March 2011

Article

31 Mar 2011

Malaysia is well positioned to capitalise on misgivings about Australian policy initiatives in Southeast Asia, writes Natalie Sambhi in The Interpreter.

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Just to be clear, Dr Mahathir Mohammad is not dead. In fact, the infamously direct style and strident anti-Westernism of...

Research report

1 Apr 2011

Giving would-be apprentices a taste of what to expect through pre-apprenticeship training does not necessarily lead to increased completion rates or course satisfaction.

Pre-apprenticeship programs have attracted a great degree of interest from employers and training providers as one means of increasing apprentice satisfaction...

Research report

1 Apr 2011

Two different types of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used for the management of rheumatoid arthritis. These are referred to as conventional DMARDs and biologic DMARDs (bDMARDs). Since the introduction of bDMARDs in 2003, the government subsidy for DMARDs has increased markedly. This...

Research report

1 Apr 2011

There is increasing awareness that our health and the environment in which we live are closely linked.

This report compiles evidence on the relationship between health and a selected list of environmental factors including 'natural' features (such as temperature and ultraviolet radiation) and aspects...

30 Mar 2011

A former high-profile lawyer who rose rapidly in politics but was dumped as leader by his own party… Yes, Robert Menzies did bounce back, writes Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story

IN 2007, the Liberal Party hit rock bottom and, for the...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

This trial adapted paper based resources into eBooks and tested various eReaders on a group of apprentice hairdressers.

Hair and beauty learning resources have traditionally been paper-based, providing the individual learner with a self directed and self-paced approach to learning. The learners in this...

Discussion paper

30 Mar 2011

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) is developing a 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure (2011 Roadmap), which will articulate Australia’s national research infrastructure priority areas

(Capability areas).

The 2011 Roadmap will inform future decisions on where Australia...

Article

31 Mar 2011

The intervention in Libya represents an important test case for the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.

As the coalition’s airstrikes continue in Libya, there is speculation on what the Libyan intervention means, both for the future of Libya and the future of the ‘Arab spring’....

Journal article

13 Mar 2011

The smile index has statistically significant and substantial effects on the vote share of candidates even after controlling for other covariates.

Previous studies examining whether the faces of candidates affect election outcomes commonly measure study participants’ subjective judgment of various characteristics of candidates, which...

Working paper

30 Mar 2011

To achieve 'green growth' a dramatic shift in the governance of business is required and understanding the complex risk equation that lies at the heart of green growth is essential to bringing about such change.

To achieve ‘green growth’ a dramatic shift in the...

Commentary

29 Mar 2011

Without national workforce or curriculum plans, social workers are unable to play a much needed role in Australia's health care system, writes Alice Clark.

29 Mar 2011

The new premier will find himself trapped in a federal system that will undermine his promises to deliver better services and better government, writes George Williams in the National Times

BARRY O'FARRELL says that he will ''take up the fight to...

29 Mar 2011

In Inside Story, Frank Bongiorno looks at why Lionel Logue is portrayed as an Aussie larrikin in The King’s Speech

THE remarkable success of The King’s Speech – commercially as well as at the film industry’s seemingly endless run of...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

The Indigenous estate, the assemblage of Indigenous lands held under a diversity of land rights and native title regimes now covers an estimated 1.7 million sq kms or 22 per cent of continental Australia. For a variety of reasons, including a restricted common property regime...

Working paper

30 Mar 2011

This paper investigates the impact of foreign labour on domestic manufacturing wages through a case study of Malaysia, a country where foreign labour immigration has played a key role in manufacturing growth over the past two decades.

The main focus of the paper is...

Working paper

30 Mar 2011

The policy of restricting food imports through tariffs or quantitative restrictions promotes the goal of food self-sufficiency, but does so at the cost of reducing the food security of the most vulnerable people

Food security is an important social objective and relying on international...

Working paper

30 Mar 2011

This paper provides trade flow projections for major Asian developing economies (ADEs) for the next two decades against the backdrop of an in-depth analysis of policy shifts and trade patterns over the past 4 decades.

Merchandise trade of Asian developing economies (ADEs)...

Working paper

30 Mar 2011

International efforts to provide global public goods often face the challenges of coordinating national contributions and distributing costs equitably in the face of uncertainty, inequality, and free-riding incentives.

