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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

TJ Ryan Foundation, in conjunction with the AMWU and researchers at the University of Queensland, has produced a major research report on Queensland’s manufacturing sector.

Video footage from the TJ Ryan Foundation / Australian Republic Movement joint event, 'Reviving the Republic', can now be viewed at the link above. This includes a keynote address from ARM Chair, Peter FitzSimons AM, and a panel discussion by TJRF Research Associates and others.


Shirin Malekpour and Enayat Moallemi write that, with the federal government's planned National Energy Guarantee seemingly in limbo, we need to move past biased, opaque models for energy policies: "since [the NEG's] unveiling in October 2017 ... a key issue is the lack of trust in government models predicting the results of their policies."

Laura Tingle comments on the prospects of new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, uniting the party - and his government - now bitterly divided between moderates and right-wing conservative "wreckers".


Michael Slezak reports on the release of documents appearing to show that Adani knew it was likely to breach environmental conditions of its operating licence.

Monique Mann observes that the broad and ill-defined new powers outlined in the federal government's proposed telecommunications bill are neither necessary nor proportionate – and contain significant scope for abuse.


TJRF Research Associate, David Peetz, asks, amid the talk of increasing casualisation of jobs, what has changed to increase the insecurity of workers? "Large, powerful firms are getting more powerful, but their directly employed workforces are not getting larger."

Michael Keating argues that the best policy fix for frozen wages and rising inequality is to invest in education and training to better equip workers with skills for the new economy.


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 are available at the conference page.


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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