October 2009

Video

30 Oct 2009

A public debate hosted by the Australian National University and The Canberra Times on 15 July 09.

Audio presentation

30 Oct 2009

Today, war is conducted not only by the dispatch of Tomahawks in the air or Kalashnikovs and suicide attacks on the ground but also by means of bytes, tweets, digital images, and social networking forums.

(New) media technology, in other words, has become...

Briefing paper

30 Oct 2009

Burma’s military government dominates the country’s politics and its economy. It has continued to repress political opponents (including Aung San Suu Kyi) and its record in economic development and human rights is considered widely to be poor. While a number of Western governments have condemned...

Discussion paper

30 Oct 2009

The Defence White paper announced that the future submarine fleet would consist of at least twelve submarines that would be able to perform a wide range of missions and carry a varied array of weapons and sensors. As described, the resultant boats are...

Discussion paper

30 Oct 2009

In September 2009, the Pittsburgh Summit designated the G-20 as the world’s premier forum for international cooperation. The G-20 gives East Asia a significant presence at the top table of the world economy: six regional economies, including Australia, are members. This creates important new opportunities...

Website

30 Oct 2009

This publication presents results from the survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities conducted in April 2009. While the publication primarily provides information about the participation of children aged 5 to 14 years in cultural, sporting and other leisure activities, details on children's...

Dataset

28 Oct 2009

A monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes. Primarily a reference document, the publication provides a broad basis for analysis and research on the Australian economy and includes statistics that can be applied to both macro-economic and...

29 Oct 2009

AS PETER SINGER and Jim Mason noted in their 2006 book The Ethics of What We Eat , even conscientious omnivores can find it difficult to concern themselves with animals who occupy remote underwater places and are, on the whole, decidedly not cute.

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Report

29 Oct 2009

Paddock to plate: policy propositions for sustaining food and farming systems is the second and final phase of the Future Food & Farming project commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) with funding from the William Buckland Foundation. The report explores the future of...

Report

29 Oct 2009

New governance arrangements are needed for Australia’s coastal zone, according to this report, which makes recommendations to improve management of climate change and environmental impacts on the coast.

Some 80 per cent of the Australian population live in the coastal zone, and the...

30 Oct 2009

In contrast to Australia, the prognosis for healthcare reform in the US improves by the day, writes Lesley Russell in Inside Story

IT’S A REVERSAL of all the health policy stereotypes: the stark contrast between healthcare reform in Australia, where reports outnumber actions...

Audio

30 Oct 2009

The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, discusses China's importance to Australia and puts in context recent events in the bilateral relationship.

45:50 mins

Report

30 Oct 2009

An analysis of the Treasury's modelling of emissions from sheep and cattle.

Agricultural emissions are a significant source of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions yet they will be excluded from the initial stage of the Rudd Government's proposed CPRS, with a view to incorporating them...

Transcript

28 Oct 2009

In the national interest and in their professional interest, pharmacists must participate in the transformation of our health sector from a sickness to a wellness model, argues the author.

The 5000 pharmacies on high street are a highly accessible and high profile resource, more...

Report

28 Oct 2009

The question whether a socially mobile society is conducive to subjective well-being has rarely been investigated. This paper fills this gap by analyzing the wellbeing effects of intergenerational earnings mobility and equality in education at the societal level.

Using socio-demographic information on 44 000...

Report

28 Oct 2009

The authors of this paper propose the establishment of local Regional Health Organisations (RHOs) across Australia, with each responsible for the health care needs of a defined population within their region.

Australia's unique geography and federated system of governance has, over time, led to...

Report

28 Oct 2009

The report encourages advertisers, the media and the fashion industry to promote more positive body image messages.

The report includes a Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct on Body Image which recommends using healthy weight models, realistic and natural images of people and disclosure when...

Website

This site uses local community wellbeing indicators to improve citizen engagement, community planning and policy making.

Community Indicators Victoria aims to establish a sustainable Victorian approach to the development and use of local community wellbeing indicators, with the purpose of improving citizen engagement, community...

Audio

28 Oct 2009

Spiritual surfing on the internet is changing the way religion is created, delivered and experienced.

Heidi Campbell of Texas A & M University is an expert on web religion and her new book and blog share the title, When Religion Meets New Media ....

Audio

28 Oct 2009

Sound artist, musician, researcher and educator Dr Ros Bandt discusses aural environments, the sculpting of sound, her recent works and musical inspirations.

With host Jacky Angus.

"In a sound installation, you are fully aware of your whole self, your mind and...

Audio

28 Oct 2009

Former Australian Foreign Minister and president of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans discusses the difficult issues around nuclear disarmament in the 18th annual Stephen Murray-Smith Lecture.

This lecture was held at the State Library of Victoria on 14 September 2009.

"The present...

Essay

26 Oct 2009

Recently there has been a move towards incorporating ethnographic practices into the research phase of the design process. Groundbreaking work has been done by design consultancies like IDEO (2001), and by trend-predictors such as The Future Laboratory. Large corporations (BMW, Philips and Mark & Spencer)...

Report

26 Oct 2009

Information from whistleblowers can make an invaluable contribution to protectng investor interests and preserving market integrity, but they need to be shielded from the risks they face in coming forward. This paper examines possible reforms to current protections.

This paper sets out a range...

Report

26 Oct 2009

This paper describes and evaluates the process, impacts and outcomes of an Aboriginal Family and Community Healing (AFCH) Program based in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia. The evaluation used participatory action oriented methodology, mixed methods and multiple data sources. The AFCH comprised complex and dynamic activities...

