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Book

09 Nov 2017

The Australian Defence Force, together with military forces from a number of western democracies, have for some years been seeking out and killing Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, detaining asylum seekers for periods at sea or running the judicial systems of failed states. It...

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Report

26 Oct 2017

This Report provides estimates of Australian, State and Territory government expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians across more than 150 expenditure categories. When combined with other information, the estimates contribute to a better understanding of the adequacy,...

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Report

26 Oct 2017

The government appears to be soliciting foreign funding for a project that stands to benefit from substantial subsidies. Any foreign investor would benefit from subsidised government loans which transfer cost and risk onto the Australian taxpayer. Foreign funders may get repaid...

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Report

19 Oct 2017

This report provides a national perspective on the fiscal outlook, examining outcomes across all levels of Australian government on a consistent basis.  
The first part of the report highlights how the national fiscal outlook has changed since jurisdictions released their 2016–17 Budgets....

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Report

11 Oct 2017

The PBO’s 2017–18 Budget medium-term projections report identified that the projected return to surplus in 2020–21 is predominantly due to a projected increase in personal income tax revenue. 

The average tax rate faced by individuals is estimated to increase by 2.3 percentage...

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Draft report

09 Oct 2017

The Productivity Commission has been asked to undertake an inquiry into Australia’s system of horizontal fiscal equalisation (HFE) as the basis for the distribution of GST revenue to the States and Territories (hereafter States). The Productivity Commission is to consider the influence the...

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Report

28 Sep 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to examine whether the Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post) is meeting its obligations efficiently and the effectiveness of Commonwealth shareholders in monitoring value for money. To form a conclusion...

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Book

22 Sep 2017

For reasons of effectiveness, efficiency and equity, Australian law reform should be planned carefully. Academics can and should take the lead in this process. This book collects over 50 discrete law reform recommendations, encapsulated in short, digestible essays written by leading Australian...

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Technical report

13 Sep 2017

Costings produced by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) are estimates of the financial impact of policy proposals on the Commonwealth Government’s budget.  They generally cover a future time period of between four and 10 years.  Despite being the PBO’s best possible estimates of the budget...

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Journal article

01 Sep 2017

The Model Criminal Code (MCC) was intended to be a Code for all Australian jurisdictions. It represents a high point of faith in the value and possibility of systematising, rationalising and modernising criminal law. The core of the MCC is Chapter 2, the ‘general principles of criminal...

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Report

20 Aug 2017

The Commonwealth Observer Group for PNG’s 2017 National Election was present in the country from 19 June to 10 July. Our arrival was preceded by a visit to PNG by the Chair from 24 to 27 May 2017, and an Advance Observer Team, deployed from 7 June 2017 to examine the campaign period. The Chair...

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Briefing paper

07 Aug 2017

Key points:

  • National security has too often been run as a ‘top-down’ policy, with a tendency towards a ‘Canberra knows best’ approach.
  • The states and territories contribute many of the powers and capabilities needed to support our overall effort in dealing
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Guide

07 Aug 2017

On 18 July 2017, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would establish a Home Affairs portfolio that will bring together Australia’s immigration, border protection, law enforcement and domestic security agencies in a single portfolio. As outlined in the recent Library paper,...

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Briefing paper

04 Aug 2017

It is not inevitable that people will learn from history. It is not even inevitable that those who are willing to learn from history learn the right lessons. Which is why, as we approach 10 years since the global financial crisis (GFC) it is important to be clear eyed about what happened in our...

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Discussion paper

25 Jul 2017

In the 25 years since the Mabo High Court decision, native title claims, litigation, determinations, and land use agreements have proliferated with the result that native title is now an undisputed component in the Australian nation's core institutional framework. This has been a remarkable...

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Audio interview

19 Jul 2017

The incoming Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton insists his new super-portfolio is all about protecting Australia and not advancing political agendas. The massive shake-up of security and intelligence agencies means that ASIO, the AFP and Border Force will all report to him. But the Minister...

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Research report

16 Jul 2017

The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the...

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Guide

14 Jul 2017

Every few years since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, a proposal to establish some sort of Australian homeland security department has been put forward as part of the national security policy of either the Liberal/National Coalition or the Australian Labor Party (ALP). Citing the US...

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Research report

12 Jul 2017

This new edition of ‘That’s it - I’m Leaving’ brings the coverage of ministerial departures up to early-2017, encompassing the last 25 years of departures since the last edition was published in 1992.

The resignation dates are those listed officially in the Governor-General’s notices,...

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Report

05 Jul 2017

The 2017–18 Budget papers include projections of the underlying cash balance, net debt and net financial worth to 2027–28 but do not include projections of receipts and payments beyond the forward estimates period ending 2020–21.

In this report the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO)...

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