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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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04 Sep 2013

In 2012 new arrangements regarding the remuneration of Commonwealth departmental secretaries came into effect. This paper sets out the new system and notes the previous arrangements.

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The 2011 amendments to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973...

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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, including...

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29 Jul 2013

The issue of parliamentary salaries, allowances and entitlements continues to generate interest and comment. This research paper sets out major changes to the parliamentary remuneration and entitlements regime, including the authority and governing legislation and explains how different...

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24 Jul 2013

This paper surveys the issues and regional responses, including that of Australia, surrounding the current conflict and humanitarian situation in Rakhine state, Myanmar.

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The plight of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya people has received renewed...

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23 Jul 2013

This paper provides a brief overview of the historical and political context surrounding boat arrivals in Australia since 1976.

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The term ‘boat people’ entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying...

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28 Jun 2013

This paper sets out the key clauses of the government contract for health care provision to asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island, and examines their adequacy in providing for mental and physical health needs.

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With the recent return to processing...

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28 Jun 2013

This paper provides an overview of mandatory vehicle CO2 emission (mandatory fuel efficiency) standards adopted overseas and the standards adopted by Australia.

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Fuel efficiency pertains to the conversion of chemical fuel energy into vehicle...

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28 Jun 2013

This paper outlines the post retirement travel entitlements provided to former parliamentarians, discusses recent policy developments and provides links to material that explains retirement travel in greater detail.

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Former parliamentarians are...

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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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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...