December 2009

23 Dec 2009

When women MPs came together to force approval of RU486, a new cross-party grouping seemed to be in the making. In Inside Story, Sara Dowse looks at what happened next.

BACK IN OCTOBER 2005, Tony Abbott, the Howard government’s health minister, introduced two bills...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The most read reports and commentary pieces in 2009 were:

1. Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific century: force 2030 Department of Defence

2. Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia Department of Education, Employment and...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Environment & Planning area in 2009 were:

1. Moving beyond 'rates, roads and rubbish': How do local governments make choices about healthy public policy to prevent obesity? Steven Allender, and others |...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Education area in 2009 were:

1. Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

2. Why academia is no longer...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Economics area in 2009 were:

1. Who received most from the household stimulus package? Robert Tanton | NATSEM

2. Compendium of social inclusion indicators: How's Australia faring? Australian Social Inclusion Board...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Creative Economy area in 2009 were:

1. A new ranking of the world's most innovative countries Josef Lazar, and others | Economist Intelligence Unit

2. Web 2.0 collaboration tools for the...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the area of Social Policy in 2009 were:

1. What's love got to do with it? Homogamy and dyadic approaches to understanding marital instability Bruce Chapman, Rebecca Kippen, Peng Yu | HILDA Survey...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Politics area in 2009 were:

1. Bridging the gap between government and the people Marian Sawer | Democratic Audit

2. Politics and religious language Anna Crabb | Australian Journal of Political...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports in the Justice area in 2009 were:

1. The 'beer-bellied buffoon' and the Golden Microphone Tessa Meyrick | High Court Watch

2. Does racial and ethnic discrimination vary across minority groups? Evidence from three experiments Andrew...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the International area in 2009 were:

1. Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific century: force 2030 Department of Defence

2. Australia as a creative middle power, again? Gwilym Croucher

3. Australia's...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Indigenous area in 2009 were:

1. Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009 Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision | Productivity Commission

2. Is 'Close the Gap' a useful...

Reports

21 Dec 2009

The five most read reports and commentary pieces in the Health area in 2009 were:

1. Health policy in Australia Gwen Gray, The Politics of Medicare

2. Weighing it up: obesity in Australia House Standing Committee on Health and Ageing |...

16 Dec 2009

Young people will have the best chance of success if they have a choice of pathways to help them make the transition from school to work, further education and/or training. These pathways must be backed up by programs designed to boost key numeracy and literacy...

Research report

16 Dec 2009

Eliminating nuclear threats is a matter of necessity, not choice. The world’s 23,000 nuclear weapons – many still deployed on high alert – can destroy life on this planet many times over.

That the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has not so far been...

Reports

1 Mar 2013

Clearinghouse for evidence-based research on overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians

The Clearinghouse provides access to a collection of quality information on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. This will provide policy makers and program managers with an evidence base for achieving the...

Research report

16 Dec 2009

This report brings together all strands of aviation policy into a single document providing planning, regulatory and investment certainty for the aviation industry out to 2020 and beyond.

It sets out the government's commitment to a continuation of Australia's excellent aviation safety record and...

Briefing paper

14 Dec 2009

This brief looks at the location, environment, geology and mineral resource of the Yeelirrie deposit and summarises its political history since discovery in 1972.

The brief then examines some of the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding this project.

The Yeelirrie uranium deposit...

Briefing paper

14 Dec 2009

This briefing paper looks at the intergovernmental mechanisms by which federalism operates in Australia, notably the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

In reality there are many issues at play here and countervailing forces at work. Taking a broad view, what seems to be...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

Service quality and effectiveness in all community services depend on having a stable, capable and sustainable workforce, and family relationship services are no exception. Workforce quality and stability are essential if these services are to continue to meet the complex relationship services needs of families...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

The 17th report providing information on births in Australia from perinatal data collections for each state and territory.

The report presents demographic, pregnancy and childbirth factors of women who gave birth in 2007 and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.

