January 2011

30 Jan 2011

In Inside Story, Hank Nelson traces a festive season of politics in Papua New Guinea

ON Saturday 18 December Michael Somare Jr, the son of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, went to the home of the governor of the East Sepik Province,...

Journal article

31 Jan 2011

This article provides a critical examination of telecommunications regulation in the EU and argues for the need for change along the lines of subsidiarity and mediation.

This discussion is particularly timely, as the European Commission is working on a new telecommunications regulatory framework, with...

Journal article

25 Jan 2011

This article considers the concept of media citizenship in relation to the digital strategies of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

At SBS, Australia’s multicultural public broadcaster, there is a critical appraisal of its strategies to harness user-created content (UCC) and social media to promote...

29 Jan 2011

Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art opened last Friday night and a day later Lara Giddings was premier. In Inside Story, Natasha Cica reports

• TASMANIA has long been stereotyped as the land that time forgot. Provincial and punitive (cue: criminalising gays, bashing...

Working paper

30 Jan 2011

This paper offers a modest proposal to ameliorate worries about the democratic deficit in international law.

It targets one special category of law, jus cogens . That is defined, in the words of the most authoritative text, as “a norm accepted and recognized by...

Discussion paper

30 Jan 2011

International experience has shown that mining and resources sector participation in Public‐Private Partnerships (PPPs) can realise substantial health benefits not only for the company, but also for its public sector partners and communities.

This paper summarises the international experience, and presents examples of...

Discussion paper

30 Jan 2011

This paper provides an overview of issues relating to aid effectiveness. It argues that it is impossible to give a definitive answer to the question of whether aid is effective, and that it is more useful to ask what can be done to make aid...

Working paper

30 Jan 2011

The findings in this paper suggest there is a permanent, positive, and large effect of childhood migration on education attainment and some health measures.

Developing countries are experiencing unprecedented levels of urbanization. Although most of these movements are motivated by economic reasons, they could...

Working paper

30 Jan 2011

This paper focuses on the domestic energy policies of industrialised states and, in particular, those states which have been at the forefront in applying neo-liberal policies to the reform and restructuring of their energy supply industries.

It examines the interactions between the neo-liberal and...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

This paper argues that neglecting the critical foundations that have made Australian society prosperous isn't a sound investment in national security resilience. A stronger strategic framework for business to work with governments on delivering such projects is needed.

Business needs a clear...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

In the fierce competition that volunteer-involving-organisations face nowadays over many resources, but particularly over people’s willingness to donate their time for a specific organisation, marketing strategies should be used to recruit more suitable volunteers. If the organisation works to improve its ability to...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is reaching for a golden era of economic growth, fuelled by a new round of gas, copper, gold and nickel exploration. After thirty‐five years as a nation, PNG finally has the chance for economic maturity. The challenge for the...

Journal article

28 Jan 2011

Young Australians with an acquired brain injury are more disconnected from their communities when living in aged care nursing homes than group homes according to this research.

Background: People with severe acquired brain injury (ABI) often require high and ongoing levels of paid support,...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

Australia should seek new and liberating ways to bring together the arts, popular culture and the creative industries, according to this report.

The report, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and prepared by Professor Justin O’Connor of the Creative Industries Faculty at...

Article

28 Jan 2011

Opponents of a proposed merger of Singapore's stock exchange (SGX) with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) are living in a "dream world" if they think Australia can become a regional financial hub alone, says Maurice Newman AC , a former head of the ASX. He...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

These eight new data bulletins summarise the main findings from the 2008-09 Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS) for states and territories.

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Western Australia 2008-09: findings from the National Minimum Data...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

Examining programs that work as well as the gaps in current knowledge about school readiness, this paper concentrates on the transition to school for Indigenous Australian children.

What we know • School readiness is a multidimensional construct, recognising the interplay of children’s individual...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

This publication presents results from the 2009-10 state owned and managed Indigenous housing data collection.

More complete analysis of these results is available in the forthcoming AIHW publication Housing assistance in Australia 2011.

Image: 'a glimpse of cherbourg', hradcanska / flickr

Research report

28 Jan 2011

This is the sixteenth edition of the Report, produced by a Steering Committee of senior officials from Australian, State and Territory governments for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The Steering Committee is chaired by Gary Banks, Chairman of the Productivity Commission.

Mr Banks...

Research report

28 Jan 2011

This report presents a snapshot of the academic performance of children on guardianship/custody orders from 2003 to 2006, and changes in their performance over this period. This concludes a two-stage pilot study, the first of its kind in Australia. A considerable proportion of children on...

