September 2009

29 Sep 2009

MURDOCH's announcement that the free ride is over has certainly generated some debate. What this signals is a substantial shift in thinking about the price of content on the internet. What was missing from Murdoch's announcement – and others like Fairfax Media chief Brian McCarthy's...

30 Sep 2009

Australia’s system compares poorly with compliance measures in the United States, argues Nilay Patel

EXPOSURE of medical service providers’ unsatisfactory billing practices, has been gaining strong momentum. These practices take multitudinous forms: billing for services not provided; providing medically unnecessary services;...

Report

30 Sep 2009

Reforms are needed to improve the accountability of boards, remove conflicts of interest and enhance shareholder engagement on remuneration, according to this draft report.

On the evidence, says the Commission, the strong growth in executive pay has had much to do with the growth...

Report

30 Sep 2009

Using census data, the authors find that the participation rates of both men and women with low educational attainment rose substantially between 2001 and 2006.

However, the participation rates of people with no post-school qualifications remain significantly below those with post-school qualifications (around 10...

Report

5 Oct 2009

The paper firstly reviews four studies on the power of music to generate emotional responses in the listener. Using scientific methodology, the research comprised experiments with sacred versus secular music, the effect of different modes and rhythms in hymn tunes, music and task performance, and...

Report

5 Oct 2009

Over 600 choral singers drawn from English choirs completed the WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire to measure physical, psychological, social and environmental wellbeing, and a twelve-item ‘wellbeing and choral singing scale’. They also provided accounts of the effects of choral singing on quality of life, wellbeing...

Article

5 Oct 2009

This paper looked at two Information and Communications Technology (ICT) contexts that initially appeared very different.

It presents results of a survey administered in Cambodia (n = 130) and Japan (n = 328) which show that, excepting a few tasks, students in both countries...

Report

5 Oct 2009

Many sub-Saharan African governments view the Internet as a key tool for development and are developing ICT policies accordingly, though the region still lags behind the rest of the world in both number and percentage of Internet users.

Sub-Saharan Africa has a history of...

Report

5 Oct 2009

A window on dance, Arts Council England’s dance mapping report is the most significant compilation of evidenced-based dance research ever undertaken in the UK. The report maps the dance ecology, economy and environment in England. It looks at the various market segments and identifies trends...

Transcript

28 Sep 2009

This paper on the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluation program was presented at the National Academies Forum workshop on Excellence in research evaluation: impacts on scholarship, research funding and publications, on 9 September 2009. In it Stuart Macintyre, president of the Academy of...

Video

While receiving treatment for cancer, US author Winifred Gallagher noticed how much better she felt if she focussed on her family's immediate needs, rather than her painful therapy.

When she recovered, she began studying the neuroscience and psychology of attention. Her book, "Rapt:...

Report

28 Sep 2009

This report is the first collection of data on juveniles' contact with the criminal justice system as both alleged/convicted offenders and complainants/victims in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Its primary objectives...

Report

28 Sep 2009

Accidental falls, suicide and transport-related injuries are common causes of death in the Australian community. This report finds that overall, rates of injury death in Australia during 2004-05 increased with the remoteness of the injured person's residence, with those who resided in very...

Report

28 Sep 2009

This is the thirteenth annual report on the use of ART in Australia and New Zealand, and presents data on women who underwent ART treatments in 2007, and the resulting pregnancies and baby outcomes.

Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) — such as in vitro fertilisation...

Discussion paper

23 Apr 2009

This paper sets out an argument that behavioural biases and heuristics can make it difficult for small and medium‐sized firms to adopt best practice innovation processes that are necessary for competitive advantage.

It further argues that innovation services provided by creative businesses can help...

Report

28 Sep 2009

This paper examines the relationship between economic growth and poverty in Papua New Guinea. Using a new analytical framework, it explains why the 'poverty dividend' from growth is often small and what can be done to increase it.

These questions have special resonance...

Discussion paper

28 Sep 2009

This paper makes the case that Australia's bid for the Security Council is both prudent and popular, and refutes the various arguments that have been made against the bid.

Image: Riacale / Flickr

Report

28 Sep 2009

At the request of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council (QISMC), the National Drug Research Institute was commissioned to conduct a review of the alcohol and other drugs sector in Queensland. This report makes 23 recommendations in...

Audio

28 Sep 2009

From the tulip bulb mania in the 17th century to collateralized debt obligations more recently, Prof Charles Noussair and Dr Tom Wilkening outline the sometimes questionable human judgement of risk and reward.

With host Jennifer Cook.

28 Sep 2009

A leading Melbourne University health expert says one of the main benefits of the NT Intervention has been getting Indigenous health back on the agenda as a major social justice issue in Australia.

Professor Hugh Taylor, who is Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye...

Journal article

28 Sep 2009

This paper presents Part 2 of a literature review examining medication safety in the Australian acute care setting. This review was undertaken for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, updating the 2002 national report on medication safety. Part 2 of the...

Audio interview

28 Sep 2009

Technical and further education (TAFE) institutes offering higher education degrees is a relatively new development but is expected to grow as a consequence of government policies aimed at increasing the percentage of Australians holding a bachelor degree.

This project considers the provision and different...

Report

4 May 2009

(85) A national online survey of school teachers has shown that almost all of the participants have been the targets of some form of bullying in the workplace.

More than 800 school staff members participated in the study, which found that 99.6 per...

Report

28 Sep 2009

This report examines trends and issues in teacher recruitment and retention in Great Britain.

Drawing on comparisons with education systems in other developed countries, including in Europe, the USA, and New Zealand, a number of recommendations are made:

Academic standards required to enter...

Discussion paper

28 Sep 2009

This positioning paper provides the empirical update from 2001 to 2006 on the need for, and supply of, low rent stock in the private rental market.

It addresses the following questions:

1. Within the private rental sector, what has happened to household incomes...

Report

28 Sep 2009

This report draws on qualitative and quantitative data to provide an overview of the education systems of 31 European countries, and how these systems are dealing with common educational challenges.

Identified issues include addressing demographic changes resulting in a decrease in the school-aged population;...

Briefing paper

28 Sep 2009

This series describes very briefly the education systems in each of 31 countries, from pre-primary level to higher education. Regularly updated, it also provides information on ongoing reforms and debate in the field of education.