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Video

The past 30 years have seen a shift away from the post-war approach of governmental guidance and regulation of the economy towards an approach stressing more the primacy, efficiency and self-regulating character of markets. Most recently, the global financial crisis and the now near-universally accepted...

Journal article

13 Dec 2009

Cultural policy that attempts to foster the Australian film industry’s growth and development in an era of globalisation is coming under increasing pressure.

Throughout the 2000s, there has been a substantial boom in Australian horror films led by ‘runaway’ horror film Saw (2004), Wolf...

Research report

15 Dec 2009

High-speed broadband networks are a platform supporting innovation throughout the economy today in much the same way electricity and transportation networks spurred innovation in the past.

New innovations such as smart electrical grids, tele-medicine, intelligent transportation networks, interactive learning and cloud computing...

Research report

15 Dec 2009

This report outlines a long-term policy framework to position the Australian tourism industry as a sustainable and economically vibrant industry.

It has been endorsed by state and territory tourism ministers have unanimously endorsed the Strategy and are working with the Australian Government to implement...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

This study represents a first step in establishing a qualitative understanding of the ways in which planning regulation has impacted on housing developments across 15 local jurisdictions in three Australian states.

The findings confirm that planning system complexity and ambiguity is associated with significant...

Audio program

14 Dec 2009

Panelists discuss the need for and potential content of a national cultural policy for Australia.

Federal Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett wants a national cultural policy and he's inviting you to tell him what you think should be in it by contributing to...

Research report

15 Nov 2009

Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman on the administration of the Economic Security Strategy Payment – an examination of the implementation, monitoring and review of the scheme.

The purpose of this report is to highlight for all government agencies how the administration of payments which...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

Conflicting and out–of–date internal information policies, multiple databases with varying degrees of security and low staff morale increased the risk of confidential Australian Crime Commission (ACC) intelligence falling into the wrong hands, according to Commonwealth Ombudsman Professor John McMillan.

This investigation focused on the...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

Several significant current trends are providing strong imperatives for Australian policy makers to seriously consider Australia’s national software infrastructure for education, including the 21st century learning agenda, issues of equity and social inclusion, Australia’s innovation, collaboration and productivity agendas, and the constant emergence of new...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

This paper provides an up-to-date examination of the hypothesis that under certain circumstances casual workers can become trapped into a work history of repetitive casual jobs with little chance of escape.

Australia experienced strong economic growth between 1992 and 2008 and the subsequent employment...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

This paper argues for specific, major, institutional reforms capable of building a high-skilled internationally competitive labour force in Australia. It argues for replacing the current policy of maintaining labour underutilisation as a productivity driver, with a national system of counter-cyclical public sector employment (Job Guarantee)...

Essay

14 Dec 2009

And how did we end up with an expensive and publicly funded arts festival in every state capital of Australia? I spent a couple of months interviewing many of the best-known artistic directors in the Australian festivals scene, trying to find out. What I...

Journal article

14 Dec 2009

Health and medicine have long been leading news themes: studies of Australian print media have shown frequent, prominent coverage, even exceeding that of high-budget social marketing health campaigns. All government public health interventions are conducted against a backdrop of changing media depictions of health...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), elected to the government benches in a landslide at the end of August 2009, is celebrating its first 100 days in office, and observers are starting to get a clearer picture of the new forces in Japanese...

Journal article

14 Dec 2009

The educational value of industry-sponsored disease awareness advertising could be improved if regulations and guidelines stipulated disease information requirements, such as inclusion of risk-factor and symptom information.

In countries where direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription medicine is prohibited, pharmaceutical companies can indirectly promote medicines...

Discussion paper

14 Dec 2009

The world stands on the cusp of a new era in nuclear relations—one in which Asia is likely to become the dominant influence on global nuclear arrangements. The old, bilateral nuclear symmetry of the Cold War is giving way to new multiplayer, asymmetric...

