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The TJRyan 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

Ryan anniversary

On Tuesday 14 February, the TJRyan Foundation will celebrate its third anniversary with a morning function held in the Kindler Theatre at QUT's Gardens Point campus in Brisbane. Presentations by our Board and Executive members will precede a keynote address from Dr Ken Boston, former member of the Gonski Review Panel: 'Gonski Report: Vision or Hallucination?'

The function will run from 9.30AM - 12.30PM, including a mid-morning refreshments break. For details of the event, and to RSVP by Friday 10 February, see the event flyer.

School funding debate

Ken Boston wrote in Inside Story late last year that governments had begun watering down Gonski’s school-funding recommendations right from the time the review panel's report was submitted in December 2011. But lessons remain at the state level of how a needs-based funding model could be effectively implemented.

cc by-sa Leyla Dilmen

'School funding is one of Australia’s oldest and most bitterly contested education debates, often revealing more heat than light. How do we create a funding system that ensures both fairness and excellence among all our students?' asks The Grattan Institute in its new paper, 'Circuit breaker: a new compact on school funding'. TJRF Research Associate, Dean Ashenden, responds.

cc by-sa Kerry Raymond

First PISA, then NAPLAN: much recent hand-wringing about Australian students' test results. The Conversation carried an article by Jennifer Buckingham calling for the introduction of compulsory phonics testing. Is more testing really the answer or should we provide better support for teachers? See Buckingham's article, and a response by TJRF Research Associate, John Dungan.

Jobs of the future

Presentations from the TJRyan Foundation / QCU seminar on 'the future of work in Queensland' can be accessed above. The first two papers to be available are Howard Guille's 'The social failure of mining', and The Australia Institute's 'The mining construction boom and regional jobs in Queensland'. Powerpoint slides from the seminar will be added as they become available. 

Balwant Saini from the University of Queensland's School of Architecture revisits and reflects upon his article on the state of Aboriginal housing, written at the time of the 1967 referendum on constitutional amendments regarding Indigenous Australians. The author ponders the slow pace of change in the 50 years since in the standard of housing for Indigenous communities, especially in the face of huge mining development in inland regions.

Ultra conservatives in Queensland

Roger and Ann Scott revisit Queensland's political history, arguing that the state has a long-standing tradition of accommodating ultra-conservative views within the political process. At times this has taken place within the dominant Country/National Party and, at others, separate fringe parties like One Nation have gained direct parliamentary representation in Queensland.

Indigenous voting patterns

Lara Watson spoke to Queensland's Fabian Society about why Indigenous Queenslanders are deserting the major parties.  Her analysis of voting trends in the federal seat of Leichhardt at the 2016 election revealed significant moves away from the majors. She suggested reasons why many Indigenous Queenslanders have become sceptical about the political process.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports
& Policy Briefs

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'.

Critique by Dr David Hamill AM of current practices and policies within the ALP.

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 draws an outline map of 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 if key social democratic concerns about current unemployment, living standards, and wealth and income distribution are to be effectively addressed by labour-oriented politics.

Roger Scott and Howard Guille provide an assessment of the first year in office of the Palaszczuk Government.

An edited collection of TJRyan Foundation research papers and commentaries covering the Newman Government's years in office, and including 2015 post-election analyses. 

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link.


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