March 2009

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30 Mar 2009

Well-known media blogger and journalist, Margaret Simons, herself wrestling with the challenges of adapting to novel demands and opportunities, tells Peter Clarke there is no turning back now to the old one-to-many model of news journalism.

HUMANS HAVE ALWAYS craved and shared...

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30 Mar 2009

Lawrence Springborg has a glimpse of the summit, but the polls suggest he won't get there this time, writes Brian Costar.

THE LAST THREE opinion polls, each recording a two party preferred vote of 51 per cent for the Liberal National Party...

Audio

30 Mar 2009

Understanding the inevitability of devastating fires is essential for local communities and policy makers, historian Tom Griffiths tells Peter Clarke.

Black Saturday seared itself into the history books and the memories of many on 7 February 2009. The grieving, the slow recovery...

Video

This week Australia's largest news organisations, including the ABC, held a conference on Freedom of Speech. At "Australia's Right To Know", which was filled with some of the biggest names in Australian media, Senator John Faulkner took the opportunity to announce significant reforms to freedom...

Article

31 Mar 2009

This paper traces the rise and fall of the Democrats, Australia's longest-surviving minor party, examining the sources of its support and the reasons for its decline.

The Australian Democrats are the longest surviving and most successful minor party in federal politics. The party was...

Discussion paper

31 Mar 2009

This paper examines the decisive shift away from traditional forms of third party intervention by public dispute resolution agencies in Canada, the US, Ireland and the UK.

It also argues that, given the decline of dispute resolution in the Australian context and the imminent...

Report

31 Mar 2009

The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme (WELS), introduced in July 2006, is a key program in the suite of options recently implemented by government agencies and water utilities to address water scarcity. WELS primarily influences water consumption by providing consumers with information about the...

Discussion paper

31 Mar 2009

This paper examines two issues posed by the prospect of a significant rise in foreign direct investment (FDI) from China into the Australian resources sector.

Is the surge of FDI into Australian mining and energy consistent with achieving the traditional gains from foreign investment?...

Report

31 Mar 2009

Covering 1 July to 31 December 2008, this is the first in an ongoing series of biannual reports on campaign advertising expenditures for government department and agencies which are subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. Summaries of campaigns where advertising expenditure exceeded...

Discussion paper

31 Mar 2009

This document sets the scene for the development of the Energy White Paper by broadly mapping out its intended scope and identifying some of the specific work being undertaken as input for consideration.

The release of this document will be followed by the release...

Report

31 Mar 2009

Drawing on federal, state, territory and local government, this report provides a snapshot of access and equity issues and responses across Australian government agencies.

An annual Access and Equity Report on federal government agencies’ performance against an access and equity framework has been...

Report

31 Mar 2009

This study explores the scope for efficient financing to reduce the life-time cost of an infrastructure project and the potential of financing vehicles to improve the investment decision. It does not attempt an overall comparative assessment of financing vehicles - many legal, institutional, market environment...

Report

31 Mar 2009

Analysis of the Repeat Offenders Database collated by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows that the Indigenous population of offenders are substantially undercounted in administrative data collections. Hunter and Ayvar are concerned that the failure to account for this will...

Report

31 Mar 2009

There has been extensive research into the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous outcomes but very little of this has adopted a gender perspective.

Using 2006 Census data, Yap and Biddle explore the development of a similar gender-related index as a tool to enable a...

Article

31 Mar 2009

This paper discusses anti-corruption talk in Indonesia in the context of it being merely one part of a broader debate about the nature of the state.

Gerry van Klinken of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies writes that despite the...

Report

30 Mar 2009

Gentrification refers to the in-migration of affluent households to poorer and lower value areas of the city. In Australian cities like Melbourne and Sydney this process has become notable in a significant number of suburbs. While gentrification has appeared to increase investment in the housing...

Report

30 Mar 2009

In this engaging talk from the EG'08 conference, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).

Which cell phone to choose? What...

Report

30 Mar 2009

One in three (33%) Australians aged 15 years and over (5.5 million people) were not in the labour force in September 2008, according to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The majority (61%) of these were women (3.3 million).

...

Report

30 Mar 2009

Australians are more likely to live together before marriage, have 'his and her' household chores and use more energy in their homes, according to the ABS' quarterly snapshot of society.Australians are more likely to live together before marriage, have 'his and her' household chores and...

Report

30 Mar 2009

It is possible to develop a classical liberal foreign policy agenda, says Edwin van de Haar.

Classical liberalism is applicable in international as well as domestic politics – based on a study of four important classical liberal thinkers, David Hume, Adam Smith, Ludwig...

Report

30 Mar 2009

Competitive professional regulation would lead to lower costs for consumers, argues Krystian Seibert.

Many professions, such as medicine, dentistry, law, and accountancy, are very highly regulated, and the level of professional regulation is increasing across other industries. The extent of regulation is generally...

Report

30 Mar 2009

Despite occasional efforts by pundits to make it sound volatile and exciting, Australia’s party system is one of the most stable in the democratic world. Its fundamental shape has not changed in a hundred years, writes Charles Richardson.

It was in May 1909...

Report

30 Mar 2009

This paper examines the career paths of a cohort of police sworn in during 1991 in a number of jurisdictions to examine what differences, if any, exist between male and female personnel in terms of recruitment, rank attainment, departures and deployment.

The findings indicate...

Commentary

Article

27 Mar 2009

IN THE WAY that only a former High Court judge can, Michael McHugh cracked the charter of rights debate wide open when he spoke at the Australian Human Rights Commission recently. McHugh’s contribution was significant not just because of his standing in the legal profession...

Report

27 Mar 2009

This report explores and quantifies the economic importance of expanding the coverage of high-speed broadband (HSBB) to the Australian economy under a range of different scenarios.

Report

27 Feb 2009

Mankind currently is not only facing a major environmental challenge, it is embarking on a hugely risky enterprise -- that of climate mitigation. This unprecedented global adventure is an attempt to change the nature and shape of human society on the grounds that our traditional...

Report

27 Mar 2009

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The “crisis exaggerators” are telling us that current economic conditions amount to an “unprecedented” global economic recession. This is historically incorrect. What is unprecedented is the degree to which economic commentators and political leaders are talking up economic...

Report

27 Mar 2009

Richard Tanter of the Nautilus Institute writes that Australia is tied to issues of both nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation through a wide range of bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements to which Australia is a party. Beyond the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, these...