Discussion paper

14 Dec 2009

Since 2008, the Rudd government has commissioned over two dozen policy reviews on all aspects of national security, from terrorism to transnational crime. But integrating these various strands of security policy in an increasingly complex and complicated risk environment is a difficult task....

Research report

14 Dec 2009

Research consistently demonstrates that the effectiveness of many crime prevention initiatives is reduced by a continual lack of access to adequate crime prevention knowledge and technical skills.

This paper suggests the development of a comprehensive national framework for a technical support program to improve...

Article

11 Dec 2009

This essay explores the endemic problems that plague New South Wales, to its economic, commercial and political detriment.

“The end of the boom was less a sudden bursting of an asset bubble than a long period of gradual but relentless entropy to the point...

Research report

11 Dec 2009

On Monday 7 December 2009 the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, Mr Brian Gleeson, reported on his first six months, including:

the key strengths of the Remote Service Delivery Strategy; what has emerged from visiting all 29 communities over recent months;...

Research report

10 Dec 2009

This December issue reveals that over the last decade, the number of jobless families has fallen, while the number of people who live alone has been increasing. We also see that Australians are less likely to smoke than in the past, but more likely to...

Research report

11 Oct 2009

This report assesses the Severe Domestic Squalor Project, which aims to facilitate holistic assessment and support for people who are living in squalor; foster sustainable solutions for clients; and educate service providers.

The report concludes that the program provided high quality services to an...

Research report

11 Dec 2009

In 2009, the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) was completed nationwide for the first time. Between 1 May and 31 July, information was collected on 261,203 children (97.5 per cent of the estimated national five-year-old population).

The AEDI is a population measure...

Research report

11 Dec 2009

In 2007-08, there were 2,462 Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) support periods where the client was identified as having gambling-related issues.

This represented 1.2% of the total support periods under the SAAP program. Compared with all SAAP clients, clients with gambling-related issues were more...

Research report

11 Dec 2009

This report focuses on identifying and overcoming the barriers associated with current site blocking practices in schools with regards to Web 2.0 services such as social networking, video sharing, blogs and wikis and popular sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia.

Site...

Journal article

11 Dec 2009

There can be few more exotic locations to gather for a broadcasting conference than the South Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga, where the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) held its Asia-Pacific regional conference in February 2009.

Whilst the transition to digital TV in the Pacific...

Research report

10 Dec 2009

This fifth edition provides the latest comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries, revealing striking evidence of large variations in costs, activities and results of health systems.

Key indicators provide information on health status, the determinants of health, health care...

Research report

22 Dec 2009

The final report of the Government 2.0 Taskforce led by Nicholas Gruen. The use of the internet as a platform for collaboration is already transforming our economy and our lives.

Whole industries and sectors are being refashioned by this phenomenon of Web 2.0. Citizens...

Research report

10 Dec 2009

This paper details the core issues that stand in the way of film producers taking full advantage of new technologies and distribution channels, and goes on to detail three controversial solutions designed to break this digital deadlock.

The growth of online media has brought...

Research report

11 Dec 2009

Richard Tanter, Arabella Imhoff and David Von Hippel of the Nautilus Institute write that Indonesia’s handling of its proposal for a large nuclear power plant on the Muria peninsula in Central Java “is a test of the power of public opinion in a new democracy...

Research report

11 Dec 2009

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) account for around a quarter of the burden of disease in Australia, and just under two-thirds of all deaths. These three diseases often occur together and share risk factors, such as physical inactivity, overweight and obesity,...

11 Dec 2009

Viewed comparatively, the achievements and failings of the Howard government look a little different, write Rodney Tiffen and Ross Gittins in Inside Story

HOW MUCH difference did the Howard government make to Australian society? In the heat and hyperbole of political controversy it’s often...

Research report

8 Dec 2009

Australia’s national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing are critically dependent upon the availability, integrity and confidentiality of a range of information and communications technologies (ICT).

This includes desktop computers, the internet, mobile communications devices and other computer systems and networks

The Cyber...

