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An overview of the effectiveness of closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance

As part of a raft of proposed new counter-terrorism measures, the prime minister announced that the government planned to develop a National Code of Practice for CCTV Systems. The Council of Australian Governments agreed that all governments would conduct a review of 'the functionality, location...
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Australia's settlement services for migrants and refugees 2009

Australia's settlement services for refugees and migrants have evolved over the last 60 years from the provision of basic on-arrival accommodation and assistance, to more intensive support programs targeted at meeting the specific needs of humanitarian entrants. * In recent years there has been an...
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Water requirements of nuclear power stations

Currently the Government is undertaking a feasibility study into the possibility of establishing a nuclear power industry in Australia. Among the concerns raised about the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia is the amount of water consumed by nuclear power plants compared with...
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Trends in the receipt of income support by workforce age people 1978 to 2007

Over the last 30 years there have been major economic, demographic and social changes in Australia. These changes, together with associated government income support policy responses, have been important factors driving trends in the proportion of workforce age people receiving income support. This background note...
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Australian Crime Commission amendment bill 2007

The Australian Crime Commission (the ACC) (formerly the National Crime Authority but with enhanced intelligence functions) commenced operations on 1 January 2003. According to the latest Annual Report, the aim of the ACC is to 'reduce the incidence and impact of serious and organised criminal...
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The future of organ donation in Australia: moving beyond the 'gift of life'

Australia’s organ donation and transplantation system does not meet the nation’s present demand for organs and is unlikely to meet its future needs. This is especially so given that the demand for transplanted organs is anticipated to continue to grow with the ageing of Australia’s...
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Members of Commonwealth ministries

Introduction Many Members of Parliament (MPs) aspire to ministerial office. Kim Beazley Jr once said: ‘being a minister, that really was something special from the moment I got it’.1 Garfield Barwick was said to have arrived at the Attorney-General’s office with ‘more ideas than a...
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Broadcasting services amendment (media ownership) bill 2006

Rhonda Jolly provides an overview of the development of media ownership regulations and the changes wrought by the recently implemented media ownship legislation. The Bill permits cross-media mergers in radio licence areas where sufficient diversity of media groups remains following the mergers. At least five...
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Special Broadcasting Service (SBS): Operations and funding

The SBS Corporation is Australia's multicultural and multilingual public broadcaster. It was established to define, foster and celebrate Australia's cultural diversity in accordance with obligations in its Charter. to ?provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and...
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Funding of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

This E-Brief updates earlier statistics on funding provided to the ABC by the Australian Government and information on funding derived from other sources.