The general structure of each national description is similar...

Report

16 Sep 2009

The study provides a detailed picture of the context and organisation of national tests in 30 European countries and the use made of test results in informing education policy and practice and in guiding the school career of pupils.

It presents the diverse choices...

Report

28 Sep 2009

This report outlines a strategic vision for the Australian automotive industry developed in consultation with unions, companies and suppliers in automotive industry.

The report is the first phase of a "comprehensive technology roadmap", which is identifying and mapping the industry’s capabilities and needs to...

Report

28 Sep 2009

Agreements lodged in the June quarter delivered a modest wage increase of 3.9 per cent to Australian employees, according to this report.

Across the private sector an increase of 4 per cent was recorded in the June quarter and in the public sector wages...

28 Sep 2009

FOR ITS ROLE in raising global consciousness on the emerging crisis of climate change the establishment of the Kyoto Protocol was an historic moment, heavy with symbolism. So was Australia’s ratification of Kyoto, finally, in Bali in late 2007. Symbols matter, the codification of widely...

Dataset

22 Sep 2009

Australia's population increased by 2.1% for the year ending March 2009. The last time Australia saw higher growth rates was in the 1950's and 1960's as a result of post war migration and high birth rates.

Report

28 Sep 2009

The ACMA Telecommunications Performance Bulletin reports annually on the performance of telecommunications carriers in delivering fixed telephone and payphone services. The report covers the performance of Telstra, Optus, AAPT and Primus in regulated areas including the Customer Service Guarantee, Priority Assistance, payphones and the Network...

Report

27 Sep 2009

The rate of blindness in Indigenous adults is more than six times higher than non-Indigenous Australians.

This is one of the findings of the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey undertaken by researchers at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and the School of...

Report

27 Sep 2009

CANA member, ClientEarth , has completed an evaluation of the proposed CPRS and advises that the proposed target range leaves Australia open to allegations of breach of its international legal obligations under articles the World Heritage Convention, the UNFCCC and the Convention on Biological Diversity...

25 Sep 2009

IT IS INCREASINGLY difficult to name the next Liberal prime minister. Malcolm Turnbull’s prospects are receding and history, let alone the polls, is against his winning the next election. No new government coming to office after an election has been denied a second term since...

Website

1 Jan 2010

This site concerns the intersection of law, digital technology, business and society in Australia and beyond.

It includes over 1,820 pages (2.38 million words) about regulatory issues, markets, demographics, business models, social trends and technologies.

The site provides in-depth independent analysis that ranges...

Report

25 Sep 2009

This article explores a new way of thinking about how computing artifacts can assist us in living.

The field of ubiquitous computing was inspired by Mark Weiser's vision of computing artifacts that disappear. “They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they...

Report

24 Sep 2009

This document contains statistics relating to students enrolled in higher education courses in each Australian Higher Education Provider.

Data in each publication is reported in numbers and Equivalent Full-time Student Load (EFTSL).

Report

24 Sep 2009

The biggest beneficiaries of tax concessions on owner-occupied residences are the wealthiest in the community, according to this report.

The report finds that the tax system provides indirect assistance to owner-occupiers worth about $45 billion annually. Most of this ($30 billion) is due...

Journal article

24 Sep 2009

New approaches are needed to help humanity deal with climate change and other global environmental threats that lie ahead in the 21st century. A group of 28 internationally renowned scientists propose that global biophysical boundaries, identified on the basis of the scientific understanding of the...

Essay

25 Sep 2009

This essay explores the role of triple j youth radio and asks if triple j is too commercial, or not commercial enough? Does it rotate too many songs, or does it play too much weird stuff that has resulted in the flight of its core...

Audio interview

25 Sep 2009

Radio station triple j occupies a curious space in the Australian music scene as Ben Eltham writes in the latest issue of Meanjin. In it, he observes that it is ‘impossible to discuss triple j without debating the influence of music director Richard...

Report

23 Sep 2009

This second electoral green paper considers a range of ideas aimed at improving Australia's electoral processes.

The issues raised in the paper include:

• current arrangements for elections in Australia; • the definition of who is entitled to vote in Australian elections;...

23 Sep 2009

HOW EFFECTIVE are household handouts in kickstarting a flagging economy? Are they a fast and effective means of boosting demand? Or are stimulus payments like taking a bucket of water from the deep end of a pool and dumping it into the shallow end (as...

Report

23 Sep 2009

This report examines the contractual relationship between governments and non-for-profit organisations for the provision of services, particularly employment services.

It combines primary and secondary research with detailed legal analysis of a number of key federal government contracts, addressing a critical issue at the...

Report

23 Sep 2009

This report presents a comprehensive national mapping of teacher professional learning activities across Australia in both government and non-government sectors.

It provides some guidelines for quality professional learning for 21st century educators by drawing from survey and interview data. It recognises there is a...

24 Sep 2009

I WOKE UP yesterday with the taste of the desert in my mouth; the drought had come to town.

Overnight tons of topsoil had blown into Sydney from far off South Australia, bringing with it a rubescent sky and the threat of asthma....

Report

24 Sep 2009

Beginning with an examination of the importance and scope of access to justice, this report analyses supply and demand in the federal justce system, recommending the adoption of a Strategic Framework for Access to Justice.

The Strategic Framework is intended to be a tool...

Transcript

24 Sep 2009

The objective of avoiding another substantial crisis will not be well served by attempts to use the current one in order to supplant one ideology with another argues Saul Eslake.

The global financial crisis has some parallels with the financial meltdown that preceded...

Journal article

22 Sep 2009

This article discusses Queensland's controversial Wild Rivers Act, arguing that it steamrolls Cape York communities’ fundamental rights to culture, land and development.

Given the federal government’s recent approval of the Four Mile uranium mine, the authors contend that neither the burdens of environmental...

Article

22 Sep 2009

It’s likely that Australia’s middle classes will reassess their relationship with the state when they face real need.

Attitudinal shifts, no matter how enduring, constitute but one legacy. A second level of change – and one buttressing the first – can be...

Article

22 Sep 2009

Ten steps: The long, slow death of Australian journalism

Despite all my positive experiences, I believe I am witnessing the long, slow death of Australian newspaper journalism. The craft is in decline; it is being tamed, shackled, diminished. I am conscious that old men...

