May 2011

31 May 2011

Is federal spending promoting pharmaceutical approaches to mental health, asks Sallee McLaren

THE RECENT budget changes to the Better Outcomes mental health scheme have been widely celebrated as a victory for mental health in Australia. In reality it has been nothing more...

Research report

30 May 2011

This policy brief details what role, if any, Australia should play in limiting the process of deforestation and forest degradation in neighboring ‘rainforest nations’ – especially Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Peter Kanowski looks at Australia’s participation in international forest processes as well as...

Briefing paper

30 May 2011

Medical supplies (drugs, dressings and equipment) are essential to an effective health service, regardless of how the service is provided or by whom. Efforts to improve the quality of service through training, supervision, innovation or partnership are almost nonsensical if a basic input such as...

Working paper

30 May 2011

Using data for 160 countries for the period 1963-2001, this paper examines the short-run relationship between economic growth and changes in national leader.

To address the potential endogeneity of economic growth, I use exogenous variation in commodity export prices, export partner incomes, precipitation, and...

Working paper

30 May 2011

This paper documents and analyzes the rise of emerging East Asian economies as major international investors.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) from these economies is rising faster than their economic growth, trade, and inward FDI, and the region is by far the...

Working paper

30 May 2011

This paper finds that a price floor is well suited to addressing policy generated carbon price risk as domestic and international policy frameworks mature, reducing the risk of unintended low carbon prices.

The merits of floor prices in emissions trading schemes (ETS) depend on...

Working paper

30 May 2011

Ttrade reforms may have conflicting impact on informality and corruption.

Stringent regulations coupled with corruption generate and sustain extra legal or informal transactions in the developing countries. Does trade related reform discourage informal activities and corruption? This paper attempts to analyze such a phenomenon....

Commentary

Article

12 May 2011

Abstract: This paper was delivered to the Annual General Meeting of the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre in Adelaide on the 12 May 2011.

Firstly, I would like to thank Norris Ioannou for inviting me here today to address the AGM. It is a great...

Commentary

Article

1 Sep 2011

The reasons given for imposing some kind of restriction on women’s choice to wear the burqa can ostensibly be grouped into three clusters of assumptions, assertions and arguments. Firstly, there is a set of assumptions that consider the burqa a security and safety issue. Secondly,...

Research report

27 May 2011

Complementing VT’s State of Volunteering: Tasmania 2010 , the report offers a spotlight on what works in youth volunteering in Tasmania.

The report provides valuable evidence of what it takes to cultivate interest in volunteering among young Tasmanians, how to create roles that are...

Research report

27 May 2011

This paper examines some of the stylised facts in relation to the growth of government in the Western world generally, and Australia in particular.

It then reviews some of the main theories advanced to explain long-term growth in the size of government.

Existing...

Research report

27 May 2011

This paper updates an earlier paper by Karmel and Mlotkowski and looks at how the probability of getting a job, in addition to wages, impacts on completion rates. It finds that for trade apprentices the premium (or extra wage completing an apprenticeship brings) attached to...

Discussion paper

27 May 2011

In 2002 and 2004 Karajarri had their native title rights and interests recognised to over 31,000 square kilometres of land in the West Kimberley, south of Broome. This is an area about half the size of Tasmania. Here there are pastoral stations, mining...

Discussion paper

27 May 2011

This Discussion Paper arises from a concern that the current contributions of anthropology in the Australian native title arena are often unnecessarily confined to the production of expert reports and other materials, in accordance with legal briefs and criteria established under native title law.

Discussion paper

27 May 2011

This paper provides a background to issues discussed at a workshop held by AIATSIS in December 2009, and offers some of the outcomes in order to provide a basis for further debate and dialogue and to inform future forums.

The workshop focused on a...

Research report

27 May 2011

Recent advances in science and technology and today's more diversified water sources are presenting new challenges to water quality regulation and management.

According to this report, some decisions are being made without a full appreciation of the longer-term risks and costs. In...

