May 2007

Research report

31 May 2007

The media report looks at this campaign, which was launched earlier this month by a coalition of media organisations, including News limited, the ABC, Fairfax, the SBS, and AAP. The campaign's aim is to draw public attention to the tightening of restrictions on journalists and...

Research report

31 May 2007

This report summarises the discussion of issues affecting regions in Australia and around the world by participants at the Growing Regions Conference, hosted by the Department of Transport and Regional Services last year. Speakers included leading regional development practitioners, researchers and policy makers who discussed...

Research report

31 May 2007

Prepared for the eighth meeting of APEC energy ministers, this background paper reveals that:

• APEC’s transport energy demand will almost double between 2002 and 2030, growing at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent.

• Much of the increase in transport energy...

Strategy

31 May 2007

This document outlines the plan and identifies the steps the department will take to achieve improved economic and social outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Research report

31 May 2007

A journalist and a mother confronts an impenetrable bureaucracy when one of Australia's worst paedophiles is relocated to the neighbourhood.

Research report

31 May 2007

How competing visions of city planning shaped Canberra and revealed different approaches to public policy.

Research report

31 May 2007

'The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003' provides a comprehensive assessment of the health status of Australians. The report measures mortality, disability, impairment, illness and injury arising from 176 diseases, injuries and risk factors using a common metric, the disability-adjusted life year or...

Research report

31 May 2007

Using a set of key indicators of health and wellbeing of young people, this report brings together the most up-to-date national data on the health status of young Australians aged 12-24 years and the factors influencing their health. 'Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2007'...

Research report

31 May 2007

Australian Hospital Statistics 2005-06 provides a thirteenth year in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's comprehensive annual reporting of statistics on Australia's hospitals. Detailed information is presented on hospital care and hospitals in 2005-06.Australian Hospital Statistics 2005-06 provides a thirteenth year in the Australian...

Commentary

Article

31 May 2007

Politics and a potential conflict of interest became confused in the debate over Therese Rein's business interests, writes JOHN WARHURST

RESPONSES to Therese Rein’s decision to sell the domestic arm of her employment services company even before the election have shown considerable misunderstanding...

Commentary

Article

31 May 2007

Funding increases and simpler governance are welcome, but must not be at the expense of academic liberty, argues Simon Marginson

THREE things in the federal budget stood out for me. First, the Higher Education Endowment Fund. Second, an overall funding increase of 8...

Conference paper

31 May 2007

Since its 'birth' approximately 15 years ago, the World Wide Web (WWW) has been viewed as borderless, and this 'borderlessness' has been seen as a major problem in relation to the application of private international law rules to WWW activities. However, recent technological advances let...

Research report

30 May 2007

ACMA research shows that growth in the adoption of digital free-to-air television has more than doubled since July 2005 - to 30 per cent of households - but that many non-adopters are still not aware of the future changes to free-to-air television.

The report...

Chapter

31 May 2007

Corporations are increasingly finding themselves caught in the crosshairs as they are asked by local authorities to carry out censorship and surveillance online. This chapter describes this growing, thorny problem and some possible means to resolve it. The most promising approach is neither local law...

Research report

31 May 2007

In the brief history of the internet, the cultural sector has followed two related paths: on the one hand, the digitisation of content and provision of information and, on the other, interactivity and opportunities for expression. Some have seen these as in binary opposition. The...

Research report

30 May 2007

ACMA research shows that growth in the adoption of digital free-to-air television has more than doubled since July 2005 - to 30 per cent of households - but that many non-adopters are still not aware of the future changes to free-to-air television.

The...

Research report

25 May 2007

Nine days before the NSW election of 24 March 2007, an accident on the Sydney Harbour Bridge left an estimated 35,000 rush hour train commuters stranded for many hours. It was the latest in a number of serious transport problems in the capital. Australian state...

Research report

30 May 2007

NOTE: Original Resource Lost, Link is to the Media Release

ACMA provides comprehensive information on media groups and operations across Australia in this report which is a supplement to the Register of Controlled Media Groups which was launched in March 2007.

The report...

Research report

30 May 2007

This book brings together the key papers presented at the China and East Asian Energy conference held in October 2005 in Beijing.

Contents 1 Introduction John Garnaut 2 Rapid industrialisation and the demand for energy and minerals: China in the East Asian context...

Research report

30 May 2007

Japan's small farming represents a puzzle. Currently nearly three-quarters of farmland is operated by farmers whose farm size is well under optimal size. Being too small is the main reason for the high cost of Japanese farm products, so why does inefficient, small farming persist...

Research report

30 May 2007

The thirtieth anniversary of the signature of the Australia–Japan Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in 2006 offered an opportunity to review the significance of this event for Australia–Japan relations.

Garry Woodard was the leader of the Australian negotiating team that completed the...

Research report

30 May 2007

Unearthing New Resources examines the attitudes and experiences of women towards working in the minerals industry, along with strategies to improve women's employment in the industry. The publication includes three separate research reports: Female Mining Engineering and Minerals Processing Students: Career Motivations, Expectations and Perceptions...

Research report

30 May 2007

From the outset, the NSW Freedom of Information Act 1989 has been subject to amendment and criticism. While its introduction was accompanied by high expectations about improved democratic accountability, for many its actual operation has proved inadequate. Gareth Griffith surveys the major issues in FOI...

