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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

Prof John Quiggin

TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, writes that, despite the exasperating politics, "the good news is that it’s almost certainly too late for Trump and Turnbull to derail the progress being made towards a decarbonised and sustainable global economy."

Julien Vincent comments in the Brisbane Times on Adani's Carmichael coal mine project in the Galilee Basin, arguing that the proposed venture doesn't stack up to reasonable economic or environmental scrutiny: "Since [2010], 17 banks have either publicly distanced themselves from Galilee Basin coal export projects or introduced policies that prevent them lending to the Carmichael mine."

David Ritter argues in The Guardian that 'the big lie' being propagated by government and big business is that it is possible to turn things around for the Great Barrier Reef without tackling global warming. This follows reports of another widespread coral bleaching event, unprecedented in consecutive seasons till now, putting the Reef at even greater risk of permanent damage.

As reported in The Guardian, a new Climate Council report warns that loss of Great Barrier Reef corals owing to global warming could cost north Queensland's economy one million visitors a year and 10,000 tourism jobs.

Richard Cooke writes a persuasive essay in The Monthly about the divisive, belligerent and seemingly incoherent character of the extreme right wing of Australian politics.

In The Conversation, Richard Tomlinson summarises the arguments of several leading housing experts, who are largely in agreement on which government policies are causing negative distortions in the property market and in the wider economy.

Media reports have examined the implications for current state MPs of Queensland's redrawn electoral boundaries and changed electorate names, as revealed in the Electoral Commission's draft redistribution report. The Queensland Redistribution Commission is now taking submissions.

TJRF Research Associate, Graeme Orr, suggests that the High Court keeps 'fertilising the thicket' of rules disqualifying candidates for election to federal parliament.

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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