November 2007

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30 Nov 2007

Murdoch's Australian papers covered the election with an eye to the likely post-poll climate, writes RODNEY TIFFEN.

WHETHER or not it was, as former opposition leader Mark Latham said, a Seinfeld campaign, a campaign about nothing, the spate of election eve editorials advocating...

Commentary

Article

30 Nov 2007

Expect restlessness on the opposition benches, writes GEOFFREY BARKER.

WHAT a difference victory - and defeat - make in Australian national politics. Once seemingly immutable alignments of political forces and personalities have been permanently transformed since polling day.

Labor, dispirited and divided...

Research report

30 Nov 2007

As the Internet grows in importance, concerns about online privacy have arisen. The authors describe the development and validation of three short Internet-administered scales measuring privacy related attitudes ('Privacy Concern') and behaviors ('General Caution' and 'Technical Protection'). In Study 1, 515 people completed an 82-item...

Research report

30 Nov 2007

Australia's Child Support Scheme, managed by the Child Support Agency, has operated since 1988 to assess, collect and disperse child maintenance money. The objective of this audit was to examine the integrity of electronic records stored on the CSA's database—Cuba—and to report on the effectiveness...

Article

30 Nov 2007

auDA is seeking feedback on its draft strategic plan for 2008-2010, which sets out priorities for auDA for the next three years.auDA is seeking feedback on its draft strategic plan for 2008-2010, which sets out priorities for auDA for the next three years under six...

Research report

30 Nov 2007

A summary of recent legislation, cases, reports and other events relating to intellectual property and the public interest.

Article

30 Nov 2007

Jim Remedio, the new chair of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association, argues that the appointment of managers over community councils in remote communities is in direct conflict with the licence conditions which Indigenous community licensees must adhere to.

Research report

30 Nov 2007

Until now, action to improve the lives of children and young people has tended to focus on the institutional spheres of home and school. Yet quality of life also depends on the access to and quality of shared resources such as streets, parks, town centres...

Article

30 Nov 2007

There are many software applications that can help with project management tasks - but also many different opinions about what types of functionality you might want. Idealware spoke to nine different nonprofit project managers to understand what software has been useful to them.

Research report

30 Nov 2007

In 2004, the US National Endowment for the Arts published 'Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America'. This detailed study showed that Americans in almost every demographic group were reading fiction, poetry, and drama?and books in general?at significantly lower rates than 10...

Research report

30 Nov 2007

William Dutton examines the emergence of a 'fifth estate' and its social, political and other implications, including its impact on the quality and integrative capability of our information environment.The media are often seen as central to democratic processes: a 'fourth estate' independent of government and...

Article

30 Nov 2007

Half of all Americans now have broadband at home, according to the Pew Internet Project's September 2007 survey, marking the first time that as many as 50 per cent of respondents say they have high-speed internet connections at home. This milestone in broadband adoption occurs...

Research report

30 Nov 2007

This report gives the results of an exploratory survey of the approaches that Australian cultural institutions are implementing to meet Web 2.0 challenges. For the purpose of this study cultural institutions are those organizations open to the general public that house information artefacts representative of...

Commentary

Article

30 Nov 2007

The new chair of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association, Jim Remedio, warns that the NT intervention is undermining Indigenous broadcasting, writes ELLIE RENNIE.

THE appointment of managers over community councils in remote communities is in direct conflict with the licence conditions which Indigenous...

Research report

29 Nov 2007

This paper investigates generational differences in Australian parents' desire for both a son and a daughter. The authors test the proposition that sex composition of existing children is an important factor in parental fertility decisions in low fertility societies, by comparing generations with different fertility...

Research report

29 Nov 2007

Nigel Stobbs writes about the disadvantage suffered by Indigenous victims, witnesses and defendants who don't speak English or for whom English is not their primary language. Stobbs writes that the issue involves more than sending in an interpreter.

Research report

29 Nov 2007

Megan Davis writes in the Indigenous Law Bulletin on the General Assembly's adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and its significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and explains the rights elaborated in the text.

Research report

29 Nov 2007

Severe spinal cord injury (SCI) is a very debilitating injury. This report presents information from the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register (ASCIR) on 374 newly incident cases from trauma and disease in the year 2005-06.

During the year, 284 new cases of SCI...

Research report

29 Nov 2007

This report considers recent analysis of stress and reviews a series of recent high-profile contributions to the debate. It then explores the legal and policy context against which organisations must operate in regard to stress. Practical interventions are examined and critically evaluated.

