August 2010

30 Aug 2010

The sudden rise to influence of the independent MPs is a challenge to the two-party system and how it’s reported, writes Peter Browne in Inside Story

“IT’S GETTING to the stage where Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and the nation would actually be better of...

30 Aug 2010

Disadvantaged jobseekers need to be given a clear line of sight to a decent job, writes Tony Nicholson in the Age

DESPITE the fact many considered it lacklustre, the federal election campaign did serve to expose an economic and social fault-line that...

Article

30 Aug 2010

Older workers are an important element of a diverse response to labour shortages, writes Philip Taylor and his research collaborators

EMPLOYERS HAVE adopted a diverse response to problems of labour supply, according to a survey of almost 600 Queensland public and private sector employers...

30 Aug 2010

Labor as well as the Liberals disregard the consequences of this trend at their peril, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

WHAT a fluke. Who would have imagined an election so close that a few independents and a Green determine the next government?...

Research report

30 Apr 2010

In 2002, Kristina Murphy from the Centre for Tax System Integrity at the Australian National University conducted a national survey of 6,000 Australian taxpayers that had invested in tax planning schemes. According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) these scheme investments were largely funded through...

Briefing paper

30 Aug 2010

Since 1945 Australia has resettled over 700 000 refugees and displaced persons, including thousands during and immediately after World War II. Today, as part of its planned Humanitarian Program, the government allocates places each year to refugees and others with humanitarian needs. There...

Research report

30 Aug 2010

Reducing the number of prisoners who are repeatedly imprisoned is one of the goals of any correctional system. However, while a period of imprisonment may deter some people from re-offending, in others it may foster further criminal behaviour. This paper presents the results of a...

Research report

30 Aug 2010

Smoking during pregnancy can have serious health effects for babies, including low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), preterm births (born too early), and other pregnancy complications. Smoking rates are high in the Victorian Aboriginal community compared to non- Aboriginal people, and...

31 Aug 2010

HOW COULD Labor get it so wrong? It had a terrific story to tell about the resilience of the Australian economy in the face of the global financial crisis. Its stimulus package was lauded internationally as a great success. Not only did the package put...

Briefing paper

30 Aug 2010

Combining homeless and accommodation services, assertive case management and eleven specialist allied health and support services, The Michael Project is described as a nationally significant service innovation.

On Census night 2006, almost 105,000 people were homeless in Australia, an increase of almost 5 per...

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2010

Despite much of the election being allegedly fought on 'economic management' neither the ALP nor the Coalition were asked to explain how it was that they simultaneously claimed to be 'good economic managers' yet were determined to ignore all economic evidence about the best...

Guide

10 Aug 2010

Fitzroy Legal Service is pleased to announce a new community sector workers manual to the legal system is now available to download for free.

This comprehensive guide takes a welfare perspective of the law and is an excellent starting point for workers in disability,...

Research report

27 Aug 2010

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) is a significant health and economic problem in Australia. Between July 2002 and June 2007 there were about 16 500 successful workers’ compensation claims for industrial deafness involving permanent impairment due to noise.

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Research report

27 Aug 2010

This research provides both a broad overview and detailed insight into the problems the drinking of others has on Australians.

The impacts from the drinking of others vary dramatically. At one end of the spectrum Australians are affected by nuisance inconveniences, such as street...

Research report

27 Aug 2010

Between 2006 and 2010, a large and wide-ranging study of post-tsunami recovery and rehabilitation in Sri Lanka and India was completed by a team of researchers from Monash and RMIT Universities in Melbourne. Given the scale of the 2004 tsunami disaster and the...

Research report

27 Aug 2010

‘Digital technologies are really starting to have an enormous effect on the interactivity of individuals and organisations that now communicate using multiple forms of media in environments that are mobile, fast, and virtual,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

‘The report assists the...

Research report

27 Aug 2010

In this latest article on Pacific strategic issues, Army Visiting Fellow Nick Floyd argues that on the eve of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and New Caledonia, it is timely to consider the continuing strategic relevance of this near neighbour to Australia....

Research report

27 Aug 2010

Partnerships in Early Childhood (PIEC) is a program run by The Benevolent Society in conjunction with child care and preschool organisations in NSW and Queensland. Through staff development and support for parents, PIEC aims to improve the quality of early education and...

Research report

27 Aug 2010

The careers of Australian practicing professional artists across all major art forms (except film) are profiled in this economic study.

It is based on interviews with professional artists and includes data on their numbers, incomes, achievements and challenges.

This survey is the fifth...

Briefing paper

27 Aug 2010

In the context of other transport issues, this briefing paper presents an account of the state of cycling in NSW and compares cycling in Sydney with the other Australian capital cities and with selected international cities.

This briefing paper presents an overview...

Research report

27 Aug 2010

This paper contains a selection of statistical indicators in the fields of health, education and community in New South Wales. It aims to provide a snapshot of the trends in each of these areas.

The focus is on the overall situation in New South...

