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.
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.
The TJ Ryan Foundation and the Australian Republic Movement will jointly host a half-day symposium on Thursday 19 July. The event features a keynote address by ARM Chair, Peter FitzSimons AM, and a panel discussion on the future of the republic movement in Australia.
Ashleigh Stevenson reports on Treasurer Jackie Trad's first state budget, which promises to spend on infrastructure while also introducing new charges: "The Queensland Budget will spend big on infrastructure projects in a bid to create jobs and stimulate the state economy, but that will come at a cost to many Queensland households."
Matthew Stocks and Andrew Blazers write about calls from the Coalition backbench and elsewhere for the federal government to safeguard the future of coal: "Is all this pro-coal jockeying actually necessary for our energy or economic future?"
TJRF Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, observes how, 20 years after One Nation's dramatic electoral debut, Pauline Hanson still holds influence in the political arena.
Jill Sheppard comments on findings from the ANU's Australian Election Study, suggesting that citizens in democracies are expecting more from their political systems and political leaders, but they are increasingly underwhelmed by what they see.
ACTU report highlights growing problems of insecure work in Australia's employment landscsape: "When Government seeks to deny that the spread of non-standard insecure work is a problem, we will not be able to address it."
Andrew Leigh outlines analysis of new data by Thomas Piketty and colleagues which tracks inequality and sharpens the choices we face as a society.
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.
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.
Michael Bidwell and collaegues explain how and why the statutory requirements for mining rehabilitation have failed Queensland in the past and evaluate the new Act.
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.