Report

27 Mar 2009

New South Wales has been experiencing a massive re-organisation of production, from the period of Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community (1973) and throughout the subsequent global slumps of 1973-74, 1980-81 and 1990-92. Agriculture (which contributed significantly to the state’s exports), and manufacturing (which...

Report

27 Mar 2009

With the “Apology to Australia’s Indigenous People” speech on 13 February, the Prime Minister challenged all Australians, but particularly those involved in service delivery to Indigenous people, to close the gap between the level of health, educational and living standards experienced by Indigenous and non-Indigenous...

Report

27 Mar 2009

This paper uses repeated cross-section data ISSP data from 1989, 1997 and 2005 to consider movements in job quality. It is first underlined that not having a job when you want one is a major source of low well-being. Second, job values have remained fairly...

Report

27 Mar 2009

The twin problem of in-work poverty and persistent labour market difficulties of low-skilled individuals has been one of the most important drivers of tax-benefit policy reforms in OECD countries in recent years. Employment-conditional cash transfers to individuals facing particular labour-market challenges have been a core...

Report

26 Mar 2009

The report examines each of the 46 major public sector databases which hold personal information on at least a significant minority of British citizens, using a 'traffic light' system to assess whether each system is illegal under human-rights or data-protection law; whether the collection and...

Report

26 Mar 2009

There can be no doubt about the utility of international mobile roaming, a service that allows you to use your own phone and phone number wherever you are in the world but roaming is also known for its cost. During the inquiry, the...

Report

26 Mar 2009

This Policy Analysis, authored by Andrew Davies, examines China's latest paper in its series of biennial Defence White Paper.

While still guarded in many respects, the White Paper exhibits greater transparency than some of its predecessors, something the West has been requesting. But...

Report

26 Mar 2009

This paper addresses the causal impact of being raised in a sole-parent family on child well-being across the OECD. The question is answered by a cross-OECD meta-analysis and a literature review.

The overall conclusion is that the literature on the effects of sole...

Report

26 Mar 2009

Most OECD countries expect growing shortages of highly-skilled labour in the coming two decades, and immigration is viewed as one way of addressing these. Most OECD countries have introduced policies aimed at facilitating the recruitment of such workers in recent years and efforts along these...

Report

26 Mar 2009

For many years, couples research has focused a great deal on marital distress and dissolution and, in particular, the types, frequency and management of conflict. However, some researchers are suggesting that there are limitations to the efforts being made to understand couple relationships through a...

Commentary

Article

26 Mar 2009

AFTER THE LABOR GOVERNMENT, the organisation facing the biggest test in the Queensland election was the new conservative hybrid, the Liberal National Party. It had polled well in the lead-up to the election, but in reality the swing it needed - in the vicinity of...

Commentary

Article

25 Mar 2009

THE QUEENSLAND Labor government was returned with a comfortable majority, albeit with a small majority of votes. But a huge swing and a hung Parliament was expected, so there will be months of reflection and soul-searching amongst practitioners and students of politics. A couple of...

Report

26 Mar 2009

This paper presents a case study of Google Language Tools, especially its cross?language search service. Cross?language search integrates machine translation (MT) and cross?language information retrieval (CLIR) technologies and allows Web users to search and read pages written in languages different from their search terms. In...

Report

26 Mar 2009

This paper presents findings related to how the nature of class changes when asynchronous online courses are used rather than classrooms. The qualitative study involved interviews with 32 university professors who have taught both in?class and online courses. The findings provide insight into how when...

Report

26 Mar 2009

The growth of internet and e-commerce has taken identity theft to new levels. This new book defines ID theft, studies how it is perpetrated, outlines what is being done to combat it, and recommends specific ways to address it in a global manner.

Report

26 Mar 2009

Policy and Internet, the first major peer-reviewed journal investigating the implications of the internet and associated technologies for public policy, has announced its first call for papers. Policy and Internet is an OII/PSO journal, published by BEPress.

Report

26 Mar 2009

Some 39% of Americans have positive and improving attitudes about their mobile communication devices, which in turn draws them further into engagement with digital resources - on both wireless and wireline platforms - according to this report. Mobile connectivity is now a powerful differentiator among...

Report

25 Mar 2009

Helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job-seekers find and keep a job has been the focus of recent reforms announced by the Australian government. This report and accompanying guide describe seven essential characteristics of employment service organisations that lead to successful employment outcomes for their...

Report

25 Mar 2009

A secure home is widely recognised as providing a fundamental basis for building mental health. However, for many people with a mental illness, achieving or maintaining stable homes can prove difficult, and some slip into unstable housing or even homelessness. It is essential that mental...

Report

25 Mar 2009

As Australia enters recession and the Budget enters deficit, one of the least effective and most unfair forms of government spending has increased dramatically. Tax expenditures (in the form of tax breaks on superannuation, the private health insurance and childcare rebates, housing concessions etc) are...

Audio

25 Mar 2009

One if the biggest questions facing Asia, and Australia, is how is the global financial crisis affecting China and will the Chinese government's policy responses be effective.

The front and opinion pages of Australia's broadsheets have been full of stories and editorials on...

Audio podcast

24 Mar 2009

There's no turning back for the news media. MARGARET SIMONS discusses the threats and opportunities with PETER CLARKE.

Report

24 Mar 2009

Anthony McMichael from the Australian National University writes that "climate change belongs to a wider range of human-induced global environmental changes that are now assuming great and urgent importance. Collectively, these changes signify that human pressures are weakening and endangering the planet’s life...

Report

24 Mar 2009

The aim of the project is two-fold:

• to explore the issues relating to the settlement of African Australians into the Australian community from a human rights perspective • to suggest solutions to issues raised and make recommendations to stakeholders to inform future...

Report

1 Aug 2008

The Australian Government is committed to the development of a national Early Years Learning Framework, and is planning a process of consultation with the early childhood sector about the nature and content of the Framework. This discussion paper is designed to provide policy makers and...

Report

24 Mar 2009

A framework is needed within which the media are able to work when making decisions about whether the collection of personal data, and the publication of personal data, unreasonably infringes privacy. That framework needs to be filled out with guidelines in relation to particular categories...

Report

24 Mar 2009

This report is a response to the NSW Government's Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW (Wood report) . It outlines the Government's five-year action plan to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in NSW.

