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Voting patterns to major parties by generation

This Flagpost looks at the change in first preference votes to the major parties in the House of Representatives by generation over the past 6 federal elections (2004 to 2019). It is based on data collected by the Australian Election Study (AES). Read more...

What's New in Statistics . . . May

This month: Indigenous languages, farming statistics and health conditions. Statistics releases in May 2022 If you are interested in any of the forthcoming releases or datasets, please contact the Parliamentary Library to discuss in more detail.   Statistical reports Release date ANZ Australian Job Ads Report, April 2022 2 May ABS Retail Trade, March 2022 4 May ABS Selected Living Cost Indexes, March 2022 4 May ABS Lendi... Read more...

Trends in the gender composition of the Australian parliament

How does the gender composition of the Australian parliament compare with parliaments around the world, and how has it changed over the past two decades? Read more...

The beer excise cut that wasn't

In the lead-up to the 2022–23 Budget media reports suggested that the Government was considering halving the excise tax on draught beer—that is, beer designed to connect to a pressurised gas delivery system, pump delivery system or other system prescribed by the regulations. It was claimed that this was in response to a push from hotels and clubs that are seeking to attract more patrons in order to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the most recent IBISWorld industry report on pubs, bars and nightclubs in Australia, the industry has indeed been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the industry has also seen a de... Read more...

UNESCO’s assessment of the Great Barrier Reef: is the Reef ‘in danger’?
Photograph by Peter David

UNESCO’s assessment of the Great Barrier Reef: is the Reef ‘in danger’?

This is the question that the 21 member countries of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee (the Committee) will examine at its 45th Session, currently due to be held from 19–30 June 2022 in Kazan, Russia. The Committee’s determination of whether the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) should be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger will be based on an updated ‘State Party’ report from the Australian Government and a State of Conservation report to be prepared by two scientific officials (p. 58) who visited the GBR last month. Read more...

Updated Statement of Ministerial Standards: the responsibilities of ministers as employers

An updated Statement of Ministerial Standards (the Standards) was issued by Prime Minister Morrison on 8 April 2022, superseding the previous Statement of Ministerial Standards issued on 30 August 2018. The updated Standards include new provisions relating to the obligations of ministers in their capacity as employers and setting out how complaints concerning the conduct of ministers made to the recently established Parliamentary Workplace Support Service (PWSS) will be treated under the Standards.  Read more...

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