Briefing paper

27 Aug 2010

Presented in this paper is something of an historical and contemporary inventory of business activity in Australia's two leading cities.

It does not present a complete picture of economic activity, still less of such issues as the 'liveability' of Sydney and Melbourne. Its focus...

Research report

27 Aug 2010

The Australian Flexible Learning Framework's 2010 survey of 800 employers shows that the use of e-learning in workplace continues to increase.

E-learning is now an integral component of training for Australian businesses. Employers are taking advantage of the flexibility of e-learning to provide timely...

Discussion paper

27 Aug 2010

This Positioning Paper is the first output of a project that explores the housing options and actual housing circumstances of asset-poor older Australians.

Research report

27 Aug 2010

The two documents attached below were produced as part of the Health Workforce Modelling Project established by the Strategic Workforce Committee of the Department of Health and Families (DHF) to inform workforce planning by projecting future numbers of health professionals in the Northern Territory (NT)....

Research report

27 Aug 2010

This report presents the findings of “Vertical Living Kids”, an 18 month research project which ran from July 2008 to December 2009 and was funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). The research had two objectives: to explore the physical and social environmental determinants...

Article

27 Aug 2010

Assessment for Learning (AfL), or formative assessment, refers to the frequent assessment of students' academic progress so as to identify their learning needs and inform the next phase of teaching and learning. AfL has won increasing recognition within curriculum policy in Australia, but at the...

Article

27 Aug 2010

The focus of this paper is the provision of teacher professional development as needed – just in time. The specific context is the application of peer mentoring in teaching and learning with interactive whiteboards.

Data was gathered from two research projects that investigated aspects...

Audio

27 Aug 2010

A discussion about how artists and their work can play a significant part in raising awareness of the environment and climate change.

Michaela Crimmin Head of Arts at the RSA from 1997 to March 2010, directing the RSA Arts & Ecology Centre; course tutor...

Guide

1 Jul 2010

This guide will help not-for-profit cultural organisations and individual artists understand the formalities associated with receiving philanthropic gifts. Compiled by Louise Wlash of the Australia Council's Artsupport program, this is your one-stop-shop for tax and legal information about philanthropic fundraising.

The guide includes:...

27 Aug 2010

Australia's international education industry is in crisis, says Simon Marginson in The Age, but you won't hear political leaders talking about it

AS JULIA GILLARD and Tony Abbott get down to serious horse-trading with the clutch of former Nationals and one Green, you can...

27 Aug 2010

Broadband might have divided the major parties before the election, but there's not going to be so much difference now, writes Jock Given in Inside Story

AS THE ALTERNATIVE prime ministers scout around for the numbers they need to form government, they’re finding broadband...

27 Aug 2010

In Inside Story, Brian Costar and Jennifer Curtin look at the motivations, role and significance of Australian independent MPs

“TO IMAGINE politics without parties is like trying to imagine Australian football without teams,” wrote the political scientist Geoffrey Brennan in 1996. “Politics just is...

Transcript

27 Aug 2010

In this speech the Chairman of Australian Communications and Media Authority announced a public inquiry into customer service in the telecommunications industry.

Chris Chapman spoke of how poor customer service is damaging the reputation of the industry. He told the meeting of Australia’s telecommunications...

Research report

29 Aug 2010

This study synthesizes data collected in a 2009 survey with subsequent interviews of several responding libraries to build an understanding of how libraries can contribute to e-science activities in their institution and identify organizations and institutions that have similar interests in e-science to leverage research...

Article

27 Aug 2010

This article explores UK public libraries' growing participation in social media to reach their audiences online, with a focus on blogging.{C}

"Beginning in the mid 2000s I began keeping an eye on how libraries have been getting involved with social software - I started...

Journal article

27 Aug 2010

As the Internet, and broadband in particular, becomes a platform for social and political engagement, researchers investigate more carefully both the factors that drive broadband adoption and the barriers that constrain it.

This paper reports on one of the only large-scale qualitative...

Research report

29 Aug 2010

A study outlining the web of interlocking issues that now threaten the long-term survival of US sound recording history.

This study tells us that major areas of America's recorded sound heritage have already been destroyed or remain inaccessible to the public. It suggests that...

Research report

15 Jun 2010

The Idea of Order explores the transition from an analog to a digital environment for knowledge access, preservation, and reconstitution, and the implications of this transition for managing research collections.

The volume comprises three reports. The first, "Can a New Research Library be...

Journal article

29 Aug 2010

The purpose of this paper is to examine reaction to the film Samson and Delilah and where this reaction has positioned the film in Australian filmmaking history.

Warwick Thornton’s 2009 film Samson and Delilah won the hearts of Australians as well as a bag...

Journal article

20 Aug 2010

Latest issue of the Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. This edition includes articles by Tim Lindsey, Michael Kirby and Riaz Hassan

Table of contents

President's Report - Barry McGaw The Price of Fear Life as a Weapon: Making Sense...

