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Research report

30 Apr 2013

Recent debates around electricity prices and renewable energy policy have ignored the crucial factors of rapidly dropping solar technology costs, and the critical risks involved in continuing with 'business as usual'. Going solar is the first economic assessment of future electricity price shocks if fossil...

Discussion paper

3 Apr 2013

NB The full compilation of this series was launched on 26 June 2014, called "False economies: unpacking public service efficiency" and available here >

Every Australian needs to understand what politicians mean when they talk about the ‘efficiency’ of government ....

Research report

28 Nov 2012

In light of sweeping changes to vocational education and training (VET) provision in Victoria, and dramatic proposed cuts in Queensland, this new CPD paper studies the sector’s social and economic significance and asks what lessons can be gleaned for NSW.

The paper presents definitive...

Research report

1 Nov 2012

In the context of rising global demand, resource scarcity, and environmental pressures, this report considers the future of Australian agriculture.

Global populations are growing and food prices are skyrocketing. This creates new market opportunities for Australian agriculture. But Australia has fragile and vulnerable soils,...

Research report

4 Jul 2012

This report looks at the proven benefits of marine parks for fish stocks (and therefore for the fishing industry), and estimates the value of ecosystem services provided by areas to be covered by the new marine parks.

It also puts the modest and short-term...

Research report

30 May 2012

This report presents a comprehensive analysis of the UK's 'Big Society' policies and programs and examines their potential impact if adopted and implemented in Australia.

It’s just over two years since David Cameron was elected as British Prime Minister. Since his election, Cameron’s ‘Big...

Research report

22 Aug 2011

This report comprehensively critiques Australia’s refugee and asylum policies and finds they are inhumane, ineffective and expensive.

It argues that Australia needs a circuit-breaker in our treatment of people seeking asylum from war and persecution. On the 10th anniversary of the Tampa, Australia’s asylum...

Discussion paper

2 Aug 2011

In theory the media should diversify a nation’s democracy, serving as a channel through which many different groups can participate in national debate. Yet with the high levels of media concentration in Australia, are we hearing the voices of the many or simply the few?...

Research report

14 Dec 2010

The efficiency dividend has been chipping away at public service budgets for 20 years. This paper examines the problems it causes and puts forward alternatives.

While initially the dividend may have helped reduce excess spending, its effects are now eroding the ability of government...



16 Sep 2010

In recent years politicians and journalists have limited their concerns to rolling off the words “rural and regional” as if alliteration is a substitute for meaning. In fact, those words are meaningless, because every part of Australia, from Toorak to Penrith to the Pilbara can...

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