November 2009

Research report

27 Nov 2009

From next year, four New South Wales primary schools will take part in the State's new Bilingual Schools Program.

From next year, four New South Wales primary schools will take part in the State's new Bilingual Schools Program, under which a range of subject...

30 Nov 2009

Why have public broadcasters? On the grounds of equity, innovation and dealing with market failure, writes Margaret Simons in The Content Makers

I’D LIKE TO TURN to the perpetual debate, stoked most recently by Foxtel boss Kim Williams, about the place and future of...

Website

equity101 is a repository of social inclusion policies, programs and research in education as well as a forum for social inclusion discussion and debate, for education researchers, practitioners, teachers, senior managers and policy makers.

In consultation with key stakeholders, the National Centre for Student...

Research report

30 Nov 2009

headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, was launched in 2006 as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Youth Mental Health Initiative (YMHI). It was established to promote and facilitate improvements in the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of...

Research report

30 Nov 2009

'State of ageing in South Australia' is a joint project between the University of Adelaide, Flinders Uni, UniSA and the South Australian Ageing Research Round Table, an initiative of the Office for the Ageing. The project report was launched by the Minister for...

Research report

29 Nov 2009

Suburbs are springing up to cope with a rapidly growing population, yet many families have little or no supporting public transport links to the CBD or across suburbs, lack employment opportunities to keep parents close to their children's schools, and have inadequate access to educational...

Research report

30 Nov 2009

This paper reflects on a quandary encountered by researchers examining the history of competency-based education at a TAFE institution in South Australia.

Vocational education and training (VET) is an area of research dominated by positivist approaches. Such approaches complement the behaviourist educational...

Research report

30 Nov 2009

Foucault's concepts and ideas (surveillance, discipline, governmentality, bio-power and discourse) have gained renewed interest in the post-9/11 environment.

Yet this renewed interest has emphasised the role of the state and state apparatuses in politics in contradiction to Foucault’s project of locating power...

Research report

27 Nov 2009

During the global financial crisis workers who stayed in their jobs did not reduce their working hours, despite widespread government and commentator claims that cuts in hours had helped stem job losses during the downturn.

The Australian labour market is experiencing a period of...

Discussion paper

27 Nov 2009

We are in the midst of a revolution in the way that knowledge and culture are created, accessed and transformed. Citizens, artists and consumers are no longer powerless and isolated in the face of the content-providing industries: now individuals across many different spheres collaborate, participate...

27 Nov 2009

This could be the end of the Liberal Party as we know it, argues Geoffrey Barker in Inside Story

WITH THE CRISIS that has unhinged the Liberal Party and doomed Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership we may be witnessing the end of the Menzies era in...

28 Nov 2009

Opponents of the emissions trading scheme within the Coalition have embarked on a high-risk strategy, writes John Quiggin in Inside Story

TWO YEARS AGO the Liberal Party, dazed by defeat, suddenly roused itself. A usurper had stepped forward to grasp the leadership.

With...

Article

27 Nov 2009

This analysis of arts funding by artform category shows that the big dollars go to the public sector cultural organisations: parks and wildlife departments, public broadcasters, libraries, museums and art galleries.

The entire Australia Council budget is only $175 million out of this total...

Research report

26 Nov 2009

In conjunction with White Ribbon Day, the Prime Minister recently launched the reports from the 2009 National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey. There are three reports: the summary report, a technical report and a fact sheet. The survey was conducted by the Victorian...

Briefing paper

26 Nov 2009

SNAICC is committed to pursuing the following eight priorities, each of equal importance, on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

We will work in partnership with local services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies, governments and non-government organisations.

SNAICC's...

Research report

27 Nov 2009

Defence procurement decisions must balance cost, risk and capability. One way to minimise risk is to acquire equipment that is ‘off-the-shelf’ -- that is, equipment that is already proven and, in many cases, already entering service with other nations. That can give us assuredness of...

Research report

27 Nov 2009

Multidisciplinary arts are broad and inclusive, with an emphasis on the presence of more than one discipline, which may extend beyond the arts, thereby offering both problems and opportunities for their funding.

This report, which summarises the findings of a D’art question...

Audio

27 Nov 2009

Planning for happy cities, when you're also jamming in millions more people, is politically tricky.

Urban planners say they can make better communities with more people, but the NIMBYs don't believe it. Like it or not, high density apartment living is around the corner....

Audio

27 Nov 2009

Scholars of East Asian international relations diverge over how politically integrated the region is; whether it is becoming politically more integrated, and to what extent the degree of political integration matters for regional peace and stability.

The argument of this paper is...

Audio

27 Nov 2009

Mary Kostakidis was a member of the Human Rights Consultation Committee that inquired into the adequacy of the protection of human rights in Australia. The Committee reported to the federal Attorney General on September 30 after an extensive period of nationwide community consultation....

Research report

27 Nov 2009

This report makes 63 recommendations to federal government following an extensive parliamentary inquiry into pay equity and associated issues related to increasing female participation in the workforce.

The report includes calls for:

• Amending the Fair Work Act 2009 and sex discrimination...

Research report

27 Nov 2009

This report makes a series of recommendations to boost Australia's capacity to provide suitable and meaningful seasonal forecasting products for weather sensitive industries.

Many of Australia’s economically important industries such as tourism and agriculture are crucially dependent on long-term meteorological forecasting, otherwise known as...

Research report

26 Nov 2009

This report looks at the impact of the potentially competing demands of study and part‐time or casual employment on youth.

The report makes 13 recommendations, which include:

• the development and implementation of a national generic skills passport for secondary students to document...

Research report

25 Nov 2009

The remote community store has the potential to play a pivotal role in improving the social, economic and health outcomes of remote Indigenous communities, according to this report.