7 Dec 2009

Could it be that there is less to Julia Gillard than meets the eye? Peter Mares reviews a new biography of the Deputy Prime Minister.

She is a woman of fierce intelligence, Australia’s best parliamentary performer and one of the sharpest wits in Canberra....

7 Dec 2009

The concept of creativity needs to be simplified argues Stuart Cunningham .

Creativity is today’s ultimate black box ‑ a Rorschach blot onto which there are projected innumerable meanings. When academic Richard Green reviewed the literature recently, he found so much variation that he...

Research report

7 Dec 2009

These reports provide a toolkit for organisations as they come to terms with social media spaces and develop their strategies for engagement with their communities of users and followers.

Volume 2 is divided into two parts: Part 1 offers background information that is crucial...

Audio program

7 Dec 2009

Future Tense looks into the crystal ball to see how our party system is likely to change over the next decade or so - a series of perspectives on the future of our political system.

Speakers include Ian McAllister, professor of political science...

Journal article

13 Dec 2009

This article reports on the conduct of a national survey in Sweden to establish the desired research priorities for libraries.

Results . Consensus among panel members was not achieved during the survey rounds, but the workshop resulted in the identification of the ten...

Journal article

13 Dec 2009

As a result of expanding employment opportunities, there has been a marked increase in the required skill levels and the technical expertise expected of visual resources professionals.

The results of a survey of visual resources professionals, the core competencies revealed and the next phases...

Research report

7 Dec 2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s pledge to ‘Close the Gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes was perceived as a long overdue landmark, but its achievement will require more than yet another government strategy or more funding. The Rudd government is doing what previous administrations have...

Research report

7 Dec 2009

• In June 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that Australia would seek to encourage development of an ‘Asia Pacific Community’ by 2020. He argued that no existing cooperation forum so far brings together the whole Asia Pacific region and it was therefore desirable to...

Research report

7 Dec 2009

This report focuses on the potential impacts of mining upon surficial and groundwater flows and quality in the alluvial flood plains at its headwaters in the Namoi valley and the Darling Downs catchments.

The Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee acknowledges other...

Journal article

7 Dec 2009

Paying incentives above the baseline Medicare Benefits Schedule to health services for the additional work required to meet the health needs of Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders might mitigate inequalities of care, but evidence supporting this is lacking.

The proposed “Indigenous health”...

Research report

7 Dec 2009

The relationship between women's fear and the built environment has been the subject of research with clear findings that women feel unsafe in many public spaces including transportation environments.

Desolate bus stops and train cars, dimly lit park-and-ride lots and parking structures, but also...

Research report

17 Dec 2009

This background note details the approach taken in Australia and some overseas parliaments to codes of conduct for ministers and members of parliament, registers of interests, the post-separation employment of ministers and the use of ethics commissioners in providing advice on and/or conducting investigations into...

Research report

14 Dec 2009

Executive Summary

In 2008, Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day. Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day....

Research report

4 Dec 2009

Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, managed jointly by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, is a long term research project to better...

Literature review

4 Dec 2009

The 2009 bushfires in Victoria involved loss of life and destruction of property on an unprecedented scale. Extensive flooding also occurred in areas of Queensland and New South Wales in the first half of the same year. While by no means unusual occurrences in Australia...

Article

4 Dec 2009

The importance of collaboration and partnerships in the delivery of effective services is a notion that is well established in the literature, for example, the recent evaluation of the former Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. This article describes a partnership between practitioners and researchers. The...

Article

4 Dec 2009

Events such as last summer's bushfires and floods have had a significant impact on many Australian families. As another summer approaches, family relationship service providers may be in a position where, within the scope of their normal service provision, they may assist families not only...

Research report

4 Dec 2009

This report presents results from the eleventh year of the BEACH program, a national study of general practice activity.

From April 2008 to March 2009, 1,011 general practitioners recorded data about 101,100 GP-patient encounters involving the management of 149,462 problems. For an 'average' 100...