Commentary

Article

19 Oct 2011

Of the many strange permutations that the so-called ‘war on terror’ has thrown up perhaps none is stranger than the process by which the distinctions between left and right that orientated western metropolitan politics since the time of the French Revolution have seemingly collapsed in...

Discussion paper

27 May 2011

This paper argues that if Australia continues to exclude nuclear power, it will likely remain the OECD's highest per capita greenhouse gas emitter.

The governments of most major industrial economies have concluded that if the world is serious about mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear...

Research report

27 May 2011

Law enforcement agencies are given considerable covert information gathering powers under legislation. It is the role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to ensure that such powers are used lawfully.

Surveillance devices used by law enforcement agencies include optical, listening, tracking and data recording devices. While...

Research report

27 May 2011

Liquor reform has become a political hot potato in New Zealand, this paper argues, and has resulted in misguided policy.

Social problems caused by alcohol have meant successive governments have come under pressure to regulate sale and consumption of alcohol. One factor driving public...

Research report

27 May 2011

The Gillard Government is committed to introducing a price on carbon pollution by July 2012 however the details of the price, the sectors of the economy that will be covered by the scheme and the design features of the compensation package that is...

Research report

27 May 2011

This study is a step towards having national data on juvenile recidivism that are both meaningful and comparable across Australia's jurisdictions.

Performance measurement (the use of empirical indicators to measure outcomes that government services are supposed to achieve) has emerged in recent years as...

Research report

27 May 2011

New offender rehabilitation programs have been rolled out since 2004, which this report argues are likely to have a positive impact on recidivism rates.

Correctional rehabilitation programs are routinely offered to moderate to high-risk offenders in all Australian jurisdictions. The similarities in service provision...

Research report

27 May 2011

This report is the sixth in a series that estimates the number of workers and bystanders killed each year due to work-related injury.

This report shows that there has been little change in the number of workers killed each with 286 workers...

Research report

27 May 2011

This report, prepared by Mark Thomson, gives interested readers greater access to the complex workings of the Defence Budget and promotes informed debate on Defence budget issues. This year’s budget shows that the implementation of the government’s 2009 Defence White Paper is continuing...

Research report

27 May 2011

The Australian Human Rights Commission visited the immigration detention facilities at Villawood from 21 to 25 February 2011. This statement contains a summary of the key observations and concerns arising from the Commission’s visit. It focuses on conditions as they were at that time....

Research report

27 May 2011

The paper consists of two reports on post-diagnosis support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The first report focuses on younger children, and the second on older children.

The reports are based on literature reviews addressing the experiences of diagnosis, treatment and support for...

Data portal

This online databook, produced by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People, in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), builds on the Commission’s Kids Stats and provides demographic information on the children and young people of NSW aged 0-17 years and their...

Research report

27 May 2011

This paper uses data from the Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project to examine differences in outcomes for children from divorced compared with intact families of origin.

The data cover a broad range of adult outcomes relating to family, social and psychological...

27 May 2011

There should be no dispute in the 21st century about the legitimacy of delivering equal remuneration to all workers, writes John Spoehr in the Adelaide Review.

More than a century after the famous ‘Harvester Judgement’ of HB Higgins laid the foundation for the basic...

Research report

26 May 2011

In this paper, global experts and emerging scholars share their core assessments on the future of the so-called nuclear umbrella.

For decades, extended nuclear deterrence (END) has supported stability and non-proliferation. But questions need to be asked about whether and how it might effectively...

Research report

26 May 2011

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released estimated national completion rates data based on enrolments in publicly funded training throughout 2007.

Nationally, 27.2% of all vocational education and training (VET) students enrolled in that year are expected to complete...

Research report

26 May 2011

This paper looks at the political system in Afghanistan in the wake of the 2010 parliamentary elections and the moves towards reintegration and a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.

Key findings include:

• Politics in Afghanistan are unpredictable and some institutions work much...

26 May 2011

It's time for Governments to stop playing musical chairs with the benefits system writes Cassandra Goldie from ACOSS.

Well-crafted employment participation policies are a win for everyone – they lift some of the poorest people out of poverty, bolster the paid workforce, and in...

