January 2009

Research report

30 Jan 2009

This article describes how girls' magazines in Indonesia perform seemingly contradictory dual roles: the dissemination of modernity and the preservation of tradition. The paradoxical nature of the magazines mirrors the paradoxical nature of young girls as constructed by society.

Research report

30 Jan 2009

Capturing the Year 2008 represents the third time the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific has published an annual selection of the best journalism of its scholars. Their expertise ranges from archaeology, linguistics and history to economics, political science and security policy. Selected from...

Research report

30 Jan 2009

This article describes how girls' magazines in Indonesia perform seemingly contradictory dual roles: the dissemination of modernity and the preservation of tradition. The paradoxical nature of the magazines mirrors the paradoxical nature of young girls as constructed by society.

Research report

30 Jan 2009

The sexual and reproductive health of Indonesian adolescents is of growing concern for many parents, religious leaders, education providers, policymakers and other groups within Indonesian society. The effects of socio-economic change, modernisation and globalisation have resulted in more freedom and autonomy for Indonesian youth, and...

Research report

30 Jan 2009

These guidelines are specifically written for use in public and private hospitals and residential aged care facilities. They are to be used to inform clinical practice and assist facilities to develop and implement practices to prevent falls and injuries from falls. Australians today are continuing...

Research report

30 Jan 2009

This draft report seeks to explore options for surveillance systems to monitor health care associated infection and provide timely feedback to jurisdictions, managers and clinicians. The result is an evidence-based and authoritative analysis that can promote stronger linkages between other health data systems and with...

Research report

30 Jan 2009

Carolin Liss of Murdoch University discusses “the possible benefits and disadvantages of Australian participation in an international, UN approved, anti-piracy task-force operating in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. In themselves, Liss notes, “the patrols of pirate-infested waters are of limited...

Research report

30 Jan 2009

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index monitors the subjective wellbeing of the Australian population. Our first survey was conducted in April 2001 and our 20th survey in October 2008. While the results from each of these surveys are described in separate reports, available from the web...

Guide

29 Jan 2009

Today's arts administrator still needs aesthetic appreciation, enthusiasm, and committment to their art, but this needs to be combined with practical business sense and, increasingly, an understanding of marketing and the way in which effective marketing can enhance long-term success.

Marketing provides the framework...

Article

29 Jan 2009

Simple-to-use digital technology will make it more difficult to distort history in the future.

This system is intended to be available for future use in digitally preserving and authenticating first-hand accounts of war crimes, atrocities and genocide.

Such tools are of...

Research report

29 Jan 2009

A report on the first year of a major new three-year study of visitors to galleries and museums released by Museums & Galleries NSW. The report demonstrates the value of galleries and museums to all sectors of the community and puts the lie to the...

Research report

29 Jan 2009

This publication reports on Commonwealth State Housing Agreement community housing assistance, providing the data items and performance indicators collected to meet the requirements of the CSHA national performance reporting framework.Housing assistance is provided under the 2003 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA) in six program areas:...

Commentary

Article

29 Jan 2009

The evidence suggests that publicly listed media companies are digging their own graves. Does this mean a return to the age of moguls, asks Jonathan Este

TWO NAMES have been doing the rounds as the global newspaper business casts around for knights...

Research report

28 Jan 2009

After years of collective indecision, Britain shifted to become a full participant in an increasingly networked world. This paper compares Britain with other European nations and the wider world in its adoption and use of the internet. After years of collective indecision, Britain shifted to...

Commentary

29 Jan 2009

TWO NAMES have been doing the rounds as the global newspaper business casts around for knights in shining armour to save them from an uncertain future. The first is Alexander Lebedev, the former KGB agent who recently bought London's Evening Standard newspaper from the Daily...

Commentary

29 Jan 2009

HOW many submissions from the public constitute an overwhelming response? Last Friday the federal government released more than 2400 submissions to its review of public broadcasting, and the claim has been made that this demonstrates overwhelming public involvement. Yet twelve years ago when Bob Mansfield...

