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Journal article

A home amongst the gum trees

I am one of the approximately 70,000 ANF members who choose to live in rural or remote Australia. Whilst I commute by train to the city daily for work I escape each evening to my 'home among the gum trees'. Amidst the beauty of the...
Report

Feeding the future

Dr Emerson, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Asian Century, launched Feeding the Future - A Joint Australia-China Report on Strengthening Investment and Technological Cooperation in Agriculture to Enhance Food Security on 20 December 2012. The report marks...
Report

A New Federation with a Cities and Regional Approach

This paper sets out to address these multiple, overlapping and interacting problems by proposing a complete restructuring of the Australian Federation to a new governance model, based on two tiers of government rather than three, and with clearly designated roles and responsibilities between these tiers...
Fact sheet

Cancer in rural Australia

Cancer is responsible for Australia's largest disease burden, and people with cancer in rural areas have poorer survival rates than those living in major metropolitan centres.
Report

Central Queensland Workforce Development Initiatives

The proposed Central Queensland Resource Catchment Workforce Development Strategy (CQRCWDS) project was initiated by RDA Mackay Whitsunday and the Queensland Government to explore a way to address the projected skills shortages in the resources sector in Central Queensland. This report is a starting point in...
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Beating Around the Bush

Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia's rural sector has lost $43.5 billion in export income. This includes $14.9 billion in 2010-11 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs. The damage the mining boom...
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Australian Farm Survey Results 2009-10 to 2011-12

This report provides a detailed profile of the financial performance of farm businesses in the grains, livestock and dairy industries in the years 2009-10 to 2011-12. These industries include 68 per cent of farm business units in Australia. The report also includes analysis of changes...
Report

Australian Mayors: What Can and Should They Do?

Recent decades have seen significant developments in the role of mayors across the world. These developments have mirrored the widening international discourse on local governance and civic leadership, and are part of broader changes sweeping through local government. Australian local governments have been subject to...
Report

Australian Small Business: Key Statistics and Analysis

This publication provides a statistical overview of Australia's small businesses, with emphasis on business counts, characteristics and performance. Unless otherwise stated, small businesses are defined as those who are actively trading and employ less than 20 people. This publication includes chapters covering a range of...
Commentary

Australias regional migration: a selective success story

Since 1995, there has been a concerted government policy push encouraging new migrants to settle away from the major cities. There are some very good reasons to direct new arrivals away from cities, such as ongoing concerns about the impact of rapid population growth on...