Research report

26 May 2011

This report identifies the powers of arrest currently available in Tasmania and the arrest laws that frame such powers. It shows that there has been a proliferation of arrest powers and that this has caused arrest laws in Tasmania to be unnecessarily complex, inconsistent and...

Audio program

26 May 2011

Depending on your point of view, the federal government's proposed carbon tax is either a moral imperative that will help prepare us for a clean, green future, or it's an economic wrecking ball that will lay waste to Australian industry, send households broke and turn...

Commentary

Article

26 Oct 2011

The Arab Spring was a civil uprising mainly of Arab youths in Tunisia and Egypt which commenced in December 2010 and January 2011 respectively. Later, similar rebellions followed in Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.

When the revolutionary protests broke out in Egypt, I was...

Book review

26 Oct 2011

Patrick Porter’s 'Military orientalism: eastern war through western eyes' (Hurst & Co, London, 2009) intends to help initiate a wider scholarship focusing on military cultures through the purview of critical studies of orientalism and situated in and through the potent site of war. Although the...

Policy

23 May 2011

Means for ascertaining the location of a computing device have matured rapidly recently, and include GPS, Wifi, and triangulation within mobile phone cells. These techniques have enabled Location-Based Services (LBS) to be created. Many LBS are proving attractive to users of mobile devices...

Policy

23 May 2011

This policy will guide the work of palliative care services, consortia and government from 2011 to 2015. The actions outlined in this policy will equip specialist palliative care services in Victoria to meet growing demand for palliative care.

The Department...

Research report

23 May 2011

There is a wealth of information on workplace culture, interventions, capacity building and managing work health and safety risks. Less is known about socio-psychological factors, such as motivation, attitudes and perceptions that influence work health and safety policy, procedures, processes and outcomes. The...

Discussion paper

23 May 2011

The focus of this discussion paper is on understanding and responding to unsettled behaviour in infants.

Commentary

Article

9 Nov 2011

With the banning of the Muslim women’s niqab (face veil) in France on 12 April 2011, there has been a debate within academia regarding its justification. In the USA, Professor Jocelyne Cesari, Director of the Islam in the West Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies...

Commentary

Article

9 Nov 2011

The relationship between Australia and its new immigrants has been a two-way street. People choose to migrate to Australia for a better life and opportunities, and in return migrants offer their skills to the economic development of their new „home‟. There is, of course, a...

Discussion paper

20 May 2011

This paper has been written to encourage all Australians to express their views on how to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution. In the coming months the Australian people will be consulted on a range of ideas for recognising...

20 May 2011

The federal budget changes to family benefits will create a better-targeted system that more adequately covers the cost of raising children, writes Daniel Nethery in Inside Story

THIS month’s federal budget has sparked a heated debate about family assistance. Tony Abbott has...

20 May 2011

The biggest tax havens aren’t on faraway islands, writes Jason Sharman in Inside Story

GLOBAL finance has been interesting for all the wrong reasons over the past few years. This new book by journalist Nicholas Shaxson aims to shed light on a...

Research report

20 May 2011

In October 2010, the Australian Human Rights Commission commenced a public consultation to canvas the experiences and views of people who may have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or sex and/or gender identity. The task was a listening...

Audio program

20 May 2011

With one in ten living in poverty and 70 per cent of poor children in Australia living in families with unemployed parents, whose job is it to get stories of inequality and poverty into the mainstream media?

The journalists or the welfare...

Guide

20 May 2011

This resource provides an outline of general practice. It considers its uniformity and diversity; its funding arrangements, service delivery, workforce, training, capacity and supporting structures. It provides recommendations for identifying and acting on opportunities for collaboration. The Guide draws on published literature as well as...

Guide

11 May 2011

If you are one of those out there that believe that Facebook has no place in the classroom, then, well maybe this post isn't for you. But please first take a look at just a few reasons why you should reconsider:

The fact is,...

Research report

20 May 2011

This report draws on recent statistics to provide a picture of selected aspects of Australian families in 2011. It first explores some of the demographic and social changes that set the scene for contemporary family life and then considers patterns of participation in work and...