Conference paper

30 May 2007

This overview by Andrew Ash presents projections of climate change for the 21st century, potential impacts and actions required. Warmer and drier conditions are expected, with more extreme events. Extreme weather will impact urban living. Water resources are likely to be further stressed. Risk management...

Research report

30 May 2007

What happens to academic freedom in contemporary higher education institutions and systems, particularly those of the Westminster type (UK, Australia, New Zealand) asks Simon Marginson. The paper begins by identifying the constituents of academic freedom, here designated as academic self-determination, operating at the level of...

Discussion paper

30 May 2007

What happens to academic freedom in contemporary higher education institutions and systems, particularly those of the Westminster type (UK, Australia, New Zealand) asks Simon Marginson. The paper begins by identifying the constituents of academic freedom, here designated as academic self-determination, operating at the level of...

Article

29 May 2007

The OECD has released a paper on Internet traffic prioritisation, examining the policy and regulatory issues surrounding traffic prioritisation to provide background for national debates. The issues it raises are relevant to the current FTTN debate in Australia writes Stuart Corner.

Research report

29 May 2007

Australia maintains some of the most restrictive Internet policies of any Western nation, while its neighbor, New Zealand, is less rigorous in its Internet regulation. Without any explicit protection of free speech in the constitution, the Australian government has used its "communications power" delineated in...

Website

29 May 2007

With the aid of sophisticated software, government censorship of the Internet is spreading into a global phenomenon, with tech-savvy governments filtering forbidden themes from politics and human rights to sexuality and religion, according to this academic survey of 40 countries in 2006.

The country...

Research report

29 May 2007

Australia maintains some of the most restrictive Internet policies of any Western nation, while its neighbor, New Zealand, is less rigorous in its internet regulation according to this regional report on internet filtering and surveillance from ONI.

Australia maintains some of the most restrictive...

Research report

29 May 2007

It is inevitable that Australia will undergo an unprecedented switch to clean energy over the next few decades. No other conclusion can be drawn from the scientific assessments of Australia’s, and the world’s, premier scientific institutions that countries like Australia will need to reduce emissions...

Research report

29 May 2007

Australian politicians are out of step when it comes to community concerns about aid. Aid/Watch's survey of Federal Parliamentarians and community members on their knowledge and opinions on Australian aid, has found a pronounced polarity between politician's preferences for benefiting the national interest and public...

Research report

29 May 2007

Flint Duxfield and Kate Wheen take a microscope to Australia's aid budget and reveal that upwards of a billion dollars in Australia's aid fails to contribute to meaningful poverty reduction in aid recipient countries.

Widespread structural flaws in Australia's aid program reveal serious problems...

Research report

29 May 2007

The Victorian Lifestyle and Neighbourhood Environment Study (VicLANES) is internationally significant research involving 4,913 participants in 50 small areas in Melbourne. VicLANES examines the importance of area socio-economic status (SES), neighbourhood environments, individual perceptions, attitudes and knowledge in relation to three important health behaviours: •...

Research report

29 May 2007

The Australian government, due to its virtual freeze on the expansion of social housing, has created a situation where more and more older Australians are dependent on the private rental market for their accommodation. This article reports on a study based on twenty in-depth interviews...

Research report

29 May 2007

The West Kimberley region of Western Australia is the latest potential focus of the minerals boom currently sweeping many parts of remote Australia. There have been growing demands for a detailed profile of socioeconomic conditions in the region set within a framework of understanding the...

Research report

29 May 2007

This the second research report exploring the nature of Indigenous community governance in Australia - aiming to understand what works, what doesn’t work, and why. This report brings together findings from the fieldwork conducted during 2006, based on evidence drawn from case studies of Indigenous...

Research report

25 May 2007

Australian researcher Sam de Silva notes the recent arrests of two Melbourne men accused of being members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, Tamil Tigers). "The arrests, and the Australian government's strong statement condemning both the government and the LTTE bring the Sri...

Research report

24 May 2007

No, not to be funny and snarky, but to be bold and to do a better job of cutting through the fog, argues the editor of the American Journalism Review.

Research report

25 May 2007

The Public and the Arts 2006 was commissioned by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Eala on to provide up-to-date information on the behaviour and attitudes of Irish people as regards:

What people think about the role of the arts in society and about...

Book

24 May 2007

This book documents the story of Glasgow 2020 - an 18 month project to imagine the future of Glasgow through the creativity and imagination of its people - drawing out key lessons for cities around the world, and bringing together a collection of eleven short...

Transcript

25 May 2007

In the US and Europe, News Corporation is in a predatory mood and the ever-hungry Murdoch empire just gets bigger and bigger.

Research report

25 May 2007

In this document the MLA sets out a shared universal understanding of the role of the modern public library and of the core services that the public can expect over the next 4 years. The core offer will be a universal entitlement for children, young...

Research report

25 May 2007

This report was commissioned by the Museums,Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the National Museums Directors? Conference (NMDC) to provide an up-to-date analysis of a number of economic and social impacts of many of Britain?s major museums and galleries. There has been a growing recognition...