Audio

22 Sep 2009

Future Tense casta a critical eye over the idea that social media is leading to greater corporate transparency.

We live, in a sense, in a much more open world. We're forever being told by psychologists that we should talk about how we feel. Thanks...

Audio

22 Sep 2009

What role does influence play in our society and economy? How does it shape our interactions? We'll speak with the organiser of a recent summit on the Future of Influence, Ross Dawson. Also Duncan Riley from The Inquisitr website.

Audio

22 Sep 2009

Australia is a proudly multicultural society, but are we at a point where we need to slow down our rate of immigration?

With the world in a state of financial uncertainty, the environmental situation looking grim, and jobless figures in flux, will...

Audio

22 Sep 2009

Charles Leadbeater discusses radical innovation in the public services, including the role of co-creation and user-generated services.

On Monday the 21st September 2009, The Eidos Institute Board and Education City hosted a breakfast with Charles Leadbeater, a leading authority on innovation and strategy and...

Report

22 Sep 2009

This paper summarises findings from a survey of user behaviors and intentions towards digital media and information in Australia.

It was undertaken in the first quarter of 2009 by the Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Faculty and was funded by the Smart Services...

Book

23 Sep 2009

Climate change presents a clear and present danger to ecosystems, communities and economies. As Professor Garnaut so powerfully stated “the failure of our generation (to address climate change) would lead to consequences that would haunt humanity until the end of time". With further climate change...

23 Sep 2009

Filmmaker John Hughes responds to Ruth Balint's essay on history and television in Inside Story

RECENTLY in Inside Story Ruth Balint surveyed the first offerings of the Making History series from Film Australia and the ABC, which went to air in March 2007....

Essay

23 Sep 2009

Sometime last year my ex-husband discovered Twitter and his ‘tweets’—mini-blog messages limited to 140 characters—started showing up on his Facebook page dutifully proffering answers to the quintessential Twitter question: what are you doing? Frankly, I couldn’t see the point.

But then all of a...

Briefing paper

21 Sep 2009

Emissions trading gets a lot of bad press. James Hansen, a leading advocate for climate change legislation, has rejected emissions trading altogether in favour of a carbon tax. In an open letter delivered on 29 December 2008 to then President-Elect Obama, Dr Hansen described cap-and-trade...

Audio

21 Sep 2009

This presentation raises some of the key transport issues facing Sydney today as well as the Federal perspective on transport solutions for Australia's cities. Then Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London, reveals the triumphs and challenges of transforming London's transport system, and his suggestions for...

Report

21 Sep 2009

Rather than looking to create new policy prescriptions for the economic development and security of Papua New Guinea, Captain Stephen O'Keefe, Royal Australian Navy makes the case for improving on an existing set of policies. Through a series of coordinated and concurrent initiatives, termed the...

Report

21 Sep 2009

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience significantly poorer health outcomes compared with other Australians. Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are responsible for the majority of the ‘gap’ in Indigenous life expectancy. Nutrition and physical activity are two important risk...

Report

21 Sep 2009

The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) was established in 1995 by the Keating Government as one element of its three-part response to the Mabo judgment. The first part was the Native Title Act (1993), which validated past grants of land to settlers and set...

Report

21 Sep 2009

This paper considers the potential application of social marketing principles to crime prevention. Social marketing has been a significant force in the public health field in Australia for more than two decades. It is a key component in the promotion of engagement in health protection...

Report

21 Sep 2009

Vocational education and training (VET) plays an important role in providing employees with the skills they require to be effective in the modern workplace and contribute to Australia's economic growth. But how well does the VET system meet the needs of employers?

This study...

Report

21 Sep 2009

This research report examines 145 cases before the NSW Children's court and describes the circumstances in which a young person was likely to be breached on their bail.

Early in 2008, the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) identified the issue of bail and its impact...

Report

21 Sep 2009

This paper focuses on inequalities in learning opportunities for individuals coming from different socioeconomic backgrounds as a measure of (in)equality of opportunity in OECD countries and looks at the role played by policies and institutions in shaping countries’ relative positions.

Based on harmonised 15-year...

Report

21 Sep 2009

This annual assessment of labour market developments and prospects in OECD member countries focuses on the jobs crisis in particular and looks at steps taken by governments to help workers and the unemployed and to prevent high levels of unemployment becoming entrenched.

This web-based...

21 Sep 2009

GOVERNMENTS place great emphasis on self-promotion, especially when it comes to announcing high profile public works. But no government has yet discovered which mysterious property in signs fixed to taxpayer-funded constructions seems to render them invisible to the public but a provocative eyesore to political...

Report

22 Sep 2009

It is time for concrete, demonstrable action to break down the current international stalemate and achieve a world without nuclear weapons, according to this report.

The committee makes 22 recommendations to strengthen the non-proliferation regime and help hasten the abolition of nuclear weapons, including...

Report

22 Sep 2009

In response to the global financial crisis the government introduced two guarantee schemes for authorised deposit-taking institutions, one for deposits and one for wholesale funding. This report assesses the schemes and makes recommendations for future arrangements.

Report

22 Sep 2009

The acquisitions of St George Bank by Westpac and Bankwest by the Commonwealth Bank in 2008 increased the market share of the 'big four' banks, raising concerns that increasing concentration from bank mergers may be significantly reducing competition in the Australian market forfinancial services....

Report

22 Sep 2009

From 1 July 2010 the government will replace the R&D Tax Concession with a simplified R&D Tax Credit, with tighter eligibility criteria.

This paper argues that the reformed scheme will provide more generous support for R&D to help build a more innovative economy....

Report

22 Sep 2009

This supplement to the July 2009 report Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books addresses matters raised in a recent paper commissioned by the Australian Publishers Association.

Report

22 Sep 2009

The first in a series, this report provides an overview of the past and present condition of the environmental, economic and social values of the Great Barrier Reef and presents its possible future.

The report highlights the fact that the Great Barrier Reef is...

Report

28 Sep 2009

This US report represents the culmination of two years of research on cultural consumer engagement and is part of a program that aims to double the region's cultural engagement in a dozen years.

Encompassing consumer surveys, demographic studies, focus groups, and paid patron behavior...

21 Sep 2009

ONE RECENT Sunday afternoon, after several weeks of feeling poorly, I made the uncomfortable transition from being an observer of the health system to a user of it. As I took off my clothes, put on the green gown provided by the hospital, and followed...

