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Future harvest: the way ahead for Australian agriculture and food

This report outlines the Australian government’s broad policy directions for the agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food industries. It identifies the government’s goals, operating in partnership with industry, of creating an environment of opportunity and helping equip individual producers and their industries with the capacity to...

Attracting and retaining skilled and professional staff in remote locations

This report looks at strategies for attracting and retaining skilled and professional staff to remote locations. It reviews issues including housing, utilities, lifestyle and community trends in remote locations. It reviews a number of strategies and suggests some practices that may have been overlooked.

Intergenerational reliance on income support: psychosocial factors and their measurement

This paper identifies nine psychosocial factors that explain reliance on income support from one generation to the next. Psychosocial factors are defined as psychological development and social factors and the relationship and interaction between the two. Each of the nine factors is discussed in turn...

Australian social policy 2006

The latest edition of this annual departmental includes articles on trends in wealth among aged pensioners; potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury; men's and women's fertility; and psychosocial factors and intergenerational transmission of welfare dependency.

Stakeholder engagement: a good practice handbook for companies doing business in emerging markets

This handbook aims to provide the reader with the good practice “essentials” for managing stakeholder relationships in a dynamic context, where unexpected events can and do occur, and facts on the ground change.

Election 2007: affordable rental housing

Two key proposals for improving the supply of affordable rental housing - a National Affordable Housing Agreement and a National Affordable Rental Incentive - are the principal focus of this paper. Two key proposals for improving the supply of affordable rental housing - a National...

Trends in severe disability among elderly people

This paper assesses the most recent evidence on trends in disability among the population aged 65 and over in 12 OECD countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The focus is on reviewing...

Election 2007: voters and VAMPIREs - the electoral geography of household exposure to rising petrol, mortgage and general price pressures

This article examines the geography of household socio-economic vulnerability to rising fuel and mortgage interest rates in Brisbane, Melbourne Sydney, Adelaide and Perth to assess the potential influence these patterns may exert on the forthcoming Australian federal election. We find that transport and housing costs...

Election 2007: media policy

The single most important reform the next Australian government should make in the media policy field is to make ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘the provision of resources for informed citizenship’ the centre piece of Australian media/communications policy. The best means of doing so would be...

A new approach to primary care for Australia

This paper shows that health systems oriented towards primary and preventative care achieve better health outcomes at a lower overall cost than systems oriented towards hospital care. It spells out how this can be achieved, with the establishment of 'one stop shop' primary health care...