Research report

29 Nov 2007

This paper examines the parallel trends in education and labour market developments in Australia and Britain. It uses unique information in the WERS and HILDA surveys on reported overskilling in the workplace. To a degree, the overskilling information overcomes the problem of unobserved ability differences...

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29 Nov 2007

John Howard’s comments on history are a good point of departure, writes KLAUS NEUMANN.

WHO still remembers the leaders’ debate in the first week of a long and uninspiring election campaign? In his concluding remarks, John Howard didn’t talk about his vision for...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

The report provides a stark account of the threat posed by global warming. It argues that the world is drifting towards a "tipping point" that could lock the world’s poorest countries and their poorest citizens in a downward spiral, leaving hundreds of millions facing malnutrition,...

Research report

28 Oct 2007

This report looks at the global demand for energy, its growth and the potential effects this has on Australia’s security. The report examines Australia’s need to factor energy security into its foreign and defence policies, and develop a greater awareness of its dependence on fossil...

Journal article

28 Nov 2007

There are currently limited pathways into a career in health policy research in Australia, due in part to a serious absence of health policy research capability in Australian universities. The authors define what they consider health policy research and education should comprise, then examine what...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in Australia. The cultural and linguistic diversity of the Australian population poses a significant challenge to health policy development, service provision, professional education, and research. The purpose of this study is to explore the extent to...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

There is a lack of consensus about what men's health constitutes in Australia. The absence of a widely accepted definition has been problematic for establishing state and national men's health policies. This paper considers that one impediment to the implementation of state and federal men's...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

This book of research readings provides clear evidence that adult prisoners and offenders who participate in vocational education and training (VET) during their sentence are less likely to re-offend. A reduction in recidivism represents significant cost savings to the community. This books highlights recent improvements...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

Tom Karmel argues that workforce planning should be built on an understanding of how the labour market works and the links between it and education and training. Workforce planning is particularly difficult for the resources and infrastructure industry because the demand for resources is difficult...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

To mark the occasion of our 25th anniversary, NCVER brought together policy, industry and academic leaders to reflect on the role that research and statistics have played in the development of Australia's vocational education and training (VET) sector. This publication includes the original papers by...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

This snapshot presents an overview of Indigenous peoples' experiences of law and justice as reported in the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) as well as data from other relevant ABS collections. Unless otherwise specified, data relate to Indigenous people aged...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

The average wealth of an Australian household in 2005-06 was $563,000, up 14% from 2003-04, according to figures from the ABS. The average value of household assets in 2005-06 was $655,000, and the average household liability $92,000, resulting in an average household net worth of...

Research report

28 Nov 2007

This release presents key indicators on the incidence of business use of information technology and business innovation in Australia, as collected by the 2005-06 Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).

Research report

28 Nov 2007

This publication presents estimates of the economic and financial performance of Australian industry for 2005-06, together with data on a comparable basis from 2001-02 and intervening years.

Research report

28 Nov 2007

This release presents key indicators on the incidence of business use of information technology and business innovation in Australia, as collected by the 2005-06 Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).

Commentary

Article

27 Nov 2007

The Liberal Party must not allow itself to become a haven for extremists, writes BRIAN COSTAR.

AS THE Liberal Party begins the painful but essential task of reconstruction after Saturday’s electoral catastrophe, it could do worse than heed the words of the late...

Commentary

Article

27 Nov 2007

The Liberal Party now has a chance to modernise, writes JUDITH BRETT.

JOHN HOWARD’s greatest legacy will be the size of his defeat. This will set in train consequences which will change the Liberal Party and the country.

The Liberal Party is...

Research report

26 Nov 2007

Australia’s federal system is in a state of flux and its relevance is being challenged. Dramatic shifts are occurring in the ways in which power and responsibility are shared between governments. Pressure for reform is coming not just from above, but from below, as the...

Journal article

23 Nov 2007

Often credited with creating first impressions, fonts are typically classified according to unique typographical features (serif, sans serif, etc) and overall appearance. The combination of appearance and typographical features often lead graphic artists and typographers to describe typefaces using personality traits (.less cuddly, more assertive,...

Research report

23 Nov 2007

This paper looks at the current turmoil in international financial markets. While this is often named after the US subprime sector in which it originated, he suggests that an alternative description could be the TLA crisis, given the profusion of three letter acronyms such as...