Video

24 May 2007

This lecture proposes a theory about what lies around the corner for the Internet, how to avoid it, and how to study and affect the future of the internet using the distributed power of the network itself, using privacy as a signal example. Jonathan Zittrain...

Research report

24 May 2007

37 per cent of email users in the United States said spam had increased in their personal email accounts, up from 28 per cent of email users two years ago.

Article

25 May 2007

0ver the past couple of years museums have been subject to growing criticism of their increasingly commercial stance. A related trend, the contours of which are only now becoming apparent, concerns the shift in the behavior of commercial galleries and auction houses, which are becoming...

Article

25 May 2007

Many of the factors that are likely to have the most critical impact on not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations in the U.S. and Europe ? the size and composition of audiences, the availability of suitable cultural product, the underlying economics of presentation, etc. ? lie...

Chapter

24 May 2007

Many ambitious predictions have been made about the impact of the internet, and the investment of media moguls suggests something profound is taking place. But how much is real and how much is hype? Richard Harris finds that while the internet offers great opportunity for...

Research report

24 May 2007

Due to its unique range of creative, experimental and commercial possibilities, the online persistent virtual world Second Life is attracting significant interest from business and service industry sectors throughout the world. Big name brands such as IBM, Dell, ING, Philips Electronics, Telstra, and the Australian...

Research report

24 May 2007

The latest edition of the world's leading competitiveness survey shows Australia's economic infrastructure continues to perform poorly relative to most other areas of the economy.

The World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007, released in Australia by CEDA, has underlined Australia's long-term challenge to build the foundations...

Research report

24 May 2007

Forty years after the 1967 referendum recognised the first Australians as full citizens, Noel Pearson - Australia's most innovative and effective Aboriginal leader - breaks new ground and eloquently advocates an agenda that learns from the mistakes of the past.

Research report

24 May 2007

Many ambitious predictions have been made about the impact of the internet, and the investment of media moguls suggests something profound is taking place. But how much is real and how much is hype? Richard Harris finds that while the internet offers great opportunity for...

Research report

24 May 2007

The report is a benchmark study based on data relating to a period prior to the 2006 reforms to the family law system and will be used to assist in evaluating aspects of the reforms.

It provides some challenging findings about the frequency of...

Research report

24 May 2007

There has been considerable speculation recently regarding the effect of the growing prevalence of institutional investors in the equity markets on investee company behaviour. Institutional investors include superannuation funds, banks, mutual funds and insurance companies. It has been posited that the growth of institutional investors...

Audio program

24 May 2007

AUDIO • The first seminar in the education.au series, Challenging How Knowledge is Created, featured Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. His presentation in Melbourne is available online; it has been edited into 12 parts to assist with accessibility.

Research report

24 May 2007

This issues paper examines the issues raised by the terms of reference for this inquiry, which asked the ALRC to consider whether it would be desirable to modify or abrogate legal professional privilege in some areas in order to achieve more effective performance of Commonwealth...

Research report

24 May 2007

Federal and State housing policies have changed the face of public housing, which is increasingly becoming the accommodation of last resort. This social residualisation of public housing in Australia and elsewhere has meant that sustaining tenancies is a challenge for public housing authorities because of...

Research report

22 May 2007

The National Reform Agenda (NRA) proposed in 2006 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) includes a human capital stream of reforms, designed to effect changes in health, education and work incentives. In 2006, the Productivity Commission undertook an assessment of the economic and fiscal...

Research report

24 May 2007

Large proportions of older voters have consistently favoured the Liberal/National Coalition since the mid 1990s. Will this demographic pattern continue to favour the Coalition, or is there a shift underway in the opposite direction? This paper attempts to answer this question by drawing on a...

Research report

24 May 2007

The online landscape is shifting as 18-34 year old women are now the most dominant group online in the UK ? accounting for 18 per cent of the UK internet population and over one-fifth of all UK computer time.

Research report

23 May 2007

Ros Black shows that student-centred approaches improve learning for students in our most disadvantaged communities, but that schools in these communities need new solutions to support their work. Ros Black shows that student-centred approaches improve learning for students in our most disadvantaged communities, but that...

Research report

23 May 2007

The Second Annual Indigenous Higher Education Conference (IHEAC) held in 2006 led to the development of a broad set of recommendations for possible policy directions and research issues. Some of the recommendations include an investigation of the financial position of Indigenous students, their experience as...

Research report

23 May 2007

In Australia the federal and state/territory governments share provision and regulation in education. Federal/state roles have accumulated ad hoc, there are no binding agreements on a lasting basis, and there is a lack of synchrony between the legal, policy, administrative and funding frameworks. The states...

Research report

23 May 2007

The transformation of Australian universities from public institutions to transnational business enterprises has met little effective resistance. Yet, it is argued, this transformation undermines the founding principles of Australian democracy. This democracy emerged in opposition to the classical form of liberalism that the neo-liberals have...

Research report

23 May 2007

This study undertaken for The Smith Family by the Australian Council for Educational Research is the fifth in a series of reports on the challenges faced by Learning for Life students in making successful post-school transitions.

‘Australian Young People: their stories, their families and...

Research report

23 May 2007

The proposed division of a district in a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago could lead to conflict unless government officials pay careful attention to latent communal tensions, equitable distribution of development funds and even-handed prosecution of corruption. The original idea was that smaller units...

