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Foreign ownership debate needed

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A 2011 ABS survey investigated the level of foreign ownership of Australian farm land. It found that 89 percent of agricultural land was Australian-owned, but many are concerned that level is too high. Kelvin Thomson looks at the issues surrounding the ownership of our agricultural assets.

More Australians living in poverty

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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has released a new report showing poverty in Australia remains a persistent problem with an estimated 12.8 percent of all people living below the poverty line. The report provides the most comprehensive picture of poverty in the nation since 2006 and shows that people who are unemployed, children, and those whose main source of income is social security payments, are the groups most at risk of poverty.

A deficit of stability and predictability

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The Federal Government has been forced to re-write the Budget it released just months ago due to a slump in Australian mineral prices. Robert Carling says a stable tax regime is more important than whether the budget is a few billion in surplus or deficit.

The IT experience - Is industry serious about the costs of doing business?

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This year the Federal Government held an inquiry into IT pricing in Australia. Ed Husic spoke at the GAP Productivity Summit about the importance of access to new technology for consumers and businesses.

New government discussion paper outlines options for NSW strata

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It is estimated that more than half of Sydney-siders will live in strata developments by 2030. Launching the NSW strata discussion paper, Anthony Roberts says that statistic makes it essential that the State has an effective strata framework.

Educate against online racism

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When Facebook decided to deactivate a racist page which branded Aborigines as alcoholics the Australian Communications and Media Authority investigated. Jamie-Lee Dwyer looks at the controversial issue of online racism.

Mining regulation in Australia

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The mining industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years with regulations and the environment playing a key role in the way the sector operates. Mitchell Hooke explains the processes companies must go through to get mining approvals and defends the industry’s environmental credentials.

Productivity is in the eye of the beholder

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Industrial relations continues to be a divisive topic in Australia, especially when it comes to productivity. David Byers says for our our oil and gas sector to flourish access to skilled labour is essential.

Be careful what you wish for with NFP reforms

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The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), Australia’s first charity regulator, has announced a number of long-anticipated reforms. The not-for-profit sector should not expect it will be all things to all people, warns David Crosbie.
 

Essential statistics invest in information that counts

Statistical assests (Getty Images)The Australian Bureau of Statistics is calling for feedback on essential statistical assets for Australia. The consultation is being undertaken to ensure the government invests in the information most needed for critical decision making in the future. Chairperson of the Australian Statistical Advisory Council (ASAC), Geoff Allen, said high quality official statistics tell us how our society is working and progressing.