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Online Distance Learning (ODL) literature aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important, whether consensual or controversial.

Abstract:...

Commentary

Article

5 Dec 2013

During 2013, the educational literature has exploded with articles, commentary and some analyses about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Although in September 2012, the New York Times declared 2012 as the ‘The Year of the MOOC’, there has been much more debate, activity, innovation and...

Report

4 Dec 2013

This report finds that little progress is being made in preventing and managing osteoporosis in Australia.

Executive Summary

This report updates previous burden of disease analysis undertaken in 2001 and 2007, and shows little progress is being made in preventing and managing...

Report

5 Dec 2013

This study investigate what supports and constrains walking for older adults.

Introduction

Walking is particularly important for older adults, who are less likely than younger adults to participate in more vigorous forms of physical activity; more likely to experience social isolation; and...

Report

6 Dec 2013

This publication presents information from the National Prisoner Census about persons held in Australian prisons on the night of 30 June 2013. The National Prisoner Census covers all prisoners in the legal custody of adult corrective services in adult prisons, including periodic detainees in New...

Report

21 Oct 2013

The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to bring together research and evaluation evidence on overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians.

This report and its appendices summarise the findings of the Clearinghouse on what works in relation to...

Transcript

4 Jul 2013

Abstract: Until recent times, the standard globalization model has been to maximize profit by moving manufacture to locations where wages are low, and there are fewer obstacles, such as environmental standards. This model has been supported by a form of branding which elides the means...

Transcript

5 Jul 2013

Abstract: The notion of place is integral to any understanding of cultural sustainability. Present and future places are the product of the political negotiations of past places. How we recreate and represent the history and the stories of a place impacts the individual and collective...

Briefing paper

15 Nov 2013

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a major opportunity to deliver much-needed services and support for people with a range of disabilities. The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) supports the NDIS, especially given the bi-partisan commitment to increasing funding to support people with...

Audio

2 Dec 2013

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out at several launch sites around the country, questions still remain about just how mental health services will be integrated into the system.

Under the existing legislation, the scheme provides support for people who experience...

Discussion paper

5 Dec 2013

Executive summary: Historically there has been a poor correlation between stated government policy objectives in relation to land tenure reform in the Northern Territory and the measures devised in pursuit of them. Over the last decade, advocates of legislative reform of the ALRA and...

Report

2 Dec 2013

This paper presents a record of Australian climate change policies, including key international developments to provide global context.

Introduction

Climate change is a long-term, global problem. Long-term problems generally require stable but flexible policy implementation over time. However, Australia’s commitment to climate...

Report

5 Dec 2013

The 2012 National Social Housing Survey (NSHS) is the most recent in a series of surveys of social housing tenants and their experiences. The 2012 NSHS sampled tenants of public housing (PH); state owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) and community housing (CH) programs. An...

Report

5 Dec 2013

This collection of papers presents recommendations for Brisbane's G20 Summit, on the themes of development, financing for infrastructure, trade liberalisation, and the G20 finance process.

Introduction

On 1 December 2013, Australia began its twelve-month presidency of the G20, a role that will...

Report

3 Dec 2013

This draft report, which the Productivity Commission is seeking public comment on, argues that geographic labour mobility is helping the economy adjust to major structural change, and has enabled wealth to be spread across the country.

Key points:

Geographic labour mobility is...

Report

5 Dec 2013

This issues paper was released to assist the public in preparing submissions for the Productivity Commission's inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning.

The Australian Government’s objectives in commissioning this Inquiry are to examine and identify future options for a child care and early...

Report

6 Nov 2013

This paper examines recent productivity performance in Manufacturing, with particular focus on the causes of its decline. In particular, this paper:

analyses Multifactor productivity (MFP) change and its proximate causes (value added, labour and capital inputs) for Manufacturing as a whole estimates MFP change...

Discussion paper

20 Nov 2013

In 2009/10, almost two-thirds of Australian mothers of children aged under 15 years were employed. This employment rate remains below that of many other OECD countries, indicating that there may be potential for increases in maternal employment in Australia.

