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Research report

24 Nov 2016

Introduction

In 2013 Australia returned to majority government when the Abbott Coalition Government was elected with 90 out of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, minor and micro parties and Independents held the balance of power. The 44th...

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Research report

30 Aug 2016

The Parliamentary Library has prepared a volume providing snapshots of issues expected to figure during the Parliament's first months. The articles give a high level perspective of key public policy issues, including relevant background, context and legislative history as well as outlining some...

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Website

04 May 2016

The Parliamentary Library provides a series of Budget Review briefings to assist parliamentarians to consider key issues posed by the 2016–17 Budget, selected on the basis of significance, complexity or degree of controversy.

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Bill

25 Jun 2015

This bill, passed by both houses on 25 June 2015, concerns bankruptcy, family law, and defining National Library material as part of the legal deposit scheme including the protection of movable cultural heritage.

Purpose of the Bill

As an omnibus Bill, the Civil...

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30 May 2015

The Budget is the government’s central economic and fiscal statement each year. This paper reviews key aspects of the Budget.

Introduction

The 2015–16 Budget was introduced into Parliament on 12 May 2015. It is the second Budget of the Coalition Government. This...

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29 Mar 2015

The Parliamentary Handbook provides detailed information about Parliament including the parliamentary service and political careers of Senators and Members, and details of parliamentary committees and elections.

Preface

This 33rd edition of the Parliamentary...

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Research report

13 Nov 2013

Foreword

As we do for each new Parliament, we present this volume of short, strategic level snapshots of some of the big issues affecting Australia which are expected to figure in the early months of the new Parliament.

The articles have been written to provide...

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Research report

04 Sep 2013

There has been much discussion in both the media and political debate in recent times about the substantial and rising costs to the Australian Government of intercepting, detaining and processing asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Criticism of these costs has come from many quarters,...

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Research report

09 May 2012

This Senate report reviews amendments to how mobile device and online computer games are classified, and recommends these amendments be passed.

On 3 November 2011, the Senate referred the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Online Games)...

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Research report

10 Feb 2012

This paper provides background material for the parliamentary debate that is likely to follow the introduction of Labor MP Stephen Jones' private Bill supporting same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for several years, as part of the broader...

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Research report

20 Sep 2017

Australian military operations in Iraq commenced in August 2014 as part of the International Global Coalition to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A year later, on 9 September 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would expand its military commitment from Iraq...

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18 Sep 2017

Western Australia has a bicameral parliament consisting of the Legislative Assembly (lower house) and the Legislative Council (upper house). On 11 November 2011 the Western Australian Parliament passed the Electoral and Constitution Amendment Act 2011 (WA)  which established a fixed...

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Briefing paper

01 Sep 2017

The Bill implements the federal government’s announcement on 20 April 2017 regarding a series of changes to citizenship policy with the intention to ‘strengthen citizenship’.

In 2015, the government announced Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Phillip Ruddock would undertake community...

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Guide

18 Aug 2017

This quick guide provides an update on Australian government measures and funding for countering violent extremism (CVE).

The Australian Government defines violent extremism as follows (original emphasis):

Violent extremism is the beliefs and actions of people who support or use...

Research report

16 Aug 2017

The internationally collaborative and generally synchronous Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program offers an opportunity to compare procurement oversight between different partner nations. In democracies, parliamentary oversight plays an important role in public accountability and transparency....

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Guide

14 Aug 2017

White Spot Disease (WSD) is a viral infection caused by Whispovirus that causes death in up to 80% of affected farmed prawns. The disease begins with lack of appetite, uncoordinated movements and lethargy in affected animals, leading to death within a few days. White spots may or may...

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Guide

08 Aug 2017

This guide provides a brief overview of the youth unemployment data available for small geographic areas. This is one in a series of quick guides related to labour statistics, designed to provide a basic understanding of Australian labour market data. Other guides include unemployment, youth...

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Guide

07 Aug 2017

On 18 July 2017, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would establish a Home Affairs portfolio that will bring together Australia’s immigration, border protection, law enforcement and domestic security agencies in a single portfolio. As outlined in the recent Library paper,...

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Guide

04 Aug 2017

The financing arrangements for health care in Australia are complex, reflecting both historical developments unique to Australia and its federal system of government.

Australia's health system is a mix of public and private health care. Broadly, publicly-financed health care primarily...

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Research report

01 Aug 2017

This paper is a reference tool for those needing to locate specific changes quickly and place them in their chronological context, rather than a definitive history of income support for student in Australia. Schemes providing support for postgraduate students, students who are veterans or the...

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New government report on non-government school funding

04 Apr 2011

Commentary

Article

Australia, the United States and China: the debates continue

16 Jun 2014

Commentary

Article

Who watches the waters? The end of the National Water Commission

16 May 2014

Commentary

Article

Malaysia: beyond the sound bites

16 Sep 2014

Commentary

Article

Confucius Institutes and Chinese soft power in Australia

24 Nov 2014

Commentary

Article

Who exempts what from consumption taxes?

19 Jan 2015

Article

Beidou: China’s new satellite navigation system

26 Feb 2015

Commentary

Article

Russia in the Region

11 May 2015

Commentary

Article

China to move production capacity offshore

07 Aug 2015

Commentary

Article

Working age population welfare dependence continues to fall

26 Aug 2016

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