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27 Feb 2001

The Commonwealth has three schemes that subsidise the price of petrol and diesel to certain users. While the rise in fuel prices has focused public comment on the role of taxes in prices, attention to the subsidy schemes has also increased, particularly with respect to eligibility and subsidy...

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06 Feb 2001

This Note provides an estimate of the present average value of home loan mortgages and indicates the strong growth in new mortgage values over the second half of the 1990s to the year 2000. It also examines the variation between States in mortgage values and the link between interest rate...

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06 Feb 2001

This Research Note reviews trends in how women have voted in recent federal elections, compared to men. In particular it looks how women in rural and regional Australia have expressed their voting preference since 1993. Evidence suggests that while the Coalition continues to fare better than the...

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05 Dec 2000

The Commonwealth Auditor-General provides an important link in the chain of accountability from the Executive to the Parliament. Consequently, the independence of this office is critical. This Research Note provides a brief introduction to the work of the Auditor-General, and outlines some key...

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31 Oct 2000

Between February 1995 and October 2000 the Australian Capital Territory was governed by a minority Liberal government, led by Kate Carnell. Despite ongoing vulnerability this government gave the ACT its longest period of political stability since the achievement of self-government in 1989. All...

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03 Oct 2000

There is a very real risk to parts of the Australian cropping regions from plague locusts this Spring. It is estimated that this could be one of the worst locust plagues for many decades. Control measures are underway but there seems little doubt that it will not be possible to totally counter...

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05 Sep 2000

The Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory were formed after federation and it was many years before they obtained full political representation in the Commonwealth Parliament. Initially representation was in a very limited form. This Research Note sets out the history of the...

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27 Jun 2013

This paper considers the policy environment which has surrounded federal government sports funding decisions since federation, concentrating on the period from the 1970s from which time the federal government has become increasingly involved in funding sport at the elite and participation or...

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26 Jun 2013

This paper provides an explanation of the National Plan for School Improvement (NPSI) school funding model, including the new funding that will be provided to participating education systems and schools and the Australian Government’s funding for schools.

Introduction...

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06 Jun 2013

Australia’s emissions trading scheme ETS, known as the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM), came into force on 1 July 2012 as part of the Clean Energy Future package. As the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet has stated frequently, Australia is not the only country to have...

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Briefing paper

17 May 2013

This series of briefing papers details the new budget's impact on a range of policy areas.

These policy briefs are being gradually uploaded by the Parliamentary Library as of 17 May 2013. The areas they cover include:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and media and sport
  • ...
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09 May 2013

This paper seeks to contextualise Australia’s bilateral relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran upon the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and at a time when the potential for military conflict is escalating.

It canvasses key milestones and events in the bilateral...

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02 May 2013

This paper provides a narrative account of the issues, dynamics and outcomes of the 2013 Western Australian (WA) state election. It draws extensively on newspaper and electronic media coverage of the election campaign , and information and data provided by the Western Australian Electoral...

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24 Apr 2013

In the Australian Senate on 23 June 2003, the South Australian Senator Stott Despoja, also on behalf of Senator Bolkus, moved:

(1) That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report:

(a) the...

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22 Apr 2013

It is now eight years since the Howard Government first committed funds to expanding the Central Office of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in anticipation of an increase in staff numbers, and seven years since it was decided instead that an entirely new building was...

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15 Apr 2013

On 25 April, the anniversary of t he landing at Gallipoli in 1915, Australians and New Zealanders honour those of our men and women who have served and died in wars, peacekeeping and other operations. It is now 98 years since the landing, and 97 years since Anzac Day was observed for the first...

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20 Mar 2013

The policy of mandatory detention in Australia (that is the legal requirement to detain all non-citizens without a valid visa) was introduced by the Keating (Labor) Government in 1992 in response to a wave of Indochinese boat arrivals.

Under this policy it is a requirement that ‘unlawful...

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