Research report

20 May 2011

Finding that the UK's intellectual property framework is falling behind, especially with regard to copyright, this independent review makes ten recommendations to support innovation and economic growth in the digital age.

"When the [British] Prime Minister commissioned this review in November 2010,...

Discussion paper

20 May 2011

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner outlines the historical circumstances that left Indigenous people out of the original Australian Constitution and the arguments for rectifying this omission.

"One hundred and ten years ago years ago, Queen Victoria gave Royal Assent to...

18 May 2011

In Inside Story Andrew Leigh looks at evidence of growing inequality in OECD countries

IN a new report on inequality, the OECD has tracked income changes in several developed nations including Australia. It finds that from the mid 1980s to the late...

Policy

19 May 2011

This government policy document states that the budget will get back to surplus in 2012-13 as planned, get more people into jobs and spread the opportunities from Mining Boom Mark II to more Australians.

Key elements include:

Taking the tough decisions necessary to...

Research report

19 May 2011

The chapters in this book offer concrete examples from all over the world to show how community livelihoods in mineral-rich tracts can be more sustainable by fully integrating gender concerns into all aspects of the relationship between mining practices and mine affected communities. By looking...

Research report

19 May 2011

This report identifies wide-ranging differences in the ways all levels of government plan and zone land uses and assess development proposals.

In Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments – a report commissioned by COAG – the Commission compared the...

Research report

19 May 2011

Based on interviews with members of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organisation who have served prison sentences in Indonesia, this paper argues that many released prisoners are returning to their old networks.

The issue of terrorist motivations and pathways towards violent extremism has been the...

Research report

19 May 2011

Why are we overlooking older workers? This report, conducted for National Seniors Australia by the late Professor Sol Encel, explores that question and the results are not pretty.

It finds that age discrimination is widespread - in recruitment, in promotion, and during times of...

Research report

19 May 2011

This report presents key baseline data for monitoring mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification in Australia and New Zealand. Data are presented for each component of the fortification monitoring frameworks as follows: food composition; folic acid and iodine intake; folic acid and iodine status of...

Commentary

Article

1 Feb 2012

To most people, the idea that Mahatma Gandhi was more violent than Adolf Hitler would seem preposterous. When you’re speaking to Slavoj Žižek, however, such a suggestion is par for the course. Žižek has argued that Gandhi led a movement that challenged imperial hegemony and...

Commentary

Article

28 Feb 2012

Why are people afraid of burqas? For many, the answer is quite simple: they pose a threat to public safety because they might be used to disguise criminal intent. What seems like a pious woman might really be an Islamist man; there could be grenades...

Commentary

Article

28 Feb 2012

In recent months there has been a notable escalation in the warnings emanating from Israel and the United States about the threat of Iran’s nuclear program, which will allegedly culminate in the construction of a nuclear weapon. Accompanying these warnings have been open threats that...

Strategy

16 May 2011

This Sustainable Population Strategy outlines the Government’s framework for a sustainable Australia. It will help to ensure that future population change is compatible with the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of Australia.

Commentary

Article

6 Mar 2012

The stand-off on Iran’s nuclear program has reached a new crescendo this week after President Obama’s speech to the powerful Jewish lobbying group the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at its policy conference on 4 March 2012. This speech was followed by a meeting...

Commentary

Article

3 Apr 2012

How to explain to you white people who have no other choice? I am at a crossroads and the wind is pushing me towards my people. I must be in solidarity with men. How do I explain this to white women? And to feminists in...

13 May 2011

We need to be clear about the nature of the problem before judging the value of new measures, writes Peter Whiteford in Inside Story

Is the DSP out of control? Is disability really rising in the Australian community or are people...

Research report

13 May 2011

Detailing trends in juvenile detention in Australia over the past 30 years, this report identifies an increase in the number of juveniles in remand.

Key trends in juvenile detention in Australia included a substantial decrease since 1981 from 64 per 100,000 to 37 per...

Research report

13 May 2011

New estimates from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show that apprentice completion rates are higher when the data takes into account recommencements or ‘employer swapping’.