Report

26 Oct 2009

This study explores the common features of high-quality traineeships using case studies from the cleaning, child care, construction, retail, finance and insurance, and meat processing areas.

The research identifies a range of policy measures that could improve both the practice and image of traineeships....

Report

26 Oct 2009

NCVER's Academic Scholarship Program provided the opportunity for an investigation into the flexible delivery of vocational education and training (VET) in a remote Indigenous community.

Through evaluation of the delivery of the Sunrise Health Service's Youth Worker Training Program from the perspective of the...

Article

26 Oct 2009

At school pick-ups, at homes, in cafés and at work, worried parents debate the merits of different schools, share insider knowledge and gossip about school reputations, cultivate strategies for getting into the 'right' school for their child, and endlessly dissect or defend their decision....

Article

26 Oct 2009

The qualities or otherwise of democracy have been the subject of controversy since ancient Greece. In Australia, the meaning of the term has been one more battleground in the culture wars, over which the Howard Government continues to cast a long shadow.

Australia:...

Discussion paper

26 Oct 2009

This document has been endorsed by the NBN Reference Model working group charged with developing a set of high level NBN network architecture options. These inputs have been developed to assist the Communications Alliance in establishing an industry agreed set of NBN reference...

Report

26 Oct 2009

Analysis of care pathways provides information that is useful to both policy planners and service providers alike.

The Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) cohort study linked aged care assessment data for a cohort of 105,100 people to data sets showing use of five main...

Report

26 Oct 2009

This report describes and reviews all known mainstream and Indigenous-specific specialist tenant support programs operating around Australia.

Report

26 Oct 2009

Around 154,000 alcohol and other drug treatment episodes were provided during 2007-08, an increase of about 7,000 episodes compared to 2006-07. Younger clients were more likely to receive treatment for cannabis use and older clients for alcohol use. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in...

Report

26 Oct 2009

This UK study shows how academic library and IT services are budgeting for today's economic conditions, but are in need of help to scenario plan for the long term impact of the recession.

The research has highlighted some interesting findings in relation to how...

Report

26 Oct 2009

Legitimate concerns about people smuggling should not cause Australia to depart from its international human rights obligations to treat asylum seekers humanely and with fairness according to this report.

Report Summary

In early 2008, the Commission commended the Australian Government for ending...

Report

26 Oct 2009

New research showing students' perceptions and expectations of learning with information and communications technologies has found that students believe technology is a vital learning aid.

This report outlines findings collected from listening to and analysing the views and expectations of students within Australian education...

Article

26 Oct 2009

The Internet has been a popular method for communication and collaboration across far-flung sites for some time, and its potential for enhancing participatory democracy has been much commented on. With the emergence of so-called Web 2.0, the interactive and collaborative capabilities of the Internet...

Report

26 Oct 2009

This qualitative research report focuses on adult Australians who are users of digital media and communications. It provides an understanding of attitudes towards disclosure of personal information when using the internet or other digital media and communications such as mobiles or other devices. It...

Article

26 Oct 2009

The concept of participation is at the heart of many current debates about politics and technology. There are two main reasons for saying this. On the one hand is an ongoing and increasing concern about public participation, or lack of it, in modern (predominantly Western)...

Article

26 Oct 2009

The context for the article is a workshop that takes place at Tate Modern in London, with a focus on exploring violence.

The material is drawn from two small-scale research projects. The participants, who come from a variety of occupations, observe and deal with...

Report

26 Oct 2009

This publication contains information on a range of topics including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and services. It also provides profiles of the cultural sectors, grouped...

Video

23 Oct 2009

From outback heroes to Anzac legends, from Aussie battlers to noble savages - these are familiar figures in the Australian story - but is it really possible to distil identity into stereotypes?An all-women panel takes up this debate at the recent Festival of Dangerous...

23 Oct 2009

Australian Governments of all persuasions stress how essential 'border protection' or 'border security' is in many fields, such as immigration, narcotics, and quarantine. But when it comes to the protection of our personal information – our privacy – the Rudd Government is proposing...

Video

Ted Wilkes, Chair, National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee, speaks about alcohol use in Indigenous Communities and the links between self esteem, substance abuse and incarceration.

The Australian Drug Foundation's conference Thinking Drinking 3 held in Brisbane in August 2009, looked at the role...

23 Oct 2009

A new report adds to evidence about why some countries are more “mobile” than others, writes Peter Browne in Inside Story.

LAST MONTH, after Barack Obama invoked the American Dream at Wakefield High School in Virginia, Inside Story looked at what the statistics show...

22 Oct 2009

If you want to find out what’s happening in Australia’s cities today, don’t go to the glossy planning documents, writes Peter Spearritt in Inside Story.

AUSTRALIA’s big cities are in trouble. It’s true that they’ve survived the threatened recession courtesy of a vast amount...

Report

21 Oct 2009

Stronger harm minimisation measures are needed, mainly aimed at 'pokies', including lowering the intensity of play and the capacity for gamblers to set spending limits on themselves, according to this report.

Gamblers in Australia spend (lose) over $18 billion per year including nearly...

Report

20 Oct 2009

This report outlines a range of benefits and challenges related to online therapy.

Studies evaluating the effectiveness of online therapy have emerged in recent years, indicating that treatment programs are largely effective, particularly for anxiety, stress and depression. There are still many questions, however,...

