Australia

Report

23 Aug 2017

20.7% of Australian households don’t have $500 in savings to use in case of an emergency. Because of this, many are forced to use private sector ‘payday’ lending services, that often involve annualised percetage rates of over 150%, exacerbating families financial woes, not helping them.

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22 Aug 2017

Key findings

Rates of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are high among Australian teens. Among 14-15 year olds, one in ten reported that they had self-harmed in the previous 12 months, and 5% reported they had attempted suicide. 

Girls appeared to be at greater risk...

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Report

22 Aug 2017

In Case Study 40 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined the responses of the Commonwealth Department of Defence (Defence) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to allegations of child sexual abuse arising within:

• HMAS Leeuwin (Leeuwin) between...

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Commentary

22 Aug 2017

The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.

After the Greens' Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters resigned over...

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Research report

21 Aug 2017

The term ‘apprenticeship’ is often used in relation to both apprenticeships and traineeships, creating a misleading picture of the state of the two systems. This report debunks some high profile claims of Australia experiencing an apprenticeship crisis and shows that in some cases,...

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21 Aug 2017

The fast growing outer suburbs are in transition, economically as well as demographically. Their populations and their economies are becomingmore diverse. Their economic and housing role has become even more important against the backdrop of rapid economic growth of our cities, agglomeration,...

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Article

21 Aug 2017

The informal work practices of the so-called “gig” economy are widening existing cracks in Australia’s system of labour regulations, and should be repaired through active measures to strengthen labour standards in digital businesses. That is the conclusion of newly-published research from a...

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Working paper

21 Aug 2017

One of the major changes in Indigenous policy over the past decade and a half is the systematic reporting by government of socioeconomic and other outcomes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. Much, although not all, of this reporting makes comparisons with the non-Indigenous...

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Strategy

20 Aug 2017

Crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls and major events will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. Australia is not immune. Terrorists have plotted similar attacks here, including on crowded places, and we expect more will occur.

Australian...

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Research report

18 Aug 2017

This paper discusses Australia’s position on the 2016 arbitral ruling in the South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of the Philippines v The People’s Republic of China). Australia’s Foreign Minister has stated that this was an important test-case for how the East Asian region can...

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18 Aug 2017

The Independent Review of the effectiveness of the RDA Program (the Review) was commissioned by the Minister for Regional Development, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, in September 2016, following a commitment in 2014 by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss MP. The Hon Warwick L...

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Commentary

Article

18 Aug 2017

Dual Citizenship and Section 44: What Role of the Court?

The relevance of section 44 of the Australian Constitution has again been questioned. Senator Matt Canavan has resigned as a minister on account that he might be an Italian citizen. It seems anomalous to the naked...

Strategy

18 Aug 2017

This report is the first part of Beyond Zero Emissions’ Zero Carbon Industry Plan. It focuses on cement production, which is the single biggest industrial producer of emissions. Cement production causes 8% of global emissions – more than the global car fleet. The report outlines how Australia...

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Research report

18 Aug 2017

The role of VET in developing entrepreneurship has experienced increasing attention internationally. This research draws together international literature on teaching and learning for entrepreneurialism with the goal of informing potential Australian developments in this area. It also provides a...

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Audio interview

17 Aug 2017

A bi-partisan Senate committee is urging the Turnbull Government to urgently overhaul the care provided to veterans following a long-running inquiry into veteran suicide. The report, titled 'Constant Battle,' reveals that 325 ADF former personnel have...

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Article

17 Aug 2017

The SVA Fundamentals have been developed to help organisations in the social sector to assess their effectiveness and guide decisions to increase effectiveness.

US-based, social impact consultant, David Pritchard, who led the development of the new framework, describes why and how the SVA...

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17 Aug 2017

On 29 November 2016, the Senate resolved that the Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism (committee) be established on 27 March 2017. The committee is to inquire into and report on ways of protecting and strengthening Australia's multiculturalism and social inclusion, with particular...

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17 Aug 2017

On 14 September 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into the Australian dairy industry to the Senate Economics References Committee for report by 24 February 2017, in order to establish a fair, long-term solution to Australia's dairy crisis, with particular reference to fresh milk security and...

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Research report

17 Aug 2017

This paper highlights some of China’s interests and activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT), which include undeclared military activities and mineral exploration.

Such activity may be at odds with Australia’s strategic interests and potentially breach international law....

Discussion paper

16 Aug 2017

This consultation paper outlines the Australian government’s proposed model for a Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement. The proposed reporting requirement will require large corporations and other entities operating in Australia to publish annual statements outlining their...

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