This paper explores the characteristics...

Video

3 Dec 2013

Tim Dunlop, author of The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience , argues we need to stop talking about new media versus old media and instead look at ways for them to work together in service of the citizens they...

Video

2 Dec 2013

Innovation is about much more than taking Australian inventions to market. Australia needs to capture opportunities in the global innovation system, and adopt and adapt innovations from elsewhere.

What are these opportunities? How well is Australia exploiting them at present? What should policymakers do...

Report

3 Dec 2013

ACELG has released a comparative study of political governance frameworks for local governments across Australia. The research, Local Representation in Australia - A Review of the Legislation and the Literature, seeks to understand the advantages, constraints and theoretical approaches to representative democracy across Australian local...

Report

3 Dec 2013

This report on the outcomes of interviews with councillors and senior local government staff of their experience of local representation follows a review of the legal frameworks governing local democratic governance. ACELG has undertaken this work with the Victorian Local Governance Association which has a...

Journal article

28 Oct 2013

This report argues that conflict over the internet is much more likely to serve as an adjunct to, rather than a substitute for, existing modes of terrestrial force.

Abstract

Cyberwar has been described as a revolution in military affairs, a transformation of...

Report

20 Nov 2013

Using data from thousands of campaigns around the world, this paper explores the relationship between digital activism and non violent conflict.

Executive Summary

In order to analyze digital activism, we investigated hundreds of campaigns from around the world and assembled protest event...

Report

5 Dec 2013

Information about the outcomes for students who completed their vocational education and training (VET) during 2012 is presented in this publication. The figures are derived from the Student Outcomes Survey, which focuses on students' employment outcomes and satisfaction with VET in Australia. Information about the...

Report

3 Dec 2013

This report presents the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 assessment for Australia.

Executive summary

PISA seeks to measure how well young adults at age 15 (and, therefore, near the end of compulsory schooling in most participating education...

Report

3 Dec 2013

The findings in this paper allow policy makers around the world to gauge the knowledge and skills of students in their own countries in comparison with those in other countries, set policy targets against measurable goals achieved by other education systems, and learn from policies...

Policy

4 Dec 2013

This paper outlines a range of principles and actions that the Australia Council has committed to over the next triennium to ensure people with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to the arts.

Goals

Our plan focuses on the...

Commentary

Article

4 Dec 2013

PERHAPS the most admirable admission about Labor’s unhappy election campaign was made late last month at the National Press Club, when George Wright said that he, as the party’s campaign director, took full responsibility for the defeat. Just a few days later, Bruce Hawker published...

Commentary

Article

4 Dec 2013

THE 2013 election was probably the first in Australian history in which half of the votes were cast by electors aged fifty or over. Only 47 per cent of people on the electoral roll fall into that age group, but the lower voting rate among...

Commentary

Article

4 Dec 2013

A FEW days ago I turned seventy-five but, truth be told, I’ve been pondering the three-quarter-century mark ever since I reached seventy-four. Why it’s a milestone is hard to say, as it is with any kind of milestone. Officially, I became old on my sixtieth...

Report

1 Dec 2013

This report argues that Australia has a long way to go before consumers pay fair prices for pharmaceuticals.

Overview

Grattan Institute’s March 2013 report, Australia’s bad drug deal, showed that Australians paid more than $1 billion a year too much for prescription...

Video

29 Nov 2013

Over two decades have passed since the Commonwealth Government of Australia announced its intention to embark on a national process of Reconciliation. The term reconciliation has now become part of the everyday language on Indigenous Affairs, but how far have we actually travelled as a...

Video

27 Nov 2013

A panel of renowned international and Australian migration experts discuss critical issues, including: people smuggling and trafficking, irregular migration and asylum seeking, 'brain drain' and the emigration of skilled migrants from developing countries, and remittances. This event was presented by the HC Coombs Policy Forum...

Report

11 Oct 2013

This paper provides assessments of some of the most promising technical tools for predictive policing, which is the use of analytical techniques to identify promising targets for police intervention with the goal of preventing crime, solving past crimes, and identifying potential offenders and victims....