Report

17 Sep 2009

This report was commissioned by the Research Information Network2 (RIN) and JISC to gather and analyse evidence about the motivations, incentives and constraints that lead researchers in the UK in different subjects and disciplines to publish and disseminate their work in different ways, how and...

21 Sep 2009

ONE YEAR has passed since I released the final draft of the Climate Change Review. In the lead-up to Copenhagen, this is a timely opportunity to reflect on developments in the consideration of this diabolical policy problem and where it is all going now....

Discussion paper

21 Sep 2009

This positioning paper addresses a number of key questions relating to the sustainability of Australian households. It explores:

1. What are household waste/water/energy attitudes and practices?

2. How waste/water/energy attitudes and practices have changed over time.

3. What factors have driven changes...

Report

21 Sep 2009

This paper summarises the findings of eight years' research into the implications of a transition to a biofuel economy using woody biomass feedstocks for second-generation biofuels.

The Powerful Choices study uses a biophysical-economics model of the Australian economy to explore the capability of discrete...

Video

The cliche that you can't teach an old dog new tricks may soon be obsolete. The more we learn about the human brain, the more we understand the potential that it has to change, adapt and grow.

Traditionally the brain was seen as...

Video

Throughout history, the issue of women's rights has spent most of its time in the margins. However in her new book, "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World", author and journalist Michelle Goldberg makes a persuasive argument that a nation's...

Report

21 Sep 2009

In the recent Global Gender Gap Report released by the World Economic Forum (W.E.F.) Australia, along with New Zealand, were highlighted as “leaders in closing the gender gap”. Based on the W.E.F’s benchmarking tool, the Gender Gap Index (G.G.I.), Australia achieved a rank of 15,...

Report

21 Sep 2009

As part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Census Data Enhancement project, the Migrants Quality Study was conducted to assess the feasibility of linking the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Settlement Database (SDB) to the Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD), without the use of name...

Book

7 Sep 2009

Significant material received in the Parliamentary Library in 2008‐09 in the subject areas of Parliamentary Issues, Party Politics and Politics is listed in this publication, including:

books, reports, and pamphlets; key articles from the Library's intake of journals: transcripts of the most significant radio...
20 Sep 2009

The new citizenship test is still a flawed concept and open to challenge, write Kerry Ryan and Brian Costar in The Age

TWO years of the Howard government's controversial Australian citizenship test ended on Citizenship Day, September 17, when Labor announced a new...

Report

18 Sep 2009

The purpose of this discussion paper is to invite comment from industry on innovative ways of delivering government payments and collecting and sharing required information such as customer income details.

Each year the Australian Government delivers more than $100 billion in payments through the...

Journal article

18 Sep 2009

Drama persists as a natural form of healing and has existed as a ritual healing process for thousands of years. Developmentally, children naturally use dramatic play to master difficult moments in their lives. Historically and cross-culturally, individuals and communities have sought out the...

Report

18 Sep 2009

The delivery of eye health care in Australia is undertaken by an eye health labour force that consists of: - ophthalmologists - ophthalmic nurses - optometrists - orthoptists - optical dispensers - optical mechanics. The number of full-time equivalent ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists increased by...

Report

18 Sep 2009

In 2003 asthma was the leading cause of burden of disease in Australian children, contributing 17.4% of total DALYs and the eleventh-leading contributor to the overall burden of disease in Australia, accounting for 2.4% of the total number of DALYs. Asthma also contributed a substantial...

Report

18 Sep 2009

The National Perinatal Depression Plan (NPDP) provides an opportunity to develop and evaluate new approaches to assessing perinatal depression and a range of psychosocial issues, and to test strategies for supporting women and their families before and after birth.

Authors: Jane S. Yelland, Georgina...

Audio

18 Sep 2009

The way we interact with museums and their collections is changing fast, and so too is the way they're now engaging with us.

A panel discussion with Frank Howarth, Director of the Australian Museum; Associate Professor Angelina Russo from the Faculty of...

Report

7 Sep 2009

Having regard to the recent collapses of Timbercorp and Great Southern, the Committee inquired into and reported on agribusiness managed investment schemes (MIS), with particular reference to:

1. business models and scheme structures of MIS; 2. the impact of past and present taxation treatments...

Report

18 Sep 2009

How China and the US behave as they come out of the financial crisis will have global ramifications, but in few places are the stakes higher than in Australia.

This report provides an indepth Australian perspective on the global financial crisis (GFC)...

Guide

18 Sep 2009

The handbook, produced by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, contains a compilation of international laws and good practices developed to combat human trafficking. It offers guidance on how national legislation can be brought in line with international standards by, for example, defining trafficking...

Report

18 Sep 2009

This compendium, compiled by UNODC and PricewaterhouseCoopers, looks at what companies in the Fortune 500 Global Index (2008) are doing to fight corruption. It highlights a range of measures, and different approaches.

While there is no one-size-fits-all, businesses should not go below international...

Report

18 Sep 2009

This report presents a snapshot of international trends and activities in the setting, measurement, and reporting of academic achievement standards in higher education.

This report was prepared for the Australian Universities Quality Agency during July 2009, and presents a snapshot of international trends and...

Report

18 Sep 2009

This project examines the influence of English language proficiency (ELP) on workplace readiness and employment outcomes for international students and graduates who seek to work in Australia.

This project examines the influence of English language proficiency (ELP) on workplace readiness and employment outcomes for...

Report

18 Sep 2009

The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted in May each year for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed on the same test items in the assessment...

Report

16 Sep 2009

An issues paper examining the gender gap in retirement savings.

The aim of the current retirement income system is for individuals to accumulate wealth over their lifecycle to provide for their own financial security in retirement. However, this system does not serve women well,...

16 Sep 2009

LET ME START with a pre-emptive admission: the media, I hereby confess, are deeply superficial.

By media, I mean mass circulation print, radio and TV outlets and online news sites. Committed journalists have come to realise that the public discerns the media in which...

Report

15 Feb 2009

This is the final report for a UK JISC-funded study into the appropriate and effective use of social software in further and higher education.

The study was carried out in a six-month period from August 2008 to January 2009. The report is intended to...

Strategy

15 Sep 2009

This report sets out a number of priority actions to assist Australians with disability, including mental illness, into work.

