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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.

The Luckiest of Leaders (released 5 June 2010)
Or why the Australian people are turning against Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott but will not yet vote for the Greens and Democrats.
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Kristina: Reproba Diluculo? (released 29 May 2010)
For a few years they have actually managed to banish all imagination from the world, all enthusiasm, extravagance, everything that makes life worth living. But now with our Nero (Kristina), all these things are back again. With Apologies to Lion Feuchwald, The False Nero, 1936
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Private Misery v Public Misery: Ken Henry, Aboriginal Australia and the Resources Tax (released 19 May 2010)
Ken Henry – King of Canberra – Head of Treasury, Canberra’s most powerful department – says the resources tax will be a winner for Aborigines. Well everything is all right. All is correct in the universe again. Jenny Macklin Minister for Indigenous Affairs says thanks Ken. There is nothing to worry about. We can all sleep peacefully in our beds, our consciences clear. Oh no! If ever there was an indication that this government and this bureaucracy just don’t understand the real problems besetting Aboriginal Australia then his statement that “some of the money raised from the proposed resources tax should be used for indigenous development” is it. What this really means is more of the same.
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Exquisite Synchrony (released 15 May 2010)
The Henry Tax Review, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Marginalisation of Aboriginal Political Interests
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The Henry (Whalebone) Tax Review (released 6 May 2010)
How the Resources Tax will disadvantage Aboriginal Australia and what can be done about it.
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Tin Tin 2009-10: Ken Henry, King of Canberra (released 8 April 2010)
Who's hot and who's not in national public affairs.
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Australia's Changing Political Universe (released 3 December 2009)
Opportunities for the minor parties from the Liberal Party leadership imbroglio and the necessity of building alternative political agendas outside the mainstream parties: Or, eleven reasons I have joined the Australian Democrats.
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New Thinking from the ISX on Remote Area Transport, Plant for Indigenous Contractors, Office Space, Homelands Enterprise (released 28 October 2009)
This paper is about how non-Indigenous and Indigenous owned mining companies can make a difference in remote and regional Indigenous communities by building the transport, business and housing infrastructure capacity of Indigenous communities through targeted 100 per cent tax deductible donations of cash, infrastructure, equipment and services. This strategy has many benefits. It can be a means of supporting Aboriginal contractors to build an independent business asset base and capacity, increasing the self sufficiency of Indigenous communities and reducing the high cost of living in mining regions.
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Social Return on Investment and other matters (released 13 October 2009)
Online movie of Rob Chewying and Peter Botsman speaking to the movers and shakers at Digital Eskimo on September 17.
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Written Transcript Reading Samson and Delilah (released 12 October 2009)
Written transcript of October 2009 Letter from Australia: Reading Samson and Delilah
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