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Hawker Britton's occasional papers provide in-depth analysis on the most important public policy issues of the day, across Australia. You can view the Research & Papers Archive here.

Albanese Government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill passes Parliament

05/12/2022

5 December 2022 On Friday 2 December 2022, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 (the Bill) passed both houses of Parliament. The Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill is a key pillar of the Albanese Labor Government’s agenda which aims to enact the Government’s election commitments as well as several proposals… Continue reading Albanese Government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill passes Parliament

National Reconstruction Fund Corporation Bill 2022

02/12/2022

On Wednesday 30 November 2022, the Albanese Labor Government introduced the National Reconstruction Fund Corporation Bill 2022 to the Australian Parliament. The Bill establishes the $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund (NRF), a key election commitment of the Labor Party at the 2022 Federal Election. In the October Budget, the Government allocated $15.0 billion over 7… Continue reading National Reconstruction Fund Corporation Bill 2022

Australia at COP27

22/11/2022

From 6 November to 20 November, Australian representatives including Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, attended the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The Climate Change Performance Index, released midway through the conference, shows Australia moving from 59 to 55 out of 63 nations. The CCPI also has… Continue reading Australia at COP27

Australia’s High-Speed Rail Network

17/10/2022

Contents  Introduction Summarised Timeline The Early 1980s Very Fast Train Tilt Trains   Speed Rail Moving Forward with High-Speed Rail  National Faster Rail Agency    Current Rail Routes The Albanese Government       State and Territory Governments Introduction The first High-Speed Rail, Japan’s Shinkansen line, commenced operations in 1964 running at the maximum speed… Continue reading Australia’s High-Speed Rail Network

Employment White Paper: Terms of Reference released

30/09/2022

Background On Thursday 29 September, Treasurer Jim Chalmers and the Albanese Labor Government released the Terms of Reference for the Government’s Employment White Paper (the White Paper). The release of the Terms of Reference comes following the Jobs and Skills Summit held at the beginning of September, which brought together unions, employers, civil society, and… Continue reading Employment White Paper: Terms of Reference released

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