July 2010

30 Jul 2010

In the Adelaide Review, John Spoehr dares to dream of population politics without population populism

POLITICIANS can bring out the best and worst characteristics in a community at election time. They play to our fears and our hopes. One of the...

Video

The talk was the first HC Coombs Policy Forum lecture and was presented by the Australian National Institute for Public Policy on 6 July 2010.

This seminar is about the 21st century reform agenda to lift productivity. Dr Emerson characterises Australia’s Phase 1...

Research report

30 Jul 2010

This report documents the continuing growth and transition of the Western Region of metropolitan Melbourne identified in the 2004 report by the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies. It follows a number of reports about the Region, in each of which strategies that seek to better...

Research report

30 Jul 2011

This report presents the findings of a study of Central Finance Agencies (CFAs) that was financed jointly by the Bank Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP) and the World Bank since July 2008.

The work involved the preparation of a framework paper by Bjoern Dressel and...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

Public concern about crime victimisation is one of a range of factors that policymakers take into account when creating new criminal offences, setting penalties and allocating resources for policing and prosecution. The level of public concern about rising crime can also determine the...

Commentary

30 Jul 2010

ON 26 May 2010, a divided High Court set a high bar for those seeking to challenge refugee decisions on the basis that they are irrational or illogical. In ordering that a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal denying an asylum seeker a visa should...

Research report

1 Aug 2010

The objective of this performance audit is to assess whether the Attorney‐General's Department effectively manages the operation of the National security hotline set up in December 2002.

The objectives of this performance audit are to assess whether the Attorney‐General's Department effectively manages the operation...

Research report

30 Jul 2010

This is the fifteenth annual report of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee, an independent, multidisciplinary ministerial advisory body that responds to deaths within the Child Protection population.

The annual report serves two related, but distinct, functions. First, it provides quantitative and demographic data...

Research report

30 Jul 2010

This study has been conducted for the Australian Crime Commission's National Indigenous Intelligence Task Force (NIITF). An objective of the NIITF is to conduct research on intelligence and information co-ordination and identification of good practice in the prevention, detection and responses to violence and child...

30 Jul 2010

CHANCES ARE, you have not heard much about Climategate lately, but last November it dominated the media. Three weeks before the Copenhagen summit, thousands of emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia were published on a Russian website.

The...

Research report

29 Jul 2010

This background note traces the genesis and development of the Rudd / Gillard Government's Fair Work policy and legislation.

Updated: 24 September 2009, updated 22 January 2010, 10 June 2010, 7 July 2010, 21 July 2010

29 Jul 2010

THE MONDAY after Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the federal election would be held on August 21, thousands of Australians queued at Australian Electoral Commission offices to enrol to vote. More than 200,000 eligible Victorians are not enrolled, including about half of all 18-year-olds...

29 Jul 2010

"BLIGHTED” was the Courier Mail ’s headline on 21 July, over a photo of Anna Bligh looking weary and overwrought. On the same day, Tony Abbott was getting a “rock-star reception” at a Brisbane primary school, according to the paper, and declaring that the election...

Research report

29 Jul 2010

Former Australian Chief of Army Peter Leahy argues that Australia needs greater civilian engagement if it is to have a chance of prevailing in counter-insurgency warfare.

His recommendations include parliamentary ratification of military deployments and a reset of military-media relations, including the appointment of...

29 Jul 2010

An analysis of the tweets for the first full week of the campaign points to some interesting patterns writes Axel Bruns

Several political contenders on the international stage have used Twitter as a campaign tool, with varying degrees of success.

Those who use...

Research report

28 Jul 2010

The Census collects data on a broad range of social and economic measures of the Australian population. While it is possible to compare electoral divisions on individual census data items, it is often more useful to compare divisions on the basis of a summary of...

Audio program

29 Jul 2010

This conversation analyses Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig discussion paper calling for new measures to ensure that lobbyist don't exert undue influence over our politicians.

Joe Ludwig's paper (114) proposes bringing a wider range of lobbyists under the remit of the lobbyists register...

Research report

29 Jul 2010

This audit critically examines the effectiveness of the Victorian Government's strategy Taking action on problem gambling in reducing problem gambling and gambling-related harm.

The audit found that the Department of Justice (DOJ) appropriately structured its strategy around public health approaches, however, there...

27 Jul 2010

THE PREFERENTIAL voting system produces, or at least encourages, preference deals. It is that simple. The deal is played out in party how-to-vote cards which advise voters how to fill out their ballot papers. They are as old as the preferential system itself, especially at...

Journal article

27 Jul 2010

This article examines Indigenous land rights reform as it has been unfolding around Australia. It questions the extent to which current trends can be explained by reference to economic imperatives, and how much they stem from bureaucratic convenience.

Research report

27 Jul 2010

This qualitative study examines the experiences of those with co-existing issues engaging with mental health or alcohol and other drug services.

It finds that engaging with specialist services was challenging for nearly all the clients interviewed, yet it appeared even more so for those...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

The Making Of Modern Australia is a four-part television series about social history appearing on ABC television. The series is accompanied by an interactive website that allows ordinary people to upload their own stories and experiences of Australian history. As such The Making of...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

Arts advocacy is a key challenge, one shared by government agencies and arts communities around the world.

