Research & Reports


Gen Y Housing Aspirations Could Depend on a Housing Inheritance

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“In recent years the issue of intergenerational fairness has become more pronounced as the material conditions for Gen Y appear to be declining when contrasted with their parents, the Baby Boomer generation...”



Gough Whitlam in context: a revisionist exercise

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“Since its revival in 1977, this is the 33rd Daniel Mannix Memorial Lecture. Its emphasis is biographical. Only two subjects have been spoken about twice: Sir Robert Menzies by Paul Hasluck in 1979 and Malcolm Fraser in 1987; and Gough Whitlam, first commemorated by Kim Beazley in 1999, now by me...”



Warming to a Global Challenge

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“Climate change is one of the most hotly debated issues of this century. Politicians have risen and fallen on its wake, elections have been fought around it, and international leaders have come under unprecedented scrutiny by civil society for their action – or inaction – in addressing it. As Australia is battered by hotter summers, more frequent and severe floods, devastating bushfires, water shortages in capital cities, and coastal erosion on its beaches, the question ‘is climate change the cause?’ is being asked more and more frequently...”


Problems faced by future generations
& what to do

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“A random sample of the Australian population, expressed a diverse array of concerns with respect to the health and well-being of future generations. Some, such as climate change and a potential, significant reduction in the standards of living were predictable. Others, such as ill-discipline and obesity were less so. The results suggest there are significant implications for the policies of existing and future governments...”


Questions of Dependence and Sustainability

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“In 1997 UNESCO proclaimed a ‘Declaration on the Responsibilities of the Present Generations towards Future Generations’. This declaration sets down the core responsibilities, which the present generations should assume, including but not limited to: the responsibility to underpin and promote the socio-economic development of future generations through the fair and prudent use of available resources, including a nation’s economic, fiscal and budgetary resourcest...”


The Community Guide to the UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoplesn

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“The existence of human rights standards is not the source of Indigenous disadvantage. Human rights do not dispossess Indigenous peoples, they do not marginalise them, they do not cause their poverty, and they do not cause gaps in life expectancy and life outcomes. It is the denial of rights that is a large contributor to these things...”