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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 public accessible online resources.


On 20 August 2015 Minister Anthony Lyneham released a Discussion Paper, the draft Environmental Impact Statement, and the online feedback form for community input, which must be submitted before 18 September 2015. See also Abbott Government's Adani myth busted.

In Queensland Government Calls for Submissions on Abbot Point Port Expansion' Ann Scott covers a number of these issues, as well commenting on making submissions (having been the recipient of submissions in her former life as a public servant).  

Her overview provides links to policy papers by experts. It also documents well reactions from those closest to the proposed site, the Wangan and Jaglingou People, and others as far away (but equally concerned) as Pope Francis, the European Union, and the President of the United States.

The Federal Government recently announced an unambitious target for reducing carbon emissions. The Government accuses Labor of having a renewable energy plan that would cost consumers $60b. The Conversation's 'Fact check' refuted this claim. Fact check also refuted a claim (now withdrawn) by Alan Jones, that coal-fired power cost $79/kWh and wind power $1502/kWh. Also in The Conversation 'How much does wind energy cost? Debunking the myths.

Climate experts are not impressed by Abbott: Bernie Fraser, head of the Climate Change Authority, says the Coalition's claims about the cost of the ALP's climate policy are 'weird', The head of the UK's Climate Authority, Lord Deben, says “Global warming won’t wait for Mr Abbott and his government. Mr Abbott’s hubris is staggering” and Professor Ian Lowe, AO, says the target is 'disgracefully low'.

Educationist, Carol Nicoll, and political scientist, Roger Scott, have responded to issues raised in The Conversation's series 'What are universities for?', by considering how to widen the impact of academic research - each focussing on their own academic field, see:

Education Academics: Rules of Engagement and 

Political Scientists and engagement

Reports that Education Minister Christopher Pyne is contemplating a 'pared down' national primary school curriculum, with 'mandated' phonics, caused some concern. The move follows the release, a year ago, of the Donnelly/Wiltshire report (August 2014). A paper by the Australian Curriculum Authority clarifies what issues are on the table.

TJRyan Research Associate, Professor Graeme Orr, discusses the LNP's Electoral (Redistribution Commission) Amendment Bill, currently being examined by the Parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.

Last week Roger Scott considered the role played by the Speaker in Queensland since 1989, in light of the recent furore over the Speaker's role in Canberra. See also the report card on Tony Smith's first week as Speaker in Canberra.

Professor Anne Tiernan reflects on the experience and achievements of women in the Queensland Parliament over the century since the T J Ryan government legislated that they be eligible to stand for election.

In the wake of the federal and state budgets, the Council of Australian Government (COAG) meeting, and the Labor Party Conference, tax reform is being discussed again.  Jon Stanford explains the Buffett Rule, and the Australia Institute suggests closing tax loopholes with a 'Buffett Rule' for Australia. Stanford also asks whether COAG is the place to start tax 'reform'?.  Academics from the Melbourne School of Government consider the issues and options for the reform of state taxes in Australia

Jon Stanford also considers what a future, progressive budget might look like, freed from the current 'debt phobia' borrowed from the US Tea Party.

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Reports

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.

Dr Lyndon Megarrity writes that between 1859 and 1915, politicians espousing progressive liberal values had incrementally raised the expectations of Queensland electors about the role which government could play in the social, industrial, electoral and economic affairs of citizens.

Dr Linda Colley looks at union encouragement clauses, where they came from, and in what context they are now gaining media attention.

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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