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15 Jun 2007

On 27 June 2007 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister since 1997, resigned office in favour of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. Blair's had been a remarkable term of office.

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18 Jun 2007

International efforts to dismantle the nuclear program of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have been marked by limited and inconsistent engagement and distrust. One often overlooked diplomatic process that has been continuous and has supported the development of greater trust is...

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25 May 2007

Nine days before the NSW election of 24 March 2007, an accident on the Sydney Harbour Bridge left an estimated 35,000 rush hour train commuters stranded for many hours. It was the latest in a number of serious transport problems in the capital. Australian state and territory election arguments...

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26 Mar 2007

With the release of the draft Switkowski report 'Uranium mining, processing and nuclear energy—opportunities for Australia?' and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry and Resources report 'Australia's uranium - greenhouse friendly fuel for an energy hungry world' the use of...

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21 Feb 2007

Some argue that the greatest change in migration patterns to Australia in the last decade or so is the change in emphasis from permanent to temporary migration—with temporary migration increasingly becoming the first step towards permanent settlement in Australia.The 457 visa— the Temporary (...

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01 Feb 2007

The recently-completed redistribution for the NSW House of Representatives seats was unusually controversial. There was concern in rural areas over the loss of a country seat— which was also a ‘Federation’ seat—and dismay over the apparent pushing–aside of the ‘community of interest’ principle...

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01 Dec 2006

The Australian federal system, which came into existence in 1901, has generally worked satisfactorily, even though its dynamics have been altered substantially in the years since. Today there is much debate about its future, recently highlighted by the High Court’s 2006 WorkChoices judgment....

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04 Dec 2006

Daylight saving time in Australia has a long and chequered history. This is largely because the responsibility for the setting of time zones has remained with state and territory authorities. Commonwealth power over weights and measures in the Constitution extends to the measurement of time, but...

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04 Dec 2006

Currently the Government is undertaking a feasibility study into the possibility of establishing a nuclear power industry in Australia. Among the concerns raised about the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia is the amount of water consumed by nuclear power plants compared with...

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04 Dec 2006

On 13–14 December 2005, the inaugural East Asia Summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Three new member states from outside the contemporary geographical definition of East Asia were added—Australia, New Zealand and India. This paper addresses the question of whether the addition of the...

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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. 

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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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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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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.

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

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Guide

15 Mar 2016

This Quick Guide provides direct links to key websites, information and documents relating to women in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, as well as women in the State and Territory Parliaments.

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04 Mar 2016

Provides a brief overview of the statistics available on wages and gender, including an introduction to the key concepts and terminology, and lists of relevant data sources.

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01 Feb 2016

This chronology traces the story of media ownership concentration and control since 1901 and the government policies and regulations that have responded to, or attempted to pre-empt, the trend towards concentration that has occurred since the 1920s.

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19 Jan 2016

Introduction

  • This Quick Guide presents information about the backgrounds and service of Australia’s 29 prime ministers, from Edmund Barton to Malcolm Turnbull. It includes information about of their backgrounds (age, place of birth, gender and occupational background
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21 Dec 2015

Debates over the federal budget often refer to the level of ‘welfare’ spending. However the term welfare is often poorly defined and can lead to confusion.

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Debates over the federal budget often refer to the level of ‘welfare’ spending. However the term...

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24 Nov 2015

The prevalence and underlying causes of domestic violence are complex with the result that there is a great deal of confusion and misinformation reflected in the public debate. This paper provides information in a simplified format on issues surrounding domestic violence drawing from key...

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