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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.


Sean Kelly and Lenore Taylor each question small target strategies. Even Peta Credlin says Turnbull needs to explain how a company tax cut a decade away can plausibly constitute a 'plan'. Taylor identifies 'zombie' policies from the 2014 budget we deserve to hear more detail about: child care, parental leave, superannuation, hospitals, climate change, uncapping university fees, Manus Island, and the big business tax cuts. Are they on or off the table?

Remember Joh, Campbell, Jarrrod and the separation of powers? George Brandis has been almost invisible during the election campaign. It has emerged that four days before the election was called Brandis restricted access to the independent Solicitor-General. 

Ryan is a seat to watch. Assumed to be a safe LNP seat, a combination of ALP and Greens support made it briefly an ALP seat in the past. The ALP candidate, Stephen Hegedus, has a background as a lawyer working on native title and human rights issues so may particularly appeal to voters in this electorate. It is highly likely that there will also be a significant Greens vote.

The ABC's Paul Donoughue and Tim Leslie have compiled a pictorial essay exploring voter sentiment among residents of the Sunshine Coast electorate of Fairfax, where anti-Clive Palmer feelings run high. 'For his constituents on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, the Clive Palmer experiment is over. We tour the sleepy seat of Fairfax as it says farewell to one of the country's most recognisable MPs.'

In the LNP's Brexit rush to claim its superior economic credentials it should not be forgotten - while listening to the LNP's claims - that Turnbull's current Head of Prime Minister and Cabinet wrote to Wayne Swan in 2011 congratulating the then ALP Treasurer on his economic management through the Global Financial Crisis.

Recently retired LNP member of parliament, Theresa Gambaro's electorate office decision referred by the ALP to the Australian Federal Police. The Greens candidate for Brisbane, Kirsten Lovejoy, has hit out at the LNP's new candidate, Trevor Evans, for directing voters to preference anti-gay party Family First.

Trickle-down effect not a convincing argument.

"You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. ... The whole management and organization of this farm depend on us. ... It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." (Squealer, in George Orwell, Animal Farm, 1945).

Support for strong action on climate change is at its highest level since 2008, with uncommitted voters showing the strongest support, according to Galaxy polling commissioned by the Climate Institute. But there has been climate silence during the campaign.

Meanwhile Queensland's Minister has been forging ahead with strong action to preserve the Great Barrier Reef and protect the environment.

Eva Cox writes: 'I have been compiling a social-policy-on-offer tally with three categories. Firstly, fear-mongering, scapegoating and demonising: 15 negative items. Secondly, missing possible items of needed social policy changes: 38 items. And thirdly, included actual commitments in the social area which were evaluated on whether these contributed to or reduced social trust and well being.'

'Housing affordability and tax reform have shaped up to be two of the defining issues this election. The Property Council of Australia has helped frame the debate on behalf of its 2200 company members.' Morrison ruled out changes to negative gearing in the lead up to the 2016 Budget. Despite speaking out against negative gearing prior to becoming PM, Turnbull also changed his tune ...

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

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-runing 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.

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. 

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link.


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