Research report

23 Nov 2007

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 21 November, New South Wales Shadow Minister for Climate Change and the Environment Pru Goward explored the human frailties and rivalries and growth expectations that will make solving climate change so difficult.

Research report

23 Nov 2007

This fourth edition of Older Australians at a glance provides insights into the diversity of the older population of Australia, where they are living, what they are doing, how healthy they are and the services they are using Australia's population is ageing and as baby...

Research report

23 Nov 2007

The fifteenth report providing information on births in Australia from perinatal data collections for each state and territory. The report presents demographic, pregnancy and childbirth factors of women who gave birth in 2005 and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies. This edition includes a...

Research report

23 Nov 2007

The Australian Privacy Foundation's submission to ACMA focuses on the privacy aspects of the proposed scheme of Restricted Access Systems Declarations. However, they also state that this should not be seen as any indication of their agrement with the general idea of such a scheme....

Research report

23 Nov 2007

Studies of Australian poverty have concentrated on comparing people's incomes with poverty lines. By focusing on income alone, poverty research has failed to connect with the actual living standards experienced by those in poverty. This paper addresses the broader issues of poverty and is the...

Commentary

Article

23 Nov 2007

The Audit Office exposed a scandal that sections of the press failed to take seriously, writes RODNEY TIFFEN/

DOES anyone remember sports rorts, the scandal which destroyed the political career of Ros Kelly and greatly damaged the Keating government after the 1993 election?...

Article

22 Nov 2007

Establishing an online identity as an artist is a critical part of maintaining your well-oiled art marketing machine. What's more, it announces to the world that you're serious about getting ahead in your cultural industry of choice. But before diving in, how do you ensure...

Research report

23 Nov 2007

The Australian Privacy Foundation's submission to ACMA focuses on the privacy aspects of the proposed scheme of Restricted Access Systems Declarations. However, they also state that this should not be seen as any indication of their agrement with the general idea of such a scheme....

Research report

23 Nov 2007

This is a summary of internet-related election policies announced by the major parties for the 2007 Australian election.

Article

22 Nov 2007

The Media Report examines the BBC's designs on Australia in an interview with Wayne Garvie, the Managing Director of Content and Production at BBC Worldwide. The Beeb's commercial arm BBC Worldwide has us clearly in its sights. And it also has plans to expand its...

Article

22 Nov 2007

The Media Report speaks with social commentator and blogger Manan Ahmed about the crackdown on the media in Pakistan.

Manan Ahmed is a well-known blogger who covers developments right across the sub-continent. His blog is called Chapati Mystery and he warns that the...

Research report

22 Nov 2007

School bullying attracted considerable attention worldwide as it became apparent that this widespread behavior was neither innocuous nor stamina-building but harmful and insidious. A considerable and growing body of research has examined the prevalence and consequences of bullying, and has evaluated the effectiveness of various...

Research report

22 Nov 2007

While a majority of parents with online teens still believe the internet is a beneficial factor in their children's lives, the number of parents who see the internet as a good thing for their children has declined since 2004. US teens and their parents often...

Article

22 Nov 2007

digi_club is an online youth club for young people aged 12 to 16. This case study explores Folly, a media arts organisation in Lancaster, North West England, whose key objectives include enabling new audiences to explore art through technology.

Research report

22 Nov 2007

The Australian music sector is currently under-researched, inadequately defined, and lacks sector-wide communication. This paper discusses the pivotal role communities of practice can play in ensuring that education and industry groups plan, teach and assess in partnership. The author suggests this approach can engage practitioners...

Research report

22 Nov 2007

School bullying attracted considerable attention worldwide as it became apparent that this widespread behavior was neither innocuous nor stamina-building but harmful and insidious. A considerable and growing body of research has examined the prevalence and consequences of bullying, and has evaluated the effectiveness of various...

Research report

22 Nov 2007

Next year's Olympics will put Beijing and China on the world stage. The question is: where will the spotlight shine? In a new Lowy Institute Analysis, John Bowan looks at the progress of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On the technical side all looks good. On...

Research report

22 Nov 2007

Technological innovations - digitization in tandem with network computing ? have changed the information ecosystem. From what we've learned so far, it's safe to say that at least some of the changes are tectonic in nature. These structural shifts in the way in which we...

