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.

Western Australia delays border reopening


On Wednesday, 20th January, the Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, announced that WA would push back the re-opening of the state border amid concerns about the transmissibility of the Omicron variant.  In December the Premier announced that the border would re-open on February 5th. No new date for the re-opening has been announced, with WA… Continue reading Western Australia delays border reopening

2022 Parliamentary Sitting Calendar


2022 Parliamentary Sitting Calendar. Includes downloadable iCal and PDF calendars for state, territory and Commonwealth parliaments.

Northern Territory’s Snap Lockout


Today, the Northern Territory Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, announced that as of 1 pm 6 January 2022, a territory-wide lockout has come into effect. The lockout was announced after the Northern Territory recorded 256 new cases, the highest daily recorded in the territory to date.  The lockout will remain in place until midday Monday 10… Continue reading Northern Territory’s Snap Lockout

Federal Labor: High-Speed Rail Between Sydney and the Hunter


On Sunday 2 January, Labor Leader Anthony Albanese announced that a Labor Government will begin building High-Speed Rail (HSR) between Sydney and Newcastle. Labor will allocate $500 million in its first budget to begin corridor acquisition, planning and early works, and will make this section of the eventual Sydney to Brisbane HSR line a priority… Continue reading Federal Labor: High-Speed Rail Between Sydney and the Hunter

Western Australia’s Cabinet Reshuffle


On Friday, 17 December, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced a Cabinet reshuffle. The most notable change is in the Health portfolio, where Amber-Jade Sanderson has replaced Roger Cook as the state’s Health Minister. Cook has been in the Health portfolio for 13 years, across Opposition and Government, and will be adding Tourism and Commerce… Continue reading Western Australia’s Cabinet Reshuffle

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