Research report

28 Jan 2009

Centrelink was established in 1997 as part of the Howard government’s bold experiment in re-framing social policy and re-shaping service delivery. Centrelink was the embodiment of a key tenet of the Howard vision for public service: a specialised service delivery ‘provider’ agency separated from the...

Research report

28 Jan 2009

As part of the Australian Government’s ‘Skilling Australia for the Future’ policy, an independent statutory body, Skills Australia, was established to provide advice on current and future demand for skills and investment in training. In September 2008, Skills Australia joined with the Academy of the...

Research report

28 Jan 2009

This edition of the Academy's journal, Dialogue, features the following articles on feminism:

Disappearing Tricks, by Marian Sawer

Poisons and Antidotes: Historicising feminism and equality in an age of rights competition, by Ann Genovese

The Sexual Revolution as Big Flop: Women’s Liberation...

Research report

28 Dec 2008

Universities are unique institutions in democratic societies. Charged with the tasks of conducting critical and original research in the pursuit of knowledge, and of training and educating adult students, they provide a forum in which both staff and students are encouraged to think for themselves....

Research report

28 Jan 2009

There is no provision for paid maternity, paid paternity or paid parental leave in either the current Workplace Relations Act or the forthcoming National Employment Standards. Conservative estimates suggest that about half of the female workforce does not have access to any paid maternity leave...

Research report

27 Jan 2009

An approach that measures educational ‘outputs’ through student, school and teacher assessment is needed to ensure accountability in the education system, according to this policy paper.

The paper shows that despite massive spending on education by the world’s governments, totalling $2 trillion in 2006,...

Research report

27 Jan 2009

Social background plays only a small role in accounting for differences in occupational status and earnings at age 24, indicating that education is enhancing social mobility, according to this report.

However, not all forms of post-secondary education and training are equally beneficial. In terms...

Commentary

Article

27 Jan 2009

In Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part II , a pretender to the throne outlines the Utopia that will come when his unruly mob helps make him king. The unruliest of them all, Dick the Butcher, leers in an aside to the audience, “The first thing we...

Journal article

27 Jan 2009

How might we merge a culture of inquiry into teaching and learning with a culture of experimentation around new media technologies? This issue of Academic Commons looks at the possibilities for building knowledge around teaching and learning in a rapidly changing technological landscape. It takes...

Article

26 Jan 2009

This qualitative study focuses on how creativity is facilitated within a range of creative art services for adults with disabilities. The study conducted by the authors is posed from an occupational therapy perspective to draw on the values of current art services run in the...

Research report

27 Jan 2009

There is general agreement that digital information is fundamental to the conduct of modern research, education, business, commerce, and government. Future accomplishments are accelerated through persistent access to data and digital materials, and their use, re-use, and re-purposing in ways both known and as yet...

Article

27 Jan 2009

Using responses from over 2,500 colleges and universities, the study examined the numbers of students involved in online education and the impact of this education for different disciplines and contexts.This report is the sixth in a series of annual reports on a study conducted by...

Research report

27 Jan 2009

The emergence of the networked information economy is unleashing two powerful forces. On one hand, easy access to high-speed networks is empowering individuals. People can now discover and consume information resources and services globally from their homes. Further, new social computing approaches are inviting people...

Research report

27 Jan 2009

As the impact of worldwide carbon emissions comes into sharper focus, college and university sustainability efforts are increasingly turning green, focusing on ways to use resources more efficiently, consume less, and reduce campus carbon footprints. Yet, despite the direct impact of IT on institutional carbon...

Bill

27 Jan 2009

This digest summarises the purpose, background, financial implications and main provisions of this Bill, which aims to create a resale royalty rights scheme so that visual artists will be able to claim a share of the proceeds of each successive commercial resale of the original...

Article

27 Jan 2009

Would Australians benefit if more money was spent on public broadcasting? David Howe argues that any increase in ABC funding needs to be tied to increased in-house content production.

Research report

26 Jan 2009

This paper assembles some evidence on developments in investment by incumbent and alternative telecommunications operators during the period 2000-2005. The quality of data on investment is not in general sufficient to clearly differentiate between investment by new entrants and investment by incumbents. Definitional problems also...