In an experimental setting, we distribute endowments unequally among a group of people who can reach...

Working paper

30 Mar 2011

This paper examines the optimality of environmental standards that are often observed to be imposed by the importing North on exporting South.

In the context of goods differentiated in terms of environmental quality and the degree of consumption pollution they generate, consumers' willingness-to-pay varying...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

This paper argues that voluntary conservation significantly affects water usage.

Demand management has been of interest in dry climates such as Australia, Spain and the Western United States for decades. It is particularly important to understand policy options during drought conditions, as drought periods...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

This paper used mixed logit choice modelling to estimate the willingness to pay of households in Brisbane, Australia for kerbside waste collection services including kerbside recycling.

Waste policy in Australia has a strong focus on kerbside recycling. This has a range of costs and...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

This paperuses a dichotomous choice contingent valuation format with follow-up open-ended willingness to pay question to estimate the household willingness to pay for the introduction of a kerbside recycling scheme for kitchen waste.

Kerbside recycling in Australia has focused on paper, cardboard, plastics and...

Research report

30 Mar 2011

This brief report summarises a workshop that explored how researchers and practitioners might draw on research and evaluation as a change management tool during the implementation of the Government’s major health reforms and in the new ongoing operations.

The workshop consisted of a roundtable...

Research report

28 Mar 2011

The Community Policing Partnerships Project (CPPP) was one of eight projects implemented under the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Community Partnerships for Human Rights (CPHR) program. The CPHR’s central goal was to increase social inclusion and to counter discrimination and intolerance towards Australia’s Muslim and culturally...

Research report

28 Mar 2011

The introduction to the global economy of another significant currency – China's Renminbi (RMB) - has the potential to create a financial market as large and as deep as that of Europe's. In this essay ANZ CEO Michael Smith OBE looks at the implications of...

Research report

28 Mar 2011

Key points

The cost of effective global and Australian mitigation will be materially lower if opportunities for innovation in low-emissions technologies are fully utilised. There is too little private investment in innovation generally in the absence of public fiscal support. The urgency of...
28 Mar 2011

“Locational disadvantage” has an enormous impact in many Australian suburbs. But an experiment in Sydney’s 2168 postcode area is yielding results, writes Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

THE sun is intense as I drive back to Miller, a suburb of some repute...

Research report

28 Mar 2011

There exists a plethora of research suggesting that men and women perceive and act differently in romantic relationships. However, this claim has been challenged in recent years with studies of couples reporting a lack of gender differences. In this paper, Karantzas and his...

Article

28 Mar 2011

This article presents a snapshot of findings from a research project about the experiences of Australian grandparents who regularly care for grandchildren.

The authors wish to thank the grandparents who generously shared their stories for this research.

The time grandparents share with...

Research report

28 Mar 2011

The ability of health systems to successfully transform has become a concern for both policy makers and academic researchers over the past five years. This working paper, based on over 50 interviews, observation and extensive document analysis undertaken over a four year period,...

Research report

28 Mar 2011

This report analyses the impact of the ageing population and projected dementia rates on every federal electorate in Australia from 2010 to 2050.

Caring Places Volume 2 released on 25 February was commissioned to project the future requirements for aged care places and packages...

Audio program

29 Mar 2011

Even silicon valley says the world is overconnected, corporations are overwhelmed, and we're heading for another global crisis because the internet is now cowboy country, out of control.

Bill Davidow, a former Silicon Valley high priest at Intel, is a scholar, and a historian,...

Discussion paper

29 Mar 2011

The National School Chaplaincy Program aims to support school communities that wish to access the services of a school chaplain or secular pastoral care worker.

In August 2010, the Australian Government announced that a total of $222 million would be provided to extend the...

Research report

29 Jan 2010

This report analyses the national curriculum and workforce needs of the social work and human services workforce.

Australia’s community and health services are among the fastest growing sectors of employment in the nation but the sustainability of an appropriately qualified workforce is threatened....

Research report

29 Mar 2010

The Strategy takes a broad view of comprehensive primary health care, extending beyond the ‘general practice’ focus of traditional Australian Government responsibility. It includes consideration of services which until now have been predominantly the responsibility of the states and territories, and those services entirely delivered...