Based on desk research and responses to a survey distributed in August 2009 to the IFACCA network, this report provides a platform for the exchange of information...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

The purpose of this code is to regulate the conduct of art dealers in the Indigenous art industry to ensure fair and ethical trade with artists; transparency in the process of promotion and sale of artwork; and a fair and equitable dispute resolution system....

Research report

26 Jul 2010

The Pacific heritage arts research project provides a broad overview of the health of heritage arts amongst the seven main Pacific communities in New Zealand.

The communities are Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Cook Island, Niuean, Tuvaluan and Tokelauan.

The research was identified as a...

Article

26 Jul 2010

The problem of age discrimination in the workforce has acquired extra salience because of the growth of policies designed to prolong labour force participation beyond the conventional retirement age at around 60. Despite such policy trends, it appears that age discrimination continues to handicap or...

Article

26 Jul 2010

Attracted by the prospective opportunities offered by the Internet for market and communication diversification, small and medium enterprises in Botswana, like elsewhere, adopt ICTs, hoping to better their performances.

Attracted by the prospective opportunities offered by the Internet for market and communication diversification, small...

Article

26 Jul 2010

Whilst prior research has identified children as avid users of new technologies, insufficient studies have explored their patterns of use. This paper investigates how New Zealand pre-teens use technology out of school and identifies a typology of technology use.

Two hundred and twenty four...

Journal article

26 Jul 2010

In this increasingly convergent and digital world, young people are reportedly using new media with high engagement outside school, yet disengaged in those schools where technology access is low or restricted. Such an apparent disconnection is magnified when predictions of their futures are tied to...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

This report demonstrates that protecting and sequestering carbon in the Australian outback provides cheap options to help Australia make deep and early cuts to the nation's projected emissions.

The outback land management practices analysed in this report have the potential to provide early and...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

Although government-funded specialist homelessness agencies accommodate large numbers of people every day, they cannot always meet all the requests for accommodation. This report provides information about the level of unmet demand for this acommodation, including how the estimates are calculated.

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Research report

26 Jul 2010

Households juggling a range of cost pressures often seek assistance from emergency relief services to help manage short term or intermittent financial crisis. Recent research into emergency relief services suggests that households are falling into financial crisis on a more regular basis due to insufficient...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

Victoria lacks basic standards for rental properties. This makes it legal for exploitative landlords to rent out properties with no heating, cooking facilities or hot water.

Properties can even have holes in the roof or other major structural problems that make them potentially dangerous...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

This background paper arose from the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) 2009 Final Report and its recommendations about future directions for primary health care. The recommendations for primary health care included 'community mental health', which led to concern that the scope...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

In late 2009, Australian Centre for Child Protection researchers surveyed staff from 107 specialist homelessness services operating across Australia. Of these services: • Almost half had fewer than five staff members • The main client group of half of the services were women and women...

Discussion paper

26 Jul 2010

Arguments about the proper scope of copyright protection focus on the economic consequences of varying degrees of protection. Most analysts view copyright as an economic phenomenon, and the size and health of our copyright industries measure the success of copyright policies. The constitutional text granting...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

The following paper brings the most significant findings and lessons learned from the Cluster on ICT together in a single report. The report is intended to further disseminate the main conclusions from the ICT cluster discussions. The lessons learned stem from in-depth discussions among the...

Research report

26 Jul 2010

This British report examines the challenges parents face when helping with their children's homework, as well as the ways in which technology can be used to support them in this process.

It also provides examples of how schools are using technologies to extend learning...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

This paper develops a new index of human capital that measures cognitive skills employed by the adult population in seventy nations during 1970-2003. The index is compared to existing measures of human capital in the Benhabib and Spiegel (2005) model. Analysis goes beyond...

23 Jul 2010

Crikey's health policy blog, Croakey, asked a range of policy specialists

FROM next month, Australians will be able to search a MyHospitals website to find out information about public hospitals, according to recent statements from Health Minister Nicola Roxon and the...

23 Jul 2010

Murray Goot and Ian Watson look at the data in Inside Story

DESPITE winning at four successive polls, the Howard government’s electoral performance has attracted less attention from political scientists, and fewer satisfactory explanations, than we might expect. The consequence – as we...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

The new job seeker compliance system is more flexible than the old 'three strikes and you're out' system but there's still too much punishment and too little help for unemployed people, especially young people and Indigenous people, according to this submission.

The submission gives...

22 Jul 2010

IN THE PAST 10 elections, the gap in the level of electoral support for Labor and the Coalition reported by the polls at the start of a campaign has, more often than not, differed significantly from the gap recorded at the election.

The last...

Video

22 Jul 2010

Presenting at the Deakins 2010, ethical thinkers Peter Singer, Tim Soutphommasane and Kartikeya Sarabhai (India) speak about the moral case for tackling climate change. Amidst all the political and policy debate, the technical discussions and the controversies surrounding the science versus the sceptics, it is...

Research report

22 Jul 2010

If we accept that the market price for currency exchange does not always gravitate towards an equilibrium rate, as assumed by free market adherents, this paper asks what level of intervention is needed.

If we accept that the market price for currency...

Research report

22 Jul 2010

What are green jobs? What policies can create green jobs? And is the term ‘green jobs’ meaningful in itself or is it just a politically attractive phrase? This paper seeks to answer these questions.

