Parliamentary Research Briefs

Four Reasons To Reject The Referendum Council Recommendations

Our new research brief is on the Four Reasons why the Referendum Council’s recommendations for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be rejected. The proposal to…

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Five Unanswered Questions From The Finkel Review

In the wake of South Australia’s September 2016 blackout, the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council announced the establishment of an ‘expert panel’ chaired by Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel…

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Five Reasons Why The Government Should Abandon The Bank Tax

The Government announced major changes to the banking sector in the 2017-18 Budget, including: • A tax of 0.06% on the liabilities of the four major banks plus Macquarie. •…

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3 Reasons Why Westpac is Wrong on Coal

Westpac’s new Climate Change Action Plan limits new thermal coal lending to existing basins and to projects with an energy content of at least 6,300kCal/kg23. If adopted by all financial institutions…

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Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority

The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be abolished. 1. The ACMA is a threat to free speech. 2. The ACMA’s functions are redundant. 3. The ACMA imposes costs…

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Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam

Business investment in Australia is 12.2% of GDP and is forecast to fall to a record low nine per cent of GDP by 2020, according to Macquarie Research. During the…

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5 Reasons To Abolish The RET

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) mandates that 33,000 GWh of electricity – 24 per cent – be generated from renewable sources by 2020. To do this, wholesale energy users, mostly…

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