Blog post

22 Nov 2007

Mass media, the communications technology that became supreme in the 20th century, has ruined debates. The Lincoln-Douglas confrontations in 1858 and other verbal contests were once among the deepest and most revelatory of conversations. They revealed intellect and passion, and illuminated the issues of their...

Research report

21 Nov 2007

This paper explores the ideas about children's participation in decision-making held by government officials and non-government representatives engaged in promoting children's participation in the Philippines. It suggests that adults' ideas about children's participation are heterogeneous, diverse and complex. While adults' attitudes are often presented as...

Research report

21 Nov 2007

The care and protection of children experiencing or considered to be at risk of abuse or neglect within their families is a major policy dilemma. Children in the care and protection system do not fare well on a range of indicators, when compared to the...

Research report

21 Nov 2007

The report provides an overview of current approaches to joined up government in Victoria. It explores the issues, barriers, strengths and lessons learned. The report also considers whether there are opportunities to further develop the Victorian government’s institutional capacity to better support joined up government....

Research report

21 Nov 2007

The ageing society has been attracting the attention of policy-makers in Australia and in many other countries. This paper considers the labour market for the traditional trades in Australia over the next 40 years and investigates whether the ageing society will pose a workforce problem....

Research report

21 Nov 2007

This research examines innovative solutions developed by the vocational education and training (VET) sector in response to skill shortages in the health sector. The study focuses on VET-trained workers in the health industry, and includes enrolled nurses, nursing assistants, personal care assistants, allied health assistants...

Research report

21 Nov 2007

While our attention was turned inwards or focused on the Middle East and the threat of Islamic extremism, Australians have become comfortable with the neighbourhood. In this essay from the 'In the Neighbourhood edition' of the Griffith Review, Michael Wesley describes this as part of...

Research report

21 Nov 2007

The Auditor-General has concluded that Australia’s immigration compliance arrangements are 'arguably the most effective of any country in the world'. Yet the federal government's preoccupation with border security remains undiminished. In this essay from the 'In the Neighbourhood edition' of the Griffith Review, Peter Mares...

Research report

21 Nov 2007

This document outlines the findings of this research conference and look at future directions and key actions.

Commentary

Article

21 Nov 2007

On the most fundamental moral question the country faces, almost nothing has been promised, writes GREG GARDINER.

SINCE the coalition of the willing, including Australian forces, entered Iraq in 2003, the country and its people have been severely traumatised. In addition to the...

Commentary

Article

20 Nov 2007

BRIAN COSTAR puts his reputation on the line.

WITH only four sleeps to go to polling day we are still being informed that the election will be close. It won’t be - it will be a Labor landslide. The reputable polls have been...

Research report

20 Nov 2007

This project has undertaken a targeted analysis of the responses of mature aged learners to the 2007 E-learning Benchmarking Survey of VET students. Research reveals that e-learning is enhancing the information and communication technology (ICT) skills of mature aged learners, which they are then using...

Research report

20 Nov 2007

The human drama of climate change will largely be played out in Asia, where over 60 per cent of the world’s population, around four billion people, live. Over half of those live near the coast, making them directly vulnerable to sea-level rise. Disruption to the...

Research report

20 Nov 2007

The synthesis report is based on the assessment carried out by the three working groups of the IPCC. It provides an integrated view of climate change as the final part of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report.

Research report

20 Nov 2007

With both major parties proposing to develop an emissions trading regime, this paper discusses some important practical issues and trade-offs.

In the past year, climate change has moved from political controversy to political consensus; at least, in relation for price-based policies the need to...

Research report

20 Nov 2007

‘Risk’ has become a central theme in 21st-century policy thinking. The fact that individuals and families are vulnerable to a wide range of social, economic and other risks, and that collective action is needed to help reduce and manage these risks, has long been important...

Research report

20 Nov 2007

This discussion paper provides information on a new treaty being proposed by Japan, the EU, the US and Switzerland, provisionally called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The paper is divided into three parts, firstly setting out details of the proposed instrument, then addressing the place...

Article

16 Nov 2007

With Google's recently announced Google Apps donation program - which offers organizational email, calendaring, and document sharing for free - there's suddenly a viable alternative to Microsoft Outlook for many organizations. How does Google Apps compare to Microsoft Outlook for typical nonprofit needs? Idealware takes...

Article

16 Nov 2007

Barbara Ganley, lecturer in Writing and English at Middlebury College, Vermont and Barbara Sawhill, Director of the Cooper International Learning Center at Oberlin College, Ohio, are teaching practitioners at the peak of their craft, using new media and social software tools to build their learners?...

