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How democratic is parliament? A case study in auditing the performance of parliaments

In this discussion paper John Uhr ranks parliaments against four key values - political equality, popular control of government, civil liberties and human rights and public deliberation. The Senate emerges in a positive light, particularly in relation to proportional representation, scrutiny of legislation and the...

The ACT Human Rights Act 2004: impact on case law, legislation and policy

Following the first anniversary of the ACT Human Rights Act 2004, Gabrielle McKinnon examines the impact of the legislation on rights protection in the Australian Capital Territory. Her review covers impact on the courts, on legislation and on policy development.

Rent assistance and young peoples decision making

For young people, the transition to independent living is one of the most important – and probably exciting, difficult and emotionally charged – decisions they will ever make. For most, it means severing their links with parents, home and much that they have been familiar...

The Swinburne national technology and society monitor 2008

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 Senate changeover: implications for democracy

With the changeover of senators on 1 July 2005, Marian Sawer looks at democratic issues posed by government control of both houses of the Australian Parliament, particularly in relation to legislative review and executive scrutiny.

Ending felon disenfranchisement

Sandey Fitzgerald provides new evidence on when and how prisoners have been able to vote in the various Australian jurisdictions and the difficulty of regaining voting rights after sentences have been served. She also discusses the long-standing ideological divide on the issue.
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Demand subsidies for private renters: a comparative review: Positioning Paper

This paper reports on a research project that compares and evaluates different demand subsidy models for private renters, to enable a more informed debate in Australia about the future of RA.

Demand subsidies for private renters: a comparative review

The research examined and reviewed demand subsidy models for private renters in Australia compared to New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Secure occupancy in rental housing: conceptual foundations and comparative perspectives

This report is concerned with the nature of housing occupancy for households that rent, particularly low-income and vulnerable households.

The Geelong Project: interim report 2016-2017

This report reveals the Geelong Project is producing unprecedented results in preventing ‘at-risk’ young students from becoming homeless, disengaging in their education and leaving school early.