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Climate change 2007: The Physical Science Basis

The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report describes progress in understanding of the human and natural drivers of climate change, observed climate change, climate processes and attribution, and estimates of projected future climate change. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and...
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The changing role of grandparents

Grandparents have always played an important role in family life, but over the last twenty years, many have had increased responsibility for their grandchildren due to changes and issues in families and society. The first major change is the provision of child care. Grandparents, mostly...
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Boosting science learning - what will it take? ACER research conference 2006

Current practices in science education may be leaving many students poorly educated about science and with an ambivalent or negative attitude towards science according to Professor Jonathan Osborne of King’s College London, one of the keynote presenters at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)...
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Approaches to evaluation of affordable housing initiatives in Australia

The release of the Framework for National Action on Affordable Housing (the Framework) in 2005 has provided an opportunity to consider how evaluation could be built from the outset into a major future initiative in the housing field. In response, this report first provides an...
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Generation F: attract, engage, retain

This report argues that women aged between 16 and 65 – Generation F – remain significantly overlooked, under utilised and untapped. Research released today has uncovered a new generation of workers that will rival Generation Y as the solution to the nation’s skills shortage. Despite...
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Water policy initiatives

This senate report looks at the impact on rural water usage of recent water policy initiatives and the possible role for Commonwealth agencies, with particular reference to: the development of water property titles; methods of protection for rivers and aquifers; farming innovation; monitoring drought and...
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Recent progress in marriage and relationship education in Australia

Rising rates of marriage breakdown in Australia have led to increasing interest in and support for strategies that help couples withstand both the everyday hassles and less common stressors that impact on relationships. One of these strategies involves the provision of marriage and relationship education...
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Student outcomes 2006 - summary

This publication presents a summary of results from a national survey of students who undertook vocational education and training (VET) at technical and further education (TAFE) institutes or other government, private or community education providers during 2005. It reports on students' characteristics, employment outcomes and...
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Design faults: the Asia Pacific's regional architecture, policy brief

The Asia Pacific region has too many regional organisations, yet they are still unable to do all the things required of them. This matters at a time when the rising power of China and India presents new challenges. There is a need for a new...
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Vocational education and training, health and wellbeing: Is there a relationship?

The relationship between education, including vocational education and training (VET), and measures of health and wellbeing is explored in this report. Previous research in the area indicates that the relationship is also influenced by intermediary variables such as income. This report uses the Household, Income...