Article

26 Jan 2009

Once, your computer was a box you loaded with stuff that you had to buy and maintain. Increasingly, your computer is a doorway that simply gives you access to a wealth of free services, software and storage on the web ? what?s known as ?cloud...

Article

26 Jan 2009

While it's founder Jimmy Wales often says that Wikipedia is mostly written by a dedicated group of a few hundred volunteers.

'This is part of the standard talk he gives all over the world. ?This is the group of around a thousand people...

Research report

27 Jan 2009

The Library of Congress, like many cultural heritage organizations, faces a number of challenges as it seeks to increase discovery and use of its collections. A major concern is making historical and special format materials easier to find in order to be useful for educational...

Article

26 Jan 2009

This qualitative study focuses on how creativity is facilitated within a range of creative art services for adults with disabilities. The study conducted by the authors is posed from an occupational therapy perspective to draw on the values of current art services run in the...

Research report

26 Jan 2009

Local governments and communities have a critical role to play in adapting to climate variability and change. Spatial vulnerability assessment is one tool that can facilitate engagement between researchers and local stakeholders through the visualisation of climate vulnerability and the integration of its biophysical and...

Research report

26 Jan 2009

This report examines the clean energy investments required to make Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy and the arguments used by carbon polluters and their supporters to delay or undermine action.

The report contains findings from The Climate Institute’s innovative online Australian Emissions Reduction...

Research report

26 Jan 2009

The announcement of the Federal Government’s 2020 emission reduction target range and release of its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) White Paper, charts a course for Australia’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decade. This will be the first major test of...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This article describes and evaluates some of the criteria on the basis of which food advertising to children on television could be regulated, including parental controls that revolve around the type of televsion program, the type of content, the target audience and the time of...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This paper draws together the disparate body of existing research regarding Indigenous temporary mobilities to build a more comprehensive picture of these population dynamics and their policy implications.

A range of Indigenous population dynamics play out underneath the demographic picture that can be constructed...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) has released a research report on the occupational health and safety (OHS) implications of accurate data for the design of Australian workplaces. The accuracy of anthropometric data is an emerging issue that is a focus of research for...

Discussion paper

24 Jan 2009

This paper describes an established approach for building capacity used for the first time with Health Action Teams (HATs) in three remote indigenous communities in Cape York.

A key purpose was to determine if the approach was an appropriate and practicable 'tool' in an...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This paper examines the policy challenges associated with the ageing of the Australian population through the prism of the global financial crisis. The paper observes that much of the commentary prompted by the financial crisis has featured a reaction against credit-driven consumption--the so-called ‘debt binge’...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This paper tests the long term dematerialization potential for Australia in terms of materials, energy, and water use as well as CO2 emissions. It argues that Australia cannot rely on incremental efficiency gains but has to undergo a sustainability transition to keep in line with...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

The question how Australia should be governed has often revolved around the role of federalism. Yet the same arguments made in favour of federalism (greater choice and diversity, and government that is closer to the people) could also be applied to local government. But whether...

Briefing paper

24 Jan 2009

In accepting our responsibility to deal with the fundamental injustices still apparent among Indigenous students and their communities we must continue our campaigns aimed at achieving an increase in government effort, resources and the promotion of educational opportunities. While there are successful programs being implemented...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

An increasing number of detainees are in immigration detention because their visas have been cancelled under section 501 of the Migration Act (‘section 501 detainees’). Under section 501, if a non-citizen cannot convince the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (‘DIAC’) of their ‘good character’, DIAC...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This article describes and evaluates some of the criteria on the basis of which food advertising to children on television could be regulated, including parental controls that revolve around the type of televsion program, the type of content, the target audience and the time of...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This report presents data on the number, nature, incidence and costs of medical indemnity claims in the public sector over the period from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 and describes allegations of harm that gave rise to claims, the people affected by these...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This report presents information from the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register (ASCIR) on 348 newly incident cases from trauma and disease in 2006-07. During the year, 272 new cases of SCI from traumatic causes were registered in Australia, an age-adjusted incidence rate of 14.9 cases...

Research report

24 Jan 2009

This Joint Statement between the Indonesian National Defence Force and the Australian Defence Force signed on 12 January 2009 affirms our Governments' intent to further cooperation through the development and management of the bilateral defence relationship.

