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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

Will Steffen argues that 'simple maths' shows Labor's new emissions reduction policy still requires more action to meet necessary targets.

The TJ Ryan Foundation marked its 5th birthday with an evening event in Brisbane, themed 'A Century of Reform across Queensland: 1919 - 2019', on Wednesday 9 October. Speakers' presentations can be found via the link above.


TJRF Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, previews this year's state election against a backdrop of National Party in-fighting, political scandals and leadership tensions in both Labor and the LNP.

TJRF Research Associate, John Quiggin, observes how Australia's tourism sector will be hit hard by the combined impacts of bushfires and coronavirus.


Michelle Grattan comments on the Prime Minister's response to the twelfth Closing the Gap report, which shows disappointing results on key targets.

Anne Twomey suggests that proposed laws in Queensland would stymie the work of charities in advocating for their causes in political debate, and if tested in court the laws would probably be found constitutionally invalid.


Maria O'Sullivan examines the 'sports rorts' scandal rocking the federal government, with Nationals deputy leader and former Sports Minister, Bridget McKenzie, pressured to resign over intervening in grant allocations.

An open letter from leading researchers - including TJRF Research Associate John Quiggin - calls on the federal government to act urgently to cut emissions.


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.

Video footage from the TJ Ryan Foundation / Australian Republic Movement joint event, 'Reviving the Republic', can now be viewed at the link above. This includes a keynote address from ARM Chair, Peter FitzSimons AM, and a panel discussion by TJRF Research Associates and others.


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.

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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