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The TJ Ryan Foundation is a progressive think tank focussing on Queensland public policy. The aims of the Foundation are to stimulate debate on issues in Queensland public administration and to review policy directions of current and past State governments on economic, social and cultural issues. This website focuses on evidence-based policy, and provides links to a range of public accessible online resources.

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'All eyes are now on Australia', with the Great Barrier Reef expert panel (which includes experts on climate change) ... 'being the first of many steps to be taken by the federal government to reverse the decline of one of the nation’s (and the world’s) greatest environmental assets. ... Federal government leadership is also required at the United Nations Paris climate summit later this year.'

'Almost two months after the arts community discovered that A$104.7 million had been hived off the Australia Council’s budget and redirected to a new National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA), the draft funding guidelines have finally been released.' 

In Land clearing triples after policy ping pong Queensland academics raise the alarm about the rapid escalation of land clearing in Queensland since the Newman Government removed environmental controls. By contrast, China has pledged to increase forest cover by 4.5 billion cubic metres in its emission reduction goals submitted to the UN in June 2015.

On 1 July controversial Newman appointee Chief Justice Tim Carmody resigned. Justice Carmody will stay on the Supreme Court bench, and his successor will be drawn from either the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals. The government is not creating another judicial position.

Joshua Robertson reports in The Guardian (3.7.15) that the mining company that owns the proposed Acland mine site 'expects to pay itself most of the royalties from one of Queensland’s most controversial coal projects under a century-old legal loophole.'

Under the LNP government the Queensland Treasury and the Department of Premier and Cabinet were 'frozen out of key government decisions about the controversial $16 billion Adani Mining project'. (Queensland Treasury and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (ABC, 1.7.15). See also Coal and climate change a death sentence for the Reef, and 'The world is waking up to the 5.3 trillion cost of fossil fuels'.

In 1 William Street: Not the exemplar for Capital Works Dr Jon Stanford the Government's dilemma having inherited the long-term costs and poor planning of 1 William Street. He argues that the development of a long-term capital works program does not need to be shaped by short-term political stunts.

On 4 June the Parliament passed legislative reforms overturning the Newman Government's changes.  This approval happened despite sustained criticism from the Courier Mail. In Do unions really have free and unfettered reign? Linda Colley looks at union encouragement clauses, where they came from, and in what context they are now gaining media attention.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

The 2012-15 Queensland LNP government, as part of its law and order focus, introduced 'boot camps' for young people in the Queensland youth justice system.  Funding to restorative justice models such as youth conferencing, police warnings and specialist diversion courts were either ceased or reduced. Professor Mary Sheehan and Consuelo Reed argue the that the high levels of incarceration of Indigenous people and of youth suicide indicates that there is a need to look at policies of youth incarceration and rehabilitation. 

Dr Chris Salisbury examines what the Borbidge/Sheldon review of the LNPs election campaign tells us, and what didn’t it tell us, about the Newman government.

Dr Lyndon Megarrity writes that between 1859 and 1915, politicians espousing progressive liberal values had incrementally raised the expectations of Queensland electors about the role which government could play in the social, industrial, electoral and economic affairs of citizens.

Dr Linda Colley looks at union encouragement clauses, where they came from, and in what context they are now gaining media attention.

Earlier TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link


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