Economics

Research report

29 Aug 2107

This study shows rising inequality in the hourly rates of gross earnings (before tax and benefits) among both wage and salary earners and the self-employed over the period 1998- 2015. It finds the hourly earnings of low and middle income wage and salary earners went up at half the rate of the...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

Promoting economic growth is a ubiquitous concern and a priority for all levels of government in Australia and abroad. Despite a steady stream of reforms, inquiries and initiatives intended to help clarify and improve the effectiveness of the role of government in economic development; this...

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21 Sep 2017

The electricity system in Australia is undergoing a major transformation due to technological change, changing consumer preferences, rising domestic gas prices, as well as a shift away from fossil fuels like coal and gas.

Energy storage such as battery storage, pumped hydro and solar...

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Discussion paper

20 Sep 2017

Group insurance in superannuation and particularly its automatic issuance on an opt-out basis has been a successful policy for Australia which has resulted in better risk protection for Australians from all walks of life. It provides a safety net to millions of Australians who would have...

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Discussion paper

19 Sep 2017

The Australian government is asking for ideas to help develop a national Digital Economy Strategy. It will help the government to identify the key issues, challenges and opportunities, and to develop a way forward.

This discussion paper considers the broader digital economy, followed by...

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19 Sep 2017

A community energy project is a renewable energy or energy efficiency project that a community develops, delivers and benefits from. Examples include a cooperative that raises funds to construct a small wind farm, or a community group that organises a bulk buy of solar panels for installation on...

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18 Sep 2017

While Tasmania’s unemployment rate sits at around the national average at 5.6% the survey results have revealed that underemployment is a critical issue for many Tasmanian workers.

The importance of underemployment is being increasingly recognised as a vital part of the unemployment...

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18 Sep 2017

This report presents results from several quantitative simulations of the impact of wage suppression on superannuation entitlements of affected workers, their long-run retirement incomes, and corresponding fiscal effects on government. The report considers several specific scenarios,...

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Discussion paper

15 Sep 2017

For over a decade, the U.S. Copyright Office and other groups have explored the operation of section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act (exceptions for libraries and archives) with an eye toward updating the provision for the digital age. After more recent study and review, the Copyright Office is...

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Working paper

15 Sep 2017

Distributional analysis captures the wide range of policy outcomes and the diverse effects of policy changes across the population. Static microsimulation models are a commonly used tool for producing distributional analysis. Treasury has developed the CAPITA (Comparative Analysis of Personal...

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15 Sep 2017

Twenty years on from the Asian Financial Crisis it is timely to assess how the region is placed to manage and mitigate risks of economic crisis, and to consider Australia’s role in this. This analysis frames the policy options Australia faces through imagining a potential future scenario where a...

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Audio program

14 Sep 2017

After weeks of negotiations, the Federal Government has secured the numbers to pass its media laws package, clearing the way for major mergers and acquisitions.

The Nick Xenophon Team agreed to support the Government's package, in exchange for a 60-million-dollar new fund for independent...

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14 Sep 2017

Structure of this report

This report comprises 6 chapters, including this introductory chapter:

  • Chapter 2 presents background information on toll roads in Australia and in other countries.
  • Chapter 3 examines the financial arrangements for existing
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13 Sep 2017

This Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) report shows Australia is at risk of becoming an Americanised society of working poor if people are not given a pay rise.

Rising inequality is forcing working people into poverty, with the number of workers who are now on minimum or award...

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13 Sep 2017

Effective whistleblowing provides an essential service in fostering integrity and accountability while deterring and exposing misconduct, fraud and corruption. A recent analysis of whistleblower protections across G20 countries found Australia's laws to be comprehensive for the public sector,...

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13 Sep 2017

This inquiry continues the work commenced by the Select Committee on the Establishment of a National Integrity Commission (2016 select committee) established during the 44th Parliament on 24 February 2016. The 2016 select committee tabled an interim report on 3 May 2016.

This report...

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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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12 Sep 2017

In undertaking its inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector, the committee continues its long tradition of investigating issues of concern to meat industry stakeholders – particularly producers. In this, its final report, the committee focuses on several...

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Video program

12 Sep 2017

This New Zealand documentary from Bryan Bruce investigates the reasons house prices have soared while the home ownership rate is falling. The result is there are people sleeping in cars and "rental refugees" in Whangarei.

In considering causes, Bruce reflects "My dad was a postman and my...

Audio program

12 Sep 2017

China's plans to eventually ban the sale of new petrol and diesel engines could hurt Australia's multi-billion-dollar car-parts industry, which exports to China.

The group which represents Australian car parts manufacturers says there are benefits and opportunities for local companies. It...

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