Research report

22 Jan 2009

Universal Design principles aim to overcome the marginalization of people with diverse abilities by designing facilities and spaces physically accessible to all. But what can be done to ensure cultural inclusiveness? This research partnership between Penrith City Council and the University of Western Sydney investigated...

Article

22 Jan 2009

The popularization of ?social media? has raised questions of how and why young people use these various technologies in their daily lives. This exploratory study proposes a classification system based on Rogers? concept of technology clusters, which posits that likelihood of adoption is based around...

Book

22 Jan 2009

The secondary audience is any artist or practitioner (producer, games developer, publisher, funding body) whose work may be informed by this resource.

The aim in developing this guide is to create a freely available and widely accessible repository of knowledge and information...

Research report

22 Jan 2009

More than 32,000 children, every Saturday, join a Community Language School class in one of 494 locations over New South Wales, conducted by one of the 2347 language teachers in one of 44 different languages. A parallel situation occurs in all the other Australian states...

Research report

22 Dec 2008

The making solid ground review examined the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key organisations program and new ways to support the national Indigenous arts infrastructure.

More than 180 people attended meetings and workshops held in 11 centres across Australia, including all capital...

Commentary

Article

22 Jan 2009

THE NEW YEAR sees Malcolm Turnbull and the opposition fighting amongst themselves on two fronts. These are unnecessary distractions for the Coalition. The federal Labor Party, despite its factions, seems to be stable and concentrating on the job.

The fight that is receiving more...

Commentary

Article

21 Jan 2009

Ian Anderson reviews Tess Lea's innovative book, Bureaucrats and Bleeding Hearts

I FIRST ENCOUNTERED Tess Lea at an Australian Anthropological Society Conference some time in the late nineties, although I don’t recall actually being introduced. I was fascinated by an exchange between Tess and...

Article

21 Jan 2009

The launch of Screen Australia comes amid a renewed debate about the film industry. Tina Kaufman surveys the critical landscape.

Article

22 Jan 2009

All America's a Stage examines developments in the growth, distribution, and finances of America's nonprofit theater system since 1990. Nearly 2,000 nonprofit theaters were analyzed for the study. While the research indicates broad growth and generally positive fiscal health, it also reveals decreasing attendance rates...

Article

22 Jan 2009

Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read. Reading...

Research report

21 Jan 2009

The Victorian Government is developing policies that respond to population ageing. The Ministerial Advisory Council of Senior Victorians conducted consultations in May and June 2008 to allow members of the community to contribute their ideas about how to make Victoria a better place for older...

Research report

21 Jan 2009

This report provides comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services. The report contains data for 2007-08, as well as trend data on child protection notifications, investigations and substantiations, children on care and protection orders and children in out-of-home care. Child protection...

Research report

21 Jan 2009

Richard Tanter and Arabella Imhoff from Nautilus Institute at RMIT University write that the Indonesian government proposal to build a large nuclear power station on the north coast of Central Java on the Muria Peninsula gave rise to considerable local opposition on the basis of...

Research report

21 Jan 2009

Environment and international migration and their relationship with development are among the most pressing issues on the contemporary global agenda. They have been the focus of major international attention recently with the release of the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the...

Research report

21 Jan 2009

An evaluation of the Cottage Centre for Families and Children which served inner-Melbourne families with young children shows that it was an effective model for assisting families with complex needs. Defining principles included early intervention, considering the child in the context of family and community;...

Research report

21 Jan 2009

This report focuses on the interpersonal networking processes, or non-market mechanisms, through which training needs are signalled to VET providers in a rural region. A detailed single case-study approach shows that VET users also consider interpersonal relationships, based on trust, when selecting programs for participation....

Research report

21 Jan 2009

This report provides the first consolidated national summary of water markets.

It extends beyond the Murray-Darling Basin and features trading summaries for each state and territory, as well as information about their various operational practices, pricing and governance arrangements. The report also includes information...