Research report

28 Mar 2011

The theme of this fourth edition of Pensions at a Glance is pensions, retirement and life expectancy. Many countries have increased pension ages in the face of population ageing and longer lives. Some have introduced an automatic link between pensions and life expectancy. Improvements...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

Summaries (236) of six trials designed to investigate the use of key emerging technologies in the vocational education and training (VET) system have been released.

Funded and supported in 2010 by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework ( Framework (236) ), the trials looked...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

Culture and the arts can have a significant impact on Australian society, and are acknowledged as a means of bringing people together, supporting quality of life and enhancing community networks as well as generating economic outcomes through employment opportunities, business and government funding....

Audio program

25 Mar 2011

We know we've already entered the era of mass urbanisation and we often hear about the negatives. So what propels more and more of us to live in the urban jungle? Physicist Luis Bettencourt thinks he knows the answer.

Also new technologies and new...

Audio program

25 Mar 2011

What should prisoners be allowed to do? After all, under most circumstances they can't pop out for a weekend down the coast and their ability to interact with the community will always be severely curtailed. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime....

Discussion paper

25 Mar 2011

Australian educators are ageing and this is a significant issue facing the future of the profession.

Whilst research exploring the nature and characteristics of information professionals abound both here in Australia and elsewhere, very little is known about the people who are responsible for...

Audio program

25 Mar 2011

The New South Wales election marked the culmination of a brave, new experiment in campaign financing: for the first time, campaign spending by political parties and candidates has been capped, while donations have also been reined by tough, new parameters. The campaign financing laws are...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

The Creative Economy report card of 2011 is a snapshot of Australian creative economy indicators.

Creative industries are advertising and marketing; architecture and design; visual arts; film, TV and radio; music and performing arts; publishing; software and digital content.

22 Mar 2011

In early March, I attended a roundtable at the Paley Center for Media called “The Fourth Estate in a Digital Democracy.” On reflection only a few weeks later, that gathering and the countless others like it celebrating the prominence of social media have been given...

Article

25 Mar 2011

The paper calls for a radical change in employment services through an examination of the tumultuous twenty year history of policy change and experimentation.

With unemployment at around 5% in Australia, there is much talk of ‘full employment’ and a focus on skills shortages....

Journal article

25 Mar 2011

Sometimes voters are dragged out to adjudicate on a political mess with no clear winner the result. This is the essential story of the 2010 federal election.

An extremely close election can mean many things, of which there are two leading explanations: that voters...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

Nutritious, safe, affordable and enjoyable food is a fundamental prerequisite for health. As a nation, Australia is currently classified as food secure with domestic production exceeding domestic consumption of most major food groups. However, the viability of the Australian food system sits counter to the...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

Increasing population pressure, natural climate variability and susceptibility to projected climate change impacts are placing ever-increasing strain on existing water infrastructure in Australia. This water infrastructure has generally focused on meeting urban water demand via a range of ‘low-energy’ approaches predominantly based on...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

This report is a rapid response evaluation of the implications of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and consequent tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. It focuses on Japan’s electricity system, its energy security, and the future of the nuclear power plants located in the...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

This study will seek to provide a better understanding of how access to social housing and mobility within the Australian social housing system are experienced by tenants, in a time of significant changes to the sector.

The positioning paper outlines the conceptual and contextual...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

Covers the Ombudsman’s work and activities in monitoring controlled (covert) operations during the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

The report includes:

• an overview of the methodology used to assess law enforcement agencies’ compliance with Part 1AB of the Act...

Research report

24 Mar 2011

This report recommends creating a wider array of institutionally acceptable and cost-effective alternatives to peer reviewing and publishing scholarly work to relieve the burdens currently stressing the peer-review system.

Since 2005, and with generous support from the A.W. Mellon Foundation, The Future of Scholarly...

25 Mar 2011

Reform is needed to improve Asian literacy in schools, writes Ben Jensen in The Australian.

We are failing to properly educate our children to succeed in a world led by Asian countries.

There is little doubt Australia's future economic prosperity depends on our...

Research report

25 Mar 2011

While overall our life expectancy continues to climb and our educational attainment increases, gaps remain between the health and education outcomes of Australians living in cities and those living elsewhere.