The committee made 33 recommendations overall in key areas such as health and nutrition, food access...

Research report

25 Nov 2009

The economic recovery spreading across OECD countries is still too timid to halt the continuing rise in unemployment, according to this report.

The jobless rate is expected to peak in the first half of 2010 in the US, but it may not be until...

Commentary

25 Nov 2009

The Iron Lady casts a long shadow, as David Cameron is finding in the lead-up to the next British election, writes Frank Bongiorno in Inside Story

ALMOST TWENTY years after the end of her prime ministership, British politics still revolves to a remarkable extent...

Research report

26 Nov 2009

If governments are interested in pursuing more demand driven approaches to housing in indigenous communities, policy-makers need better information about indigenous people's perceptions of home ownership.

The study examined the meaning of home ownership for Indigenous people through a survey of 86 Indigenous Australians...

Video

At this Media140 Sydney forum, Fran Kelly (ABC RN) hosts a panel of eminent journalists and newsmakers on the impact of social media and the internet on professional journalism.

The panel comprises the conference's editorial director Julie Posetti, followed by Fairfax Media's Mike van...

Research report

26 Nov 2009

The UK Parliament has put in place media ownership rules for television, radio and newspapers. In the interests of democracy, the rules aim to help protect plurality of viewpoints and give citizens access to a variety of sources of news, information and opinion.

Ofcom...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2009

Instead of centrally planning the future of Australian health care as recommended by the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission, the federal government should establish a national health voucher system and let choice, competition, and patient need determine the right supply of health services required...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2009

"The choice is whether we seek actively to shape the future of our wider region... by building the regional architecture we need for the future... or whether instead we will adopt a passive approach - where we simply wait and see what evolves." The Hon...

26 Nov 2009

With up to half of all teaching now done by casually employed staff with little institutional support, Australian universities are facing an unprecedented crisis, writes Melissa Gregg in New Matilda

So often the perception of university life in Australia is a cosy existence...

Video

In a world filled with violence, poverty, and human rights abuses, the Sydney Peace Prize exists to promote justice and harmony throughout the world. This year the prize was awarded to journalist and left-wing provocateur John Pilger. As conflicts rage around the globe, Pilger...

Commentary

26 Nov 2009

Are current models sustainable, asks Rosamund Harrington for APO

THE ANNOUNCEMENT that the federal government will support the first federal test case on pay equity for community sector employees, launched under the new Fair Work system, is a landmark win for those working in...

Discussion paper

26 Nov 2009

Submissions are invited on potential improvements to audio description and captioning levels in Australia for free-to-air and subscription television, DVDs, films in cinemas and audio-visual content on the internet.

This discussion report is intended to summarise approaches under consideration by the Australian Government and...

Research report

26 Nov 2009

This report provides an overview of the current aged care environment, aged care planning arrangements and the way aged care places are provided. It outlines support for older people on the threshold of aged care, including information, assessment of aged care needs and specialised services...

Research report

24 Nov 2009

The MYEFO report provides updated information to allow the assessment of the government's fiscal performance against the fiscal strategy set out in the current Budget Papers. This paper looks at the report's evidence on health spending.

The Treasurer must publicly release and table a...

Research report

25 Nov 2009

We are constantly told that 'nano' science and technology are going to revolutionise our lives - but what does this really mean?

This paper aims to introduce and engage its audience in the experiment that is nanoscale sciences and technologies, particularly from the perspectives...

Article

25 Nov 2009

The Song Room is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides learning opportunities to disadvantaged children through music and the creative arts.

The Song Room's vision is that all Australian children have the opportunity to participate in music and the arts to enhance their education,...

23 Nov 2009

In Inside Story, Ian Anderson reviews Peter Sutton’s unsettling account of Indigenous policy, The Politics of Suffering

AN INTERVIEW with Peter Sutton published in the Age in July began with the tag line, “Driven into action by loss, the linguist and anthropologist wants...

Commentary

23 Nov 2009

Changing the secretive culture of the public service is a work in progress, writes Mike Stekette in The Australian

IN MARCH then special minister of state John Faulkner released draft legislation for an overhaul of federal freedom of information laws. As much as anything...

Audio

23 Nov 2009

The computer game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Two was released worldwide this month and broke all previous sales records, grossing US$550 million in its first five days.

It's a shoot-em up game, in which players massacre civilians in a Russian airport. Overseas it...

Research report

23 Nov 2009

This paper presents an overview of anti-abortion extremism online, focusing on the ‘Army of God’ Web site that supports the use of violence to criminalise abortion. Also discussed are some of the dominant figures in this movement and their online presence. The use...

Research report

23 Nov 2009

"Australian cinema seems to be enjoying yet another renaissance in 2009... " After several years of apparent darkness, during which critics and commentators lamented the state of both box office receipts and filmic quality, a number of films have arrived on screens to much local...

Research report

23 Nov 2009

The draft NBN Draft Wholesale Service Definition Framework - Ethernet provides a description of the key capabilities to be specified in the NBN service definition for the following service types:

Layer 2 Ethernet NSP Wholesale Access Layer 2 Ethernet NSP Wholesale Backhaul Layer 2...

Research report

24 Nov 2009

This report discusses a range of issues salient to the provision, funding, planning and oversight of childcare services.

The lessons from the growth and ultimate collapse of ABC Learning are described in chapter two. Chapter three surveys some of the research relating to children's...

24 Nov 2009

Why are prisons less a portal to a new life than a revolving door? Corrective services need to correct, not just punish, writes Andrew Leigh in On Line Opinion

IT’S A SET-PIECE of every Hollywood movie featuring an ex-con. A clean-shaven man walks out...

