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18 Aug 2017

Dual Citizenship and Section 44: What Role of the Court?

The relevance of section 44 of the Australian Constitution has again been questioned. Senator Matt Canavan has resigned as a minister on account that he might be an Italian citizen. It seems anomalous to the naked...

Research report

16 Aug 2017

The internationally collaborative and generally synchronous Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program offers an opportunity to compare procurement oversight between different partner nations. In democracies, parliamentary oversight plays an important role in public accountability and transparency....

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

Improving health and well-being and promoting equity in outcomes are long-standing goals of New Zealand governments (for example, Department of Health, 1989; King, 2000; Ryall, 2007; Ministry of Health, 2016a, 2016b).1 New Zealand’s publicly funded health system delivers millions of high-quality...

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Discussion paper

14 Aug 2017

No federal agency has the investigative powers or jurisdiction to expose corrupt conduct in the federal government and public sector.

A federal anti-corruption commission would fill the gaps in our integrity system and increase public trust in government. No federal agency has the...

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Research report

10 Aug 2017

This paper reports on trends in NSW State finances between 2002-03 and 2017-18 (inclusive). For most of the key indicators, the paper also shows trends by Parliament for the current (56th) Parliament and previous three Parliaments.

Note that the NSW public sector (the total State sector)...

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09 Aug 2017

The Ararat Rural City Council failed comprehensively to act in the interest of the Municipality on some of the most important functions of any council; namely, the rating strategy, community engagement, the termination of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), appointment of an interim CEO and...

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09 Aug 2017

Internal audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an agency’s operations. It is an important part of the internal control framework and helps an agency accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to...

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Briefing paper

08 Aug 2017

In December 2016, RAND and the National Security College at The Australian National University partnered to facilitate a cyber security–focused 360º Discovery Exercise in Canberra.

Key findings

  • An interdisciplinary exercise generated three overarching policy
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08 Aug 2017

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of measures taken to strengthen the protection of Australia’s posts and staff overseas.

To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO assessed whether:

  • a robust security framework that articulates an
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Audio program

07 Aug 2017

Unions and civil liberties groups have described the federal government's new social media policy for public servants as reprehensible and absurd, saying it could even be in breach of the Constitution.

The new policy prohibits the liking or sharing of anti-government material on any...

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Briefing paper

07 Aug 2017

Key points:

  • National security has too often been run as a ‘top-down’ policy, with a tendency towards a ‘Canberra knows best’ approach.
  • The states and territories contribute many of the powers and capabilities needed to support our overall effort in dealing
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Guide

07 Aug 2017

On 18 July 2017, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would establish a Home Affairs portfolio that will bring together Australia’s immigration, border protection, law enforcement and domestic security agencies in a single portfolio. As outlined in the recent Library paper,...

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Briefing paper

04 Aug 2017

It is not inevitable that people will learn from history. It is not even inevitable that those who are willing to learn from history learn the right lessons. Which is why, as we approach 10 years since the global financial crisis (GFC) it is important to be clear eyed about what happened in our...

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Working paper

04 Aug 2017

This chapter focusses on the question of how formal institutions, like those governing the level of freedom, the regulatory state, political parties and the generosity of the welfare state, affect self-reported well-being. The evidence suggests, for example, that more freedom, as well as...

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03 Aug 2017

There are gaps in Australia’s emergency management legislation. The states and territories have extensive and comprehensive emergency management legislation, but the provisions dealing with local government range from almost non-existent (in New South Wales) to significant (in Queensland)...

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03 Aug 2017

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that former NSW minister for infrastructure Anthony Kelly and former members of Parliament, Edward Obeid Sr and Joseph Tripodi, engaged in serious corrupt conduct in relation to their actions concerning a public private...

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Audio interview

02 Aug 2017

Just seven weeks out from a general election New Zealand's opposition Labour party has changed leaders.

Andrew Little resigned as leader of the Labour party yesterday — following a string of poor results in the polls and support for his party plummeting to just 23 per cent.

He's...

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Discussion paper

01 Aug 2017

In 2011–12 Papua New Guinea suffered its most serious constitutional crisis since independence, when the incumbent prime minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, was effectively removed from office in a ‘political coup’ by members of parliament whose actions were subsequently ruled...

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Discussion paper

01 Aug 2017

Australia is an open and welcoming country. People come to Australia for a range of reasons and their stay in Australia might be on a temporary or permanent basis.

The eligibility of people other than citizens to enter and remain in Australia is underpinned by Australia’s visa system....

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Other text

27 Jul 2017

The word ‘innovation’ is seemingly everywhere in governments. It is often seen as a way of addressing pressing public policy challenges, and governments are increasingly turning to new innovation policies and innovation ‘units’ or ‘labs’. Yet amidst all this enthusiasm for innovation, there is...

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