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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

TJRF 3rd anniversary

Several media outlets reported on Ken Boston's keynote address at the TJ Ryan Foundation's 3rd anniversary event. See the full text of Dr Boston's speech, and a video recording of his address, at the link above.

As reported by the ABC, the Australian Education Union continues its campaign highlighting federal government inaction on delivering school funding and resources in line with the Gonski Report's recommendations.

Rob Hoffman writes in Inside Story that the recent election result in Western Australia, as well as poll outcomes in Austria and the Netherlands, show just how unpopular populist policies can be with a wary electorate.

Hosted by Stafford MP, Dr Anthony Lynham, former Foreign Minister and NSW Premier, Bob Carr, along with Courier-Mail journalist, Paul Syvret, will dissect the policies of the Trump administration and their international impact.

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

The Australia Institute is presenting the first 'Accountability and the Law' Conference at Parliament House, Canberra, on Thursday, 17 August 2017. The conference program features a number of TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associates speaking on accountability issues and more.

Several media outlets have reported on 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.

Queensland's Department of Education and Training has released a consultation draft of its vocational education agenda, 'Advancing Skills for the Future'. The public is invited to lodge an online submission to the strategy paper.

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 Prof Boreham.

Prof John Quiggin

TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, writes in Inside Story about critics of modern extended formal education: 'The claim that young people are getting too much education, and the supporting critique of credentialism, is pernicious and false.'

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation about the Prime Minister's ambitious proposal to greatly expand the Snowy Hydro project, increasing its electricity generation and storage capacity.

An expert panel met during the World Science Festival in Brisbane to discuss 'Securing Australia's Energy Future': 'one of the problems we have in Australia is that the government tends to focus on one thing at a time.'

Several analysts have observed that this year's 'Closing the Gap' report shows Australia is still well short of meeting targets for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage.

Murray Wesson writes in The Conversation that the federal government has not adequately explained what it is hoping to achieve by changing the wording of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Other observers suggest the changes indicate unease in the Liberal Party's right wing.

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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