February 2014

Research report

27 Feb 2014

Introduction: On 18 December 2013, the High Court handed down its decision in Unions NSW v New South Wales. The Court ruled that electoral funding provisions enacted in NSW in 2012 were invalid because they infringed upon the implied freedom of political communication in...

Research report

28 Feb 2014

Summary: The first decade of the 21st century proved to be momentous for constitutional reform in the UK and, at times, a period of lively, even torrid, commentary on the law and practice of parliamentary privilege. The purpose of this paper is to identify...

Research report

27 Feb 2014

Summary

In 2013 faced with a critical shortage of water, the Iranian government called for water conservation and greater water use efficiency nation-wide. Despite imminent shortages, water use in Iran remains inefficient, with domestic use 70 per cent higher than the global average....

Research report

21 Feb 2014

This paper provides an overview of complex trauma as a response to chronic sexual victimisation and considers what this means for services and service configurations, as well as the implications of acknowledging complex trauma for policy responses in health and human service fields.

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Journal article

18 Feb 2014

Abstract: In Re Civilian Casualty Court Martial, disciplinary charges preferred against two Australian commandos accused of causing the deaths of five civilians during a night-time raid in Afghanistan were dismissed as being wrong in law. Despite the relevance of ‘war crimes’ under the Criminal...

Research report

28 Feb 2014

This paper finds a statistically significant negative association between health status and labour force participation.

Abstract: This paper examines the association between health status and participation in the labour force using pooled unit-record data created from the ABS’s five consecutive cross-sectional National Health...

Commentary

Article

20 Feb 2014

Teaching using digital technologies and digital media is substantially different from teaching face to face, especially because of the capacity for online collaboration and asynchronous communication. Online learning environments are quite unique as methods for accessing learning resources, for participating in online discussions and for...

Research report

27 Feb 2014

Indonesia is unlikely to become a significantly influential international actor in the medium term, despite its size, strategic location and economic potential.

Key findings:

Indonesia’s influence in international affairs is growing, but it will not become a major power in the short...

Research report

27 Feb 2014

This report examines the latest draft law on special autonomy in Papua, the politics behind it and how it might feed into Indonesia's coming national elections.

Overview:

The idea of a new law on enhanced special autonomy (otsus plus) for Papua is...

Other text

27 Feb 2014

Introduction: In September 2013, the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) published a report of an investigation it had conducted into alleged misconduct at the University of Queensland. The misconduct concerned a decision in December 2010 that a school leaver who did not satisfy the...

Research report

12 Dec 2013

This report argues that government-funded health lobbying is leading to increased regulation of any behaviour deemed detrimental to health.

Executive summary:

Public health policy has broadened from traditionally indiscriminate and/or communicable risks to the health of the population toward discriminate and/or non-communicable...

Research report

24 Feb 2014

Introduction: The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) held the forum Measuring and Reducing Red Tape in the Not-for-profit Sector on Wednesday 4 December 2013 at the Australian National University. This report is a summary of the forum and the red tape reduction recommendations...

Research report

11 Nov 2013

This paper discusses concerns about the quality of care in a minority of residential aged care facilities, and puts forward strategies to address them.

Executive summary: Over 222,000 people received permanent residential aged care services in 2012 with over 2,700 residential aged care...

Article

6 Feb 2014

Abstract: This paper is part of a annual series of essays commissioned for Waitangi Day which explores the State of the Pākehā nation in memory of the late Joan Cook – fiesty Treaty worker. This paper focus on what action Pākehā can take to...

Research report

24 Feb 2014

This report explores the details of the Obama Administration's executive order on cybersecurity, breaking down the challenges, criticisms, and successes of the effort to date, before offering clear lessons from the US experience that can be applied to the Australian context.

Summary: On...

Research report

19 Feb 2014

Introduction: This publication presents early estimates of apprentice and trainee commencements for the December quarter 2013. Indicative information about this quarter is presented here; the most recent figures are estimated, taking into account reporting lags that occur at the time of data collection....

Dataset

25 Feb 2014

In 2012–13, over three quarters of Australia's 15.4 million internet users made a purchase or order over the internet, according to this publication on household and personal internet use in Australia.

Audio interview

25 Feb 2014

Do we need tighter regulation on the web, especially when it involves children? The Federal government proposes the appointment of a Child E-Safety Commissioner and new bullying offences.

Total running time: 29:00

Research report

26 Feb 2014

Introduction: This paper presents data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing for the 93 NSW State Electoral Districts (SEDs) as redistributed in 2013. Figures from the 2006 Census have also been included except for family income. In this case, the statistics are...

Discussion paper

23 Jan 2014

The internet has become a daily, integrated part of life for many Australian families. It is an essential tool for all Australians, an integral part of our economic and social activities, and a vast resource of information, education and entertainment. The ability for young Australians...

Commentary

Article

25 Feb 2014

When it comes to drug patents, the stakes are much higher than the profits of big pharma, which is why we should be concerned about the current Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, writes Jon Edwards.

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In Malaysia, Peru, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea...

Research report

26 Feb 2014

Summary: This project provided policy-makers with an understanding of the complexity of property finance, its role in the supply of all housing types and tenures and the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on property lending.

Description

The researchers interviewed property developers...

Working paper

24 Feb 2014

This paper sets out a complex adaptive systems view of water governance.

Overview

Fresh water is a life - enabling resource as well as the source of spiritual, social and economic wellbeing and development. It is continuously renewed by the Earth’s natural...

Audio program

19 Feb 2014

NZ Prime Minister John Key on priorities for trying to get National a third term in office.

Originally aired on Nine To Noon, Wednesday 19 February 2014

Duration:  29′ 50″ 

Website

Platform Trust supports a network of organisations that believe a modern mental health system requires strong community-based supports for people with mental illness and addictions. We encourage sector collaboration and provide a contact point for nationwide feedback on issues relating to mental health and addiction...

Research report

25 Feb 2014

Summary: Health-care expenditure for cardiovascular disease (CVD) is higher than for any other disease group and the impact of CVD on the health of Australians is considerable. This report draws upon data from the AIHW Disease Expenditure Database to provide a summary of health-care...

Research report

24 Feb 2014

Executive Summary: This Draft Report examines all aspects and forms of alcohol advertising and marketing in Australia to assess whether the current complex mix of self-regulatory, co-regulatory and legislative provisions is serving to adequately protect children and adolescents against exposure to unsuitable content. This...

Research report

24 Feb 2014

Executive summary: The community correction order (CCO) was introduced as a sentencing option in Victoria in January 2012. The purpose of a CCO is to provide a non-custodial sentencing option that is more flexible than the orders it replaced, in particular the community-based order...

Guide

24 Feb 2014

Introductions: There is growing recognition of the importance of human capital in shaping Australia’s future prosperity. A recent report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies claimed that building capacity particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is pivotal to...

