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.

Defence Strategic Review


On 3 August 2022, the Albanese Labor Government tasked Former ADF chief Sir Angus Houston and former defence minister Stephen Smith, to undertake a comprehensive Defence Strategic Review (the Review). The full classified Review was handed to the Government on 14 February 2023, with a less detailed version released to the public on Monday 24… Continue reading Defence Strategic Review

Safeguard Mechanism Design


On Tuesday 10 January 2023, Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, released the Albanese Government’s proposed reforms to the Safeguard Mechanism. The proposal, outlined in a position paper and draft legislative rules available here, is the result of over nearly 6 months of consultation. Consultation on the proposed design then closed on… Continue reading Safeguard Mechanism Design

AUKUS Nuclear-powered Submarine Announcement


14 March 2023 In San Diego, USA, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was joined by President of the United States Joe Biden and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak to announce a new stage in the AUKUS trilateral security partnership. Building on the establishment of AUKUS in 2021, today’s announcement confirms the pathway for… Continue reading AUKUS Nuclear-powered Submarine Announcement

Privacy Act Review Report


Introduction On 16 February 2023, the Attorney-General publicly released the Privacy Act Review Report (The Report). A one-page review of the report is available here. The aim of the report was to consider whether the act and its enforcement mechanisms are adequate.  The report summarises a two-year review of the Privacy Act 1988 (The Act)… Continue reading Privacy Act Review Report

National Cultural Policy: Revive


The Albanese Labor Government released the details of its renewed national cultural policy on Monday morning, with the Prime Minister joining Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, Senator Jana Stewart, the Member for Macnamara, Josh Burns, and arts sector leaders at Melbourne’s Hotel Esplanade. The five year policy titled Revive is backed by $286 million… Continue reading National Cultural Policy: Revive

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