Research report

23 Nov 2009

Commissioned by the Queensland Government and prepared by The Climate Group in partnership with Arup, this guide provides practical steps for businesses to get on top of measuring and curbing greenhouse gas emissions from their operations. It also provides an overview of climate change policies...

Research report

23 Nov 2009

Confidence in the criminal justice system has emerged as a critical issue at the interface of the administration of justice and political pressures in western democracies. For more than a decade, governments in the West have felt acute pressure to make the criminal justice system...

Briefing paper

23 Nov 2009

Bushfires arson, like structural arson, is a strongly patterned activity. These patterns seem to be mainly determined by the interplay between socioeconomic and environmental dynamics.

Since the fundamentals of these two factors change slowly, bushfire arson tends to happen at the same time and...

Research report

23 Nov 2009

The Crawford Review was commissioned to investigate the reforms required to ensure that Australia’s sporting system remains prepared for the challenges of the future.

This report examines elite and community level sport as well as sport for young people, women and men, sport for...

Research report

23 Nov 2009

The typical full-time employee in Australia works 70 minutes of unpaid overtime a day. This equates to 33 eight-hour days per year, or six and a half standard working weeks. Something for nothing - unpaid overtime in Australia examines the nature, extent and consequences of...

Audio

21 Nov 2009

Six months into the job, the ABC’s director of news, Kate Torney, talks to Peter Clarke about where the national broadcaster is headed and what role social media will play.

Research report

20 Nov 2009

This plan identifies key actions and priority areas for developing a mental health system that enables recovery, that prevents and detects mental illness early and ensures appropriate treatment and community support for all Australians with a mental illness.

Research report

20 Nov 2009

The AMA Indigenous Health Report Card 2009 collates the tragic facts of the health of Indigenous males, including:

An Indigenous boy born during 2005-2007 can expect to die at age 67, nearly six years earlier than an Indigenous girl, and 11.5 years earlier than...

Research report

20 Nov 2009

Indigenous clients who receive support through Tenant Support Programs sustain their tenancies, are linked to external support programs to meet their non-housing needs and avoid homelessness.

Authors: Paul Flatau, Anne Coleman, Paul Memmott, Jo Baulderstone and Michele Slatter.

Image: 'Redfern listens', Sidkid...

Research report

20 Nov 2009

This report examines the recent advances of ethical guidelines for filming and working with Indigenous content in film.

Completed as part of a Work Placement, a final year subject for Communications, Social Inquiry at the University of Technology Sydney. It requires students to collaborate...

Audio

20 Nov 2009

Research findings and government reports indicate Australia's primary health care workforce is facing significant challenges and is lagging behind in its use of teamwork approaches.

The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report finds that multi-disciplinary teams could help provide better primary health care...

Research report

20 Nov 2009

This paper argues the importance of a more effective engagement of Afghanistan’s tribes, particularly in the country’s south east.

This could help improve stability in a strategically important part of the country and avoid a situation where local tribes were turned against the Afghan...

Audio

20 Nov 2009

This lecture discusses the link between Australia’s role as one of the world’s largest resource economies and Australia’s international relationships, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

While highlighting the importance of resources to Australia’s current and future economic prosperity, Marius Kloppers also addressed some challenges...

Article

20 Nov 2009

Over the last ten years or so religion has been getting a fairly bad press in Australia. A large part of that has to be blamed on prominent churchmen (yes, men; churchwomen have much less to answer for here) who have turned a blind eye...

Discussion paper

20 Nov 2009

The political project for European Union is defined by its inherent dialectic as both part of and a distinct response to globalisation.

Like other regionalisms, the EU is broadly committed to openness or ‘open regionalism’. But the project for European Union has also been...

Commentary

20 Nov 2009

There are pitfalls in giving advance statements the force of law, writes John Chesterman for APO

IF I WERE knocked unconscious by a tram and had written some time earlier that I never wanted to be treated with steroids, should my preference be respected?...

Video

Are skyscrapers one of the few remaining opportunities for individuals to contribute something long lasting to society, a la New York's Chrysler Building, Chicago's Auditorium Building, Rome's various Palazzi or London's Royal Albert Hall? Or are they a destructive influence on cities - a...

Audio

19 Nov 2009

The question of what makes good art is something that has been debated long before the invention of the crayon.

Somewhere in the murky waters of subjectivity, the differing roles of art continue to challenge the minds of audiences. Does a particular work exist...

Video

The question of what makes good art is something that has been debated long before the invention of the crayon.

Somewhere in the murky waters of subjectivity, the differing roles of art continue to challenge the minds of audiences. Does a particular work...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

The February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria was Australia's worst peace-time disaster that left 173 people dead, more than 414 injured, over 1700 homes destroyed and an estimated 7000 people homeless.

Coverage of Black Saturday was extensive and in many ways comprehensive. The...

Audio presentation

19 Nov 2009

Obesity has increased dramatically across the world, and there is currently no solution to its control.

While obesity is easily understood as the positive imbalance of energy intake and expenditure, this does not explain why it is easy to overeat and underexercise. Explanatory models...

Audio

19 Nov 2009

Science and art might sound like vastly different disciplines, but Dr Tim Wetherell from ANU believes they are both motivated by a desire to make sense of the world in which we live.

A sculptor and a scientist, Dr Wetherell talks about...

Journal article

19 Nov 2009

This paper explores the rise of cultural economy as a key organising concept over the 2000s.

While it has intellectual precursors in political economy, sociology and postmodernism, it has been work undertaken in the fields of cultural economic geography, creative industries, the...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

The devastating February 2009 Victorian bushfires resulted in major loss of life, property, and other assets. This report outline the data collected by this major research project on the fire and its impact, and draws some preliminary conclusions and findings.

On 8th February, the...

