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Research report

13 Oct 2008

The enactment of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 significantly altered the framework of federal and state awards which previously constituted the award safety net, in part, supplementing these through the introduction of the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard....

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09 Oct 2008

ASEAN is the most prominent regional cooperation group in East Asia. Australia has had a multilateral relationship with ASEAN since 1974. In July 2008 Australia appointed an Ambassador specifically to ASEAN and in August together with New Zealand signed a free trade agreement with ASEAN.

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26 Sep 2008

This paper attempts to identify Commonwealth expenditure in the area of Indigenous affairs over the 40 years from 1968 to 2008 and to plot that expenditure by agency. It analyses trends in both the nominal and real expenditure, in the expenditure as a percentage of total Commonwealth outlays and...

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24 Sep 2008

This report outlines the provisions of a Bill to modify the existing framework for the introduction of digital radio.The Bill modifiies existing framework for the introduction of digital radio so that:

  • the deadline for commercial broadcasters to commence digital radio services in the
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23 Sep 2008

The technology is already available for generating reliable continuous electrical power from some renewables (eg. biomass). However, the current power capacity is small. Further development in the renewables sector is required before any significant level of substitution of coal-fired power can...

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22 Sep 2008

The first Australian candidates to contest an election on a clearly espoused environmental policy were members of the United Tasmania Group in the 1972 Tasmanian election. Concerns for the environment saw the emergence in the 1980s of a number of environmental groups, some contested elections,...

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22 Sep 2008

This paper details House of Representatives by-elections held from 14 September 1901 (Darling Downs) to 6 September 2008 (Lyne and Mayo), a period during which there were 144 by-elections, an average of 3.5 per parliament. The number of nominations has grown over the years from 2.2 per by-...

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22 Aug 2008

This research paper provides an overview of the people trafficking problem in Australia, Australia’s responses to date and the likely effectiveness of those measures. It also provides access to a range of key documents and relevant electronic resources on the issues.

The paper notes that...

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22 Aug 2008

From 1 July 2007 new taxation and preservation arrangements applying to Australia’s superannuation system took effect. It is not too much to say that the change enacted by the government during the course of the 2006–07 financial year constitute the largest overhaul of Australia’s retirement...

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22 Aug 2008

Allowing tax deductions for certain expenses incurred in planting a carbon sink forest has become a controversial topic. This paper looks at the background to the tax deduction, explains why carbon sink forest are important in controlling emissions, outlines recent objections to this measure...

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Guide

20 Feb 2017

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth Parliament and the parliaments of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia since the last update was published on 19 ...

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07 Feb 2017

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It has been four decades since the first boats carrying Indochinese asylum seekers arrived on Australia’s shores. Since then public perceptions or concerns over unauthorised maritime arrivals continue to strongly influence government policy and to be an...

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19 Jan 2017

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The Northern Territory (NT) has a unicameral parliament—the Legislative Assembly—elected under the provisions of the Electoral Act (NT). The NT has a fixed election date, the fourth Saturday in August, every four years: the previous election was held...

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18 Jan 2017

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Australia is considered to be one of the world’s major ‘immigration nations‘(together with New Zealand, Canada and the USA). Since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was created, over 7.5 million people have settled here and Australia’s overseas-...

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17 Jan 2017

Prior to the establishment of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), much of the accommodation allocated for defence personnel was of poor quality, with a reliance on state governments for its provision and maintenance.

The creation of DHA provided a focus on improving the standard of...

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17 Jan 2017

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Australia has a long history of accepting refugees and other humanitarian entrants from all parts of the globe, including those in need of assistance during and immediately after World War II. Since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was...

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12 Jan 2017

Provides an overview of the issues and outcome for the 15 October 2016 election for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.

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Since the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) gained self-government in 1989 the ACT has had a unicameral...

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23 Dec 2016

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Parliament House, which was officially opened in 1988, is the home of the Parliament of Australia. It is located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

In 2013 the Parliamentary Library published a chronology...

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22 Dec 2016

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From 1901 to the end of the 44th Parliament in May 2016, 329 different members and two senators have been disorderly enough during proceedings of the House of Representatives as to result in disciplinary action by the Speaker.

This study outlines the...

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02 Dec 2016

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On the 10th of November the Australian Government ratified the Paris Agreement to significant media coverage. At the same time the Government also ratified the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which states Australia’s intention to reduce its greenhouse...

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