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There have been reports that the Government was considering winding up the Work for the Dole program as part of this year’s Budget. However, in a subsequent media release, Federal Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, stated that the gGovernment will not be abolishing Work for the Dole.

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28 Mar 2017

This year is shaping up as a big year for Australian foreign policy. This FlagPost highlights some of the key milestones expected over the coming months.

The centrepiece of the Australian Government’s foreign policy agenda in 2017 will be a new white paper that will ‘provide a...

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26 Aug 2016

This blog post argues that previous reforms of the income support system, coupled with a stable unemployment rate, have been successful in reducing dependence on welfare for the working age population.

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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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11 May 2015

Russian engagement with Southeast Asia is certainly not a new phenomenon, with Presidents Putin and Medvedev clearly pursuing Asia-oriented foreign policies since the late 1990s. Recent efforts to expand relations with China have been teamed with attempts to expand links with Southeast Asia and...

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26 Feb 2015

On 28 October 2014, just three weeks before Prime Minister Abbott and PRC President Xi Jinping signed an agreement in Hobart promising  ‘increased collaboration in Antarctic science’,  the Chinese official newsagency Xinhua announced that China would be establishing the first Antarctic base...

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19 Jan 2015

Outlines which OECD countries include or exclude food, health, education and financial services from their respective consumption taxes, along with various countries’ general consumption tax rate.

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At the time the Goods and Services Tax was introduced,...

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24 Nov 2014

In September 2014, Education Minister Christopher Pyne delivered a talk entitled China and Australia— Our Valued Education Relationship  at Peking University’s Australian Studies Centre. The speech touched on many issues, and was largely uncontentious. However, one particular paragraph is...

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16 Sep 2014

Bilateral discussions during the Prime Minister’s recent flying visit to Malaysia apparently centred on the two Malaysian Airlines flights—MH370 and MH17—...

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16 May 2014

The National Water Commission (NWC) is to be dissolved, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed on Monday. Established during the...