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Research report

29 Nov 2007

The passage of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Workplace Relations Act) and the further reforms implemented by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 resulted in significantly increased concerns for Australia’s compliance with its international obligations under the ILO’s...

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Research report

10 Oct 2007

This paper provides an analysis by Commonwealth electoral division of socio-demographic data from the first release of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. The electoral boundaries used in this paper are those applicable to the next federal election.

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Research report

03 Oct 2007

The Australian Crime Commission (the ACC) (formerly the National Crime Authority but with enhanced intelligence functions) commenced operations on 1 January 2003. According to the latest Annual Report, the aim of the ACC is to 'reduce the incidence and impact of serious and organised criminal...

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Research report

14 Sep 2007

Commonwealth financial assistance grants to local government take the forms of general purpose grants, and grants for roads known as identified local road grants. The level of assistance has been declining as a proportion of gross domestic product because the formula used to calculate assistance...

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Research report

12 Sep 2007

Since the 2004 election there have been electoral boundary redistributions in the Australian Capital Territory (2005), New South Wales (2006) and Queensland (2006). The 2004 election results have been transposed onto the new boundaries and a revised electoral pendulum showing margins (swings)...

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Research report

06 Sep 2007

There has been significant debate in the Australian parliament and the wider community in recent years in relation to alternative drug treatments for opioid (mainly heroin) dependence. Within this debate, zero-tolerance style arguments have been raised by many in favour of abstinence-based...

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Reports

28 Aug 2007

This guide contains links to Internet resources and documents in the area of anti-terrorism law. Emphasis is on Australian federal (Commonwealth) legislation. Links to Australian State and Territory legislation are also given, as well as significant overseas resources.

The guide was...

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Research report

21 Aug 2007

This research report surveys the operation of three types of voting system – first past the post, preferential and proportional representation (single transferable vote) – in Australia. Despite parliamentary enquiries after each federal election, there is generally little call for major changes...

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Research report

07 Aug 2007

This interim Bills Digest addresses some of the issues presented by the new bill.

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Research report

01 Aug 2007

The change enacted by the government during the course of the 2006–07 financial year constitutes the largest overhaul of Australia's retirement saving system since the advent of the compulsory superannuation system in the late 80 and early 90s. This paper surveys the changes. While much of the...

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Guide

26 Jul 2016

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One of the most significant changes to Australia’s immigration flows over the last two decades has been the growth of long-term (12 months or more) temporary migration. While some of this growth can be attributed to increases in arrivals of overseas students...

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Research report

29 Jun 2016

Immigration almost ceased during the war, but parliamentarians debated about how to increase population without changing the White Australia policy or compromising working pay and conditions.

The group of immigrants deemed ‘undesirable’ expanded to include people of enemy origin, southern...

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Guide

22 Jun 2016

Under Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program, young people (aged 18 to 30 years) from certain countries may apply for one of two visas—Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday (subclass 462). The visa available to applicants depends on their country of citizenship, but both...

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Bill

Briefing paper

04 May 2016

This Bill seeks to ensure that Australian entities will be able to comply with new international margin requirements for non-centrally cleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivative transactions, which are due to come into force from September 2016. 

The purpose of the Financial System...

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Website

04 May 2016

The Parliamentary Library provides a series of Budget Review briefings to assist parliamentarians to consider key issues posed by the 2016–17 Budget, selected on the basis of significance, complexity or degree of controversy.

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Guide

26 Apr 2016

The Commonwealth Budget is typically the most important annual policy statement by the Government.

This guide identifies information and key concepts that are used in the Budget Papers and other resources that are available to analyse the Budget. 

Contents ...

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Transcript

15 Apr 2016

This ‘ANZAC Day Kit’ has been compiled over a number of years by various staff members of the Parliamentary Library, and is updated annually.

In particular the Library would like to acknowledge the work of John Moremon and Laura Rayner, both of whom contributed significantly to the...

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Blog post

15 Apr 2016

Despite great changes in Indigenous policy in the last twenty-five years, the number of Indigenous deaths in custody has not declined. Between 1987 and 1991, while the Royal Commission was underway, there were 23 Indigenous deaths in prison custody and 28 in police custody. From 2009 to 2013 (...

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Statistics

14 Apr 2016

This guide provides a brief overview of employment by industry and lists some relevant data sources. This is one in a series of statistical quick guides, designed to provide a basic understanding of Australian labour market data. Other guides include employment and labour force, which are...

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Research report

04 Apr 2016

Provides details of House of Representatives by-elections, from that held for Darling Downs on 14 September 1901 to the most recent held on 5 December 2015 for North Sydney.

Executive summary
This paper provides details of House of Representatives by-elections, from...

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