Research report

22 May 2007

Just as in other facets of life, information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the way research communities across the world are operating. Distributed high-performance computing, digital data resources and high speed communications are just some of the developments improving the capacity of researchers...

Research report

23 May 2007

The majority of teens actively manage their online profiles to keep the information they believe is most sensitive away from the unwanted gaze of strangers, parents and other adults according to this survey conducted by Amanda Lenhart and Mary Madden. While many teens post their...

Research report

23 May 2007

Half of all American adults are only occasional users of modern information gadgetry, while 8% are avid participants in all that digital life has to offer reports John Horrigan.

The advent of Web 2.0 - the ability of people to use a range of...

Research report

22 May 2007

Down-shifting is an ugly word for a beautiful phenomenon: people reshaping their lives to enjoy more leisure and less income, less stress and – crucially – lower levels of consumption. Mainstream economists tend to stop at this point, treating down-shifting as nothing more or less...

Research report

22 May 2007

This report examines the characteristics of mathematics teaching in Australian secondary schools – the demographics and qualifications of the teachers involved, their teaching responsibilities, and the issues for schools with regard to teacher supply and quality. The objective is to determine the current status of...

Research report

22 May 2007

Mathematical research in Australia is becoming increasingly narrowly focused. The number of mathematics and statistics students and lecturers at Australian universities is critically low. At a time when, internationally, the major scientific advances are being made through collaborations between different branches of mathematics and other...

Research report

22 May 2007

How is the WA health service now travelling? We have many dedicated, hard working, highly skilled health care workers doing the very best they can for their patients. Yet despite their efforts the people of WA are not getting the health care they deserve....

Research report

20 May 2007

Public perceptions of innovative science and technology are often cast aside as misguided ideas that need changing. This research has focused on recycling water for various household and public uses. Public opinion is usually seen as an impediment, a seemingly insurmountable hurdle that can only...

Research report

18 May 2007

Complex and multi-dimensional issues such as terrorism, nonproliferation, energy supply, and climate change all affect our perceptions of security. These kinds of massive insecurities defy singular and state-centered solutions. The 2006 Global Scenarios Workshop in Melbourne examined perceptions of insecurity. In few fields is the...

Research report

18 May 2007

An outline of programs to address inequality in the health and wellbeing of people in South Australia, this report contains a rich source of stories about efforts to tackle inequality including case studies from the education, justice, housing, health and non-government sectors. It highlights the...

Research report

18 May 2007

Shelve the stereotype of the red sports car, trophy wife and toupee - few men will experience a "midlife crisis" in these terms. Middle age for men doesn't always look exactly as we might expect, with most experiencing a "transitional phase" into midlife between the...

Research report

18 May 2007

Australia will never want to choose between China and the United States. Yet the contrasting approaches of the US and China to security in the post Cold war era are stark. Now, argues Peter Van Ness, "even the defenders of US hegemony acknowledge that American...

Research report

18 May 2007

A research project looking at all births in Western Australia between 1984 and 2003 has found a dramatic increase in Caesarean sections. The study found that the rise could not be explained by increases in clinical reasons for caesareans such as complications in pregnancy or...

Research report

18 May 2007

As a defence of freedom of expression, the Australian Society of Authors has rejected the proposal of Attorney-General Philip Ruddock to change classification guidelines to include works that advocate terrorism.

The ASA has expressed a number of concerns with regard to the proposal. “First,”...

Research report

18 May 2007

This handbook builds on the experience of Creative Partnerships in over 2500 schools in 36 areas of England. It offers ways for schools to work with external partners to support imaginative enquiries - bringing the curriculum to life and delivering across and beyond it for...

Transcript

18 May 2007

With the enormous growth in the number of public relations consultants in recent years, getting a message through the media can be fraught. Anthony Funnell speaks to three senior public affairs professionals:

Rod Bruem, a former journalist and press secretary who's currently a spokesperson...

Research report

17 May 2007

Analogue television should be switched off throughout Australia in 2010 according to a new report by the House of Representatives Communications Committee. The committee chaired by Jackie Kelly MP considers that lack of certainty regarding analogue switch-off is a key failure in the drive to...

Research report

17 May 2007

The strong growth of digital technology over the past decade has resulted in a requirement for broadcasting services to convert from analogue to digital technology. While provision has been made for the transfer of television broadcasts to digital, until now no provision had been made...

Research report

17 May 2007

Executive summary Australia's conservation estate contributes significantly to the environmental, social, cultural and economic wealth of the Australian community. National parks and other conservation reserves constitute a vital and irreplaceable national and international asset. They perform many different functions, providing ecosystem services, nature preservation,...

Research report

17 May 2007

The AusIMM represents professionals in the minerals sector primarily in the areas of geoscience, minerals processing and mining engineering. In this report they recommend that Australia introduce a national emissions trading scheme which sets a long term target for Australia, and allocates near term caps...

Research report

17 May 2007

A projected increase of 115% from 2001-2026 in the number of lower-income people aged 65 and over living in rental households far exceeds the supply capacity of the social housing system. A new governance approach drawing together the resources of the public, community and market...

