State governments

Discussion paper

17 Jul 2017

A new report from Hobart-based think tank, The Australia Institute Tasmania, has found that previous estimates of the impact of phasing out poker machines on employment are inconsistent with recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.   

ABS data suggests gambling employment in...

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Discussion paper

04 Jul 2017

The research finds that the banks are not only very capable of paying the 0.0036% levy on the same liabilities that the federal government levy is based on, but also that the levy is good economics, justified by the unique structures governing banking in Australia which help make it the most...

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Briefing paper

23 Jun 2017

This e-brief discusses current restrictions on political donations in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions in the light of recent media reports on donations from foreign and foreign-linked donors.

It then outlines the means by which donors could bypass these restrictions, before briefly...

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Strategy

22 Jun 2017

Modern health services, jobs aligned with future industries and neighbourhoods where families can live safely and children receive high quality education — these are the benchmarks the government sets in this state budget.

A new Future Jobs Fund will build on measures in recent budgets...

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Report

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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Report

10 May 2017

Public participation is the involvement of those affected by a decision in the decision-making process. In Australia and overseas, there is growing recognition of the value of public participation as an essential part of planning projects and making decisions. 

In this audit, we examine...

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Statistics

29 Apr 2017

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​​The Autumn 2017 edition of the NSW Economic Update presents a current snapshot of the NSW economy and provides relevant points of comparison with other Australian States and Territories.

For the fifth consecutive quarter, New South Wales has been the...

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Research report

30 Mar 2017

Overview

This report focuses on key observations and common issues identified from our financial, performance and compliance audits in 2016, and identifies examples of good practice. It also looks forward to where we will focus our efforts in 2017.

We have...

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Research report

22 Mar 2017

In this audit, we assessed whether DELWP, and councils in their roles as planning and responsible authorities, are managing and implementing the planning system to support the objectives of the Act and the desired outcomes of state planning policies.

We also examined:

• progress...

Research report

22 Mar 2017

Overview

Land use planning and development are important for meeting the changing needs of the growing population.

An environmental impact assessment is a tool used to predict the environmental, social and economic effects of a proposed development at an early...

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Research report

19 Mar 2017

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Construction of Hong Kong’s metro railway was funded solely from the sale of development rights around stations. Close to one third of London’s CrossRail is being funded by levies on nearby businesses. ‘Value capture’ is back in fashion, and the calls are growing...

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Research report

06 Mar 2017

Aims: To assess the longer-term effects of the 2014 NSW liquor law reforms on levels of violence in the inner Sydney area.

Method: Interrupted time series models were used to examine the effects of the legislative reforms introduced in January 2014....

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Research report

01 Mar 2017

This report states that, in the third year of the NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan, 17 of the 24 actions have been completed while seven more have been progressed.

Key achievements in 2015–16

Goal 1: Attract renewable energy investment

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Journal article

01 Mar 2017

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This paper explores the nature of relations between public officials and community workers, drawing on empirical data from a study on Indigenous patrols in New South Wales, Australia. Patrol workers interact with public officials from various state entities who...

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Guide

20 Feb 2017

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender. It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth Parliament and the parliaments of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia since the last update was published on 19 ...

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Research report

19 Feb 2017

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The Commonwealth government’s perilous financial position is well known, but the finances of state government also warrant our attention. In aggregate, since plunging heavily into deficit after 2007, the states’ fiscal position has improved markedly in recent...

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Book

14 Feb 2017

This publication is the fifth in a series of Queensland political chronicles published by the TJ Ryan Foundation since 2012. Through a collection of themed chapters, the book’s authors provide an ‘overview’ assessment of the second year in office of the Palaszczuk Government in Queensland. The...

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Commentary

Article

10 Feb 2017

The South Australian government will introduce from July a “point-of-consumption tax” to claw back some of the gambling tax revenue it is seeing disappear over the border.

The new tax is a reasonable response to a growing problem, and probably won’t send bookmakers to the wall. But it...

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Statistics

07 Feb 2017

Overview

The Summer 2017 edition of the NSW Economic Update presents a current snapshot of the NSW economy and provides relevant points of comparison with other Australian States and Territories.

For the fourth consecutive quarter, New South Wales has been the best...

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Discussion paper

02 Feb 2017

In response to Peter Brent's analysis in Inside Story (14 July 2016) of state-based voting trends witnessed at the 2016 federal election, Swinburne University's Paul Rodan ...

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