It recognises the importance of education and training as a pathway to sustainable employment, and the role of employers in increasing employment opportunities for people...

16 Sep 2009

If any in the audience were expecting Ross Garnaut to be bitter about the federal government's inadequate response to his September 2008 Review recommendations, they were wrong.

Speaking on Monday night at ANU, it was clear Garnaut remains resolutely glass-half-full. He offered a high...

Report

14 Sep 2009

This Positioning Paper is the first report from a project which seeks to add to the research evidence base on the financial and non-financial outcomes of home ownership for households.

The overall aim of the project is thus to investigate whether, and to what...

Report

14 Sep 2009

Sexual violence against women is a prevalent problem that may adversely affect many aspects of health. This paper presents a brief overview of research findings concerning the impact of sexual violence on females' high-risk health behaviors and reproductive health, focusing on studies of sexual assault...

Report

14 Jun 2009

This research investigates a range of issues concerning hepatitis C and Indigenous people in Victoria. Access to anti-viral treatment for hepatitis C has improved over the past few years, with over 3,500 people in 2007 accessing treatment throughout Australia; however with 207,600 people estimated to...

Report

14 Sep 2009

Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions affect more than 6 million Australians. In 2004-05, direct health expenditure on these conditions amounted to $4.0 billion or 7.5% of total allocated health expenditure in Australia. Osteoarthritis alone accounted for nearly one-third of the expenditure, mostly due to hospital costs...

Report

14 Sep 2009

The number and type of disabilities a person has is highly related to the severity of disability and need for assistance. This report examines the severity of disability and complex support needs of people with multiple disabilities in Australia.

The analysis examines people with...

Report

14 Sep 2009

The recent economic downturn has resulted in an increased focus on Australia's labour market, and in particular on changes in unemployment, employment and the relationship to hours worked. While much of the recent interest has been on movements in the unemployment rate, there is considerable...

Report

14 Sep 2009

Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population is projected to reach between 713,300 and 721,100 people in 2021, according to this report.

These figures are based on a series of assumptions which incorporate recent trends in Indigenous fertility, mortality and internal migration. The...

Audio

14 Sep 2009

From its earliest classical origins, education's real purpose was to build 'character' so graduates could take up their role in their society and contribute to the good of everyone. But is that still the case or have financial imperatives had their way?

After all,...

Audio

14 Sep 2009

The global economic situation in 2009 is complex and rapidly changing. It's been the subject of much debate and speculation both locally and internationally, but what do we really know about the implications for Australia, now and in the future?

This Whitlam Institute and...

Video

Australian settlers found themselves confronted by a 'death-like silence' which refused to yield to their colonial ambitions. The land was too dry.

In his lecture for Sydney Ideas, historian (and broadcaster) Michael Cathcart argues that this experience of silence produced a melancholy brand of...

Report

11 Sep 2009

This Background Note focuses on citizenship within the context of Commonwealth legislation and does not attempt an analysis of the meaning of Australian citizenship or different theories of citizenship.

Report

14 Sep 2009

Despite economic downturn, China's domestic markets continue to scale-up low carbon technology.

A new report by The Climate Group shows that in an incredibly short space of time China has taken the lead in the race to develop and commercialize a range of low...

Report

14 Sep 2009

For some time now work participation statistics in Australia have confronted us with the apparent prolongation of the disadvantages experienced by some parents in the lives of their offspring.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS, 1994) data has indicated that young people whose parents are...

Report

15 Sep 2009

A horror year for drowning which claimed 302 Australian lives has prompted urgent calls from the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia for increased parental awareness, a greater emphasis on swimming and water safety education, and extreme caution when swimming in rivers, lakes and dams...

Journal article

18 Sep 2009

Sexually transmitted infections such as HIV are illnesses that affect both a person's physical health as well as their mental and social wellbeing. Yet, the global development of public health responses have, for the most part, remained focused on the physical wellbeing of people with...

Journal article

18 Sep 2009

This article introduces a special issue of the International Journal of Cultural Studies on the topic of co-creative labour. The term co-creation is used to describe the phenomenon of consumers increasingly participating in the process of making and circulating media content and experiences. Practices of...

Report

15 Apr 2009

Uncertainty about sustainable business models for widely adopted core textbooks was a key barrier in terms of enabling libraries to participate in e‐textbook provision to the degree that they would like.

In order to develop business models that take account of the current co-existence...

Discussion paper

14 Aug 2009

Outside the United States, very little is known about long-run trends in school productivity. This paper presents new evidence using two data series from Australia, where comparable tests are available back to the 1960s.

For young teenagers (aged 13-14), the authors find a small...

Article

14 Sep 2009

CSIRO's search for better Australian cotton varieties emphasises the importance of best practice management along the whole production line -- from grower to consumer.

This article examines the current state of Australia’s cotton industry.

Australia is the fifth largest exporter of cotton in...

Report

14 Sep 2009

This booklet has been developed by the Heads of Collecting Institutions (HOCI), which is a forum of the Chief Executives of the National Collecting Institutions within Australia.

Australia's collecting institutions vary and include large government funded agencies, as well as small volunteer...

Report

14 Sep 2009

The new National Indigenous Languages Policy is aimed at keeping Indigenous languages alive and supporting Indigenous Australians to connect with their language, culture and country.

The most recent report on Indigenous languages in Australia, the National Indigenous Languages Survey (NILS) Report 2005, found that...

Commentary

14 Sep 2009

I HAVE A GREAT IDEA to improve the health of Australians, and it goes to the heart of the problem: the performance of doctors. The profession has been operating free of scrutiny for too long and must be made much more transparent. As consumers we...

Discussion paper

14 Sep 2009

Kevin Foster of Monash University writes that in its Afghanistan operations the Australian Defence Force 'evidently regards the media as a threat to the smooth running of its public affairs operation and as a consequence they are brought into the process only at the point...

Report

14 Sep 2009

The State-wide Community and Court Liaison Service in New South Wales reduces the frequency with which people with a mental health problem come into contact with the court system, according to this report. This is one of the key findings to emerge from an evaluation...

Report

14 Sep 2009

Australians continue to make very substantial contributions to the development of open source software and thus to the Internet's global infrastructure, according to this paper.