Report

30 Nov 2008

This 2008 report was commissioned to investigate the changes needed for the child protection system to provide more effective services to protect children and to meet future levels of demand. The contemporary challenge facing all child protection systems in Australia, and in particular NSW as...

Transcript

23 Mar 2009

The Internet both attracts and repels art institutions. Curators wonder who could possibly ensure quality control in a world where 50,000 videos are added to YouTube each day. Fortunately, artists themselves were crowdsourcing long before the Internet: composer John Cage laid out the principles fourteen...

Report

23 Mar 2009

The web is rapidly becoming both more open and more social through the provision of technologies that make it easier for end users to access resources and join in social networks. Social networks have pioneered online communities, allowing users to contribute to collective knowledge by...

Report

23 Mar 2009

The Horizon Report series is the product of the New Media Consortium?s Horizon Project, an ongoing research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education around the globe. This...

Commentary

Article

23 Mar 2009

It's important to remember evidence-based policy focuses on specific interventions and can't always take into account the context in which they are implemented, writes ILAN KATZ.

THE social policy community (along with just about everybody else) is preoccupied with the impact of the financial...

Audio

23 Mar 2009

Most people would identify "drug problems" with illicit drugs, such as cannabis, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy, maybe even alcohol. Few people would think about the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs. However, there are a number of prescribed or over-the-counter medicines that have the potential to be...

Report

23 Mar 2009

This policy brief argues that over the last twelve months the Business Council of Australia and several of its big polluting members have sought to stall and undermine Australia’s progress to a low-carbon economy.

In support of its case for free permits for its...

Report

23 Mar 2009

For more than a year, financial markets have been in turmoil. Banks have been refusing to lend to one another. Companies and individuals have found it increasingly difficult to borrow money. Investors and pension holders have seen the value of their assets collapse, and government...

Report

23 Mar 2009

This report argues that monetary policy and central banks should not aim to actively manage asset price cycles.

‘Central bankers are now questioning the established consensus on the relationship between monetary policy and asset prices and risk forgetting the lessons from the past....

Report

23 Mar 2009

This report provides long-term passenger and freight vehicle traffic projections for intercity corridors of the National Land Transport Network between 2005 and 2030.

Inter-regional passenger travel between major intercity origin–destination pairs is projected to grow by 2.8 per cent a year between 2005 and...

Report

30 Nov 2008

The last major reform of residential aged care policy occurred in 1997. The benefit of those reforms has now been exhausted. The first major reforms of aged care policy occurred under the Hawke Keating Government. CHA considers that it is time for the next major...

Report

23 Mar 2009

The stories of eight young people who left school early, interviewed when aged 17 for Stage 8½ of the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s longitudinal Life Chances Study, illustrate their complex lives as they consider employment, training and other facets of their future. Their experience leads...

Report

23 Mar 2009

This paper examines the nature of stalking among adolescents to determine the characteristics of stalkers and their victims and the utility of intervention orders for managing this behaviour. Unlike adult stalking which is usually motivated by rejection, adolescent stalking most often occurs in the context...

Report

23 Mar 2009

Over the last decade, Australia has experienced workforce shortages in a number of health professions, particularly in rural and remote regions. The ongoing shortage of doctors and nurses in these areas of the country has many characteristics in common with difficult social policy issues –...

Report

23 Mar 2009

This report examines a range of issues relating to the operation of the Act over the past decade, including the cumulative impact of approvals under the Act on threatened species and ecological communities and the effectiveness of responses to key threats identified within the Act....

Report

23 Mar 2009

The Internet both attracts and repels art institutions. Curators wonder who could possibly ensure quality control in a world where 50,000 videos are added to YouTube each day. Fortunately, artists themselves were crowdsourcing long before the Internet: composer John Cage laid out the principles fourteen...

Report

23 Mar 2009

This report reviews initiatives since 2006 to combat petrol sniffing in remote communities and makes a series of recommendations for further action. This is a follow-up to the committee's 2006 report, Petrol Sniffing in Remote Aboriginal Communities (6432) .

Conference paper

23 Mar 2009

This paper discusses challenging and disconnected dialogue in Australia around human rights and how this dialogue intersects with public policy paradigms.

As we begin a national consultation about whether or not we should finally catch up with other western democracies and accept the notion...

Commentary

Article

23 Mar 2009

In his Apology speech the Prime Minister attempted to balance the symbolic with the practical while emphasising that ‘business as usual’ is not working. Ultimately though, the 'Closing the Gap' approach is business as usual that fails to value Indigenous difference and fails to accommodate...

Report

21 Mar 2009

The role of the Internet in our world continues to grow and evolve. Just as it revolutionized the way we find information, experience entertainment and do business, it?s transforming our social lives in profound ways as well. For the second year, Symantec commissioned the Norton...

Report

21 Mar 2009

Significant health disparities exist between indigenous and non-indigenous populations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. But how can policy makers reduce these disparities if high-quality data isn't available?

The International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement is committed to the highest quality...

Report

21 Mar 2009

This report describes the transformation of Japanese security policy, legislation and force structure in recent years by which Japan has sought to become 'a normal country' as 'Heisei militarization'. As a consequence, Tanter argues, that status of 'normal', as with comparable countries like Britain and...

Report

21 Mar 2009

This report forecasts that by September 2009, growth in real GDP in Australia will slow to 0.5 per cent, the unemployment rate will rise to 5.5 per cent and underlying inflation will stay above 3.0 per cent.

The Melbourne Institute Monthly Bulletin of Economic...

Report

21 Mar 2009

Ninety eight per cent of Australia's small to medium enterprises with an internet connection use their online service to communicate with customers and suppliers and more than 95 per cent are connected to some form of broadband service, according to this report.Ninety eight per cent...

Report

20 Mar 2009

Libraries are making diverse contributions to the development of many types of digital repositories, particularly those housing locally created digital content - including new digital objects or digitized versions of locally held works.Digital repositories are developing rapidly as a key element of research cyberinfrastructure. Even...

Report

20 Mar 2009

This article argues that a vast domestic intelligence system growing in the US without adequate civil liberties protections and that abuses have already occurred due to the magnified risks to privacy of nationwide information sharing networks. The paper calls for closer oversight, more detailed and...

Report

20 Mar 2009

Key findings from the 2008 donorCentrics Internet Giving Benchmarking Analysis include:

* Online giving still represents a relatively small portion of donors and revenue at most organizations, but it is growing rapidly and is becoming an important source for new donor acquisition.

