7 Sep 2016

Labor senator Sam Dastyari has resigned his shadow frontbench position after a week-long saga over a Chinese company having covered his travel expenses. This payment led to questions about his support for China in the South China Sea dispute in defiance of Labor policy....



3 Jun 2016

This Action Plan was developed as a way of addressing the need to provide sustainable, high-quality pharmacist services in a complex and evolving environment.

This Action Plan was developed as a way of addressing the need to provide sustainable, high-quality pharmacist services in a...


27 May 2016

This guide oulines legal provisions requiring specified people to report suspected abuse and neglect to government child protection services in Australia.

Mandatory reporting is a term used to describe the legislative requirement imposed on selected classes of people to report suspected cases of child...


7 Mar 2016

This report presents data about ICT use and expenditure since 2008-09 by government entities.

The Australian Government introduced ICT Benchmarking in 2009. It is a requirement that Non-Corporate Commonwealth entities subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 participate in annual benchmarking...

Journal article

29 Feb 2016

‘Conservation matters’, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) briefed its new minister in 2014, because ‘New Zealand’s natural heritage shapes the country’s cultural identity and ... New Zealanders identify strongly with conservation lands and waters’ (Department of Conservation, 2014, p.4). It further explained that the...

Working paper

29 Feb 2016

In 2009, the Productivity Commission conducted a ‘roots and branch’ inquiry into Australia’s anti–dumping system—the first such inquiry in more than two decades. Though recommending that a system be retained, the Commission proposed various changes to make the system less protectionist and thereby reduce its...


15 Feb 2016

This report discusses the purpose of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015, and recommends it be passed with amendments.

Briefing paper

5 Feb 2016

This paper examines proposed changes to control order safeguards.


The then Prime Minister referred the following matter to me pursuant to s 7 of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 (INSLM Act):

… whether the additional safeguards...


31 Dec 2015

As experiences in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, Syria and Timor-Leste have all too clearly demonstrated, contemporary situations of armed conflict and other situations of violence can have a devastating impact on civilians. Today, armed conflict is more often taking...


13 Nov 2015

Humanity as never before shares a common destiny, whether it be in terms of the resources of the planet, the global environment, economic integration, or the movement of peoples, ideas, cultures. For better or worse humankind is a Community of Shared Destiny.

The People’s...

Discussion paper

13 Oct 2015

As a middle income, developing country, and despite being overwhelmed by internal conflicts, political instability and a lack of governance, Pakistan has remained an active international actor in global politics. For its critics however, it is this prominent international role – especially during the long...


15 Sep 2015

Tehran has reportedly sent around one thousand élite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) troops to back up its proxy Hezbollah forces that are fighting Islamic State terrorists in Syria. These troops will work with the Hezbollah fighters to take the town of Zabadani from IS,...


9 May 2015


In response to overseas natural or manmade disasters and complex emergencies, defence forces, police, government agencies and the aid community often find themselves operating in the same physical space as one another. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding and confusion over stakeholder roles, responsibilities,...

Discussion paper

9 Feb 2015

Security sector reform (SSR) in conflict-affected states is a key area of focus for the Australian CivilMilitary Centre (ACMC). The ACMC commissioned research from January to April 2013 to map international perspectives and trends in SSR. The goal was to inform future work in the...


6 Nov 2014

Increasingly, organisations are expected to demonstrate, and document, the differences their services are making for children, families and communities (McCoy, Rose, & Connolly, 2013; 2014). Evaluation and research helps to respond to this demand. Evidence gained through these activities helps to identify whether programs have...


9 Oct 2014

International responses to conflict and complex humanitarian emergencies are diverse and multifaceted. Different actors – among them non-government organisations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN) protection mandated organisations, UN peacekeeping forces, both military and police – all have a role to play to mitigate the impact...


9 Oct 2014

Historically, international humanitarian law (IHL) through the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 has required the protection of civilian populations in armed conflict. The Geneva Conventions provide guidance with regard to the obligations of states and parties to a conflict to...


20 Jun 2014

By end-2013, 51.2 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations, according to this report.

Summary: GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported today on World Refugee Day that the...

Audio interview

10 Dec 2010

Mary Edmunds has just published an evaluation of the Northern Territory intervention for the Whitlam Institute, and she joins Peter Mares on ABC Radio's National Interest.{C}

It's three and a half years after the Howard government sent an army of soldiers, civil servants, police...


24 Mar 2009

This report is a response to the NSW Government's Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW (Wood report) . It outlines the Government's five-year action plan to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in NSW.



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