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Waking from the dream

Its been a bad couple of decades for dreamers. So many collective dreams shattered into ugly shards. The devastation was democratic. Almost every political and social constituency suffered the agonies of disillusion. The mass dream of home ownership has been broken apart by property markets...

A step-by-step guide to internal investigations of privacy complaints by organisations

This information sheet assists organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988 to address a privacy complaint by an individual. The Act requires that businesses (including non-profit organisations) with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, all private health service providers and some small businesses...

Crafting regional growth: A guide to evaluating cultural tourism in your region

This guide is presented in a workshop format and steps users and participants through techniques for gathering information to assess the economic value, tourism impact and benefit of cultural tourism in a destination.

Fluid cities create

What makes a city culturally dynamic? What makes a city the sort of place that people want to visit, move to and explore? What makes a city the sort of place that spits out or draws in artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers? What makes a...

Minimum wages and employment: reconsidering the use of a time-series approach as an evaluation tool

This paper demonstrates that the introduction of minimum wage legislation in Australia in 1997 and subsequent minimum wage increases appear not to have had any significant negative employment effects for teenagers.The time-series approach used in the minimum wage literature essentially aims to estimate a treatment...

Inverting the pyramid: enhancing systems for protecting children

Executive summary Introduction Current systems for protecting children in Australia are failing in their primary objective: to protect children. Substantiation rates have increased significantly across Australia in the past decade although the rates in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia have remained relatively stable (AIHW...

Excellence in teaching and learning for all through resourcing, accountability and support

This paper argues that the resourcing of our schools must be structured to achieve excellence and equity, constantly striving to increase expectations and standards in our endeavour to achieve an equality in learning outcomes for all students. Recognising that education is the most powerful transformational...

Indigenous legal rights to freshwater: Australia in the international context

The paper undertakes a comparative overview of the law as it pertains to Indigenous rights in freshwater in four countries: the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It is organised around four themes of particular concern to contemporary Indigenous Australians: ownership of water, water...

Digital collections summit 2006: final report

This 2008 report brings together information shared by people working in archives, galleries, libraries and museums at the Digital Collections Summit convened by the Collections Council of Australia in 2006. It also incorporates feedback received in respect of the Australian Framework and Action Plan for...

The bipolar Pacific

The islands of the Pacific are in some cases prsoperous with good economies and education systems while others experience widespread illiteracy and some of the highest population growth rates in the world.The Pacific is bipolar, on almost every available indicator, the Pacific’s development path is...