Submission

12 Feb 2014

This submission expresses several concerns with the Commonwealth Government's proposed Energy White Paper.

Introduction: The submission consists of three sections:

A summary of our views; Our overarching concerns with the parameters of the Issues Paper, and Our responses to several of the...

Research report

21 Feb 2014

By examining two primary and two secondary schools, this report argues that Australia’s most troubled schools can turn around their performance to achieve remarkable results by following five steps.

Overview: Some of Australia’s most troubled schools are turning around their performance to achieve...

Research report

19 Nov 2013

Executive summary: The Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) was funded to enhance the capacity of General Practitioners (GPs) and other primary health care providers to provide high quality treatment through best practice models of care for otitis media (OM) in Aboriginal and Torres...

Video

24 Feb 2014

Roger Riddell's 2008 book Does Foreign Aid Really Work? was the first attempt in more than 20 years to survey the evidence around whether aid actually works. It was also the first to examine the role and impact of development and emergency aid provided by...

Commentary

Article

25 Feb 2014

Politics is hard and democracy is messy. Two new books help explain why it doesn’t all end in disaster.

THE expatriate Canadian intellectual Michael Ignatieff was always being asked to do things: write articles for high profile magazines, give speeches at prestigious universities,...

Commentary

Article

25 Feb 2014

In his winning entry for the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, a Sydney GP argues that language, and different ways of knowing, have been getting in the way of action on climate change.

“I DON’T believe in that climate change.”

I’d just...

Research report

15 Feb 2013

This paper examines the progress of the Land and Water Forum, which was a stakeholder-led collaborative governance process established to recommend potential reform of New Zealand’s fresh water management.

Introduction: Looking at collaborative processes in retrospect is always easier than it was at...

Commentary

Article

25 Feb 2014

An attack on the unions won’t necessarily have the expected political impact.

FOR BOTH sides of Australian politics, the 1980s has assumed the status of a heroic age. Among Labor figures, this is hardly surprising, since the era was marked by a...

Briefing paper

24 Feb 2014

Introduction: The Brotherhood of St Laurence has launched a campaign to bring attention to the rising crisis of youth unemployment in Australia.

Youth unemployment has risen across the country, and now sits at 12.2% nationally. That’s up from 8.8% in 2008.

But...

Strategy

20 Dec 2013

The LivingStandardsNZ Workshop brought together 28 young people to consider living standards in New Zealand. On Tuesday the 3rd of December, participants attended the day-long Government Economics Network (GEN) Conference at Te Papa (699) .

Following the Conference, there was a two-day workshop where...

Working paper

15 Sep 2013

This working paper is intended to be a non-exhaustive and brief look at how we define living standards in New Zealand and abroad. Most if not all people would agree that improving living standards is one of government’s most important roles. However, things get a...

Research report

18 Feb 2014

The milk’s a touch cheaper, but the beer’s more expensive than it used to be, according to Statistics New Zealand’s annual snapshot of our country.

New Zealand in Profile 2014, released today, shows the average price of two litres of milk fell from $3.23...

Research report

30 Jun 2004

There are differences between, and among, people in ethnic communities. Judith Miralles seeks to provide a more nuanced snapshot of vocational education and training (VET) participation and completion rates among Arabic, Bosnian, Cantonese, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese communities. She also investigates the effectiveness of English...

Research report

12 Aug 2004

This is the twelfth in a series of triennial reports on maternal deaths dating back to 1964. Under-ascertainment of maternal mortality is of national concern. In an effort to improve ascertainment of maternal deaths, this report has used two data sources: states and territories confidential...

Research report

7 Jun 2004

Communication and other literacy skills are vital to public safety organisations. Christine Hayes, Barry Golding and Jack Harvey investigate the impact literacy levels may have on the ability of volunteers to meet demands for more formal training and assessment. They also consider the role of...

Research report

24 Sep 2004

Presents summary data of allocated health expenditure collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Introduction Cardiovascular diseases are Australia’s largest health problem, accounting for 50,294 deaths in 2002 and affecting 3.67 million Australians in 2001 (AIHW 2004b). In 1998, 1.1 million...

Research report

1 Aug 2004

Describes the techniques used to create the synthetic small area data. It then provides some examples of how the new methods and data are being used for estimation and analysis of income, wealth and other socio-economic characteristics, as well as the spatial distribution of policy...

Research report

1 Nov 2004

Bill Mitchell and Joan Muysken explore the evolution of economic theory from a construction of unemployment as a voluntary optimal state to the 1930s conception as a systemic failure (involuntary) to the resurgence in current times to a belief that all unemployment is voluntary....

Research report

15 Aug 2004

Edward Oczkowski develops the generalised Nash bargaining solution for a bargaining co-operative selling its raw output to a single processor. Three assumptions for co-operative member behaviour are examined: profit maximisation, co-operative surplus maximisation and maximising members' price. Solutions are compared and comparative statics presented for...

Research report

18 Nov 2004

This report is the sixth national report on the performance of the National Cervical Screening Program in Australia. Cervical screening services are provided as part of mainstream health services with general practitioners performing approximately 80 per cent of Pap smears. The program is funded by...

Research report

1 Dec 2004

Results from an exploratory analysis of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mortality data are presented in this technical report. This report, based on available recorded data, is intended to inform and enhance future statistical reports. Due to differences between the States and Territories in...

Research report

6 May 2006

This interim report of the e-Research Coordinating Committee sets out the policy issues pertinent to Australia securing maximum benefit from the use of e-research techniques by proposing strategic directions that should be pursued and proposing further steps that would allow generation of an implementation strategy....

Research report

1 Jan 2002

Abstract

In the past decade there has been a growing perception in Australia that girls have become more successful pursuing their educational goals than boys - especially in educational outcomes relating to literacy.

In addition there is evidence from a range of...

Research report

12 Sep 2006

Executive Summary

Explanatory Memoranda now accompany every government Bill introduced into the Parliament, but this has not always been the case. From 1901 to 1982, there was no easy way of knowing if an Explanatory Memorandum had been produced for a particular Bill....

Research report

28 Jun 2005

Key messages

A systematic review of research is a decision-making tool for policy and practice. It is a piece of research in its own right, using explicit and rigorous methods that follow a standard set of stages. These methods identify, critically appraise and...

Research report

1 Mar 2006

The Children’s Cases Project (CCP) focuses on the interests of the child and the parents' or caretakers' proposals for the future of the child, rather than the past history of the parties' relationships. The final report of the exploratory study looks at, amongst other things,...

Research report

4 Jun 2007

Introduction

Many Members of Parliament (MPs) aspire to ministerial office. Kim Beazley Jr once said: ‘being a minister, that really was something special from the moment I got it’. 1 Garfield Barwick was said to have arrived at the Attorney-General’s office with ‘more...

