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Executive summaryThis paper provides an overview of the issues and outcomes for the January 2015 election for the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Where appropriate, it draws on the Library’s earlier publication on the 2012 Queensland state election. The 2015 Queensland state election result...
Audit objective and criteria
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s regulation of permits and approvals within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
To form a conclusion against this objective, the...
This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Attorney-General’s Department’s administration of the terms of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Ministerial determination.
Australia is exposed to natural disasters on a recurring basis. Prime responsibility for the response to a disaster...
This paper argues that extending formal police cautioning to include first-time, less serious adult-onset offenders is a cost-effective strategy that would enable scarce criminal justice resources to be redirected to provide evidence-based interventions for more serious and prolific offenders who present an ongoing risk of...
This inquiry examined the adequacy of the Australian and Queensland Governments’ efforts to stop the rapid decline of the Great Barrier Reef.
Terms of reference
On 25 March 2014, the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee...
The National Water Commission (NWC) is to be dissolved, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed on Monday. Established during the millennium drought, the NWC is an independent statutory authority designed to monitor the progress of national water reform, but its role changed and expanded over the...
The National Water Initiative is an intergovernmental agreement between the Australian, state and territory governments. It aims to improve the management of the nation's water resources and provide greater certainty for future investment.
The agreement was signed at the 25 June 2004 COAG meeting...
The Government released the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia and announced the membership of the Northern Australia Advisory (42) Group on 10 June 2014.
The Green Paper builds on the Government’s pre-election commitment The Coalition’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia. It sets...
This report outlines Australia’s progress in implementing key requests made by the United Nations World Heritage Committee with regard to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Purpose of this report
This 2014 State Party Report is a progress report outlining Australia’s...
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) conducted an audit program in the horse racing industry in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
We initiated the NSW/QLD/VIC Horse racing industry audit program (the program) in response to information we received alleging underpayments of strappers and stable...