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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 matters of 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 research and a range of online policy resources.

Current Issues and Events

The TJ Ryan Foundation, with the support of QUT, QSuper and the QCU, is convening a one-day conference around the theme of 'Inequality'. The conference will be held in the OJW Room, 10th floor of Z Block at QUT Gardens Point campus, Brisbane, on Friday 1st September 2017. More details will be added to this site soon.

John Falzon argues in Eureka Street that, despite Treasurer Scott Morrison's assurances, the federal budget does little to redress the harm to Australian society of growing inequality.


TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, and Michelle Grattan are among the many who have observed with some irony Scott Morrison's seeming volte-face on the desirability of public debt - as long as it's 'good' and not 'bad' debt, according to the treasurer.

Tony Walker asserts in The Conversation that 'Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull have clearly resolved to move onto the offensive politically by bringing down a budget that is both populist and expansionary'. Other commentators observe that Queensland has grounds for complaint out of Morrison's 'Sydney-centric' budget.


QUT's Crime and Justice Research Centre and the Asian Criminological Society are presenting the 'Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South' conference at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns, from 10-13 July 2017. TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associates have been offered free registration to attend - find details at the link above.

TJRF Research Associate, Dean Ashenden, makes the case in Inside Story that a successful 'Gonski 2.0' school funding model is essential – but far from sufficient – for genuine school reform.


Gareth Hutchens reports in The Guardian on details of the Turnbull government's proposed multimillion-dollar funding cuts to universities and likely increases in uni fees.

TJRF Research Associate, John McCollow, reviews Simon Marginson's recently published book, Higher Education and the Common Good, and its depiction of the current and future higher education landscape in Australia and abroad.


The ABC's Andree Withey reports on state government plans to build a hydro-electric power station at Burdekin Falls Dam in north Queensland, at odds with the federal government's preference for a new coal-fired power plant.

TJRF Research Associate, David Peetz, and Georgina Murray outline in The Conversation the Turnbull government's frustration at banks declining to fund the Adani mine.


The Australia Institute is presenting the 'Accountability and the Law' Conference at Parliament House, Canberra, on Thursday, 17 August 2017, featuring a number of TJRF Research Associates speaking on accountability issues.

TJRF Research Committee Chair, Paul Boreham, writes about the importance and the obligation of researchers making their findings available to a broad audience: "The primary aim of the TJ Ryan Foundation is to bridge the gap between academics and other professional researchers and policymakers in order to enhance evidence-based policymaking." For more details, contact Paul Boreham.


Several media outlets reported on Ken Boston's keynote address, speaking of his experience on the Gonski Review panel, at the TJ Ryan Foundation's 3rd anniversary event. The full text of Dr Boston's speech, along with a video recording of his address, can be found at the link above.

Papers presented at the QCU / TJRF seminar on 'the future of work in Queensland' can be found at the link above. Presentation slides will be added as they become available.


TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports
& Policy Briefs

Andre Yeo analyses the think tank 'landscape' in Australia, comparing the financial and personnel resources of several organisations, as well as their research output and impact.


Ann Scott discusses the lessons that might be learned from the Industrial Revolution, Margaret Thatcher's divisiveness, and the Brexit vote; she recalls Winston Churchill's 1939 appeal to Americans to maintain 'ceaseless vigilance to protect democracy'.



Paul Boreham and Chris Salisbury provide an overview of innovation-led industry policies that engage in long-run strategic investments to create and shape industry trajectories rather than just responding to problems of industry decline.The paper outlines how such policies might be applied to the Queensland economy.


Geoff Dow argues that the development of economic policy needs to be founded on a clearer understanding of economic growth, debt, government spending and taxation.


Ann Scott, Howard Guille and Roger Scott  provide an assessment of the second year in office of the Palaszczuk Government.


Roger Scott and Howard Guille provide an assessment of the first year in office of the Palaszczuk Government.


An edited collection of TJ Ryan Foundation research papers and commentaries covering the Newman Government's years in office. 


All TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports can be found through this link.


 
 

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