Transcript

20 Oct 2009

This is the last speech on tax reform before the Review Panel on Australia's Future Tax System hands its final report to the Government in December.

Report

10 Dec 2009

Public and private hospitals are estimated to have similar total costs, according to this report, but there are differences in the composition of costs between the two sectors, with medical and diagnostics, and prostheses more costly in private hospitals; and general hospital costs and capital...

Report

20 Oct 2009

Investment in needle and syringe programs over the period 2000-09 resulted in an estimated 32,050 HIV infections and 96,667 HCV infections averted, substantial healthcare cost savings to government, and substantial gains in disability-adjusted life years, according to this report.

For every dollar currently...

Report

20 Oct 2009

This report explores community attitudes to unsolicited telemarketing calls and electronic communications, and the awareness and effectiveness of the regimes that regulate these communications.

The main findings are:

• Around one in three Australian adults (32 per cent) have registered a...

Report

20 Oct 2009

This report gives an overview of the progress of the initiatives over the first eight months of the Building the Education Revolution National Coordinator's Implementation Report, February-September 2009.

Report

20 Oct 2009

This new analysis of a selection of mathematics items from the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2007) illustrates areas of strength and, particularly weaknesses, for Australian students.

TIMSS is a cycle of internationally comparative assessments, conducted by the International...

Report

20 Oct 2009

The case for increased second language learning in Australia is better grounded in the personal benefits to individual learners than in arguments about economic and social benefits according to this review of research.

The review traces the history of language learning in Australia, outlines...

Report

20 Oct 2009

This paper assesses recent patterns in intergenerational social mobility across OECD countries and examines the role that public policies can play in facilitating mobility.

It shows that the relationship between parental or socio-economic background and offspring’s educational and wage outcomes is positive and significant...

Discussion paper

20 Oct 2009

This paper argues that there is no bigger issue facing the Australian health system than what to do about public hospitals.

Public hospitals provide 60% of the hospital care needed in Australia each year and treat the majority of the oldest, sickest and most...

Book

20 Oct 2009

This book identifies the critical factors that shaped and influenced New Zealand's defence acquisition decision-making processes from the election of the Fourth Labour Government in 1984 and the subsequent ANZUS crisis, through to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States...

Report

20 Oct 2009

The frontline delivery of welfare-to-work services for the unemployed has changed significantly over the past ten years in response to structural and ideological pressures. Using benchmark data collected ten years ago, the Activating States project aims to analyse whether and how the activation of welfare...

Transcript

21 Oct 2009

Tonight I want to talk about media empires. They have been giants in our lives. And in these early days of a new millennium, shockwaves are being felt all around them. They now seem less like agents of their destinies than helpless witnesses to the...

Video

As Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott has presided over the national broadcaster at a time of extraordinary change in the media landscape. In the A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism, he looks at where media might be headed after the fall of the great...

Literature review

19 Oct 2009

An overview of the literature surrounding the nature of work in the cultural industries, as it has permeated policy-making, public debate, and practice across many sub-sectors within the arts, and the culture sector more generally.

Discussion paper

19 Oct 2009

Coal-fired power stations comprise the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, accounting for 36 per cent of total emissions in 2008. Any determined effort to tackle what Prime Minister Rudd has referred to as the 'moral challenge' of climate change would presumably seek...

Briefing paper

19 Oct 2009

In one of his first acts as Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP ratified the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2007. [1] Under this international agreement, Australia is committed to maintaining its national...

Report

19 Oct 2009

The Parliamentary Library has obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) unpublished Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data as at 30 June 2007 and 2008 for Commonwealth electoral divisions (or seats). This allows analysis of various aspects of population change for divisions over the period...

Report

19 Oct 2009

The key drivers of TAFE institutes' systems for monitoring and evaluating effectiveness and efficiency are accountability for government funding, compliance with legislation and quality assurance requirements. The need to supplement government funding with commercial income requires institutes to understand the training markets in which they...

Report

19 Oct 2009

Calls to abolish or modify payroll tax are often heard. For example, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for the abolition of payroll tax as part of wider tax reform. While several reasons are cited for abolishing or modifying payroll tax, a...

Report

19 Oct 2009

This report documents the first phase of the research project entitled Developing a Health Information System to Support Continuous Improvement in Antenatal Care for Aboriginal Women in the Central Australian Region.

The project consisted of four major elements: a literature review; consultations with Aboriginal...

Report

19 Oct 2009

Over the past ten years or so, there has been a dramatic rise in the general appreciation and development of Aboriginal visual art practices in south-east Australia. Although Aboriginal people in the south-east (which in this report is the whole of Victoria including the adjoining...

Report

19 Oct 2009

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in conjunction with the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH), hosted the 3rd National Indigenous Science and Research Roundtable entitled “Nutrition and Preventative Health in Indigenous Futures” on 4th-5th August 2009 in Adelaide, South Australia. This...

Discussion paper

19 Oct 2009

The Australian Government on 21 August 2009 officially listed the al-Shabaab group as a terrorist organisation. This paper examines the danger posed by the Somali-based group, and concludes that we are likely to see an increase in Westernised Muslims appearing on the battlefield...

Report

19 Oct 2009

This paper examines the current evidence of the cost, extent of and awareness of consumer fraud in Australia. In 2008, the ABS found that approximately five percent of the Australian population reported being victimised by consumer scams, with personal losses reaching almost $1b. This paper...

