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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 online resources.


The linked articles should lay to permanent rest any doubts about climate change. The United Nations, the Pope, The US President, the Climate Change Authority, Indigenous Australians, the Pacific Islands, and the majority of Australians recognise this is an urgent issue. Climate change marches will be held around the world this Saturday (the Brisbane march will start in Queen Square at 9.30am). 

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Pauline Hanson has been in the news again fuelling 'Islamophobia'. In Explaining the Appeal of Populist Right-Wing Parties in Times of Economic Prosperity Frank Mols and Jolanda Jetten explore the relationship between the economy and racism, finding numerous examples of ring-wing groups being successful in countries experiencing sustained economic growth, low unemployment, and low levels of immigration.

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There have recently been reports both from Queensland and the ACT of what appears to be inappropriately harsh treatment of children with disabilities exhibiting behaviour problems in the classroom. This vexed issue is considered in detail by John McCollow in the latest TJRyan Foundation Research Report.

Good policy should be supported by evidence. Several evaluations have demonstrated the effectiveness of lockout laws in reducing alcohol-fuelled violence. The Queensland Government has had to negotiate with the cross-benchers over the proposed new lockout laws. The ALP made an election commitment to reduce trading hours but have run into opposition over the detail from the Katter Party and Independent Billy Gordon.

Sexual health expert Dr Wendell Rosevear tells us:  "Two years ago - in May 2013 - the previous LNP government removed 18 sexual health positions from North Queensland.  Now almost 500 new syphilis cases have emerged in north Queensland, among them - children as young as 12. Some babies have died of congenital syphilis. I think we are seeing the consequence of those cutbacks in pro-active sexual health."

Roger Scott recently reviewed the authorised biography of Campbell Newman. Here he provides a study in contrasts by looking at the autobiographies of former Premier Anna Bligh, and of Michael O'Neill, a mid-range public servant whose turbulent career covered the same period. 

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

John McCollow discusses behaviour management in schools of children with disabilities, an issue that has recently had extensive media coverage both in Queensland and the ACT.

Professor Michael Rowan argues that the public values the strength of our university system. 'It is just the government which appears to think that the long historical process of increased public investment in education yielding increased economic and social returns is at an end.' 

Kirril and Linda Shields provide a detailed example of how the habit of borrowing ideas and people from the British National Health Service has proved disastrous for Queenslanders.

Premier T J Ryan was a strong advocate for the abolition of capital punishment, but it could not be achieved until the upper house, the Legislative Council, was itself abolished in 1922.  

Dr Jon Stanford writes that the great majority of gas production in Queensland is now CSG. The level of foreign ownership is high. 'Once more, as in mining coal, the benefits of extracting CSG have largely escaped residents of Queensland.' 

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link


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