The Australian government recognises that the data it holds is a strategic national resource that holds considerable value for growing the economy, improving service delivery and transforming policy outcomes for all Australians. This paper outlines key concepts and principles which may guide development of the...
This paper argues that it is evident that Australia’s attraction as a location to conduct R&D has diminished, with the net tax benefit available for non-refundables now being amongst the lowest on a comparison of international R&D tax regimes.
The federal government welcomes stakeholder feedback on the exposure draft legislation and associated explanatory materials. In addition, this accompanying consultation paper outlines key areas where the government requests specific feedback on the implementation of the reforms.
This advisory report examined the Bill to strengthen the transparency of foreign influence in Australia’s political and government decision making.
The Family Violence Bill 2018 in Victoria, Australia creates a new statutory authority enshrined in legislation, Respect Victoria, which will work to address gender inequality as a root cause of family violence.
The new prevention organisation, will work to change the attitudes, social norms...
During its inquiry, the committee received compelling evidence that Australia is facing an unprecedented threat from espionage and foreign interference. The committee also received evidence that current laws are not adequate to deal with this threat.
The Serious Offenders Bill 2018 was introduced to the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 8 May 2018. It seeks to establish a civil, protective scheme under which offenders who have served custodial sentences for certain serious sexual and/or violent offences, and who present an unacceptable risk...
Much-anticipated changes to Victoria’s political finance laws favour the big parties and fall short of full transparency.
The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 (‘Advancing the Treaty Bill’) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, on 7 March 2018.
ACOSS submission to Community Affairs Committee on Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018, recommending the Committee oppose this Bill.
The Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform bill seeks to ban foreign donations to political parties and their “associated entities”. But it also seeks to capture organisations, including charities, that undertake public advocacy on policy issues.
This discussion paper has been released to seek feedback on proposed regulations to support measures in the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill, in relation to addressing misuse of the Financial Service Providers Register.
While most would agree that only Australians should have the power to influence our election outcomes, our nation is one of the few western democracies where foreign money can still be used to influence domestic elections.
This New Zealand Initiative submission recommends that the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill should not proceed until parliamentary debate can be informed by a competent official assessment of its likely net benefits (or costs) for New Zealanders.
Copyright safe harbours can be a useful policy tool. They help ensure that exposure to copyright liability doesn’t inhibit socially or economically useful activity, such as developing internet infrastructure.
New Zealand MPs will cast a conscience vote on a euthanasia bill. But with 49 out of 120 seats held by 'list' MPs, this raises issues about the democratic process under the country's electoral system.
Freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society. Political communication is obviously an important mode of speech and accordingly, the laws and regulations that seek to restrict it are inherently concerning.
This resource outlines the results of a major survey into the stress impacts associated with the Australian marriage equality debate during the lead up to the postal survey results announcement.
This Quick Guide provides a chronological list of bills relating to marriage equality introduced into the federal parliament, including bills restored to the Notice Paper or reintroduced in a later parliament.