Australia

Commentary

08 Jun 2017

The main job of the Finkel Review, to be released this week, is to set out ways to reform the National Electricity Market (NEM) to ensure it delivers reliable and affordable power in the transition to low-carbon energy. Yet most of the attention has been focused on what type of carbon-reduction...

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Report

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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Survey

07 Jun 2017

International visitors to Australia spent a record $39.8 billion in the year ending March 2017 – 5% or $1.9 billion more than the previous year. The number of visitors aged 15 years and over reached 7.7 million, up by 9% to 650,000, while nights were up 5% to 262 million. Strong growth was...

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07 Jun 2017

Former top US intelligence official, James Clapper, has joined the growing chorus of voices warning of Chinese interference in Australian politics. He's likened Beijing's growing influence to Russia's recent meddling in last year's presidential election.

The controversy has refocussed...

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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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Book

07 Jun 2017

"This is a book for the record of a specific time, essentially 1983-1991, when I was an Australian Government Minister for Primary Industry and then Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, but with some relevant commentary before and after this period. It is designed as a source document...

Commentary

07 Jun 2017

Sadly, another horrific episode under the banner of Islamist extremism is front-page news. This time the perpetrator was a 29-year-old Somali-born Victorian man, Yacqub Khayre, described as a “weakling, deserter and a jihadi of convenience”.

On Monday, armed with a sawn-off shotgun and...

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Article

06 Jun 2017

True or false? “A zero-carbon built environment means that no fossil fuels are used in the operation of buildings and infrastructure.” False, because this leaves out the embodied carbon emissions of building, maintaining and dismantling the built environment. But how would we know?

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Article

06 Jun 2017

Each federal budget is invariably followed by weeks, and sometimes months, in which policy analysts unearth the real benefits and costs of spending decisions. Too often, what they discover are flaws in the logic of new policies, a lack of appropriate modelling, evidence of cost-shifting and a...

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Research report

06 Jun 2017

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) has provided an opportunity for universities to develop bespoke equity programs which respond to their institutional profile and strategic priorities, but many important outcomes of HEPPP funded work are not currently recognised...

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Report

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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Article

06 Jun 2017

Has poverty declined or deepened in recent decades? Is inequality growing worldwide, and within most countries? Is Australia doing enough to help lift incomes and reduce inequality around the world?

The charts in this gallery – from a presentation I made at a reception for Oxfam...

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Article

05 Jun 2017

True or false? “A zero-carbon built environment means that no fossil fuels are used in the operation of buildings and infrastructure.” False, because this leaves out the embodied carbon emissions of building, maintaining and dismantling the built environment. But how would we know?

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Report

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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Report

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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Research report

05 Jun 2017

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In recent years, ABARES has undertaken research programs that focus on two key economic aspects of Australia's food exports: world food demand to 2050 and implications for Australia’s food exports; and the efficiency of Australia’s infrastructure and food export...

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Fact sheet

05 Jun 2017

While people with disability participate actively in all aspects of Australian life, they are more likely to face challenges than people without disability, and their rates of participation in various life areas are generally lower. These fact sheet use data from the Australian Bureau of...

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Research report

04 Jun 2017

An assessment of the current status of Australia's Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) paints a grim picture for threatened birds. In 2017, 19 KBAs have been declared as 'in danger' of losing the environmental values that make them important. These KBAs require urgent action to arrest their decline....

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Research report

04 Jun 2017

The federal government recently announced it will allocate $10 million a year over four years to strengthen the evaluation of Indigenous programs. However, given that the average cost of an evaluation is $382,000, the extra $10 million a year for Indigenous program evaluations will not go far....

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Strategy

02 Jun 2017

Australia needs an energy sector that addresses the ‘energy trilemma’ – that is to say it must provide energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability. After a period of relative stability, significant change in the energy sector can be expected in coming years due to the need to...