Despite a great deal of enthusiasm about green jobs, there...

Research report

22 Jul 2010

This resource examines expenditure related to child abuse and neglect that is made by departments responsible for child protection services in Australia.

According to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision [SCRGSP], 2010), in the...

Research report

22 Jul 2010

This resource presents and discusses a snapshot of data describing the rates of involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out of home care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over-represented in child protection and out-of-home...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

This discussion paper sets out options for the Faculty of the VCA and Music and the future of higher arts education in Melbourne.

For several years the future of the Victorian College of the Arts has been under a cloud as it merges with...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

Cash in transit (CIT) armed robbery is an offence that can cause serious stress and danger to individuals who become victims while doing their job. To compound the emotional, psychological and physical damage CIT armed robbery can cause victims, it often causes considerable...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

Armed robbery is a serious crime that can have a negative impact on individual victims and employees of targeted businesses. People who work in locations vulnerable to armed robbery can experience emotional repercussions if present at work during an armed robbery. The Australian Institute of...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

The power of the state to confiscate assets derived from criminal acts is well-accepted in criminal justice. This paper considers the scope and impact of laws concerned with unexplained wealth in Australia.

Unexplained wealth laws are thought to deter would-be criminals by reducing the...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

This research outlines some lessons from UK experiences of the promotion of consumer engagement in drug and alcohol treatment services for Australia and particularly in Tasmania.

This research explores UK models of consumer engagement in alcohol and drug treatment services. It involved a literature...

Article

23 Jul 2010

The following article provides an overview of court protocols relating to the management of client mental health problems, including insights from one of the architects of the strategy from the Family Court of Australia.

Services working with families involved in family law litigation may...

Research report

15 Mar 2010

Worldreader.org has just finished a proof of concept for e-reader use in the African country of Ghana.

During this trial, we found that the Kindle e-reader and digital books helped new readers learn to read, got the kids reading more, and gave access...

Journal article

2 Aug 2010

The development of online tools such as conferences and forums have enabled students to engage collaboratively without the constraints of time and place.

Asynchronous online dialogue offers advantages to learners, but has appeared to involve only limited use of new literacy...

Research report

22 Jul 2010

This study investigates the relationship between gaming expenditure and crime in Victoria, especially income-generating crimes like theft, fraud, break and enter, forgery, false pretences, larceny and robbery.

This research involved an extensive literature review and developed complex databases to model the relationship between crime...

Research report

22 Jul 2010

Mortgage default has long term impacts on the financial wellbeing of households including bankruptcy, drawing on superannuation savings, and high levels of debt even after the sale of the house.

Better access by borrowers to financial advice and mortgage relief assistance, as well as...

22 Jul 2010

The interview requests politicians turn down can be a useful guide to election strategies, writes Marius Benson in The Drum

YOUR ABC, in its determination to be fair at election time, is a wonder to behold. For years we have maintained a "word...

22 Jul 2010

MONDAY’s release of the ABS report on youth mental health has generated predictable reactions of shock and outrage. Drawing on data from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, the Mental Health of Young People, 2007 report highlighted the fact that...

Discussion paper

20 Jul 2010

The ACMA’s Reconnecting the Customer strategy is intended to improve customer service and complaint related outcomes for consumers.

This public inquiry is one aspect of the ACMA’s strategy.

Alongside the inquiry, the ACMA is taking a strong role in the review of the...

Research report

20 Jul 2010

In the early days of his prime ministership, Kevin Rudd committed to 'closing the gap' on Indigenous disadvantage, committing to six ambitious targets. But time is ticking in terms of the self imposed timeframe on several of these targets, according to this report.

It’s...

20 Jul 2010

What do the polls tell us about where the parties started off in the election campaign, asks Crikey's Pollytics blog

THE LAST week gave us a big bag full of polls containing a substantial amount of variation in the results – so today we’ll...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

The National Disability Strategy (NDS) is intended to be a whole of government initiative designed to provide economic participation and social inclusion for all Australians with disability.

The aim of the NDS is to set a cohesive ten-year agenda for federal, state...

Transcript

19 Jul 2010

The right of consumers to fair, affordable and accessible communications is a key issue around the world. Despite great advances in communications, many Australian consumers do not enjoy access to the essential services required to participation in society.

This working paper has...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

A growing body of literature supports Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) as a means to improve students' engagement and active participation in their education, and as a way to equip students for employment and social participation in the modern world. However, the introduction of an IBL curriculum...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

This document performs two functions. It provides a synopsis or abridged version of the research, Interventions early in school as a means to improve higher education outcomes for disadvantaged (particularly low SES) students, with emphasis on reviewing its major findings. It also provides...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

Over 100 presentations and abstracts are now available from the 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference proceedings, held from 7 - 9 July 2010 at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Research report

19 Jul 2010

The national research priorities for tertiary education and training 2011-2013 were endorsed by the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) in June 2010. This document sets out the context for the priorities, what was learnt from the consultations and the final advice on...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

This article provides a brief overview of the mental health of young people aged 16-24 years in Australia. It includes information on the prevalence of mental disorders for people in this age group, as well as their socioeconomic characteristics, level of impairment and the health...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

The emergence of the social inclusion agenda in Australia could be the occasion for the making of a new social contract for both a fair society and a competitive economy, according to this report.

