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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 ABC's Ian Verrender assesses the economic implications of the Turnbull government's proposed changes to citizenship rules and the skilled migrant ('457') visa program.

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.

Michael West writes in The Conversation about the implications for multinational corporations of the Federal Court's taxation ruling against resources company, Chevron. Additional analysis queries the federal government's approach to the domestic gas industry.

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times on an internal push to change Labor's fossil fuels policy, potentially disrupting planned major projects in North Queensland.

Greg Jericho comments in The Guardian on the ATO's release of tax and economic statistics, arguing that income inequality between social and gender divides in Australia is entrenched and getting worse.

The ABC has reported on investigations by the University of Melbourne's Energy Institute, which suggest that harmful effects from bubbling methane emissions - such as those seen recently in southern Queensland's Condamine River - could increase with continued coal seam gas extraction.

TJRF Board member, Linda Shields, writes from personal experience about the threat posed to Medicare's future by the 'privatisation by stealth' and 'death by a thousand cuts' imposed by government on the public health system.

Darren Lewin-Hill comments in The Guardian on the reversal of federal government plans for further cuts to free legal aid services.

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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