*...

Article

19 Mar 2009

Media Cloud is a platform to help researchers find quantitative answers to questions like:

? What type of stories are covered more heavily in blogs than in newspapers? ? How does coverage of a topic like Iran differ between national newspapers, local...

Report

19 Mar 2009

This report identifies a new breed of scientist inhabiting the world's science and innovation networks, and argues that the UK should embrace them.

The debate about highly skilled migration can be traced back over many decades. But fears about ?brain drain? are being...

Journal article

19 Mar 2009

Digital Literacy has become one of the main competences in the 21st century. Without being able to use digital media effectively and responsibly the chances on the global market are very low. Nowadays more than 250 million Europeans are regular visitors to the Internet. Yet...

Report

19 Mar 2009

In January GlobalVoices received over 270 proposals from activists, bloggers, and NGO's all wanting to use citizen media tools to bring new communities - long ignored by both traditional and new media - to the conversational web. It was, by far, the highest number of...

Report

19 Mar 2009

Now visited by more than two-thirds (67 percent) of the global online population, "Member Communities", which includes both social networks and blogs, has become the fourth most popular online category?ahead of personal e-mail. It is growing twice as fast as any of the other four...

Commentary

Article

19 Mar 2009

THE social policy community (along with just about everybody else) is preoccupied with the impact of the financial crisis. I am not going to add my predictions to those of other commentators in the media and learned journals, but it is interesting to observe how...

Commentary

Article

18 Mar 2009

AT FIRST, after my plane touched down in Far North Queensland, I couldn’t see much evidence of either financial or climatic turbulence. Towering banks of purple-grey cloud clung to the forested slopes that surround Cairns, but there wasn’t even a tail wind from cyclone Hamish,...

Audio podcast

15 Mar 2009

QUEENSLANDERS will have a chance to pass judgement on the Bligh-Beattie Labor government at the polls on 21 March - and to respond to the newly minted, hybrid conservative Liberal National Party led by Lawrence Springborg, out for his third trot around the paddock seeking...

Report

19 Mar 2009

In January GlobalVoices received over 270 proposals from activists, bloggers, and NGO's all wanting to use citizen media tools to bring new communities - long ignored by both traditional and new media - to the conversational web. It was, by far, the highest number of...

Report

19 Mar 2009

Media Cloud is a platform to help researchers find quantitative answers to questions like:

• What type of stories are covered more heavily in blogs than in newspapers? • How does coverage of a topic like Iran differ between national newspapers, local...

Journal article

18 Mar 2009

The customary medicinal plant knowledge possessed by the Australian Aboriginal people is a significant resource. Published information on it is scattered throughout the literature, in heterogeneous data formats, and is scattered among various Aboriginal communities across Australia, due to a multiplicity of languages. This ancient...

Report

18 Mar 2009

This report argues that Australia's diplomatic network is seriously overstretched and hollowed out and recommends a major, staged reinvestment to ensure Australia is in a position to prosecute its growing international interests properly. This is the report of a Blue Ribbon Panel convened by the...

Report

18 Mar 2009

This paper argues that there is little evidence of impending skills shortages. This is not to say that there will be no skills shortages in specific areas. In any case, the business cycle could have a much more dramatic effect on the demand for skills...

Report

18 Mar 2009

This paper identifies some problems with the existing systems for recognising sex identity in documents and government records. It also makes recommendations for changing the system and provides options for implementing these changes. The paper is part of the commission’s sex and gender diversity project,...

Report

18 Mar 2009

Progress remained steady for the resolution of native title applications during the second half of 2008, according to this report. Claimant applications still take on average about six years to resolve by agreement. But if parties changed their approach to native title matters there was...

Report

16 Mar 2009

In this interim report of the inquiry into the conduct of the 2007 election, the committee examines two electronic voting trials: a trial of electronically assisted voting for blind and vision impaired electors and a trial of remote electronic voting for selected Australian Defence Force...

Report

18 Mar 2009

Australian states have seen a recent upsurge in antisocial behaviour, including violence, in public places. Victoria Police commissioned Australia 21 to conduct a roundtable and prepare a report on the issue. The roundtable participants came from a range of relevant scientific disciplines and Victorian government...

Report

18 Mar 2009

This paper argues that an independent health body is needed to integrate Australia's fragmented national health services so they can effectively respond to changing health needs.

The paper proposes the independent health body would:

* Need to balance the short-term needs with the...

Working paper

18 Mar 2009

The recent audacious pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden and off the horn of Africa have fuelled the debate about the privatisation of maritime security. Ship owners and maritime security experts, as well as representatives of industry organisations, have stated that private security companies...

Report

18 Mar 2009

This paper presents an analysis of recently adopted EU policies on fragile states. While the European Union has incorporated governance issues into its strategies for fragile states, its approach to governance has a highly technocratic character, with a strong emphasis on public sector reform and...

Report

18 Mar 2009

Australia claims jurisdiction over more of the earth than any other country—around 27.2 million square kilometres or 5% of the planet, ahead of Russia and the US. Of this, our maritime domain is around 4% of the planet’s oceans.

This Strategy Report, authored by...

Report

17 Mar 2009

This paper assesses how much change we are seeing in US strategic policy under the new administration in Washington.

President Obama has already begun a campaign to ‘renew’ American global leadership after the Bush years. He has been explicit in marking out his strategic...

Report

18 Mar 2009

After consultation with jurisdictions and alcohol and other drug treatment agencies, four new data elements were piloted in three jurisdictions. This bulletin presents the findings of this project.The Enhancement Project of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS) examined the...

Discussion paper

18 Mar 2009

This paper describes the developement of an integrated multidisciplinary resource, to document, conserve and disseminate the customary medicinal plant knowledge possessed by the Australian Aboriginal people.

The customary medicinal plant knowledge possessed by the Australian Aboriginal people is a significant resource. Published information on...

Report

18 Mar 2009

The lack of private property rights on communal title land has prevented Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders from becoming homeowners. Even for those who can afford to purchase a house, banks will not provide financing for home loans without legal title over land. But the...

Report

18 Mar 2009

With the car manufacturing industry faltering further, the Rudd government’s massive taxpayer-funded support for the Australian car industry is doomed to fail. This paper argues that a strong car industry would be an asset to the Australian economy only if it stood on its own...

