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National Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples - commemorative manuscript
13th February 2008
On 13 February 2008, the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, delivered a formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, in particular the Stolen Generations. On behalf of the Australian Parliament, Kevin Rudd apologised for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments, especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children from their families, their communities and their country, that have caused profound grief, suffering and loss by the Stolen...
A Century of Australian cost-benefit analysis working paper
21st November 2007
Paper prepared for the conference ‘Delivering better quality regulatory proposals through better cost-benefit analysis’ hosted by the Office of Best Practice Regulation on 21 November 2007. The paper presents a summary of lessons to be learnt from both past and present examples of cost-benefit analysis in Australia.
Establishing a monetary value for lives saved: issues and controversies working paper
21st November 2007
Paper prepared for the conference ‘Delivering better quality regulatory proposals through better cost-benefit analysis’ hosted by the Office of Best Practice Regulation on 21 November 2007. In Australia we spend about one-sixth of GDP to protect life and health in one way or another. This is a substantial diversion of resources away from other goods. Accordingly we would like to know whether this level of expenditure on health and safety is appropriate or whether it is too large or small. To...
Cost Benefit Analysis and Historic Heritage Regulation Working Paper
11th October 2007
This working paper formed the basis of an address to the Department of the Environment and Water Resources Workshop “The Economics of Heritage: integrating costs and benefits of heritage into government decision making” Canberra, 11 October 2007. The paper provides an example of the application of cost-benefit analysis, in this case to historic heritage regulation.
Australian Flags booklet: part two
20th July 2006
This is an excerpt of the Australian Flags booklet and deals with The protocols for the appropriate use and flying of the flag.
Designing and making awards
There are a number of steps in the process of creating a new honour or award before the medal can be designed and made. The medal and ribbons are designed as part of the process.
Official creation of awards
The Australian honours system dates from 1975 when the Order of Australia and the Australian Bravery Decorations were approved by The Queen. Since then, new awards have progressively been added to the system. There are a total of 58 awards in the Australian system of honours.