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Research report

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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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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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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Research report

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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Research report

20 Dec 2006

In this Bill Digest, Dale Daniels and Katrina Gunn outline the main provisions of the legislation, which amends previous legislation concerning the work/training/study test that determines the maximum number of hours of child care for which Child Care Benefit may be paid. The amendments will...

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Research report

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

This Research Note overviews what the Commonwealth provides in terms of child care financial support and assistance. It also includes calculations giving examples of what families can expect to receive in financial support for the two main types of Commonwealth child care subsidies—the Child...

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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 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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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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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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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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