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Social infrastructure planning to support resources growth

Social infrastructure and service delivery is critical to maintaining sustainable communities. This short report discusses the impact of the resources boom on social infrastructure planning and delivery.
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Leading practice strategies for addressing the social impacts of resource developments

This briefing paper provides background on the the social challenges experienced in Queensland resource communities. It provides a compendium of strategies and working examples, drawn from case studies that aim to avoid and mitigate adverse impacts and enhance the positive social impacts of resource developments.
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Unpaid care work and the labour market

This paper explores the link between the unequal distribution of caring work between women and men and the unequal outcomes in workforce participation, job opportunities, gender pay gaps and the gap in superannuation savings.
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Federating security

The ‘Canberra knows best’ approach does not work across the full range of national security issues.
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Exploring cyber security policy options in Australia

An interdisciplinary exercise generated three overarching policy recommendations to improve cyber security in Australia: create and enforce technology security standards, craft international agreements to address cyber security challenges, and improve risk awareness to keep users safe online.
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A century of mining in Australia

This article provides an overview of the history of mining in Australia.
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GFC+10: a survey of public attitudes to the federal government’s handling of the global financial crisis, ten years on

Polling conducted by The Australia Institute asked Australians about the federal government’s handling of the global financial crisis (GFC).
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Is there a problem with Chinese international students?

This policy brief first explains the challenges related to Chinese international students and then specifies policy recommendations to deal with these concerns.
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Hurricane briefing

Extreme weather events include hurricanes (referred to as'tropical cyclones' in Australia) – because they are now occurring in a more energetic climate system with a hotter, moister atmosphere.
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Unlocking Britain's first fuel: the potential for energy savings in UK housing

This briefing argues that one half of the energy currently used in UK housing could be saved by investing in a mix of current technologies.