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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 and to review policy directions of current and past State governments on economic, social and cultural issues. This website focuses on evidence-based policy, and provides links to a range of online resources.


The Queensland Together Union commissioned a study of nursing services in Queensland from Professor of Nursing, Linda Shields.  This paper by Kirril and Linda Shields provides a detailed example of  how the habit of borrowing ideas and people from the British National Health Service has proved disastrous for Queenslanders.

Ben Rees writes that  "by any common sense measure five decades of 'economies of scale' agricultural policy has failed. The core problem is conflict between two Laws in economics. The first law (supply and demand theory) assumes constant returns to scale. This conflicts with a second well known Law that identifies agriculture as operating under declining returns to scale." 

In 'Could Turnbull give a Gonski?' Dean Ashenden (Inside Story) suggests  with Malcolm Turnbull, the coalition may embrace an updated Gonski plan for school funding.

In 'Pyne leaves education having failed to sell a vision for the past' Kelsey Halbert (The Conversation) notes new Education Minister Simon Birmigham has said he looked forward to 'working collaboratively' to build broad support for any future reforms. 

In 'What a difference a portfolio makes: early learning is not babysitting', Susan Krieg (The Conversation) notes with approval that childcare has now been moved into the education portfolio.

Last year the current Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, the Hon Peter Wellington, said:  "Recently I spoke about the need for a bill of rights to protect the rights and liberties of Queenslanders… Queensland has no upper house or house of review, and the current committee system is not able to properly provide the necessary checks and balances on the excesses of …government… I believe it is time for an act of parliament that enshrines the rights and liberties we value as important. 'Working for Queenslanders' has produced a discussion paper on the issue.

The Finance and Administration Committee will be holding public forums across the state on this issue.  The Brisbane Forum will be held on Thursday 1 October 2015, starting at 6.30pm, in the Parliamentary Annex, Parliament House.

The committee is also calling for written submissions addressing any aspect of the terms of reference and Bills. Submissions close at 4:00pm on Tuesday 20 October 2015. 

(Committee secretariat contacts: 07 3553 6637 or email at fac@parliament.qld.gov.au.)

Philip Ruddock will be the guest speaker at the 13th annual dinner being hosted by Australians Against Capital Punishment, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and Reprieve Australia to recognise the World Day Against the Death Penalty on Friday 9th October 2015.

Click here for the invitation giving full details

Click here to book

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

Kirril and Linda Shields provide a detailed example of how the habit of borrowing ideas and people from the British National Health Service has proved disastrous for Queenslanders.

Premier T J Ryan was a strong advocate for the abolition of capital punishment, but it could not be achieved until the upper house, the Legislative Council, was itself abolished in 1921.  

Dr Jon Stanford writes that the great majority of gas production in Queensland is now CSG. The level of foreign ownership is high. 'Once more, as in mining coal, the benefits of extracting CSG have largely escaped residents of Queensland.' 

Professor Mary Sheehan and Consuelo Reed argue the that the high levels of incarceration of Indigenous people, and of youth suicide, indicates that there is a need to look at policies of youth incarceration and rehabilitation. 

Dr Chris Salisbury examines what the Borbidge/Sheldon review of the LNPs election campaign tells us, and what didn’t it tell us, about the Newman government.

Earlier TJRyan Research Reports can be found through this link

ANZSOG / Centre for Governance and Public Policy blog on the Machinery of Government.


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