Research report

18 Sep 2009

Methamphetamine and heroin purchases decrease significantly as the price of methamphetamine increase, by as much as 27 per cent on a 10 per cent price rise, according to this report.

One of the core objectives of supply-side drug law enforcement is to reduce drug...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

This report uses data from the Youth in Focus Project to analyse how young Australians’ receipt of income support is related to their family circumstances, and particularly the role of a family history of income support receipt.

The report takes account of the complex...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

The Taking Part survey was commissioned by the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport in partnership with four of our Non Departmental Public Bodies (Arts Council England, English Heritage, Sport England, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council). This survey collects data about engagement...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

Creativity and cultural engagement are essential ingredients in making our individual and collective lives rich. They are both key to developing and dependent on the social capital that is so vital in mobility and life chances. The terms creativity and culture are acknowledged as...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

This paper devoted to the essence and characteristics of social entrepreneurship as a new global phenomenon, the policy objectives behind social entrepreneurship programmes and their impact on long-term policy decisions, including in the cultural sector.

Is social entrepreneurship one of the possible responses to...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

These reports into collaborative learning, workforce capability, and national software infrastructure provide evidence to support a role for Australian Government to ensure the best return on investments in ICT for education and training.

The reports draws on the investigations undertaken for the Strategic ICT...

19 Nov 2009

Having asked two ministers for their resignations, Premier Nathan Rees will have to hope that he has not thrown away Labor's last chance to retain government, writes Tony Smith in Eureka Street

WHEN NEW SOUTH WALES ministers Joe Tripodi and Ian Macdonald tendered their...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

Low-paid Australian families do not receive adequate financial support to meet the costs of their children, according to this report.

The current family payments system has some clear strengths and is relatively effective at addressing child poverty. While Australia’s family payment system is mostly...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

This paper reflects on the impact of the recent financial crisis on particular groups in Australian society and comments on whether the VET sector is well placed to meet the challenges of the recovery.

Economic downturns have a particularly strong impact upon new entrants...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

This paper describes what we know about apprenticeships and traineeships, with a view to assessing how the current economic downturn will affect them.

Apprenticeships have a very long history in Australia, building on the traditions of the medieval guilds. The essence of the apprenticeship...

Research report

19 Nov 2009

What are the trends in Australia's share of the global foreign direct investment inflows and its investment relationship with partner countries since 2001?

This background note examines the data and attempts to explain the dynamic of investments in Australia.

17 Nov 2009

The NSW ban on the publication of school 'league tables' criminalises speech of a kind that the constitution protects, writes George Williams in the Sydney Morning Herald

FIRST WE HAD the Sydney Morning Herald brazenly breaking the law last week by publishing a comparison...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

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Australia's welfare 2009 is the ninth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include children, youth and families; ageing and aged care;...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

Public health expenditure in Australia 2007-08 is the eighth in a series of annual reports on public health expenditure in Australia produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

In that time expenditure on public health activities by health departments has grown, in...

Guide

19 May 2010

The project provides a literature review and critically examines existing laws and investigates options for urgently-required developments in the area of arts law as it pertains to Indigenous people and culture.

This project is premised on the objective of promoting full recognition and protection...

Transcript

18 Nov 2009

The rapid evolution of ICTs in the 21st century requires highly competent and skilled workers. Distance education appears to be not only a possible but a highly viable solution to increase the competencies of those already professionally active. Virtual environments such as Moodle and Second...

Transcript

18 Nov 2009

This paper addresses the challenge of engaging teachers in opening up the learning environment through the use of social software and other Web 2.0 tools.

Immersive learning seems to be one of the best ways to do it. A joint European project eJump 2.0...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

Commissioned by consumer protection agencies across Australia, this report examines how consumers, traders and manufacturers respond to defective white goods, electronic goods and mobile phones.

The report aims to inform education and compliance activities by identifying complex issues facing traders and consumers in relation...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

This is a draft consultation regulatory impact statement on reforms based on best practice in state and territory consumer protection laws, and a new national product safety regime.

These reforms are being considered as part of the development of the Australian consumer law. The...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

Since the 1960s we have experienced major changes in the way people live and the way in which they build their families and households. This paper looks at the characteristics of people who live alone.

Adults are marrying and having children later than in...

16 Nov 2009

Citizens well informed about climate change make for better polling, argue Alison Atherton and Rebecca Short

WORLD WIDE Views on Global Warming Australia was part of a global citizen deliberation project of the same name. It was the first time the deliberative method has...

16 Nov 2009

Improved energy efficiency can contribute close to 60 per cent of the reduction in global emissions, the International Energy Agency's Nigel Jollands tells Mike Steketee in The Australian

STABILISING greenhouse gases to limit global warming to 2C or slightly more requires global carbon dioxide...

Research report

16 Nov 2009

This report is the first continental scale mapping of residential buildings at risk from climate change. It also details the risks to coastal infrastructure, services and industry in Australia as a result of climate change.

The report mapping the impacts of climate change on...

Video

16 Nov 2009

The Australian World Wide Views on Global Warming Event, where 105 people from all walks of life came from all over the country to put their views forwards on the issues facing climate change negotiators at UN talks.

This event happened on 25 and...

Research report

16 Nov 2009

This US paper investigates why and when weak states delegate selected governance functions to others -- and why a stronger state, such as Australia, would agree to take on the job.

A potential solution for weak or failing states is to enact a delegation...

Transcript

16 Nov 2009

Democracy exists when there is meaningful - as opposed to merely formal or symbolic - involvement of ordinary people in the shaping of the decisions to which they are thereafter subject.

'Through the 1990s we could have done something about the catastrophe that now...

