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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

TJRF Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, observes that whichever major party 'wins' the Queensland election will potentially face tricky negotiations with minor parties like One Nation to form government: "Narrowing poll margins and the major parties’ shrinking primary vote share point to a tight result – and potentially another hung parliament."

The Queensland state election is generating reams of commentary. Here you'll find the most significant analyses from this growing and wide range of sources, including from TJRF Board member, Roger Scott.

Joshua Robertson reports on claims made by TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, that the cost of the LNP's campaign promises leaves the party little option but to downsize the public sector if it wins office.

TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, comments that the debt linked to ownership of a profitable public enterprise is not a problem - but the LNP's focus on debt and asset sales obscures another important point: "in the last three elections, Queenslanders have demonstrated their overwhelming opposition to privatisation."

John Cole writes that 'big ticket' resources projects of the past decade have not delivered as hoped for regional Queensland, suggesting instead that new approaches to regional economic development are needed: "research suggests that mega projects, such as in gas and coal, have not transformed skills or improved employment prospects."

Brendan Gogarty suggests that, despite Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's veto of a loan to Adani, the company could still receive funds from a new government or via previous financing arrangements.

Michael Slezak reports that notification of planned land clearing in regional Queensland is up 30% in the past year: "A dramatic land-clearing surge in Queensland could turn into a 'tsunami' in the coming year, say conservationists."

Frank Brennan writes ahead of the announcement on the results of the survey on same sex marriage, noting that the return rate on the survey is a very credible 78.5 per cent: "Wednesday will be a day of celebration for those wanting a ‘Yes’ vote. It should also be a day when we Australians recommit ourselves to respect for all citizens, especially those whose beliefs differ significantly from our own."

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 will be posted online as they become available.

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."

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.

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.

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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