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Some features of the Australian mortgage broking industry: background paper 2

This background paper provides information about two particular industry participants in the Australian mortgage broking market, mortgage brokers and mortgage aggregators, some features of the Australian mortgage broking industry and the main services provided by mortgage brokers and mortgage aggregators.
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Some features of car financing in Australia: background paper 3

This background paper provides information about car financing in Australia, including the range of participants and their relationship to car dealers, the relative market share of various participants, the size of the sector and the profitability of the sector.
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Fines: are disadvantaged people at a disadvantage?

This research used population-level data from the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey to examine whether the prevalence of problems with fines is higher for disadvantaged groups than others. It also investigated whether people’s responses to fines problems, and the outcomes they achieve for these problems, varies...
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Responding to unsustainable journal costs: a CARL brief

This brief provides an overview for Canadian university administrators of the current problematic state of scholarly journal costs, and proposes some recommendations to address the situation.
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Government policy statement on land transport 2018/19 – 2027/28: draft for engagement

This policy statement sets out the government’s priorities for expenditure from the National Land Transport Fund over the next ten years. It sets out how funding is allocated between activities, such as road safety policing, state highways, local roads, public transport and other modes of...
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National Integrity Commission: Design blueprint

The Australia Institute’s National Integrity Committee of corruption fighters and retired judges has released the next stage in the design of a National Integrity Commission.
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Australia and the 2018 midterm elections: a primer

Midterm elections are an important indicator of the national political climate that curb or enhance the power of the president’s party in Congress. If Republicans maintain majorities in the House and Senate, they will continue to pursue core policy priorities.
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Identity cards

Ray Jordan provides background on the 1980s proposal by the Labor government to introduce a national identity card (the Australia Card), its subsequent defeat, and on current initiatives by the Coalition government to consider an ID card in an effort to deter crime and terrorist...
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The first thousand days - our greatest opportunity

Optimising early childhood development requires a holistic approach to policy, programs and services that builds understanding of this important period and advances integrated polices and evidence-informed practices.
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Need for legal assistance services: developing a measure for Australia

This paper describes the development of the Foundation’s Need for Legal Assistance (NLAS) indicator which uses census data to assess potential demand by geographic location.