Submission

1 Apr 2006

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) in response to the discussion paper on media reform options, MEETING THE DIGITAL CHALLENGE Reforming Australia’s media in the digital age...

Discussion paper

16 Aug 2006

Abstract

Much time and money has been committed by governments, private business and the third sector over the last five years in establishing opportunities for underserved populations to gain access to new forms of information and communication technologies, in an effort to overcome...

Research report

3 Feb 2003

SUMMARY

There are moments in history when the opportunity presents itself for a fundamental overhaul of existing institutions to unleash a new paradigm. We believe such a moment exists today in the management of Australia’s natural environment.

The opportunity exists because over...

Research report

15 Mar 2005

There are currently between 8,000-10,000 asylum seekers living in the Australian community awaiting decisions at different stages of their applications for protection visas and appeals procedures. Many of these asylum seekers are BVE holders and as such are denied work-rights, income support, and access to...

Discussion paper

1 Oct 2004

Origins of the research

In August 2001 members of the Prison Reform Group of Western Australia and the combined Social Justice Commissions of the Uniting Church of Australia and the Anglican and Catholic Churches gathered together at the decommissioned Fremantle Jail to commemorate...

Research report

20 Jul 2004

On 4 March 2004, the Prime Minister appointed Mr Philip Flood to inquire into the Australian intelligence agencies, consistent with a recommendation of the earlier report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee into ASIO, ASIS and DSD (PJCAAD) inquiry into intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass...

Discussion paper

1 Mar 2007

Introduction

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently begun talking about the challenge of 'climate security', and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has said that “Global climate change must take its place alongside the threats of conflict, poverty and the...

Research report

1 Jan 2005

Foreword

Call to Action

The data presented in this report highlight a number of serious problems that will inhibit the growth of Australia, both economically and culturally. It is imperative that all governments and education authorities implement rigorous workplace planning for...

Research report

1 Jan 2005

John Glover, Diana Hetzel, Lucinda Glover, Anthea Page and and Kristin Leahy provide a comprehensive collection of information for the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service and associated state-wide services, collated from a range of difference data sources, either managed locally or available from other agencies....

Research report

1 Aug 2001

Executive Summary

The primary objective of this study has been to estimate quantitatively the overall net impact of gaming machines on regional economies (i.e., economic and social impact). The study takes up from where the Productivity Commission’s Australia’s Gambling Industries study stopped -...

Discussion paper

1 Oct 2004

Introduction

In the recent Federal election campaign the issue of labour underutilisation was implicitly assumed away by the emphasis by both major parties on the (alleged) ongoing strength of the national economy. The declining official unemployment rate is cited as evidence that the...

Transcript

14 Aug 2006

This is a transcript of the CIS Big Ideas Forum 2006. US columnist and opinion writer, Mark Steyn, talks and answers questions about the need to regain confidence in Western culture at a CIS forum along with Owen Harries and Janet Albrechtsen.

Research report

1 Feb 1998

This 1998 report is about young people who are attracted to their own sex. The need for accurate baseline figures about young people of non-heterosexual orientation has developed as part of a general concern about the spread of the HIV virus into the adolescent population...

Discussion paper

15 Nov 2005

This policy brief focuses on fisheries and provides three perspectives: one, an overview of the underlying causes of overfishing; two, a discussion on the recent efforts of Australia to put its Commonwealth fisheries on a sustainable management path; and three, the challenges faced by our...

Research report

1 Apr 2005

Introduction

“Getting Real? Young Women and Girls, Working Futures, VET and VET in Schools” is the report of research commissioned in 2004 by Security4Women (S4W), one of four National Women’s Secretariats funded through the Australian Government Office for Women (OFW).

In 2003,...

Research report

1 Jun 2005

OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT

This reports presents research findings into the knowledge and aspirations of vocational education and training (VET) held by Central Australian Indigenous women leaders. It identifies and reviews some current initiatives to improve access and participation for women in remote Aboriginal...

Conference paper

10 Dec 2001

Papers from the Caston Centre's Human Rights and Global Challenges conference are now available online. Speakers include the Hon Elizabeth Evatt, Martin Krygier, David Kinley, Liz Jackson and Chris Sidoti.

Discussion paper

13 Aug 2007

This policy forum is the text of a speech by Senator John Faulkner (NSW, ALP) in debate in the Senate on 13 August on the Defence Management Review, headed by Elizabeth Proust which reported in April 2007. Faulkner concentrates on "dysfunctional" ministerial-departmental relationship, and on...

Transcript

23 Mar 2002

These two papers were presented at the Evatt Foundation's Breakfast Seminar on 18 March 2002, Mayfair Room, Southern Cross Hotel, Sydney. Mark Latham MP is the Shadow Minister for Housing and Urban Development. Dr Brendan Gleeson is the Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at...

Discussion paper

5 Aug 2002

This publication summarises the issues and points to possible changes in rural telecommunications policy. The purpose was not to revisit the usual arguments about the cost of the universal service obligation, or the comparison between metropolitan areas and remote areas. It simply aims to draw...

Research report

1 Mar 2003

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The agricultural sector is relatively small but contains certain well-performing areas (pp.1-12,23-24).

In recent years, there have been substantial changes in the organisation of the sector (pp.14-16,17,20).

Large-scale overseas companies are assuming a greater presence in Australian agriculture as...

Journal article

2 Jul 2010

ABSTRACT

Hatred of America expressed in the 11 September attack is more than matched by the hatred by Americans for Islamists expressed in the war on Afghanistan, the War against Terror and the threatened wars against the ‘Axis of Evil’. It is argued...

Research report

11 Feb 2003

This paper examines the objectives and plan of the US in post-Saddam Iraq and the Middle East. These include the humanitarian and security problems and the regional and wider impact of a war on Iraq.

Discussion paper

9 Jul 2003

ABSTRACT

In response to the 'digital divide', national and local governments in the UK, the US and Australia have embarked on various initiatives designed to promote the use of computer networks in low-income communities.

These initiatives involve common models of self-help and...

Research report

14 Dec 2005

Foreword

The lack of national data on induced abortion in Australia represents a gap in health statistics. The AIHW’s Reproductive Health Indicators in Australia 2002 report included an indicator on induced abortions in Australia, but national data were not reported for it because...

Research report

13 Dec 2005

Highlights

This report presents information on diabetes-related deaths in Australia between 2001 and 2003 using death certificate data. The term ‘diabetes-related deaths’ is used in this analysis to refer to deaths where diabetes was considered to have been either the primary (underlying), or...

Research report

1 Jun 2003

Abstract

This paper presents the results of the validation study carried out to evaluate the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL) Instrument for the measurement of health related quality of life and utility. It involves, inter alia, the largest comparison of utility instruments...

Discussion paper

12 Dec 2005

Background

In 2004, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts issued a Discussion Paper and sought submissions on whether Australia should introduce a resale royalty right for its artists. The DCITA Discussion Paper follows more than a decade of reports and...