Research report

4 Dec 2009

Budi Haryanto of the University of Indonesia reviews expected global health impacts of climate change, and then outlines both direct and indirect health impacts specific to Indonesia.

After setting out specific drivers of the climate change-health nexus in Indonesia, Haryanto summarises the range of...

Research report

4 Dec 2009

Noting the release of Australia's new Cyber Security Strategy in November 2009, this paper argues that the development of Australian cyber security policy has been outstripped by the uptake and use of information and communications technologies by the public, industry and government --...

Research report

4 Dec 2009

In the third publication from the Griffith-Lowy Institute Project on the Future of China, Roger Irvine analyses the critical relationship between China's rapid economic development and climate change and the policy steps Beijing has taken to address these critical issues. As the world focuses on...

Discussion paper

4 Dec 2009

In this new Lowy Institute Paper, Visiting Fellow, Dr Milton Osborne, evaluates the potentially huge social and environmental risks for the Mekong River and the millions who depend on it for their livelihood of planned dam projects in Laos and Cambodia. The mighty Mekong River...

Audio program

4 Dec 2009

On 2 December, Deputy Director Martine Letts and members of the Lowy Institute research team wound up this year’s Wednesday Lunch at Lowy Club series with a review of politics, economics and other international events in 2009, and what these have meant for Australia. Director...

4 Dec 2009

Shino Konishi and Maria Nugent survey responses to the film’s engagement with Indigenous history in Inside Story

IN MANY WAYS, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia portrays a range of aspects of Aboriginal experience with surprising depth. As two historians based in the Australian Centre for Indigenous...

Journal article

20 Nov 2009

Priority setting is about making decisions. Key issues faced during priority setting processes include identifying who makes these decisions, who sets the criteria, and who benefits. The paper reviews the literature and history around priority setting in research, particularly in Aboriginal health research. We explore...

Interview

29 May 2009

The following links provide access to the Modern Monetary Theory interviews were recorded on May 29, 2009 at Newcastle, Australia.

The interviewer was Victor Quirk. They are in standard video mp4 format.

Research report

4 Dec 2009

This paper explains and demonstrates the new tools that CofFEE has developed to map the EVI assessments against the claims for unemployment benefits from Centrelink.

In March 2008, the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) and the Griffith University’s Urban Research Program (URP)...

Research report

3 Dec 2009

Greg Black shares an Australian perspective on the four emerging technologies identified by the Horizon Report as likely to be entering mainstream use by educators within the next few years.

The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the New Media Consortium's Horizon...

Article

3 Dec 2009

This article begins by challenging what we describe as a developing analytical orthodoxy around the development of digital television, an orthodoxy which produces a story about the end of television.

The authors argue that the social practice of television is far from over, and...

Article

3 Dec 2009

'Freeview' is the survival strategy for free-to-view TV in the digital age in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. It is mix of marketing, services and technology, and of defensive and offensive elements. The mix is different in different places:

In...

Commentary

3 Dec 2009

Stephen Keim reviews Tony Kevin's Crunch Time for APO

Crunch Time: Using and Abusing Keynes to Fight the Twin Crises of Our Era by Tony Kevin Scribe Publications | $32.95

I WRITE this review shortly after three significant news events. First, the...

Chapter

3 Dec 2009

As Australians contemplate the lessons of boom and gloom and consider vulnerabilities it is worth thinking about why policy-makers thought we were doomed in the 1980s, according to this paper, because many of the problems of the 1980s remain.

While the economy has...

3 Dec 2009

As the financial crisis has made clear, globalisation does not mean the end for the state, writes Tom Conley

ONE OF THE MAJOR arguments of economic liberals in the 1990s was that globalisation would force a reduction in the size of the state. I...

Report

3 Dec 2009

This report highlights that two essential and complementary elements are needed to strengthen international education: more effective consumer protection and stronger, simpler regulation.

The report refers to the need to toughen the gateway for organisations to register as international education providers, support students’ access...

