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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 Board chairman, Roger Scott, reflects on the release of the 1987 Cabinet Minutes, and on his personal recollections of the end of the 'Joh era': "By the end of 1987, there was a definite sense of rising optimism."

Join the TJ Ryan Foundation for a morning function to mark our fourth anniversary. David Peetz, Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University, will deliver a keynote address on 'The Future of Work'. The event will run from 10AM - 12PM on Friday, 16 February, in the Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, at QUT's Gardens Point campus. Follow the link above for registration details.


Emilie Ens and Alana Grech recount how Indigenous ranger programs have run successfully in Queensland for nearly a decade: "Indigenous ranger programs are a rare good news story of a government initiative that delivers outstanding social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes ... many Queenslanders would like to see these expanded."

TJRF Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, comments on the drawn out nature of Queensland's election, suggesting that voters might have to get used to similarly tight, protracted electoral contests in the future.


TJRF Board member, John Quiggin, asserts that, despite the inaction of the US and Australian governments, attitudes and technology are driving positive change in climate policy: "A closer look reveals a lot more good news than bad."

Rebecca Pearse suggests that the federal government's keenly awaited review of Australia's climate policy settings continues a long, bipartisan traditional of weak policy development in this area: "The federal government’s newly released Climate Policy Review is hugely disappointing, but far from surprising. It does not depart from what the Turnbull government has been saying for some time."


Joumanah El Matrah observes that, in recent comments about African youths and 'crime gangs' in Victoria, "Peter Dutton wants to persuade us that those who are most disempowered in our society are our greatest threat, only widening the divide between 'us' and 'them'."

David Ellwood examines how, in the areas of neonatal, maternal and infant health, evidence-based policy can improve physical and social outcomes for children and families.


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."

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.


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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