Research report

15 Aug 2001

Summary

In its June 2001 budget, the Federal Government announced a new framework for welfare reform, Australians Working Together. One component of the framework is the proposed development of Community Participation Agreements in remote Indigenous communities, to deal with welfare income payments, mutual...

Research report

2 Aug 2005

Andrew Leigh and Chris Ryan compare three quasi-experimental approaches to estimating the returns to schooling in Australia: instrumenting schooling using month of birth, instrumenting schooling using changes in compulsory schooling laws, and comparing outcomes for twins.

Abstract

With annual pre-tax income as...

Research report

1 Mar 2004

Foreword

The development over the last decade of geographical classifications for Australia that describe areas in terms of relative remoteness has provided an opportunity to compare a wide range of health and welfare indicators across Australia’s major cities, regional and remote areas....

Literature review

20 Apr 2004

Executive summary

The research for this project was conducted from December 1999 through to November 2000. This project is about the need for strategies to improve the quality of assessment. Much of the research and recommended strategies from this project informed a series...

Research report

19 Mar 2004

The National Community Services Data Dictionary, Version 3, contains definitions and data domains that are endorsed as national standards for use by those collecting community services data in Australia. Version 3 introduces metadata items that are common with the National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) and...

Research report

7 Oct 2008

Executive summary

Creative skills are widely distributed across economies, but their contributions to economic performance and social outcomes and their role in enabling nations and institutions to respond to competitive and other pressures are not well understood.

The British Government pioneered the...

Research report

1 Feb 2008

Summary

HOURS PRODUCED AND PRODUCTION BUDGETS

Documentary production in Australia is estimated at around 296 hours (326 commercial broadcast hours), with production costs of $62 million a year. It makes up 3 per cent of total audiovisual production in Australia.

DOCUMENTARY...

Research report

2 Feb 2006

Foreword

Welcome to the 2006 edition of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s (DTT) Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) predictions for the global technology sector.

These predictions are the result of comprehensive research throughout 2005, the principal elements of which include: input from DTT’s member...

Research report

1 May 2009

Executive summary

The Australian Fair Pay Commission undertakes ongoing research and consultation programs to ensure its wage-setting decisions take into account economic and social circumstances of low-paid Australians and their employers. The information, gathered through stakeholder consultations, submissions and economic research, has been...

Discussion paper

1 Aug 2009

Introduction

This paper examines the experience of Australian women during recent recessions in order to construct a framework within which the policy response to the current recession can be assessed and improved. The recessions of the early 1980s and the early 1990s are...

Research report

1 Apr 2009

The purpose of this paper is to provide background information about chronic diseases in the Aboriginal population in the NT and to stimulate input and comment to assist in the revision of the Preventable Chronic diseases Strategy (PCDS) and implementation plan.

This paper outlines...

Research report

27 Oct 2009

Introduction

The referral

1.1 Disruptions to the financial system have resulted in the global economy contracting in 2009, for the first time since the Second World War. The Australian economy is less vulnerable to external shocks than many other advanced economies...

Policy

2 Nov 2009

This brief discussion framework lists some of the key points the Australian Government hopes will guide contributions from the public towards the development of a National cultural policy for the next ten years.

Discussion so far is in response to these questions:...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

Executive summary

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has invited leading politicians and opinion makers in the region to a conference in early December in Sydney to discuss his vision of an Asia-Pacific Community and building inclusive institutions to discuss the full spectrum of security...

Research report

23 Jun 2010

On 20 October 2009 the government announced that Australia was adjusting its imported food policy settings regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) for beef and beef products. The changes follow a review of current settings, including an update of the science of BSE and consideration of...

Research report

15 Dec 2009

Key ponts

Material wealth creation / destruction should surpass earlier computing cycles. The mobile Internet cycle, the 5th cycle in 50 years, is just starting. Winners in each cycle often create more market capitalization than in the last. New winners emerge, some...

Research report

1 Dec 2009

About this report

Background to National Agreement reporting

In November 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a new Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (IGA) (COAG 2009a). The Ministerial Council for Federal Financial Relations has general oversight of the...

Research report

1 May 2010

Executive summary

As eco-sustainability issues become increasingly important to most, if not all, Australian organisations, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry is expected to provide solutions that reduce material consumption (dematerialise), emissions (decarbonise), and energy use and waste production (demobilise) in both...

Research report

30 Jun 2010

Executive Summary

Social enterprises are organisations that:

Are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit; Trade to fulfil their mission; Derive a substantial portion of their income from trade; and Reinvest the majority...

Journal article

30 Nov 2009

Definition and stakeholders

Open Access can be defined as access to research-based publications that are peer reviewed, permanently and promptly accessible without payment, and re-usable on the sole condition of crediting the author(s).

Achieving Open Access (OA) involves all the stakeholders of...

Research report

1 May 2011

Executive summary

It is estimated that as many as one in five women living in Australia experience sexual violence and one in three Australian women experience physical violence at some point in their lives (A Snapshot to Time for Action: The National Council’s...

Research report

12 Jul 2011

Abstract

The main findings of this report are based on the outcomes from the National Research Student Survey (NRSS) conducted in June 2010 across 38 of the 39 universities in Australia.

In total 11,710 Higher Degree by Research students (those enrolled in...

Research report

12 Jul 2011

This publication that brings together information across the full-range of Defence activity in a single, reference source.

Chapters cover:

Defence and strategy looking at the constitutional and legislative basis for Defence, the military justice system, Australian strategic policy and Australia's place in...

Discussion paper

14 Jul 2011

Executive summary

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commits developed countries to provide assistance to ‘developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change in meeting the costs of adaptation.’

Although recent commitments of ‘fast-start’...

Research report

31 Jul 2011

Executive Summary

The followings are key findings from the online poll of 763 GPs about the changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) announced in the 2011/12 Federal Budget, that will reduce the level of Medicare rebates payable to patients who need GP...

Transcript

9 Aug 2009

The 2009 Garma Festival Key Forum focussed on the creative industries and how they interface with Indigenous Australians. Robyn Archer, singer, writer, artistic director, and arts advocate, gave the opening address to the session Indigenous creative industries: across the spectrum.

Guide

12 Oct 2011

This guide sets out results from four years of research into how public sector organisations can better fulfil their missions, maintain their integrity and value their employees by adopting a current best-practice approach to the management of whistleblowing.

This guide focuses on: the processes...

Research report

28 Sep 2011

Australia's only study examining the governance of the not-for-profit (NFP) sector and the contribution made by its directors, it has been conducted by the Centre for Social Impact on behalf of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Based on almost 2,000 individual members of...

Research report

31 Jan 2012

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, played an important role in crisis communication at the height of the 2011 South East Queensland floods crisis (10-16 January). This report examines the role of the short-messaging system Twitter in disseminating and sharing crisis...