Research report

20 Aug 2010

In 2007-08, chronic kidney disease (CKD) contributed to 15% (nearly 1.2 million) of all hospitalisations in Australia, one million of which were for regular dialysis. Indigenous Australians were hospitalised at 11 times the rate of other Australians for regular dialysis, and at 5 times the...

Video

In his address to the Melbourne Art Fair, internationally renowned curator and art critic Robert Storr looks at the growth of exhibitions and art fairs and their impact.

Where once there were only two biennials – Venice and Sao Paulo – there are now...

Research report

20 Aug 2010

This report aims to create momentum for a proactive, coordinated and targeted approach to reducing entrenched disadvantage in Queensland and recommends partnerships across community, government and business.

The report demonstrates that disadvantage persists in Queensland and that responses to disadvantage need to address the...

Discussion paper

20 Aug 2010

Forms of service integrated housing- such as retirement villages - have been developed by the community and private sectors to provide housing, support and care for older people in Australia. Is there a need for a more hands-on role for government in directing, shaping and...

Research report

20 Aug 2010

This public inquiry recommends that the Queensland Government develops a State population policy as a mechanism to explain its vision on the way in which Queensland will grow in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable manner.

It makes 19 recommendations and states that:...

Research report

19 Aug 2010

As CEO of ATSIC, and then successively as Secretary of the Departments of Employment and Education, and the Prime Minister & Cabinet, Peter Shergold had responsibility for the oversight of Indigenous programs. In this speech, delivered at the GenerationOne launch of new Indigenous...

Research report

19 Aug 2010

What does the Australian census tell us about how artists earn their living?

Comparatively speaking, today we live in a statistical paradise, with local and global data on just about any aspect of the production, distribution and consumption of culture. The data capture, mining...

Dataset

18 Aug 2010

This publication contains estimates of Australian public funding for arts and cultural activities, facilities and services across three levels of government for 2008-09 and 2007-08.

Research report

19 Aug 2010

In late 2009 the National Library of Australia released version 1 of Trove to the public. Trove is a free search engine. It searches across a large aggregation of Australian content. The treasure is over 90 million items from over 1000 libraries, museums, archives and...

Research report

20 Aug 2010

This study of a recycling pilot project (HaRP) in the Fitzroy and Collingwood high-rise public housing estates found that many households had become involved in recycling, and so reduced the amount of recyclable material sent to landfill.

It also highlighted the challenges...

Research report

20 Aug 2010

Several Brotherhood of St Laurence sites and program clusters have been identified as active or potential community activity and service delivery centres. This paper outlines how they began, the community context, their aims, planned outcomes and target populations. This overview will contribute to...

Research report

20 Aug 2010

Foreign policy has played virtually no role in Australia’s race to the polls on 21 August, beyond the domestic hot button issues of asylum seekers and immigration, writes Geoffrey Garrett , CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. But whoever...

Strategy

20 Aug 2010

This plan deonstrates that it is technically possible to reach 100% renewable energy for Australia within a decade.

The Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan is a reserach collaboration between Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne. This plan shows that it is...

Research report

20 Aug 2010

This discussion paper outlines the challenges and opportunities for Swinburne University of Technology in responding to the emerging social inclusion policy agenda in Australia.

One of the significant policy agendas of both the State and Federal governments is Social...

20 Aug 2010

The parties are making promises like there’s no tomorrow and policy like there’s no yesterday, writes Klaus Neumann in Inside Story

I WONDER whether you have been as frustrated as I’ve been by the federal election campaign. The two major parties have offered us...

Research report

19 Aug 2010

CEO reflections on progress to date, challenges ahead and the impact of the journey toward a sustainable economy.

CEOs around the world are starting to see the shape of a new era of sustainability coming into view. In the face of rising global competition,...

Research report

19 Aug 2010

While Chinese foreign investment into Australia has been the subject of a great deal of controversy, investment flows moving in the other direction have received much less attention. In a new Lowy Institute Analysis, John Larum reviews Australian foreign direct investment into China and discusses...

Research report

19 Aug 2010

Foreign policy has hardly featured in the 2010 election campaign. That's a shame. Australia faces an increasingly uncertain international environment. One of the most pressing challenges facing the next government will be putting in place a durable policy framework to guide Australia's increasingly complex relationship...

Discussion paper

19 Aug 2010

The Coalition has proposed to cut the size of the Commonwealth public service workforce by 12,000 over the next two years. There has been considerable debate in Canberra, which employs more Commonwealth public servants than any other city, about the likely impact of such a...

18 Aug 2010

In part 10 of Croakey’s election series, Peter Brooks argues that the national broadband network and e-health are vital

AT LEAST in the health area, we have a stark contrast between the major parties – back to the future with the Liberals – with...

18 Aug 2010

A KEY to understanding much of the current election campaign is in a book published 40 years ago. Alvin Toffler's Future Shock sold more than 6 million copies but, more importantly, the concept became part of popular culture. For Toffler, future shock is the shattering...

17 Aug 2010

Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services - think apps - are less about the searching and more about the getting. Chris Anderson explains how this new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism.

