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Tom Swann


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Briefing paper

04 Aug 2017

It is not inevitable that people will learn from history. It is not even inevitable that those who are willing to learn from history learn the right lessons. Which is why, as we approach 10 years since the global financial crisis (GFC) it is important to be clear eyed about what happened in our...

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Briefing paper

21 Jun 2017

Ahead of a national manufacturing summit, this report outlines the manufacturing industry’s dogged resilience in difficult times, its importance to the Australian economy, and its more hopeful future prospects.

The report identifies several indicators which suggest that the economic...

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Discussion paper

30 May 2017

Over the past two decades, successive federal and state Australian governments from both major parties have held up carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the future for the coal industry in a world that is tackling climate change. In CCS, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from an industrial source,...

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Survey

17 Mar 2017

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New polling shows that despite a concerted campaign from sectors of the federal government and coal and gas industries, public support remains very high for renewable energy, and for the strengthening of state and federal targets.

The poll, conducted by The...

Discussion paper

02 Mar 2017

Despite widespread coverage, little is known about the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) or the $1 billion NAIF loan proposal for Adani’s coal rail. Lacking robust governance policies, including some required by its legislation, and poorly resourced, NAIF should reject the...

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Research report

16 Feb 2017

As the mining boom winds down and the mining clean up boom begins, mine site rehabilitation and mine abandonment are emerging as major issues for Australian communities, governments and taxpayers. All stakeholders will need information on the status of mines and their rehabilitation efforts to...

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Research report

29 Sep 2016

Summary A new report by the Australia Institute shows that employment and jobs growth fell in regional Queensland during the mining construction boom.

Despite an unprecedented 400 percent increase in mining investment from 2010 to 2013, by 2015 employment in regional...

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Discussion paper

12 Sep 2016

Australia’s funding of fossil fuel research has consistently been among the highest in the developed world, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of our gross domestic product (GDP). Among the IEA members, Australia was the first, second or third largest funder of fossil fuel research from...

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Research report

20 Jun 2016

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Based on surveys of Chinese, UK, American and domestic tourists, results show that tourism areas adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef risk losing over 1 million visitors per year, worth over $1 billion in tourism expenditure. This expenditure supports around 10,000...

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Discussion paper

02 May 2016

Estimates the extent of corporate wrong-doing in Australia.

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A new report analysing findings from across several corporate regulatory bodies and related agencies finds widespread wrong-doing in the Australian private sector.

Meanwhile the six major...

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