Released quarterly, Australian Social Trends presents analysis and commentary on a wide range of...

23 Mar 2011

Reporting of research findings needs to take account of the fine print, argues Andrew Markus in the Australian

RACISM is a hot topic. Wave the R-word, add a survey showing that it is widespread, and you have media attention.

Last last...

23 Mar 2011

We already have the means to cut our energy costs, writes Alan Pears in The Age

THE RECENT hysterical claims that carbon pricing will make it too expensive to run an airconditioner, or that many industries will be destroyed, are simply ridiculous....

Research report

24 Mar 2011

How can governments support eco-innovation when technological options proliferate? How and why policies to support Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in Canada, France and Germany differ?

This report discusses policies to support eco-innovation in a variety...

22 Mar 2011

Bowel cancer screening saves both lives and money, write Sarah Wenham and Lesley Russell , and yet it's being cut

THIS year 17,000 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer, eighty people will die from the disease each week, and the cost...

Article

22 Mar 2002

There is a better way of dealing with the needs of refugees arriving in Australia – whether with or without a visa, by boat or by plane. This 2002 document has been added to APO as it outlines how the process could be done with...

Research report

23 Mar 2011

This study, commissioned by the Australian Content Industry Group, estimated that in 2010 internet piracy took $900 million out of the Australian economy and was responsible for the loss of over 8,300 jobs.

Key findings

In 2010:

4.7 million* Australian internet...
21 Mar 2011

Japan can emerge from this disaster strengthened and more vigorous, writes Tessa Morris-Suzuki in Inside Story

THE word “crisis” is one of the most overused terms in the media lexicon. Just over a week ago, the government of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

This paper explores what the outcomes of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri) will mean for both key domestic actors in Lebanese politics such as Hizbullah, and regional players like Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

As the al-Qaeda organisation in Afghanistan and Pakistan continues to suffer serious setbacks, two important regional affiliates in Yemen and Somalia are growing stronger.

One of the most dangerous things they could cooperate on is the training and exchange of foreign fighters, Australians included....

Research report

17 Mar 2011

This report argues that the Soloman Islands are entering into a high risk period for conflict and an external security guarantee will need to be maintained.

The expected collapse of the logging industry by 2015 will present a set of severe economic...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a very common and serious disease in Australia with about 3.5 million people reporting having the condition in 2007-08. Despite significant advances in the treatment of CVD and for some of its risk factors, it remains the cause of more deaths...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

Access to independent financial resources, such as those provided under social security law, can provide economic security and independence to facilitate the safety of those experiencing family violence.

This Issues Paper deals with the treatment of family violence in Commonwealth social security law, including...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

This report identifies ‘systemic weaknesses’ in Centrelink’s review processes, including lack of transparency and insufficient education about available options to customers, often leading to delays and inaction.

The report also finds that the complexity of Centrelink’s review model contributes to administrative drift and breakdown....

18 Mar 2011

In Inside Story, Rodney Tiffen looks at the government’s current tendering process for Australia Network

TENDERS are open for a ten-year contract to operate Australia Network, the country’s international television broadcaster. Only two groups are likely to apply, the ABC, which currently...

18 Mar 2011

New leaders in Victoria and New South Wales face very different challenges, writes Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story

GIVEN the predilection of Australian voters to give an incumbent the benefit of the doubt, by far the hardest task in politics is winning...

Audio program

17 Mar 2011

Carbon farming is the process of locking away carbon in soils and vegetation. It also includes managing the burping and flatulence of livestock! The government intends to have its carbon farming initiative passed by parliament by mid-year with both sides of politics throwing...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

This briefing paper presents an overview of plantation forestry in NSW. Plantation forestry characteristics covered in this paper include: legislative, policy and administrative arrangements; industry facts and figures; research into plantation species and products; and forestry education and training.

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Guide

17 Mar 2011

This comprehensive guide covers online advocacy technologies and tactics in depth, with an emphasis on practical applications and real-world uses.

The guide begins with an introduction to the internet as a medium for political change and eight simple rules to get started, and then...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

Introduction: The LG Group commissioned NFER to undertake research to support local authorities by identifying a range of opportunities for local authorities and businesses to work together for mutual benefit. The research also aimed to identify and provide case studies of how local authorities...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

Market Development commissioned Justin McDonnell (Anzarts) in late 2010 to write the APAM scoping study. The scoping study aims to inform future directions and priorities for APAM.

