Politics

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19 Sep 2017

It's the preferred platform of the Leader of the Free World, but to some politicians in Australia, Twitter isn't worth the energy.

Overnight, Federal Labor MP, Ed Husic, announced that he'd posted his final tweet, and some on the government benches say they understand why.

But...

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19 Sep 2017

Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed late last month on the ABC’s flagship news current affairs program, 7.30. It wasn’t pretty viewing. Turnbull responded to host Leigh Sales’ interrogation through gritted teeth. He tetchily accused her of being “negative”: of only wanting “to talk about politics...

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19 Sep 2017

Last week’s release of the Class A files of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into allegations against Justice Lionel Murphy reopened a longstanding controversy about the behaviour of the...

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18 Sep 2017

What do you know about the federal government’s media package, passed last week by the Senate?

Probably: that the votes of the Nick Xenophon Team’s senators and the amendments of their leader were crucial to the bill’s passing.

Probably: that the “whole media industry” supported...

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Research report

18 Sep 2017

Western Australia has a bicameral parliament consisting of the Legislative Assembly (lower house) and the Legislative Council (upper house). On 11 November 2011 the Western Australian Parliament passed the Electoral and Constitution Amendment Act 2011 (WA)  which established a fixed...

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Fact sheet

15 Sep 2017

Since the establishment of Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) in 2012, the number of workers from Vanuatu has increased significantly from 119 to 1533. It has been established that labour mobility improves livelihoods. This is evident throughout out villages and towns in Vanuatu, and is...

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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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Audio interview

14 Sep 2017

Lionel Murphy was a justice of the High Court, a Labor attorney-general and a political figure accused and acquitted of serious crimes.

He's one of the most polarising figures in Australian political history.

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Report

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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12 Sep 2017

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’...

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11 Sep 2017

This week marks ten years since the United Nations adopted its first Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Although non-binding, the Declaration recognised the rights of indigenous peoples around the world to self-determination and proposed protections for their land and...

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11 Sep 2017

A key focus of this report is investigating whether regions, local communities and businesses have sufficient awareness of and effective access to information about the plans to upgrade Defence training facilities so that they can be in a position to offer goods and services.

In addition...

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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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Fact sheet

08 Sep 2017

Due to a Government review of all Royalties for Regions initiatives, purportedly prioritising jobgenerating regional election commitments and the delivery of community infrastructure and services, a change has been made to how Royalties for Regions funding will be allocated. It will now be used...

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07 Sep 2017

The articles reprinted in this report give a range of perspectives on the recent Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) review and its recommendations.

The articles in this report suggest that changes recommended by the review would change the...

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07 Sep 2017

The High Court has struck down the challenges to the same-sex marriage ballot, clearing the way for voting papers to start going out next week.

The court’s decision...

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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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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

On 20 April 2017, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced a package of measures to reform citizenship. The Prime Minister explained that the changes were informed by feedback received from the...

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