Report

19 Oct 2009

Fewer people are convicted for human trafficking in Europe than for rarer crimes like kidnapping. Only 9,000 victims were reported in 2006, a figure about 30 times smaller than the total estimated number of people trafficked.

The information in Trafficking in Persons: Analysis on...

Audio

19 Oct 2009

This public forum discussed The Great Crash of 2008 by Ross Garnaut, with David Llewellyn-Smith, published by Melbourne University Press. The book examines the factors that led to the Great Crash of 2008 and subsequently to the current global recession. It provides an integrated analysis...

Report

This report provides information on the provision of three types of Australian Government funded aged care packages: Community Aged Care Packages, Extended Aged Care at Home packages, and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages.

These packages assist people who are eligible for residential...

20 Oct 2009

The government and the opposition are in a bidding war to reward polluters, argues Tim Colebatch in The Age

DAY IN, day out, Malcolm Turnbull and his colleagues have been slamming the Government for ''reckless spending'', ''spending like drunken sailors''. Every day they...

Report

18 Oct 2009

This report considers the federal government's interim legislative response to recent controversay over international education services in Australia.

In 2009, the closure of several private education providers and allegations of corruption and substandard education services revealed weaknesses in the regulation of training providers in...

Discussion paper

19 Oct 2009

In 2006, the Howard government’s Welfare to Work reforms placed new eligibility requirements on recipients of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) and Parenting Payment (PP), with the aim of reducing their numbers. Since then, the number of people on PP has dropped by...

Report

19 Oct 2009

This study presents up-to-date, comprehensive and comparable information on arts education policy in 30 European countries.

It gives a detailed picture of the aims and objectives of arts education, its organisation, the provision of extra-curricular activities as well as initiatives for the development of...

Audio

19 Oct 2009

Second Life (the 3-D virtual world) is having a renaissance -- it's shaping up as an important research and educational tool.

In this program Brighton-based psychologist Dr Suzanne Conboy Hill discusses a project she's involved in using Second Life to aid people with mental...

Report

19 Oct 2009

Could it be that Australia is finally on a path that will lead us forward on the e-health agenda after all the false starts we have encountered over the last decade?

This report was prepared in early 2009 by Information Integrity Solutions...

19 Oct 2009

There is a need to ensure the Australian community understands the broad issues underpinning globalisation, the knowledge economy, and the constant evolution and updating of skills in the labour force required to remain competitive in the current environment. Education and training providers hold a key...

19 Oct 2009

There is increasing global awareness of the need to improve life chances for all young people.

Life chances relate to having autonomy, engaging in positive social and community networks, accessing education and employment opportunities, being economically stable, experiencing health and well-being and living...

16 Oct 2009

This paper addresses the ethics of inter-cultural collaborative art practice from an Australian perspective, through examining aspects of the project, Weaving the Murray .

Anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose in her recent book, Reports from a Wild Country; ethics for decolonisation (2005) notes...

Report

16 Oct 2009

In 2008 Mission Australia conducted its seventh annual National survey of young Australians with over 45,000 young people aged 11-24 years. The survey aimed to identify the important and emerging issues for young people through a series of questions on what they value, their issues...

Journal article

16 Oct 2009

This paper describes a practice-led research project undertaken in Australia in 2006, in which the author sought to explore the relationship between radical changes in cultural/geographical environment and the production of unique forms of material culture.

In this case the shift in environment was...

Video

More than any other urban area in Australia, the Block in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Redfern, has become a meeting place and, some say, spiritual home for city-dwelling

The area in Redfern known as The Block, sits on about 8000 square metres on...

Video

Ann M. Roche, Director, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University speaks about evidenced based culture change versus intuition and commonsense in the campaign to fight alcohol based social problems.

The Australian Drug Foundation's conference Thinking Drinking 3 held in...

Report

16 Oct 2009

This report presents information about senior secondary school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) through the program known as 'VET in Schools' during 2007.

It includes information on participation, students, courses and qualifications, and subjects.

Information on key performance measures and program...

Report

16 Oct 2009

This report is on the fifth annual national survey of the uptake and use of e-learning by vocational education and training (VET) providers, VET teachers and trainers, VET students and employers.

The surveys run in July and August 2009 captured information on the use...

16 Oct 2009

Kevin Rudd has prevented 255 Sri Lankan asylum seekers coming to Australia from Indonesia. The asylum seekers were already at sea when the Prime Minister put in an urgent call to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono requesting that the Indonesian Navy intercept the vessel and...

Report

16 Oct 2009

Prepared by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, this report compares government policies and benchmarks the results of the efforts by OECD countries to rollout high-speed broadband Internet networks.

The report uses a variety of indicators to produce country rankings on...

Report

1 Jan 2010

There is a need for wide-ranging reforms and a reduction in compliance costs faced by the not-for-profit sector, according to this draft research report.

The Commission's proposed reforms would bring together the multiplicity of governance, taxation, and fundraising regulatory requirements to create a...

Report

14 Oct 2009

To help understand the different ways in which families have been affected by, and responded to, the downturn and the changing economic environment, this survey was conducted between May and June 2009.

Some 1650 families with at least one child aged under 18 years...

Report

14 Oct 2009

Extra hours, multiple jobs and weekend work are all cutting into Australian family life, according to this edition, which also reports that one-quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese.

People may also find it hard to balance employment and care, and Australia's...

Report

14 Oct 2009

This paper is part of a review of the ESOS Act that aims to ensure Australia's regulatory framework delivers the best consumer protection and maintains rigorous standards for providers in the international education sector.