Article

16 Nov 2009

In the wake of several highly publicized and troubling incidents involving private security companies (PSCs) in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, scholars and the media have increasingly focused on the role of PSCs in providing security in conflict and post-conflict settings....

Discussion paper

16 Nov 2009

This paper argues that Australia and India must not squander the chance to build a strategic partnership.

Recent bilateral difficulties, such as over student welfare, have at least focused high-level attention on the relationship. A security declaration would be a positive step, but would...

Article

18 Nov 2009

The contradiction of social networks is that revealing of personal, private information can have harmful consequences, yet users continue to disclose such information at an alarming rate. Ironically, the advent of social network sites opens the possibility of a relatively safe place to disclose private...

Article

18 Nov 2009

This paper explores what the 'rules' of vlogging (video blogging) are: the various visual and social practices viewers and creators understand and debate as either authentic or inauthentic on YouTube. It analyzes a small, random set of vlogs on YouTube and highlight several controversies around...

Research report

18 Nov 2009

Syria was among the last countries in the Middle East to introduce the Internet.

In its approach to the Internet, the Syrian regime, like other governments in the region, seeks to counter material critical of it that is widely available on-line, while insuring that...

Audio

13 Nov 2009

Governments, internationally and in Australia, are increasingly encouraging team-based care in frontline health systems using various incentives.

Dr Campbell will provide an overview of the impact of financial incentives on the performance of primary care professionals.

Dr Campbell is a senior research fellow...

Research report

13 Nov 2009

This report provides an assessment of the environmental, economic and community impacts of existing and proposed forestry and mining operations on the Tiwi Islands, and reviews governance arrangements relating to existing operations.

The report recommends that federal and Northern Territory agencies work with Tiwi...

Conference paper

13 Nov 2009

With most of the apprehension, uncertainty and fear that was associated initially with native title has dissipated, this paper examines the areas in which the legislation and native title processes could be improved.

The paper examines the following issues: • What native title issues...

Research report

13 Nov 2009

Legislation passed in 2001 enabled private health insurers to fund alternative models of health care delivery from their hospital tables, and claim against the reinsurance arrangements for these outreach services. This report reviews the operation of the legislation.

Overall, the report finds that there...

Commentary

13 Nov 2009

The ABC's Mark Scott likes describing the media future as a 'town square' but is very quiet on how investigative journalism fits in, writes Marni Cordell in New Matilda

IT’S OFFICIAL: ABC managing director Mark Scott (pictured) is the darling of new media. He's...

Research report

13 Nov 2009

Following the 20th anniversary of Bob Hawke's launch of the Decade of Landcare, this paper in the Journal Agricultural Science presents an agenda to rejuvenate the Landcare program, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.

Image: blairlittle / Flickr

Commentary

13 Nov 2009

For most members of the Stolen Generations, pursuing a civil claim through the courts is technically impossible or simply too painful, writes Robin Banks

THE PRIME MINISTER’s apology to the Stolen Generations in February 2008 created a renewed optimism for many Aboriginal and Torres...

Research report

13 Nov 2009

The relationship between job requirements, individual skills and the participation of workers in further education and training, with an emphasis on older workers, is the focus of this report.

Image: Arranging Matches / Flickr

Research report

13 Nov 2009

This paper describes how women experienced what came to be labelled as ‘bullying’ by a small number of midwives when they were evacuated from their rural and remote areas of NSW, Australia to a maternity unit to birth.

Forty-two participants together with a number...

Transcript

13 Nov 2009

The 2009 Economic and Social Outlook Conference (5-6 November 2009) featured speakers from both sides of politics as well as other government and business leaders.

A range of experts spoke on a wide range of pertinent topics, including climate change, the economic recovery and...

Research report

13 Nov 2009

The concept of ‘shared sovereignty’ is examined as a contribution to the debate on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada and Australia.

The discussion includes some commentary on some common features of the reconciliation debate in both countries. The main focus is on the...

12 Nov 2009

Without more resettlement places, interception in Indonesia is pointless, argues Peter Mares in Inside Story

IN APRIL, when I was invited deliver a lecture on refugee policy, I was initially reluctant. I felt that I had moved on from my work in this...

Research report

12 Nov 2009

Capital gains tax raises little revenue, but at a substantial cost in terms of economic efficiency, says CIS Research Fellow Dr Stephen Kirchner in his new report.

At best, CGT is an anti-avoidance measure. Yet CGT is itself readily avoided through the deferred realisation...

Video

Professor Kenneth Minogue, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics speaks about the way in which Enlightenment thinkers characterised the world as an imperfect society needing reform by political ideolgy.

This presentation took place at the Centre for Independent Studies on 29...

Video

Over the last forty years, in the western world we've witnessed sweeping changes on the domestic front. The women's revolution has seen many enter the workforce, invariably enhancing and liberating their lives. But who's taking care of the kids? How will the workplace respond...

Video

We want to live in a safe and secure society, so we entrust our law enforcement agencies with taking the necessary measures to preserve the peace. But just what are those "necessary measures"? David Mutton was once the Chief Psychologist for the New South...

Audio

13 Nov 2009

Learning how to harness the power of the immune system to combat infectious killers has been one of the most dramatic developments in the history of medicine.

Eradication of smallpox and the near elimination of polio serve to remind us that the destiny of...

Commentary

11 Nov 2009

Twenty years ago federal cabinet began dealing with climate change, writes Joan Staples, but the momentum had been lost by the time Labor left office

THE STORY of how much progress was achieved in Australia on climate change policy in the 1980s...

Research report

12 Nov 2009

The government approved the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project in February 2006. A large and complex project, it aims to record and measure electricity use in more detail than current meters allow. Between 2009 and 2013 the AMI project will replace accumulation meters in...