Report

18 Mar 2009

Michael Hamel-Green of Victoria University in Melbourne writes that while Australia has generally been a strong supporter of nuclear weapons-free zones (NWFZs) "there are a number of "initiatives that Australia might take both within its own region and more broadly to strengthen regional denuclearisation initiatives....

Report

18 Mar 2009

The Australian housing system has undergone major structural change in the past 20 years. Continuing population growth, falling average household size, strong economic growth and rising average incomes have underpinned buoyant demand for housing focused on metropolitan areas, smaller provincial cities, natural resource centres and...

Article

17 Mar 2009

This article describes how the University of Strathclyde is choosing to give priority to e-content and services instead of a new building.

Journal article

17 Mar 2009

Sharing of information across cultural boundaries does not always live up to expectations. Information behaviour is an underlying factor, which can contribute to poor use or non-use of the information or information services at the disposal of indigenous people in a development context.

A...

Transcript

16 Mar 2009

The site Wikileaks posts leaked documents from anonymous whistleblowers worldwide, even if those documents pose a danger or could potentially lead to loss of life. Julian Assange, the site's investigations editor, explains why Wikileaks publishes almost anything it receives.

Journal article

16 Mar 2009

Australia's decision to implement Internet censorship using technological means creates a natural experiment: the first Western democracy to mandate filtering legislatively, and to retrofit it to a decentralized network architecture. But are the proposed restrictions legitimate? The new restraints derive from the Labor Party's pro-filtering...

Report

16 Feb 2009

Women and men may differ in their propensity to choose a risky outcome because of innate preferences or because their innate preferences are modified by pressure to conform to gender-stereotypes. Single-sex environments are likely to modify students’ risk-taking preferences in economically important ways. To test...

Report

16 Feb 2009

Using a controlled experiment, this paper examines the role of nurture in explaining the stylized fact that women shy away from competition.

The subjects (students just under 15 years of age) attend publicly-funded single-sex and coeducational schools. The authors find robust differences between the...

Report

16 Mar 2009

Since the release of the Building a Creative Innovation Economy report in February 2008 jurisdictions have indicated that overall priorities identified in the original report remain:

Improving access to culture in the digital environment Increasing production of creative digital content Developing skills for artists...

Report

16 Mar 2009

Australia's decision to implement Internet censorship using technological means creates a natural experiment: the first Western democracy to mandate filtering legislatively, and to retrofit it to a decentralized network architecture. But are the proposed restrictions legitimate? The new restraints derive from the Labor Party's pro-filtering...

Report

16 Mar 2009

At the international level, there is no single, clear definition of 'labour trafficking'. Arguably, the expression can be used to describe those forms of trafficking in persons of which the exploitative purpose relates to a person's labour. There are, however, debates over the scope and...

Report

16 Mar 2009

Bariatrics is the field of medicine concerned with weight loss. The term bariatric has been variously defined and for the purposes of this research is associated with the care of patients who are morbidly obese. Some consider a person with a Body Mass Index (BMI)...

Report

16 Mar 2009

The study reported here examined the value of using jurors to help the justice system understand public opinion about sentencing and to inform the public on crime and sentencing issues.The disconnect between public opinion and reality in offending and sentencing is well understood, but jurors...

Report

16 Mar 2009

The report focuses on how mentoring practices and policies in Australia can best meet the needs of young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with a focus on young people from the Horn of Africa. In this study, people from the Horn of Africa...

Report

16 Mar 2009

This article describes the P5 Program which focuses on supporting parents in dealing with family issues, with the broad objective of providing greater depth, connection and meaning to all family and social relationships, and promoting a prosocial, universal skill-based approach to parenting.

Grounded in...

Report

16 Mar 2009

Divorce trends have sparked a great deal of research into and debates about key reasons behind these trends. Included here are the roles of pre-separation difficulties, the separation itself, and post-separation upheavals in explaining children's elevated risk of negative developmental outcomes.

The general...

Report

16 Mar 2009

Richard Broinowski of the University of Sydney notes that the Joint Statement on Enhanced Global and Security Cooperation between Australia and the Republic of Korea "provides for expanded practical defence cooperation in military information-sharing, peace-keeping, civil-military cooperation, joint exercises and training, and technical exchanges in...

Report

16 Mar 2009

The project has two parts: a literature review focusing on methods for analysing and reporting in-hospital mortality, and a modelling project aimed at identifying national indicators of hospital mortality that can be implemented now and in the future.'Measuring and reporting mortality' aims to develop national...

Report

16 Mar 2009

This document provides resources on gender research as it applies to disasters and it also supplies resources and links to web pages for disaster prevention information that focuses on gender.

Journal article

13 Mar 2009

Quite aside from the content produced on Wikipedia it is an efficient way to marshal the talents of many bright, capable people to produce knowledge. The real significance of Wikipedia and similar Web 2.0 technologies is the way in which they organize people and activities,...

Journal article

13 Mar 2009

Education is moving into the digital age. Pedagogies have changed to engage the latest digital technologies. The methods of distribution are now a blend between face-to-face and some other combination of virtual interfaces. The content is moving from traditional text-based learning to text-plus-multimedia. The community...

Report

13 Mar 2009

In NSW and across Australia, there are concerns about the capacity of child protection agencies to cope with demand, the quality of practice, children in out-of-home care and outcomes for children and families generally. The AASW submission to the Special Commission of inquiry into Child...

Commentary

12 Mar 2009

What does the "creative economy" mean in China and how might it be developed, asks MICHAEL KEANE

VIEWERS of the Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony on the evening of 8 August 2008 witnessed the most impressively coordinated launch of any major global event. Superbly...

Report

12 Mar 2009

Nationally comparable data showing the number of defendants dealt with by the Higher, Magistrates' and Children's criminal courts. The statistics describe the characteristics of defendants, including information on the offences and sentences associated with those defendants.Provides nationally comparable data showing the number of defendants dealt...

Report

12 Mar 2009

A recurring theme in the debate surrounding Indigenous affairs in Australia is a tension between maintenance of Indigenous culture and the achievement of ‘equity’ in socioeconomic outcomes: essentially ‘self-determination’ versus ‘assimilation’. Implicit in this tension is the view that attachment to traditional culture and lifestyles...

Report

12 Mar 2009

Estimates of the cost of raising children in Australia are typically based on the additional expenditure incurred by parents compared to non-parents, and generate estimates in the vicinity of $10,000 per year per child, and much more depending upon assumptions regarding child-care costs. This paper...