Commentary

Article

28 Nov 2013

The Internet has enabled new online systems for collaborating, discussing and reflecting online about ideas, practices and concepts. This type of web based affordance can enable participation in a distributed way. That is, the participants can collaborate without being in the same physical space but...

Report

26 Nov 2013

This paper explores how US adults with chronic health conditions gather, share, and create health information, both online and offline.

The paper finds a “diagnosis difference” that is tied to several aspects of health care and technology use. For example, holding other variables constant...

Report

20 Nov 2013

Executive Summary: 21st century Asia is a powerhouse in the contemporary global economy. In a short period of time it has closed the development gap between the Region and the rest of the world. All indications suggest that this growth performance will continue into...

Report

2 Dec 2013

This report looks at the results and recommendations of a project exploring youth recidivism—in particular, whether it would be possible to analyse youth recidivism using data from the Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set (JJ NMDS). The JJ NMDS is a longitudinal person-based data collection,...

Report

29 Nov 2013

This report identifies the most pressing legal needs of Indigenous Victorians, which involve housing, discrimination and debt.

The report presents key findings and recommendations of research conducted in 2012- 2013 by the Indigenous Legal Needs Project (ILNP) in Victoria. The ILNP is a national...

Transcript

14 Nov 2013

Good corporate governance is a complex art, not easily given to the intrusive regulatory frameworks directors now face. The more extensive the regulations, the more demanding is the compliance, the more onerous are the regulatory liabilities, and the more risk averse directors may become....

Report

1 Oct 2013

This report provides a progress update on the New Zealand Government's action plan for tackling methamphetamine.

Introduction

Purpose

This report provides a progress update on the Government's Tackling Methamphetamine: an Action Plan (the Action Plan). It specifically:

records changes...

Report

27 Nov 2013

This audit examined 11 public sector agencies and found that the policy, standards and protection mechanisms for the security of the state’s information and communications technology (ICT) systems and data have not been effectively applied. Agencies undertake only limited monitoring of suspicious internal network activity,...

Briefing paper

2 Dec 2013

Foreword: In 2006, the Australian Government introduced the Anti-money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth) which increased regulatory controls over businesses potentially able to facilitate organised criminal activities such as money laundering. The implementation of tougher legislation and associated law enforcement interventions may...

Report

27 Nov 2013

This release provides updated information on a range of key health indicators for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population across Australia.

Key findings

General health

In 2012–13, around two in five (39.2%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged...

Report

28 Nov 2013

The law, and the system that is structured around it, are designed to protect the interests of ordinary people. Yet the conventions and expense associated with this system mean that the majority of the population feel shut out from its redress – sandwiched between eligibility...

Statistics

29 Nov 2013

This publication presents information about the educational experience and associated characteristics of persons aged 15 to 74 years.

Statistics in this publication were collected in May 2013 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS)....

Guide

6 Nov 2013

Bridges are a vital part of our the physical infrastructure. a properly functioning and reliable transport network is essential to Australia’s economic activity. it is estimated that there are currently around 30,000 timber road bridges in service throughout Australia. Councils manage timber bridges valued at...

Report

13 Nov 2013

Roads are by far local government’s biggest asset. Local roads comprise more than 80% by length of Australia’s total road network, on which more than 25% of the transport task is undertaken, and have an estimated value of about $145bn. Its vital local government maintain...

Report

2 Dec 2013

This report argues that the weakness of Indonesian extremists today may be propelling them toward violence as the lack of training, experience or religious credentials leaves attacks as the only way to gain legitimacy.

Introduction

In December 2012, about a dozen men...

Audio

28 Nov 2013

Distrust of politicians and disillusionment with our political system is at an all-time high. And so former independent MP Ted Mack calls for a major reform of the way we do government. A new electoral system to reflect the will of the people is only...

Report

9 Nov 2013

This report examines the state of the U.S.-Australia military alliance, detailing the geopolitical shifts currently underway in Australia’s immediate neighborhood and outlining the extent to which these developments signal the advent of a new era. The seismic nature of these changes has engendered a vigorous...