The review will consider the need for enhancements to the...

14 Oct 2009

THE NEWSPAPERS are full of news and views on the elevation of Roger Corbett as chairman of the Fairfax Media Board, and the apparent breakout of shaky peace in the boardroom. Steve Bartholomeusz sums up the issues, and I also made a contribution on my...

Report

13 Oct 2009

This second biennial assessment of progress in implementation of the National Water Initiative records "significant achievements in water reform across Australia". It covers all states and territories, groundwater and surface water systems, and urban and rural areas.

Because the Commonwealth now has a much...

Discussion paper

13 Oct 2009

This paper tracks the recent rise of ideology and evidence discourse as a way of describing good and bad Indigenous affairs policy.

Expressing dissatisfaction with this discourse, it suggests a slightly more complex analytic way of thinking about Indigenous affairs involving three competing principles;...

Report

13 Oct 2009

This report explores the experiences of young people who are homeless or in foster care.

In 2008, over 45,000 young people aged 11 to 24 years participated in the seventh annual Mission Australia National survey of young Australians . 375 of them identified...

13 Oct 2009

What is the federal government’s power to spend after Pape v The Commissioner of Taxation, asks Tessa Meyrick

in High Court Watch, the third in a series of reports on significant policy-related cases

IT IS PROBABLY fair to assume that most people...

Report

13 Oct 2009

The fifth annual Lowy Institute Poll surveys Australian public opinion on a broad range of foreign policy issues. New questions this year cover the priority given to action on climate change, public attitudes towards relations with the US and China, foreign investment, asylum seekers, how...

Article

12 Oct 2009

At first glance, the relationship between indigenous knowledge and the Internet seems fraught.

Indigenous knowledge provides a distinct set of beliefs, practices and representations avidly tied to place; the internet lauds itself for erasing boundaries and borders.

On one hand, the traditions encapsulated...

Report

12 Oct 2009

The number of Australians hospitalised for preventable injuries and illnesses caused by risky drinking has risen by a third in a decade, and there are indications that this trend is set to continue, putting huge pressure on the healthcare system, now and in the future....

Video

With a recent study showing that up to 97% of Australians aged 16-17 use at least one social networking site, should we be worried?

Increasingly children are raised in front of television and computer screens. What are the effects that this can...

Article

12 Oct 2009

Janaki Bahahur draws upon her experience as an Indian-born journalist living in Australia to look below the surface of this year’s controversy about the welfare of Indian students in Australia.

She identifies the commercial and nationalistic drivers of the sensationalised Indian media coverage, while...

Article

12 Oct 2009

Last month marked the first anniversary of the 2008 power-sharing accord that resulted in the creation of a new unity government in Zimbabwe. In a new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, Joel Negin and Jolyon Ford assess what Australia can do to assist the country’s re-emergence....

Audio

12 Oct 2009

This presentation explores prospects for partnership between government and industry on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and how Australia could lead.

12 Oct 2009

The scale of the audience crisis facing Australian films became dramatically clear to me last year when I went with my partner to see a new road movie called Cactus at Sydney's Chauvel cinema. The screening was a depressing experience. Not because of the film,...

Report

8 Dec 2000

The purpose of this report has been to describe and explain the past, with a view to recommending changes for the present and for the future. The report is an acknowledgment that many mothers who gave up their children to adoption were denied their rights,...

13 Oct 2009

LAST WEEK Australian trade unionists and pro-democracy activists announced a reinvigorated campaign to stop Australian companies from doing business in Burma. This is not the first time a call for tougher sanctions has drawn our attention to the brutality of the military regime: over the...

Audio

30 Sep 2009

Digital Campus is a biweekly discussion of how digital media and technology are affecting learning, teaching, and scholarship at colleges, universities, libraries, and museums. This episode debate the "Google issue".

"In this installment of Digital Campus, we couldn’t decide if we were happy with...

Strategy

12 Oct 2009

This strategy sets out a vision for improving access and participation in the artistic and cultural activities for people with disabilities.

Discussion paper

12 Oct 2009

Government in Australia has a long history of delivering public services with and through other sectors. As in many other developed countries, this approach of 'devolved' government has increased significantly in scope, scale and complexity.

This paper explores:

the nature and extent of...

Report

12 Oct 2009

This US report summarizes the results of a national survey of cross-boundary information sharing in the public sector conducted as a part of a National Science Foundation-funded project at the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany, State University of New...

Report

11 Oct 2009
Creators and users approach the question of noncommercial use similarly and that overall, online U.S. creators and users are more alike than different in their understanding of noncommercial use. Both creators and users generally consider uses that earn users money or involve online advertising to...

Discussion paper

12 Oct 2009

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released a discussion paper proposing simplified licensing procedures that would apply to remote Indigenous broadcasting services known as 'RIBS radio'.

‘The ACMA identified an opportunity to relieve providers of remote Indigenous broadcasting services of a significant administrative...

Report

9 Oct 2009

Against world trends there was a drop in Australia's monthly unemployment rate to 5.7% in September, down from 5.8% in the previous month.

This summary results of the monthly Labour Force Survey containing estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status,...

Report

9 Oct 2009

Desert raisin is one of the most important plants in desert Australia. Aboriginal people hold a lot of specialised knowledge about where and when plants grow, how to manage them, and what animals eat the plants. This report documents some of the public knowledge about...