Many examples of innovation in relation to information goods involve works in which various parties have proprietary (copyright) interests,...

Report

14 Sep 2009

This article explores the implications of a shift from public to private provision of information through focusing on the relationship between Google and public libraries.

Audio

14 Sep 2009

For a year, 26 e-course texts across four subject areas (Medicine, Business, Engineering and Media Studies) were made available to 127 UK universities who took part in a National e-books observatory project

funded by JISC and carried out by JISC Collections 2. The...

Report

11 Sep 2009

Australian Army Colonel, Matthew Hall, argues that during efforts to bring stability and security to Afghanistan, the international community of states may have overlooked a critical ally; the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Hall believes that the Organisation should be considered a partner in the international...

Report

11 Sep 2009

This paper finds that China's growing military power is not a cause for concern.

In his assessment of China's military expansion for the western Pacific region, Dr Marcus Hellyer, Australian Public Service, concludes that China is modernising its armed forces, developing peacefully and behaving...

Report

11 Sep 2009

Non-resident parenthood has become a topic of growing interest in social policy in recent decades. This is mainly because of concern about the consequences for children of growth in divorce and separation, but also because of increasing interest from governments’ in ensuring that both parents...

Article

11 Sep 2009

This article takes a look at who is experiencing time pressure, and also what reasons people give for that time pressure.

Feelings of being rushed, stressed, harried or time pressured are prevalent across society, causing concern for how this experience of time impacts upon...

11 Sep 2009

The recent turmoil on the global financial stage has seen significant changes to the Australian economic outlook.

In November 2008, Access Economics released an issues paper commissioned by Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia titled The...

11 Sep 2009

NOT LONG AGO, the Productivity Commission released its final report on a very vexed question. The question was, should the provisions of the Copyright Act, which currently prevent overseas editions of Australian-published works from being imported into Australia, be repealed? These provisions, known as parallel...

Report

24 Aug 2009

The top 10 per cent of teachers are twice as effective as the bottom 10 per cent, according to this paper.

The research, by ANU economist Dr Andrew Leigh, differs from previous Australian studies in that it uses a measure of teacher effectiveness based...

Article

11 Sep 2009

Increasingly, producers call on the crowd to both create and critique design writes Angelina Russo in Anthill.

If you’re under thirty and you wear t-shirts, then you’ve probably heard of Threadless.com .

In 2000, Jake Nickell and Jacob DeHart launched...

Video

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think.

Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

9 Sep 2009

PICTURE THIS COUNTRY five years from now, once an emissions trading scheme is fully operational. How will your life be different? Will higher energy prices radically change your approach to work, travel, shopping and leisure?

Some people, particularly firm believers in the Rudd Government’s...

8 Sep 2009

IT SEEMS virtually certain that the CPRS legislation will be reintroduced to parliament later this year, and highly likely that it will be passed with the support of some or all Liberal senators. The alternative, a double dissolution fought on an issue where the party...

Report

10 Sep 2009

This paper introduces the concept and origins of biochar, discuss its production process, potential uses, and the benefits and costs of biochar in its key roles in agriculture and climate change mitigation.

Soils have the ability to absorb carbon dioxide and influence its concentration...

Report

8 Sep 2009

Set up to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the EOWW Act, this review will consider practical ways to improve the equal opportunity framework to deliver better outcomes for Australian women.

Despite the significant increases in women’s workforce participation, women continue to spend less...

Report

8 Sep 2009

Australian children will continue to be catered for on commercial television via quotas for children's (C) and preschool children's (P) programs under these new standards.

The standards will also make it possible for broadcasters to create viewing destinations for children through the introduction of...

Report

8 Sep 2009

A legislative framework is required to govern the establishment and operation of official inquiries at the federal level to ensure that such inquiries have adequate investigatory powers while the rights of individuals are protected, according to this discussion paper.

This would put what are...

Report

9 Sep 2009

Growing advantages for the better educated and likely continuing high levels of unemployment will provide more and more young people with strong incentives to stay on in education. Governments need to take account of this in planning education policies, according to the latest edition of...

9 Sep 2009

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Australia's most powerful bureaucrat will turn to the private sector to improve the public service, but that won't solve his problems, writes Jack Waterford in the Canberra Times

IT'S VERY UNLIKELY anyone will be much...

Report

16 Mar 2009

This report provides an overview of the Northern Territory Population Projections 2009 and describes the process of development. A summary of the projection results is included in this report but for the complete set of projected population numbers, users should refer to the spreadsheets available...

Report

9 Sep 2009

Most efforts to assess the performance of parliamentary committees have focused on anecdotal reporting, which is unreliable. This paper argues that it is both possible and valuable to assess their impact quantitatively.

The few studies that have collected quantitative information have been small in...

9 Sep 2009

MANY AUSTRALIANS in the workforce have access to paid sick leave. In fact, unless you are a casual employee, or not in the labour force, access to sick leave is probably part of your working conditions. And many of us, if asked, would say we...

Report

7 Sep 2009

After 35 years of use, the Internet is reaching its design limits. The next 35 years of networking require a new architecture that can maintain the accepted services such as the Web as well as innovative new services that haven't yet been deployed.

Increased...

Report

7 Sep 2009

What is the actual state of child well-being today? How much are governments spending on children and are they spending it at the right times?

What social and family policies have the most impact during children’s earliest years? Is growing up in a...

Report

7 Sep 2009

Results have been analysed from a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Festivals Project, which sought to document the extent and significance of festivals for rural communities and economies.

Rural festivals have proliferated and diversified in recent years from the traditional country show to evermore...

Report

7 Sep 2009

The 17 July 2009 Jakarta hotel bombings have produced calls for a strengthened security apparatus and harsher laws, but the more urgent priority is to understand the terrorists’ local support base and target government programs accordingly, according to this report.

The report examines...

Report

11 Nov 2009

Between 1922 and 1967 about 150,000 children with an average age of eight years and nine months were shipped from Great Britain to help populate the British Dominions of Canada, Rhodesia, New Zealand and Australia with ‘good white stock’.

Estimates of the number of...

Report

4 Sep 2009

This paper is designed to provide readers with a summary of superannuation taxation, contribution, preservation and payment rules. It covers, amongst others, the following topics:

• the taxation of superannuation contributions and benefits

• the level of superannuation contributions that employers must make...

