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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

TJRyan anniversary

On Tuesday 14 February, the TJRyan Foundation celebrated its third anniversary with a morning function and symposium at QUT's Gardens Point campus in Brisbane. The highlight of the event was the keynote address from Dr Ken Boston, former member of the Gonski Review panel, speaking on the topic: 'Gonski Review: Vision or Hallucination?'

School funding debate

Ken Boston wrote in Inside Story late last year that governments had begun watering down Gonski’s school-funding recommendations right from the time the review panel's report was submitted in December 2011. But lessons remain at the state level of how a needs-based funding model could be effectively implemented.

Jessica Gerrard writes in The Conversation that, based on the evidence of government debate over school funding regimes, public schools are spaces in which equality can be either supported or, too easily, weakened.

Elizabeth McKinley writes in The Conversation about why focusing on the "opportunity to learn gap" in Indigenous school communities removes the emphasis from locating "the problem" in the person.

Jobs of the future

Papers presented at the QCU / TJRyan Foundation seminar on 'the future of work in Queensland' can be found here. Powerpoint slides will be added as they become available.

Balwant Saini from the University of Queensland's School of Architecture revisits and reflects upon his article on the state of Aboriginal housing, written at the time of the 1967 referendum on constitutional amendments regarding the status of Indigenous Australians.

In The Guardian, Tim Ayres reproduces a recent speech to the NSW Fabians outlining an economic vision for fomer Labor strongholds in blue-collar, primary industry-focused areas of regional Australia: 'Once a stronghold of mining, industrial and energy employment, the Hunter Valley now has the second-highest rate of youth unemployment in the country, second only to rural Queensland.'

Prof John Quiggin

TJRyan Foundation Board member, John Quiggin, makes the point in The Guardian that providing a universal basic income that’s not enough for most people to live on makes little social or economic sense.

TJRyan Foundation Research Associate, Ian Lowe, writes in The Conversation about the recent announcement that the so-called Doomsday Clock had been set to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. But, the author asks, what is the clock and why should we pay attention?

The ABC's Business Editor, Ian Verrender, comments on the polarised debate over energy policy in Australia, arguing that politicians clinging to the dominance of coal-fired power generation makes little practical or environmental sense in the current 'climate'.

TJ Ryan Foundation Executive Editor, Chris Salisbury, writes in the Machinery of Government blog about the threat posed to the major conservative parties by One Nation, evidenced by recent defections of sitting and former LNP MPs to Pauline Hanson's increasingly popular party.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Paul Rodan, offers a long view of how voter behaviour at state and federal elections intersects at different times, and how Queensland and Western Australia stand as outliers in the analysis in terms of support for federal Labor.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports
& Policy Briefs

Ann Scott discusses the lessons that might be learned from the Industrial Revolution, Margaret Thatcher's divisiveness, and the Brexit vote; she recalls Winston Churchill's 1939 appeal to Americans to maintain 'ceaseless vigilance to protect democracy'.

Critique by Dr David Hamill AM of current practices and policies within the ALP at state and federal level.

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.

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

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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