Centre for Policy Development

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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...

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