Specific objectives include:

To evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of the current APAM model To make...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

Fair Go: Complaint Resolution for Digital Australia , is an Occasional Paper commissioned by ACCAN to broaden and stimulate debate regarding external complaints resolution schemes. The paper is written by John Wood, former Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman and expert in consumer affairs....

Research report

17 Mar 2011

While there can be significant benefits for consumers who take broadband bundles, the complexity of communication offers and bundles has made it increasingly difficult to understand and compare service prices and characteristics.

Bundling can provide both benefits and drawbacks to broadband customers. In general,...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

This paper reports on a transaction log analysis of the type and topic of search queries entered into the search engine Google (Australia).

Two aspects, in particular, set this apart from previous studies: the sampling and analysis take account of the distribution of search...

Research report

10 Nov 2010

The way information is presented online by government and others can make it difficult for assistive technology to do what it needs to. Many technologies have accessibility issues but the Portable Document Format (PDF) is the one most often the subject of web accessibility complaints....

Audio program

17 Mar 2011

On 11 November 2010, the Department of Human Services NSW - Juvenile Justice and the Sydney Institute of Criminology hosted a seminar that considered the facts of juvenile offending.

One major theme emerging from this seminar was the continued over-representation of young Aboriginal people...

Journal article

17 Mar 2011

Drawing lessons from historical and recent nationbuilding interventions in nonpermissive environments, this article urges Australia to give higher priority to preemptive strategies that help prevent conflict, and to holistic approaches that build sustainable stability.

The international security implications of failed and failing states are...

17 Mar 2011

It is common to see public investment in infrastructure, such as next generation broadband. But should policy go beyond this? asks Hasan Bakhshi .

How should policy support the creative industries? Few question the importance of traditional supply-side measures: low corporate tax rates, an...

Working paper

17 Mar 2011

This collection of papers examines the process by which the international community will enable the Afghan Government to take full responsibility for its own security thereby allowing a drawdown of foreign troops.

These papers resulted from an online forum of key security scholars, hosted...

Research report

11 Nov 2010

Cost-effective preventive measures can reduce toll of natural disasters, which caused 3.3 million deaths from 1970 to 2008.

Storms, floods, earthquakes, and droughts caused more than 3.3 million deaths and $2,300 billion (in 2008 dollars) in damage between 1970 and 2008. But much can...

15 Mar 2011

Other governments have been less popular than federal Labor, but that doesn't mean the government doesn't face a challenge, writes Mumble's Peter Brent

IS THIS the most unpopular government ever? The way some observers are behaving you would think it must...

Research report

16 Mar 2011

The emergence of a mass-digitized book corpus has the potential to transform the academic library enterprise, enabling an optimization of legacy print collections that will substantially increase the efficiency of library operations

and facilitate a redirection of library resources in support of a...

Research report

14 Mar 2011

In the recent Senate debate on Senator Nash's private member’s bill to extend the criteria for Independent Youth Allowance to Inner Regional students the issue of why so few regional students go on to tertiary education was raised and an argument made that...

Article

14 Mar 2011

This post provides background information about the history and purpose of Ministerial Councils which have just undergone reform at the lastest COAG meeting in February. The establishment of 23 new Ministerial Councils is welcomed by COAG, enabling it to 'focus on reforms of national critical...

Discussion paper

22 Feb 2011

An adversarial game is used to model the amount of influence a firm has over a government regulator, and its equilibrium level of regulation, as a function of firm fundamentals.

The effective influence of a firm is identified as comprising both intrinsic and exerted...

Journal article

14 Mar 2011

Jason Behrendt shares his views on the interpretation of Section 36(1) of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) that allows for claims to Crown lands and the position of the Crown Lands Minister in relation to the local Aboriginal land council.

Image:...

15 Mar 2011

If they can do it so can we, and taking action now will save a whole lot of grief later writes Andrew Scott in The Age

It is scandalous that more than half a million - or one in eight - Australian...

14 Mar 2011

Policy reform is being held hostage by loud, polarising voices trivialising debate, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

THIRTY-SIX per cent of Americans who identify as Republicans believe Barack Obama was born overseas, according to opinion polling conducted last year. Another 22 per cent...