Individual-based completion rates for apprentices finds that around one-quarter of trade apprentices recommence their...

Video

Michael Kirby Paradoxes and Principles 'is the first biography of The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG; written by one of Australia's leading public law and political science scholars, A.J. Brown. When he retired from the High Court, The Hon Michael Kirby was Australia's longest serving...

Research report

13 May 2011

Global poverty has complex causes and wide-ranging effects. In this essay Michelle Sowey examines the scale of the problem together with its impacts.

It also considers a range of approaches to reducing poverty, and reviews the status of global action aimed at achieving the...

Discussion paper

13 May 2011

This consultation paper aims to engage industry and the community on identifying a sustainable path for the mining industry in Australia and how it can be achieved.

Australia’s economy is now riding on the trucks, trains and ships that carry our minerals to the...

Research report

13 May 2011

This initial ACOSS briefing on the 2011-12 Federal Budget outlines key measures announced in the Budget in areas of interest to ACOSS members, to assist members in their work.

This briefing does not offer extensive comment on the merit or otherwise of these measures....

Research report

13 May 2011

The Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) is a new tool to appraise the care needs of permanent residents in residential aged care facilities.

The ACFI appraisal was used to identify more than 104,400 permanent residents in 2008-09 who had a diagnosis of dementia. This...

Research report

13 May 2011

This paper was presented at the International Symposium on Lifelong Learning for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development: Developing a Research Agenda for the Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong, 12-13 January 2011. Tom Karmel suggests that there are four implications of an ageing population: the need to...

Research report

13 May 2011

The learning preferences of part-time agriculture students at the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE are the focus of this paper.

The ability for providers to offer students flexible attendance patterns and hands-on practical training allied with a balance of alternative course delivery options may...

Research report

13 May 2011

The rate of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is four times that of non-Indigenous Australians.

Homeless Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians. The rate of home ownership for...

Research report

13 May 2011

Research by Cathy Gong and Justine McNamara at NATSEM, commissioned by the Brotherhood, found that there is a high degree of involuntary unemployment among older adults. Overall, 20% of people aged over 45 who are not working would like employment. Of those aged...

Research report

13 May 2011

The importance of education and sufficient financial resources in equipping children and young people with the skills they need to succeed in life, to open doors and enhance social mobility, has been well documented. The overarching goals of the Australian Government’s ‘education revolution’...

Research report

13 May 2011

While it has been established that there is an intergenerational transmission of criminal behaviour (i.e. crime can run through generations in families), the role of gender in the intergenerational transfer of criminality has not been fully explored. This Tasmanian study of six known...

Video

In this exclusive SlowTV interview, Lindsay Tanner tells Nick Feik about the ideas and genesis of his new book, Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy (Scribe). With a refreshingly frank manner, he describes in great detail how the changing media landscape has led to a degradation of...

12 May 2011

Expert analysis from Saul Eslake, John Quiggin, Julian Disney, Ian Hickie, Jill Blackmore, David Black, Bob Williamson and more in this selection of comments on the budget from The Conversation.

Treasurer Wayne Swan has released his budget, with $22 billion in cuts and a...

Discussion paper

12 May 2011

The residual income approach to housing affordability is one that looks at what different household types can afford to spend on housing after taking into account the other necessary expenditures of living.

It is an alternative to benchmark measures of affordability as used in...

Commentary

11 May 2011

WAGGA WAGGA in the Riverina region of New South Wales is a typical large regional centre, resembling both rural and urban Australia. Just as they do elsewhere, students go to school each day armed with their packs and books and computers – ready to learn,...

10 May 2011

Broadband will soon reach small communities in remote Australia, writes Ellie Rennie in Inside Story. But a few details need to be sorted out first…

ON one of my first visits to Mungalawurru, a small Aboriginal community ninety kilometres northwest of Tennant...

Research report

9 May 2011

An analysis of the Victorian state election which took place on 27 November 2010. This paper provides an overview of the election campaign, major policies, opinion polls data, the outcome of the election in both houses, and voter turnout. It also includes voting figures for...

