Politics & Social Issues

10 July 2014

Should we shrink the public sector and give the market a greater share? Two economics, an ex-politician and the CEO of ACOSS discuss.

8 July 2014

The nature and extent of inequality in Australia is the choice of policy makers who have the capacity to either reduce inequality or to exacerbate it. Tackling inequality is a political choice, not an economic problem according to this paper.

7 July 2014

The Abbott government's paid parental leave (PPL) scheme is unfair and expensive, and should be overhauled in favour of a loans scheme similar to the Higher Education Contributions Scheme, according to this report.

4 July 2014

This report quantifies in dollar terms the benefits to New Zealand gained through the use of census and population statistics information.

 

4 July 2014

This review contains the Productivity Commission's latest quantitative estimates of Australian Government assistance to industry.

2 July 2014

The re-election of a Labor Government at the 2014 South Australian state election came as a surprise to many. This paper provides an overview of the election campaigns and the results.

2 July 2014

This paper contends that although the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission replicated the structure and operation of a truth commission based on a globalised and placeless theory of best practice in transitional justice, it was not adequately contextualised or integrated with local approaches to reconciliation and peacebuilding and therefore fell short of its ambitious mandate.

1 July 2014

After a rocky transition to a new set of leaders, China faces an uncertain future.

1 July 2014

Property damage is the intentional ‘destruction or defacement of public, commercial and private property’. This handbook has been developed to help guide project managers through the stages of planning, implementing and evaluating a crime prevention project to reduce property damage offences in their local community.

1 July 2014

Many religious believers are concerned that aggressive secularism is driving religion from the public sphere where it is practised, argues this report.