Working paper

15 Mar 2011

This paper identifies principles for carbon pricing that could attract a broad based and durable societal consensus in Australia.

It applies these principles to a phased carbon pricing architecture as put forward by Australia’s Multi-­‐Party Committee on Climate Change, namely a government determined (fixed)...

Briefing paper

14 Mar 2011

The issue of parliamentary salaries, allowances and entitlements generates public discussion and attracts media opinion. This background note provides relevant data, hyperlinks and documents on the remuneration of Australian federal parliamentarians.

Please note that this background note is not a discussion of...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

This paper outlines how local online hubs currently work, what their core ingredients are, and what it will take to bring more of them.

This paper, produced by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, focuses primarily on the...

Working paper

17 Mar 2011

Judged by traditional standards, levels of youth civic and political commitment and activity in America are the lowest of all demographic groups and until recently have been declining.

At the same time, youth are highly engaged with digital media, such as social media, blogging,...

Research report

17 Mar 2011

Surveying online practices of American youth and their civic and political engagement, this working paper finds that most youth are not consistently exposed to either echo chambers or divergent perspectives.

Some see the Internet as a means of exposure to divergent perspectives, while others...

Research report

10 Mar 2011

This report the nature of the cyber challenge confronting Australia.

It reviews how government, industry and the public are responding to the threat both individually and collectively from both a domestic and international perspective.

Produced by the Kokoda Foundation, this report argues that...

Research report

10 Mar 2011

Highlighting the nature, scale and speed of China's military expansion, this report argues that Australia must respond with an innovative restructuring of Australia’s national security strategy and priorities.

The report highlights how China is starting to contest the Western Allies operational sanctuary in pace,...

Briefing paper

10 Mar 2011

This report from the International Crisis Group examines the opportunities offered by the generational and political transitions under way following the elections, and encourages Western governments to urgently adopt a new approach towards the country. Isolation and sanctions have failed to promote reform, and must...

Research report

10 Mar 2011

This audit finds that Victims Support Agency services are being delivered as intended, with some areas for improvement including complaints management, data security, and guidance on victim management processes.

This audit examined whether victim support services managed by the Victims Support Agency (VSA) help...

Research report

11 Mar 2011

The first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.

Based on three years of work by some thirty-five researchers, Media Piracy in Emerging Economies tells two overarching...

Research report

11 Mar 2011

This brief report summarises a workshop on the privacy and security risks associated with social media and how best to manage these risks.

The workshop also examined how to develop an agenda for evidence-based research that will assist government agencies to navigate the...

Research report

10 Mar 2011

This study addresses the question posed in the 2009 AHURI Research Agenda: how do the drivers of supply and demand for housing in regional and rural centres affect the supply of affordable housing?

This is a particularly important area of investigation at the current...

Research report

10 Mar 2011

The Middle East uprisings reflect long-terms trends and crises common to most countries of the region and their impact will be felt for many years to come.

In a new Lowy Institute Perspective, West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo examines the consequences for the...

Audio program

10 Mar 2011

Melbourne company, Inventive Labs, has developed new technology to help independent booksellers thrive in the brave new world of e-books.

Large multi-nationals like Borders are paying a high price for failing to keep pace with the digital changes in the way shoppers buy books....

Book

10 Mar 2011

This study discusses digital identity in a transactional context under a national identity scheme.

It contrasts the right to identity to the right to privacy in the context of a national identity scheme, and defines identity theft and its consequences.

The analysis and...

8 Mar 2011

On International Women's Day, Daniel Nethery examines Australia's newborn paid parental leave scheme in Inside Story.

WHEN paid parental leave came into effect on 1 January this year it received relatively little press coverage, which might seem strange given its importance for...

Research report

7 Mar 2011

Re-admissions for asthma can be considered an indicator of health system performance in relation to the management of patients with asthma.

This bulletin examines the overall rate of re-admissions for asthmas in Australian and investigates time trends in re-admissions for asthmas as well as...

Research report

7 Mar 2011

The IEA Second International Technology in Education Study (SITES) is an international comparative research program studying the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education. Its central focus is on understanding how ICT affects the way teaching and learning takes place in...

