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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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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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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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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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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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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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09 Sep 2016

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This paper chronicles Commonwealth Members of Parliament (MPs) who are identified as having engaged in active service in the Australian Defence Forces during the Second World War, based on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs World War 2 Nominal Roll.

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07 Sep 2016

Introduction

Professor Ian Harper released the final Report of the Competition Policy Review (‘the Harper Review’) on 31 March 2015, making 56 recommendations to government. On 24 November 2015, the Turnbull Government released its response to the Harper Review,...

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01 Sep 2016

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to people with disability, their families and carers. It is jointly governed and funded by the Australian and participating states and territory governments. The NDIS is being introduced across Australia from July 2016, except in...

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01 Sep 2016

Introduction

This research paper provides a brief overview of the rules for determining the next Commonwealth, state, territory and local government elections. The paper lists the date of the next election where this is fixed or, where applicable, the earliest and latest...

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Research report

31 Aug 2016

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Young people bore the brunt of softening in the labour market in Australia following the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). But there is evidence of a gradual improvement in youth labour market indicators in the 18 months from late 2014 to May...

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Briefing paper

31 Aug 2016

The high cost of housing in Australia has been at the forefront of a range of recent policy debates concerning Australia’s taxation arrangements. This brief examines housing affordability in Australia for both owners and renters over recent decades. It focuses particularly on those households...

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Research report

30 Aug 2016

The Parliamentary Library has prepared a volume providing snapshots of issues expected to figure during the Parliament's first months. The articles give a high level perspective of key public policy issues, including relevant background, context and legislative history as well as outlining some...

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30 Aug 2016

This quick guide provides an overview of Halal food certification in Australia.

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Halal is an Arabic word that means permitted or lawful in Islam. It is both an umbrella term used in relation to all food products, and a term that refers to a method of...

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29 Aug 2016

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  • This paper provides a brief overview of the party and gender composition of the 45th Parliament of Australia.
  • A double dissolution election was held on 2 July 2016 whereby all seats in the House of Representatives andSenate were up for election.
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29 Aug 2016

Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people between Australia and New Zealand. Historically, migration flows across the Tasman have been large in both directions, but since the 1960s more New Zealanders than Australians have chosen to cross the Tasman to live...

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