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Research report

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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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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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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Research report

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

Introduction

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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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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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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Research report

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

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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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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Article

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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Briefing paper

03 Aug 2015

Current terrorism threats identified by the Australian and other Western governments include those associated with their nationals fighting with overseas terrorist and insurgent groups (‘foreign fighters’) and different forms of ‘home-grown’ terrorism. While the foreign fighter phenomenon is not...

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Guide

15 Jul 2015

Explains what income management is, who can be placed on it, what measures it involves, and where it is heading.

Introduction

Income management sets aside (or ‘quarantines’) a proportion of a recipient’s Australia Government income support payment to pay for...

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Briefing paper

09 Jul 2015

Executive summary

  • The Australian Defence Force (ADF) regards northern Australia as strategically important, both for national defence and as a forward base for regional engagement. The ADF presence in northern Australia also directly contributes to the economic and social development
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03 Jul 2015

In this Parliamentary Library National Reconciliation Week Lecture on 3 July 2015 Laurie Bamblett refutes the label ‘Aboriginal Disadvantage’ as a concept that 'does more harm than good'.

Laurie Bamblett, a Wiradjuri man of New South Wales, started as a research fellow at the...

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29 Jun 2015

The recent result of the Irish referendum and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in favour of same- sex marriage has given the Australian campaign for marriage equality new momentum. The most recent same- sex marriage bill was introduced in early June 2015 and is now one of four...

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Bill

25 Jun 2015

This bill, passed by both houses on 25 June 2015, concerns bankruptcy, family law, and defining National Library material as part of the legal deposit scheme including the protection of movable cultural heritage.

Purpose of the Bill

As an omnibus Bill, the Civil...

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