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Our common wealth: a citizens' wealth fund for the UK

This paper sets out an illustrative model of how the United Kingdom could set up a Citizens’ Wealth Fund, which would pay out a universal dividend to all young citizens from 2030/31.
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Delays in citizenship applications for permanent refugee visa holders

Citizenship provides refugees with a sense of meaningful security and protection, and better enables them to sponsor family members for Australian visas and travel to visit family. This research raises serious questions about discrimination in access to citizenship for refugees who came by boat to...
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Down to the wire: a sustainable electricity network for Australia

State governments have spent up to $20 billion more than was needed on the electricity grid, and households and businesses are paying for it through their power bills.
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Fair dues: Rebalancing business taxation in the UK

This policy paper argues for a rebalancing of the business taxation system. It sets out a series of reforms aimed at achieving a fairer burden of taxation between different kinds of businesses and taxpayers, while supporting employment, wages and investment.
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A poor tax - Council tax in London: time for reform

This report argues that leaving council tax unreformed is becoming ever more unsustainable. Local authorities across the country are increasingly cash strapped, as a consequence of government cuts to their core grant funding and limits on their ability to raise funds through council tax and...
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Infrastructure priority list: project and initiative summaries 2018

The Infrastructure Priority List is updated regularly to reflect emerging infrastructure priorities across Australia. It provides independent, evidence-based advice to governments and industry on the projects that will most benefit our growing communities.
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NDIS and psychosocial disability – the Victorian story: Insights and policy recommendations from expert stakeholders

This report finds that while only around 10% of Victorians living with severe mental illness are expected to be eligible for the NDIS, critical community mental health services, supporting all Victorians living with severe mental illness, are being decommissioned to fund the scheme.
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Decarbonising maritime transport: Pathways to zero-carbon shipping by 2035

This report provides an updated baseline scenario for the development of emissions to 2035 and gives an overview of measures that can effectively reduce shipping emissions.
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Not working: experiences of refugees and migrants with Jobactive

This report focuses on the barriers faced by refugees and migrants imposed by the main federal employment program, Jobactive.
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Thinking beyond offshore processing

The Refugee Council of Australia has always taken a principled stand against offshore processing. Our view has always been that the policy is cruel and inhumane, and that its human and financial cost can neither be justified nor sustained. We have also consistently maintained the...