Research report

17 May 2007

The Health Systems in Transition (HiT) profiles are country-based reports that provide a detailed description of a health system and of policy initiatives in progress or under development. HiTs examine different approaches to the organization, financing and delivery of health services and the role of...

Research report

17 May 2007

This report provides a summary of existing food and nutrition data relating to children and adolescents, based on the dietary guidelines for children and adolescents in Australia and incorporating recommendations from the new nutrient reference values. It brings together the most recent national nutrition-related data...

Research report

17 May 2007

This is the Series 11 (2005–06) annual report on the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection. The first report, containing 1996–97 data, was published in December 1997. The reports provide information on people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless....

Research report

17 May 2007

There is a widespread consensus that all people should have access to the greatest possible economic and social opportunities in life. A quality school education is recognised as intrinsic to this aim, but it is not yet a universal experience in Australia. Too many young...

Research report

17 May 2007

This reports the results of a three-year investigation which aimed to develop a measurement of prediction of community intended behaviour in relation to the reuse of different wastewaters for different uses. It has been apparent that communities support the concept of water reuse as a...

Bill

17 May 2007

The strong growth of digital technology over the past decade has resulted in a requirement for broadcasting services to convert from analogue to digital technology. While provision has been made for the transfer of television broadcasts to digital, until now no provision had been made...

Commentary

Article

17 May 2007

The Open Spectrum movement sees a future in which the community can directly access the airwaves, writes ELLIE RENNIE, and Dewayne Hendricks is showing how it can be done.

IN 2010, or thereabouts, the Australian government plans to switch-off analogue television transmitters. The...

Research report

16 May 2007

This paper has been prepared as a preliminary analysis of the results of the 2007 New South Wales election. It contains details of voting for all Legislative Assembly districts, summary tables analysing estimated two-party preferred swing, and an overall summary of results for the Legislative...

Research report

16 May 2007

SUMMARY The number of women parliamentarians in Australia is gradually increasing; almost onethird of all parliamentarians in Australia are women. Whilst there is still a need for improvement before the numbers balance, it is clear that women politicians have become a regular feature of the...

Research report

16 May 2007

This background paper, which reflects the law as at 1 March 2007, discusses questions and issues in parliamentary privilege that continue to be the subject of debate or uncertainty. These include the law relating to: the execution of search warrants, the issuing of subpoenas and...

Research report

16 May 2007

This study investigates the implications of climate change for Melbourne Water's water, sewerage and drainage systems.

It includes Melbourne area climate change scenarios for 2020 and 2050, implications of potential water demand scenarios and case studies on water supply systems, increased sewerage and flooding....

Research report

16 May 2007

This report analyses the factual and statistical accuracy of data used to compile the OECD's regular broadband "league table". Key conclusions include:

• In 28 out of 30 OECD nations, the OECD's reported data differs from information from sources such as national statisticians and...

Working paper

15 May 2007

Abstract: As humans we have the capacity to remember, and to forget. For millennia remembering was hard, and forgetting easy. By default, we would forget. Digital technology has inverted this. Today, with affordable storage, effortless retrieval and global access remembering has become the default, for...

Research report

15 May 2007

Vocational education needs to be closely linked to the requirements of business and industry both in terms of policy and educational practice. However, over the past fifteen years the wants of business have come to dominate VET policy to the exclusion of any other stakeholder...

Research report

15 May 2007

Home education is a well established phenomenon in Australia but little is known about the movement of students between home schooling and formal education and how students view and handle the transitions. A sociocultural theoretical framework has been used to explore student perceptions of their...

Research report

15 May 2007

There is considerable evidence of impending teacher shortages throughout Australia and indeed most nations. Research so far has generally concentrated on how to improve the satisfaction of the current teachers and reduce the resignation rate, especially of early career teachers. This paper looks at the...

Research report

15 May 2007

Improving access to land in the Pacific remains a difficult problem. This paper presents results from a field survey conducted in 12 randomly selected settlements in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, to investigate how settlers acquire land for housing. The analysis shows...

Research report

15 May 2007

'Corruption' may be the dark side of the relationship between personal relationships and the work of organisations. The paper considers how studies of Public Administration, and related ideas such as bureaucracy, management and governance, have viewed personal relationships. It then links these views to corresponding...

Research report

15 May 2007

This year’s State of the World’s Mothers Report examines the latest data and trends in the field of child survival and presents a compelling case for why the world must do more to prevent death among children under age 5.

The report includes the...

Research report

15 May 2007

This report surveys the research in OECD countries on intergenerational mobility – the extent to which key characteristics and life experiences of individuals differ from those of their parents. Early childhood education, care and health play a key role in this area.

Thesis

15 May 2007

Scratch is a a free programming tool that allows anyone to create their own animated stories, video games and interactive artworks has been developed. Primarily aimed at children, Scratch does not require prior knowledge of complex computer languages. Instead, it uses a simple graphical interface...

Research report

15 May 2007

This project came about after the death of local artist Pro Hart in 2006 led to concerns that the arts sector in far western NSW was both ageing and declining. Instead researchers Lisa Andersen and Jane Andrew found a confident, growing sector where professional visual...

Article

11 May 2007

A comprehensive listing and comparative analysis of online video sharing sites and how to use them.