Research report

23 Mar 2012

Introduction

Demography and politics

The population of Australia was estimated at 22.8 million in February 2012, making it the 51st most populous country in the world. With a settlement pattern dominated by six major cities, Australia is one of the most...

Working paper

30 Apr 2012

Starting with accelerator models designed to capture the inventory cycle, inventory behavior has attracted an enormous amount of attention in macroeconomics. The chief reason is that while inventory investment makes up only a small fraction of GDP, roughly one-half of a percent, it can contribute...

Research report

28 Jun 2012

Since 2008, the Australian Government has increased the tempo on investigating and understanding these crimes, and the Australian Institute of Criminology’s research and monitoring program is part of this effort.

The Government has introduced new legislation to crack down on trafficking slavery and servile...

Research report

31 Oct 2008

Foreword

These guidelines are designed to give providers of services to children, young people and their families confidence in sharing information appropriately with each other. The need for sharing information arises when they believe a child or young person is in immediate danger—from...

Strategy

15 Dec 2006

The purpose of this document is to provide a program description to inform the development and delivery of school-based early intervention programs for young children with challenging and difficult behaviours and/or an emerging conduct disorder.

The CAMHS and Schools Early Action (CASEA) program...

Policy

21 Apr 2009

The vision of the National Mental Health Policy 2008 is for a mental health system that:

enables recovery prevents and detects mental illness early ensures that all Australians with a mental illness can access effective and appropriate treatment and community support to enable them...

Research report

15 Sep 1992

This 1992 report, commonly known as the 'Mayer report', put forward that young people need seven key competencies to be able to participate effectively in the emerging forms of work and work organisation.

The committee behind the report was chaired by Eric Mayer and...

Research report

27 Aug 2012

Introduction

Australia is slowly shifting to the concept of open and transparent governance that relies on a two-way communication system between the Government and citizens. One of the ways in which councils are engaging more with citizens is through the use of smart...

Journal article

25 Jul 2012

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate the relative importance of child and adolescent social and academic pathways to well-being in adulthood (32-years) indicated by a sense of meaning, social engagement, positive coping and prosocial values.

Data were drawn from...

Research report

1 Mar 2012

Abstract

Aboriginal women in the remote Fitzroy Valley region in Western Australia’s Kimberley were concerned about high rates of alcohol use in pregnancy and its possible impact on child development. They successfully lobbied for restricted access to alcohol in 2007. In 2009 they...

Research report

4 Apr 2013

Executive summary

When The Global Information Technology Report (GITR) and the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) were created some 12 years ago, the attention of decision makers and investors was on adopting business and financial strategies that would allow them to develop in the...

Research report

19 Dec 2013

Summary: Government responses to improve legal and safe driving among Aboriginal people have had limited success reducing Aboriginal peoples’ over-representation in road accident fatalities, traffic-related offending and imprisonments.

Less than half the eligible Aboriginal people in New South Wales currently hold a driver...

Journal article

30 Jan 2014

Abstract: Military organisations struggle with defining culture, a problem exacerbated by the lack of agreement on when cultural training should occur and what it should consist of. In the Australian Army cultural training is typically delivered to personnel during operational force preparation. This paper...

Research report

19 Feb 2014

Foreword: Although Australia has achieved significant reductions in drink driving since the 1980s, it continues to be a leading cause of road fatalities and injuries. A range of countermeasures have been used to address drink driving, although their effectiveness can be affected by a...

Research report

20 Feb 2014

Foreword: Indonesia has one of the highest rates of workers seeking employment abroad, with the majority of these workers being females employed in domestic service. Due to the nature of recruitment, the process of migration and the location and characteristics of the work, Indonesian...

Research report

19 Feb 2014

Summary: Type 2 diabetes has typically been considered a disease of older people but reports show that it is being diagnosed at younger ages than in the past. To date, this has not been explored in Australia at the national level. This paper identifies...

Research report

20 Feb 2014

This report, published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), calls for Canada and Australia to deepen their regional security cooperation in East Asia.

The risk of regional instability is growing, due to China’s re-emergence, continued...

Research report

20 Feb 2014

Provides links to information on Australian electoral administration authorities, electoral legislation, Australian electoral history, and relevant overseas electoral authorities.

Research report

20 Feb 2014

This paper summarises the emerging literature on the effect on children and family relationships of having a fly-in fly-out/drive-in drive-out FIFO/DIDO parent.

Abstract: A limited but growing amount of Australian research into fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work practices tentatively suggests that a FIFO lifestyle...

Journal article

16 Jan 2014

Abstract: In Australia, the role of interpreting the Constitution is ultimately for the High Court, but some ‘space’ remains for its interpretation by the Parliament. Space exists in rare cases where the Court defers to the judgment of Parliament or where a non-justiciable question...

Journal article

16 Jan 2014

Abstract: This article examines Australian legal responses to filicide in circumstances where mothers have killed their young children. We consider the potential legal defences that may be raised where postnatal depression (‘PND’) and other psychiatric disorders are present in cases of filicide: insanity/mental impairment,...

Research report

11 Feb 2014

The Monthly Economic Review is an overview of the New Zealand economy. It includes the latest data on New Zealand’s economic growth, unemployment, inflation, merchandise trade and balance of payments figures, along with certain financial data (such as the Reserve Bank’s official cash rate). The...

Research report

22 Jan 2014

An inquiry into the attendance of legal representatives at ASIO interviews, following a complaint which initiated the report.

Note on report

This report is an abridgement of a more comprehensive and detailed report that has been provided to the Attorney-General. This version...

Discussion paper

18 Feb 2014

This paper responds to the draft Queensland Plan, asking where economic growth will come from to lift incomes above the rest of Australia.

All boom, no benefit? from the Centre for Policy Development argues Queensland must chart a new course toward reliable, sustainable...

Article

21 Jan 2014

The needs of children living with family violence did not surface onto the mainstream agenda until relatively recently, but marked shifts have occurred since. The negative impact of family violence on children is now well established, the heightened risks of physical and sexual abuse recognised,...

Article

21 Jan 2014

This article uses the Australian Early Development Index to shine a light on inequity in child health and development.

Research report

20 Jan 2014

Students with similar individual and parental characteristics attending the same school, but living in neighbourhoods with different levels of socioeconomic status, are likely to have similar educational outcomes.

About the research: While much research has been conducted on the influence of individual and...

Video

17 Feb 2014

On 15 October 2013 Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft was joined by a panel of experts including Greg Sheridan (the Australian’s foreign editor) and Dr Dave McRae (the Lowy Institute’s Indonesia expert) to discuss Australian-Indonesian relations, and the key responsibilities and obligations of both nations,...

Research report

18 Feb 2014

With growing public debate over the increased foreign ownership of farm land, this paper concludes that the overall impact on the economy has been positive.

