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The effectiveness of parliamentary oversight in defence procurement: an international comparison of Joint Strike Fighter procurements

This paper assesses the effectiveness of the Australian Parliament and its supporting agencies in conducting oversight of major defence procurements in comparison with other nations, using the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) procurement as a case study.
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Update on Australian Government measures to counter violent extremism: a quick guide

This quick guide provides an update on Australian government measures and funding for countering violent extremism (CVE).
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White Spot Disease in Australia up to 2017: a chronology

White Spot Disease (WSD) is a viral infection caused by Whispovirus that causes death in up to 80% of affected farmed prawns. Australia was considered free of WSD until an outbreak in December 2016 but it has had an almost constant presence in biosecurity policy...
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Student income support: a chronology

This paper is a reference tool for those needing to locate specific changes quickly and place them in their chronological context, rather than a definitive history of income support for student in Australia.
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What we know so far about the new Home Affairs portfolio: a quick guide

This quick guide outlines what the Government has said about the creation of the new portfolio and some of the changes that might be involved in establishing the Home Affairs portfolio, and provides links to some responses and reactions to the announcement.
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Youth unemployment statistics for small geographic areas: a quick guide - August 2017 update

This guide provides a brief overview of the youth unemployment data available for small geographic areas.
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Private health insurance: a quick guide

This quick guide outlines the broad arrangements around private health insurance that exist today. It provides brief information on the industry and regulatory arrangements, private health insurance membership and types of cover, government surcharges and incentives, and key features of private health insurance in Australia.
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Syria: Australian military operations

This paper provides a summary of Australia’s military operations in Syria and an overview of key associated issues, particularly those relevant to the Parliament. Many of these matters are also relevant to the conduct of operations in Iraq, but this paper does not specifically address...
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Western Australia state election 2017

Provides an overview of the 2017 Western Australia state election, including the impact of the 2015 redistribution.
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Restructuring the personal income tax system: who is proposing what?

In 2005 and early 2006 a number of proposals were put forward for restructuring the personal income tax system. Leslie Nielson provides an outline of these suggestions, and provides links to detailed expositions of specific proposals.