This report analyses the effectiveness of the revised approach to Commonwealth-State relations through National Cabinet adopted in the COVID-19 crisis, and actions that should now be taken to lock in its long-term effectiveness.
The Cabinet Handbook is designed to ensure that the federal Cabinet observes conventions and principles, and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.
A coalition of refugee organisations has condemned the Australian government’s decision to slash support to people seeking asylum in the 2020-21 Budget. This decision, they say, puts over 100 000 people, including around 16 000 children, at further risk of homelessness and destitution.
This policy brief provides an overview of the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board (NCC), as well as specific problems entailed by its appointment process, composition, lack of transparency and lack of legislative underpinning.
This policy brief canvasses key options available for reopening parliament and seeks to examine the key obstacles to employing alternative means for parliamentary sittings, such as sitting remotely.
Budgets are a key part of Australia’s democratic system, with budget papers giving the public a valuable opportunity to see how much money is spent and on what. In this paper, Rod Campbell argues that while there may be circumstances where non-publication of budget information...
NATSEM undertakes independent and impartial research that contributes to policy design and analysis. Their work includes models that show how policy scenarios shape tax and welfare payments. This report is based on the STINMOD+ tax and transfer microsimulation model, which is used to estimate the...
As with all postal services, Australia Post’s revenues have been under pressure since the advent and wide adoption of digital communications. While offset by the rise in parcel delivery through online shopping, and effective innovations to its products and services over the last decade, Australia...