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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

Stuart Layt reports on the Palaszczuk Government's reintroduction of legislation in Queensland's Parliament which would ban political donations by property developers.

TJRF Research Associate, AJ Brown, is leading a new research project to help fight Australia's slide down the global Corruption Perceptions Index. The project is calling for public involvement in assessing Australia's existing government integrity system. Input is welcomed from now through to May 2018.

TJRF Research Associate, Dean Ashenden, pens an open letter to federal Labor’s shadow education minister, Tanya Plibersek, about the problem of failed school reform: "Boldness is badly needed — boldness in developing policy, in abandoning policies that haven’t worked, and in facing up to what can and can’t be done from Canberra."

Danielle Wood and colleagues write about their latest Gratttan Institute report analysing why the minor party vote in Australia is historically high and growing, as trust in the bigger parties continues to slide away.

The Royal Society of Queensland and the TJ Ryan Foundation have made a joint submission to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy's review of Queensland's Electricity Act, as part of a planned overhaul of energy legislation.

A new report from the Climate Council outlines how Australia can cut its rising greenhouse gas pollution levels, while continuing the transition to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technology: "Australia [must] continue to transition away from its ageing, polluting and inefficient coal and gas fleet and encourage investment in a new clean power supply."

Samantha Hepburn argues that federal environment laws are inadequate to halt Australia's alarming rates of land clearing and species loss: "In order to reverse unacceptable rates of land clearing, preserve ecosystems and habitats, and diminish greenhouse gas emissions, a new framework for our national environment act is urgently needed."

Jeff Sparrow comments on the worrying signs of accelerating climate change, noting that warnings about an unfolding climate catastrophe are getting more desperate, yet the march to 'destruction' seemingly continues.

TJRF Deputy Executive Director, Paul Boreham, emphasises the importance of researchers making their findings freely available: "The primary aim of the TJ Ryan Foundation is to bridge the gap between academic researchers, other researchers and policy professionals."

The TJ Ryan Foundation, with the support of QUT, QSuper and the QCU, convened a one-day conference around the theme of 'Inequality in Australia'. The conference featured a keynote address from ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus, and a closing address from Hon. Wayne Swan MP. Copies of speakers' presentations and links to video footage from the event will be posted online as they become available.

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

Roger Scott examines the 'resurrection' of Pauline Hanson and the One Nation Party, discussing Hanson's charismatic appeal and controversial policies in the context of populist traditions and party politics in Queensland.

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.

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.

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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