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The TJRyan 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

The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland is hosting a lunchtime seminar to discuss the global technology, market and investment trends driving the pace of the transition to clean energy, and what this change might do to the coal sector. The discussion will be led by Brad Hopkins, a Director in KPMG's Brisbane office, and will take place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 from 12-1PM at the Global Change Institute, St Lucia. This is a free event but registration is required; follow this link for details.

The TJRyan Foundation and QCU held an all-day seminar, 'Jobs of the Future in an Uncertain Environment', on Saturday 17 September. Speakers included Ministers Anthony Lynham and Mark Bailey, as well as Rachel Hunter, Professor Karen Hussey, Rick Humphries, Professor David Brereton, Mark Ogge, Dr Howard Guille, Stephen Smyth and Julie-Ann Campbell. The Foundation plans to publish an e-book of the speakers' contributions in due course. In the meantime, see coverage of Minister Lynham's speech in 'Diversify or Die: Lynham's Warning for Queensland Economy', by Cameron Atfield of the Brisbane Times.  

Uncle Bob Anderson was joined by Professors Margaret and Henry Reynolds for a seminar on Indigenous Human Rights. Uncle Bob gave the keynote address, 'From Civil Rights to Land Rights 1966-2002, personal reflections'. Others spoke on land rights issues and sandmining on Stradbroke Island; and 'Treaty or Referendum?' and the lessons from New Zealand.  View the videos on our TJRyan Foundation YouTube Channel.

Professor Margaret Reynolds

At our seminar on Indigenous Human Rights, Professor Margaret Reynolds referred to the 1998 Federal Parliamentarians' Code of Race Ethics which she and others had initiated when she was a member of the Senate, and which the majority of Federal MPs at the time supported. The possibility of initiating a similar Code is currently under discussion within the federal ALP. For those interested in the original wording, a copy is provided through the link above.

In The Guardian, Michael Slezak reports that 'the Great Barrier Reef has been given a D on a report card for its overall health by the federal and Queensland governments for the fifth year in a row. ... data was collected before bleaching killed a fifth of the reef’s coral, suggesting next year’s results will be even worse.'

In The Guardian, Lenore Taylor writes about the fraught mix of politics and activism in the debate over the Carmichael coal mine: 'Federal resources minister, Matt Canavan, says "legal delays" to the mine have cost Queensland $3.9bn, but this is based on crative interpretion of the numbers.'

With the state government's release of a draft independent report, the Brisbane Times reported: 'The security of Queensland's power supply won't be undermined by a government target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, Energy Minister Mark Bailey says.'

The State Government and south-east Queensland's local councils have released the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan, the first new version since 2009, which will be open for public consultation about the south-east corner's future planning and development principles until March 2017.

After the State Parliament unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday night, the Brisbane Times reported: 'Sick Queenslanders will have access to medicinal cannabis treatments after the passing of laws allowing doctors to apply to prescribe the drug on a much larger scale.'

TJRyan Foundation Research Associate, Graeme Orr, comments on the slowness of Queensland's MPs to enact long-discussed changes to the state's criminal code: 'The decriminalisation of abortion is as close as it has ever been to a serious parliamentary debate. But beware holding your breath.'

Education groups in Queensland have backed the State Government's decision to postpone an overhaul of the senior school assessment system, in the biggest planned changes to senior schooling and tertiary entrance in this state in over 40 years.

An earlier collection of articles, including one from Inside Story by Dean Ashenden, discussed the policy vacuum which faces administrators in tertiary education. Ashenden's article drew comments from various readers, to whom Ashenden responds. 

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports
& Policy Briefs

Critique by Dr David Hamill AM of current practices and policies within the ALP.

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 draws an outline map of 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 if key social democratic concerns about current unemployment, living standards, and wealth and income distribution are to be effectively addressed by labour-oriented politics.

John McCollow summarises issues that arise from the operation of Noel Pearson's Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy. He concludes that recent turmoil in the Aurukun community tells little about the efficacy of the educational model employed at the local school.

Roger Scott reviews the media discussion of tertiary education during and after the election and identifies a series of key questions which went largely unanswered by politicians and should be considered as part of the current review of funding options. 

Roger Scott and Howard Guille provide an assessment of the first year in office of the Palaszczuk Government.

An edited collection of TJRyan Foundation research papers and commentaries covering the Newman Government's years in office, and including 2015 post-election analyses. 

All TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link.


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