27 Jan 2011

The Government’s aged care package ‘Living Longer. Living Better’ was released prior to the Budget as it was not considered a ‘budget measure per se’. While there is some new funding, the majority of the $3.7 billion projected expenditure over five years ($2.2 billion over...

Research report

26 Jan 2011

The dissolution of partnerships and re-partnering involve serious risks for women and their children, according to this paper. This significant gender-based economic and social problem has emerged on the back of demographic change.

A recent national study of women and housing used ABS demographic...

Research report

25 Jan 2011

There has been recognition, both within central government and in parts of the publically funded cultural sector, of the need to more clearly articulate the value of culture.

As a result DCMS has established a partnership to co-ordinate a programme of work on measuring...

Research report

25 Jan 2011

The internet and digital communications more broadly, have empowered citizens and consumers by providing them with more flexibility in their use of voice and media services, enabling people to ‘mix and match’ services to suit their lifestyle needs.

The internet in particular has changed...

Research report

25 Jan 2011

From workshops with members of the Deaf community, consultation with experts, and literature research, the WA Deaf Society, supported by a grant from ACCAN, created accessible videos showing people how to avoid romance scams, lottery scams, credit card scams, and other scams on...

Discussion paper

25 Jan 2011

This paper examines the different attributes of telecommunications numbers and how the information they convey is currently used by communications users, service providers and other organisations.

In the past, one of the most important attributes of numbers has been the location of a customer...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

The report of the Refugees and Communication Technology Workshop, held in 2009 is now available. The workshop looked at issues in refugees' use of communication technology in the contexts of displacement and settlement.

While not all of the ideas and recommendations summarised...

Briefing paper

23 Jan 2011

Indigenous over-representation is the most significant social justice and public policy issue for the Australian and New Zealand criminal justice systems.

Closing the gap on Indigenous overrepresentation has been identified as a priority and promoted through the National Indigenous Law and Justice Framework and...

25 Jan 2011

Out-of-pocket costs are creating health problems for less well-off patients, write Angela Beaton , Tim Usherwood , Stephen Leeder and Lesley Russell

OUR recent study (61) for the Menzies Centre for Health Policy found that Australian doctors believe their patients...

Research report

23 Jan 2011

Among other findings, this report highlights the importance of young people, particularly young women, having occupational plans.

This study, which defines the lowering of educational or occupational ambitions by high school students as 'lost talent', looks at the extent to which talent loss occurs...

Article

24 Jan 2011

WikiLeaks has underlined a widening gulf between official and community attitudes towards information flow argues John McCarthy.

WikiLeaks has underlined that community attitudes on freedom of information issues are going through substantial generational change. It behoves governments in democratic countries to go with the...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

An overview of what is currently known about community policing in Australia.

Topics covered include:

Community Policing – the Australian connection The changing nature of communities: Implications for police and community policing A new movement in community policing? From community policing to vulnerable...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

While more mothers have been participating in the paid workforce over recent years, the employment rate of lone mothers remains lower than that of couple mothers. Concerns about the wellbeing of adults and children living in jobless households contribute to continuing interest in explaining the...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

This study contributes to discussions in government and among not-for-profit housing providers about the way regulation can assist their efforts to increase the supply of affordable rental housing in Australia.

It is based on conducting interviews with large and small providers, regulators, non-government organisations...

24 Jan 2011

Is Papua a carceral society, asks Budi Hernawan

AFTER the deadly shooting of Miron Wetipo, an Abepura inmate, who was caught up in a joint military and police search in December, the situation in Abepura prison turned into chaos. His inmates...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system.

Across Australia in 2009-10 over 187,000 children were the subject of a child protection notification; just over 31,000 children...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

This report sets out a series of proposals to deal with weaknesses and challenges in the aged care system and promote higher quality care.

The aged care system is difficult to navigate, the quantity of services is limited, quality can be variable, there are...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

Disability support services 2008-09 reports on data collected as part of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set (CSTDA NMDS) between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009.

The NMDS provides information on services funded under the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement to...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has developed a wide-ranging agenda of national reforms. The Productivity Commission has been given the role of reporting to COAG periodically on the economic 'impacts and benefits' of the reforms.

In preparation for its first report, the Commission...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

Rough Living: Surviving Violence and Homelessness reveals the ways in which intense chains of disadvantage incorporating homelessness are triggered by very early experiences of violence. Drawing on biographic interviews with 6 men and 6 women, the project bears witness not only to horrendous repeated experiences...

Research report

24 Jan 2011

Many arts organisations are located in heritage buildings, and many of these do not provide disability access. It is often presumed that if a building has heritage status, there is no capacity to provide or improve accessible design.

Accessible Arts, with the support of...