Discussion paper

7 Sep 2009

British politician Alan Milburn's speech given at an Eidos breakfast in Brisbane in September. Milburn led a radical reform of the UK's national health service to devolve decision-making, increase provider autonomy, diversify supply and empower patients.

He is a proponent of citizen-centred...

Video

Alan Milburn led a radical reform of the UKs national health service to devolve decision-making, increase provider autonomy, diversify supply and empower patients. He is a proponent of citizen-centred public services.

He will discuss how supply-side reforms including greater diversity in provision need...

Report

7 Sep 2009

"Aboriginal people have been examined, measured and asked questions ... They have been passive subjects rather than participants."

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is often cited as a suitable methodological approach for academic researchers wanting to work collaboratively with Indigenous communities. This paper describes the...

Journal article

7 Sep 2009

While the causes of obesity are well known traditional education and treatment strategies do not appear to be making an impact. One solution as part of a broader complimentary set of strategies may be regulatory intervention at local government level to create environments for healthy...

7 Sep 2009

Susan Hayes, Literature Director at the Australia Council, outlines her thoughts on digital publishing in The Australian.

WHEN I read recently that sales of the new Kindle e-reader in the US have not been as huge as anticipated, I must confess that...

Briefing paper

7 Sep 2009

On 16 November last year, G20 leaders made a commitment to resist protectionism. According to the World Bank, by the end of February 2009, seventeen of the twenty had already ‘implemented 47 measures whose effect is to restrict trade.’ When the leaders meet in Pittsburgh...

Report

6 Sep 2009

This report provides monthly updates of revenue passengers and aircraft movement data for scheduled operations at top ten airports in Australia and including the totals for all Australian airports.

Report

7 Sep 2009

BITRE has examined trends in the fuel consumption of new passenger vehicles sold in Australia. Up to 2001, technological advances in engine technology, which improved fuel efficiency, were offset by increases in power, weight and the popularity of 4WD vehicles. Since 2001 the...

Report

7 Sep 2009

This paper provides an overview of developments in the use of interactive online communications described as Web 2.0 and when applied in government, better known as Government 2.0.

The term Web 2.0 takes in the new and emerging digitally enabled, interactive communications, pushing organisations,...

Journal article

8 Sep 2009

This article critiques Victoria's ten year plan, Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families: Towards a Safer Future for Indigenous Families and Communities .

On its one year anniversary, the authors evaluate progress made under the State strategy and make concrete suggestions to ensure...

Video

More than any other artform, theatre preserves and recycles "classic" works. While there is certainly a place for this, does it come at the cost of new voices?

Delivering the 2009 Alex Buzo Memorial Lecture, playwright Alana Valentine looks at ways that theatre...

Video

We fight wars to defend it, vote to uphold it and pride ourselves upon it. But what's so good about democracy? In this wide ranging talk, Professor John Keane, author of "The Life and Death of Democracy", discusses the history of an...

Video

In November 2004 on Palm Island an Aboriginal man, Cameron Doomadgee, was arrested for swearing at a police officer. Forty minutes later he was dead in custody.

The release of the pathologists' report, which found that Doomadgee had four broken ribs and...

7 Sep 2009

THE BLIGH GOVERNMENT has announced a ban on success fees for lobbyists. This follows the revelation that former Labor and Liberal party figures have received a success fee for securing Queensland government contracts for clients. Commentators have questioned whether simply banning success fees is enough,...

Report

7 Sep 2009

The global economic downturn that followed the collapse of major US financial institutions is no doubt the most significant crisis of our times. Its effects on corporate and governmental balance sheets have been devastating, as have been its impacts on the employment and well being...

Report

7 Sep 2009

Governments focus on greening ICTs rather than creating smart ICT applications. This OECD report analyses government programmes and business initiatives on ICT and the environment to address environmental challenges, particularly global warming and energy use.

Report

14 Sep 2009

Through original interviews with donors and partners, the UK based Institute for Philanthropy has prepared a report on how donors are finding imaginative ways to fund strategically during the recession.

The report includes ten tips for smarter giving, as well as six case studies...

Report

12 Sep 2009

This report set out to build and test some tools and methods to help address the lack of business information on scholarly journal publishing at a pivotal time when financial models are changing.

Executive summary

1. Within US based humanities...

Report

6 Sep 2009

This research assessed whether knowledge of insurance implications influenced uptake of genetic testing by participants in a research study of the causes of colorectal cancer.

It found that people are choosing not to obtain genetic information because of how it will affect their eligibility...

Report

11 Sep 2009

This report was submitted to the US Congress pursuant to the Child Safe Viewing Act of 2007 as an assessment of the current state of the marketplace with respect to: the existence and availability of advanced blocking technologies; methods of encouraging the development, deployment and...

Report

4 Sep 2009

Although there is an increasing recognition of the positive role that creative industries play in innovation and growth, there is little evidence on the spatial dimension of this impact. An ongoing NESTA project employs economic geography techniques to address this gap, with the aim of...

Report

4 Sep 2009

As part of the preparations for the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture 2009 in Johannesburg, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) opened up a discussion with its network members on the claim that intercultural dialogue has become a new...

Journal article

4 Sep 2009

This paper discusses research examining the attitudes and behaviours of researching women in academia and considers the effect of these factors on successful researching outcomes.

The results of this exploratory research highlight in particular, a number of interesting environmental influencers which contribute to enhancing...

Journal article

4 Sep 2009

This article examines a Victorian high school's implementation of a new Year 9 program which was intended to interrupt a traditional academic curriculum and to create an imagined oasis of care and personal development for students.

It explores ways in which:

(1) the...

Journal article

4 Sep 2009

This paper assesses the extent to which the theoretical openness of access to refereed papers in open access journals is being exploited in practice.

Report

4 Sep 2009

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index monitors the subjective wellbeing of the Australian population. The first survey was conducted in April 2001 and this report concerns the 21st survey, undertaken in May 2009.

The previous survey had been conducted six months earlier in October 2008....

Report

4 Aug 2009

Are beautiful politicians more likely to be elected?

To test this, the authors use evidence from Australia, a country in which voting is compulsory, and in which voters are given ‘How to Vote’ cards depicting photos of the major party candidates as they arrive...