Social inclusion emerged earlier as a new overarching social policy...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

On 15 July the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee tabled a report that considered the Rudd Labor Government's Home Insulation Program. It makes 11 recommendations, the first of which is that a Royal Commission be held into the Program to...

Video

Modern societies are becoming ever more dependent on mineral resources but increasingly less self-sufficient in their production, making access to stable and reasonably priced resources central to their functioning.

And yet there is little awareness of the general dynamics, trends and forces governing the...

Discussion paper

19 Jul 2010

The proposals in this paper are intended as a starting point for a dialogue on the way forward for future reforms.

In 2008 the Australian Government introduced a Lobbying Code of Conduct (the Code) and established a Register of Lobbyists (Register) to ensure that...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

This paper outlines the results of an investigation into the support needs of clients receiving assistance through the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program.

The information collected identifies the major areas of clients’ needs and measures the level of support required for those needs. The research...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

This paper uses data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to examine whether there was a change in employment rates for people with 'low employment' characteristics between 2002 and 2006, which was a period of strong employment growth.

In...

Journal article

19 Jul 2010

The evident and unresolved health disparity between Aboriginal and other Australians is testament to a history of systematic disenfranchisement. Stigma, lack of appropriate services and the expense of delivering services in remote settings make it impossible to adequately address mental health needs, including suicide, solely...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

This report presents the findings of the fourth national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector.

The information collected provides information on the extent to which palliative care agencies have met the four national performance indicators that were developed based on...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

Over the last ten years, all Australian governments in strong partnership with the non-government sector have increasingly recognised the importance of investing in the well- being of children and young people, including in child protection, to ensure they get the best start in...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

In the last decade, Australia has entered into a number of bilateral and regional trade agreements, and is currently negotiating several more. While trade agreements can provide modest benefits for Australia, larger gains are possible, according to a Draft Research Report by the...

Journal article

19 Jul 2010

Food provides a link between the population health and climate stabilisation agendas. This paper argues that a broader view of food security for the 21st century in Australia and internationally is needed – one that judges the food system for its nutritional quality,...

19 Jul 2010

A full system of online enrolment should be a priority after the election, writes George Williams in the National Times

WE ARE heading to a federal election, but our electoral roll is being left behind. All evidence points to the fact 1.4 million Australians...

Research report

15 Jul 2010

This project, funded by the Australian Government, was designed to provide a structure to bring people and organisations together to develop new and innovative support and services for families and carers of people with mental illness. Project Co-ordinators from peak bodies in each state and...

Research report

15 Jul 2010

This research explored the experiences of 22 women as they navigated the family law system following their separation from a relationship in which they had experienced domestic violence. The research highlights the inadequacies of the current system in protecting women and children from...

Research report

15 Jul 2010

This paper considers Australia's maritime surveillance capability. Australia is always going to have difficulty in keeping watch on a vast area of ocean and a long coastline. Steps taken through the last decade have greatly improved the co-ordination of effort and sharing of...

Audio program

15 Jul 2010

In the age of 24-7 work, mobile phones, smart phones, texting and growing family obligations, we increasingly struggle with how to manage work-life relationships.

Many of us need help in thinking about what is currently working well in the area of work-life, to be...

Audio program

15 Jul 2010

This Forum - Responding to Conflict - concentrates on the issue of humanitarian intervention and its legal context.

Two main considerations are given attention; the responsibility of nation-states to protect their civilian population from the consequences of natural disasters and armed conflicts, and secondly,...

Audio program

14 Jul 2010

You may be surprised to know that elderly Australians are more at risk of abuse in their own homes than they are in institutional facilities, abuse that is often inflicted by a relative or a friend.

Anecdotal evidence suggest that elder abuse is...

Literature review

14 Jul 2010

This report is a literature review on Indigenous women’s offending patterns and therefore provides an important contribution to understanding an often neglected area of criminal justice. The report presents information on Indigenous women as offenders and prisoners, as well as considering the issue...

Research report

14 Jul 2010

From 2004 - 2008, a team based at the School for Social and Policy Research, Charles Darwin University evaluated the implementation of the National Accelerated Program in the Northern Territory, one of the key Commonwealth-territory initiatives to improve Indigenous literacy outcomes. The team...

Journal article

14 Jul 2010

This article examines the government tax expenditures related to owner-occupied housing, particularly as they compare to non-owner-occupied housing, and discusses the issues involved in modelling and analysing these expenditures. The approach used considers various aspects of owner-occupied housing, including capital gains, imputed rent, interest deductions,...

Research report

14 Jul 2010

The OECD Green Growth Strategy will identify the key barriers that governments need to overcome in order to achieve strong green growth. It will develop practical policy tools for securing the shift to a greener economy. It will seek to be useful and accessible to...

15 Jul 2010

Policymakers are undoubtedly watching developments overseas with interest. But how much can we learn from systems that are so different from our own, asks Dahle Suggett in Inside Story

NEW WAYS of balancing freedom and flexibility with central control – the highwire act in...

15 Jul 2010

People might have strong feelings about asylum seekers, but there’s no sign in the latest polls that harsher measures are a vote winner, writes Peter Browne in Inside Story

SIX WEEKS AGO, on 27 May, Tony Abbott announced that the Coalition would revive...

