November 2011

29 Nov 2011

BEFORE we dive into the murky, tumultuous waters of the present-day debate about mental health, it’s worth pausing for a quick trip back in time. Our destination is Roma, in the Darling Downs of southern Queensland, almost thirty years ago.

At the...

Discussion paper

30 Nov 2011

Measuring poverty in the Pacific is important to keep poor people on the policy agenda, to design effective policies and programs and to carry out rigorous evaluation so that we know what works and why. There are various definitions of poverty, ranging from a narrow...

Working paper

30 Nov 2011

This paper expounds the concept of Dutch Disease - adverse effects through real exchange rate appreciation - as it applies currently to Australia, noting the various gains and losses resulting from the Australian mining boom.

This paper expounds the concept of Dutch Disease as...

Working paper

30 Nov 2011

Given the urgency and the magnitude of emission cuts required to arrest the global temperature rise at an acceptable level (like 2 degrees Celsius), it is imperative that action to mitigate climate change is taken at the lowest cost.

This can be done if...

Working paper

30 Nov 2011

This paper documents an energy ladder that nations ascend as their per capita incomes increase.

On average, economic development results in an overall substitution from the use of biomass to fulfill energy needs to energy sourced from fossil fuels, and then toward nuclear power...

28 Nov 2011

Governments introduce legislation for the public good or to introduce structural changes. The introduction of Medicare in the 1970s and the introduction of superannuation in the early 1990s are good examples of utilitarian public good policies. The introduction of the goods and services...

Article

28 Nov 2011

The mining boom's benefits for the economy are levelling out and its negative impact is becoming more pronounced, writes Peter Sheehan for Inside Story

Research report

28 Nov 2011

The ACMA released its medium to long term proposals for telephone numbering arrangements in Australia, applying a managed evolutionary approach to its intent to increase the flexibility and efficiency of numbers and make pricing clearer for consumers.

‘Fundamental changes in networks and...

Discussion paper

28 Nov 2011

In recent years Australia has finalised agreements to export uranium to China and Russia but not to a third great power, India. The uranium question has become a thorn in the side of Australia-India relations. In November 2011, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard...

Discussion paper

28 Nov 2011

This new paper in the Lowy Institute's Afghan Voices series provides two very different perspectives on Australia’s military and development efforts in Uruzgan.

The first comes in the form of excerpts from an uncompleted draft on the subject by Omaid Khpalwak, an Afghan...

Research report

28 Nov 2011

Detailing the activities and human resource management practices of Australian Public Service agencies, this report outlines both the key achievements and issues in the service during 2009-10.

Section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999 provides that the Public Service Commissioner must provide a...

Research report

28 Nov 2011

This paper details the actual and potential challenges, and impact, of gambling and corruption practices on sports in Australia.

Sports events attract large audiences and the attention of gamblers. Betting on sport events is an historical past-time, the most well-known being horse-racing and, in...

Research report

24 Nov 2011

Report Foreword:

1. The management of information and communication technology enabled (ICT-enabled) projects at the state, national and international level, in both the private and public sectors, has been the subject of considerable research and debate over recent years. The consensus is that these...

Journal article

25 Nov 2011

The Building Castles Together project is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the University of Southern Maine at Lewiston-Auburn College and Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services that aims to build solidarity and resilience in vulnerable young children, their families and their community.

This article...

Journal article

25 Nov 2011

A mutually beneficial relationship has developed over the past 15 years between a regional South Australian branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) and the local university campus. Arising from the initiative of a community member, the group sought assistance from...

Research report

25 Nov 2011

This second Native Title report by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner reviews developments in native title law and policy from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. It concentrates on two themes:

• creating a just and fair native...

Research report

25 Nov 2011

The theme of the Social Justice report for 2011 relates directly to the Social Justice Commissioner’s priorities concerning the relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within their communities and giving full effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of...

Research report

22 Sep 2011

Based on this industry profile, gambling revenue for pubs is forecast to decline over the next five years, while total revenue will increase for operators that cater to changes in market demands. NOTE: Subscription only access to this report

This industry profile...