Discussion paper

4 Aug 2009

Using the first two waves of the Vietnam Living Standards Survey, this paper investigates how a father's temporary absence affects children left behind in terms of their school attendance, household expenditures on education, and nonhousework labour supply in the 1990s. The estimating subsample is children...

Report

3 Sep 2009

Chronic kidney disease is a common and serious problem in Australia. Those with the most severe form, end-stage kidney disease, usually require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. It is with these resource intensive and technologically advanced treatments that much of the health costs...

Audio

3 Sep 2009

In this speech for Privacy Victoria, former High Court judge Michael Kirby addresses local and international issues of privacy protection.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG accepted the invitation from Victoria’s Privacy Commissioner, Ms Helen Versey, to deliver the inaugural Oration. It marks the...

Report

3 Sep 2009

The 2009 Defence White Paper announced that new combat helicopters for the Navy would be acquired 'as a matter of urgency'. ASPI has long argued that naval aviation is a capability shortfall and welcomes the recognition of the importance of embarked helicopters. However,...

Article

3 Sep 2009

This article examines aspects of post-separation services and service provision and summarises the literature related to the provision of culturally responsive family dispute resolution.

"Family relationship centres (FRCs) are required to liaise and work with local communities to provide services relevant to those communities....

Article

3 Sep 2009

Sixteen children and young people, aged between 7 and 17 years, each participated in an in-depth interview that focused on their experiences and perceptions of their rights and "best interests", decision-making processes, and arrangements that affected them following their parents' separation. This article will discuss...

Report

30 Aug 2009

The policy domain of childhood education and care (ECEC) has experienced a huge surge of attention in recent years. However, while national governments have forged ahead with a range of policy initiatives, little comparative research has been undertaken.

At the conclusion of its thematic...

Report

3 Sep 2009

This paper suggests that 'We must recognise the failure of the "organised crime laws" to win the "war on organised crime".'

Offences designed to penalise criminal organisations constitute the most recent and perhaps most ambitious strategy to fight organised crime. The common feature of...

Audio

4 Sep 2009

Jack Keating discusses his new report on education with Peter Clarke in Inside Story

EDUCATION REFORM is back on the national agenda. Among the many issues being discussed are the need for a significant improvement in teaching skills and standards and...

Briefing paper

4 Sep 2009

The key to increasing demand for the arts may well lie in reversing the 30-year-long downtrend in arts learning both in and out of school.

A number of US cities have been tackling that challenge by using “coordinated approaches” that seek to have schools...

Report

3 Sep 2009

Mid term report (46)

The Integrated Services Project for Clients with Challenging Behaviour (ISP) aims to decrease the adverse impact of challenging behaviour on clients, the community, and the service system. The Project does this by developing intervention and support plans...

2 Sep 2009

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The Preventive Health Taskforce's advice is entirely predictable, writes Jack Waterford in the Canberra Times

HEALTH MINISTER Nicola Roxon was spoiling us yesterday. On a normal day she issues only one attractively presented major review or...

Report

31 Aug 2009

Over 2,300 reporting organisations participated in the 2009 survey representing more than one million female employees. This report is the second in a suite of EOWA surveys examining gender issues in the workplace.

An Australian Government Agency, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the...

Audio

31 Aug 2009

This presentation describes current developments within the scholarly communications landscape and provides an indicator of possible future directions.

The internet is having a profound impact on the 300-year-old model of scholarly communication. New technologies allow for new modes of interaction between researchers, and a...

Report

31 Aug 2009

Using examples from the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians and from work completed by ACER, this paper examines the challenges of measuring and improving the non-academic outcomes of schooling.

The paper outlines common difficulties encountered when defining non-academic outcomes...

Report

31 Aug 2009

This report is the result of a three year consultation project with arts and disability stakeholders across NSW. It identifies key findings, issues and solutions to promote full inclusion, access and cultural opportunities in the arts for people with disability. This report ensures the work...

Video

Whitney Fitzsimmons speaks to Malcolm Cook, East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute, about the economic impacts of the change in government in Japan.

Video

Australia's financial watchdog, Australian Securities and Investiment Commission, to take over regulatory duties of the Australian Securities Exchange from 2010.

Video

In this talk at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, health researcher and WHO Commissioner Professor Fran Baum discusses the determining factors of our mental and physical health, particularly wealth and equality within societies.

Taking a global view, she finds that growing prosperity does...

Video

24 Aug 2008

Business management futurist, Dr Patrick Dixon, presents this conference keynote lecture about government policy on climate change and the distortion of national energy markets with regulations, tax reliefs and direct subsidies.

Government subsidies distort energy markets. Public pressure, campaigns and activist groups. Changes in...

Report

31 Aug 2009

Concerned about financial barriers to participation, the authors of this report canvassed the cost burden to parents of education in a government school. To achieve 90 per cent Year 12 attainment, they found, will require educational policy reform.

The authors applied a social inclusion...

Audio

31 Aug 2009

Private philanthropy in Australia has been enjoying a bit of a boom in recent years, as a growing number of wealthy families and individuals set up investment trusts and channel the profits into good works.

The growth has driven in part by legislative changes...

Video

Australian-born David Kilcullen was the senior advisor to US General Petraeus during his time in Iraq, advising on counter-insurgency. The implementation of his strategies is now regarded as a major turning point in the war. Kilcullen is now advising the US military in Afghanistan. Here,...

Report

31 Aug 2009

Despite their experiences of persecution and forced migration, many refugees from the Horn of Africa are settling successfully and working not only for themselves, but to assist their communities here and in Africa. This report looks at their experiences.

A major attribute of refugees...

Transcript

31 Aug 2009

In this transcript of his Press Club address, Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, looks at the challenges for copyright law.

This speech was presented in Canberra on 4 August 2009. The transcript includes the question and answer session after...

Report

1 Sep 2009

This report provides background to the Draft National Primary Health Care Strategy as well as providing evidence to support future investment in, and reform of, the primary health care system.

The report also examines key issues that were raised under the ten individual Elements...

Report

1 Sep 2009

This report proposes a model for a new national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

There are three main contributions that the National Representative Body can make to the closing the gap agenda and in the relationship with government more generally....

Report

4 Sep 2009

Civic involvement has long been dominated by those with high levels of income and education, leading some advocates to hope that online access might alter this pattern. But this report shows that the internet is not changing the socio-economic character of civic engagement in America....