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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

Michelle Grattan writes about the federal Liberal Party adopting new rules to safeguard a sitting prime minister: "Morrison discussed the proposed change with former prime minister John Howard, but not with Malcolm Turnbull."

Yee-Fui Ng suggests that Scott Morrison's proposed federal integrity commission is an improvement on the patchwork of mechanisms in place now, but does not go nearly far enough to prevent and investigate corruption: "The proposed model is a watered-down version of an anti-corruption commission, with limited powers."


Timothy Swanston reports on the Palaszczuk government's proposed reforms of Queensland's residential tenancy laws: "Tenants Queensland CEO Penny Carr said after four decades of little significant change to the legislation, it needed an overhaul."

Lorena Allam comments on the push to establish an Indigenous 'voice' in federal parliament, and how reaction to the Uluru 'statement of the heart' left some fearing another 'dead end'.


Former Dean of ANZSOG, Gary Banks AO, argues that the main obstacle to using evidence in the development of policy is a lack of demand from political leaders.

Luke McNamara and Julia Quilter note that 'law and order' was once seen by some as a sure-fire voter winner in elections. But the authors point out how that's changing, after a concerted effort by Victoria's opposition appeared to backfire badly at their recent state election.


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.

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.


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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