In October 2016, the NSW government accepted an unsolicited proposal from IFM Investors and AustralianSuper to lease 50.4 per cent of Ausgrid for 99 years. The deal followed the federal government’s rejection of two bids from foreign investors, for national security reasons. This performance audit has found shortcomings in the unsolicited proposal process.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) is examining the effectiveness of the Australian road rules relating to driver distraction. This issues paper explores the questions around responsibility for driver distractions, technologies that can assist and distract from the driving task, and prescriptive versus performance-based approaches.
The new energy revolution and accelerating growth in demand for lithium-ion batteries provides an opportunity for Australia. As the world’s largest producer of lithium, with mineral reserves covering 90% of the elements required in lithium-ion battery chemistry, Australia has undeniable competitive advantages that need to be explored.
This paper provides advice to governments, industry, and the community on how to enable best-practice sequencing. It calls for an overhaul of the way new housing and infrastructure in our largest cities is delivered, proposing changes to current planning systems, governance frameworks, and funding arrangements to better manage Australia's rapid population growth.
This paper explores the complex interaction between organised crime and other forms of crime, sometimes described as ‘volume crimes’ because of their widespread incidence. In particular, it shows how the commission of organised crime, or the involvement of those engaged in organised crime, can entail or lead to volume crime offences.
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