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Bob Birrell

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Making things in Australia again? Not in Victoria

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how dependent Australia has become on selling basic minerals and agricultural commodities, and how reliant Australian consumers are on imported knowledge intensive goods. This paper examines the response to these revelations in Victoria.
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The crisis in the overseas student industry: how should government respond?

This report argues that universities should be required to deliver educational and research activity relevant to Australian domestic students and to Australian industry needs.
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Australia’s 'jobs and growth’ strategy: pathway to a low productivity economy

This report outlines how Australia’s current economic growth is almost entirely attributable to increases in hours worked. The Coalition Government’s vaunted capacity as an economic manager has been reduced to dependence on extra work inputs, most of which are due to its high net overseas...
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Australia’s partner visa program: reform needed

Permanent residence visas issued to persons sponsored by an Australian resident for a partner visa make up 25% of Australia’s permanent entry migration program. This paper argues that this is because the partner visa is an attractive permanent residence option for the very large number...
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The 2019 election and the impending migrant parent deluge

This report explores the implications of the parent visa should it be implemented as implied by the limited information Labor has provided on the rules determining who is eligible. It could result in the issuance of some 200,000 parent visas in the next three years...