Survey

12 Mar 2009

The Swinburne National Technology and Society Monitor (SNTSM) provides an annual 'snapshot' of public perceptions of new technologies, science and technological change. This annual telephone survey involves interviews with a representative sample of 1000 Australian adults from all states and territories. The main findings of...

Commentary

Article

13 Mar 2009

KEVIN RUDD hates poker machines. At least that’s what he told the Australian as he pitched for votes before the federal election. But since he became prime minister Mr Rudd’s passion seems to have cooled. He hasn't initiated any legislation or implemented any policy that...

Article

2 Dec 2008

To enable literary publishers and other literary organisations to distribute and market writing more effectively in Australia and increase the income of writers, this report provides a better understanding of the structure of the literary publishing industry and the potential readership for literary genres. This...

Report

11 Mar 2009

This report measures the impact of the Books Alive campaign on increasing interest and participation in reading and provides the industry with statistics and information to better promote reading and Australian writing. Books Alive is an Australian Government nationwide campaign to promote books and reading....

Journal article

11 Mar 2009

This paper discusses how ideas of performance can be used to conceptualize the play of identity formation on social networking sites (SNS). Linking Goffman’s theories of social performance with Granovetter’s notion of the social tie, this paper will argue that identities on SNS are deliberately...

Strategy

11 Mar 2009

Political extremists and terrorists are increasingly using the internet as an instrument for radicalisation and recruitment. What can be done to counter their activities? Countering Online Radicalisation examines the different technical options for making radical internet content unavailable, concluding that they all are either crude,...

Report

11 Mar 2009

In a recent paper, former Keating government minister Gary Johns advocates a ‘no job, no house’ policy for remote Indigenous communities. Johns’ proposal is the latest in a line of offerings from conservative politicians and commentators on Aboriginal affairs. What arguments and evidence support such...

Report

11 Mar 2009

Australia has 147.4 million hectares of native forest and 1.97 million hectares of forestry plantations. Together these cover about 19% of the continent. This report contains up-to-date facts and figures about our forests and their management and shows – at a glance – the key...

Report

11 Mar 2009

This report focuses on projections of underlying demand and of land and housing supply over the 20 years from 2008-28, the gap between housing demand and supply and implications for submarkets, and current influences on supply and demand.

This report focuses on:

•...

Discussion paper

6 Mar 2009

This issues paper outlines the development of water trading rules advice to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). The MDBA is responsible for preparing the new strategic plan for the integrated and sustainable management of water resources in the Murray-Darling Basin, which will contain water trading...

Report

11 Mar 2009

This paper argues that, irrespective of the statutory framework, native title claims are best and most expeditiously resolved by negotiation and consent when the National Native Title Tribunal and the Federal Court work cooperatively and in a complementary fashion. The case of the negotiation and...

Report

11 Mar 2009

Policymakers seeking empirical evidence on social policy interventions often find themselves confronted with a mountain of academic studies that are potentially relevant to the question. Without some systematic way to sort through the evidence, there is a risk that analysts will become mired in the...

Report

11 Mar 2009

Health is a key component of individual and social wellbeing. Furthermore, the health of a population is a key driver of labour and capital investment and consequent economic growth. Good health can lead to higher gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in the long run...

Report

11 Mar 2009

To enable literary publishers and other literary organisations to distribute and market writing more effectively in Australia and increase the income of writers, this report provides a better understanding of the structure of the literary publishing industry and the potential readership for literary genres. This...

Report

10 Mar 2009

Older people’s participation in social networks is a significant component of wellbeing. This briefing focuses on the nature and impact of older people’s social networks, and on how community aged care workers can promote participation in social networks by older clients living in their own...

Report

10 Mar 2009

This paper uses data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey and a simultaneous equations approach to analyze the effects of the 2004 government funded 'Baby Bonus' on fertility intentions and ultimately births.In May 2004, the Australian government announced a “Baby Bonus”...

Report

10 Mar 2009

This study examines the themes of policy and service integration in the provision of social housing in Australia and identifies principles that may contribute to better-integrated social housing policies and services. This study examines the themes of policy and service integration in the provision of...

Report

10 Mar 2009

This paper develops a "capabilities approach" in asking what people are actually able to do and to be. In developing the author's version of the capabilities approach as a partial account of basic social justice, she emphasizes its links with constitutional law -- saying that...

Report

10 Mar 2009

This paper discusses the contrasting ideals of perpetually bettering oneself and society versus being satisfied with one's lot and finds that in all people and cultures 'settling' and 'striving' are deeply intertwined.

This paper was presented at the Centre for Public Policy's 'Values &...

Report

9 Mar 2009

This study draws attention to ageist stereotypes and assumptions of older people held by professionals involved in the policy, design and planning of the built environment, in particular residential complexes.

Data was collected as part of a larger study concerned with the growth in...

Essay

18 Jun 2008

Australia’s older population has become more diversified in terms of country of origin and ethnicity. The number of overseas-born older Australians will increase from 17.8 percent in 1996 to 22.5 percent by 2011. Essentially, by 2051, people with Asian cultural backgrounds will represent a large...

Report

9 Mar 2009

This study draws attention to ageist stereotypes and assumptions of older people held by professionals involved in the policy, design and planning of the built environment, in particular residential complexes. Data was collected as part of a larger study concerned with the growth in specialised...

Journal article

9 Mar 2009

There is perhaps no issue more central to the debate about broadband policy than the state and role of competition.

Indeed, the issue of competition drives many of the debates over broadband, including net neutrality, wireless spectrum auctions, municipal broadband, and unbundling proposals....

Article

7 Mar 2009

This article describes a Best Practice Network funded under the eContentplus Programme of the European Commission, which is building a portal for access to film archival resources in Europe.

Article

7 Mar 2009

This article argues that humanists need to replace the silo model of digital scholarship with collaborative ventures based on interoperability and critical comparison of content.

Report

7 Mar 2009

These NHMRC guidelines aim to establish the evidence base for future policies and community materials on reducing the health risks that arise from drinking alcohol. The guidelines communicate evidence concerning these risks to the Australian community to allow individuals to make informed decisions regarding the...

Report

7 Mar 2009

In recent years, a secretive Christian sect of non-voters has spent more than two million dollars supporting political conservatives in elections in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and elsewhere. Who are these people, what do they believe, and what are they trying to achieve?...