Research report

16 Nov 2007

As Web 2.0 technologies proliferate, an increasing number of Australians, especially young Australians, are relying primarily on information and communication technologies to engage and interact with each other and the world. If governments are to have meaningful interaction with young people, it is therefore important...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

Since it commenced in 2003, the Regional Partnerships Programme has come under considerable scrutiny. In this audit report the ANAO concludes that the program's administration was not always seen to be transparent, accountable or equitable and that it fell short of an acceptable standard of...

Commentary

Article

16 Nov 2007

The coalition has been fatally careless in Western Sydney, writes DAVID BURCHELL in this special report for APO.

AT AROUND this point in the last federal election campaign I reported for APO from the federal Coalition’s unlikely new stronghold in Sydney’s outer west....

Article

16 Nov 2007

Amongst the commitments in the Labor Arts policy launch is the investment of $17 million over four years in a new Creative Industries Innovation Centre. Fact sheets are available for download on music, creative communities, indigenous arts and the innovation centre.

Research report

16 Nov 2007

As Web 2.0 technologies proliferate, an increasing number of Australians, especially young Australians, are relying primarily on information and communication technologies to engage and interact with each other and the world. If governments are to have meaningful interaction with young people, it is therefore important...

Research report

16 Nov 2007

This report includes a summary of significant issues, developments and achievements during the year, key statistics, and an outline for the year ahead for the Privacy Office.

In 2006?07, the Commissioner provided 32 submissions to government departments and parliamentary inquiries on policy proposals...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

This paper examines the impact of self-reported work-limitation on the employment of the Australian working age population. Five consecutive waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey are used to investigate this relationship. A two-equation dynamic panel data model demonstrates that...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

Since August 2006, important progress on the human rights situation in Timor-Leste has been achieved. The security situation has largely been brought under control, and in three peaceful election rounds, widely regarded as free and fair, the Timorese chose a new president and new parliament....

Research report

15 Nov 2007

Australia is still a country where life chances are unequal. This damages not only those children born into disadvantage, but society as a whole. Social policy reform is needed to improve the capabilities of disadvantaged and socially excluded Australian families. Janet Stanley and Brian Howe...

Journal article

15 Nov 2007

Indigenous peoples' support for and emphasis on the "rights agenda" has been shaped by history. The political and constitutional history of Australia is indelibly connected to the contemporary problems of Indigenous Australia: insecurity of rights and policy experiments. It is only when we negotiate unfinished...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

This report documents and quantifies the recent historical impact of changing client profiles in South Australia and Victoria; forecasts public housing recurrent income given existing allocation priorities; assesses the long-term cost to SHAs of pursuing a policy of allocating to those 'most in need'; identifies...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

Several psychometric instruments have been developed to help identify juvenile offenders at risk of re-offending and determine the sorts of services or programs that might be useful in reducing that risk. The volume of juvenile offenders coming to the attention of police and courts, however,...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

Progress in the prevention and treatment of diseases has contributed to remarkable improvements in life expectancy and quality of life in OECD countries in recent decades. At the same time, spending on health care continues to climb, consuming an ever-increasing share of national income: health...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

The Australian Christian Lobby is asking election candidates to justify why they are worthy of the 'so-called' Christian vote. Its Managing Director, Jim Wallace has sent out a questionnaire to all major parties quizzing them about the relevance of their policies to Christians. Most parties...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

This report discusses emissions, impacts, and policy constraints faced by Indonesia to cope with climate change. It highlights several key gaps in policies and mechanisms in sectors related to climate change. The report provides the most up-to-date information on Indonesia and climate change that can...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

Climate change is recognised as the greatest long-term threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Projections show sea and air temperatures will continue to increase, sea level is rising, the ocean is becoming more acidic, intense storms and rainfall will become more frequent and ocean currents...

Commentary

Article

15 Nov 2007

The failed Izhar Ul-Haque and Mohamed Haneef prosecutions reveal a culture of disregard for human rights and due process, writes GEOFFREY BARKER.

CONTINUING disclosures of federal police and security agency mistreatment of terrorism suspects confirms Australia’s dangerous drift from liberal democracy towards the...

