Research & Reports Archive

Should Australians work until they’re 70? We look at the recent Productivity Commission report (29 November 2013)

The Productivity Commission’s report An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future is an ambitious, detailed and comprehensive exploration the potential fiscal and economic impacts of the demographic changes Australia might experience in the decades ahead. The report will provide

Regulation: Australian Business Council report calls for less regulation while another energy company faces penalties for illegal & unconscionable conduct (29 November 2013)

In the past week the Business Council of Australia has released a report, Improving Australia’s Regulatory System, in which it argues for reduction to the cost and burden on regulated parties – “the ‘dead hand’ of regulation imposing unnecessary

New population projections suggest Melbourne could grow by 83% to 10.3 million in 2061 (28 November 2013)

Latest population projections for Australia released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that Melbourne and Victoria will continue to accommodate strong population growth over the coming 50 years. The statistics released by the ABS forecast that according

Report finds potential for fraud, corrupt practices, and misuse of position by Councillors in 32 of Victoria’s 79 Councils (8 November 2013)

An independent report by Victoria’s municipal watchdog, the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, into the use of ward funds by 32 of Victoria’s 79 councils has found that some councillors risk breaching the law. Victoria’s Minister for Local

Queensland Government ‘unashamedly’ releases Galilee Basin Development Strategy (7 November 2013)

A strategy to facilitate the development of the Galilee Basin (an area containing extensive deposits of thermal coal) and deliver up to 28,000 new jobs was unveiled by the Queensland Liberal National Government today. Queensland’s Premier, Mr Campbell Newman,

Australia’s Climate Change Authority calls for tougher greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (4 November 2013)

Australia’s Climate Change Authority has called for tougher targets for reductions in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in a “Targets and Progress Review” Draft Report released on 30 October 2013. Major conclusions and recommendations The Authority’s major conclusion is that

Victoria’s 40 year planning strategy released, and ‘new’ Melbourne Planning Authority launched (14 October 2013)

AN independent body that will give advice to the State Government on planning matters was launched last week. The Melbourne Planning Authority has been created to implement Plan Melbourne – the Victorian State Government’s the new 40-year planning blueprint

IPCC releases 5th assessment report on climate change (28 September 2013)

The International Panel on Climate Change released its fifth assessment report on 27 September 2013. (Download pdf summary for policy makers here.) The Guardian this week published the following summary of the report’s key findings. Global change The global

Australian Productivity Commission releases paper examining fall in labour’s share of income in Australia (28 September 2013)

The Productivity Commission has released a paper by a visiting researcher, Dean Parham, that examines the distribution of production income between labour and capital. In particular, it looks for explanations for the fall in labour’s share of income in

Queensland government releases 30 Year Electricity Strategy discussion paper (12 September 2013)

Queensland’s Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mr Mark McArdle, has released for public consultation a 30 Year Electricity Strategy discussion paper. Mr McArdle  said Queensland’s electricity supply system is entering a period of unprecedented change to the way