Report

9 Oct 2009

This report sets out recommendations for a set of 55 national indicators of safety and quality in health care.

The report concludes the National Indicators Project, a major project funded by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) and...

Literature review

9 Oct 2009

This literature review by Adjunct Professor Helen McGrath of RMIT School of Education informs the development of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative.

Cyberbullying , sexual predation , accessing inappropriate content , being coerced into sending sexually suggestive images...

Other text

26 Nov 2008

The primary purpose of this project is to produce a set of guidelines on how to deliver adult literacy and numeracy education and training using a social capital approach.

Social capital in this project refers to the networks that operate during resourcing, course design,...

Report

9 Oct 2009

This annual publication provides data on the financing and accounting of Australia's public vocational education and training system.

Information pertaining to revenue, expenses, assets and liabilities are provided nationally, for each state and territory, and for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations....

Briefing paper

9 Oct 2009

This paper analyses data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing for the NSW State Electoral Districts (SED). Data was provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in relation to the State electoral boundaries as redistributed in 2007. A profile is included for each...

Article

9 Oct 2009

This article explores the role that Web 2.0 technologies can play in enhancing language learning development in a blended world. It argues that technologies are not enough on their own to make a difference, but that teachers bring a particular understanding of language and the...

Literature review

9 Oct 2009

This UK review aims to provide a critical introduction to the policies and research on the subjects of digital literacy and digital participation, seeking to show what they mean for classroom practice.

Aimed at teachers and practitioners, especially those involved in continuing professional development...

Report

9 Oct 2009

Do some forms of student (and school) assessment hinder the introduction of innovative educational practices and the development of innovation skills? This report argues that it is possible to reconcile high-stakes assessments and examinations through innovative approaches to testing.

While necessary, assessment based on...

Discussion paper

8 Oct 2009

The project seeks to determine the factors influencing the take up of reverse mortgage products and services within the context of overall demand.

This research project focuses on provision of a comprehensive appraisal of reverse mortgages as they pertain to ‘ageing in place’ and...

Report

8 Oct 2009

The Indigenous population experiences higher rates of homelessness and overcrowding than the non-Indigenous population.

Whilst non-Indigenous Australians experience higher rates of affordability need, houses are least affordable for Indigenous Australians living in major cities. The number of additional dwellings required to address these problems...

Audio

8 Oct 2009

Justice Thomas Buergenthal, International Court of Justice and former child prisoner, presented this 2009 Castan Centre Annual Lecture in association with Holding Redlich and the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Justice Thomas Buergenthal, formerly of the UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Court of Human...

8 Oct 2009

THERE IS A SIMPLE test of just how seriously Kevin Rudd takes his repeated claim that global warming presents the “greatest moral challenge of our generation.” All that’s required is to contrast his spending priorities. The federal government is now likely to give over...

Audio

8 Oct 2009

CSIRO has contributed to a new approach to help safeguard the world from dangerous levels of climate change and other global environmental threats through the setting of planetary boundaries.

Since scientists began warning of the effect of global warming and other environmental threats, a...

Video

In this vodcast, we follow a team of CSIRO scientists as they journey through the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia examining ancient Aboriginal rock art for any changes in colour, contrast or chemical composition possibly brought on from emissions from local industry.

The CSIRO...

Report

8 Oct 2009

The report argues that debate about and consideration of a Human Rights Act should not be allowed to delay action to improve the quality of economic and social rights of those Australians who are most disadvantaged. The Committee finds there has been a tendency for...

Transcript

8 Oct 2009

This paper presents a preliminary study on hazard modeling, estimation, and mapping of extreme wind gusts for consideration of buildings and infrastructure in Australia.

Buildings and infrastructure provide essential support for the quality of life and are the founding blocks for social and economic...

Video

In a multi-cultural, secular society, what is it about religion that still fascinates?

This panel, at the 2009 Sydney Writers Festival, brought together the former archbishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway, and authors Michael Bachelard and Tom Frame. Their discussion explored why religion is relevant...

Video

A view of East Kalgoorlie Primary School in which Principal Donna Bridge describes the successes of a high-expectation stronger smarter agenda in her school.

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Video

'We live in a highly mobile world where migration is not only inevitable but also an important decision.'

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Report

9 Oct 2009

Migration not infrequently gets a bad press, especially in times of recession. This report seeks to broaden and rebalance perceptions of migration to reflect a complex and highly variable reality.

This report applyies a human development approach to the study of migration. It discusses...

Report

9 Oct 2009

The idealisation of infancy in our culture is in part a defence against recognising the intense powerlessness, helplessness and dependency of the human infant. Despite the fantasy of infancy as being a time of nirvana, the first 12 months of life pose the highest risk...

Report

7 Oct 2009

Using mobiles for just calls and texting is a thing of the past, as a third of Australians now check emails on their handsets and more than 70 per cent access mobile entertainment and information services.

A total of 3,710 respondents completed the survey....

Audio

7 Oct 2009

There is an important trade-off for contemporary policy-makers between workforce participation and the valuable role that parents and carers play in developing the capabilities of our children, the head of Treasury argues in this paper. Poorly designed policies may create perverse incentives that affect their...

Report

7 Oct 2009

Violence and exploitation remain a harsh reality in the lives of many children around the word.

Millions of boys and girls around the world are subject to violence, exploitation and abuse. Some are forced to work under harmful conditions. Others face violence or...

7 Oct 2009

A powerful speech from Cape York Indigenous leader, thinker and activist Noel Pearson.