Commentary

Article

15 Nov 2007

The free speech campaign by a coalition of major media organisations has put freedom of information on the electoral agenda. Kevin Rudd has promised improved access to government documents if Labor wins office and the Coalition has indicated that it too will have “something...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

Private sector leadership, more so than government intervention, is the optimal method for ensuring that technologies work well together and innovation flourishes according to this report. The authors found that interoperability is generally good for consumers and drives innovation, but determined that there is no...

Research report

15 Nov 2007

The problems of identity and personal-information management over the Internet remain unsolved, despite much debate and a number of competing initiatives. Could an identity infrastructure become a shared service for use across sectors, operating in a simple and secure manner and protecting the privacy of...

Article

13 Nov 2007

Public writing is different from book publishing. Not better or worse, but different. It has attributes that books do not: a quick response time, immediate communication, an easier entry path into human conversation. But books and public writing should co-exist because books do something different....

Article

13 Nov 2007

On the web, every step from writer to author occurs in public; a writer?s reputation is immediately up-for-grabs; their validation or otherwise is accessible, instant and visible to anyone with a connection. Is it different from print-on-paper publishing? Yes. But, crucially, in the paperless world...

Research report

13 Nov 2007

This report provides the first comprehensive assessment of the burden of disease of Indigenous Australians. Fatal and non-fatal outcomes are combined, but can be examined separately as well. This report provides details of the extent of premature mortality and disability estimated for over 170 disease...

Research report

13 Nov 2007

he next Australian Government will confront major challenges in the funding and delivery of health care. Australia’s health care system ranks well internationally, as reflected in our continuing high average life expectancy and low rate of infant mortality. These advances are now under threat as...

Commentary

Article

12 Nov 2007

The polls are asking the wrong questions, according to RODNEY TIFFEN, so they can't tell us what's gone wrong for the government.

ONE of the less obvious losers in this election looks like being the pollsters, and not for the reasons most people...

Commentary

Article

12 Nov 2007

Kevin Rudd's lead in the polls is not hard to understand, writes DAVID BURCHELL.

RECENTLY the political commentator Robert Manne was musing over the remarkable political rise of Kevin Rudd. He noted the sudden and striking turnaround in the polling figures since Rudd’s...

Database

13 Nov 2007

The Legal Threats Database is a catalog of the growing number of lawsuits, cease and desist letters, and other legal challenges faced by those engaging in online speech. This publicly accessible database aims to provide lawyers, citizen journalists, and mainstream media alike with a valuable...

Research report

13 Nov 2007

New approaches to the problem of internet security require public, private and civil society organisations to collaborate in new institutions of Internet governance according to this paper given at the Global Internet Governance Academic Network's (GigaNet) second annual symposium in Rio, 2007. This paper addresses...

Research report

13 Nov 2007

This paper addresses the Internet as a terrain of techno-political controversies between various cultures with their interests and values, which have influenced the development of the Internet since the start. Terje Rasmussen describes what he calls the techno-political cultures of the Internet and then examines...

Research report

12 Nov 2007

The Brotherhood’s third Social Barometer examines how well equipped Australians of working age are for full economic and social participation in a rapidly changing world. Prepared with assistance from the Allen Consulting Group, it presents indicators of their capabilities covering eight key dimensions of life...

Research report

12 Nov 2007

Internationally, many health care interventions were diffused prior to the standard use of assessments of safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. This paper examines key challenges for disinvestment from these interventions and explores potential policy-related avenues to advance a disinvestment agenda.

The authors examine five...

Research report

12 Nov 2007

There is still a perception among a large proportion of the sample that wealthy people and big business get away with paying less tax than they should, according to the latest edition of this annual survey, which monitors community perceptions of the Tax Office, taxes...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

Potential legislative or procedural changes needed to be made to address the criminal liability of drivers who fall asleep and cause motor vehicle crashes are examined in this report.

It follows from an Issues Paper released by the Tasmania Law...

Research report

9 Nov 2007

Medicare is becoming an anachronism. The demographic and medical realities of the twenty-first century mean that Medicare can no longer provide every citizen with 'free' access to all the new medicine. Without reform, healthcare in the 2040s is likely to be increasingly about rationing. Jeremy...

Research report

9 Nov 2007

More Australians are now travelling overseas than ever before, and more and more are finding themselves in trouble abroad as a result. The Federal Government has put a strong emphasis on helping those Australians whose travel plans go wrong for various reasons, but recently there...

