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Rowena Johns


Natural disasters: strategies and responses

Planning for natural disasters and dealing with their aftermath involve input from federal, state and local governments, emergency agencies, non-government organisations and affected communities. This paper focuses on the ‘black summer’ bushfire season of 2019-20 and major flooding in 2022 in New South Wales.

Integrity in government: recent issues and developments

Integrity in government has been a key issue in New South Wales for decades. This paper examines a range of topical issues including the funding model for integrity agencies, the regulation of political donations and lobbying and pork barrelling.
Briefing paper

Uranium mining and nuclear energy in New South Wales

The main focus of this paper is to provide Members of Parliament and the New South Wales public with an overview of the key issues surrounding uranium mining and nuclear energy in NSW.
Briefing paper

The High Court’s decision on third-party campaign spending

This paper re-caps the events which influenced electoral reforms in 2018, before examining in greater detail the relevant legislative provisions, the concept of implied freedom of political communication under the Constitution, and the reasoning of the High Court in Unions NSW v New South Wales.

Sentencing in fraud cases

This monograph examines the reasons for recent reforms to the legislative framework for fraud, forgery and identity offences in NSW, and makes comparisons with Commonwealth and interstate provisions in light of the objective of national consistency. The increase in maximum penalties evinces a clear intention...