The big miners have won their fight against the emissions trading floor, and now ... the resources tax... They saved themselves $1.5 billion over the first two years - and probably a lot more in later years - for the price of an advertising campaign estimated to have cost just $7 million. They prove that if you're big enough, rich enough and aggressive enough you can push the elected government of Australia around. Ross Gittins, July 3, 2010

Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

Policing Anxiety (released 13 July 2006)
The effect of the western world's response to terrorism.
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Lifting Indigenous Employment (released 12 July 2006)
Discussion of the imperative to increase Indigenous employment. (5,024 words)
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The politician as community catalyst: A conversation with Kevin Rudd (released 11 July 2006)
A conversation with Kevin Rudd recorded 9 February, 2006 at Parliament House in Canberra
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Simon's Struggle (released 11 July 2006)
A version of this article on Simon Crean's pre-selection battle in Victoria was published as "Friction from the Factions", Courier Mail, 08/03/2006
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Opinion Editorial Financial Review 6 Jan 2006 (released 11 July 2006)
A call for reconciliation with Australia's Aboriginal nations.
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Day of the Terrigal (Audio) (released 11 July 2006)
A commentary on the resignation of Bob Carr read by author Peter Botsman
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Day of the Terrigal (released 10 July 2006)
A commentary on the resignation of Bob Carr
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Democracy: Whitlam's Forgotten and Forbidden Legacy 1960-1972 (released 7 June 2006)
Party Democracy: Whitlam's Forgotten and Forbidden Legacy 1960-1972 a paper presented to the New Institute, Newcastle, 16th November, 2005
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