Research report

9 Nov 2007

Southeast Asia's oceans are fast running out of fish, putting the livelihoods of up to 100 million people at risk, leading to more illegal incursions into Australia's northern fisheries and putting the future of shared stocks between Australia and Southeast Asia at grave risk. This...

Research report

9 Nov 2007

Native title has had a profound social impact in Australia. Its effects have been felt from the local level through to the national level ever since the success of the Mabo No.2 case in the Federal Court. But despite the involvement of large numbers of...

Article

8 Nov 2007

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking comment on proposed changes to a number of legal instruments ahead of the introduction of a new regulatory framework for internet and mobile content in January 2008.

ACMA is seeking comments on three draft legal...

Book

8 Nov 2007

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance 2007 report into the state of press freedom in Australia.

Over the past 12 months Australian journalism has shone light in some dark corners: exposing the suffering of Indigenous communities in Australia's north; bringing pressure to bear over...

Research report

8 Nov 2007

The first public crack in Australian political elite's repudiation of nuclear weapons since the Canberra Commission, if not the signing of the NPT itself, has come from a surprising source: a former advisor to Gareth Evans and a disarmament policy specialist in the Department of...

Research report

8 Nov 2007

The focus given to the 2006 elections in Timor-Leste by non-Timorese commentators, both in terms of resources and also analysis, was staggering.

In the various commentaries the State has been seen as either the source of the violence or as the panacea for...

Article

8 Nov 2007

Arts Queensland new 'art+place' fund allocates $12 million over three years to public art. The fund aims to encourage the creation of better public spaces across the state and is based on recommendations following the evaluation of the previous policy, 'Art Built-In'.Queensland Arts Minister Rod...

Research report

8 Nov 2007

The Queensland Government's Art Built-in policy and program, effective from July 1999 to 30 June 2007, was instrumental in changing the culture of the public building sector in Queensland, generating employment for Queensland artists and arts workers and raising community awareness about public art and...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

Three problems of online life ? spam, informational privacy, and network security ? lend themselves to the peer production of governance. Traditional sovereigns have tried and, to date, failed to address these three problems through the ordinary means of governance. The sovereign has a role...

Research report

8 Nov 2007

The establishment of a Media Safety Office was one of the recommendations of the international fact-finding mission sent by the International Federation of Journalists to the Philippines from January 23 to February 1, 2005. The mission, led by senior Australian journalist Gerard Noonan and Indonesia?s...

Website

7 Nov 2007

This new portal provides access to a range of broadband-related statistics gathered by the OECD. Policy makers must examine a range of indicators which reflect the status of individual broadband markets in the OECD. The OECD has indentified five main categories which are important for...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

More and more OECD governments are giving firms tax breaks to drive innovation while cutting their direct spending on business research and development (R&D), and are also encouraging public research organisations to commercialise their inventions, according to this report. Two thirds of the 30 OECD...

Book

7 Nov 2007

The Cult of the Market: Economic Fundamentalism and its Discontents disputes the practical value of the shallow, all-encompassing, dogmatic, economic fundamentalism espoused by policy elites in recent public policy debates, along with their gross simplifications and sacred rules. Economics cannot provide a convincing overarching theory...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

By not providing an adequate and affordable public dental scheme, Australian governments have made what should be a relatively minor irritant (a toothache) into a major catastrophe for many people, not just those who are already doing it tough. The consequences of the lack of...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

Inequality in oral health in Australia has been extensively documented over the last 25 years. While the existence of inequalities has been accepted, their fundamental character has been less well understood.

This has led to a misinterpretation of the information on inequalities and a...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

This report considers the future of housing for women in Australia and looks both at current patterns and emerging trends in order to paint a picture of Australian women in 2025 and the housing they will occupy; with respect to the types of dwellings in...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

In this exclusive interview with John Spoehr, former US Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, Professor Robert Reich talks about the US housing crisis, jobs and inequality, and the Presidential race.

Research report

7 Nov 2007

The policy explains how the Australian government will respond to the climate change challenge by: reducing domestic emissions; developing key low emissions technologies and improving energy efficiency; supporting climate science and adapting to the impacts of unavoidable climate change; and pursuing international responses to climate...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

Following extensive community consultations and careful consideration the Institute recommends that a Charter of Human Rights be enacted to enhance human rights protection in Tasmania. The Institute received 407 submissions from individual citizens and organizations. This is the largest number of original submissions received on...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

The year since the Australian Press Council published the initial State of the News Print Media in Australia Report 2006 (7) in October 2006 has seen enormous changes in the Australian media landscape, necessitating this supplement to bring the state of the news print media...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

Executive summary:

The Work Choices reforms substantially altered the rules for making agreements. This report identifies at least 15 ways in which the legal framework has shifted the balance of bargaining power away from employees.