And...

Book

16 Aug 2010

Personalisation – tailored support offered to help people (back) into work – has become a dominant feature of many welfare regimes around the world. The role of the personal adviser is an important aspect of offering more flexible, tailored support into work. While the language...

Audio

16 Aug 2010

If demography is destiny, then aged care is the sector where election promises should be flowing thick and fast. The number of Australians aged 85+ will quadruple in the next four decades and aged care advocates say their industry is already in deep trouble. In...

Strategy

16 Aug 2010

This policy campaign argues that older Australians should be able to choose how and where they want to live, well supported by affordable care delivered as it is needed.

The Campaign for the Care of Older Australians (CCOA) is a joint effort by Australia’s...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index is a barometer of Australians’ satisfaction with their lives and life in Australia. In this survey wellbeing is measured before and after each change of Prime Ministers in 2007 and 2010.

The AustralianUnity Wellbeing Index is designed to promoting...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

The contemporary debate in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over forms of regional autonomy and decentralisation has its roots in the period prior to independence in 1975. At that time, the consultative exercise that led to the development of PNG's independence constitution revealed much about the...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

International donors are substantially scaling up aid. At the same time, they have reservations over how much aid recipient countries can use effectively. Such concerns are supported by the aid effectiveness literature which finds that there are limits to the amounts of aid...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

The NSW Compulsory Drug Treatment Program (CDTP) has had a positive effect on the physical and mental health of offenders who enter it, according to this report.

The CDTP began in August 2006 and operates as a five-stage post-sentencing program. Drug treatment and rehabilitation...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

While all jurisdictions in Australia have enacted laws to confiscate assets derived from certain kinds of criminal activity, new laws proposed in NSW would allow assets to be seized on the suspicion that a person has engaged in crime-related activity.

Under the...

Article

16 Aug 2010

While there have been many policy reforms in the area of homeland security, the question of how to improve inter-agency coordination comes up time and time again in many countries.

Introducing a Department of Homeland Security in Australia was a policy of the Australian...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

The social disadvantages faced by Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand, across dimensions that include community safety and the justice system, have been well documented. The extent of Indigenous disadvantage and the complexities of overcoming it have led to the development of...

Article

16 Aug 2010

The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) is now barely a blip on the Australian radar. It must seem another universe to those travelling from the United States or Europe. As they arrive, in the midst of a federal election campaign, they hear claims that the government...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

Seven thousand young people across Australia have had their say in Tell Us , the country’s biggest national student survey on school education.

The survey results reveal that secondary students want a more active role and a greater voice in their schooling.

Nearly...

16 Aug 2010

In Inside Story, Sally Young looks at the role of direct mail campaigning in this election

BECAUSE I live in a safe seat, I’ve only received one letter from each major party this election and each party’s letter begins with the generic “Dear voter…”...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

While media commentary regarding the Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative has remained focused on potential gross benefits, expected costs and funding allocations have been a contentious political issue. The importance of costs within the economic context is that they are directly linked to any...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

This paper provides details of House of Representatives by-elections held from that for Darling Downs on 14 September 1901 to the most recent held on 5 December 2009 for Bradfield and Higgins.

There have been 146 by-elections, an average of 3.5 per parliament. The...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

This report examines the experience of mortgage distress in Western Sydney and mortgage holders' coping strategies.

While not claiming to be a representative sample of mortgagors in distress, the report reveals much about the circumstances contributing to mortgage distress and its considerable impacts on...

Research report

16 Aug 2010

The seasonal influenza vaccination program for 2010 was ceased approximately four weeks after it began because of an alarming rise in adverse events following immunisation. This review revealed what appears to be a serious deficiency in the current reporting mechanisms for these events.

...

16 Aug 2010

The Coalition thinks wireless is the answer for Australian broadband. In Inside Story, Jock Given remembers an earlier moment when wires-without-wires had their day

IT’S JUST over a hundred years since the Commonwealth parliament took a train to Queenscliff. They didn’t just want innovation;...

Journal article

16 Aug 2010

Are drug addicts helpless in the face of their addiction, compelled by cravings too strong to resist? Or is drug taking voluntary activity that can be ceased at will?

Ordinarily we think that if some action is voluntary then the person can be held...

Discussion paper

16 Aug 2010

In Australia the most common exposure of people to the health care system occurs at the primary health care level. Almost one in five people visit a general practitioner and one in ten visit an allied health professional in any given two week period....

Research report

16 Aug 2010

Since blogED was provisioned by the NSW Department of Education and Training in March 2010 more than 800 schools have jumped on board.

School libraries play a significant role in building capacity for student learning in the 21st century. In several articles over the...

Research report

16 Mar 2010

This paper places the competencies to be measured by the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) in the context of the technological developments which are reshaping the nature of the workplace and work in the 21st century.

The...

Article

16 Aug 2010

The principle of political equality has always been central to democracy and to the way democracy was understood by the democratic reformers of mid-19th Century Australia. The Australasian colonies were regarded as being in the vanguard of democratic innovation and at the end of the...

