Australia

Policy report

22 Sep 2017

This has been a major project of the AIBS Board over the past five months and represents a significant achievement in enabling AIBS to lead and influence public debate around building regulatory reform throughout Australia.

While the assumption might be that this policy is in response to...

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Commentary

22 Sep 2017

The 'homelessness crisis,' particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, has attracted renewed attention in recent months. While there are higher rates of unemployment for people who are homeless, many are working and homeless.

For the past two decades, the growing numbers of Big Issue sellers on...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

This report presents the outcomes of a pilot study exploring how the building and planning system is delivering a sustainable built environment in Australia. The study was funded by the Australian Communities Foundation through the Green Cities Innovation fund and undertaken by a team of...

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Audio program

21 Sep 2017

Support is growing for better recognition of Australian South Sea Islanders, many of whom were forcibly removed from their Pacific Island homes in a practice known as "blackbirding" to work on cane fields and cotton farms.

This year marks 150 years since the first Australian South Sea...

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Report

21 Sep 2017

The electricity system in Australia is undergoing a major transformation due to technological change, changing consumer preferences, rising domestic gas prices, as well as a shift away from fossil fuels like coal and gas.

Energy storage such as battery storage, pumped hydro and solar...

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Other text

21 Sep 2017

Veteran political journalist, Laurie Oakes, says Australian politics is floundering because contemporary politicians lack the wit and bravery of great former leaders such as Paul Keating.

In a speech to the Melbourne Press Club on 15 September, Oakes said Malcolm Turnbull and his...

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Briefing paper

21 Sep 2017

Within the last year international students from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have become a focal point of the Australian media. News reports and commentary centre on a variety of grievances:

  • Academic freedom on Australian campuses is challenged by PRC international students
  • ...
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Audio interview

21 Sep 2017

There are currently 170,000 mainland Chinese students attending Australian universities.

While that's a huge financial bonus for universities as they scramble for funding — the rising cohort from China also poses significant challenges — not just around language, but also around the...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

Australia has many potential sites for pumped hydro energy storage (PHES). In our initial survey, we have found about 22,000 sites – the State and Territory breakdown is shown in the table below. Each site has an energy storage potential between 1 and 200 Gigawatt hours (GWh).

The sites...

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Report

21 Sep 2017

Despite falling cardiovascular disease death rates across all age groups in Australia, the rate of decline in younger age groups has slowed in recent decades.

This report describes trends in cardiovascular disease death rates (including coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease)...

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Report

21 Sep 2017

On July 20, 2017, the federal government released plans to reduce protection of Australia’s marine environment. 40 million hectares of highly protected sanctuary areas could be removed from the country’s network of Commonwealth marine parks, an area twice the size of Victoria.

In the...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

Promoting economic growth is a ubiquitous concern and a priority for all levels of government in Australia and abroad. Despite a steady stream of reforms, inquiries and initiatives intended to help clarify and improve the effectiveness of the role of government in economic development; this...

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Working paper

20 Sep 2017

This working paper is the first publication coming out of a project investigating the role of VET in developing digital skills in the Australian workforce, using two sectors as case studies - Transport and Logistics, and Public Safety and Correctional Services. An analysis of online job vacancy...

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Discussion paper

20 Sep 2017

Group insurance in superannuation and particularly its automatic issuance on an opt-out basis has been a successful policy for Australia which has resulted in better risk protection for Australians from all walks of life. It provides a safety net to millions of Australians who would have...

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Report

20 Sep 2017

This report highlights that whilst alternative finance remains small as a proportion of overall credit outstanding in the financial system of many countries, it is growing rapidly. Australia is fast becoming a regional leader (behind China), which is evidenced by the substantial growth of...

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Discussion paper

19 Sep 2017

The Australian government is asking for ideas to help develop a national Digital Economy Strategy. It will help the government to identify the key issues, challenges and opportunities, and to develop a way forward.

This discussion paper considers the broader digital economy, followed by...

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Commentary

19 Sep 2017

Last week’s release of the Class A files of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into allegations against Justice Lionel Murphy reopened a longstanding controversy about the behaviour of the...

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Commentary

19 Sep 2017

Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed late last month on the ABC’s flagship news current affairs program, 7.30. It wasn’t pretty viewing. Turnbull responded to host Leigh Sales’ interrogation through gritted teeth. He tetchily accused her of being “negative”: of only wanting “to talk about politics...

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Strategy

19 Sep 2017

This strategy aims to enhance domestic and international partnerships with a central focus on disrupting the supply and demand of methamphetamine and its precursors in Australia.

The consumption of methamphetamine has tripled to 270,000 users in Australia over the past five years, making...

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Video program

19 Sep 2017

With support from Sustainability Victoria, the Coalition for Community Energy has updated the Small-Scale Community Solar Guide.

Originally published in 2014 as Appendix E of the National Community Energy Strategy, this guide provides practical guidance for communities wanting to develop...