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Religion, faith and global politics

Religion and the resurgence of faith-based foreign policies have become a central theme in contemporary world politics. In a series of short essays, Lorraine Elliott, Mark Beeson, Shahram Azbarzadeh, Greg Fealy and Stuart Harris investigate the main features of this resurgence and put to the...
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Education for all 2007 global monitoring report

What are the benefits of programs for the very young? Why have countries been slow to implement policies that integrate care, health, nutrition and education? Besides taking a closer look at early childhood care and education, this fifth edition of the report assesses progress towards...
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Cancer in Australia: a snapshot, 2004-05

This ABS publication provides a brief overview of the incidence of the types of cancer suffered, prevalence and other characteristics, cancer screening practices, trends in morbidity and mortality in Australia.
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Social barometer: challenges facing Australian youth

The traditional 'coming of age' is a longer and less clear-cut process for this generation of young people, who often enjoy the benefits of more study, but also less secure job prospects according to Martina Boese and Rosanna Scutella. The 'Youth Transition Social Barometer' throws...
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Whose civilisation? Which enlightenment?

Many scholars now accept that what previous generations of scholars referred to as the Enlightenment was in fact a diverse phenomenon with distinct national variations. However, they may be overstating their case. Enlightenment ideas of 'civilisation' did operate as a single 'classificatory' scheme, which was...
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The children's cases pilot project: final report

The Children’s Cases Project (CCP) focuses on the interests of the child and the parents' or caretakers' proposals for the future of the child, rather than the past history of the parties' relationships. The final report of the exploratory study looks at, amongst other things...
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Diabetes in Australia: a snapshot, 2004 - 2005

This ABS article provides a brief overview of the prevalence, comorbidity and mortality, risk factors, actions taken and health costs of diabetes mellitus. This paper focuses on diabetes reported by respondents as a current and long term condition. This ABS article provides a brief overview...
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Press freedom index 2006

New countries have moved ahead of some Western democracies in this fifth annual index, while the most repressive countries are still the same ones. Northern European countries once again come top, with no recorded censorship, threats, intimidation or physical reprisals in Finland, Ireland, Iceland and...
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Regional subsidies and industrial prospects of lagging regions

Large and sustained differences in economic performance across regions of developing countries have long provided motivation for fiscal incentives designed to encourage firm entry in lagging areas. Empirical evidence in support of these policies, however, has been weak at best. This paper undertakes a direct...
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The national radioactive waste facility

In 2005 the federal government decided to establish a National Radioactive Waste Facility in the Northern Territory and in late 2005 legislation to facilitate this process passed into law. In so doing, the government sets aside an existing consensus-based process, established with states and territories...