Research report

11 May 2007

Successful completion of fieldwork placements is an important part of undergraduate health based professions, given that fieldwork provides students not only with the opportunities to learn in the ‘real world’ but also to develop the knowledge and skills for contemporary practice. This article outlines the...

Research report

11 May 2007

Social network sites (SNSes) like MySpace, Facebook, and Bebo are ubiquitous and today’s youth are spending a great deal of time using these sites to access public life. How is public life shaped by social technology? How are the properties of mediated publics, like social...

Report

6 May 2007

Time magazine last year named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His internet creation has more viewers than the total combined audience of BBC and CNN worldwide. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, is all smiles when it comes to the...

Briefing paper

11 May 2007

ACMA has published guidelines for the types of services that may be provided as narrowcasting television services under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. The guidelines have been developed in the context of decisions by the Parliament to allow for a range of new media services...

Transcript

5 Aug 2007

Markos Moulitsas Zúniga - better known as Kos - didn't know what he was letting himself in for when he decided to let readers blog on his site. In this audio podcast David Weinberger talks with Kos about how he arrived at this solution and...

Working paper

11 May 2007

Nancy J. Cooley looks at existing research on the various ways that arts and culture can promote individual and community health, including the role the arts can play in medical treatment.

Discussion paper

11 May 2007

This paper focuses on contemporary debates around the social impacts of the arts and the problem of their measurement and evaluation. It attempts to put forward a new framework for the understanding of the so-called 'transformative powers' of the arts, by suggesting that a historical-critical...

Research report

11 May 2007

The recruitment business landscape has changed remarkably over the past decade. The industry has grown rapidly, diversifying its services and making record profits year on year. The war for talent, the growing importance of soft skills, the drive for efficiency and the need for flexibility...

Transcript

11 May 2007

Jim Lehrer is one of the icons of broadcast journalism. The long-time anchor of NewsHour on the American Public Broadcasting Service is also a familiar face to viewers of SBS here in Australia, and he joins Media Report's Antony Funnell for a revealing chat.

Research report

10 May 2007

The results indicate that in Germany and the United States wealth differentials are largely the result of disparity in the educational attainment and demographic composition of the native and immigrant populations, while income differentials are relatively unimportant in understanding the nativity wealth gap. In contrast,...

Research report

10 May 2007

Over half of respondents to five consecutive surveys of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Australia reported using at least one form of complementary medicine (CM), including vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal medicines, traditional Chinese medicine and massage. CM users were as likely as non-users...

Research report

10 May 2007

The study of R&D Expenditure Variation by Australian Businesses is based on longitudinal data of all 353 R&D Tax Concession firms that have performed R&D continuously for more than ten years, and reveals that most firms dramatically vary the amount they spend on R&D from...

Research report

10 May 2007

Total energy and transport subsidies in Australia during 2005-06 of between $9.3 billion and $10.1 billion according to this report by Chris Riedy. The energy and transport sectors are responsible for almost 70% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and emissions from these sectors continue to...

Research report

10 May 2007

In a new Lowy Institute Perspectives, Milton Osborne, a visiting fellow at the Institute, evaluates the social and economic impacts for the littoral states of the damming of the Salween River and the opening of the Mekong River to large cargo boats. Both of these...

Research report

10 May 2007

Ron Walker, a former Australian Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, warns that selling uranium to India without the same legal obligations and non-proliferation standards that apply to our other customers could undermine our broader foreign policy interests and weaken the national consensus...

Research report

10 May 2007

This is the first report on medical indemnity in Australia to combine public and private sector data. It presents the first 12 months' data from the combined Medical Indemnity National Collection (MINC) of public and private sector medical indemnity claims.

​The data in this...

Research report

10 May 2007

Key Australian data collections of eye health data are examined to discover the prevalence and outcomes of eye diseases and injuries and eye health care utilisation. It assesses how these collections inform the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness...

Research report

10 May 2007

The federal government's 2007-2008 budget website includes the following papers: Budget Speech, Budget Strategy and Outlook, Budget Measures, Federal Financial Relations and Agency Resourcing.

Research report

10 May 2007

Drug therapy is the cornerstone of treatment for controlling asthma and preventing and relieving attacks. This report describes the first study to use national data from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to investigate the patterns of asthma medication use in Australia. It examines the effects...

Commentary

Article

10 May 2007

An unadventurous budget leaves room for big announcements in issues like climate changes, writes JOHN QUIGGIN.

PETER Costello's twelfth budget has widely been described as “clever,” but as lacking a “big idea.” An obvious line of attack, which Kevin Rudd has already foreshadowed,...

Commentary

Article

10 May 2007

It's all part of the long haul for the government, writes JACK WATERFORD

THIS is one which the government’s tacticians think will tick off all the boxes. Or a good many of the boxes up until the formal start of the election campaign,...

Research report

1 May 2007

This discussion paper sets out a proposal to amend the national Classification Code and Classification guidelines for film and literature to ensure that material that advocates terrorist acts is refused classification.

Commentary

Article

10 May 2007

Media policy wasn't mentioned at all at the ALP National Conference last month, a fact that was gleefully seized upon by the Minister for Communications, Senator Helen Coonan, to suggest that Labor doesn't have a plan and that this proves Labor is making a habit...