Research report

25 Nov 2011

This paper began as a series of workshop discussions hosted by Future Directions International on the subject of ‘Global Food Supply and Demand to 2050.’ The workshop, the fourth in the series, was attended by several eminent Australian academics and thinkers. Food losses and...

Book review

27 Nov 2011

The Internet—home to ‘cyber mobs’, liars, aggressive misogynists and purveyors of hate, who distribute their views with impunity. Meanwhile, their targets suffer the consequences of this predominantly unregulated arena for speech. The ubiquity of the Internet, the permanence of posts, and the search engines that...

Guide

25 Aug 2007

Compared to other major education exporting countries, and most notably Britain and Australia, New Zealand is in an early stage in the development of transnational education. This means that New Zealand providers entering overseas education systems now may encounter more competition than established overseas...

27 Nov 2011

Since World War II, globalisation and mass migration have exposed Australians, city and country dwellers alike, to new religions from around the world. Religious people and groups can respond in different ways to increasing diversity, and a new book explores the challenges and opportunities they...

Research report

25 Nov 2010

With the support of the Telstra Foundation and the Australian Research Council, RMIT researchers investigated the role and significance of Indigenous cultural festivals in wellbeing outcomes for Indigenous communities and their young people. They found that festivals really do matter to communities; from a proliferation...

Guide

28 Nov 2011

Work is defined broadly as productive activity that requires time, energy and skill. It includes paid employment as well as unpaid care and domestic work. Across cultures and throughout history most women have worked. However, their options were extremely limited, usually restricted to care and...

Research report

28 Nov 2011

In this latest report in an annual series on the employment and education situation of young Australians, two significant long-term trends are apparent:

the stability of working life for young people has steadily decreased Australia’s economic prosperity is consistently not being passed...

Research report

28 Nov 2011

The third report by Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Public Policy Institute (PPI) and commissioned by the Independent Schools Council of Australia, examines parental contributions to education and shows that the parental investment in non-government schools has positive effects on the quality and equity of Australian...

Research report

25 May 2009

• Under the Disability Act 2006, the Senior Practitioner seeks to manage one interface between individual freedom and public good, that is, to manage behaviour that is of danger to the person with disability or to others, or to their...

Research report

25 Nov 2010

As an ‘action research’ project over a period of more than three years, the Generations Project has been remarkably successful in finding out what it takes to ensure that community art practices can enrich the practice of local government in Australia. This comes at a...

Journal article

25 Nov 2011

This article describes a number of community-based arts in health projects in schools and disadvantaged communities in Northern England that connect with the interdisciplinary research interests of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University ( www.dur.ac.uk/cmh ).

It examines issues about what makes...

Research report

25 Nov 2011

Summary

Australia’s welfare 2011 presents the latest national statistics on welfare services and factors influencing wellbeing in Australia.

While Australians generally enjoy a good standard of living, several features of our society require the delivery of services to support...

23 Nov 2011

A charge of drug trafficking becomes the first test of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights in the High Court. Fiona Chong looks at the results in this High Court Watch for APO

The recent case of Momcilovic v The Queen involved an appeal...

Research report

20 Nov 2011

Summary overview in advance of the full report and comprehensive assessment of the role of climate change in altering characteristics of extreme events

; and of experience with a wide range of options used by institutions, organizations, and communities to reduce exposure and vulnerability,...

Research report

23 Nov 2011

This report provides information on adults aged 18-64 years with psychotic illness in contact with public specialised mental health services, as well as those receiving mental health services from non-government organisations.

The second national survey of psychotic illness was conducted in 2010 to provide...

24 Nov 2011

The debate over uranium exports to industry has ignored the most important argument of all, writes Andy Butfoy in Inside Story.

THE biggest threat facing humanity is the uncontrolled spread of nuclear weapons. Because it is the custodian of the world’s largest...

Research report

24 Nov 2011

A study of thousands of people with psychotic illness provides evidence of the need to provide more support and better-coordinated community mental health services in Australia.

