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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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13 Apr 2006

Since the mid-1990s, the government has made important changes to excises, and has proposed major changes to the excise on fuels. Richard Webb examines and analyses these changes.

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05 Nov 2015

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The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, hereafter ‘Burma’, announced in July this year that it would hold elections for national, state, and regional parliaments on 8 November 2015. As this has the potential to be Burma’s first credible...

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09 Nov 2015

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Although political families are sometimes viewed pejoratively as ‘dynasties’ perhaps, as political scientist Professor John Warhurst proposes, there is ‘a political gene that not only attracts members of the same family to politics but gives them the personal...

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03 Nov 2015

This paper briefly outlines the functions performed by the Auditor-General, the significance of the Auditor-General’s independence, and some possible issues for the new Auditor-General.

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  • Following the appointment in June 2015 of Mr Grant Hehir
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12 Oct 2015

This guide contains statistics on the number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres, the number who are children, the number who are found to refugees, and more.

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On 8 February 2008, some seven months after Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Prime...

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02 Oct 2015

Provides information about Indigenous Australian federal and state parliamentarians, from the  election of the first Indigenous Australian to federal Parliament.

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This Quick Guide provides information about Indigenous Australian federal and state...

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17 Sep 2015

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  • This paper provides an overview of the issues and outcomes for the January 2015 election for the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Where appropriate, it draws on the Library’s earlier publication on the 2012 Queensland state election.
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17 Sep 2015

Asylum seeker and refugee policy has attracted a great deal of attention in Australia for many years. In particular, concerns over the unauthorised arrival of asylum seekers by boat have occupied successive governments and parliaments since the 1970s. With increasing levels of global forced...

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11 Sep 2015

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This quick guide provides statistics on the number of asylum seeker boats that have arrived in Australia since 1976 when the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum from the aftermath of the Vietnam War began to arrive. The guide also includes the...

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09 Sep 2015

This paper presents a record of Australian climate change policies. Key international developments are also included to provide global context.

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Climate change is a long-term, global problem. Long-term problems generally require stable but flexible...

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08 Sep 2015

Australia has achieved a high degree of equality between the treatment of same-sex and heterosexual relationships with marriage remaining the one significant area of difference.

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Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for...

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