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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

QUT researchers highlight how the productivity gains which businesses get from automating some jobs aren't being passed on to workers in the form of higher or fairer wages.

On Wednesday 14 March, former Prime Minister and Treasurer, Paul Keating, will launch the new publication, 'Fair Share - Competing Claims and Australia's Economic Future', authored by UQ's Professor Stephen Bell and ANU's Dr Michael Keating. Registration is essential.


TJRF Board chairman, Roger Scott, comments in response to economic journalist Ross Gittins' recent article decrying the state of Australia's universities: " Like the curate’s egg (and the university system as a whole), it is good in parts but Gittins is unfair in some of his generalisations."

Megan O'Connell and Charlene Smith suggest that government education discussions seem to be looking past the dollar value in 2018, with several high profile reports due for release.


A damning review of the Closing the Gap program accuses the federal government of effectively 'dropping' the policy: "A revolving door of prime ministers, Indigenous affairs minister and senior bureaucrats have all but halted the steady progress."

George Rennie observes that federal politicians are finally moving against political donations after repeated scandals, but argues that simple economics shows that lobbying should be ended regardless: "Political donations and lobbying are a significant drain on the economy as it can damage competition, create monopolies and divert resources to unproductive uses."


TJRF Research Associate, Hal Colebatch, asserts that the now-infamous section 44 of the Australian Constitution was a last-minute change by its authors: "In contemporary Australia, identities are often complex, and citizenship entitlements may be multiple and overlapping ... the qualifications for candidature demands a period of public discussion culminating in political action."

TJRF Board member, John Guiggin, and colleagues argue that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation projects as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan have done little for the river system's health.


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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