Research report

31 Jan 2011

This guide provides tools and methodologies for the costs and benefits of research data management/digital preservation of research data.

The KRDS User Guide has been developed to support easier assimilation of the combined work of the KRDS1 and KRDS2 projects by those wishing to...

Journal article

31 Jan 2011

Similarly to the traditional division of labor among libraries, the needs behind amateurism and professionalism have to be satisfied differently.

New media are not supportive of critical thinking and conscious selection of information. Literacies of our age stress critical thinking and take many forms....

Journal article

31 Jan 2011

Digital spaces on the World Wide Web can be consumed as windowed technologies, providing apparently transparent access to information, or as mirrors, multi–layered and complex, requiring critical reflexivity for productive participation. Approaching Wikipedia as a mirrored technology exploits its potential as a pedagogical...

Research report

5 Jan 2011

This report explores the supports and services available to formal and informal out-of-home carers (foster, grandparent and kinship carers).

In conjunction with existing qualitative evidence from carers, it analyses current gaps in support to build an understanding of carers’ needs and priorities and the...

20 Jan 2011

Would the faceless political operatives seem less alike - and more attractive - if they were allowed to tell us about themselves, asks Frank Bongiorno in the Australian Review of Public Affairs

“I think people view elections now almost like Coles...

Discussion paper

5 Jan 2011

The 2010 federal election resulted in the first hung Commonwealth parliament and minority government for almost 70 years, though hung parliaments are common at the state and territory level.

This background note provides a discussion of the hung Commonwealth parliament and associated matters including...

Research report

5 Jan 2011

This paper argues that paternalist policies may be considered justifiable under circumstances where high stakes decisions are involved, the decisions being made by individuals are irreversible and it is possible to identify failures in people’s reasoning.

It is further argued that if paternalist interventions...

Book

5 Jan 2011

This collection of essays examines Commonwealth administration under the leadership of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from 2007-2010. This was a remarkable period in Australian history: Rudd’s government was elected in 2007 with an ambitious program for change. However, as the chapters in this book demonstrate,...

20 Jan 2011

New parliaments and a new year – in Inside Story Nicholas Farrelly looks at the challenges for Burma and its democracy movement as the military attempts to remake the country’s image

EARLY in 2011 the penultimate step in Burma’s “seven-step roadmap to democracy” will...

20 Jan 2011

Australia should follow Canada’s lead and launch an open inquiry into an “extraordinary rendition,” write Andrew Lynch and Nicola McGarrity in Inside Story

ALMOST ten years have passed since Mamdouh Habib was arrested in Pakistan and “rendered” to Egypt. Throughout these years,...

Research report

18 Jan 2011

This paper shows that cognitive skills can account for growth differences within the OECD, whereas a range of economic institutions and quantitative measures of tertiary education cannot.

Under the growth model estimates and plausible projection parameters, school improvements falling within currently observed performance levels...

Research report

17 Jan 2011

Mature aged women have greatly increased their participation in paid employment over the past three decades. This report looks at the causes and impact of this continuing trend.

The contribution to total hours worked by people of working age of women aged 45 to...

Research report

17 Jan 2011

Recent projections of higher than expected population growth in Australia over the next 40 years has refocused the attention of governments and communities on population policy, according to this paper, and yet a focused policy response has not yet emerged.

With concerns about climate...

Research report

17 Jan 2011

This paper examines the debate over the importance of foods high in fat, sugar and salt in childhood obesity.

It also looks at policy approaches to junk food in a number of countries and consequent actions taken to control or prohibit the influence of...

Research report

17 Jan 2011

This Positioning Paper reports on the first stage of research into the adoption, in Australia, of new models of assertive outreach as responses to homelessness.

The aim of the study is to explore the ‘assertive outreach’ approach, with a specific focus on the potential...

17 Jan 2011

We are in a situation in which unprecedented weather events are to be expected, but we still don’t expect them, writes Jane Goodall in Inside Story

“YOU wouldn’t think this could happen because it never happens, but it has happened,” said Peter...

Research report

17 Jan 2011

Gentrification raises concerns about segregation, social mix and sustainability issues for Australian cities. This report examines the process and its impact.

The report looks at three main questions:

How much gentrification has actually taken place over the last decade and how...

16 Jan 2011

In the 27 years that Australia's population rose by 44 per cent, the numbers on a disability pension went up by 250 per cent, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

IT'S not only the weather that keeps reminding us of the old...

15 Jan 2011

An early warning system could increase our capacity to manage natural disasters, writes Linlin Ge in the National Times

WE NOW know that, as flash floods devastated southern Queensland, tens of thousands of people had no warning that the waters were on...