In his opening address to the Brisbane Writers Festival, Pearson talks about the road to Indigenous advancement, the relationship between self interest and altruism, and how he believes the rights of...

Report

8 Oct 2009

The 2009 How Young People are Faring (HYPAF) (6) report shows that the proportion of teenagers not learning or earning full-time has jumped from 13.4% a year ago to 16.4%, the highest level since the recession of the early 1990s.

HYPAF is the pre-eminent...

Report

8 Oct 2009

This report focuses on the information people actually need, and works back from there.

The US based Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy focuses not on the media, but on communities, in the places where people live and...

Audio

6 Oct 2009

Dr Nicholas Gruen is head of the Australian government's Government 2.0 Taskforce, which is in the final stages of a public consultation process.

Dr Gruen is due to report his recommendations and findings by December 31. So what are his priorities and how does...

Report

6 Oct 2009

The 2009 Update of the Tipping Point report estimates that there are 234 million items of e-waste in or on their way to landfill.

The Report shows that a recycling scheme for televisions and computers would create 2,570 jobs nationally by the year 2015....

Audio

6 Oct 2009

Have we overestimated the internet's ability to bring change and underestimated the role that political, social and cultural forces play in determining how new technologies are being adopted.

In the context of authoritarian states the internet has always been viewed as an...

Report

5 Oct 2009

As the implementation of quotas is being debated in the community to ensure a gender balance in board composition, it is clear that we have reached the point where stricter measures are being considered to effect change of the size and scope needed, according to...

Transcript

5 Oct 2009

In this speech the Treasury head describes the savings-related issues being considred by the federal government's Tax Review Panel.

Report

5 Oct 2009

This qualitative research report focuses on non-use and limited use of internet and mobile phones by adult Australians.

It provides an understanding of explaining factors such as lack of skills, motivation or economic circumstances, and how the digital media literacy of these groups might...

Report

5 Oct 2009

Technology such as mobile internet devices and virtual realities will have a profound impact on educational institutions over the next three years, according to this report.

The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project is an ongoing research project that aims to identify and describe emerging...

Video

Immersive learning includes the use of virtual worlds and serious games, simulations, role plays, and virtual environments, technologies and activities that support collaboration.

While many people think immersive learning is limited to virtual worlds and serious games, immersive learning opportunities may include offline as...

Report

5 Oct 2009

The Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) is inviting the public to comment on the conduct of sexual assault court cases where an accused is charged with offences against multiple complainants. The paper examines how allegations of concocted evidence are dealt with in the trial process...

Transcript

5 Oct 2009

This paper presents a single, integrated urban model that focuses on the key areas of transport, domestic energy-use, and domestic water use and how these relate to urban planning and other policies.

The model structure is spatial — requiring a sub-division of the urban...

Video

5 Oct 2009

This 47-minute video sets out the case that there is an urgent need to diversify the types of science we use to examine how Australian society can adapt to climate change.

To date, most public funding for climate-related science has focused on predictive modelling...

Article

5 Oct 2009

Since their emergence in 2005, Web 2.0 technologies have been advanced as potentially transformative in the area of education in general and foreign language learning in particular.

Web 2.0 technologies are presenting new opportunities for developing diverse online learning environments and enhancing interactivity, participation...

Essay

5 Oct 2009

A few years ago, the curator Russell Storer remarked to me: ‘People often ask me what’s going on now in art, and all I can honestly say is—everything!’ Unhelpful as it may be for anyone attempting a survey of the field, even the most glancing...

Report

5 Oct 2009

Australia's former head of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Colin Heseltine, questions the value of Prime Minister Rudd's new Asia Pacific Community idea.

With all the untidiness and built-in inefficiencies of the current system of regional dialogue, there is still...

Briefing paper

2 Oct 2009

The Little Book of Public Libraries is for people who love libraries and want to share their passion with others.

If you are already a library champion, this book will give you key messages that you can pass on to friends and colleagues. If...

Report

5 Oct 2009

Many advocates of strict net neutrality regulation argue that the Internet has always been a 'dumb pipe' and that the US Congress should require that it remains so. A new report (39) by ITIF Research Fellow Richard Bennett reviews the historical development of the Internet...

Report

5 Oct 2009

In the new global economy information technology (IT) is the major driver of both economic growth and improved quality of life. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in its 2007 report Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution documented how...

Book

5 Oct 2009

In the foreseeable future we are unlikely to see the sort of conflation of sovereign states in East Asia that has occurred in Europe, according to this book.

We must anticipate that, for the foreseeable future, the requirement will be for the sensible...

Transcript

5 Oct 2009

The Nordic nations are notable for driving child poverty down to unparalleled lows, enshrining the rights of children and providing adequate government support to children in the most needy households. Greater investment in early childhood programs is needed if child poverty in Australia is to...

Transcript

5 Oct 2009

There is an important trade-off for contemporary policy-makers between workforce participation and the valuable role that parents and carers play in developing the capabilities of our children, the head of Treasury argues in this paper. Poorly designed policies may create perverse incentives that affect their...

Report

5 Oct 2009

In February 2009 the Australian government announced $26.6 million over four years to establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, to be operational from January 2010. This report summarises the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about how the foundation should...

Report

5 Oct 2009

As part of the development of a blueprint for reform of Australian government administration, this discussion paper provides information on contemporary challenges in government administration, information on current performance and outlines possible reform directions.

The blueprint, to be completed by early 2010, will outline...

