TJ Ryan Foundation

The TJ Ryan Foundation is Queensland’s only progressive think tank. We aim to contribute a progressive voice to the policy debate in Queensland and promote evidence-based policy by providing access to our own research as well as curated materials from other reputable sources.

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About the TJ Ryan Foundation

The Foundation was established during the conservative Newman Government to provide policy support for the labour movement’s successful fight against privatisation and cuts to social services. Operated entirely by volunteers, we are supported by 120+ researchers and board members, all of whom are academics or policy experts, predominantly from universities, many with experience in public service.

Our aims as expressed in our constitution are:

  • to stimulate debate on issues in Queensland public administration, including effective resource allocation, service delivery, governance and accountability;
  • to review policy directions of current and past State governments concerning economic, social and cultural issues and to analyse options for future decision-makers;
  • to undertake research into contemporary social attitudes and views within Queensland, particularly as they affect public policy choices.

Thomas Joseph Ryan