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T J Ryan statue Queens Gardens, Brisbane.

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.


The UN Paris climate change conference in start at the end of November. The articles listed through this link raise the urgent need for more action on climate change, reducing emissions, and phasing out fossil fuels. They include pleas from experts, as well as some the people most immediately vulnerable.

Roger Scott reviewed the authorised biography of Campbell Newman recently. Here he provides a study in contrasts by looking at the autobiographies of former Premier Anna Bligh, and of Michael O'Neill, a mid-range public servant whose turbulent career covered the same period.

Review of Gavin King's Can Do: Campbell Newman and the Challenge of Reform recently-released biography of former Premier Newman.

The Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry report concluded that the 'war on bikies' had been waged at the expense of fighting other serious organised crime. The report, and responses to it, are a reminder of the damaging polticisation of the criminal justice system and the contentious events at the time.

On 9 October 2015, Roger and Ann Scott accepted an invitation from Margaret Reynolds and Henry Reynolds to launch the Richmond Policy Group in southern Tasmania. Margaret Reynolds has provided us with a copy of their first discussion paper on senior school education and invites comment from interested readers.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Professor Michael Rowan argues that the public values the strength of our university system. 'It is just the government which appears to think that the long historical process of increased public investment in education yielding increased economic and social returns is at an end.' 

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

Premier T J Ryan was a strong advocate for the abolition of capital punishment, but it could not be achieved until the upper house, the Legislative Council, was itself abolished in 1922.  

Dr Jon Stanford writes that the great majority of gas production in Queensland is now CSG. The level of foreign ownership is high. 'Once more, as in mining coal, the benefits of extracting CSG have largely escaped residents of Queensland.' 

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link


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