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Research report

16 Nov 2017

Rapidly changing operating environments of governments and stakeholders threaten to outdate policy practices. Emerging technologies, fluid political preferences, shifting societal attitudes—including a declining level of trust in public institutions (Edelman 2017)—are transforming our world....

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19 Oct 2017

In order to maintain and expand an agricultural sector capable of providing a secure source of food for the long-term future of the nation, Australia must consider a broad range of development opportunities and be prepared to take calculated risks. Creative new ventures will be essential but...

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12 Oct 2017

Food loss and waste undermines food security and addressing it can provide economic, social and environmental benefits. Food is lost or wasted at each stage of the Chinese food supply chain but, as with other middle-income countries, more food is beginning to be wasted in the consumption stage....

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05 Oct 2017

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In northern Australia, three major hydrogeological systems are listed as being highly productive: the Canning Basin in Western Australia, the Great Artesian Basin in Queensland and the Daly Basin in the Northern Territory. Each of these systems is unique and, as...

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Report

29 Sep 2017

The Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land (the Agricultural Land Register) was established to provide greater transparency about the level of foreign ownership of Australia’s agricultural land. 

The Commissioner of Taxation reports annually to the Treasurer on the operation...

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12 Sep 2017

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Just over half a century ago, agricultural economist Bruce Davidson published a book entitled The Northern Myth (1966). His statement from this book that ‘Politicians, with the support of the press, have taken advantage of the peculiar fascination...

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25 Jul 2017

India is the largest consumer of groundwater in the world and, because its rate of extraction has remained high, groundwater replenishment has been unable to sustain water levels in many of the country’s aquifers. At the same time, contamination is a serious problem throughout the country and...

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20 Jun 2017

Soil fertility comprises three interrelated components: physical fertility, chemical fertility and biological fertility. Biological fertility, the organisms that live in the soil and interact with the other components, varies greatly depending upon conditions and it is highly complex and dynamic...

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Thesis

11 Jun 2017

Vanilla was first introduced to French Polynesia in 1848 and from 1899-1966 was a major export for French Polynesia who then produced an average of 158 tonnes of cured Vanilla tahitensis beans annually. In 1967, vanilla production declined rapidly to a low of 0.6 tonnes by 1981, which prompted a...

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Working paper

01 May 2017

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) establishes the need to set and manage water resources within limits. This report is the first national assessment of the indirect impacts of the NPS-FM on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The water quality...

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Audio interview

21 Apr 2017

We exist in a world where 30 percent of people are starving while the planet's human population continues to surge. Our natural resources like water and arable land are shrinking and pollution and dramatic changes in climate are increasing, all alongside whilst there are concerns about energy...

Commentary

Article

11 Apr 2017

Extreme is the new normal when it comes to weather, with devastation caused by floods, fires and cyclones filling our news feeds all too frequently.

Thanks to the relatively recent development of event attribution in climate science, researchers can now confidently attribute the increase...

Discussion paper

16 Mar 2017

Today the Productivity Commission released an issues paper posing the questions the Commission will seek to ask and answer in their National Water Reform Inquiry.

Water reform has supported growth in agriculture and other industries, returned much needed water to the environment, created...

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Discussion paper

15 Mar 2017

The Climate Change Authority has released this issues paper for consultation.

The authority has recommended further work be done on how to better coordinate action to reduce emissions, improve environmental outcomes and benefit agricultural productivity.

In the first phase of the...

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Research report

24 Jan 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ implementation of the new biosecurity legislative framework.

To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted...

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Research report

15 Jan 2017

The biodiversity within agricultural systems can be overlooked by research and can also be considered of limited value in conservation policy and natural resource planning. In South Australia, the importance of diverse agricultural ecosystems (agro-ecosystems) are rarely analysed in depth or...

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Strategy

14 Dec 2016

The Draft New England North West Regional Plan applies to 12 local government areas – Tenterfield, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Armidale Regional, Uralla, Walcha, Gwydir, Tamworth Regional, Liverpool Plains, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Moree Plains.

The region encompasses the traditional lands...

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13 Dec 2016

Information and life science technologies have profound social, political, psychological and ethical implications. Public perceptions of such technologies are potentially volatile.

The Swinburne National Technology and Society Monitor was...

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Audio interview

26 Nov 2016

The agricultural sector is booming but are the benefits flowing to regional Australia?

Saul Eslake and Fiona Simson discuss the regional economy and what is needed to drive growth.

Saul Eslake is an economist, company director and Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of...

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Research report

23 Nov 2016

Melbourne is surrounded by a highly productive foodbowl that  currently grows a wide variety of fresh foods, but it faces challenges:

  •  Melbourne’s foodbowl grows 47% of the vegetables produced in  Victoria and has the capacity to meet around 41% of Melbourne’s total  food needs
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