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Water requirements of nuclear power stations

Currently the Government is undertaking a feasibility study into the possibility of establishing a nuclear power industry in Australia. Among the concerns raised about the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia is the amount of water consumed by nuclear power plants compared with...
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Broadcasting legislation amendment (digital radio) Bill 2008

This report outlines the provisions of a Bill to modify the existing framework for the introduction of digital radio.The Bill modifiies existing framework for the introduction of digital radio so that: the deadline for commercial broadcasters to commence digital radio services in the mainland state...
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Economic indicators: Whitlam to Howard

During the period from the Whitlam government through to the Howard government there has been significant movement across a range of economic indicators. This is to be expected over a period which has seen two major recessions and in which the economy has grown more...
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Military superannuation: myths and reality

Military superannuation arrangements have been subject to extensive changes. Yet another change may occur in the wake of a recently completed review of military superannuation arrangements. Both serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force have legitimate grievances in relation to superannuation matters. However...
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RU486 for Australia?

Luke Buckmaster provides a brief overview of RU486 and its use in medical abortion, an explanation of its current legislative status in Australia, and a brief analysis of the current debate about overturning legislative restrictions on RU486 and similar abortion drugs in Australia introduced at...
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The Constitution and industrial relations: is a unitary system achievable?

Peter Prince and Thomas John examine the extent of the Commonwealth’s power under the Australian Constitution to establish a single national industrial relations system.
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Tony Blair, British Prime Minister 1997-2007

On 27 June 2007 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister since 1997, resigned office in favour of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. Blair's had been a remarkable term of office.
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North Korean nuclear issues and the role of parliamentary diplomacy

International efforts to dismantle the nuclear program of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have been marked by limited and inconsistent engagement and distrust. One often overlooked diplomatic process that has been continuous and has supported the development of greater trust is parliamentary diplomacy writes...
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Overview of Commonwealth involvement in funding dental care

Recent calls for increased Commonwealth funding for dental services have been made in the midst of reports of long waiting lists and emerging evidence that poorer dental health is associated with lower socio-economic status. Although the National Oral Health Plan calls for action on dental...
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A review of developments in the Job Network

This paper briefly examines the development of the Job Network and evaluations of this system to determine the Job Network's capacity to cater to the needs of difficult-to-place job seekers and the long-term unemployed, and how this capacity might be improved. Australia has enjoyed strong...