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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 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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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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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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14 Mar 2013

Australia's Parliament House turns 25 in this, Canberra’s centenary year. This chronology celebrates milestones in the Parliament, as well as significant events in the evolution of the building and its landscape setting.  

Since 1988, Parliament...

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08 Mar 2013

There is much anticipation about the future of school funding with proposed new arrangements for school funding scheduled to be presented to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in April this year. The meeting will be the culmination of the latest iteration of the debate about...

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28 Feb 2013

While discussions continue on how best to go about breaking the people smugglers’ business model, those participating in the debate have not publicly articulated the business model to which they refer. This has significant policy implications, given that the first step in developing a response...

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11 Feb 2013

The magnitude and complexity of the issues arising from the flow of asylum seekers and refugees globally poses huge challenges for the world’s destination countries, including Australia. These countries universally struggle to maintain a balance between controlling national borders and offering...

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05 Feb 2013

The arrival of asylum seekers on Australian shores, particularly those who arrive irregularly by boat, has for many years been a matter of significant political and public concern. This concern has ebbed and flowed in line with the numbers of boat arrivals, and corresponding attempts to crack...

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29 Jan 2013

The term ‘boat people’ entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum from the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Over half the Vietnamese population was displaced in these years and, while most fled to neighbouring Asian...

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10 Dec 2012

This paper provides a contextual account of the issues and dynamics of the 2012 election for the ACT Legislative Assembly, along with an account of its outcomes.

The 2012 election proved to be the closest in the history of ACT self-government and produced yet another minority...

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06 Dec 2012

This paper provides an overview of both permanent and temporary skilled migration to Australia and outlines some of the recent changes that have been made specifically to address labour market concerns and encourage more 'demand-driven' sponsored skilled migrants.

The...

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04 Dec 2012

This paper is a reference tool for those needing to locate specific changes in Australian social security and place them in their chronological context.

This chronology is one of several produced by the Parliamentary Library dealing with the history of social security...

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31 Oct 2012

In 2012 at least fifteen members of the Parliament have, or have had, a relative or spouse in federal or state parliament.

Since Federation there have been a number of political families in the Commonwealth Parliament. The first parliament included eight sons of state...

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