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Human rights: Australia versus the UN

Australia prides itself on being a 'good international citizen'. But how does Australia fare with regard to human rights from an international perspective asks Hilary Charlesworth. It is a party to all major human rights treaties and yet reluctant to make them work at a...
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The wealth distributions of migrant and Australian-born households

Wealth is an important measure of overall economic well-being, and influences migrants’ ability to integrate into their new country. Using data from the 2002 HILDA survey, Rochelle Belkar explores the disparity between the wealth distributions of Australian and foreign-born households. Her results reveal that immigrants...
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Reform of the taxation of employee share schemes

Following community concerns with the changes in the the taxation of employee share schemes announced on Budget night and the possible unintended adverse impacts, the government has fast-tracked the consultation process on this change. This consultation paper and exposure draft bill seeks to provide a...
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Contest Two and counter extremism: lessons for Australia

This year the Rudd government will issue a counter-terrorism white paper. In the preparation of the new white paper, this policy analysis examines what Australia can learn from the UK's "Contest Two" approach with respect to domestic counter extremism policy. The UK released its new...
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Towards best practice for public housing asset management

The aim of this project is to develop a set of good practices for strategic asset management which will assist State Housing Authorities (SHAs) as they seek to improve housing outcomes for public tenants and extend the life of their housing stock by maintaining its...
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Human rights: a moral compass

The Commonwealth Attorney-General, Robert McClelland outlines the Government's approach to human rights and upcoming reforms aimed at strengthening Australia's leadership in this area.
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The Reconciliation Barometer and the Indigenous imaginary

This paper discusses the findings of a recently released study to ‘measure the progress of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ by Reconciliation Australia. The study, Australian Reconciliation Barometer, was released in February 2009. It breaks new ground in the campaign for ‘reconciliation’ by constituting...
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Indigenous participation in university education

Since the 1980s, more than 20,000 Indigenous university graduates have joined the Australian labour force. In 2007 alone, almost 1,500 graduated, an average of four a day. The proportion of Indigenous students enrolled in degrees and post-graduate courses has risen to more than 90 percent...
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Review of .au domain name policy framework

auDA's 2007 Names Policy Panel is currently reviewing the policy framework for .au domain names, including whether .au should be opened up to direct registrations (eg. domainname.au); whether the policy rules for domain names should be changed; and whether registrants should be allowed to sell...
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Cities and communities that work: innovative practices, enabling policies

This paper tells the stories of 11 small and medium cities in Canada, the United States and Europe that have made dedicated and creative efforts to turn local assets into a community-wide strategy for economic renewal and a better quality of life.