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15 Jun 2017

In its inaugural Energy Supply Outlook (ESO), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) highlights a low risk of electricity shortfalls for an average summer in 2017/18, however the power system remains susceptible to extreme conditions.

AEMO’s ESO is the first integrated assessment of...

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15 Jun 2017

There are huge costs associated with educational disadvantage in Australia. This report finds one in eight Australians will never attain a Year 12 qualification, and some of these people make up the one in eight Australians who will be disengaged from the workforce for most of their...

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15 Jun 2017

The Victorian Multicultural Commission contracted La Trobe University to study the Bendigo mosque protests in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Bendigo attracted international attention because the regional Victorian city became the site of multiple antimosque and/or anti-Islam and anti-racism protests...

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14 Jun 2017

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has launched this report on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017.

The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks and how they might better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy.

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14 Jun 2017

Cancer was the greatest cause of health burden in Australia in 2011, accounting for around one-fifth of the total disease burden. Most (94%) of this burden was due to dying prematurely, with only a small proportion of the burden due to living with a cancer diagnosis. This report explores in...

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14 Jun 2017

The verdict is in: Prevention is better than cure when it comes to tackling Australia’s chronic disease burden, but is Australia pulling its weight when it comes to tackling the nation’s greatest public health challenge?

A new economic report looking at what Australia invests in...

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13 Jun 2017

A census of Australian Public Service (APS) employee remuneration is conducted annually. The census provides participating APS agencies with agency-specific and APS-wide data that informs their remuneration practices. 

From 2015 to 2016, the median Base Salary for non-SES classifications...

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10 Jun 2017

Acts of violence perpetrated in the name of religion have been reported with great prominence in recent times. Scholars of religion continue to weigh whether people who kill or injure others are really doing so in the name of their God, as they claim; or whether they are actors merely...

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09 Jun 2017

This updated version of a May 2013 issues backgrounder takes account of the release of the draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 in NSW on 16 May 2017. The paper canvasses recent Australian cases along with proposed reforms and recommendations in selected Australian jurisdictions: notably...

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08 Jun 2017

Immunisation is a safe and effective way to protect children from harmful infectious diseases and at the population level, prevent the spread of these diseases amongst the community.

Australia has generally high immunisation rates which have increased steadily over time, but rates...

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08 Jun 2017

Tasmania’s link to the National Electricity Market (NEM) is subjecting the state to increasing uncertainty when it comes to electricity prices including large and sudden price shifts. The state should take back control and become a self-reliant exporter of clean energy.

Tasmania should...

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08 Jun 2017

The inquiry into the Environment Protection Amendment (Banning Plastic Bags, Packaging and Microbeads) Bill 2016 is a legislation inquiry. This means that the Committee’s focus for the inquiry is on the specifics of the Bill rather than a broader review of issues that may relate to the Bill, but...

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08 Jun 2017

 

Impartiality, professionalism and integrity are important foundations for the public sector. Public sector staff must act with these values in mind, to ensure the use of public funds is as effective and efficient as possible, to meet community needs and to maintain public trust....

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07 Jun 2017

Australian men and women lead very different working lives. Men and women often do not work 'side by side'—but instead work in industries or occupations which are dominated by one gender or another. By international standards, we have a highly gender segregated workforce.

In 2015 ̶ 16,...

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07 Jun 2017

There are eight public universities in Victoria, which control a further 51 entities. We conduct the financial audits of all of these 59 entities. This report outlines the results of, and our observations from, these financial audits for the year ended 31 December 2016. We also discuss the...

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07 Jun 2017

Adoption law and practice deeply and intimately affects those to whom it applies. The effects are life-long. They do not cease upon the adopted child reaching adulthood. They have intergenerational impacts and consequences. The effects reverberate widely. They involve significant social and...

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06 Jun 2017

The over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is a growing national crisis that is being overlooked by all levels of government in Australia, the Human Rights Law Centre and Change the Record say in this new report.

The imprisonment rate of Aboriginal and Torres...

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05 Jun 2017

Australian governments must act now to safeguard and encourage vibrant debate on matters of public interest, fifteen non-government organisations have said in a new report to be released today.  

Emily Howie, Director of Legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and report co-author,...

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05 Jun 2017

In 2015–16, an estimated 332,000 people used disability support services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA), including around 3,500 who transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) during the year. The average age of service users was 35, and around three-quarters (...

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02 Jun 2017

Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) programs facilitate travel for migrants who want to return home but require financial assistance to do so. In Australia, the AVR program is primarily employed to facilitate return for migrants who have no ongoing legal avenue to stay, but is generally available to...

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