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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

Griffith University hosts its 'Integrity 20' Conference from 18-20 October at the Queensland Conservatorium at South Bank in Brisbane. The conference "gathers remarkable people from Australia and around the world to examine some of our greatest global challenges."

To mark the centenary of the notorious 'Warwick egg incident' of 1917, when Prime Minister Billy Hughes was 'egged' at Warwick train station while campaigning for wartime conscription, a public history event is being staged in Warwick on Saturday 18 November.

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'. Copies of the conference speakers' presentations and links to video footage from the event will be posted online as they become available.

TJRF Research Associate, Graeme Orr, delivered this year's Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture for the University of Queensland Law School, speaking on 'Who Can Be an MP? The Constitution, the High Court and the Disqualification Farce'. A recording of the lecture can be found via the link above.

Katharine Murphy examines the Turnbull Government's newly announced energy plan, which ditches the Clean Energy Target recommended by the recent Finkel review of the energy sector in favour of a National Energy Guarantee.

TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, suggests that the government's National Energy Guarantee looks set to preserve demand for coal-fired power by giving it a new role – one it's not well equipped to fulfil: "It remains to be seen whether this scheme will achieve the government’s political objectives ... it does not represent a long-term solution to our problems in energy and climate policy."

The ABC's Isobel Roe reports on the CCC's investigation into local government elections in Queensland, with TJRF Research Associate, Paul Williams, claiming that bans on donations from property developers should extend to other lobbying groups: "If voters feel that there is the potential for corruption then the system is in need of repair."

A special ABC Four Corners report calls into question the environmental and financial record of the Adani company, as well as the viability of the Group's proposed Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

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."

TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, writes about a Senate committee decision to reject the Fair Work Commission's recommendations to slash weekend penalty rates: "Wages policy discussion in Australia over the past 40 years has been dominated by the belief that we have a problem with excessive wages and restrictive working conditions. ... But this view is not backed by the research."

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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