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Syria: Australian military operations

This paper provides a summary of Australia’s military operations in Syria and an overview of key associated issues, particularly those relevant to the Parliament. Many of these matters are also relevant to the conduct of operations in Iraq, but this paper does not specifically address...

Western Australia state election 2017

Provides an overview of the 2017 Western Australia state election, including the impact of the 2015 redistribution.

Bills Digest: Superannuation Laws Amendment (Strengthening Trustee Arrangements) Bill 2017

The purpose of the Superannuation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 is to implement a board governance structure for certain superannuation funds that requires at least one third of trustee directors to be independent and that the chair also be independent.

Disability Support Pensioners, 1984-2004

Between 1984 and 2004 there has been a significant rise in both the number and proportion of the population that is in receipt of the Disability Support Pension. In this research note, Malcolm Park examines the rises in relation to the age and sex of...

Same-sex couples by Commonwealth Electoral Division

On 27 May 2004 the Attorney-General introduced legislation to amend the Marriage Act 1961 to, inter alia, define 'marriage' as the union of a man and a woman and to prevent same-sex couples from adopting children from overseas. The proposed amendments and the ensuing debate...

Australian Democrats: the passing of an era

This paper traces the rise and fall of the Democrats, Australia's longest-surviving minor party, examining the sources of its support and the reasons for its decline. The Australian Democrats are the longest surviving and most successful minor party in federal politics. The party was created...

Australian urban and regional development: the policy challenge

This paper asks what can ameliorate or resolve complex urban and regional problems and inequality? Can urban and regional policy make a difference?

Public versus private? An overview of the debate on private health insurance and pressure on public hospitals

The 7.96 per cent average increase in private health insurance premiums for 2005 marks the third year in a row in which private health premiums have increased on average by more than 7 per cent. Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott's announcement of the increases was...

Boat ‘turnbacks’ in Australia: a quick guide to the statistics since 2001 - November 2017 update

This guide provides statistics on the number of boats that have been ‘turned back’ since the practice of removing unauthorised maritime arrivals in Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels (SIEVs) from Australian waters was introduced by the Howard Government in 2001.

The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide

This guide focuses on federal electoral boundary redistributions and the process involved.