Audio program

13 Jul 2010

What are the methodological challenges in developing a more comprehensive list of Australian blogs which may be used by researchers to study the Australian blogosphere in a more systematic and inclusive manner?

Blogs, and the networked systems of blogging known as "blogospheres", are now...

Transcript

13 Jul 2010

This paper raises the question of whether comparative national models of communications research can be developed

, along the lines of Hallin and Mancini’s (2004) analysis of comparative media policy, or the work of Perraton and Clift (2004) on comparative national capitalisms....

Journal article

14 Jul 2010

This paper argues that some degree of climate change is now inevitable, and so therefore is the need for responses to avoid its likely impacts.

There are at least five distinct types or pathways through which maladaptation arises; namely actions that, relative...

Discussion paper

14 Jul 2010

This discussion paper arose from extensive research and literature reviews into a number of leak enquiries involving police information. This paper aims to provide an insight into and generate discussion about the factors influencing leaking behaviour, and to provide options for its prevention, management and...

Research report

14 Jul 2010

This issues paper is the first stage of a major project being undertaken by the Office of Police Integrity to examine flexible work practices for police.

It identifies the key areas for examination and provides an overview of the work to be undertaken by...

Audio program

14 Jul 2010

So much of the analysis of how we respond to climate change assumes that economic growth and emissions reduction are compatible goals. But is this wishful thinking?

To question maximising economic growth as an organising principle of society seems close to economic heresy. But...

Research report

14 Jul 2010

The abuse, neglect and exploitation of older Queenslanders is a significant concern. There is a growing recognition, both in Australia and internationally, that the abuse of older persons – whether physical, sexual, financial, psychological, or through neglect – is a fundamental human rights concern. It...

Article

19 Jul 2010

This US article examines and critiques media portraits of the Middle East and Middle-Eastern Americans by tracing the alarming impact of this last minstrel show on public policy and the war on terrorism The article begins by analyzing racial profiling's problematic discourse of...

Survey

13 Jul 2010

This survey tracked the value of sponsorships and donations to Australian not-for-profit arts organisations in 2008-09 and provides some preliminary findings.

Snapshot of the current situation

For the 2008-09 financial and 2009 calendar years:

Overall private support for the arts was...

Research report

12 Jul 2010

Fiducial Governance: An Australian republic for the new millennium represents an attempt to grapple with the challenges of designing governance regimes suited to the new millennium. Power’s monograph asserts the need for the reform of Australian governance and charts Australia’s fitful progress towards a...

Research report

13 Jul 2010

This publication (originally released on 16 March 2010) contains corrections to the grading of non-government school students, as revised data on non-government schools was provided to the ABS. All data relating to non-government student grading have been corrected in the main features and throughout the...

Research report

13 Jul 2010

A joint research project of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) this report provides a 2010 update on arts partnerships and the corporate processes behind arts-business relationships.

This qualitative study conducted by Repucom International for the Australia...

Audio program

13 Jul 2010

An agreement on Universal Housing Design proposes that in ten years' time all new houses, including those on sprawling housing estates, will have some noticeable differences.

They won't have front steps, for starters. They'll have wide hallways, and a big bathroom downstairs with a...

Research report

13 Jul 2010

This report asks what is meant by social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people and identifies possible national indicators based on these constructs.

Why is there so little nationally and internationally comparable data on the social and emotional wellbeing of children and...

Discussion paper

13 Jul 2010

This paper identifies a number of challenges and opportunities for Australia’s research workforce over the decade to 2020 and proposes a set of priority areas for focus to meet those challenges and opportunities.

The paper identifies issues influencing Australia’s capacity to produce the quantity,...

Discussion paper

13 Jul 2010

This essay focuses on the potential effectiveness of legislative intervention in relation to the quantity and quality of CEO remuneration in Australia to align the CEO's interests with those of shareholders. Part II will outline the current structure, process and regulation of CEO remuneration in...

Discussion paper

13 Jul 2010

The focus of the policy debates surrounding both the Howard Government’s reforms and the Rudd Government’s recently enacted Fair Work Act 2009 remains ‘unremittingly on employers and employees’. Virtually nothing has been said about ‘the regulation of work performed outside the confines of the traditional...

13 Jul 2010

The engineer of Google Book Search joins representatives of the academic and foundation worlds in examining the benefits and shortfalls of the Google Books Settlement for the scholarly community.

Presented at the American Council of Learned Societies Annual meeting.

Speakers...

Research report

13 Jul 2010

On 31 March 2010 a workshop was convened by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia to locate and examine evidence within useful social science so that the issues relating to attacks on international students can...

Research report

15 May 2010

In October 2008, the National Preventative Health Taskforce released a discussion paper, Australia: The healthiest country by 2020 and three associated technical papers on obesity, tobacco and alcohol.

These documents formed the basis for conducting consultations and calling for public...

Research report

12 Jul 2010

Released quarterly, Australian Social Trends presents analysis and commentary on a wide range of social issues. The June edition includes articles on: Population growth; Child care; Mens health; Underemployment; and, Environmental awareness and action.

Research report

12 Jul 2010

This publication brings together information across the full-range of Australian Defence Force activity in a single reference source.

