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Australia's corporate regulators - the ACCC, ASIC and APRA

The responsibilities, resources and public profiles of all three regulators have grown appreciably since their creation. Richard Grant examines a specific challenge for each of the regulators, and the regulatory strategies they employ to monitor Australia's corporate sector.
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Election 2006: Canada changes government

The 46-year-old Stephen Harper is Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister. The new government is the tenth minority government elected since 1925, the average duration of which has been one year, five months and 22 days. It seems unlikely that the new government will run full term...
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Electoral division rankings: Census 2006 first release

This paper provides an analysis by Commonwealth electoral division of socio-demographic data from the first release of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. The electoral boundaries used in this paper are those applicable to the next federal election.
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Same-sex couples by Commonwealth Electoral Division

On 27 May 2004 the Attorney-General introduced legislation to amend the Marriage Act 1961 to, inter alia, define 'marriage' as the union of a man and a woman and to prevent same-sex couples from adopting children from overseas. The proposed amendments and the ensuing debate...
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Public versus private? An overview of the debate on private health insurance and pressure on public hospitals

The 7.96 per cent average increase in private health insurance premiums for 2005 marks the third year in a row in which private health premiums have increased on average by more than 7 per cent. Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott's announcement of the increases was...
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Liberalisation of international passenger airline services

Australia’s international aviation industry is heavily regulated. Whether or to what extent passenger airline services should be further liberalised is again being debated, a particular focus being whether more airlines should be allowed to carry passengers between Australia and the United States. Richard Webb provides...
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Spy versus spy: government control of sensitive information

From June to September 2004, government officials ‘cleansed’ computers which held copies of an original manuscript by former Office of National Assessments analyst Andrew Wilkie. Wilkie had agreed with the government’s instruction to remove some passages from the manuscript of the book Axis of Deceit...
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Australian citizenship: a chronology of major developments in policy and law

This Background Note focuses on citizenship within the context of Commonwealth legislation and does not attempt an analysis of the meaning of Australian citizenship or different theories of citizenship.
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Superannuation 2009-2010

This paper is designed to provide readers with a summary of superannuation taxation, contribution, preservation and payment rules. It covers, amongst others, the following topics: • the taxation of superannuation contributions and benefits • the level of superannuation contributions that employers must make (Superannuation Guarantee)...
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Socio-economic indexes for electoral divisions: 2006 Census

The Census collects data on a broad range of social and economic measures of the Australian population. While it is possible to compare electoral divisions on individual census data items, it is often more useful to compare divisions on the basis of a summary of...