Article

16 Aug 2010

Biometrics are a feature of communication technologies (ICTs). Their disproportionate use and the lax and arbitrary way in which they are defined and implemented endangers values, norms and practices central to accepted conceptions in the EU27 of transparency, data protection and data privacy. Concern over...

Website

16 Aug 2010

Currently Australia's alcohol taxation system is one of the most complex in the world with a range of different rates and rules applied for different products - for example, beer is taxed quite differently to spirits. This alert aims to provide a simple overview of...

Research report

13 Aug 2010

To date, there has been little data or empirical research on the determinants of doctors' earnings despite earnings having an important role in influencing the cost of health care, decisions on workforce participation and labour supply. This paper examines the determinants of annual earnings of...

Discussion paper

13 Aug 2010

According to this paper, the public funding of government and non-government schools has reached a critical point in its history.

The Labor Government has set in train an independent and comprehensive review of funding policy for the decisions that will have to be taken...

Research report

13 Aug 2007

Population ageing and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing. Older people are a resource for their...

Research report

12 Aug 2010

This paper outlines the current and anticipated contribution of AHURI research through the National Housing Research Program (NHRP) to inform the national housing reform agenda.

The paper highlights all relevant AHURI research against the National Housing Reform Agenda themes.

Audio

12 Aug 2010

Since the election was first called on July 17, there has been little from either major party concerning foreign policy or national security. This discussion addresses the foreign policy issues not being raised during this election campaign.

12 Aug 2010

"This post is in reflection to a post by Nicholas Gruen over at Club Troppo entitled, What Coalition Politicians ‘get’ Government 2.0?

For me the post triggered a broader question - does Gov 2.0 require government leadership or participation?

...

Article

12 Aug 2010

In relation to a carbon pricing policy, it is not our democratic processes that has failed – it is parliamentary leadership, writes Silvana Anthony

NEW ZEALAND recently did what Australia failed to do (also recently): roll out an economy-wide emission trading system. As a...

12 Aug 2010

A land of plenty, or plenty in the land, asks Peter Mares in Griffith Review

DAYS ARE numbered for the Monday morning Mernda market. Last year, after operating for more than a century, the weekly livestock auction shut down. A few traders...

12 Aug 2010

Now that the Coalition’s campaign has been launched, Eva Cox has a closer look at Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme

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The introduction of a fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme is the obligation that a serious political party owes to...

Video

In the much-anticipated Melbourne Art Foundation 2010 Lecture, artist Bill Henson delivers a vigorous defence of freedom of expression in art.

In implicit response to the 'scandal' surrounding his work in 2008, Henson argues that we should be wary of governments and interest groups...

Video

"Privacy in a broad sense is under attack these days on a range of fronts: electronic surveillance, terrorism laws, growing police powers, business practices associated with information mining and marketing, and new technologies."

Indeed, as Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating states, there seems...

Research report

12 May 2010

Government agencies are increasingly looking to leverage social media to improve the quality of government services and enable greater citizen engagement. Publicly available social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, are providing governments with attractive options for meeting these new objectives. These sites are...

Research report

12 Jun 2010

The Australian Government’s adoption and implementation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0)

Websites that are developed under principles of universal design, with a focus on accessibility, are more usable for everybody, regardless of age, ethnicity or disability. By improving government website...

Briefing paper

12 Aug 2010

This briefing paper puts some of the issues covered in the United Nations Environment Program's Green Economy Report (699) in an Australian context and provides a primer to the challenges involved in transforming our economy to operate within environmental limits.

It also presents a...

Chapter

12 Jul 2010

This chapter from More than luck argues that it is time Australia revised its cultural policy and questions the current role of the Australia Council.

In early 2010, more than 15,000 people gathered on Bourke Street in front of Victoria’s Parliament building to register...

Research report

13 Aug 2010

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in Australian women. BreastScreen Australia monitoring report 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 is the tenth report presenting national statistics (combining data from the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 reporting periods) on key program activity, performance and outcome...

Research report

12 Aug 2010

This paper reports on a survey of the Aboriginal population of the Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, funded by the Fitzroy Futures Forum. The survey was designed to collect two different kinds of data. One aim was to carry out a...

12 Aug 2010

GetUp! has scored an unexpected victory in the High Court, giving an extra 100,000 people a chance to vote on 21 August and opening up the debate about the right to vote, writes Graeme Orr in Inside Story

“THE MAJORITY ruling in Rowe’s case...

Transcript

12 Aug 2010

This lecture argues that children’s rights continue to be inadequately protected in Australia. Twenty years ago, the Australian Government signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. While much has been achieved in the protection and promotion of children’s rights...

Article

12 Aug 2010

It looks unlikely that women will be any more well-represented in parliament after this month’s election, writes Tony Smith

TWO WEEKS before the federal election on 21 August 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended a fundraising dinner in Sydney. The Catholic Church was raising...