Research report

30 Sep 2008

This report is an independent review of Australia’s quarantine and biosecurity arrangements which outlines a plan to set up a new national authority, bringing together quarantine, biosecurity and parts of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Article

20 Jan 2009

What parts of our culture do we value and want to protect? This pamphlet explores the future of heritage conservation, and why to survive it must involve everyone.

The choice of what things to conserve and how to conserve them simultaneously reflects and...

Article

20 Jan 2009

Educational digital libraries are sources of innovative teaching resources in schools. All too often, digital library developers create collections of resources in the absence of rigorous examinations of educator and learner needs. The literature surrounding teacher development suggests that teachers have very specific information needs...

Research report

20 Jan 2009

A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves....

Article

20 Jan 2009

The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years -- from 8% in 2005 to 35% now, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project's December 2008 tracking...

Discussion paper

20 Jan 2009

In a new Lowy Institute Analysis entitled 'Ambition: the emerging foreign policy of the Rudd Government', Lowy Institute Executive Director Allan Gyngell explores what we have learned about the Rudd Government's emerging foreign policy, about the Prime Minister's own contributions to it and...

Research report

20 Jan 2009

In this Perspective, Dr Michael Fullilove, who is currently based at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, looks ahead to President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural address on 20 January. Obama is an unusually gifted writer and speaker with an old-fashioned attachment to speeches, who will likely...

Article

19 Jan 2009

The Rudd government's proposed censorship regime will slow internet access and hand criminals a directory of illegal content according to this paper.Much has been written about the Rudd government?s proposed ?clean feed? internet censorship regime. But it isn?t until you delve into the policy?s unintended...

Article

19 Jan 2009

Information technology and broadband are major drivers of research, innovation, economic growth and social change. This report analyses recent developments in the IT goods and services industries, and suggests that the outlook is for continued long-term growth, constrained by the currently very uncertain macroeconomic environment...

Article

19 Jan 2009

The explosion of all types of video content on YouTube and other sites is quickly transforming online video from a medium strictly for entertainment and news into one that is also a reference tool. As a result, video search, on YouTube and across other sites,...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This publication presents information about the outcomes for students who completed their vocational education and training during 2007. Information about the level and type of training students undertake, further study patterns and reasons for not continuing with the training (where applicable) is also collected.

Research report

19 Dec 2009

This report provides information on the number and types of health conditions identified and the number and types of referrals made as part of the child health checks. It also includes results from the follow-up collections which measure the extent to which children have received...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This paper outlines the main issues that the Commission will consider in its current inquiry into gambling, and provides background information on the industry and its impacts, including: a profile of gambling activity and gamblers in Australia, gambling trends, taxation and regulatory arrangements, current consumer...

Research report

19 Nov 2008

This report is intended as a practical resource for local councils wishing to engage their communities in decision making and planning. The focus is on how to broaden the range of people represented in council processes, especially those who are reluctant to participate in traditional...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This report indicates that discrimination is a significant issue for many community members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and impacts on their full participation and contribution to the Victorian community. It also has a significant personal impact. The research importantly highlights the systemic...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This report examines the experience of young Australian-African people in the City of Greater Dandenong, providing insight into the systemic issues impacting upon this group from the unique perspective of the young people themselves. This report examines the experience of young Australian-African people in the...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This paper argues that the case for reforming vocational education and training in Australia is strong.

Training is important to wider social and economic policy questions – but it is not done well enough at the moment and this needs to change.

The...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This research study aimed to measure and categorise the coverage of Indigenous Australians in all areas of three Australian newspapers and to specifically analyse the reportage of health articles and the social determinants of health.

The Age, The Australian and the Herald Sun were...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

Oral health is fundamental to overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment. The impact of oral disease on people’s everyday lives is subtle and pervasive, influencing eating, sleeping, work and...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

In Australia, many common non-prescription medicines used to treat minor ailments can be bought only from pharmacies. Some argue that pharmacy restrictions on non-prescription medicines are justified because professional advice is necessary to protect people who are caring for themselves against the risk of using...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This report contains a summary of observations by the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM, and staff of the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) following visits to Australia’s immigration detention facilities, and to people in community detention, between June and September 2008. The...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This report examines the current state of maternal and neonatal health, explores the fundamentals of a supportive environment for mothers and newborns, and outlines ways to strengthen efforts in support of primary health care.