Research report

26 Mar 2007

With the release of the draft Switkowski report 'Uranium mining, processing and nuclear energy—opportunities for Australia?' and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry and Resources report 'Australia's uranium - greenhouse friendly fuel for an energy hungry world' the use of nuclear power to...

Research report

9 May 2007

The significance of the 1967 referendum has been obscured by popular myths. These include that it was whole-heartedly supported by both sides of politics, that it conferred the vote, equal wages and citizenship on Indigenous Australians and that it ended legal discrimination. None of this...

Research report

9 May 2007

The Australian federal system, established in 1901, is one of the oldest functioning federal systems in the world. It grew out of a political culture in which separate colonies operated as independent units and was an integral part of the Federation deal between the colonies....

Research report

9 May 2007

Are our defence forces overstretched? Have we reached the point where the scale and diversity of Australian Defence Force (ADF) deployments are no longer sustainable? Are overseas deployments compromising the maintenance and development of our defence capabilities? Is too heavy a burden being placed on...

Research report

9 May 2007

Anthony Bergin and Raspal Khosa suggest that while positive steps have been taken in recent years, there are deficiencies in our healthcare system for mass casualty care. It suggests that further steps need to be taken to meet our healthcare preparedness, response and recovery goals...

Research report

9 May 2007

Two contradictory discourses about childhood seem to circulate these days. One has congealed around the notion that children are growing up 'too quickly'. Others hold that young people increasingly defer growing up. But both 'too quickly' and 'too late' beg the question: 'compared to what?'...

Research report

9 May 2007

Sydney's commuters were said to be furious with failures on public transport. Voters in the Hunter were said to be furious with scandals involving local politicians. Economic growth in the state has stalled. So why was Labor re-elected in New South Wales? Was Morris Iemma...

Research report

9 May 2007

The report from Working group III analyses mitigation options for the main economic sectors in the near-term. It provides information on long-term mitigation strategies for various stabilization levels, paying special attention to implications of different short-term strategies for achieving long-term goals. It also addresses the...

Article

9 May 2007

Housing in remote Indigenous communities is in a state of crisis. Overcrowding has reached third world levels, the cost of building new houses is skyrocketing, asset lifespans are short, and organisational capacity within Indigenous Community Housing Organisations is weak, leading to poor maintenance, poor tenancy...

Research report

9 May 2007

Having crossed the threshold from denying to accepting that climate change is a serious issue, which the government now claims to have done, sensible policy becomes mandatory. Time is of the essence, for the longer it takes to implement solutions, the harder they become, particularly...

Research report

4 May 2007

Accountability covers a broad range of government actions intended to keep the voters informed of how the government is performing. Everyone wants accountability, but commonly only notice its absence when a scandal erupts. Invariably, scandals are accompanied by a claim that the public ought to...

Research report

4 May 2007

Despite increasing numbers of women entering federal politics, female MPs have failed to drive an agenda of social change in the Australian Parliament. This conclusion has been reached through a study of 13 male and 15 female current federal MPs, whose views were sought on...

Research report

4 May 2007

The leading authorities on climate change have indicated that countries should be aiming to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at 550 ppmv of CO2. This will restrict global warming to about 2.8°C, which is the upper limit for averting the worst impacts of climate change. It...

Research report

4 May 2007

The majority (85%) of Australia's 1,187 discrete Indigenous communities were in very remote localities, according to the ABS 2006 Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS) released April 17, 2007. Almost three-quarters (73%) of discrete Indigenous communities reported a population of less than 50 people....

Research report

4 May 2007

The trend estimate of the balance on goods and services in March 2007 was a deficit of $1,172m, an increase of $13m on the deficit in February. This report provides estimates for 15 months of the major aggregates for, and the balance on, international trade...

Research report

4 May 2007

This publication presents results for the 2005-06 Tourism Marketing Expenditure Survey with comparisons to the 2003-04 survey. The objective of the survey was to provide broad information about the level of expenditure by Australian private sector businesses on the marketing of Australian tourism domestically and...

Research report

4 May 2007

Water Account, Australia presents information on the supply and use of water in the Australian economy in 2004-05. It analyses flows of water within and between the economy as well as other aspects of water use including agriculture and water supply, sewerage and drainage services.Water...

Research report

4 May 2007

In March 2007, The Australian newspaper carried several stories that suggested there had been a dramatic reversal of attitudes towards nuclear power in Australia and that more people now supported nuclear power than opposed it. However, The Australian compared the results of two different survey...

Research report

4 May 2007

Worldwide, the digital content industry is growing faster than other industries. As traditional platforms are redefined, boosted through corporate and government initiatives, audiovisual content creators are increasingly turning their skills to interactive and converging media platforms that not only offer new distribution and marketing methods,...

Research report

4 May 2007

Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), South East Asia’s largest jihadi organisation, probably retains more than 900 members across Indonesia at a conservative estimate and remains a major security threat, focused more on local than Western targets, according to this report.

Submission

22 Sep 2006

The exposure draft for the Copyright Amendment (Technological Protection Measures) Bill 2006 was released with the aim of replacing Australia's existing technological protection measure scheme. This paper examines areas where the Bill can be improved. It criticises the broad definitions of 'technological protection measure' and...