Research report

12 Aug 2010

This research examined the experiences of people accessing the alternative finance sector in Queensland. The focus of the research was on high cost, short-term loans, known traditionally as ‘payday loans’. The project utilised surveys and interviews with borrowers, lenders and other industry stakeholders...

Article

11 Aug 2010

EARLY IN MY public service career, my supervisor told me that as a result of a recent promotion, her hourly income had actually decreased. In her previous job was an Executive Level 1 public servant she worked about 38 hours a week and earned enough...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

The Associations of Independent Schools of New South Wales and South Australia and Independent Schools Queensland commissioned a nationwide survey, conducted by UMR Research Pty Ltd, to explore community attitudes towards independent schooling. The survey was undertaken in November and December 2009 and examined:...

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2010

The Colombo Plan for aid to South and Southeast Asia, launched in 1951 and continuing today in much-diminished form, is regularly invoked in Australia and New Zealand as a pioneering and progressive project through which closer understanding and engagement with Asia was achieved....

Research report

9 Aug 2010

Public cooperation with police is essential for the effective management of crime and disorder in our society. Understanding factors that shape public cooperation with the police is therefore important. However, Australian and international studies show that police find it difficult to elicit cooperation...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

It is only a year since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) plunged most wealthy nations into recession. Australia escaped a ‘technical recession’ but unemployment rose by one third. Young people were among the worst affected because employers put new hires on hold, waiting for the...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

In the early days of his Prime Ministership, Kevin Rudd committed to ‘closing the gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage, committing to six ambitious targets:

Closing the life expectancy gap within a generation; Halving the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

On 1st of March 2008, at the request of the Norseman Aboriginal Community and following extensive consultation and negotiations with stakeholders and community members facilitated by the Drug and Alcohol Office (Department of Health, WA) and Population Health (Goldfields), the following voluntary restrictions were imposed...

Article

9 Aug 2010

What is surprising in the last two years of debate over an Australian national curriculum has been the failure to engage with research on the enacted curriculum: on what actually goes on in Australian classrooms.

Important contributions to this edition of Curriculum...

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2010

Improving the educational outcomes of people with a disability is seen as key in helping improve their employment and life prospects. Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an important avenue for further education for people with disability because it is a highly flexible and accessible...

Briefing paper

9 Aug 2010

Publicly owned protected areas have long been the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation in NSW. The NSW terrestrial reserve system consists of 800 protected areas, covering an area of 6.7 million hectares, or over 8.4% of the total land area of NSW.1 The NSW marine reserve...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

Although the roles of tutors in online learning environments are similar to that of the face to face tutor, there are sufficient differences to make e-tutoring challenging to those who have not undertaken such activities previously.

As online learning environments continue to evolve, both...

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2010

This manifesto on internet policy and regulation in Australia includes principles and recommendations to guide decision makers.

Australia should aspire to become a leading knowledge based digital economy in the 21st Century.

A knowledge based digital economy implies an economy where the benefits...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

In this collection of essays, fourteen researchers explain how the current copyright system inhibits their research.

This collection of essays, sourced from the education and research community, present varying views to the working and interpretations of the UK’s intellectual property laws. They are not...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

This release provides national data on access and barriers to a range of health care services including general practitioners, medical specialists and other health professionals, imaging and pathology, after hours care and hospital/emergency departments.

Data is also presented on patient experiences of care and...

9 Aug 2010

LAST WEEK Tony Abbott announced that if elected to government, the Coalition would offer a financial incentive to employers who recruit and retain older workers for a minimum of six months. Under the scheme, an employer taking on a worker aged over 50 who is...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

The visual arts, craft and design sector makes an important contribution to Australian society and its economy.

A 2000 Australia Council research study, Arts Economy 1968-1998: Three Decades of Growth in Australia, revealed that although the Australian arts economy had blossomed and...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

In 2009, around 48,000 young people across Australia participated in the eighth annual Mission Australia National survey of young Australians. The survey asked young people aged 11 to 24 years about what they value, their concerns, where they go for advice and support...

Article

9 Aug 2010

This article examines the administration of immigration and border controls as instruments of national security, commonly subject to political contestation of a high order.

Article

9 Aug 2010

If we want to end poverty, we’ve got to start championing policies to build families’ assets, writes Gerard Brody

THE AUSTRALIAN social security system has traditionally been an all-or-nothing kind of deal. It has not been designed to help you move up, but rather...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

Climate change associated with greenhouse gas emissions is widely recognised as one of the world’s most serious challenges. Road transport is a key contributor, accounting for a 20.9% increase in South Australia’s emissions between 1990 and 2005. Of the State’s total transport-related emissions...

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2010

Preventative health is a key element of national strategic health planning. The importance of preventing chronic physical conditions, such as heart disease, is well recognised, yet the role of prevention in one of our greatest emerging health challenges—increasing rates of dementia—remains poorly explored....

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2010

Tony Smith compares the recently announced list of candidates for this month's federal election with the candidates standing in 2007. He finds that despite a modest rise in the number of women candidates, the representation of women in federal parliament could go backwards at this...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

This survey reveals the extraordinary extent to which Australian banks promote consumer debt through unsolicited offers for new credit cards, personal loans or increased credit-card limits.

