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30 Sep 2017

Colorado Health Institute vice-president Amy Downs spent seven months in New Zealand between February and August 2017 as an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow in Public Policy and was hosted by Treasury.

This is her report of her findings, which examines and reports on the reforms of the...

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22 Nov 2017

To investigate the prevalence of overwork and unpaid overtime, the Centre for Future Work commissioned a survey of over 1400 Australians on the incidence of overwork and Australian attitudes toward it. The results are surprising.

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22 Nov 2017

This year we present a combined report addressing performance, affordability, and compliance outcomes. It is a requirement of the National Energy Retail Law that this information is published annually.

The report covers the territory and states where the Retail Law applies: the ACT...

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22 Nov 2017

This statistical report is a further development of the previous rail freight performance publications series Trainlines 1–4.These publications are collaborations between BITRE and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). Trainline 5 provides an overview of freight, urban and non-urban...

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21 Nov 2017

The Victorian Energy Market Report is your guide to how the electricity and gas market is performing. It aims to help customers understand how the energy retail market works and what they need to do to get the best out of it.

This report provides an in depth account of customers’...

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Discussion paper

21 Nov 2017

This paper reviews the implications of the latest Trump tax plan for Australia; in particular that part of the plan that involves changes to the company tax arrangements. The present plan would bring the tax rate down to 20 per cent at the national level. With state taxes, that means that the...

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Research report

21 Nov 2017

The National Temporary Migrant Work Survey is the most comprehensive study of wage theft and working conditions among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants in Australia. The survey draws on responses from 4,322 temporary migrants across 107 nationalities of every...

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Audio interview

21 Nov 2017

Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel predicts power bills will continue to rise and energy supply will be less reliable unless Australia develops better storage systems — particularly for days when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow.

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20 Nov 2017

Over the past decade, Australia’s electricity market has experienced change on an unprecedented scale. In a decentralised, yet integrated 21st century energy future, electricity networks must enable new opportunities for managing the complexity of multiple pathways for flows of electricity and ...

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Working paper

20 Nov 2017

In this paper we develop a comprehensive measure of the gap between housing supply and demand at a regional level in Australia. We take into account a range of complicating factors such as changing demographics, building types and the increase in unoccopied dwellings at the regional level....

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20 Nov 2017

The independent modelling, commissioned by the Climate Council, confirms there will be significantly fewer jobs in the national electricity sector under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), compared to Australia’s current projected energy employment levels in the sector.

This report shows...

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18 Nov 2017

The Norfolk Island economy is in a state of crisis and on its current trajectory is heading towards a disaster in which many businesses and families will suffer substantially.

This crisis is a result of the manner of intervention by the Australian...

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17 Nov 2017

The fourth year of WGEA data records strong improvements in organisations conducting gender pay gap analyses, making managers accountable for gender equality outcomes and encouraging flexible work arrangements.

The data also confirms that every industry and occupation across the...

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Working paper

17 Nov 2017

Technology, globalisation, and digitalisation are having a tremendous impact on education, employment, family, and migration globally. Termed the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, the digital revolution consists of developments in information technologies combined with robotisation, automation of...

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Research report

17 Nov 2017

Executive summary

In June 2016 there were just over 4.7 million people employed by small businesses in Australia.

Employees of small businesses accounted for just over 44 per cent of all employed persons in the private sector. Larger businesses accounted for just...

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16 Nov 2017

Data-driven innovation has allowed consumers to search for better products and deals instantaneously and allows providers to price discriminate based on minute-by-minute demand analysis, but it also creates opportunities for collusion.

In response to tech development, the ACCC now has a...

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16 Nov 2017

There are sound economic, environmental and political reasons to veto Adani’s loan.

(1) Stopping the NAIF loan to Adani means more money for projects in other industries, like tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and renewable energy.

(2) Poll after poll shows Queenslanders, like...

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15 Nov 2017

On 11 August 2017, the Board of Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced that it would discontinue the Super Rugby licence for the Western Force. The decision prompted outrage among rugby union fans who believed that the process the ARU used to arrive at that decision was flawed.

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Discussion paper

15 Nov 2017

People who are living with a disability are vastly overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty figures, and 74 percent of those who are not in work want to be working. Our research shows a pressing need to break down the barriers to employment for these New Zealanders, to allow them to access this...

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