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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 and to review policy directions of current and past State governments on economic, social and cultural issues. This website focuses on evidence-based policy, and provides links to a range of online resources.


February heat broke all records. The bleaching of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef was far worse than anticipated. The Queensland Minister for the Environment called on Canberra for a credible climate change policy. At the same time the Adani mine is approved. Is Annastacia Palaszczuk sending mixed messages or is the Adani mine destined to be a paper tiger, never to get off the drawing board? Read Michael West on the real prospects for Adani.

The current legislation covering at both Commonwealth and State level does not require ministers to consider the huge potential greenhouse emissions, wrties Samantha Hepburn: 

'The ultimate tragedy of this regulatory failure is that it is likely to result in the destruction of one of the worlds biggest and most beautiful ecosystems, the Great Barrier Reef, right on the project’s doorstep.'

Is it politically correct to say Australia was invaded by Great Britain, or is it a simple statement of fact?" More to the point can this debate really be rearing its ugly head once again after it was put to bed more than 20 years ago? Emeritus Professor Clive Moore explains.

A wrap up of news in the education sector raises a number of topics and voices, with pressure on Gonski, inequality gaps widening, calls for the ATAR to be scrapped while Queensland finally adopts it, costs of the School Chaplaincy program and the painful issue of corporal punishment. 

Among other concerns over social inequality, particularly affecting school children, the dire situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children loomed largest.  The Smallbone Report on youth sexual violence and abuse in West Cairns and Aurukun, was commissioned by the Bligh Government, received by the Newman Government, and now given limited release by the Palaszczuk Government.

Matthew Condon is the guest speaker at the Council of Civil Liberties meeting on 28 April, 6.30 for 7pm, at All Saints Anglican Church Hall, Ann Street, Brisbane. Under the title 'All Fell Down, a history of corrupt Queensland' he wil talk about his trilogy of books: 'Three Crooked Kings', Jacks and Jokers, and All Fall Down. See details and purchase tickets through Sticky Tickets.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Clive Moore remembers the 'invasion' debate raging 20 years ago, and provides a historical perspective on the current controversy.

Ben Rees examines some of the major issues that will be discussed during meetings being convened by the Taskforce across rural Queensland.

Ben Rees discusses what industry policy options, beyond debt and drought policy, might be considered by the Task Force on rural indebtedness.

Hugh Childers gives a personal response to the 2014 National Mental Health Commission report Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities - Review of Mental Health Programs and Services.

John McCollow discusses behaviour management in schools of children with disabilities, an issue that has recently had extensive media coverage both in Queensland and the ACT.

Michael Rowan offers five reasons why university deregulation is a bad idea.

Kirril Shields and Linda Shields provide a detaied case study describing how the habit of borrowing ideas and people from the British National Health Service has proved disastrous for Queenslanders.

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link


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