Research report

3 May 2007

Neither the Iraq Study Group nor other establishment critics of the Iraq war are calling for the withdrawal of US troops from that country. To the extent that the Study Group or the new Congress purport to inject some “realism” into the Iraq policy, such...

Research report

3 May 2007

In order to understand current developments in Asia, particularly the pattern of growth and accumulation, it is necessary to consider the historical development of the region. In this paper the authors explain these recent developments from the stagnationist tradition in Marxist literature. Using the stagnationist...

Research report

3 May 2007

At a superficial level world economic growth appears relatively robust. The world economy has grown by five per cent each year since 2004. Such growth has led to claims that the crisis in the world economy, evident in the years of stagflation of the 1970s,...

Research report

3 May 2007

National Action on Affordable Housing in Australia reflects new and more inclusive ways of thinking about and responding to the housing affordability needs of low and middle income Australians. National Action on Affordable housing extends responsibility for addressing housing affordability beyond the existing current social...

Research report

3 May 2007

Social housing in Australia is under pressure. Put simply, demand remains high, whilst the annual supply of vacant homes available to allocate to households has declined markedly over the last fifteen years. This report examines in detail some options to improve access to social housing.Social...

Commentary

Article

3 May 2007

The federal government’s Work Choices laws could affect many thousands more workers in education, health and child care, writes George Williams

QUEENSLAND is in the middle of a legal tug of war. The issue is whether local councils fall under Work Choices or...

Working paper

2 May 2007

The Access to Knowledge treaty is intended to ease the transfer of knowledge to developing nations, and to secure the viability of open innovation systems all over the world. The A2K (Access to Knowledge) movement is concerned with copyright law and other regulations that affect...

Research report

3 May 2007

As the fight against childhood obesity escalates, the issue of food advertising to children has come under increasing scrutiny. Policymakers in Congress, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and agencies such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have called for changes in the advertising landscape, and...

Research report

3 May 2007

The rule in hyperlocal citizen journalism is that no one size or shape fits all. This study takes a snapshot in time of a robust phenomenon - specifically, the development of hyperlocal community news sites - that is changing and growing week by week.

Statistics

3 May 2007

Over the past year, the number of broadband subscribers in the OECD increased 26 per cent from 157 million in December 2005 to 197 million in December 2006. This growth increased broadband penetration rates in the OECD from 13.5 in December 2005 to 16.9 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants one year later.

Research report

3 May 2007

Internet traffic prioritisation is an increasingly important policy issue as bandwidth demands increase and Internet applications require higher levels of quality of service to function well. Debates about traffic prioritisation, particularly in the context of 'network neutrality' discussions, have been divisive. The study provides background...

Research report

2 May 2007

Christine Milne argues that much of the nation’s economic prosperity is a veneer. The three clearest expressions of our economic vulnerability are the inter-related problems of our high greenhouse gas emissions, our looming domestic oil shortage and our ongoing economic dependence on natural resources. It...

Research report

2 May 2007

Prime Minister John Howard's headland speech given at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on 23 April 2007. This is the first in a series of speeches John Howard intends to make on a wide-ranging agenda that includes further strengthening the economy, education reform, new...

Research report

2 May 2007

Parenting is known to vary as a function of culture and education. It may also depend on the nature of the caregiver's relationship to the child (whether the caregiver is a parent or unrelated day care provider, for example), as well as the context in...

Research report

2 May 2007

A report on the origins, objectives and characteristics of the Family Court of Australia's innovative approach to the conduct of family law litigation.

In an approach pioneered by the Family Court of Australia, family law has recently undergone the most significant change to...

Research report

2 May 2007

The State of the World’s Children 2007 examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives – and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls. It looks at the status of women today, discusses how gender equality...

Report

2 May 2007

This resource profiles 18 inspirational small businesswomen, highlighting the great diversity that exists among women small business owners across Australia.

Report

2 May 2007

This report examines the availability and take-up of family friendly provisions within Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It draws upon survey data from the Sensis® Business Index, which surveys 1,800 small and medium enterprise (SME) operators. For this survey, additional questions were asked covering...

Research report

2 May 2007

This report looks at population, family & living arrangements, and health and mortality statistics while also presenting measures of women’s progress in areas including education and training, work and economic resources, leadership roles and crime against women.

Research report

2 May 2007

Children are often seen as the product of their environment and their parents' child rearing skills. While they are undoubtedly greatly influenced by their family environment, they come into the world with very different personalities and characteristics. Parents often notice that strategies which work with...

Research report

2 May 2007

This report reveals quite a positive picture concerning young Australian's current general life satisfaction, and also in relation to their optimism about their personal future.

Based on a poll of 803 young Australians: 95% are satisfied with their life overall, 88% are confident that...

Research report

2 May 2007

This report reveals quite a positive picture concerning young Australian's current general life satisfaction, and also in relation to their optimism about their personal future.

Based on a poll of 803 young Australians: 95% are satisfied with their life overall, 88% are confident that...

Research report

20 Aug 2004

This resource guide provides links to statistics and information about the world's refugees, asylum seekers and others 'of concern'. It focuses on key agencies and materials that track recent developments and explore current issues. It aims to enable comparisons to be made between Australian and...