Research report

12 Nov 2009

Mental illness touches many lives. Nearly one in five Victorians experience mental illness each year. While many people successfully manage, or recover from, mental illness, there can be times when a person is so acutely unwell they may become a risk to themselves or...

Research report

11 Nov 2009

Making a business case for interoperability and standards is a challenging task for those involved in the strategic planning of IT systems in educational institutions.

This briefing with its accompanying references is intended to provide advice and supporting materials to help people to incorporate...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

Colleges and universities should embrace the concept of increased openness in the use and sharing of information to improve higher education is the key recommendations of this US report.

Harnessing Openness to Improve Research, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education examines the impact of...

Research report

12 Nov 2009

This study, prepared by Mindset Research, has looked at activities and developments in the fields of e-Learning and e-Infrastructure supporting the higher education and research sectors in ten countries across the world: Australia; Canada; Denmark; Germany; Korea; Japan; the Netherlands; New Zealand, the United Kingdom...

Article

12 Nov 2009

This Policy Analysis examines a coalition counter-insurgency strategy in a state of flux following a sobering campaign assessment by the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, General Stanley McChrystal, and the deeply flawed August 20 Afghan presidential election. Mr Khosa also discusses...

Research report

12 Sep 2009

The supply of formal childcare has expanded in many developed countries. There is ambiguity, however, in the theory that the entry of care providers increases consumers’ surplus and the welfare of households in a market with differentiated services, such as childcare. This study empirically investigates...

Research report

12 Sep 2009

This paper examines pathways through which parental characteristics might affect children's cognitive and behavioural outcomes. Using the 2004 LSAC, the author shows that more educated and mentally healthier parents are likely to have children with better outcomes. While educated parents are more frequently engaged in...

Research report

12 Nov 2009

This survey of 1,473 Australian public schools reports on class sizes, teaching supply, school fundraising and the priorities for government as judged by teachers and principals.

Research report

12 Nov 2009

Theories on the causal relationship between drug use and crime in Australian literature have often overlooked the influence of gender as a confounding variable while research indicates that pathways into drug use and crime differ for males and females. Using data from the Australian Institute...

Research report

9 Nov 2009

This paper presents an overview of methods, findings, issues, and implications from the 2008 Public Libraries and the Internet survey of US libraries, including comparisons to data from previous studies.

Since 1994, these surveys have chronicled the expansion of the Internet as a primary...

Article

9 Nov 2009

This study explores use of the social network site Facebook for online political discussion. Online political discussion has been criticized for isolating disagreeing persons from engaging in discussion and for having an atmosphere of uncivil discussion behavior. Analysis reveals the participation of disagreeing parties within...

Audio interview

9 Nov 2009

In this interview, Steve Davis talks with researcher Michael Dockery about his report, 'Cultural dimensions of Indigenous participation in education and training'. This study provides an important innovation to the existing literature by explicitly attempting to measure 'cultural attachment' and its relationship with post-compulsory education...

Research report

9 Nov 2009

This study provides an important innovation to the existing literature by explicitly attempting to measure 'cultural attachment' and its relationship with post-compulsory education and training.

The preservation of Indigenous cultures is a controversial issue in Australia. On the one hand, the maintenance of traditional...

9 Nov 2009

Is Australia the new economic and social model for the world, asks Peter Auer in the Australian Review of Public Affairs

SOME EUROPEAN countries, led by Denmark, are successful, both economically and socially, and Australia could learn from their policy approaches. But is all...

Research report

9 Nov 2009

This reports contrasts the situation for the children of immigrants compared with the children of natives in European and non-European OECD countries along a number of key outcomes (educational attainment, employment and unemployment rates, occupations and sectors).

Among its key findings is the identification...

10 Nov 2009

The reporting of Kevin Rudd’s climate speech demonstrated the failings of the news media, writes Geoffrey Barker in Inside Story

IS IT POSSIBLE to have an informed rational debate about climate change in an age of ever-churning news cycles? The question is unavoidable after...

Commentary

9 Nov 2009

Favouring private health insurance will come at a heavy price, argues John Menadue

WHEN TONY ABBOTT said that the Liberal Party was the best friend Medicare ever had, I took it with a grain of salt. But he may be right, if we consider...

9 Nov 2009

Margaret Simons' account of some of the highlights and lowlights of the first day of Media 140 are outlined in The Content Makers.

The low lights came from conceptual confusions, it seemed to me. Namely the several highly respected and competent journalists who, quite...

Article

9 Nov 2009

Students need an understanding of the nature of science – what it means to make a scientific claim, what evidence is relevant to supporting such a claim and how to critically evaluate that evidence – and of the relationships between science, technology and society....

Transcript

9 Nov 2009

Many children in our classrooms have competence when interacting with visual and print based texts. While the familiarity may well exist, there is a need to examine children’s ability to sort through and make meaning from the myriad of messages, commercial and otherwise, which they...

Research report

9 Nov 2009

Indigenous peoples have historically been among the poorest and most excluded and disadvantaged sector of society. A major factor contributing to the disadvantaged position of indigenous peoples is the lack of quality education - which may be defined as education that is well resourced, culturally...

Research report

9 Nov 2009

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is responsible for delivering the government’s secondary school renewal programme, Building Schools for the Future (BSF). PfS is working with local authorities and the private sector to rebuild or renew every one of England’s 3,500 state secondary schools during the 15-year...

Research report

9 Nov 2009

This article compares six of the largest Do Not Call Registers (Australia, Canada, India, Spain, UK and the US) and highlights best practice that has emerged in the establishment and management of these Registers.

Do Not Call Registers have grown in popularity and are...

Research report

9 Nov 2009

If the United States is to achieve the promise of the broadband revolution it will need to ensure that a much larger share of Americans are subscribers. This report examines whether programs intended to stimulate broadband adoption have fulfilled their purpose.

