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24 Nov 2017

Australia’s commitment under the Paris Climate Accord is to reduce its emissions by 26 to 28% on 2005 levels by 2030. Australia is free to achieve this emissions reduction target however it chooses. The Turnbull Government appears to favour a sector by sector approach, where each sector has a...

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21 Nov 2017

This paper reviews the implications of the latest Trump tax plan for Australia; in particular that part of the plan that involves changes to the company tax arrangements. The present plan would bring the tax rate down to 20 per cent at the national level. With state taxes, that means that the...

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20 Nov 2017

Australia should transition quickly to a 100% renewable electricity grid, as it is cheaper and less risky than the alternative of building new coal-fired power stations. This can be achieved by 2030.

The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is a not-for-profit organisation that...

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16 Nov 2017

Rodger Shanahan and John Blaxland argue about whether Australia should maintain military operations in the Arabian Peninsula or focus on threats closer to home.

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15 Nov 2017

The benefits of the Adani coal mine have been readily discussed and debated. Equally important but rarely discussed are the many electorates that stand to lose out from the development of the Galilee Basin. In some cases, the winners and losers share an electorate.

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15 Nov 2017

People who are living with a disability are vastly overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty figures, and 74 percent of those who are not in work want to be working. Our research shows a pressing need to break down the barriers to employment for these New Zealanders, to allow them to access this...

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13 Nov 2017

There are approximately 380,000 quad bikes in operation in Australia used for in workplaces, recreation, adventure tours and competitive racing. About 20,000 quad bikes are sold each year in Australia and they are one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms. 

The...

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10 Nov 2017

On 25 May 2017, the Victorian Government announced that it would introduce legislation in 2018 to establish a Sentencing Guidelines Council in Victoria. In July 2017, the Attorney-General asked the Sentencing Advisory Council to advise him on the most suitable model following...

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08 Nov 2017

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) regulates energy markets and networks in jurisdictions other than Western Australia.

The energy market is in transition, and our work takes place in the context of significant technological, behavioural and systemic change. Our work places consumers...

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08 Nov 2017

The cost of electricity has become a major concern for regional and rural users in NSW. The agricultural sector in particular is heavily exposed to rising energy prices. The doubling of electricity prices over the past decade has compromised the viability and international competitiveness of the...

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06 Nov 2017

The Department of Communities is developing a new youth strategy for Western Australia.

The strategy will be developed following consultation with young people, youth service providers and government agencies.

Input from these groups will aid the development of a coordinated and...

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06 Nov 2017

Housing affordability concerns the ability of singles, couples and families to buy or rent dwellings within reasonable distances to employment and study opportunities, and basic amenities. Those dwellings are first and foremost our homes, the foundation of our lives and our...

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02 Nov 2017

Settlement Grants is a key program in the suite of settlement services to support humanitarian entrants and eligible migrants to achieve full participation in Australian society by focussing on social participation, economic well-being, independence, personal well-being and...

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01 Nov 2017

New energy technologies, including solar PV and battery storage, are changing the way energy is delivered to customers. Like other industries, the regulatory frameworks that apply to the sale and delivery of energy must adapt.

The NSW Government has prepared a discussion paper about...

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31 Oct 2017

Humans have always used fire: for warmth, for cooking, in agriculture, to manufacture and to manage the physical and natural environment. In Australia, our natural landscapes have evolved around fire; their ongoing health relies upon it.

Living with the prospect of fire across our...

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20 Oct 2017

Salmon farming is a hot topic in Tasmania. The industry is responsible for over 2% of Gross State Product and over 1% of employment, including considerable full-time employment. This economic contribution is due to substantial growth. The industry tripled in size over the past...

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20 Oct 2017

Planning for a Vibrant Future aims to harmonise land use planning with the Government’s overall strategy for developing the Northern Territory. It is intended to guide future planning so that development continues sequentially and builds on, and is supported by, sound planning principles and the...

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19 Oct 2017

The Minerals Council of Australia featured in 1,594 Australian news stories in the last year mentioning coal. This was three times more than iron ore, far more than any other mineral.

Yet only 16 of the MCA’s 45 members mine coal at all. Just 3 are entirely focused on thermal coal. The...

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17 Oct 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has committed to ban single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags. This discussion paper seeks input from all Victorians on how we can design this ban to ensure it is fair and effective. It also broadens the conversation to what else we can do to manage other...

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16 Oct 2017

The Victorian government through its Smart Planning program is simplifying and improving the operation of the planning system, to make it the most efficient and responsive in...

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