According to the report, women in the world’s poorest...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This paper examines the Rudd Government’s funding decisions for schools since the May 2008 Budget and the analysis in the author's earlier report Reviewing the evidence: Issues in Commonwealth funding of government and non-government schools in the Howard and Rudd years (August, 2008). It does...

Research report

19 Jan 2009

This report contains detailed analyses underlying the summary data presented in the policy report Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2008 report, produced by the Department of Health and Ageing. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) is designed to...

Research report

15 Jan 2009

At the University of Melbourne, the introduction of the Melbourne Model presented many course designers with the chance to begin with a blank slate as though they are creating an entirely new university. This was especially so for those interested in interdisciplinary studies and this...

Research report

15 Jan 2009

The Department of Health in Western Australia identified access to, and daily consumption of recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables, as priority health determinants. The numerous factors that influence supply and consumption of fruit and vegetables indicated that a comprehensive approach would be required....

Research report

15 Jan 2009

This project seeks to understand the transformative power of innovation by exposing the hidden intricacies of individuals, their networks and their interactions – the human dimensions of innovation.The latest research project from the Australian Business Foundation delves into the human kaleidoscope of innovation. Going well...

Research report

15 Jan 2009

Alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in public spaces is a complex policy problem for Australian governments, which seek a balance between acknowledging the significant contribution made by the liquor industry to Australia’s economy and the harms and costs that are associated with alcohol consumption. The...

Commentary

Article

13 Jan 2009

THERE was a time, hard as it might be to imagine, when the Australian Labor Party struck fear into the hearts of the establishment, and it is this very fear that has shaped the Australian political landscape to this day. This year marks the centenary...

Commentary

Article

14 Jan 2009

EVERYBODY has a story to tell about telemarketing. Sales calls at dinner time, often from overseas and sometimes using a recorded message, are infuriating. Many people resent the invasion of personal space, the use of personal details without permission, the waste of precious time, and...

Commentary

Article

14 Jan 2009

AMID THE CARNAGE and brutality of the western front, ordinary Allied and German troops convened a brief truce in the Christmas of 1914. They sang Christmas carols and some even exchanged gifts. It was a source of hope, soon to be dashed, that sanity might...

Research report

15 Jan 2009

At the University of Melbourne, the introduction of the Melbourne Model presented many course designers with the chance to begin with a blank slate as though they are creating an entirely new university. This was especially so for those interested in interdisciplinary studies and this...

Research report

15 Jan 2009

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force was a group of Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and technology companies that joined together to identify effective tools and technologies to create a safer environment on the Internet for youth. It was created in February 2008 in accordance...

Research report

14 Jan 2009

Australia has an estimated six per cent of the world’s recoverable resources of black coal, and also accounts for about six per cent of current world coal production. This paper provides information on production of liquid fuel from coal and its potential as an alternative...

Research report

14 Jan 2009

Since the early 20th century radio has been an important source of information and entertainment for people of various ages and backgrounds. Almost every Australian home and car has at least one radio and most Australians listen to radio regularly. The introduction of new radio...

Article

14 Jan 2009

As a political tool the internet is neither ?top down? nor ?bottom up,? argues Mark Bahnisch in this review of Matthew Hindman's The Myth of Digital Democracy. Although there are many other interesting questions scholars and commentators could be asking about the impact of the...

Article

12 Jan 2009

The development and management of the night-time economy is one of the most important issues facing cities around the globe. It needs to be addressed in a range of different contemporary urban locations across Australia, including all state capitals and, less obviously, in regional centres....

Research report

12 Jan 2009

Researchers from the Brotherhood of St Laurence and from Griffith University law school sought the views of low-income people about credit regulations, focusing on disclosure and the safety net provisions in the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC). They found that current pre-contractual disclosure documents did...

Case study

12 Jan 2009

The employment services sector in Australia is at a critical juncture. The third contract round of the Job Network coincides with a commitment by the new Federal Government to the principles of sound market design. These principles include the alignment of incentives between providers, users...