Audio

5 Oct 2009

It's a question no one has really been able to answer, though many try. A new fight for the answer is breaking out all over the place because readers are getting what they want on the internet, and copying stuff is really easy.

Listen...

Report

5 Oct 2009

The case for increased second language learning in Australia is better grounded in the personal benefits to individual learners than in arguments about economic and social benefits according to this review.

Second language education is a subject of continual public debate in Australia, reflecting...

Report

2 Oct 2009

Up to a quarter of the retirement savings of some Australian workers are being eroded by excessive fees, according to this study.

Fees and commissions on superannuation cost the country more than $14 billion per year – or around half the total cost...

Discussion paper

2 Oct 2009

The purpose of the model Act is to develop a clear and stable legislative framework of Occupational Health and Safety rights and obligations that will endure over time and be capable of application in all jurisdictions.

In July 2008, the Council of...

Report

2 Oct 2009

In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health organisations play a significant role as providers of essential primary health care (PHC) in rural, remote and urban settings. Australian governments have developed policies and funding programs to support this growing health sector. But the current...

Report

2 Oct 2009

The relationship between spirituality, religion and health is an emerging area of research worldwide. Although the available evidence generally supports a positive association between religious beliefs, spirituality and health, the reasons underlying this association are not well understood....

Report

2 Oct 2009

At the heart of social inclusion – the idea that everyone should have access to the resources and relations that make life healthy, happy and productive – is the importance of strong families and communities, in all their traditional and new forms. When families and...

Report

2 Oct 2009

This paper analyses data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing for the NSW State Electoral Districts (SED). Data was provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in relation to the State electoral boundaries as redistributed in 2007.

Data for each characteristic is...

Briefing paper

2 Oct 2009

This paper summarises the history and various jurisdictions of industrial relations in Australia.

SUMMARY

Constitutional Foundations: For most of the 20th century, Commonwealth industrial relations law was based on the conciliation and arbitration power of the Commonwealth Constitution (s...

Report

2 Oct 2009

Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers in the US are finding evidence that it does.

This paper argues that when children find an art form that sustains their interest, the subsequent strengthening of their brains’ attention networks can...

Dataset

30 Sep 2009

Primarily a reference document, the publication provides a broad basis for analysis and research on the Australian economy and includes statistics that can be applied to both macro-economic and sectoral analyses.

A monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles...

Report

1 Oct 2009

This release considers expenditure and human resources devoted to research and experimental development (R&D) carried out by businesses in Australia.

This release considers expenditure and human resources devoted to research and experimental development (R&D) carried out by businesses in Australia, classified by industry, type...

1 Oct 2009

EARLY last month, Catherine Cole, who holds the chair of creative writing at RMIT University in Melbourne, hosted a meeting of Australia's professors of creative writing. In the process of inviting people, the numbers kept growing.

It turns out there are 14 professors and...

THE THEATRE doors open, you’re wheeled in with one set of lungs, and four hours later you’re wheeled out with a completely different set. The theatre doors close, but another door opens to a totally new life, a life in which every breath is not...

Book

1 Oct 2009

This volume explores encounters between Pacific peoples and foreigners during the longue durée of European exploration, colonisation and settlement from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century.

This volume, the result of ongoing collaborations between Australian and French anthropologists, historians and linguists, explores encounters...

Discussion paper

1 Oct 2009

Governance of Islam in Singapore has been strongly shaped by the authoritarian state's micro-management of nation-building, commanding influence of Islamic institutions such as the peak religious bureaucracy MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura or Islamic Religious Council) and reliance on draconian legislation such as...

Report

1 Oct 2009

This report focusses on the Indigenous access provisions of the 2004 National Water Initiative (NWI).

It describes the policy mechanisms and processes that have been implemented to date for Indigenous participation in water planning and access to water. The report supplies detailed observations about...

Book

1 Oct 2009

Building peace requires more than simply bringing an end to armed conflict; it also requires strengthening the rule of law.

UNODC and the Department for Peacekeeping Operations have partnered to publish a revised edition of the United Nations Criminal Justice Standards for United Nations...

Briefing paper

1 Oct 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.

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Report

2 Oct 2009

The bottom is starting to fall out of the Afghan opium market. For the second year in a row, cultivation, production, work-force, prices, revenues, exports and its GDP share are all down, while the number of poppy-free provinces and drug seizures continue to rise....

Report

1 Oct 2009

Health expenditure in Australia in 2007-08 reached $104 billion. As a percentage of GDP it was 9.1%, the same level as in 2006-07. The area of health expenditure showing the highest growth was public health expenditure which grew by 21% in real terms, mostly due...

Discussion paper

1 Oct 2009

With a growing number of successful native title determinations under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA), attention is increasingly turning to the administration of the actual rights and interests in land which flow from these determinations and the operations of Prescribed Bodies...

Report

1 Oct 2009

This report is the outcome of a scoping exercise commissioned by the National Water Commission (NWC) to determine the water licences and allocations to Indigenous people for commercial use across all States and Territories (except the Australian Capital Territory) in Australia. This preliminary...

Strategy

1 Oct 2009

The strategy is based on clear evidence from Australia and overseas that the early years of a child’s life have a profound impact on their future health, development, learning and wellbeing. It is of concern therefore that Australia is seeing increases in poor outcomes for...

Discussion paper

1 Oct 2009

This paper discusses the right wing push for voucher funding in schools and why it would be a disaster for public education, teachers and students.