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The impact of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement on the provision of health services in Australia

Bryan Mercurio details, evaluates and critically analyses the eight provisions relating to health services and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. He argues that while the agreement may result in uncertainty and discontent among some in the Australian academic and health...
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More apprentices and trainees complete training in 2004

The number of people completing an apprenticeship or traineeship in the year ending 31 December 2004 was 11 per cent higher than the number completing in the same period in 2003, according to this new set of national statistics. In the twelve months to December...
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People with a disability in vocational education and training: a statistical compendium

In this statistical compendium Toni Cavallaro, Paul Foley, John Saunders and Kaye Bowman examine vocational education and training students with a disability as a group, focusing on their participation levels, achievements and outcomes from VET, and identifies gaps and/or issues with the existing data. They...
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Representative views: mass and elite opinion on Australian security

Voter and candidate surveys since the 2004 federal election shed light on changing Australian attitudes to defence, national security, foreign policy and trade. On some issues, Australians are more divided than at any time since the Vietnam War, and opinions are more strongly held. Ian...
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What value do Australian employers give to qualifications?

Lee Ridoutt, Chris Selby Smith, Kevin Hummel, Christina Cheang look at how employers value and use qualifications in their business decisions. Their research indicates clear differences in the value placed on and use made of qualifications by employers for different groups of workers and occupations...
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A headlong dash into the chasm of hyperbole

The St Vincent de Paul Society's recent paper, The Reality of Income Inequality in Australia, warns of Australia's 'current headlong dash into the chasm of inequality'. In his response Peter Saunders shows this claim is grossly exaggerated. The Vinnies' report argues that there has been...
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Who is better at managing the Australian economy: Labor or the Coalition?

The Australian economy has had an unprecedented period of uninterrupted growth since 1992, surviving disruptions from the Asian crisis of 1997, the stock market collapse of 1999, and the war in Iraq. Some politicians and journalists argue that this surprising good run for the Australian...
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Student traffic: two-way movement between vocational education and training and higher education

Movement in Australia's tertiary sector - between and within higher education and vocational education and training - is a key feature of Australia's post-compulsory education system. Roger Harris, Robert Sumner and Linda Rainey investigate the extent and nature of student traffic between the two sectors...
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No fault compensation

Talina Drabsch explores the possibilities of no fault compensation, where the entitlement to compensation is not linked to the ability to prove that a person's injuries were due to the fault of another. This report is partly a response to the discussion that followed the...
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Remote Indigenous housing system: a systems social assessment

The poor state of Indigenous housing in remote areas is generally acknowledged as one of Australia's most intractable housing problems. The thesis examines why the remote Indigenous housing system does not meet the housing needs of Indigenous people in remote areas and discusses an alternative...