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Australian hospital statistics 2003-04

This report presents detailed information on hospital care and hospitals, summaries of changes over time, and comparisons between public and private hospitals. Included are statistics on admissions to public and private hospitals in 2003-04, covering the age and sex of patients, diagnoses, procedures, lengths of...
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Between a mined-out rock and a hard place

Helen Fraser and Minh Nguyen examine the situation in Nauru - once ranked among the world's wealthiest countries per capita owing to its rich but now depleted phosphate resources. Continued dependency on phosphate export revenue has reduced this island state to near bankruptcy. The authors...
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Enterprises' commitment to nationally recognised training for existing workers

Erica Smith, Richard Pickersgill, Andy Smith and Peter Rushbrook aim to provide a clearer understanding of how and why enterprises use nationally recognised type of training. They find that successfully embedding training in enterprises involves a three-phase process - engagement, extension and integration. In most...
Briefing paper

Focus on regions 3: taxable income

This information paper makes a case for the adoption of taxable income as an indicator of economic activity in Australia's regions. It presents statistical analyses and case studies to demonstrate the superiority of taxable income over either population or employment as an indicator of regional...
Briefing paper

Focus on regions 4: social capital

This paper presents and analyses statistical information relating to social capital in Australia and its regions. It also explores the relationship between social capital and the economic and social wellbeing of Australia's regions.
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Social determinants of drug use

In the past decade there has been increased concern with broader environmental influences on health and wellbeing, but relatively little attention has been given to the social determinants of problematic alcohol and other drug use. Attempting to fill this gap, this report by Catherine Spooner...
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A spatial econometric analysis of the irreversibility of long term unemployment in Australia

Bill Mitchell and Anthea Bill use spatial econometric techniques to test whether there is evidence to support the hypothesis that the long-term unemployed represent a constraint on growth. They find no such evidence, which calls into question the logic of the plethora of active labour...
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Underarm bowling and Australia-New Zealand trade

Product standards, legitimately used by countries to protect public health and safety have frequently been misused as technical barriers to trade while pretending to be consumer protection measures. That's how New Zealanders see Australia's ban on apple imports, writes John Knight, and the WTO agrees.
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Course change and attrition from higher education

Each year, a number of university students in Australia leave the courses in which they have enrolled. Some change to other courses while others defer their course or leave the university altogether. What motivates students to change or leave their university course and does the...
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School travel modes in Brisbane

Drawing on evidence from four schools Claire Ridgewell, Neil Sipe and Nick Buchanan find that far fewer children are cycling or walking to school than in previous generations, and that more and more are being driven to school by car. Schools in different locations have...