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This paper reviews the history of multiculturalism in Australia and NSW, and sets out the debate on the subject.
This paper has been prepared against the background of recent disturbing events around the world, including in Australia and NSW that have...
In June 2014 Premier Mike Baird and then Planning Minister Prue Goward announced plans to establish a Greater Sydney Commission, described as a single agency to “streamline the way the NSW Government’s infrastructure and urban planning priorities are delivered”.
The proposal fits into a...
In the lead up to the 2015 State election it was reported in The Land that the Coalition Government and NSW Farmers had entered into “an unprecedented” memorandum of understanding. Among the “key commitments” entered into were the reform of biodiversity laws and consideration of...
Overview: This e-brief offers an overview of the legal position in respect to e-cigarettes, along with a summary of research findings and viewpoints in the contemporary debate. It starts with a descriptive comment on e-cigarettes, making the point that e-cigarettes come in many forms,...
A majority of the High Court has dismissed appeal from the decision of the NSWCA relating to the powers of the Independent Commission against Corruption under the Independent Commission against Corruption Act 1988 (NSW).
Since its establishment in 1988, the Independent...
Overview: The main purpose of this Briefing Book is to provide Members of Parliament, new Members in particular, with a brief but authoritative account of key issues in NSW politics, providing relevant context and legislative history.
State issues are ones that affect people...
This paper reviews the reforms introduced over the life of the 55th NSW Parliament, from 2011 to 2015, intended to address concerns about integrity in government
When the Coalition came to government in 2011 they did so with a Five Point...
This paper summarises the contentious issue of anti-gang legislation and whether it contravenes the implied freedom of political communication under the Commonwealth Constitution.
On 8 October 2014 the High Court handed down its decision in Tajjour v NSW  HCA 35...
Discusses the implications of two Bills both dealing with voting in local government elections for the City of Sydney.
On 14 August 2014 two Private Members’ Bills were introduced in the NSW Parliament, both dealing with voting in local government elections...
Summary: The focus of this paper is on free or conscience votes in the NSW Parliament between 1981 and 2013. As such, its purpose is to add to the small but growing body of literature in this field.
A full list of free...