Commentary

Article

9 Oct 2012

When I was a visiting fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, USA, I interviewed some young Muslims for my research project on identity. One interesting topic that emerged during my discussion with the participants was freedom of speech. In this...

Research report

6 May 2011

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011 is a summary publication of Indigenous health and welfare statistics prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Together with a series of articles available online from the...

Research report

6 May 2011

Draws upon research to provide practitioners and policy-makers with ideas about how the concept of social inclusion can be used to plan and deliver child and family services in ways that enhance opportunities for parents and families.

Key messages:

* Definitions...

Research report

6 May 2011

The report draws on the experience and expertise of a broad range of stakeholders, who generously contributed their views through more than 140 submissions and through consultations attended by nearly 500 people.

The recommendations are driven by two realities.

First, Australia is poised...

Research report

6 May 2011

Assessing outcomes from the Victoria Police Aboriginal Strategic Plan 2003-2008, this report finds there have been significant improvements in police-Koori relations in some areas.

The report recommends that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural training be a prerequisite for all police prior to deployment...

Research report

6 Apr 2011

Describes how Local Government Area crime hotspot maps are produced and how they should be interpreted.

The distribution of crime across a region is not random. A number of factors influence where crime occurs, including the physical and social characteristics of the place and...

Research report

6 May 2011

This project sought to understand how housing procurement strategies impact on outcomes for Indigenous people in remote settlements.

It examined four cases studies where governments have intervened in housing procurement processes and what makes for success in achieving improvements in social, cultural and economic...

Fact sheet

6 May 2011

Provides estimates of changes in housing prices in each of the eight capital cities of Australia.

The information is presented in the form of price indexes constructed separately for established houses and for project homes.

Preliminary estimates show the price index for established...

Research report

6 May 2011

The research identified types of mobility amongst Indigenous people and the link between mobility and the risk of falling into homelessness. It also outlined how housing policy-makers might respond to increased rates of temporary mobility of Indigenous people.

Authors: Daphne Habibis, Christina...

Research report

6 May 2011

This report provides information to address alcohol-related disorderly conduct offences which may not necessarily be violent.

A group that is largely overlooked by both the media and in research is alcohol-related disorderly conduct offenders whose behaviour is not necessarily physically violent, but is likely...

Research report

6 May 2011

This report examines the prevalence and nature of alcohol consumption by a sample of violent offenders detained by the police during times consistent with those targeted through Operation Unite.

The findings provide valuable insight into the alcohol consumption patterns of assault offenders, illustrating not...

Research report

6 May 2011

A long-insular nation and society is expanding the definition of what constitutes foreign relations.

Twenty years after it began to deregulate its economy, India is a more externally engaged country than ever. Much of this change is driven by three new sources of pressure...

Research report

6 May 2011

Indigenous students are engaged with learning at a similar or slightly higher level than their non-Indigenous peers, and report levels of overall satisfaction equal to or higher than their peers.

This Research Briefing by the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement addresses Indigenous...

Research report

6 May 2011

Based on a a nationally representative sample of 25,950 Australian students, this paper investigates participation in off-campus paid work.

During the 1990s, this phenomenon became an increasingly interesting and significant narrative in Australian higher education, with implications for institutions, industries, individuals and...

Research report

6 May 2011

This is the first in a series of papers signalling the ACMA's intention to develop a future spectrum management strategy to meet the longer term needs of the mobile broadband industry while ensuring that the needs of incumbent users are also taken into account....

Research report

6 May 2011

Australia's Vocational Education and Training (VET) workforce has several shortcomings which need to be addressed, according to this report by the Productivity Commission.

A diverse range of public and private VET providers meets many of the expectations of students and significant segments of industry....

Research report

6 May 2011

The 900 MHz band is used for a wide range of services including cellular mobile telephone services, land mobile services, fixed services class licensed devices including radiofrequency identification devices.

This discussion paper was created to seek stakeholder views and ideas on potential changes to...