Report

7 Mar 2009

Ten years ago the Productivity Commission inquired into commercial gambling in Australia. A second inquiry will report in November 2009. There has been some reform since the last inquiry, and some moves towards co-operation in policy development around the country. Yet researchers continue to identify...

Report

18 Nov 2010

This report presents research findings into the attitudes and behaviours of household consumers concerning their voice communications. It indicates that while 90 per cent of consumers use both mobile and fixed line phones to stay in touch, many Australians aged 18 to 24 are abandoning...

Article

6 Mar 2009

This paper discusses some of the outcomes of Queensland's thirty-year history of compulsory music in the classroom and a vibrant and strongly supported instrumental program, unequalled elsewhere in Australia.'What is it about music education in Queensland?' This question is often asked when Australian music educators...

Audio

7 Mar 2009

Peter Clarke talks to Deborah Brennan about child care policy and the longer term impact of the fall of ABC Learning

If any area of social policy deserves the label, “never-ending-story,” it’s childcare in Australia. Once the province of community-based providers, from the...

Report

6 Mar 2009

As the Internet has exploded over the past fifteen years, recently reaching over a billion users, dozens of national governments have tried to control the network by filtering out content objectionable to the countries for any of a number of reasons. A large variety of...

Report

6 Mar 2009

As Australia inches towards a national curriculum in English, maths, history and science, arts education is put in the too-hard box. The arts may be increasingly important, but the challenge of designing a curriculum that covers the visual and performing arts, music and screen at...

Report

6 Mar 2009

'What is it about music education in Queensland?' This question is often asked when Australian music educators gather. Everyone seems to come from Queensland and everyone wants to go there. Perhaps part of the answer is that Queensland has a thirty-year history of compulsory music...

Report

6 Mar 2009

Mensline Australia is the only national, professional telephone counselling service for men in Australia. Although the service focuses on family relationship concerns, counsellors also respond to a broad range of other issues that impact on men, including physical health, mental health, sexual concerns, financial pressures,...

Report

6 Mar 2009

Since its inception, the internet has been used by terrorist groups around the world to disseminate propaganda and tradecraft materials. But as the internet has evolved in recent years, it is being used more and more as a tool for the radicalisation of young people...

Report

6 Mar 2009

Between 2001 and 2006 the health workforce and community services workforce increased by 22.8% and 35.6% respectively. This report also contains information on geographical distribution, country of birth and qualifications held.In 2006, over 9% of Australia's workforce was employed in health and community services occupations...

Discussion paper

6 Mar 2009

Life for former Catholic Church nuns who leave their order is often a sorry story of poverty, mental and physical ill health, social isolation and emotional pain, according to this report, which examines the experiences of nuns after leaving religious life, and uncovers systemic issues...

Report

5 Mar 2009

The aim is to analyse innovation systems and strategies in vocational education and training by bringing together evidence of the drivers for systemic innovation in six different countries (Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Mexico and Switzerland). All countries participating in the study have selected two or...

Report

5 Mar 2009

This 350-pages Report recognizes that creativity and human talent are fast becoming powerful engines for economic growth and development, and calls for the adoption of effective cross-cutting mechanisms and concerted inter-ministerial policy action.The so called "Creative economy" is an evolving concept based on the potential...

Report

5 Mar 2009

The aim is to analyse innovation systems and strategies in vocational education and training by bringing together evidence of the drivers for systemic innovation in six different countries (Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Mexico and Switzerland). All countries participating in the study have selected two or...

Report

5 Mar 2009

North Korea, marginalised as an issue in recent years by a host of other problems, looks likely to return to the forefront of international concern in 2009. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already noted that North Korea might be sliding—much earlier than expected—into a...

Report

5 Mar 2009

The number of fall events resulting in hospitalisation due to injury for older Australians remains high. This report focuses on hospitalised falls occurring in the financial year 2005-06 and examines trends in fall-related hospitalisations over the period 1999-2006. This report is the second in a...

Report

5 Mar 2009

Rheumatoid arthritis is an often serious joint disease that affects around 400,000 Australians and is the second most common type of arthritis, after osteoarthritis. This report provides information on other symptoms, effects and treatments, as well as looking at prevention.Rheumatoid arthritis is an often serious...

Report

5 Mar 2009

In 2009, Arts Queensland will partner with the Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales to initiate a national research project which responds to key action areas identified by the Creative Australia Stream at the 2020 Summit (April 2008). Based on...

Report

5 Mar 2009

Australia came into this period with better momentum than most, and with more scope than most to take expansionary policy measures. The transmission channels are working, according to this paper, and we can expect the measures that have been taken will increasingly support demand as...

Commentary

Article

5 Mar 2009

“WALK with the giant pregnant woman,” invites the Adelaide International Women’s Day flyer, and “Push, push, push.” There is no doubt that the call for one last push to deliver paid maternity leave is the overwhelming theme in the lead-up to this year’s IWD on...

Commentary

Article

3 Mar 2009

SIMON HOLDING doesn’t look much like a couch potato. He’s tall and has the broad shoulders of someone sporty. But if you met him at a party he’d probably tell you that he watches television for a living. Or, as he sometimes puts it, he’s...

Report

5 Mar 2009

This report is an international comparative study of the tax concessions provided to the arts in a number of selected jurisdictions. Given the prominence of its level of giving, the United States is one of the studied jurisdictions, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada...

Report

5 Mar 2009

This report offers an expanded vision for public media: multiplatform, participatory, and centered around informing and mobilizing networks of engaged users. Showcasing trends and experiments from the "first two minutes" of public media 2.0, the report provides a map of opportunities and ways to make...

Article

4 Mar 2009

This article reviews the past twenty years of Australian culture and argues that the arts need a more expansive engagement. "Like tiny terrorists, a slew of toxic memories from the last twenty years swarm through my mind when considering Australian culture in the abstract."

Report

5 Mar 2009

This report examines the changes to the UK?s manufacturing sector: the traditional divide between manufacturing and services is eroding ? notably in the high-tech, knowledge intensive sectors. Manufacturers adding service functions to their existing product portfolios is a key driver of the expansion of high...

Journal article

5 Mar 2009

There is a chance that Wikiversity will become the internet's free university just as Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia on the Internet. What are the philosophical and practical implications, ask the authors of this paper.There is a chance that Wikiversity will become the internet's free...

