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Research report

31 Jan 2012

This digest examines the Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Bill 2011, currently before the Senate.

The Bill:

extends the operation of most provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) to contract outworkers in the textile, clothing and footwear...

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30 Jan 2012

This digest examines the Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2011.

This Bill applies indexation to the current funding caps for the financial years commencing 2011 to 2013. The Bill also creates an additional funding cap for the financial year commencing 2014.

The Australian...

Research report

25 Jan 2012

This Bill proposes to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA) with the aim of easing the regulatory burden on regional commercial radio broadcasters. At the same time, the Bill intends that licensees will be required to continue to provide local content for regional...

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16 Aug 2010

While media commentary regarding the Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative has remained focused on potential gross benefits, expected costs and funding allocations have been a contentious political issue. The importance of costs within the economic context is that they are directly linked to any...

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28 Jul 2010

The Census collects data on a broad range of social and economic measures of the Australian population. While it is possible to compare electoral divisions on individual census data items, it is often more useful to compare divisions on the basis of a summary...

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15 Feb 2018

This Quick Guide (February 2018 update) provides a chronological list of bills relating to marriage equality introduced into the federal parliament, including bills restored to the Notice Paper or reintroduced in a later parliament.

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14 Feb 2018

This chronology is the second of a series which traces the story of media ownership concentration and control in Australia since 1901. The chronology in general focusses on government policies and regulations that have responded to, or attempted to pre-empt, a trend towards concentration that...

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25 Jan 2018

This research paper outlines the recent history of Senate electoral reform in federal elections, including examining the reasons for the most recent changes to the Senate voting system.

Research report

19 Jan 2018

There has been discussion about the growth of casual employment in Australia over the past few decades with suggestions it is an insecure, precarious and non-preferred form of employment. This analysis sheds further light on whether preferences of casual workers are being met.


8 Jan 2018

This quick guide provides links to essential resources relating to Australian schooling, policy and administrative frameworks, and numerous state and territory government websites.

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