Introduction: Global investment in agriculture has attracted attention from politicians, analysts, security experts and think-tanks. There is a...

Commentary

Article

18 Feb 2014

Christopher Pyne’s plan for “independent” public schools bears a family resemblance to the academies and free schools that have undermined British education.

WHEN Australia’s federal education minister Christopher Pyne claimed that independent public schools are always better than those run by public authorities,...

Commentary

Article

18 Feb 2014

It’s now the defence’s turn to put its case in the News International phone-hacking trial in London. Rodney Tiffen untangles the testimony to date.

IT IS half time at the long-running trial of former Murdoch executives Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, and five...

Journal article

20 Jan 2014

Abstract: To exclude children and young people from disaster planning processes undermines their safety when a disaster strikes. Moreover, this exclusion ignores the potential communication opportunities for risk reduction between emergency and disaster management agencies and families. This research applied a child-centred approach to...

Research report

19 Feb 2014

Introduction: Victorian councils manage around $73 billion of physical infrastructure assets and spend over $2 billion annually to maintain, renew or replace them. Poor asset management can lead to deteriorating or failing assets, reduced levels of service, higher council rates and an increased financial...

Research report

18 Feb 2014

Abstract: In 2001, Heather Strang prepared a report for the Criminology Research Council summarising restorative justice programs in Australia. Since that time, restorative justice practices have become mainstream in Australian juvenile justice and have been extended for use with adult offenders. The question, ‘does...

Research report

30 Oct 2013

This report represents the results of the first phase of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Mortality Study (VACMS). The VACMS addresses the critical issue of incomplete and inaccurate data describing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander vital statistics, particularly focusing on maternal and infant birth outcomes and...

Commentary

Article

19 Feb 2014

Strap yourselves in, even with the most optimistic outlook we will likely be waiting a long time before our unemployment rate falls back to pre-GFC levels, writes Greg Jericho.

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In the past couple of weeks some seemingly contradictory news has been...

Research report

13 Feb 2014

Description: In a remarkably short period of time, internet and mobile technology have become a part of everyday life for some in the emerging and developing world. Cell phones, in particular, are almost omnipresent in many nations. The internet has also made tremendous inroads,...

Audio program

15 Feb 2014

A new play reimagines first contact from an Aboriginal perspective. In Jane Harrison's latest work The Visitors, seven nervous clan leaders meet on the harbour foreshore in Gadigal country as the tall ships of the First Fleet prepare to unload their human cargo. Their decision...

Policy

6 Dec 2013

The Victorian Aboriginal Economic Strategy was launched by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on 6 December 2013. The Strategy leverages the strengths of Aboriginal Victorians and the State economy to build opportunity and economic prosperity and deliver better life outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

Economic...

Research report

18 Feb 2014

This collection of speeches makes the case that students are not being provided with the most effective evidence-based reading instruction in the early years of school.

Executive summary: This collection of edited speeches is from a CIS policy forum held on 14 November...

Research report

18 Feb 2014

Introduction: Alcohol-related violence, and in particular violence in and around licensed premises, has been at the forefront of debate in NSW politics in recent years. A number of measures have been introduced over the years to deal with this problem. On 21 January 2014,...

Research report

14 Feb 2014

Introduction: Heatwaves are one of the most important climate-related risks for Australians.

The extreme heat in Melbourne that plagued the 2014 Australian Open Tennis Tournament and the record-breaking heat in large areas of Queensland this summer reminded us of the risks that heatwaves...

Research report

12 Feb 2014

Executive summary

The commitment to close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and life expectancy gap by 2030 was a watershed moment for the nation. Politicians, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous health sector, and human rights organisations, made a...

Thesis

12 Feb 2014

To help develop a system for people to keep track of their online reading material, this thesis reviewed seven currently available systems.

Abstract: Because reading electronically has become widespread, keeping track of the wide range of material one reads has become a problem....

Research report

12 Feb 2014

Audit objective, criteria and scope: The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO’s) complaints and other feedback management systems in supporting service delivery. To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO examined if the ATO...

Research report

12 Feb 2014

This paper provides a review of prevention and early intervention research literature that is focused on improving outcomes for Australian Indigenous children in the early childhood years. For the purposes of this paper, early childhood is defined as the years from conception to school entry....

Research report

17 Feb 2014

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement has the potential to negatively impact the health of Australians by raising the cost of medicine and limiting the government's ability to regulate tobacco and alcohol, argues this policy brief based on publicly available and recently leaked negotiating documents....

Research report

18 Feb 2014

Introduction : This research paper details the experiences of 29 asylum seekers who were released from immigration detention in Australia into community-based arrangements with no right to work and limited entitlements. All of the men and women interviewed for this research arrived to Australia...

Dataset

12 Feb 2014

Contains summary data about victims for a selected range of personal and household offences including physical assault, threatened assault, personal robbery, sexual assault, household break-in, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and other theft.

Discussion paper

22 Feb 1988

This discussion paper helped set the direction for AIDS policy in Australia. This is the first time a digitised version of the paper has been made publicly available.

In November 1982 Australia's first case of AIDS was diagnosed. In May 17, 1985, the then...

Research report

14 Feb 2014

Introduction: This publication updates work published by David Black in 1996 under the title Women parliamentarians in Australia 1921–1996: a register of women members of Commonwealth, State and Territory Parliaments in Australia. The Parliamentary Library will publish an update of this paper at the...

Research report

12 Feb 2014

Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. In the context of the 2013 Article IV consultation with Australia, the following documents have been released and are included in this package:

The Staff...

Research report

13 Feb 2014

This report, tabled on 13 February 2014, is the result of an 18-month Inquiry during which the ALRC produced two consultation documents, undertook 109 consultations and received 870 submissions.

The report contains 30 recommendations for reform. The key recommendation is for the introduction of...

Research report

12 Feb 2014

China's emergence as a major economic power will pose great challenges for the global community. It is now the major factor driving commodity prices and is an increasingly important investor in many developing countries as well as Australia.

China is becoming a responsible stakeholder...

Journal article

11 Feb 2014

Annual mammography in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination or usual care when adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is freely available.

Abstract

Objective: To compare breast cancer incidence and mortality up to...

Research report

15 Dec 2013

In the winter of 2012-13, North Korea’s third nuclear test, yet another long-range missile test, and increasingly provocative rhetoric threatened stability in Northeast Asia. Once again, North Korea engaged in bluster designed to project strength and resolve in the face of international disapproval. In the...

Research report

13 Feb 2014

In this Lowy Institute Policy Brief, Director of the G20 Studies Centre Mike Callaghan AM argues that the G20 needs to develop a comprehensive growth strategy to lift global growth and create jobs. Callaghan outlines the steps required to develop such a strategy by the...

Research report

6 Feb 2014

Auctions have proven their worth as an efficient and cost effective tool for the public purchase of environmental commodities such as water, carbon and biodiversity.

