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The TJRyan Foundation is a progressive think tank focusing on Queensland public policy. The aims of the Foundation are to stimulate debate on matters of 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 research and a range of online policy resources.

Current Issues and Events

We were most fortunate that Canadian law academic Professor Kent McNeil, whose primary research interest is the rights of Indigenous peoples, particularly in Canada, Australia, and the United States, was an unanticipated attendee at our seminar on 27 October.

Professor McNeil will be speaking at the Supreme Court Library at lunchtime on Thursday 6 October. For registrations see the RSVP page at 'Recent Developments in Aboriginal Title Law in Canada'.

Our own seminar on Indigenous Human Rights was recorded, and the video will be loaded on our website in due course.

Our seminar on Indigenous Human Rights, held on 27 September, was recorded. We will shortly be loading the recording on to our website for those who missed the event.

Professor Margaret Reynolds referred to the 1998 Federal Parliamentarians' Code of Race Ethics which she and others had initiated when she was a member of Senate, and which the Parliament adopted. The possibility of initiating a similar Code is currently under discussion within the Federal ALP.

For those interested in the original wording, a copy is provided here. 

Dr Anthony Lynham is hosting a 'Stafford Town Hall Debate' at Grange Bowls Club on Saturday 15 October, 3pm for 3.30 start. Speakers: Everald Compton, Chair of the Longevity Forum; Jim Soorley, former Brisbane Lord Mayor; and Ross Elliott, form CEO of the Property Council. The debate will be moderated by former Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, John Mickel. Follow link for full details.

The TJRyan Foundation / QCU held an all-day seminar, 'Jobs of the Future in an Uncertain Environment', on Saturday 17 September. Speakers included Ministers Anthony Lynham and Mark Bailey, as well as Rachel Hunter, Professor Karen Hussey, Rick Humphries, Professor David Brereton, Mark Ogge, Dr Howard Guille, Stephen Smyth and Julie-Ann Campbell.

The Foundation plans to publish an e-book of the speakers' contributions in due course. In the meantime, see coverage of Minister Lynham's speech in 'Diversify or Die: Lynham's Warning for Queensland Economy' by Cameron Atfield of the Brisbane Times.  

Speaking at the 'Jobs of the Future' symposium at QUT, State Development Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, drew attention to the continuing need to diversify Queensland's economy to cushion industries and workers from the ill effects of cyclical economic downturns, such as currently influencing the mining sector.

A new Australia Institute report analyses the economic impacts that would follow from a moratorium on new or expanded coal mines and other fossil fuel extraction projects, finding that the national economy would not be adversely affected and experience only 'minimal economic impact' in the short to medium term.

The Chifley Research Centre has released a report detailing the threats of widening levels of inequality: 'Australia is well placed to resist the economic and political pressures which can make us more unequal over time. ... The alternative - to go down the American road of rising inequality - would be bad for all of us and political instability.'

General Secretary of the QCU, Ros McLennan, writes: 'While interest groups and politicians bicker over the scope of already outrageously generous tax concessions, women continue to largely retire poor with too little super. This superannuation gender gap is the real crisis facing our quickly ageing society.' 

An earlier collection of articles, including one from Inside Story by Dean Ashenden, discussed the policy vacuum which faces administrators in tertiary education. Ashenden's article drew comments from various readers, to whom Ashenden responds. 

With the spotlight already on the treatment of youth in detention, Amnesty International highlights the higher than average incarceration and detention rates of youth and juvenile offenders in Queensland.

Former State Treasurer Dr David Hamill AM provides a wide-ranging critique of current practices and policies within the ALP, its uncertain links with the trade union movement, and its short-sightedness regarding policy issues such as privatisation.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports
& Policy Briefs

Critique by Dr David Hamill AM of current practices and policies within the ALP.

Paul Boreham and Chris Salisbury provide an overview of innovation-led industry policies that engage in long-run strategic investments to create and shape industry trajectories rather than just responding to problems of industry decline.The paper draws an outline map of how such policies might be applied to the Queensland economy.

Geoff Dow argues that the development of economic policy needs to be founded on a clearer understanding of economic growth, debt, government spending and taxation if key social democratic concerns about current unemployment, living standards, and wealth and income distribution are to be effectively addressed by labour-oriented politics.

John McCollow summarises 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 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. 

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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