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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.

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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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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

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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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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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Research report

17 Nov 2017

The majority of Australians have engaged with the charity sector in the past year. Charitable support was based on the knowledge there would be a clear and measurable outcome and an understanding that a high proportion of funds donated would contribute towards the cause. This...

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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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Discussion paper

15 Nov 2017

The benefits of the Adani coal mine have been readily discussed and debated. Equally important but rarely discussed are the many electorates that stand to lose out from the development of the Galilee Basin. In some cases, the winners and losers share an electorate.

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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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15 Nov 2017

The Treasurer tabled the 2016–17 Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria (AFR) in Parliament on 21 September 2017. The AFR includes the financial statements of the State of Victoria (the State) and the general government sector (GGS).

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Research report

14 Nov 2017

Heatwaves and extreme heat are a significant risk to household health. As electricity costs rise, more households are experiencing difficulty paying energy bills. Householder concerns about energy bills already contribute to self-rationing of heating and negative outcomes for health and...

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14 Nov 2017

Under the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 (Vic), the Committee has the function of monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption Commission (IBAC), which is the key anti‑corruption agency in Victoria. Previously, the Committee has...

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13 Nov 2017

This is the sixth report in a series carried out independently over thirty years by Professor Throsby at Macquarie University, with funding from the Australia Council. The series tracks trends in the lives and working conditions of Australian artists over thirty years and identifies challenges...

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Journal

13 Nov 2017

Editorial note

This issue of Policy Quarterly commences with five articles on aspects of government regulation in New Zealand. A separate editorial note (see below) by Dr Peter Mumford and Keith Manch summarizes the purpose and content of these articles. My sincere thanks...

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Briefing paper

13 Nov 2017

Key points:

  • The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is both a blueprint for a China-centric order in the Indo-Pacific and a means to address internal economic and political challenges.
  • China is not yet capable of leading that order, but its desire to do so is
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Research report

13 Nov 2017

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  • Innovation is critical to Australia's future. The economic and technological realities of an increasingly innovative world economy will inevitably catch up to Australia — and Australia needs to be ready. The Global Innovation Index (GII), the world'
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13 Nov 2017

There has been much talk about the changing global environment in recent years with significant shifts in the global economy, politics and governance.

As a result, the standards and institutions that Australia has relied on, in some cases for decades, to underpin global relations...

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