Research report

12 Jan 2009

This report is the culmination of a 3-year Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage grant Project. The project examined health interactions between families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds (1st and 2nd generation) and health professionals, with a particular focus on the potential cultural ‘mismatches’...

Research report

12 Jan 2009

The development and management of the night-time economy is one of the most important issues facing cities around the globe. It needs to be addressed in a range of different contemporary urban locations across Australia, including all state capitals and, less obviously, in regional centres....

Research report

12 Jan 2009

The AIC's National Firearms Theft Monitoring Program (NFTMP) provides relevant and timely information on the nature and characteristics of firearms theft occurring in Australia. This report provides information on the 626 incidents of firearms theft reported to police in Australian states and territories in 2006-07,...

Research report

12 Jan 2009

This project provides a detailed, contemporary, empirical understanding of Indigenous Community Housing Organisations (ICHOs) by addressing the nature of the ICHO sector, identifying factors that affect the organisational capacity of ICHOs as well as measures aimed at enhancing the capacity of the sector.According to the...

Journal article

12 Jan 2009

Libraries have been working to develop network-ready services. Mobile communication intensifies this activity and adds new challenges as they look at what it means to be mobile?ready. This has organizational implications as a shift of emphasis towards workflow integration around the learner or researcher creates...

Journal article

12 Jan 2009

Scholars, advertisers and political activists see massive online social networks as a representation of social interactions that can be used to study the propagation of ideas, social bond dynamics and viral marketing, among others. But the linked structures of social networks do not reveal actual...

Article

12 Jan 2009

Many organizations would like to foster community and information sharing using email discussion lists. What software packages can help?

Today, we have platforms that offer more than just email lists. The features available to list-owners range from a central repository for file posting and...

Article

12 Jan 2009

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) at the end of 2008 made a historic announcement: a project to launch 10,000 blogs for the paramilitary Basij forces.

IRGC's official press organ, Sobh Sadegh, writes that it considered the Internet and other digital devices including...

Article

12 Jan 2009

Online advertising has boomed and become the fastest growing segment of advertising. In terms of dollars spent, it grew at 40% annually between 2003 and 2007. In the future, advertisers are expected to spend $54 billion on online advertising in 2011, that is, the double...

Video

12 Jan 2009

Jay Walker, curator of the Library of Human Imagination, conducts a surprising show-and-tell session highlighting a few of the intriguing artifacts that backdropped the 2008 TED stage.

Jay Walker is fascinated by intellectual property in all its forms. His firm, Walker Digital, created...

Article

9 Jan 2009

Cultural policy in Australia is about bureaucratic fashion, and history, and tradition -- but not evidence. Absurd inconsistencies in who we fund and how we regulate cultural expression are not the exception, but the norm.

So, for instance, we fund large companies of...

Research report

9 Jan 2009

Cultural policy in Australia is about bureaucratic fashion, and history, and tradition -- but not evidence. Absurd inconsistencies in who we fund and how we regulate cultural expression are not the exception, but the norm.

So, for instance, we fund large companies of...

Research report

9 Jan 2009

This report examines the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Queensland, using data and research from a range of sources. This report updates and expands on information provided in the Commission's previous Snapshot reports and includes data on issues such as health,...

Research report

9 Jan 2009

Produced biennially by Relationships Australia, the Relationships Indicators Survey provides information regarding the main issues and concerns that Australians have in their relationships today. The 2008 Survey highlights that the vast majority of people have relationships of some kind, with friendships of high importance. Findings...

Research report

5 Jan 2009

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in Australia. This report presents the most recent information on participation in bowel screening, cancer detection, program sensitivity and rescreening rates. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce mortality and morbidity...

Research report

5 Dec 2008

This paper considers how asymmetric tax treatment, where labour market earnings are taxed but household production is untaxed, affects educational choice and labour supply in a perfectly competitive labour market. The authors show that taxes on labour market earnings can generate a large (non-marginal) switch...

Research report

5 Dec 2008

In recent years, the US, UK and Australia have lowered tax rates on high incomes and expanded tax credits and family transfer payments that are withdrawn on the joint income of a couple. These reforms result in significant changes in the structure of marginal and...