7 Mar 2011

RECENT newspaper articles overseas and at home have been pointing to the need for a change in our lifestyles and behaviour if we are to confront and overcome a number of key challenges confronting us this century. Foremost among these are a resource-constrained world and...

Commentary

8 Mar 2011

AFTER many false starts, the My School 2.0 website finally hit cyberspace on Friday 4 March 2011. It sparked substantial coverage and debate around funding and the resource gaps created in our hybrid framework of schools. In all this initial excitement we seem to have...

Working paper

7 Mar 2011

Household production constitutes an important aspect of economic activity and ignoring it may lead to incorrect inferences about levels and changes in well-being. This paper sheds light on the importance of unpaid work by making use of detailed time-use surveys for 25 OECD member countries...

Research report

7 Mar 2011

This report aims to increase understanding of the many ways in which fathers in couple families with young children contribute to family life, through the study of their time investment with children, their supportiveness as partners, their financial contribution, their parenting behaviours and...

Discussion paper

7 Mar 2011

In December 2010, the government appointed the Hon Michael Knight AO to conduct the first strategic review of the student visa program to help enhance the quality, integrity and competitiveness of the student visa program.

On 7 March 2011, Mr Knight released a discussion...

Research report

4 Mar 2011

Examining the global state of adolescents, this report outlines the challenges they face in health, education, protection and participation; and explores the risks and vulnerabilities of this pivotal stage. The report highlights the singular opportunities that adolescence offers, both for adolescents themselves and...

Audio program

4 Mar 2011

Twitter is now a major player in the media world.

Social media is playing a significant role in Libya with activists using Twitter to organise protests and call for Colonel Gaddafi's resignation.

What began as a means for often inane chit-chat and gossip...

Research report

4 Mar 2011

This briefing paper summarises some of the literature and research on social inclusion and considers the relevance of the concept and its application to family support services. Social inclusion frameworks, principles and resources are used to consider how family support services can incorporate the concept...

Discussion paper

4 Mar 2011

On 4 March 2011 the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced the release of a discussion paper examining opportunities to reform the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) scheme.

The TIO was established in 1993 in accordance with...

4 Mar 2011

This article by Croakey's Melissa Sweet summarises recent developments in health journalism internationally

, as well as developments in journalism more broadly that have some relevance for public health. It is sourced almost entirely from links circulated via Twitter. It includes plenty of suggestions...

Research report

10 Aug 2011

The current disability support system is underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient, and gives people with a disability little choice and no certainty of access to appropriate supports. The stresses on the system are growing, with rising costs for all governments.

There should...

Journal article

21 Feb 2010

Over the past decade, public policies on prostitution and other types of sex work have been increasingly contested, both in academia and in popular debates.

One perspective, the oppression paradigm, is increasingly reflected in media reporting on the sex industry and is steadily being...

3 Mar 2011

As policy in Australia begins to move, Michael Jacobs surveys the international climate landscape - the latest science, the emissions targets and what’s happening on the ground - for Inside Story.

IT’S DIFFICULT to have a cool-headed debate about global warming. At...

Research report

3 Mar 2011

Developments in access networks, service and device convergence, and the evolution of multimedia services are changing the home network environment. Providing high-speed connectivity, interoperability and portability of services via the last few metres of network in the home is an area of considerable...

Research report

3 Mar 2011

The study uses data from the ABS Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) to examine the association between the intensity of use of information and communications technology (ICT) by businesses, and innovation.

Firm level data for 6,442 businesses from the 2005–06 and 2006–07 waves of the...

Transcript

25 Oct 2010

The creative industries concept was born in the UK, nurtured in Australia (among other countries), but is now being implemented most vigorously in China. The UK and Australia seem to be pulling back from the concept: Critical response to CI policy in the UK; and...

Audio program

3 Mar 2011

Do we make a mistake if we think that ICT alone can solve all the developing world's problems?

There are lots of examples where information and communication technologies are being used as a tool for international development. But do we make a mistake if...

Audio program

2 Mar 2011

A little tension keeps us on our toes - we're biologically primed for it. But 'toxic' stress makes us physically sick, and powerful research is now revealing its potent impact on our developing bodies and brains.

Natasha Mitchel interviews (W. Thomas) Tom Boyce ,...