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Australian hospital statistics 2007-08

This report presents a broad range of information about types of admissions to and expenditure in Australian public and private hospitals. In 2007-08 there were: 7.9 million hospitalisations , 60% of these were in public acute hospitals; 566,000 admissions from public hospital elective surgery waiting...
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Commonwealth Indigenous budget bulletin - June 2009

The Indigenous Budget Bulletin is prepared by the Macroeconomics health team to help engender public debate and scrutiny of Indigenous budget policy. The bulletins are published at least twice a year (coinciding with the release of the Budget and the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal...
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China's Green Dam: The implications of government control encroaching on the home PC

A recent directive by the Chinese government requires the installation of a specific filtering software product, Green Dam, with the publicly stated intent of protecting children from harmful Internet content. The proposed implementation of software as reviewed in this report would in fact have an...
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Location and segregation: The distribution of the Indigenous population across Australia's urban centres

This paper focuses on which cities and large towns Indigenous Australians live in, how the Indigenous population is distributed by neighbourhood within these cities and towns, and what the characteristics of the neighbourhoods are in which Indigenous Australians are concentrated. According to the 2006 Census...
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Interacting with Government: Australians' use and satisfaction with e-government services - 2008

Interacting with Government explores Australians’ use and satisfaction with e‑government services provided through the internet and telephone. It investigates: how people contact government by internet, telephone, in-person or mail satisfaction with these means of contacting government, including reasons for satisfaction and dissatisfaction reasons why people...
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Experts by experience: strengthening the mental health consumer voice in Tasmania

This research explores the achievements and struggles of the mental health consumer movement across Australia in order to inform the development of consumer activities in one state, Tasmania. Using information collated from a literature review and one-to-one interviews with over 70 consumers and other stakeholders...
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Pay day lending in Tasmania

This report explores one aspect of the consumer credit sector: payday loans. Payday loans are a ‘fringe’ credit product, operating outside the mainstream credit sector. In this report they are defined as loans that are small (no more than $1,000 but typically less than $250)...
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India: beyond the sea wall - chronic neglect and Australia-India relations

This essay looks for an end to "neglect" in Australia-India relations and finds the usual reversion to cricket metaphors - talk of "dropped catches" in the games of diplomacy and trade - demonstrates an evident lack of understanding within Australian institutions of the vast changes...
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Virtual violence

With online interaction and gaming now a fact of daily life for a great many people, violence against women in computer games and in virtual (online) environments is becoming a pressing issue for both legal and ethical reasons. This paper summarises two kinds of "virtual"...
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Capability Development among the Ultra-poor in Bangladesh: A Case Study

Microcredit is advocated as a development tool that has the potential to reduce poverty, empower participants, and improve health. Results of several studies have shown that the extreme poor, or the ultra-poor, often are unable to benefit from traditional microcredit programmes and can, as a...