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The TJ Ryan Foundation offers a source of commentary on public policy issues of relevance to Queensland, and links to other resources. Papers that have been removed from the Home Page can be found under ‘Policy Papers’ where they are broadly catalogued by topic area. There is also a 'search' function. More »

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 'When guaranteed with pluralism, programming diversity, editorial independence, appropriate funding, accountability and transparency, public service broadcasting can serve as a cornerstone of democracy.' (UNESCO) 

'The character of Australia 'owes much to the ABC; no other institution reaches as many Australians, or touches so many so profoundly. The national broadcaster not only helps fashion Australian life, it is also a deeply personal part of innumerable individual lives.' (Sydney Morning Herald, 2007)

The death of Queensland's only local current affairs television program will reduce scrutiny of state politics, according to a media expert.

'7.30 Qld will be replaced by a national edition as part of sweeping changes to the ABC in the wake of a $254 million dollar federal funding cut. QUT Professor of Media and Communications Terry Flew said on Monday the number of people involved in the coverage of state politics around Australia had fallen dramatically this century.'

The Guardian (2.11.14) reports that in its annual report the ABC board accused the Abbott goverment of breaking election promises by cutting the broadcaster's budget. '"The full suite of service – radio, television and digital, both domestic and international – costs roughly $120 per household per year,” they said. ... The board has also accused the government of cutting an additional “several million dollars” by stealth – on top of the 1% cut and the termination of the Australian Network contract.'

'While Australia’s elected representatives argue over what then-opposition leader Tony Abbott meant when he promised “no cuts to the ABC, or SBS” the night before the last election, directly to the electorate, while advertising himself as a leader who could be trusted not to break his promises, the cuts are in and the announcements of what form they will take at the ABC have been made.' Brian McNair and Adam Smith ask in The Conversation (25.11.14) whether this is 'the beginning of the end of the ABC as we know it?' 

‘Conservatives are supposed to conserve, they are supposed to hand on to the next generation something better than they received themselves' 

The Newman Government is racing through legislation to allow mining companies to take billions of litres of water without the need for a licence. This has been criticised by Local Government Association of Queensland, Queensland landholders and scientists. Even the Queensland’s coal industry has described the legislation as rushed and said there had been insufficient consultation. 

‘The world's largest economies agreed in the November 2014 Brisbane G20 meeting to phase out subsidies for oil and other carbon dioxide-spewing fossil fuels in the "medium term" as part of efforts to combat global warming. ... Some $300 billion a year is spent worldwide to subsidize fuel prices, boosting demand in many nations by keeping prices artificially low and, thus, leading to more emissions. The agreement was backed by all of the G20 including Russia, India and China .

‘Eliminating such subsidies by 2020 would reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming by 10 percent by 2050, leaders said, citing data from the International Energy Agency and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The statement from the G20, comprised of major rich and emerging economies, said energy and finance ministers would develop timeframes and strategies for implementing the subsidies phase-out and report back at the next G20 summit.’

Michael West, business columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, writes West that 'It is doubtful whether, even with the support of taxpayers, the Galilee project stands up on economic grounds. Notwithstanding low coal prices, the capacity of the major player Adani Mining to fund its share of the project is stretched.'

'Prominent television advertising promoting Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's Sunday announcement of a hospital waiting list guarantee is not promoting the government before next year's state election', Mr Springborg's office has said.

The Queensland Government's Code of Conduct for government advertising says "there should be no advertising within six months of the scheduled date for an election unless there is an urgent emerging issue".

The 2015 Queensland election has not yet been called, but is likely to be called in mid-to-late March 2015.'

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Roger Scott reports on the 2014 Australian Study of Parliament Group conference, and comments on papers including one by David Gibson MLA, member for Gympie.

Professor Tim Prenzler concludes that the Crime and Corruption Commission is a pale shadow of a world standard mature public sector integrity commission.

John McCollow suggests that to rebuild public VET in Australia will require a deep and careful examination of questions of first principles.

Roger Scott writes on the impact deregulation of university fees and other proposed changes will have on all Queensland campuses.  

Ann Scott reflects on two days spent at the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Estimates Committee hearings.  

Peter Henneken, AM, argues that there should be a significant rethink of Vocational Education and Training. 

Paul Boreham writes that Queensland trails the rest of Australia in spending on social policy and social services.   

Professor Graeme Orr discusses the 'curious case' of Queensland.

Howard Guille discusses structural changes in the economy and legislative changes affecting workers' rights.

Reviews the operation of the institution of Parliament under Newman to the end of 2013.  




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