It is an up-to-date, fact-filled resource that places otherwise difficult to find Defence information at the reader’s fingertips and presents it in a transparent, highly readable...

Audio program

12 Jul 2010

For the first time in 20 years, the relationship with China played almost no part in the American Presidential election of 2008. President Obama has forged a low-key, pragmatic relationship with Beijing, but has not seen much success in building a workable "G2" that so...

Audio program

12 Jul 2010

This lecture provides an opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading experts on the international trading system.

Professor Evenett discussed the commercial policy and trade strategies of the United States, Europe, and the emerging economic powers.

Discussion paper

12 Jul 2010

This paper examines the recent progress in, and challenges to, Pakistan’s counter-insurgency strategy and advances four main recommendations on how to make international support to Pakistan effective and worthwhile.

Haider Mullick is a Fellow at the US Joint Special Operations University.

12 Jul 2010

If Julia Gillard wants to lead on this issue, she will need to further the Coalition's $1.5 billion commitment, writes Simon Rice in Eureka Street

AUSTRALIA's mental health system is in crisis. As the issue continues to gain attention it will no doubt become...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

This report identifies the investments UK businesses make in intangible assets from R&D to organisational innovation, and the useful life of these investments.

To support the work on intangible assets and productivity within NESTA’s Innovation Index project, this paper reports on a new micro...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

Young adults, far from being indifferent about their digital footprints, are the most active online reputation managers according to this US report on the ways in which people monitor their identity.

Reputation management has now become a defining feature of online life for many...

Journal article

19 Jul 2010

Images are becoming a primary means of information presentation in the digitized global media and digital technologies have emancipated and democratized the image. This allows for the reproduction and manipulation of images on a scale never seen before and opens new possibilities for...

Research report

9 Jul 2010

Australian families have changed significantly over the last thirty years but they remain the basic unit in society for caring for each other and raising children, according to this report.

At the time Australian Institute of Family Studies commenced operations in 1980, the marriage...

Article

9 Jul 2010

Over the course of the Howard Government, the Australian Public Service was accused with increasing frequency of failing to strike a balance between telling the government what it wants to know and telling the government what it needs to know. Is there a...

Article

9 Jul 2010

The winds of change are once again blowing through Canberra. Every two decades or so, the federal bureaucracy is encouraged to take a good hard look at itself with a view to reforming how it is organised and operates.

In the community of public...

Audio program

9 Jul 2010

Australia prides itself on being a multicultural society. We are mostly a society of immigrant families. With this in mind The Scanlon Foundation commissioned a report Mapping Social Cohesion 2009. This was the second public Scanlon survey exploring attitudes to immigration; following one in 2007....

Transcript

9 Jul 2010

Australia prides itself on being a multicultural society. We are mostly a society of immigrant families. With this in mind The Scanlon Foundation commissioned a report Mapping Social Cohesion 2009 .

This was the second public Scanlon survey exploring attitudes to immigration;...

Research report

9 Jul 2010

The early childhood education and care sector in Australia has traditionally been characterised by low skill / low pay jobs and high staff turnover. Some employers, however, have attempted to combat high turnover through careful recruitment and skill development. This research overview describes the approaches...

Research report

9 Jul 2010

The early childhood education and care sector in Australia has long been characterised by low-skill/low-pay jobs. The current policy environment, however, may offer scope for the sector to move towards a path of skill growth.

This report, based on case studies of four early...

Transcript

9 Jul 2010

The utilitarian spirit of Australian education has meant that since the nineteenth century the notion of tertiary education has embraced all post-school learning, delivered in sandstone universities or working men’s institutes or on the job.

This is not the definition the peak bodies TAFE...

Discussion paper

8 Jul 2010

On 5 March 2010, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government launched the State of Australian Cities 2010 report (Australian Government 2010).

The report was prepared by the Major Cities Unit, part of Infrastructure Australia,...

Research report

8 Jul 2010

This report was commissioned by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department in early 2009 to examine the impact of family violence, which had occurred before, during and or after parental relationship breakdown, on post-separation decision making and arrangements as viewed by children and parents.

More specifically...

Research report

8 Jul 2010

This research was commissioned in 2009 and conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the University of Sydney. The project surveyed a broad sample of parents...

Fact sheet

9 Jul 2010

Age Matters is a newsletter about age related statistics. It includes topical articles and reviews of relevant ABS publications. Age Matters highlights developments in statistics on the ageing population, and other information of likely interest to ageing researchers and policy makers. Interested readers are also...

Research report

9 Jul 2010

Copenhagen failed to produce an agreement on climate change commensurate with the scale of the problem, highlighting the fundamental weaknesses in the existing UN framework. Progress on a new agreement is agonisingly slow. Weightier commitments by the major emitters are necessary, but calls for ‘greater...

9 Jul 2010

With the government and the opposition treading water, Brian Toohey looks at the way forward in Inside Story

IT’S NOW clear that neither side of politics is prepared to use the polluter-pays principle to make serious cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Nor does either...

Research report

8 Jul 2010

The aim of this scoping study is to review the existing literature on the connections between housing and childhood development and wellbeing and to investigate the value and feasibility of conducting empirical research in the Australian context. Specifically, the research questions addressed are:

What...