Research report

3 Dec 2009

The perceptions of students, school and TAFE staff involved in V Tracks, an early intervention program for Aboriginal school students are explored in this paper.

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Research report

3 Dec 2009

Drawing on a series of youth consultations in Victoria, WA, NSW and ACT, this project aims to develop a strategy for engaging refugee young people in advocating to have their needs and concerns addressed and ideas recognised at a national level.

Funded by the...

Briefing paper

4 Dec 2009

A high proportion of families with a parent with an intellectual disability will come to the attention of child protection and support agencies due to allegations that a child has been or is at risk of abuse or neglect. However, prejudice and lack of understanding...

Research report

4 Dec 2009

To contribute to our understanding of how paid work and family time interact, this paper examines how characteristics of parental paid employment are associated with differences in parent-child time.

With an increased participation of mothers in paid employment, especially in part-time work, and an...

Research report

3 Dec 2009

This paper is one of a series of investigative reports commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) as part of the Strategic Information and Communications Technology Advisory Service (SICTAS).

It focuses on the development of Australia’s school teachers...

Research report

3 Dec 2009

This investigation compiles the evidence currently in existence to build a case for implementation of an Australian e-portfolio or e-portfolios.

E-portfolio applications have been around for a number of years and are widely adopted in Australian education institutions. However, once learners are no longer...

Video

Education.au CEO Greg Black shares an Australian perspective on the four emerging technologies identified by the Horizon Report as likely to be entering mainstream use by educators within the next few years.

The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the New...

Discussion paper

3 Dec 2009

While community policing initiatives are widely documented throughout the world, many schemes targeting disadvantaged groups or vulnerable communities are studied in a fragmented manner or are focused solely on individual groupings (eg. youth, sexual minorities, refugees, etc). Some academics, however, are starting to establish a...

Research report

3 Dec 2009

The Seroconversion Study collects both quantitative and qualitative data from mainly homosexual men who have recently been diagnosed with HIV.

Men are referred to the online questionnaire through clinics and HIV organizations providing services to men who are newly diagnosed. Men completing the online...

Research report

3 Dec 2009

This research was completed for an LLB Honours thesis, which proposed to potentially serve as a pilot for a larger study. By examining sexual assault sentencing and judicial comments from a sample of mostly 2008 judgments in Victoria, this article explores differences in sentencing, focusing...

Research report

3 Dec 2009

This paper will consider the way that Foucault’s work has been utilised to examine Australian legal education, particularly in the context of understanding the construction of the legal identity.

While remaining sensitive to the many potential ‘uses’ of Foucault’s tools, as well as his...

Research report

27 Nov 2009

This paper outlines the development and implementation of the Community Phone as an alternative public telephone for remote settlements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the broader context of telecommunications services in remote Australia.

The characteristics of the Community Phone service are...

Research report

27 Nov 2009

The Agenda 21 for culture is the first document with a worldwide mission that advocates establishing the groundwork of an undertaking by cities and local governments for cultural development.

The Agenda 21 for culture was agreed upon by cities and local governments from all...

1 Dec 2009

As the world talks about climate change, the Antarctic Treaty shows how politics and science can work together, writes Tom Griffiths in Inside Story

FIFTY YEARS AGO this week a remarkable agreement, the Antarctic Treaty, was signed in Washington. It was created not only...

Research report

1 Dec 2009

This paper investigates the notion and role of trust in modern societies as a first step towards the construction of indicators that could better inform our understanding of societal progress.

Trust is commonly viewed as a proxy indicator of social capital, and a...

Research report

13 Nov 2009

This paper presents information on trends and composition of social expenditure across the OECD, and accounts for the effects of the tax system and private social expenditure.

Gross public social expenditure on average across OECD increased from 16% of GDP in 1980 to 21%...

2 Dec 2009

Our border cooperation with regional neighbours has entered questionable territory, writes Savitri Taylor in Inside Story

BETWEEN 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009, 5304 individuals sought refuge in Australia by applying for a protection visa onshore. Some of them – 966 to be...