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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 access to our own freely available research and links to a range of online resources.

Current Issues

John Quiggin

TJ Ryan Foundation Board Member, John Quiggin, writes in The Guardian about the implications, if any, of a potential downgrade of the Australian economy's AAA credit rating.

Roger Wilkins

Roger Wilkins observed, after the release of the annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, that 'overall economic wellbeing is no longer improving, and households' wealth has remained static.'

Alan Pears examined the reshuffled Turnbull Cabinet, which features a merged 'super-portfolio' of Environment and Energy, with Josh Frydenberg as its Minister.

Fiona Armstrong and Peter Doherty warned of the pressing need to take health considerations and well-being factors into account when formulating national climate policy.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Paul Rodan, surmised that, after a long campaign and a long vote count, the election result isn’t so surprising after all - including in Queensland.

With questions raised over the involvement of federal Attorney General, George Brandis, in vote scrutineering in Herbert, Ben Raue reminded readers in The Guardian: 'Queensland plays a key role in every federal election.'

Jason Wilson offered post-election analysis: 'There’s been the usual amount of lazy commentary since the election about Queensland’s electoral backwardness. It’s far better to see the state as a national early warning system.'

Amy Remeikis reported on the Palaszczuk Government's announcement that it would implement real-time public disclosure of donations to political parties.

Tony Moore reported that 'in one simple paragraph, Commissioner Margaret Wilson revealed one of Queensland's saddest health policy bungles since the Health payroll disaster began to unravel in 2007.'

The Guardian reported: 'The state government announced it would adopt all 27 recommendations from a review into the US-based direct instruction model taught at Aurukun’s Cape York Aboriginal Academy.'

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Briefings & Research Reports

John McCollow provides a summary of issues that arise from the operation of Noel Pearson's Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy. He concludes that recent turmoil in the Aurukun community tells us little about the efficacy of the educational model employed at the local school.

Roger Scott reviews the media discussion of tertiary education during and after the election and identifies a series of key questions which went largely unanswered by politicians and should be considered as part of the current review of funding options. 

John McCollow provides an overview of the recent review that has resulted in some significant changes to the Queensland system, but suggests it is unlikely that these changes will put an end to the long-running debate about senior secondary assessment in Queensland.

Lyndon Megarrity examines 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.

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

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link.


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