But there are many different ways to design and implement an auction, and the details matter.

Well designed...

Journal article

10 Dec 2013

Abstract: One of the most effective rhetorical punches thrown by the Coalition during its period in Opposition was the (accurate) claim that Australia’s defence spending had slipped to the lowest levels since 1938. In turn the Coalition nominated a target of spending two per...

Article

12 Feb 2014

The latest international assessment of students’ mathematical, scientific and reading literacy – the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – shows that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students has remained the same for the last decade. In short, Indigenous 15-year-olds remain approximately two-and-a-half years...

Research report

13 Feb 2014

Prospering Wisely argues that we need to think about the nature of 'prosperity' in much broader terms than its usual purely financial definition. Drawing on expert views from influential academics such as Nicholas Stern, Mary Beard and Peter Hennessy, it explores the many ways in...

Research report

5 Feb 2014

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Bureau of Meteorology’s implementation of the Improving Water Information Program.

To form a conclusion against this audit objective, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) adopted the following high-level criteria:

sound planning processes and governance arrangements were...

Dataset

11 Feb 2014

Residential property prices have risen in every capital city in the December quarter 2013.

Commentary

Article

7 Feb 2014

After years in the waiting, Google has finally struck a deal with the European Commission regarding alleged abuses of its dominant position in online search and advertising in the European Union.

The Commission opened its investigation (0) into Google more than three years ago....

Commentary

12 Feb 2014

A new analysis of schools data shows why we mustn’t walk away from the promise of Gonski.

I NEVER thought I’d say this, but I’ve become a fan of the My School website. You’ll remember My School: the federal government launched it with...

Commentary

Article

12 Feb 2014

Figures from the past two decades challenge the view that the welfare budget is out of control and help us understand the likely impact of future policy changes.

ACCORDING to social services minister Kevin Andrews, the latest figures from his department show that...

Research report

7 Feb 2014

This draft report into Indigenous education in the Northern Territory recommends a comprehensive overhaul of bush schooling, and invites the public to make submissions.

Background

The Northern Territory government commissioned an independent review of Indigenous education in 2013 to get an informed...

Audio program

11 Feb 2014

The internet has spawned an alternative economy, connecting consumers who want to swap, share and rent goods and services rather than buy from conventional retailers. So is this good for the community and the planet? Join the panel at the Festival of Sydney as they...

Audio program

10 Feb 2014

Investigative journalist Gerard Ryle was anonymously leaked a massive hard drive containing the financial secrets of politicians, con-men and the mega-rich from all over the world. He talks about what he found, new ways of getting a big story out to audiences, and the future...

Commentary

Article

11 Feb 2014

In the quiet week between Christmas and New Year, sometimes even New Zealanders are newsworthy. Generally the significant Kiwi population in Australia goes unnoticed and unremarked. On Saturday December 28, however, mastheads from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia stable suddenly discovered the pressing threat posed...

Research report

11 Feb 2014

Analyses the effectiveness of Australia's National Access Regime, which aims to ensure all firms can access essential infrastructure, and examines potential reform options.

The National Access Regime is a regulatory framework that provides an avenue for firms to access certain ‘essential’ infrastructure services owned...

Report

12 Feb 2014

A new engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be one of the hallmarks of this Government. As this report highlights, no one should be under any illusion about the difficulty of swiftly overcoming two centuries of comparative failure. Nevertheless, it would be...

Research report

5 Feb 2014

While this survey found that only 11 per cent of respondents were aware of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the majority, once informed of it, supported greater transparency and accountability in the negotiation process and had strong views on what should and should not be included....

Research report

18 Dec 2013

Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) aim to assist people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to access and maintain stable and secure accommodation. This study examines the client outcomes of these services and the net costs of these programs for governments. Governments face direct...

Discussion paper

10 Feb 2014

A new Insight from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) shows that increasing net migration would lift incomes not just for immigrants but for the native population. An additional 40,000 people a year for 10 years increases GDP per capita by a chunky...

Research report

7 Feb 2014

To inform the discussion over free speech and hate speech, this study examines the way racial, religious and ethnic slurs are employed on Twitter.

Executive summary: How to define the limits of free speech is a central debate in most modern democracies. This...

Commentary

Article

10 Feb 2014

Winter, a small grocery shop in suburban New Zealand: the opening stage direction of Jacob Rajan ’s enduringly popular solo piece Krishnan’s Dairy , first performed at Bats in Wellington in 1997.

A short song describes how Gobi and Zina Krishnan came to New...

Research report

6 Feb 2014

This is an abridged public version of a classified report which examined allegations of inconsistent and arbitrary practices by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in relation to the attendance of legal representatives at security assessment interviews.

The report made the following recommendations....

Video

4 Feb 2014

Terra nullius was long ago exposed as a myth – and this was enshrined in law with the Mabo case in 1992. But if we acknowledge that Australia was colonised on a lie, then what should we do about it? How do we compensate for...

Research report

10 Dec 2013

Misconceptions about male sexual assault have a substantial impact on under-reporting. This resource sheet identifies research and data that dispel four of these misconceptions.

Abstract: In recent years there has been an increase in community awareness of male sexual assault. However, there are...

Policy

12 Dec 2013

Foreword: Within the context of the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015, the National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Framework for Action identifies national priorities and provides a guide for actions to minimise the harms to individuals, families and communities from pharmaceutical drug misuse.

The goals of...

Research report

16 Dec 2013

Introduction: The purpose of this paper is to review evidence relating to ‘what works’ to influence the social and economic determinants of Indigenous health, in order to reduce health inequities, and ultimately contribute to closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians....

Book

18 Dec 2013

This book describes projects by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people which make a difference to the lives of the people in their communities, focusing on the Goldfields/Esperance and South West regions and featuring stories that describe services, education facilities, art, environmental stewardship, healthy communities...

Research report

28 Jan 2014

This paper discusses the range of unemployment and employment statistics in New Zealand within the context of the various surveys producing them, to provide a better informed understanding of their use.

Introduction: Recent fluctuations in the unemployment rate, as measured by the Household...

Research report

10 Jan 2014

The Land Cover Database should not be used on its own to identify wetlands in the Wellington region, whether it is for resource management, ecological or significance assessment purposes.

Abstract: Wetlands are nationally rare in New Zealand as a result of their on-going...

Research report

5 Feb 2014

Drawing on research undertaken to explore the role of partner migration in human trafficking into Australia, this paper presents qualitative data on the help-seeking strategies of victim/survivors of human trafficking and similar exploitative situations involving partner migration.

Introduction: There is a diversity of...

Research report

5 Feb 2014

Introduction: The purpose of this chronology of key events is to provide an historical context with which to understand the evolution of superannuation and retirement income policy in Australia. More specifically, the chronology is intended to:

provide a quick reference guide to what...

Research report

15 Jan 2014

This report is an independent review of the health and social needs of Chatham Islanders.

