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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

The TJRyan Foundation is planning two seminars, to be held at the Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point campus. Booking details for the two events will be provided shortly.

The first event, on Saturday, 17 September, will focus on the future of work in Queensland.

The second, on the morning of Tuesday, 27 September - 'Indigenous Human Rights: 1966-2016 and onwards' - will include keynote speakers Dr Robert (Uncle Bob) Anderson OAM; former Queensland Senator Margaret Reynolds; and historian Professor Henry Reynolds.

On 7 September, a lunchtime meeting - 'Building Australia's Future: Creating Competitive Advantage' - is being held at the Queensland Museum, to discuss a report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies: Australia's Competitive Advantage. For details, and to register, follow this link.

'The Decline of Human Rights in an Australian Democracy' is the topic of the 2016 Tony Fitzgerald Lecture. The lecture, by President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, will be held at the State Library of Queensland at 7pm on 27 September. Tickets can be booked through the State Library website.


Associate Professor Geoff Dow

Policy Brief 01: 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.

Chris Salisbury

Chris Salisbury suggests that, aside from the commentary critiquing the return of the One Nation Party as an electoral force to be reckoned with, there are important lessons - especially for the ALP - from the results in Brisbane seats.


Energy Resources

Policy Brief 03: Michael Bidwell, Philippa England and Alexandra Gordon explain how and why the statutory requirements for mining rehabilitation have failed Queensland in the past and evaluate the new Act. 

Paul Boreham

Policy Brief 02: Paul Boreham and Chris Salisbury provide an overview of innovation-led industry policies and map how such policies might be applied to the Queensland economy.


Aurukun Local Government Area

Research Report 49: John McCollow summarises issues arising from the operation of Noel Pearson's Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy.

Roger Scott

Research Report 48: 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. 


John Quiggin

TJ Ryan Foundation Board Member, John Quiggin, writes in The Guardian about the implications, if any, of a potential ratings agency 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.'


Josh Frydenberg

Alan Pears examines 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 warn of the pressing need to take health considerations and well-being factors into account when formulating national climate policy.


TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports
& Policy Briefs

David Hamill writes: '(The ALP) must speak to and must speak for those in both the public and private sectors and the new generations employed across the service sector, including those who are self-employed or contracting in what would once have been jobs in large private and public sector enterprises.'



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. 


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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