Analysis

Table of Contents

Will we all be Rooned without a Desal Plant?
Abstract
Introduction
Predicting the climate
The effect of climate uncertainty on the urban water balance in Western Australia
System reliability and the effect of climate-change assumptions
Implications for long-run marginal cost
Impact on the risk of a sprinkler ban of aligning prices with climate expectations
Conclusions
References
Australia’s Transition from Native Forests to Plantations
Abstract
Introduction
The plantation wood surge
Wood processing
Sawn timber and wood-based panels
Pulp and paper
Unprocessed wood exports
Australia’s current forest policy issues
Federal Government disengagement
Managed investment schemes, tax deductibility and future plantation wood supply
Climate change
Concluding comments
References
Righting Australia’s Vertical Fiscal Imbalance
Abstract
Introduction
The 1998 GST Agreement and its aftermath
State Finances in the 21st century
Expenditure Pressures: The public-hospital funding debate
Reforming federalism: Issues and objectives.
Arguments for fiscal decentralisation
Arguments for fiscal centralisation
Vertical fiscal balance and financial accountability
Reforming Fiscal Federalism: Challenges and Opportunities
Transferring Public Hospitals
Conclusion
References