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The TJ Ryan Foundation is a progressive think tank focusing on Queensland public policy. The aims of the Foundation are to stimulate debate on issues in Queensland public administration and to review the policy directions of current and previous State governments on economic, social and cultural issues. This website focuses on evidence-based policy, providing links to a range of online resources.


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull CC BY Veni Markovski

Mungo MacCallum writes: ''Our economic plan for jobs and growth; jobs and growth; ... sobs of mirth; Hobson's Choice; blobs and froth' ... The trouble with endlessly repeating slogans is that they become meaningless babble. Just what the Turnbull/Morrison mantra will sound like in another eight weeks beggars the imagination.'

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten CC BY Peter Campbell

Peter Brent writes in Inside Story that there are seven reasons why the Coalition might think things are going well in this election campaign. But, he argues, the same goes for Labor - including some significant implications from the Queensland electorate.

Saul Eslake writes in Inside Story that falling home ownership rates are bad for households and bad for the economy. He observes that governments are starting to respond to the issue, but much more can be done.

The federal government has proposed that 'the future of work' be the main industrial relations battleground in the election. David Peetz discusses issues of employment status, industrial reform and workplace relations which may feature in the campaign.

Professor Tim Flannery says preserving the Great Barrier Reef from coral bleaching linked to climate change should be a central issue in the federal election campaign.

The federal government brought down its budget on 3 May, and the election has been called for 2 July.  Read what commentators say about the budget, including its impact on Queensland. 

The National Foundation for Australian Women has analysed the impact of the budget on women. 'Budget 2016-17 fails to bring Australian women into the centre of the economy and pushes many further into poverty. Cuts to overseas aid hurt vulnerable women in our region. The budget is far from fair.'

The TJRyan Foundation continues its series of annual political commentaries started in 2013.  In this book, Roger Scott and Howard Guille provide an overview and assessment of the performance of the Palaszczuk Government since its election in February 2015.

Gold Coast City councillors and their financial backers are under scrutiny by state and federal authorities following allegations of undisclosed Liberal National Party (LNP) funding of candidates in the March local elections, according to the ABC's 7.30 Report.

LNP-dominated Brisbane City Council backs same sex marriage. 'The symbolic backing of marriage equality breaks ranks with their federal Coalition counterparts, who have pledged to hold a plebiscite over the divisive issue if they win the July 2 election.'

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Lyndon Megarrity reminds us of the contribution to public policy of one Australian who 'embodied the sense of national urgency surrounding Northern Australia in the 1960s more than anyone else': the late Dr Rex Patterson. 

Roger Scott and Howard Guille provide an assessment of the first year in office of the Palaszczuk Government.

Howard Guille examines the relationship between unions, the ALP and government, a relationship not well understood 'and even deliberately misunderstood'.

Geoff Edwards discusses infrastructure planning and the poor economic value added by many 'hard' infrastructure projects in contrast to the value created by 'soft' forms of infrastructure such as scientific research, information management, and land repair.

Clive Moore remembers the 'invasion' debate raging 20 years ago, and provides a historical perspective on the current controversy.

An edited collection of TJRyan Foundation research papers and commentaries covering the Newman Government's years in office, and including 2015 post-election analyses. 

Ben Rees examines some of the major issues that will be discussed during meetings being convened by the Taskforce across rural Queensland.

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link


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