'Our focus is...

Article

9 Nov 2009

Many may recognise the music Won’t Get Fooled Again as the theme from the television series, CSI Miami. Older audiences may also remember this piece in its original form, written by Pete Townsend on the album Who’s Next (The Who 1971). The industry process through...

Research report

12 Nov 2009

This report adds new insights to an ongoing debate about the extent of social isolation in America. A widely-reported 2006 study argued that since 1985 Americans have become more socially isolated, the size of their discussion networks has declined, and the diversity of those people...

Research report

19 Oct 2009

The growth of the blogosphere's influence on subjects ranging from business to politics to the way information travels through communities continues to flourish.

In a year when revolutions and elections were organized by blogs, bloggers are blogging more than ever, and the State of...

Research report

6 Nov 2009

“How much is it worth?” is a frequently asked question in the context of preventative health and health promotion. However well-justified, this query can be challenging to answer because preventative health’s many benefits can’t always be assessed in mere dollar terms. Many regard the quality...

Research report

6 Nov 2009

This paper presents an analysis of factors associated with violent and antisocial behaviours among young Australians aged 10–14 years and examines the relationship between these behaviours and alcohol consumption.

This paper was commissioned by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) to...

Article

6 Nov 2009

This article considers the needs of victim/survivors of sexual assault who are also experiencing homelessness.

Reducing homelessness and supporting those without stable, secure accommodation calls for a "trauma-informed" model of service delivery. The characteristics of this model and its implications for accommodation solutions, workforce...

Research report

6 Oct 2009

This paper examines the effect of neighborhood diversity on the nativity gap in home-value appreciation in Australia. Specifically, immigrant homeowners experienced a 41.7 percent increase in median home values between 2001 and 2006, while the median value of housing owned by the native-born increased by...

Journal article

15 Dec 2009

Several of the Youth Allowance eligibility criteria for independent status were subject to severe criticism in the recent Review of Australian Higher Education (2008). Specifically, it seems to be the case that many students are able to qualify for so-called “independent-at-home” financial support even though...

Research report

6 Nov 2009

First published in February 2008, the research paper was written in response to the abolition of provocation as a partial defence to murder following the Victorian Law Reform Commission's review of defences to homicide.

The Commission recommended that, rather than raising a partial defence...

Research report

Guidelines for health workers, clinicians, consumers and carers (first ed.)
5 Nov 2009

These guidelines have been written to fill a significant gap in resources available to Primary Health Care and Mental Health services.

Inspiration for the document rose from the recognition of the need for a key practical resource and tools to guide training, management and...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

Australian households are throwing out more than $5 billion worth of food each year, more than Australians spend on digital equipment, and more than it costs to run the Australian Army.

In addition to the direct financial costs of this waste, the environmental impact...

5 Nov 2009

Taxing investment earnings on pension assets could bring in an extra $90 billion over the next 15 years, which could be used to make the system fairer, writes Michael Rice

OUR SUPERANNUATION system is highly regarded outside Australia, particularly by...

Commentary

5 Nov 2009

SCRATCH any would-be education reformer among our political leaders and you’ll find someone who is easily excited by student test results. If the numbers go up then they prove the effectiveness of this or that innovation. If they go down then teachers aren’t making the...

Discussion paper

5 Nov 2009

Sydney's dated intercity train connections are not playing in the league of the world's great cities. Rail connections between Sydney and neighbouring cities need to improve substantially, and business class carriages would be a good first step.

Every day, thousands of people travel between...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

This report argues that the key to progressive tax reform is to strengthen the personal income tax system and puts forward a set of benchmarks and options for reform.

These will be used by ACOSS to evaluate the proposals of the Government’s Australia’s Future...

Research report

Found in Annex C of ACOSS report
5 Nov 2009

This report examines the impact that poor rental housing conditions will have on low income households in the context of a changing climate.

It examines international best practice on housing standards and provides a practical framework to implement improved rental housing standards in Victoria...

Research report

18 May 2009

Recent reviews and policy discussions of the various IP systems have consistently lamented the lack of hard data on the extent of the problem of infringement

, what it costs and whom it affects, how firms respond, and how successful existing systems for IP...

Research report

4 Nov 2009

This paper looks at the factors that influence the rate at which jobs and workers 'flow' through a number of western economies, and identifies significant differences between European countries and Britain and the US.

In the economic literature there is an increasing interest in...

Research report

4 Nov 2009

This report presents a few highlights from the results of World Wide Views on Global Warming (WWViews) - the first global citizen consultation in history.

WWViews took place on September 26, 2009 and included 44 citizen meetings (with 100 citizens each) in 38 countries...

Research report

4 Nov 2009

Over the past two decades OECD countries have made a series of policy choices, particularly with respect to decentralisation, allowing for greater territorial differentiation in policy design and implementation. This report examines these arrangements across the OECD.

These policy choices are influenced by a...

Research report

4 Nov 2009

This report summarises the changes OECD countries have made to their labour market policies in response to the downturn, as of mid-2009.

All countries have implemented one or more changes to directly sustain labour demand, either through expanding job subsidy or public sector job...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

Each day, around 6,000 young people are under juvenile justice supervision in Australia. This report is the fifth in the series on young people under juvenile justice supervision. It shows that the number of young people in detention on an average day increased by 17%...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program annual monitoring report 2009 presents national statistics on key program activity, performance and outcome indicators for people invited to screen in 2008.

Trend and national bowel cancer incidence and mortality data are also included to provide context. In...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australian women with over 12,000 new cases diagnosed in 2006, and projections suggest that the number of new cases will continue to grow. A total of 2,618 women died from breast cancer in 2006, making...