The power of Australia's big four banks is unmistakable. Their underlying profits equate to almost three per cent...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

The Training for Work study analysed the characteristics of participants in training programs run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and explored the factors that helped or hindered the successful completion of training and the transition into paid employment. The study found that for many...

Research report

9 Aug 2010

The Community Service Leadership Program enabled disadvantaged young people in alternative educational settings to explore, devise and implement projects to benefit their local community.

The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP), developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Rotary Club of Melbourne, enabled...

Blog post

8 Aug 2010

IT’S OFTEN said that a country gets the government, and the media, it deserves. Looking at the current election offerings of the major parties, and the coverage presented by the media, it’s hard to see what we could have done to deserve this. The parties...

Research report

5 Aug 2010

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, life-long disease which causes a major health, social and economic burden for individuals with the disease, their families and the community. There were over 8,000 new cases of Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in Australian children between 2000 and 2008,...

Strategy

5 Aug 2010

This second volume in the Melbourne Beyond 5 Million Series looks at what increased density means to the city and suggests ways of ensuring that such a population increase can make Melbourne better as it gets bigger.

The report discusses both negative and positive...

Research report

5 Aug 2010

This report provides the first comprehensive picture of health issues and inequalities facing Victorian men. It proposes a framework and priority areas for the first Victorian Men’s health and wellbeing strategy.

Men in Victoria enjoy an excellent level of health compared with international benchmarks,...

5 Aug 2010

I dub the four distinct waves of internal migration that have fuelled the population surge ''death valley'', ''happy valley'', ''nappy valley'' and ''yuppie heaven''.

It all started with Joh Bjelke-Petersen's abolition of death duties, which brought frail Victorians northward seeking financial solace beyond the...

6 Aug 2010

THERE have been so many records set recently in Australian politics that the politicians should be tested for steroids. We began the current electoral cycle with the personal defeat of a prime minister for only the second time in 110 years, with John Howard...

4 Aug 2010

Despite the bipartisan consensus, Australia’s role in Afghanistan is demonstrably counterproductive, writes Brian Toohey in Inside Story

IT TOOK a retired chief of the Australian army, Peter Leahy, to say what the major political parties won’t admit about the war in Afghanistan. As...

4 Aug 2010

Kevin Rudd's homelessness strategy must be continued regardless of who wins the election, writes Chris Middendorp in The Age

IT IS A PITY that so far the federal election campaign has failed to focus on homelessness, one of the most serious...

Research report

5 Aug 2010

Australia’s aid program has been in the news lately, with calls for a wider public debate on the role of overseas aid. But public debate is being shaped by starkly contradictory arguments. An educated layperson who has just finished reading Jeffrey Sachs on The End...

5 Aug 2010

Australia’s development history is, as the historian Geoffrey Bolton describes it, a tale of spoils and spoilers writes Brendan Gleeson in Griffith Review 29

White settlers unleashed a rough-handed growth model that saw the land as an enemy to be vanquished. Its original...

Journal article

5 Aug 2010

This article argues that the Resource Super Profits Tax, a tax drafted by the Australian Treasury, suffers from acute logical inconsistencies that originate from Treasury relying on the neoclassical theory of the firm to guide its reasoning. This article provides a compendium of arguments that...

Briefing paper

5 Aug 2010

The first legislative framework for planning in NSW was introduced in 1945 in the form of amendments to the Local Government Act 1919. Dedicated environmental planning legislation was introduced with the enactment of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act) in 1979. The EP&A...

Discussion paper

1 Mar 2010

The return to work of an injured worker is influenced by a range of factors - some that relate to the worker, some to the environment outside of the workplace, and some to the workplace itself.

This discussion paper provides an overview of research...

Research report

5 Aug 2010

This paper outlines the Social Inclusion Board’s broad vision of how reform for people with disability might look. It is intended to provide South Australians with an opportunity to contribute their knowledge, experiences and expertise. It is a way for people with disability, their families...

Discussion paper

5 Aug 2010

For the purpose of honouring and recognising the unique historical position of Aboriginal people, the NSW Government proposes to amend the Constitution Act 1902 (NSW) by the insertion of a new section 2A.

The proposed section reads as follows: (a) The People and Parliament...

Research report

4 Aug 2010

The Indonesian government needs urgently to address discontent in Papua, its easternmost region, and recognise that the root of the problem is political, not economic, according to this report.

The report examines the political fallout from Jakarta’s rejection of a local initiative to...

Research report

4 Aug 2010

Highlights from this comprehensive survey of statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries are available online. This material includes:

• What is OECD Health Data 2010? Description, list of indicators, access to the Sources and Methods, User's Guide to download. Access to...

4 Aug 2010

THE ELECTION is a nation's fundamental test of leadership. Not just a test of those who seek to be our prime minister, a local MP or senator, but also a test of the media and ourselves as a community.

