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Audio interview

27 Oct 2017

Today's the first day on the job for New Zealand's new Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was sworn in yesterday.

Her swearing-in comes more than a month after New Zealand took to the polls in an inconclusive vote on September 23.

Jacinda Ardern has now promised to build...

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Audio interview

26 Oct 2017

Cape York leader Noel Pearson says, "There's no reconciliation and recognition under this Prime Minister," after...

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Report

26 Oct 2017

The government appears to be soliciting foreign funding for a project that stands to benefit from substantial subsidies. Any foreign investor would benefit from subsidised government loans which transfer cost and risk onto the Australian taxpayer. Foreign funders may get repaid...

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25 Oct 2017

A dual crisis haunts America’s Asia policy at a time when China is challenging the United States-led regional order. Early visits to the region by senior Trump administration officials, along with intense attention to the North Korean nuclear problem, point to an illusory continuity in Asia...

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Commentary

24 Oct 2017

In early 2015, not long after the formation of the unprecedented national unity government between Timor-Leste’s two largest parties, the CNRT and Fretilin, senior CNRT minister Agio Pereira remarked on the country’s remarkable transition from “belligerent democracy” to consensus democracy....

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Draft report

23 Oct 2017

This Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW (“the Model Code of Conduct”) is made under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993 (“LGA”) and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (“the Regulation”).

Section 440 of the LGA...

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23 Oct 2017

This report outlines the findings of an investigation into whether Cairns Regional Council and its councillors comply with relevant legislative and policy requirements and act reasonably in relation to the disclosure and management of councillors’ conflicts of interest.

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Article

20 Oct 2017

When New Zealand’s 37-year-old Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern is formally sworn in as Prime Minister there will be some, on both sides of the Tasman, who will try to question her legitimacy. Those doing so will reveal they do not understand New Zealand’s proportional representation system.

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Book

20 Oct 2017

Despite the difference in their populations and political status, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea have comparable levels of economic dependence on the extraction and export of mineral resources. For this reason, the costs and benefits of large-scale mining projects for indigenous communities...

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Audio interview

19 Oct 2017

Lobbying has become a powerful multi-million dollar industry in Australia.

It's also become a lucrative career path for many former politicians who can use their connections and inside knowledge to influence public policy for their paying clients.

In some cases — ministers have...

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Discussion paper

19 Oct 2017

The Minerals Council of Australia featured in 1,594 Australian news stories in the last year mentioning coal. This was three times more than iron ore, far more than any other mineral.

Yet only 16 of the MCA’s 45 members mine coal at all. Just 3 are entirely focused on thermal coal. The...

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Research report

19 Oct 2017

This paper journeys through the fifty year history of a proposed rail link between Melbourne and its airport at Tullamarine.

The paper is separated into three sections. The first section is presented in broadly chronological order and discusses: 

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19 Oct 2017

The committee is investigating how the increased investment in defence will deliver benefits and opportunities for regional economies and communities. It is looking at what mechanisms are in place to ensure local business is aware of and ready to be considered for opportunities, businesses which...

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Policy report

17 Oct 2017

Ten years ago, the Rudd Government introduced the Lobbying Code of Conduct. It was an attempt to regulate the way lobbyists work in Canberra.

It didn’t work – for a lot of reasons. It...

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Commentary

16 Oct 2017

Last week Radio National’s Background Briefing aired the extraordinary allegation that the seventy-seven alleged Chinese criminals deported from Fiji in August were mainly teenage girls brought to the Pacific as sex workers. All the evidence suggests that the arrests were designed to reassure a...

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Briefing paper

16 Oct 2017

Unsolicited proposals are projects proposed directly to government by private parties rather than in response to a request from government. Projects in NSW that have progressed from unsolicited proposals include the Crown Sydney Resort at Barangaroo, NorthConnex, and the partial lease of Ausgrid...

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Briefing paper

16 Oct 2017

On 23 June 2011, former Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the "long overdue review" of the State's electoral legislation by the NSW Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. Whilst the two key Acts of the NSW electoral system – the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act...

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Report

15 Oct 2017

Strategic risk is a grey area in which governments need to make critical assessments of capability, motive and intent. Over recent decades, judgements in this area have relied heavily on the conclusion that the capabilities required for a serious assault on Australia simply did...

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Research report

15 Oct 2017

There are complex reasons offered to explain the recent resurgence of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to centre stage in Australian national politics. Hanson’s success in acquiring four Senate seats in the 2016 federal election provided her with an influential presence. Her resurgence has attracted...

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Guide

13 Oct 2017

Since late August 2017, there have been renewed allegations of systematic human rights abuses by Myanmar (also ‘Burma’) security forces conducting counter-insurgency and so-called ‘clearance operations’ against Rohingya militants in Rakhine State. The security operations followed coordinated...