Article

5 Nov 2009

Journalist Nic Maclellan writes that the new Agreement between Australia and France regarding Defence Cooperation and Status of Forces has come at a time when France is restructuring its armed forces and rationalising its overseas bases around the world. In the Pacific, Maclellan writes that...

Discussion paper

5 Nov 2009

Australia's current role in Afghanistan is the latest experience in a long history of involvement in counterinsurgency conflicts or 'small wars'. Such commitments may begin as wars of choice, but history suggests they can turn into wars of necessity, and their costs and political impact...

Audio

5 Nov 2009

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 4 November, the Honourable Kevin Lynch, the former Clerk of the Privy Council, Canada, addressed the significant role that public policy plays in responding to the global financial crisis, the most fundamental challenge to free-market orthodoxy since the...

Research report

5 Nov 2009

One of the more consistent findings of census-based analysis is that nationally, Indigenous Australians change their place of usual residence more often than the non-Indigenous population. Between 2001 and 2006, 46.5 per cent of the Indigenous population changed their place of usual residence,...

4 Nov 2009

In Inside Story, Peter Mares reports on the indefinite delays facing tens of thousands of applicants for permanent residency

ZULEIKA ARASHIRO is an intelligent young woman with a bright future – but it probably won’t be a future lived in Australia. Having...

Transcript

1 Nov 2009

eResearch opens the enormous potential of advanced computing and high-speed broadband networks to the practice of research.

On the 22 October 2009 more than 100 researchers from South Australia's three universities and independent research institutions attended 'Research 2.0: a roadmap for eResearch in South...

Research report

4 Nov 2009

More than 300 submissions were made to the Sport on Television Review. Copies of the publishable submissions are now available online.

On 20 August 2009, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced the release of a discussion paper...

Submission

4 May 2009

Huge economic losses are being sustained due to large-scale unauthorised downloading, generated by widespread confusion about copyright law in the online world.

This UK report examines online consumer behaviour in the UK and its potential impact on business and government policy. It is the...

Transcript

2 Nov 2009

Teachers are challenged to adopt practices that facilitate the development of “necessary” skills and strategies for learners. For many, however, what is required in policy and curricula is increasingly obscured and even confusing as teachers are bombarded with jargon prescribing seemingly similar (yet apparently different)...

Discussion paper

2 Nov 2009

In this speech at the National Press Club, Peter Garrett identifies 3 key themes for consideration in forming a national cultural policy.

1. Keeping culture strong;

2. Engaging the community; and,

3. Powering the young.

In additiion to the speech,...

Research report

2 Nov 2009

These case studies are advocacy tools to demonstrate the ways arts and culture deliver positive activities for children and young people.

Arts Council England in partnership with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) staged three one day events in July 2009 to increase...

Discussion paper

2 Nov 2009

Stephen Howes, ANU Professor of Economics and key contributor to the Garnaut Climate Change Review, says an effective response to climate change requires a mix of unilateral and multilateral action - and individual countries must demonstrate good faith. Just as APEC has promoted unilateral trade...

Video

An online video of a presentation made by Julian Meyrick, an artist, academic and member of the Creative Australia Advisory Group. In his presentation Julian covers a wide range of ideas about cultural policy, including what a cultural policy would mean for Australia, why have...

Audio presentation

2 Nov 2009

In June 2008, the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd, spoke of the need to begin a "regional debate about where we want to be in 2020". In particular, he outlined the need for an Asia Pacific Community, in which there would be "dialogue,...

Video

Henry Reynolds, leading historian of indigenous dispossession, John Hirst, Australia’s leading political historian, Judith Brett, Professor of Politics at La Trobe, and Ghassan Hage, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne, debate the meaning and extent of racism in Australia.

This stellar line-up...

Audio

2 Nov 2009

Vital Issues Seminar with speakers Paul Smyth, Professorial Fellow in Social Policy, University of Melbourne and Brotherhood of St Lawrence, and Professor Bob Gregory, Emeritus Professor in Economics, ANU.

Briefing paper

2 Nov 2009

Since taking office in December 2007, the Rudd Government has made social inclusion a key theme in its approach to social policy.

This paper suggests that the concept of social inclusion lacks a clear definition and coherent theoretical core.

The term...

3 Nov 2009

In some areas Australian companies have taken a backward step on gender equity, writes Hannah Piterman in The Age

ATTENTION given to the impact of the global financial crisis in exacerbating the plight of women in developing countries invites us to reflect on...

2 Nov 2009

There’s a price to be paid if we wish to remain a liberal society, write Savitri Taylor and Brynna Rafferty-Brown

AUSTRALIA RIGHTLY regards itself as a liberal democracy. What distinguishes “liberal” democracies from “illiberal” ones is their adherence to the view...

Research report

2 Nov 2009

The Blueprint for Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD, 2008) underlines the importance of providing opportunities for every child to succeed, in every circumstance. The Blueprint points out that, while previous reforms are paying dividends, improvement is not yet consistent across all schools....

Audio

2 Nov 2009

This address by journalist and author Tony Maniaty, took place at the Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne on 15 October 2009.

Tony Maniaty covered the conflict in East Timor in 1975, was European Correspondent for SBS's Dateline , Executive Producer of ABC's The 7.30...

Research report

2 Nov 2009

Data from the 2008 SPPA (NEA’s periodic Survey of Public Participation in the Arts) show that American adults who attend art museums or live art performances are far more likely than non-attendees to vote, volunteer, or take part in other community events. Arts...

Research report

2 Nov 2009

According to this study European interactive websites like video sharing sites and blogs are outgrowing those created in the US. Compared with the US, which hosts the most commonly used websites for content created by users (blogs, texts, videos, music, games and virtual objects), Europe...