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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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On Twitter @viviehar53 said 'honesty' and @fitant said 'integrity'.  This was a common theme that sat high on participants' lists.' (ABC News, 13.1.15)

'It would be sheer folly ... to vote for a political party which refuses to accept that there are limits on the proper exercise of democratic political power. The Hon Tony Fitzgerald AC QC on the Newman Government.

On the final day of the campaign Dr Chris Davis says the LNP is dangerous for democracy: 'The ballot box is the only opportunity to salvage and restore our priceless democracy, and with it the trust so essential for sustainable opportunities and community wellbeing.'

Law change that helped LNP donor avoid prosecution would be investigated in NSW, former ICAC commissioner says

'Tony Fitzgerald is entitled to his opinion ... see if he rides a motorbike will you' (Sean Leahy, 29.10.13)

The Ryan Foundation has endorsed an open letter Accountability and Transparency in Queensland, supporting Tony Fitzgerald AC QC's Four Principles for good government (Courier-Mail 29.1.15). 

On the ABC Four Corners (28.1.15) program Mr Fitzgerald said the Newman government had set a 'new low standard' for the integrity and fairness of Queensland's governance.

The Rev Dr Noel Preston AM has just resigned from the CCC's Research Ethics Committee expressing dismay at the changes made to the former CMC by the Newman Government (see excerpt from resignation letter). 

See Newman 'rejects' Fitzgerald criticisms Brisbane Times.


In Campbell Newman and the ghost of Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Brian Costar (who taught Politics and History at the University of Queensland in the 1970s) writes:

'How did the government win such a large victory less than three years ago and yet be fighting for its life? In brief, it’s because the LNP and the premier have behaved as though they were elected in 1982 rather than 2012. ...

'The Liberal National Party forgot it was governing in the twenty-first century. ... The results have been disastrous.'


Since the Newman Government started to make claims about its impact on crime statistics the TJRyan Foundation has been questioning the evidence for these claims (see Ann Scott: Accountability, evidence-based policymaking, and 'silly statistics').

Newman is still exaggerating crime statistics ahead of the Qld poll (ABC Fact Check)

ABC's Fact Check finds 'Ms Palaszczuk's claim that Queensland's jobless rate "is the highest for 11 years... There are almost 31,000 more Queenslanders without a job since March 2012" is backed up by the ABS's official data. Ms Palaszczuk is correct.'

See analysis by Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University, David Peetz, of unemployment statistics, What unemployment figures really say about Queensland


The Foundation has been adding sources commenting on the election at 2015 election coverageSee also the ABC Qld election coverage, which includes Antony Green's Queensland 'election blog': Antony Green's 'election blog'Brisbane Times special election link: Brisbane Times rolling coverage for the 2015 Queensland election.

Measure your own views using Queensland election 2015 vote compass

See also the use of social media during the campaign being tracked by researchers at QUT.

Professor Geoff Gallop: 'Mandates, Promises and Surprises' (QUT), Gibson Room, 1 pm 19 February 2015.  

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TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Ann Scott writes on the hidden impact of the Newman cuts on Queensland's public service, both in human suffering, efficiency, and undermining 'frank and fearless' advice.


Research Associate, economist Dr Jon Stanford, formerly of the University of Queensland, examines critically the benefits of mining to Queensland.  He advocates four policy initiatives by Governments: 1. stop subsidizing capital works; 2. increase royalties; 3. adopt a more rigorous approach to the allocation of mining licences; 4. implement a rational resource rent tax.


An overview and commentary on discussions in the print and online media about the performance of the Newman Government during 2014.


This Research Report focusses on public accountability and Parliament’s formal constitutional role including parliamentary procedures (question time, the committee stages of legislation and the revised procedures for Estimates Committee hearings). It examines the CCC and its related Parliamentary Committee.


Howard Guille argues that 'dressing up privatisation as a "long-term lease" cannot hide the distinct likelihood that a few financiers will get the people's assets at a knock-down price'.


Ann Scott reports on the public hearings of the 'Senate Select Committee into 'Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration'.


Roger Scott's report on the 2014 Australian Study of Parliament Group conference.


For earlier Research Reports see 'TJRyan Foundation Research Reports' under 'Policy Papers' link above.


 

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