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The TJ Ryan Foundation is a progressive think tank focussing on Queensland public policy. The aims of the Foundation are to stimulate debate on issues in Queensland public administration; review policy directions of current and past State governments on economic, social and cultural issues, and to analyse options for decision-makers; and assist policy-makers inside and outside government in developing progressive evidence-based policy.

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The TJRyan 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. 

Emeritus Professor Roger Scott writes that the deregulation of university fees and other changes will dramatically weaken the capacity of all Queensland campuses apart from the University of Queensland.

'We probably have too many universities and TAFEs in Australia but throwing most of them to the wolves seems to be an extreme solution.'

Submissions to higher education inquiry of particular relevance to Queensland - and especially regional Queensland (brief excerpts and links).

Outgoing Integrity Commissioner, Dr David Solomon, berated by Newman staffer for his address to TJRyan Foundation

See pp.16-17 for comments on the telephone call from the Premier's Chief of Staff.

In response to LNP criticism, Roger Scott emphasises the range of political perspectives of the Foundation and the wide cross-section of the invited audience at the launch at which Dr Solomon gave the Keynote Address.

'Those who abandon their public trust obligations by selling access to their ministerial offices are helping to destroy the efforts that have been made by governments and most politicians to try to demonstrate to the public their desire to promote ethical conduct by MPs and the steps they have taken to establish mechanisms that try to ensure that they act with integrity.'

'To understand attitudes to the coal industry we commissioned a survey of 1,014 Queenslanders. Results show that Queenslanders are strongly opposed to expansion of coal projects in agricultural and environmentally sensitive areas. Of the survey respondents:

  • 63 per cent are opposed to projects that would increase port and shipping activities near the Great Barrier Reef; and
  • 63 per cent are opposed to projects that would affect agricultural land and water resources.

It is important to remember that these responses are based on exaggerated impressions of the coal industry’s economic importance. If Queenslanders better understood the actual size of the industry, and that it is 80% foreign owned, it is likely opposition would be greater still.' (Australia Institute report, October 2014).

'Fresh clean water for drinking, agriculture, industry and stock needs a very long-term prospective planning outlook. Any sector with uncertain and potentially harmful impacts has to be subordinate to the imperative to provide healthy drinking water and food now and in the future.' (Michael Moore, writing about NSW in The Guardian, 21.10.14)

Parties seeking election should be asked to commit to the following:

  • the public to be fully and accuractely informed promptly and not to be misled;
  • all government decisions and actions to be taken for the common benefit without regard to personal, political or other considerations;
  • all people to be treated equally with no person given special treatment or superior access or influence; and
  • all public appointments to be made on merit.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Emeritus Professor 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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