What leadership do we...

Research report

2 Aug 2010

This snapshot of recent Australian research projects demonstrates the potential for primary health care research to improve the health of Australians.

Snapshot of Australian primary health care research 2010 is a collaborative venture involving representatives from PHC RIS, the Australian Government Department of Health...

Research report

2 Aug 2009

The Fair Work Act 2009 revises statutory protections for Freedom of Association and introduce new mechanisms for, and obligations in relation to, enterprise level collective bargaining. The Act’s enterprise bargaining mechanisms are assessed from the perspective of Freedom of Association: the right to bargain is...

Research report

2 Aug 2010

The 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey summary booklet is intended for use by Indigenous Engagement Managers while visiting Indigenous Communities. It presents a shorter summary of the results from the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Research report

2 Aug 2010

This publication brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, interstate migration within Australia and information on overseas-born residents of Australia.

Australia's migration is described in the context of the Government's migration program and in comparison with international migration experienced by...

Briefing paper

2 Aug 2010

Families with mortgages are the most susceptible to prolonged housing stress, and those experiencing persistent housing stress are usually on low incomes.

Key points:

Once in affordable housing, a minority of Australians (18%) tumble into housing affordability stress over a five...

Discussion paper

2 Aug 2010

This study aims to increase our understanding of the ways in which homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services can be coordinated or integrated to provide services to homeless people, the extent to which system and service integration is occurring in Australia at present...

Research report

16 Jul 2010

The current generation of young people is not a homogenous group, despite sharing the Gen Y ‘tag’. Young people aged 12-24 years are socially and culturally diverse, and make up approximately one fifth of Australia’s population. Individually, each has his or her own hopes, dreams...

Research report

3 Aug 2010

91% of Australians want all their healthcare data stored in one place, in an electronic heath record.

In March 2010, CSC commissioned an independent, national Newspoll phone survey of 1208 Australian consumers to understand how important they believe it is to have an individual...

Discussion paper

3 Aug 2010

Through analysis of the relative performance of Australian features based on underlying works, the paper argues that there is a latent value in adapted films.

Adaptations come in all shapes and sizes from films based on books and plays to sequels and remakes. They...

3 Aug 2010

EARLIER this year, an amazing thing happened in Melbourne. Fifteen thousand people gathered in front of the Victorian parliament to protest against an unpopular government decision. The colourful crowd chanted and marched, sported placards and banners, and listened to speeches by local identities.

What...

Research report

2 Aug 2010

This four-volume report is the culmination of an 18-month inquiry into the causes and circumstances of the fires that devastated parts of Victoria in January and February 2009, killing 173 people.

The Commissioners, the Hon. Bernard Teague AO, Ms Susan Pascoe AM and Mr...

Audio

2 Aug 2010

Despite Australia's egalitarian traditions, a long-term study of people born in 1990 has found that social and economic disadvantage is often inherited, passed from parents to children.

Researchers with the Brotherhood of St Laurence have followed 140 students from two inner city suburbs in...

Research report

2 Aug 2010

Despite the fact that education systems have been heavily investing in technology since the early 1980s, international indicators on technology uptake and use in education are missing. This book aims to provide a basis for the design of frameworks, the identification of indicators and existing...

Research report

2 Aug 2010

Australians are among the most satisfied people in the world with almost 90 per cent very satisfied or satisfied with their lives, despite having to work harder to juggle family, job and financial pressures, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report. Australia ranks...

Transcript

2 Aug 2010

Papers, videos and other prestentations are now available from the second Arts Activated National Conference helf on 25 - 26 March 2010 in Sydney.

The second Arts Activated National Conference bought together leading thinkers, artists, advocates, practitioners and producers from across Australia and overseas,...

Research report

2 Aug 2010

While the shape and extent of the Labor Government’s commitment to health care reform has now been revealed, the details are missing according to this June 2010 analysis.

And indeed, a response to many key issues – particularly mental health, dental health and Indigenous...

Transcript

2 Aug 2010

This paper frames MySchool as an accountability strategy in the context of the purposes of education.

The presenters reason for doing this is because the debate about MySchool has largely been conducted in the absence of an articulated set of reference points – that...

Conference paper

2 Aug 2010

Innovation, creativity and passion are alive and well in schools throughout Australia. However these are increasingly constrained in a command-and-control approach that is leading to an unprecedented level of centralisation, standardisation and bureaucratisation. The concern of this paper about the impact of current constraints arises...

Journal article

2 Aug 2010

This paper reports one major finding from a large two-year, mixed-methods study that investigated the process of beginning teachers' learning to teach with information and communication technology (ICT). {C}

Among the ten participants involved in the qualitative portion of the study, three stood...

Journal article

2 Aug 2010

Drawing upon the cultural risk perspective and writings on risk taking, this paper seeks to develop ideas relating to the effective use of school cyberspace.

It is argued that some individuals respond to exaggerated, yet seductive, discourses of online risks by over-blocking, unreasonably restricting...