The introduction of a ‘Fairness Test’ purports...

Commentary

Article

7 Nov 2007

Nearly one million Australian adults are not enrolled to vote. PETER BRENT and BRIAN COSTAR look at why.

IN MODERN democracies like Australia’s it is essential that the maximum possible number of people vote at elections. To help achieve this, we have had...

Commentary

Article

7 Nov 2007

The independent MP Peter Andren, who died on Saturday, showed how principles and electoral success aren't necessarily at odds. This article by PETER BROWNE from the APO archive describes how his strong stand on asylum seekers won him support in his regional electorate....

Research report

7 Nov 2007

According to this new ICMPA study most news outlets are unwilling to let the public see how their editorial process works. Fewer than half of the websites publicly corrected mistakes in their stories and only a handful shared with readers the journalistic and ethical standards...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

RSS can bring users lots of content and in many circumstances (blog posts, stock results, movie reviews) its utility is proven and growing. But does RSS work for news? It seems like it should. News is essentially breaking information turned into a product to be...

Research report

7 Nov 2007

Terje Rasmussen discusses the 'techno-political controversies' which have influenced the development of the internet since the start.

Research report

6 Nov 2007

Free speech and media freedom in Australia are being eroded by legal restrictions and a secretive culture among public officials, according to this audit by the former NSW ombudsman. Commissioned by a coalition of major media groups, the Audit says there are 500 pieces of...

Commentary

Article

5 Nov 2007

The major parties are avoiding the real questions about the post-Kyoto agreement, argues RODNEY TIFFEN.

IF John Howard wins the coming election, manuals on election campaigning will need to be rewritten. The new manual will say it is good to trail your opponent...

Research report

31 Oct 2007

Free speech and media freedom in Australia are being eroded by legal restrictions and a secretive culture among public officials, according to this audit by the former NSW Ombudsman. Commissioned by a coalition of major media groups, the audit says there are 500 pieces of...

Research report

5 Nov 2007

We are constantly told that investment in infrastructure is impossible without finding a way to access private funding. It is just too expensive. Tunnels and train lines cost billions of dollars. Funding projects like these through public spending would be irresponsible - what if there's...

Research report

5 Nov 2007

This report investigates how coastal shipping compares to the other major freight transport modes in terms of energy and emission intensity. It further considers the extent to which increasing shipping’s share of the domestic freight task could reduce Australia’s emissions.

Research report

5 Nov 2007

There is a widespread view that the middle class in Australia is doing it tough, that they are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a decent standard of living and are suffering from mortgage stress. Indeed, some media reports have announced the end of the...

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5 Nov 2007

This paper examines why some societies are able to organise effective suburban public transport and why others have so much trouble doing so.

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5 Nov 2007

Fred Argy reviews the federal government's publicly funded, multi-million dollar campaign to persuade the Australian electorate of the merits of the controversial WorkChoices policy.

Research report

5 Nov 2007

In this paper the former Australian Electoral Commissioner considers the issue of electorate boundary changes. The paper provides a comprehensive review of the 2006 redistributions in NSW and Queensland and summarises the history of redistributions in the two states. Colin Hughes analyses the party political...

Research report

5 Nov 2007

Since 1995, there have been a number of significant changes to liquor licensing laws in NSW. These include the harm minimisation and enforcement reforms enacted in 1996, the introduction of nightclub licences in the same year, the introduction of ‘dine or drink’ authorities for restaurants...

Research report

2 Nov 2007

The recent International Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment report (2007) has deepened understanding of the magnitude of climate change, its consequences and possible policies to reduce and mitigate its effects. The combustion of fossil fuels is the largest single contributor to carbon dioxide (CO2)...

Research report

1 Nov 2007

This paper outlines the views of Australian Association of the Deaf (AAD) and its members in relation to accessibility in the telecommunications environment in Australia, with particular focus on what the Deaf community perceives to be equivalent to voice based telephony.

Research report

1 Nov 2007

Based on a number of interviews conducted with small and medium sized businesses located in the Darwin area, the report identified limited evidence of innovation with respect to the creation of new products and services, and only minimal engagement with government from those few businesses...