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Compulsory voting in Australian national elections

Compulsory voting has been part of Australia's national elections since 1924. Renewed Liberal Party interest and a parliamentary committee recommendation that voluntary voting be the subject of future investigation suggest that this may well be an important issue at the next election. Scott Bennett describes...
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An overview of the effectiveness of closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance

As part of a raft of proposed new counter-terrorism measures, the prime minister announced that the government planned to develop a National Code of Practice for CCTV Systems. The Council of Australian Governments agreed that all governments would conduct a review of 'the functionality, location...
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Queensland election 2009

This research paper analyses the 2009 Queensland state election and argues that the result demonstrates that despite running a budget deficit resulting from a large spending program, a Labor government can still be re-elected.
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Money for nothing? Australia in the global middle class welfare debate

Middle class welfare has been a controversial issue in policy debates in Australia in recent years. The research examined in the paper suggests that the issues relating to middle class welfare are more complex than generally suggested in the various debates on this topic in...
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In the shadows: the Shadow Cabinet in Australia

This report discusses the roles, functions and procedures of the modern Australian shadow cabinet. It aims to redress the shortage of material on the Shadow Cabinet, and provide the reader with a better understanding of what the Shadow Cabinet does and how it operates. Joel...
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Water requirements of nuclear power stations

Currently the Government is undertaking a feasibility study into the possibility of establishing a nuclear power industry in Australia. Among the concerns raised about the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia is the amount of water consumed by nuclear power plants compared with...
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Broadcasting legislation amendment (digital radio) Bill 2008

This report outlines the provisions of a Bill to modify the existing framework for the introduction of digital radio.The Bill modifiies existing framework for the introduction of digital radio so that: the deadline for commercial broadcasters to commence digital radio services in the mainland state...
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Economic indicators: Whitlam to Howard

During the period from the Whitlam government through to the Howard government there has been significant movement across a range of economic indicators. This is to be expected over a period which has seen two major recessions and in which the economy has grown more...
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Military superannuation: myths and reality

Military superannuation arrangements have been subject to extensive changes. Yet another change may occur in the wake of a recently completed review of military superannuation arrangements. Both serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force have legitimate grievances in relation to superannuation matters. However...
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RU486 for Australia?

Luke Buckmaster provides a brief overview of RU486 and its use in medical abortion, an explanation of its current legislative status in Australia, and a brief analysis of the current debate about overturning legislative restrictions on RU486 and similar abortion drugs in Australia introduced at...