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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

The TJ Ryan Foundation invited leading commentators and state political figures to give their assessments of the 2020 Queensland election campaign.

The Foundation has scheduled a series of events for 2022 addressing important policy matters. Details of coming events will be posted to our website and circulated to our newsletter subscribers.


TJRF Research Associate, John Quiggin, summarises recent findings regarding barriers to the uptake of electric and low-emissions vehicles in Australia: "opposition from vested interests - including oil refineries and the car dealership industry - has held Australia back."

Cloe Read and Sean Parnell report on the long-awaited release of Tony Fitzgerald and Alan Wilson's report of their inquiry into the operations and conduct of the Crime and Corruption Commission.


TJRF Research Associate, John Quiggin, argues for the benefits of nationalising the country's electricity networks to meet the challenges of a warming world.

Paul Kildea looks at our history of referendum campaigns to suggest lessons for the proposed First Nations Voice to Parliament: "The question of whether proposals should be general or specific is a familiar issue in referendum design."


Emma Johnston and colleagues write about the release of their jointly authored report on the state of the environment in Australia. As the authors note, the report's findings make for a 'sobering' assessment of the nation's environmental management and conservation.

Matt Dennien reports on details of the Coaldrake review report into culture and accountability in Queensland's public sector.


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.

Former TJRF Deputy Director, Paul Boreham, stresses the importance of researchers making their findings available: "The TJ Ryan Foundation aims to bridge the gap between academic and 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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