Report

4 Mar 2009

A year after the near-fatal shooting of President José Ramos-Horta, security in Timor-Leste is strikingly improved. Armed rebels are no longer at large. The atmosphere on the streets of Dili is far less tense. The government does not seem to be facing any serious political...

Report

4 Mar 2009

The probability that a young person will have exposure to pornography prior to the age of 18 - the legal age in Australia at which it is permissible to view and purchase such materials - is very high. Parents and policy makers are...

Report

4 Mar 2009

At TED in 1998, Brenda Laurel asks: Why are all the top-selling videogames aimed at little boys? She spent two years researching the world of girls (and shares amazing interviews and photos) to create a game that girls would love.

With a PhD in...

Report

4 Mar 2009

"I take this opportunity to adopt a critical attitude to what I see as something of a hoodwink in current language about the arts. And it’s not just semantics. It is an overarching brand that casually (and largely without protest) engulfs the arts and threatens...

Report

4 Mar 2009

This qualitative and quantitative survey examines the drivers of the gender pay gap and the static low participation of women in the professional mining work force, and proposes solutions to overcome the underlying issues. The survey was completed by approximately 700 professionals in the minerals...

Report

4 Mar 2009

Parliamentary privilege concerns the powers, privileges and immunities from aspects of the general law conferred on the Houses of Parliament, their members, officers and committees. This paper starts by defining the subject, before looking at parliamentary privilege in the context of a wider constitutional setting,...

Report

4 Mar 2009

This paper was presented at the Skills Australia, Academy of Social Sciences seminar in Sydney in September 2008. It concentrates on the factors that affect individual and employer demand, and points out that accredited vocational education and training need to be considered in the context...

Report

4 Mar 2009

Corruption and anti-corruption theory has already been applied to the problems of policing in a multicultural society in Britain and Australia. What can it tell us about the problems facing policing in Australia's remote indigenous communities? There are various conceptions of corruption in the literature...

Report

4 Mar 2009

As the involvement of third sector organisations in the delivery of publicly funded services has increased, so too have debates over the effect of such collaboration on the distinctive value base of third sector organisations on which normative claims of legitimacy rest. This qualitative study...

Report

3 Mar 2009

The Commonwealth government is looking to change the rules governing charitable funds which may harm philanthropic giving and consequently, undermine civil society argues this paper

.In 2008 Australians donated about $13 billion to welfare, health, education, foreign aid, and other philanthropic sectors. Unfortunately, the...

Report

3 Mar 2009

On 26 February 2009 the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made his first annual statement to Parliament on the Australian Government's Closing the Gap strategy, outlining whole-of-government objectives and strategies.

That statement was supported by a booklet outlining the whole of government approaches to Closing...

Report

3 Mar 2009

Democracies are fragile. No matter how long a regime has been democratic, it is always confronted with the possibility of becoming dysfunctional, of becoming less democratic, and possibly breaking down. Some scholars believe that polarisation is the single most important cause of the failure of...

Literature review

3 Mar 2009

The Australian Government commitment to building a social inclusion framework for government policies and directions has the potential to provide a positive framework for addressing disadvantage and working toward cohesion and participation for all members of our society, including the one million people from non...

Article

2 Mar 2009

MrCute is an acronym of Moodle Repository, Create, Upload, Tag, and Embed and is a repository system for the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It will enable the content uploaded to online course areas on the VLE to be shared with other users and used...

Journal article

2 Mar 2009

This research bulletin focuses on how the latest wave of information technology advances is shaping the future of medical education to achieve the reform objectives outlined by the Association of American Medical Colleges and others. It details how Thomas Jefferson University, a leading academic medical...

Article

2 Mar 2009

The purpose of this white paper is to put forth a proposition that technology has not only mediated communication in countless ways, but that the very ways we communicate - and even the ways we talk and think about communication - are changing as a...

Article

2 Mar 2009

"A culture of participation involves a community which is to some large extent, self-governing. In principle, everyone participates in the decision-making process, perhaps just by voicing their opinion. In principle, decisions have buy-in from everyone involved, even if they are merely tolerated. In such environments,...

Report

2 Mar 2009

This essay argues that in many ways, our society is not taking full advantage of the generative possibilities the web brings to us. As James Boyle has noted, the networks bring enormous transformative power to us as consumers – of shoes, music, hotel rooms, gambling...

Report

2 Mar 2009

The Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI) was the first State-funded initiative of its kind in Australia. The establishment of VeRSI follows on the heels of the former Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) decision to commission the then Australian eResearch Coordinating Committee to undertake...

Report

Victorian family violence database (volume 3): seven year trend analysis 1999-2006
2 Mar 2009

This analysis provides a trend analysis of state-wide, comprehensive cross-sector, whole of government family violence reports in Victoria from 1999–2006.

Report

2 Mar 2009

This is the second and final report of the National OHS Review and contains findings and makes recommendations on matters that were not covered in the review panel's first report. These matters that are relevant to a model OHS Act address:

* scope and...

Journal article

2 Mar 2009

The need for research to better address health disparities in Indigenous people has been widely recognised. This paper examines past policies and outlines issues for Indigenous health policy in the future.

There is considerate potential for health research to contribute to better health services...

Journal article

2 Mar 2009

The health sector in Australia faces major challenges including an ageing population, spiralling health care costs, continuing poor Aboriginal health and emerging threats to public health. At the same time, the environment for policy making is becoming increasingly complex. In this context, strong policy capacity...

Report

2 Mar 2009

Sydney operates as a significant location, but not as a global centre, for the vast majority of foreign multinational companies. Self-sufficient and largely stand-alone, Sydney operations of multinationals are essentially local implementers, rather than regional or global innovators for their parent companies. But, Sydney is...

Report

2 Feb 2009

This Special Report reviews the current RAN helicopter fleet, including the annual flying hours and costs. It finds that Navy is doing a fair job at keeping the existing fleet in the air, although the flying hours don’t come cheaply. The loss of the eleven...

Report

2 Mar 2009

This report examines the feasibility of implementing a nationally agreed set of administrative data items to provide answers to some of the key policy questions in relation to child care and preschool services in Australia.This report examines the feasibility of implementing the Children's Services National...

Commentary

Article

28 Feb 2009

RECENTLY there has been extended debate about whether the age pension is sufficiently high to allow older Australians to attain an acceptable standard of living. This has been partly driven by lobby groups for seniors, and partly by the federal government’s review of pensions. The...