Journal article

4 May 2011

To study the internet, in its evolving morphologies, brings to mind the fable of the blind men and the elephant – where academics from different disciplines jostle side-by-side seeking to explore the phenomena, each limited by having ‘just a piece of the animal’ to hand....

Journal article

4 May 2011

Departing from a perspective of life as lived in rather than with media, this paper articulates the evolutionary context for people's near-complete immersion in media.

Using examples such as the appropriation of the movie "Avatar" by activists around the world it is...

Research report

4 May 2011

This paper proposes a new model for innovation policy that clearly distinguishes it from industrial policy.

The authors challenge the idea, implicit in much existing practice, that governments operate levers that affect innovation in predictable ways, and argue that innovation policy should instead be...

4 May 2011

Changes to Australia’s migration program have stranded tens of thousands of international graduates at the end of a queue that shows no sign of moving, writes Peter Mares in Inside Story

ZHANG JIN came to Australia from China’s Guangdong province in 2008...

4 May 2011

The Internet Movie Database changed the way we think about films, and now it’s influencing the industry itself, writes Richard Johnstone in Inside Story

IN OCTOBER last year, Col Needham, the founder and CEO of the Internet Movie Database, helped mark the...

Research report

5 May 2011

This is the first of three final documents produced as part of a joint initiative on Natural Resource Management. It provides background to the initiative and presents a synthesis of the broad issues and opportunities for integrated regional natural resource management policy and planning in...

Research report

5 May 2011

This document presents a review of the literature on Natural Resource Management policy and planning in Australia.

It is the second document in a three-part series produced as part of a joint initiative by the HC Coombs Policy Forum and the Fenner School of...

Research report

5 May 2011

This document reports on discussions from a workshop that brought together Natural Resource Management professionals representing a range of stakeholders across the sector. This is the final document of a three-part series produced from the initiative.

The workshop was held over two days (4-5...

Research report

15 Nov 2010

Scholars consider many factors when judging the potential quality of articles and deciding which articles to read. These factors may also influence their perception of the overall quality of the article.

The goal of this project is to examine and measure the relative values...

Research report

15 Aug 2009

This Research Report studies an often-neglected market segment, that of small businesses. An online survey and individual interviews were conducted in June 2009, to explore the importance of information in research journals, level of use, quality of access provision, and suggestions for improvement. Users in...

Research report

15 Aug 2009

• In June 2009, over 1000 UK research users responded to a survey about their access to and use of professional and academic information (including research articles published in journals, about which more detailed feedback was obtained).

• Information was generally ranked as a...

2 May 2011

China's Five Year Plan could turn out to be a turning point for global climate policy, writes Michael Jacobs in Inside Story

IN MATTERS of climate change, China’s role tends to overwhelm all else. Although it isn’t responsible for the problem the...

Discussion paper

29 Apr 2011

The Australian economy and Australian government budgets circa 2011 are tied to an asset price boom of international origin which will inevitably collapse and expose Australian governments to significant budget challenges just as the economy is softening. Australia's record terms of trade underpins both the...

Research report

2 May 2011

This note examines large datasets from multiple federal sources including the U.S. Economic Census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), to arrive at monetary and non-monetary value measurements of the nation’s performing arts sector.

The first section...

Research report

2 May 2011

On 2 December 2010 a new US-Australia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement entered into force, replacing the agreement in force from 5 July 1979.

This report, written by the Congressional Research Service states, ‘The agreement permits the export, subject to licensing, of information, material, equipment,...

Reports

8 Dec 2012

OpenCRS gathers most available leaked research produced by the US Congressional Research Service, which unlike the Australian Parliamentary Library service, is not provided to the public in any formal or systematic way.

American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional...

Discussion paper

2 May 2011

As it exists today, the Internet can enable a range of human rights, including freedom of expression, association, education, and development, absent interference by a third party.

Where it comes to freedom of expression, the Internet empowers individuals to seek, receive, and...

Research report

30 Apr 2011

There are two aims of this work focused across northern Australia (north of the tropic of Capricorn). First is to identify adaptive strategies to deal with climate change in each jurisdiction. Second the work identifies issues for adaptation in water resource management across the region...