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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; review policy directions of current and past State governments on economic, social and cultural issues, and to analyse options for decision-makers; and assist policy-makers inside and outside government in developing progressive evidence-based policy.

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The purpose of the TJRyan Foundation website is to provide a source of commentary on public policy issues of specific relevance to Queensland, supplemented by links to resources also relevant to Queensland public policy.  

The material on this Home Page changes frequently. Papers that have been removed from the Home Page can be found under ‘Policy Papers’ (see ribbon above) where they are broadly catalogued by topic area. There is also a 'search' function.

Major TJ Ryan Foundation Research papers are linked from the right hand side of this home page.

'The government changed the Minerals and Energy Resources Act on Tuesday (9.9.14) to remove the right to object to smaller mining projects - under the guise of reducing green tape - but just before midnight added an amendment to extend the changes to all Queensland mining projects. 

 Cartoon from Smile, It's Joh's Place 1982, reproduced by kind permission of artist, Alan Moir

'There go the bills, don't say you haven't seen them!'

Parties seeking election should be asked to commit to the following:

  • the public to be fully and accuractely informed promptly and not to be misled;
  • all government decisions and actions to be taken for the common benefit without regard to personal, political or other considerations;
  • all people to be treated equally with no person given special treatment or superior access or influence; and
  • all public appointments to be made on merit.

Text of papers presented at the TJRyan Foundation 'Perspectives on Accountability' forum, Parliament House, Brisbane, 3 September 2014 (papers added as available).

Speakers:  Greg Chamberlin, Peter Davis QC, Professor Ian Lowe, Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dr Paul Williams, Dr Ann Scott PSM.

Professor John Quiggin, TJRyan Foundation Board Member, quoted by Amy Remeikis (Brisbane Times 18.9.14):  'The government's plan to privatise the electricity network through long-term leases will have no benefit for consumers.'

A group of 63 leading economists have signed a statement rejecting the idea that Australia is facing a “budget emergency”. The economists write that Australia’s ability to manage public debt is very strong, and that the country is not facing any present or imminent debt crisis. ... The most effective route to restored fiscal balance is to help more Australians find work, earn incomes, and pay taxes. (see Oliver Milman, The Guardian, 18.9.14).

Brisbane Times (19.8.14) report on youth unemployment.    Queensland now has Australia's worst youth unemployment regions.  Cairns, Ipswich, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Bundaberg, Gympie and outback Queensland are some of the hardest hit.  

Alex McKean and Stephen Keim SC report in Independent Australia (20.8.14) that the Australian Financial Review has revealed 'that the largest single donor to the Queensland LNP was granted approval to dredge his Airlie Beach marina, close to the Great Barrier Reef, a week after making a donation of $150,000.'  McKean and Keim report on this and other allegations.

The Sydney Morning Herald report (28.7.14) on the approval by the Abbott government of 'a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy, but which environmental groups say will contribute to a “carbon bomb” and risk causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.'

Department of Environment (Australia) discussion paper on the future of the Great Barrier Reef. Public submissions sought before the end of October 2014.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Emeritus Professor Scott writes that deregulation of university fees and other changes will dramatically weaken the capacity of all Queensland campuses apart from the University of Queensland.  

Ann Scott reflects on two days spent at the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Estimates Committee hearings.  

Peter Henneken, AM, argues that there needs to be a significant rethink of Vocational Education and Training policies.  Written from the perspective of someone who has had long experience in the sector, the paper discusses shortcomings in current VET policies, and concludes with a series of recommendations.

Emeritus Professor Paul Boreham writes that Queensland trails the rest of Australia in spending on social policy and social services, just as Australia trails most of the rest of the developed world.   Both levels of government seem reluctant to levy the taxes needed to overcome this discrepancy.

Professor Graeme Orr discusses the 'curious case' of Queensland.

Howard Guille discusses structural changes in the economy and legislative changes affecting workers' rights.

Reviews the operation of the institution of Parliament under Newman to the end of 2013.  




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