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Research report

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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24 Mar 2006

From June to September 2004, government officials ‘cleansed’ computers which held copies of an original manuscript by former Office of National Assessments analyst Andrew Wilkie. Wilkie had agreed with the government’s instruction to remove some passages from the manuscript of the book Axis of...

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24 Mar 2006

Australia’s international aviation industry is heavily regulated. Whether or to what extent passenger airline services should be further liberalised is again being debated, a particular focus being whether more airlines should be allowed to carry passengers between Australia and the United...

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28 Feb 2006

In this bill digest, Mary Anne Neilsen and Jennifer Norberry outline the main fetures of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005, which makes a wide range of amendments to the Family Law Act 1975, implementing a number of recommendations of the 2003 report, Every...

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24 Feb 2006

Sarah Miskin and Martin Lumb examine the biographical details of the 226 senators and members of the 41st Australian parliament. They show that, generally, they are middle-aged, well-educated men, many of whom have worked in politics-related occupations immediately before being elected. The note...

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Research report

21 Feb 2006

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The Parliamentary Library has decided to republish the paper on electoral systems written in 1989 by Gerard Newman. The paper is concerned with the mechanics of translating votes into seats as well as the consequences of using particular systems. It does not...

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13 Feb 2006

The 46-year-old Stephen Harper is Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister. The new government is the tenth minority government elected since 1925, the average duration of which has been one year, five months and 22 days. It seems unlikely that the new government will run full term. Scott Bennett discusses...

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05 Dec 2005

China’s economic dynamism and rising international influence constitute one of the most important elements of international relations in the early 21st century. Frank Frost provides a survey of major issues in China’s foreign relations, with a special emphasis on China’s relations with and role...

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28 Nov 2005

Luke Buckmaster provides a brief overview of RU486 and its use in medical abortion, an explanation of its current legislative status in Australia, and a brief analysis of the current debate about overturning legislative restrictions on RU486 and similar abortion drugs in Australia introduced at...

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28 Nov 2005

Peter Prince and Thomas John examine the extent of the Commonwealth’s power under the Australian Constitution to establish a single national industrial relations system.

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Guide

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

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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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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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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20 Aug 2015

This paper provides a summary of each of Australia’s defence white papers issued between 1976 and 2013 and seeks to draw out common themes that emerge in some or all of them.

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  • Australia published defence white papers in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000
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07 Aug 2015

As a new key plank in its economic statecraft, China has determined that it will shift much of its labour-intensive industry offshore to relieve saturated domestic markets, allow the manufacturers to avail themselves of cheaper labour in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa, bring the ...

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07 Aug 2015

This guide provides key internet links to information about skilled migration, family migration, temporary work visas, student visas, working holiday visas, population and multiculturalism.

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04 Aug 2015

‘Negative gearing’ has been a topic of frequent debate. This flagpost summarises some of the estimates of the impact of negative gearing on the Commonwealth Budget.

Negative gearing is a strategy of borrowing to invest in an asset which generates income, but not enough to cover the...

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