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 public accessible online resources.
Former Townsville local government representative and Queensland Senator Margaret Reynolds argues that Mr Gordon is entitled to a 'fair go' and that the people of Cook need to have their chosen representative heard in parliament.
Mr Gordon has issued a media release explaining his reasons for not resigning from Parliament. In his Welcome to Country at the opening of Parliament, Uncle Joe Kirk reminded those present of the struggle for Indigenous recognition. In Indigenous Voices in the Queensland Parliament, Ann Scott discusses some of the background issues to the present debate.
In his Valedictory address on 26 March 2015 retiring Judge Alan Wilson continued the criticism of former Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's decision to appoint Tim Carmody as Chief Justice.
One of Justice Wilson's criticisms focussed on Chief Justice Carmody's alleged intervention in the appointment of judges to the Court of Disputed Returns.
Responses to the Valedictory include press coverage of Carmody's reply, and a further comment in a letter from the Council of Civil Liberties. Professor Graeme Orr suggests that it may time for Carmody to seek a face-saving exit.
In The First Palaszczuk Government: Ministers, Portfolios and the Machinery of Government, Peter Bridgman writes that 'MoG decisions after a change of government make important statements about how the government will function. ... Like all incoming Premiers after a change of government, Annastacia Palaszczuk has built the machine of government to suit her political and administrative ends.'
Bridgman explains the implications of 'MoG' decisions in: Shaping Government: a Guide to Machinery of Government in Queensland the issues facing an incoming government in shaping its administration through its Machinery of Government arrangements.
TJRyan Research Associate, Dr Chris Salisbury, argues in an article in The Conversation:
'Today’s state governments should not think that the important funding of scientific research must be left solely to their wavering and seemingly unsympathetic counterpart in Canberra.
'In the absence of conciliatory gestures from the feds, our leading science researchers – and perhaps even university vice-chancellors – may find it more rewarding in the immediate future to seek out a funding olive branch from the states.'
In a poll after the 2015 Queensland election the Australia Institute found that accountability, transparency and trust were a significant influence on people's voting choice. The TJRyan Foundation was a signatory to 'Accountability and Transparency in Queensland' the open letter to the political parties on the Fitzgerald Principles.
The fundamental purpose of the TJRyan Foundation is to bridge the gap between academics and policymakers in order to enhance evidence-based policymaking.
In her paper The TJRyan Foundation 2014-15 (presented at the first anniversary celebration on 19 February 2015), Dr Ann Scott discusses the potential role of the Foundation in supporting Queensland public policy development. She also provides an overview of how the TJRyan Foundation website has developed over the past year, explaining what it contains, and how to search its 'Policy Papers' and 'Find a Researcher' databases.
Other papers included the Keynote Address 'Mandates, Promises and Surprises' by Professor Geoffrey Gallop. Health Care in a 'New' Queensland by Professor Linda Shields and The Great Barrier Reef 2014-15 by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.
Dr Lorann Downer examines political leadership in contemporary Queensland, and the conclusions that can be drawn from Vote Compass polling during the 2015 election campaign.
Roger Scott considers the selection of public sector chief executives who will function as Directors-General in the newly constituted machinery of government arrangements.
Peter Bridgman discusses the composition of the First Palaszczuk Government, and machinery of government issues.
Professor Linda Shields calls for a review of Queensland Health in light of the distortions in the system that have resulted from a target-driven focus.
Professor Geoffrey Gallop's Keynote Address at the TJRyan Foundation' first anniversary celebration on 19 February 2015
Hyacinth Udah reports on his doctoral research on how Black African immigrants in Queensland see their cultural identity, personal and social well-being in Australia?
Research Associate Dr Lorann Downer discusses why Campbell Newman's 'Can Do' brand 'is no more'.
Earlier TJRyan Foundation Research Reports
Earlier TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link