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Guide

26 Jul 2016

Introduction

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. 

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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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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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Research report

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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Research report

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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30 Oct 2006

In April this year the Commonwealth Government announced its intention to sell Medibank Private, the health fund that has been government-controlled since its inception in 1976. Following public debate over the sale the government announced that the sale would not occur before 2008, but that it...

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Research report

06 Oct 2006

House prices in Australia have risen substantially over the past 20 years, far outpacing the growth in inflation, average earnings and household income. Nationally, there are four main measures of established house prices—those produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Real...

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Research report

01 Sep 2006

The privatisation of Medibank Private, Australia’s largest and only national private health insurer, has been discussed frequently since not long after the fund was established by the Fraser government in 1976. The latest debate commenced in April 2006, when the government announced its...

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Research report

31 Aug 2006

This research note by Stephen Barber discusses the role of preferences in elections since the expansion of the Parliament in 1984 (the second election when full distribution of preferences was undertaken) and provides details on the direction of preferences at the 2004 election.

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Research report

16 Aug 2006

The July 2006 missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea heightened tension in what is now a long-running diplomatic impasse over North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear-weapons capability. The current impasse commenced in October 2002, when the United States alleged North Korea had...

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Research report

26 Jul 2006

This Bill Digest provides an overview of legisation intended to: provide certainty in relation to the immigration clearance and immigration status of non-citizen children born in Australia; harmonise certain offence provisions with the Criminal Code; amend section 269 to ensure that a security...

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Research report

21 Apr 2006

Former senior defence department strategist Allan Behm urges the federal government to begin planning for a 'tectonic shift' in the power balance in Asia, which will see China's economic and military power rival and even surpass that of the US. Australia would need to place a higher value on the...

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Research report

19 Apr 2006

Martin Lumb and Scott Bennett provide an overview of the war service record of Australian parliamentarians since federation.

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