Economics

Policy report

11 Sep 2017

This research note recommends a return to New Zealand’s long-cherished bipartisan trade policy that has been damaged in recent years’ debates over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

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  • The US economy is growing steadily at 2%, and unemployment is low
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11 Sep 2017

The Four Corners program reported on the implementation of the 2012 NSW Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling system. The Water Sharing Plan sets out the water entitlements for stakeholders (including irrigators, the environment, communities and industry). It forms the basis for individual...

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Research report

11 Sep 2017

This is the second of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016, with findings of interest to civil society, government, business, and philanthropists.

The Business Giving and Volunteering report focuses on giving and volunteering by small, medium and large businesses that...

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Research report

11 Sep 2017

This is the third release, of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016, with findings of interest to civil society, government, business, and philanthropists.

The Individual Giving and Volunteering report provides insights on volunteering, including trends, innovations and...

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10 Sep 2017

Australia should start work immediately on an electricity ‘capacity mechanism’ in case it is needed to ensure reliable supplies, encourage investment in new generation, and reduce the threat of shortages and blackouts.

But the cost of such peace of mind would ultimately fall on consumers...

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09 Sep 2017

It is widely accepted that last year’s Referendum vote was at least partly driven by public anxiety about immigration. That anxiety is real and must be dealt with. But delivering a ‘hard Brexit’ is not the sole, or even the best way to do so. This paper examines the evidence around EU migration...

Commentary

09 Sep 2017

One of the most common debates in economics is when should government intervene in markets? Government itself – judging by its recent actions – clearly thinks the answer should be ‘quite often’. Can there be any doubt that intervention is increasing, not just in energy markets — see the furore...

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08 Sep 2017

Prior to this research, the most recent analysis available was the Cost of road crashes in Australia 2006 (BITRE 2009) report published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

Importantly, the report shows that...

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07 Sep 2017

Although organisations are increasingly investing in building culturally diverse and gender balanced leadership profiles, culturally diverse women are notably under-represented in leadership ranks.

In Australia and overseas, culturally diverse women experience a ‘double jeopardy’ when...

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Working paper

07 Sep 2017

This paper estimates an Inequality Deflator for the Australian economy, which represents the distributional trade-offs that exist within the current tax and transfer system. These trade-offs can be used to evaluate policy alternatives where equity is an important consideration, as well as...

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Research report

06 Sep 2017

People Matter is an employee perception survey that is regularly conducted across state government public sectors and provides important information and insights for departments, organisations and sector stakeholders on workplace experiences and employee engagement. 

Local...

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06 Sep 2017

Australia’s energy system is undergoing unprecedented transformation. Evidence of these radical transformations can be seen in the portfolio of supply resources in the National Electricity Market (NEM) over the last decade. Since 2014, new supply resources entering the NEM have been...

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06 Sep 2017

This eighth edition of the World Giving Index again presents giving data from across the globe over a five year period (2012-2016). The World Giving Index 2017 includes data from 139 countries that was collected throughout 2016. A full explanation of the methodology used is included in the...

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Audio program

06 Sep 2017

As leaders gather for the Pacific Island Forum, concerns have been raised that Australia's continuing support of coal as a source of energy and export revenue is causing resentment in the region. Liam Fox reports.

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06 Sep 2017

The Senate Economics References Committee notes that the Building Minister's Forum (BMF) has now released the Assessment of the Effectiveness of Compliance and Enforcement Systems for the Building and Construction Industry across Australia review's terms of reference and its timeline. The...

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Discussion paper

06 Sep 2017

The global financial crisis (GFC) focused attention on household debt in dramatic fashion. While Australia escaped much of the immediate fallout, concerns over the level of household debt have become more entwined in policy deliberations in recent years. Parallel concerns, flowing from the rapid...

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Discussion paper

06 Sep 2017

ASIC has the power to ban individuals from providing financial services in certain circumstances, for example, where the individual has breached a financial services law, has been convicted of fraud, is not of ‘good fame or character’, or is not adequately trained or competent to provide...

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Audio program

05 Sep 2017

As the proportion of renters continues to rise around the country, there's growing acceptance that for many, the great Australian dream of owning a home will be out of reach.

Last week, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia called...

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Strategy

05 Sep 2017

BUDGET PAPER NO. 1 – 2017-18 TREASURER'S SPEECH

This is the budget speech delivered in Parliament by the Treasurer on 7 September 2017. It outlines the priorities of the Government for the budget year and is the formal second reading of the Recurrent and Capital Appropriation Bills....

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05 Sep 2017

This report focuses on changes in the CPI for Darwin across a range of key expenditure areas over the past year. It is important to note that CPI figures only reflect trends for capital cities and Australia as a whole, and cannot tell us about trends in price movement for states and territories...

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