Pre-Election Policy Unit Papers

The Pre-Election Policy Unit (PEP Unit) was formed within the Parliamentary Library to assist non-Government senators and members develop polices in the lead-up to federal elections.

The PEP Unit provided publications and confidential responses to client requests from non-government senators and members drawing on additional resources that were not normally available. Subject to scope, cost and timeframe requirements, requests relating to the election policy financing and economic modelling were included as part of the service.

For certain requests, consultants were used to assist with more technical work or prepare research papers. Other requests were handled by Library researchers through normal Library processes.

The following briefings were commissioned on behalf of a non-government senator or member by the PEP Unit of the Parliamentary Library. The views expressed in these papers do not reflect an official position of the Parliamentary Library, nor do they constitute professional legal opinion.

  • Relocation reimbursement for New Start Allowance [PDF 444KB]
  • Savings Incentive Scheme [PDF 172KB]
  • Wage subsidy to employers of older workers [PDF 871KB]

Population papers series

Population related issues were among the most contentious areas of public debate prior to and during the recent election period. Given its enduring and multifaceted nature, the debate on population is likely to be of continuing policy interest to senators and members of the 43rd Parliament.

The Parliamentary Library commissioned a series of papers from leading authors on a range of aspects of population including the environment, the economy, demographic trends, public opinion, urban transport and international comparisons. The views expressed in these papers do not reflect an official position of the Parliamentary Library, nor do they constitute professional legal opinion.

  • Population, immigration and asylum seekers: patterns in Australian public opinion [PDF 809KB]
  • Ways forward in the population and environment debate [PDF 1.45MB]
  • The economics of a sustainable population [PDF 146KB]
  • Sustainable population: an urban transport perspective [PDF 442KB]
  • Population growth and sustainability [PDF 177KB]
  • Bibliography [PDF 236KB]

Evaluation of the Pre-Election Policy service, Australian Parliamentary Library, Stephen Bartos, (2010). [PDF 191KB]

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