The Australia Institute
Nothing to see here: Australia’s broken freedom of information system
The author of this paper argues that Australia’s freedom of information (FOI) system is dysfunctional and under-resourced, partly because governments prioritise protecting themselves from embarrassment over disclosing to the public the information to which it is lawfully entitled.
Delay or decarbonise? Australia’s climate policy trade-off
Australia’s current climate policy suite currently appears poised to continue recent trends and risks Australia’s ability to credibly meet its climate targets. If the Australian government wants to credibly reduce Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, the authors of this paper argue that...
The unlucky country: life expectancy and health in regional and remote Australia
This report highlights growing health inequality between city and country New South Wales. Those in the state’s far west are twice as likely to die prematurely as their Sydney counterparts, and their deaths are two and a half times more likely to be potentially avoidable.
Party platforms on corporate democracy and governance
Corporations play a major role in Australian democracy. They lobby governments for favourable policy outcomes. They make substantial donations to political parties and sometimes run overtly political advertising campaigns. This paper reviews the federal policies of political parties to identify which policies – if any...
From Russia with love: coal profits from war in Ukraine
While debate continues on the appropriate response to Australia’s sky-high coal, gas and electricity prices, the size of the resulting profit windfall for multi-national coal mining companies has not been widely estimated or discussed. This paper takes a closer look at some of the issues...