Executive summary

Background: Whānau Ora is about the transformation of whānau/family – with whānau/family setting their direction. Whānau Ora is driven by a focus on outcomes:...

Research report

2 Feb 2014

This report is the second of three that aims to promote public debate about New Zealand’s global links, including the contentious issues of foreign ownership and net external indebtedness.

Key points:

Openness to the rest of the world through trade and capital...

Research report

11 Dec 2013

Around the World: The Evolution of Teaching as a Profession proposes that to lift students’ academic achievement, New Zealand needs to take heed of how countries with high performing education systems have turned teaching into a profession.

The report came out just one...

Commentary

Article

6 Feb 2014

Welcome to the Digital Education Research Network (DERN) for 2014. At the start of each school and academic year teaching subjects and courses for the coming year are often reviewed and resources allocated. Questions invariably arise about the benefits of learning with digital technologies and...

Research report

5 Feb 2014

Presents various approaches for Australia to play a role in shaping Afghanistan’s future, both unilaterally and by working with other nations.

Summary: On 31 December 2014, Afghanistan will move from a UN-led period of ‘transition’ (2001–2014) to an Afghan-led and -owned ‘transformation decade’...

Research report

31 Jan 2014

Introduction: In this workshop report Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook examines the bilateral relationships in Northeast Asia. He argues that ties between China and Japan, China and South Korea, and South Korea and Japan are in a period of fundamental change driven...

Journal article

7 Jan 2014

The consumption of specific dairy types may be beneficial for the prevention of diabetes.

Abstract : The aim of this study was to investigate the association between total and types of dairy product intake and risk of developing incident type 2 diabetes, using...

Research report

4 Feb 2014

Presents the outcomes of a dialogue involving twenty-two emerging leaders from Papua New Guinea and Australia, from across the business, government, media and non-government sectors.

Introduction: The Lowy Institute hosted the inaugural Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue on 26 November 2013. The...

Research report

6 Feb 2014

This pilot project, conducted with young people who identify as gender and sexuality diverse, was undertaken during 2012-2013. It was a collaborative project involving academics from the University of Western Sydney – Professor Kerry Robinson, Dr Peter Bansel, Dr Nida Denson, and Dr Georgia Ovenden;...

Research report

29 Jan 2014

Contains questions, findings and recommendations important to raising services-sector productivity in New Zealand, focusing on the adoption of information and communications technology by service firms.

Overview: This is the Productivity Commission’s 2nd interim report as part of its inquiry Boosting Productivity in the...

Research report

20 Jan 2014

Introduction: Many leaders in business, civil society and government realize that for the world’s economy to fully derive the value inherent in technological innovation, a robust, coordinated system of global cyber resilience is essential to effectively mitigate the risk of cyberattacks. This view is...

Research report

6 Feb 2014

This report assesses whether the the Country Fire Authority and Victoria State Emergency Service effectively and efficiently manage emergency services volunteers.

Introduction: Volunteering is critical to the delivery of community services throughout Victoria. When volunteers provide their time and resources, not only do...

Discussion paper

6 Feb 2014

Executive summary: At a National Press Club forum held 15 days before the federal elections of 7 September 2013, Liberal MP Kevin Andrews pledged that a Coalition government would abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), a new regulatory body for the not-for-profit (NFP)...

Research report

15 Jan 2014

Introduction: This research brief is a contribution by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Center to its Student Privacy Initiative, which seeks to explore the opportunities and challenges that may arise as educational institutions adopt cloud computing technologies. In order to understand...

Research report

9 Dec 2013

Introduction: The Australian education and training system offers a range of options for young people. This publication provides a summary of the statistics relating to young people aged 15 to 19 years who participated in an education and training activity during 2012. Information on...

Research report

31 Jan 2014

This report outlines Australia’s progress in implementing key requests made by the United Nations World Heritage Committee with regard to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Purpose of this report

This 2014 State Party Report is a progress report outlining Australia’s...

Audio program

23 Jan 2014

Afghan women are saying they are terrified of the restrictions and abuse they will face in a post-2014 Afghanistan. They are warning that women's rights are being traded away in power-sharing negotiations between the Karzai Government, the Taleban and other groups. Hear their first-hand accounts...

Commentary

Article

3 Feb 2014

Behind the protests in Ukraine lies the Russian president’s long-term vision of a Eurasian Economic Union. John Besemeres traces its recent history and the strains it has created in Russia’s “near abroad”.

MANY foreign observers have joined with commentators within the Russian...

Dataset

3 Feb 2014

This release shows that the number of dwellings approved in Australia rose 1.5 per cent in December 2013, in trend terms, and has risen for 24 months.

Commentary

Article

3 Feb 2014

There’s a different way of thinking about “news” and how it’s presented on television.

WE OFTEN talk about the news using the definite article: “Did you watch the news last night?” If we’re talking about television news, the news generally refers to...

Audio program

23 Jan 2014

When we think of underground space many of us think of carparks, subways and storage. Or we think of dark science fiction scenarios – mole people living deep below our cities! But as we move into an increasingly urbanised 21st century – is it time...

Journal article

10 Dec 2013

This article argues that Australia could become a major supplier of uranium enrichment services, taking a significant step towards establishing multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle as a global norm.

Introduction: Australia has the world's largest uranium reserves—one third of the world...

Commentary

Article

30 Jan 2014

The idea that raising children should be recognised and rewarded as work remains relevant.

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The rights of property have always been more earnestly considered than the rights of the human being. The criminal who injures or appropriates another man’s property...

Discussion paper

28 Jan 2014

Introduction: The purpose of this inquiry is to investigate the ways in which life in immigration detention affects the health, well-being and development of children. The inquiry will assess the impact on children by seeking the views of people who were previously detained as...

Working paper

28 Jan 2014

Abstract: That Solomon Islands village communities find their governments to be distant and invisible is not a new observation. Allen and Dinnen, 2013, have aptly described what happens locally as ‘beneath the state’. During the ‘tension years’ 1998-2003 Solomon Islands national government for an...

Report

4 Jan 2014

This report outlines recommendations agreed to by the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa on how to best recognise and support dance.

Research report

24 Jan 2014

This paper presents findings from the ABS Quality Study that was undertaken in 2012 to investigate both the feasibility of conducting a national secondary school survey of the living arrangements of students, and also the suitability of such a survey to address limitations in the...

Research report

19 Dec 2013

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s administration of the Land Acquisition Program.

Overall conclusion: Increasing Indigenous people’s access to land has been recognised by successive Australian Governments as an important mechanism to increase economic participation and to deliver social,...

Research report

1 Feb 2014

This report presents potential options for government assistance to the automotive manufacturing industry and invites readers to make submissions.

Key points:

Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry is undergoing significant change. Ford and Holden announced their manufacturing plants will close by 2016 and 2017...