Politics

Audio interview

15 Jun 2017

Are governments using the threat of terrorism as a pretext to spy on their citizens? That's certainly the view of the United Nation's Privacy rapporteur, who is calling for a treaty to regulate government surveillance of citizens. 

Interview with Professor Joe Cannataci, who was appointed...

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Commentary

10 Jun 2017

Chief scientist, Alan Finkel, got a lot of people very excited when he released his draft report into Australia energy security last December, less than three months after the September blackout put conservatives into a flap over wind and solar.

We were in the midst of an unstoppable...

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Report

08 Jun 2017

 

Impartiality, professionalism and integrity are important foundations for the public sector. Public sector staff must act with these values in mind, to ensure the use of public funds is as effective and efficient as possible, to meet community needs and to maintain public trust....

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Audio interview

07 Jun 2017

Former top US intelligence official, James Clapper, has joined the growing chorus of voices warning of Chinese interference in Australian politics. He's likened Beijing's growing influence to Russia's recent meddling in last year's presidential election.

The controversy has refocussed...

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Book

07 Jun 2017

"This is a book for the record of a specific time, essentially 1983-1991, when I was an Australian Government Minister for Primary Industry and then Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, but with some relevant commentary before and after this period. It is designed as a source document...

Report

05 Jun 2017

Australian governments must act now to safeguard and encourage vibrant debate on matters of public interest, fifteen non-government organisations have said in a new report to be released today.  

Emily Howie, Director of Legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and report co-author,...

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Report

01 Jun 2017

Russia wants to be recognised as a great power, and has sufficient economic power and potential to encourage it to behave accordingly. However, under its current leadership it recognises that there are economic limits to its behaviour. There is a consistent commitment to budget discipline and a...

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Policy report

30 May 2017

The social sector or ‘social services sector’ delivers a wide range of services to New Zealanders throughout their lives (Whitcombe, 2009; Social Sector Forum, 2014, p. 1). The significance of the social sector for achieving positive outcomes in the lives of New Zealanders is reflected in its...

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Research report

30 May 2017

Executive summary

Statistics New Zealand has estimated that since 1996 increases in outputs of the public sector have largely been associated with increasing labour inputs. In the education sector, for example, the average annual increase in output of 1.0% between 1996...

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Research report

29 May 2017

The proliferation of cyberspace and rise of social media have enriched and strengthened the application of democratic governance. Technological developments have expedited the international flow of information, improved freedom of speech in many areas of the world, and increased the quality of...

Working paper

29 May 2017

This paper analyses the longer term impacts of involuntary job loss of workers subsequent employment, earnings, and income support in New Zealand. It uses data from the Survey of Family, Income and Employment (SoFIE) to identify job displacements over the period 2001–10, matched to...

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Manifesto

26 May 2017

Coming from all points of the southern sky, over 250 Delegates gathered at the 2017 First Nations National Constitutional Convention and today made a historic statement from the heart in hopes of improving the lives of future generations.

The conversation at Uluru built on six months of...

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Report

24 May 2017

The inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt Café siege examined the circumstances surrounding, and issues arising in relation to, the deaths of Tori Johnson, Katrina Dawson and Man Haron Monis in December 2014.

This report is divided into five parts containing 20 chapters. A...

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23 May 2017

Performance management of employees is critical to supporting a high-performing Australian Public Service (APS). While the management of underperformance is only one aspect of an effective performance management framework, it is important because underperforming employees negatively impact...

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Commentary

19 May 2017

Over the past six months, from Hobart to Broome and Adelaide to Thursday Island, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have reclaimed the movement towards constitutional recognition at twelve historic First Nation Regional Dialogues. On 23–26 May, on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967...

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Research report

18 May 2017

Foreword

We want to return the discussion to the important issues for most New Zealand workers and taxpayers that are often forgotten during all the talk of ‘burdens’ and ‘reliefs’: why we pay tax, what our taxes are paying for, and whether New Zealand’s tax system is...

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Survey

18 May 2017

New polling from The Australia Institute shows the majority of Australians think US President Donald Trump will not honour a deal to take refugees from Manus Island and Nauru to be resettled in the United States.

Half of respondents (51%) disagreed with the statement ‘Donald Trump...

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Report

16 May 2017

The capital gains tax (CGT) discount is a tax concession. While personal income earned in other ways is taxed at the full marginal rate, only half the income earned from a capital gain is taxed. So if someone were to earn an additional $1,000 from extra hours at work, all the $1,000 would be...

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Discussion paper

15 May 2017

This discussion paper is based on a public speech delivered by the Hon. Patrick Nisira MHR, the Vice-President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, which was organised by the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU...

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Briefing paper

12 May 2017

This paper features a timeline of privatisations that have occurred in NSW since 1989 up to and including the recent sales of the titling and registry business of Land and Property Information, and Endeavour Energy. It identifies the proceeds from each sale in nominal terms. The paper also lists...

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