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Local Government Councils are reliant on a number of funding sources including State and Federal governments as well as their community constituents to enable them to provide a range of public services. Given these funding sources councils need to have in place a range of...
National research illustrates the high degree of discrimination that prevails against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students resulting in diminished educational outcomes, both academic and social. This phenomenon is influenced by the prevalence of whole-school silences around LGBTQ topics in many Australian schools....
This report sets out the findings of research into domestic and family violence prevention, early intervention and response for children aged 0–8 years in New South Wales.
The report contributes to the development of the knowledge base on DFV prevention,...
Under the current NSW Child Protection legislative reforms, there is increased emphasis on permanency arrangements including adoption and long-term guardianship orders.
This paper provides an overview of the development of post-adoption support services in the US and UK; outlines research on the benefits of...
Political donations, electoral funding and how they should be regulated. Reforming campaign finance rules is a difficult process in Australia and overseas. But NSW Liberal party premier Mike Baird wants to reform the electoral funding legislation before the 2015 state election.
Discusses the implications of two Bills both dealing with voting in local government elections for the City of Sydney.
On 14 August 2014 two Private Members’ Bills were introduced in the NSW Parliament, both dealing with voting in local government elections...
Summary: The focus of this paper is on free or conscience votes in the NSW Parliament between 1981 and 2013. As such, its purpose is to add to the small but growing body of literature in this field.
A full list of free...
Summary: This statistical indicators paper identifies the recent trends in the value, sales and acquisitions of NSW public sector assets, at a whole of government, and individual department and public sector corporation level (selected by order of asset value for the 2012-13 financial year)....
Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Sydney would get a second airport at Badgerys Creek. It's estimated that the new airport will cost somewhere around $2.5 billion, the majority of which is to come from the private sector.
Mr Abbott wants to...
The timing of Barry O’Farrell’s departure, and its aftermath, reveal much about the heavily factionalised NSW Liberal Party
POLITICS these days is not only big business, but also smart business. The age of the street-corner soapbox, town hall meeting and leaflet...