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The purpose of this report is to identify existing Commonwealth law and policy relevant to the regulation of coal mining and unconventional gas exploration and production in Australia. Having identified the regulatory gaps, this report outlines opportunities for law reform in 10...
Sustainable Australia Report 2013: conversations with the future provides a picture of Australia - what we look like and who we are. It tells the story of how we have changed as a nation over the last 30 years. We have made great progress in...
'Sustainability' is invoked as a desirable objective in a range of contexts, yet its meaning is not always clear. Sustainability can imply vastly different policy responses depending on interpretation, particularly in relation to the degree to which environmental and other resources should be consumed over...
The conduct of fiscal policy as part of overall macroeconomic management is essential to underpinning growth and stability in the Australian economy.
The sustainability of fiscal settings and the efficiency of individual budget measures help to support consumer and investor confidence, to ensure governments...
This inquiry has concluded. The final report was sent to Government on 20 September 2012 and released on 14 March 2013.
The Productivity Commission invited interested parties to register their interest in an inquiry into regulatory and policy barriers to effective climate change adaptation....
The objectives of this project are to examine the adaptive capacity of existing institutional arrangements in the National Electricity Market to existing and predicted climate change conditions. Specifically the project aims to:
1. identify climate change adaptation issues in the NEM;
In 2008 the International Energy Agency ('IEA') called for an 'energy revolution', involving radical action by governments at national and local levels, and through participation in co-ordinated international mechanisms. As the IEA (2008, 37) put it:
"The world’s energy system is at a crossroads....
The total value of dwelling commitments excluding alterations and additions (trend) rose 0.8% in December 2011 compared with November 2011 and the seasonally adjusted series rose 3.8% in December 2011.
The inaugural National Water Planning Report Card 2011 provides a summary of the status of water plans across Australia.
The Report Card is a response to a COAG request for an independent assessment of water planning to inform an objective discussion on...
In this paper, Andrew Davies and Edward Mortimer look at Australia's energy security. Energy is the lifeblood of modern economies. The correlation between energy consumption and prosperity is strong—and that's unlikely to change. Those simple observations have some profound implications.