Audio program

8 Jul 2010

In her first significant policy speech as prime minister Julia Gillard outlines the government's revised strategy for detaining would be asylum seekers to Australia in East Timor.

Research report

8 Jul 2010

This report was funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs under the Social Policy Research Services agreements, and undertaken by the Social Policy Research Centre and the Disability Studies and Research Centre at the University of New South...

8 Jul 2010

In Inside Story, Jock Given reviews Ken Auletta’s new book, Googled

THE PEOPLE at Google didn’t leap at Ken Auletta’s plan to write a book about their company. The New Yorker’s communications writer since 1992, Auletta portrayed the decline of the...

8 Jul 2010

Australia should make a bigger commitment to resettling refugees, writes Jane McAdam in the National Times

ACCORDING to the Prime Minister, the government's new asylum policy is a response to people's concerns about border security. She says such concerns are not about racism...

Research report

8 Jul 2010

When sentencing Indigenous offenders, courts in Australia and New Zealand do their work in the knowledge that the rates of Indigenous imprisonment are much higher than the rates for the community as a whole.

This brief seeks to provide an evidence base for the...

8 Jul 2010

Judith Troeth is trying to persuade Liberals that more women in the parliamentary party means a larger pool of talent, writes Marian Sawer in Inside Story

VICTORIAN Liberal Senator Judith Troeth is a brave woman. In 2005 she was part of...

Strategy

8 Jul 2010

This is one of a set of five national strategies aimed at reducing the transmission of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) and their morbidity, mortality and personal and social impacts.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities continue to face significant...

Research report

8 Jul 2010

This brief report outlines the case against the then Rudd Government's use of taxpayers money for the tax reform advertising campaign to combat the Australian mining companies' campaign against the proposed super profits tax.

Image: Sheep"R"Us' / Flickr

6 Jul 2010

Could the belief that boat people influence the way people vote be one of the great myths of Australan politics, asks Peter Browne

AFTER visiting the governor-general at around midday on Sunday 5 October 2001, John Howard returned to Parliament House to announce that...

Research report

6 Jul 2010

This is the two-volume report of a panel charged with examining and analysing the governance, efficiency, structure and operation of Australia's superannuation system.

Among the proposals put forward in the report are the following: • MySuper: a simple, well‐designed product suitable for the...

Research report

6 Jul 2010

Women in sport made up just nine per cent of all sports coverage in Australian television news and current affairs and seven per cent of other sport programming, according to this report.

Television news reports on female sport had the lowest average duration of...

Conference paper

5 Jul 2010

Convergence of parental anxieties, commercial opportunism and advances in network technologies is providing the basis for unprecedented surveillance of children and young people. Those technologies extend from automated monitoring of SMS/MMS on mobiles used by minors and mobile-based geolocation tools that allow parental monitoring of...

Journal article

5 Jul 2010

Objective:

To investigate community attitudes to abortion, including views on whether doctors should face sanctions for performing late abortion in a range of clinical and social situations.

Design, setting and participants:

An anonymous online survey of 1050...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of 13 countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. A summary table presents information on population, health care spending, number of physicians, hospital spending and...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

In Australia, as a consequence of the high level of asbestos consumption in the past, large volumes of in-situ asbestos are still present in many older buildings and in water and sewerage pipes. Significant adverse health effects, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

The purpose of this project is to foster cross-disciplinary discussion amongst researchers, policy makers and practitioners from which research directions and ultimately research questions can be formulated in the area of child protection.

To provide a basis for discussion, a scan of the literature...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

Child abuse and neglect are significant problems in Australian society that many graduates of psychology, particularly those who follow pathways towards registration as a psychologist, encounter at some point in their working life. Little is known about the extent to which child abuse and neglect...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

This report focuses on the impact of alcohol misuse on violence, social disorder and drink driving in the late-night economy of the Adelaide Central Business District (CBD). The key issue addressed is whether the State of South Australia currently has the appropriate balance of policy...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

This survey, conducted by Harrison Research and involving more than 1,500 respondents, reveals that more than half of all South Australians volunteer in the community in some way.

The survey results show that 565,000 (47%) South Australians volunteer formally , with a local community...

Commentary

5 Jul 2010

Two Aboriginal communities have taken the reins in major building projects, writes Natasha Robinson in the Australian

Amid criticism of the nation's largest Aboriginal housing program, a policy shift is becoming clear. Two commercially progressive Indigenous communities have quietly secured a piece of the...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

This paper explores the strategies, structures, measurement and patterns of corporate community involvement (CCI) among a group of 52 leading companies in Australia and New Zealand.

Data from the St James Ethics Centre Corporate Responsibility Index is explored to reveal the patterns and extent...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

What potential roles might government support take in supporting a diverse and local press without putting its independence at stake? This OECD report provides an in depth-treatment of the global newspaper market and its evolution, with a particular view on its economics, the...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

Wind power has been gaining prominence as a viable sustainable alternative to other forms of energy production. Studies have found that there is increasing population demand for ‘green’ energy. In Australia, this has been encouraged by the introduction of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act in...

Journal article

5 Jul 2010

In discussions of nanotechnology, it has become increasingly common to emphasise the importance of 'responsible governance'. This study focused on the issue of environmental governance and was specifically interested in critically exploring the relationship between nature and nanotechnology.

It began by characterising a range...

Journal article

5 Jul 2010

Iran’s 2009 presidential election was a controversial political event and came prominently into global media focus. Alleged large-scale frauds in the election led to widespread protests which faced repressive reaction of the regime. In the absence of independent media, the story of the...

Article

5 Jul 2010

Anglicare Tasmania is a state-wide non-government human services agency which employs over 750 staff and delivers more than 45 social support programs to disadvantaged Tasmanians. It is funded primarily through state and commonwealth government agencies with some funds through foundations and benevolent trusts as well...

Research report

5 Jul 2010

Between 2001 and 2006, significant population growth occurred along the eastern seaboard states of Australia. A substantial proportion of this growth occurred outside capital cities, particularly on the urban fringes of large cities, coastal areas and the areas around mining towns.

This study focuses...

Journal article

5 Jul 2010

The technological and social shifts of the past several decades have brought about new modes of learning, participation and civic engagement. As young people work, play and socialize in online spaces, the academic community is exploring the challenges and possibilities of education in...

Article

2 Jul 2010

How will this region of the world be organised over the next decades, and how will Australia be positioned? The current discussion of regional institutions and regional architecture – which was stimulated by former Prime Minister Rudd’s 2008 proposal of an Asia-Pacific community...

Research report

2 Jul 2010

In the context of a major Review of Funding for Schooling in Australia, this proposal responds to fundamental issues related to funding, such as the principles against which funding should be measured and the most effective means of distributing resources.

It is the latest...

Research report

2 Jul 2010

Methods of paying for goods and services via a mobile phone already exist, notably when it comes to premium SMS services which are often, but not exclusively, used for purchase of digital content. More advanced forms of mobile payment are now emerging....

2 Jul 2010

Crikey's Croakey health blog presents a range of views on the federal opposition's new policy, introduced by Mellisa Sweet

THE mental health lobby has been celebrating Tony Abbott’s announcement of “a real action plan for better mental health” (although the Royal Australian and New...

1 Jul 2010

Compared with other countries, Australia’s progress in giving women access to political power is patchy, writes Marian Sawer in Inside Story

“NATION wakes to a new dawn” was one of the headlines late last week suggesting that Australia had entered a new era when...

Research report

2 Jul 2010

This paper is an update of a 2008 ASPI paper and provides an overview of the capability of the Royal Australian Navy intended as a snapshot of current capability and as a primer on the structure and equipment of...

Research report

1 Jul 2010

Leading up to its independence in 1947, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill dismissed India as ‘a geographical expression’ that was ‘no more a single country than the Equator.’ If worldwide expectations of India at the time of its independence were low, the country did little...

Research report

2 Jul 2010

The most important characteristic of a city is whether it meets the needs of its residents, both material and psychological. Despite the fact that these needs are central to our lives, they are often at the periphery of conversations about the future of Australian cities....

Research report

2 Jul 2010

Australia has long been known as a multicultural society. In 2009 around one-quarter of Australia’s population was born overseas and immigrants come from more than 200 countries. While most of Australia’s migrants come from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, India or China, the fastest-growing immigrant...

Research report

2 Jul 2010

This draft paper identifies, from an industry participant’s perspective, the processes and interactions required to facilitate the migration of an End User’s existing telephony and data services onto the National Broadband Network.

It is expected that the contents will provide guidance to all...

Research report

30 Jun 2010

Australia’s current health requirement for migration to this country is prejudiced against people with a disability and their families, according to this report.

The Committee report makes 18 recommendations to Government to ensure migration assessment across the visa streams is fairer families where...

Research report

30 Jun 2010

This report recommends a set of complementary measures designed to strengthen the system of committees in the House of Representatives.

Most of these recommendations suggest incremental change, which, in the past, has been the most effective means of bringing about practical improvements.

The...

Research report

30 Jun 2010

Australians are increasingly able to view video content on their own terms, including when, where and how they want it, according to this report.

The report is part of the ACMA’s ongoing research program into the application of emerging technologies. It provides taxonomy of...

Research report

30 Jun 2010

The seventh in an annual series, this report on public hospital performance in 2008-09 includes information on private hospital performance and has chapters on hospital use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and on hospital maternity services.

The report also presents an overview...

Research report

1 Jul 2010

Children in out-of-home care are changing schools often, repeating grades, dropping out early and suffering higher rates of mental and physical health conditions which limit their participation at school.

Education is a basic right of all children and young people, and is fundamental...

Research report

1 Jul 2010

The fashion, media and advertising industries play a significant role in shaping the cultural ideals of society. Messages about beauty portrayed in popular media can contribute to body image pressures on young people in particular.

The National Advisory Group on Body Image,...

Commentary

1 Jul 2010

The ongoing struggle over the future of the Brunswick Terminal Station (BTS) offers some interesting lessons for urban planning and local governance in Australia today writes Carolyn Whitzman.

On June 23, 2010, the City of Moreland, an inner suburban local council in metropolitan Melbourne,...

Journal article

5 Jul 2010

This article explores instances of youth educating themselves beyond the boundaries of school through engagement with and production of 'digital geographies', or the emerging landscapes that are being produced through the confluence of new communicative practices and available media and technologies.

A...