The important new People Living with Psychotic Illness study released by the Department of Health and Ageing...

Research report

1 Nov 2011

Over the past five years, libraries have begun to expand their role in the scholarly publishing value chain by offering a greater range of pre-publication and editorial support services. This report provides a practical guide to the challenges and opportunities facing library-based publishing programs....

Research report

22 Nov 2011

The greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth, and is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty.

The report also seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for...

Video

What are the short-term and long-term goals Indigenous Australians are setting for their communities, and who will be leading the way? Karla Grant leads a panel of Kim Hill, Linda Burney, Tania Major and Robbie Thorpe through these contentious questions.

From the battles for...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

Technology can reduce the latency to joining data to publications but there is a lack of common best practice conventions for scholarly publications.

From a researcher perspective, the value of data is that of a first class research object which represents the basis of...

Video

Nina Funnell questions the extent to which the discourse around protecting children is really about controlling, policing and pathologising them.

Through century upon century, societies have located much of their moral panic and hysteria around a victimised view of youth. Whether it’s generational or...

Research report

23 Nov 2011

Deliberative methods provide an effective mechanism for strengthening communities through engagement in decision making.

Recently, some of the worst disasters in Australia’s history have led to billions of dollars being spent to rebuild communities. The capacity for these efforts to reshape and revive communities...

Research report

21 Nov 2011

Many workers who are given mobile phones and laptops by their employer feel obliged to work overtime, new research by The Australia Institute reveals.

The research on the increasingly blurry boundary between work and life was conducted for this year's national Go Home On...

Research report

9 Nov 2011

When children grow up in disadvantaged homes, they come to believe that the unacceptable is the norm. Like dad rarely turning up for his weekly visits; or eating cereal for dinner because there’s no other food; and having to look after your younger siblings because...

Audio

21 Nov 2011

Sociologist, Professor Chua Beng Huat, with host, Jennifer Cook, explains how serial TV dramas have become a soft power currency traded among China, Korea, Japan and other countries in AsiaWith host Jennifer Cook.

Dr Chua Beng Huat is currently Professor and Head, Department of...

Literature review

21 Nov 2011

This literature review provides a comprehensive analysis of national and international research to assist with the development of an evidence-based model to better support students in Years 8-10 (13-16 years) as they progress through school and into work or further study. The literature review addresses...

Research report

21 Nov 2011

Balancing work and family remains a big issue for Australian men and women, with around 40% of women and 30% of men feeling often or always rushed or pressed for time, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report.

But when...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

Given the pace and spread of cyber attacks around the world, Canberra and Washington will be spending a lot more time consulting.

October was cybersecurity month in Washington. On Capitol Hill and in several think tanks around town, US policymakers and analysts focused on...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

This paper provides a foundation for ongoing research on trafficking in persons in the Pacific Islands region and the identification of effective prevention strategies.

There is emerging evidence that the Pacific Island region is vulnerable to the crime of trafficking in persons. Using information...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

This paper assesses the risks and protective factors for labour trafficking in the context of the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.

As part of the Australian Government’s response to trafficking in persons, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has undertaken preliminary research to assess...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

More than ten years after the formation of Timor-Leste's army and the demobilisation of the guerrilla force that fought for independence, the struggle continues about how to pay tribute to the veterans.

The increasingly wealthy state has bought off the threat once...

Discussion paper

22 Nov 2011

Therapeutic residential care is becoming an increasingly relevant out-of-home care option for children and young people with multiple and complex needs.

It is a new and developing approach in Australia, one aimed not simply at containment of the “hard cases” - as is often...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

This report provides an overview of responses to the Classification Review Issues Paper using text analytics software.

To date the report covers Questions 1-3, 12, 16 and 24-25 of the Issues Paper. Analysis of the other questions will be added as it becomes available....

Research report

22 Nov 2011

This paper provides an overview of the structure of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations, cross references to relevant additional Regulations, and references to provisions of the model Work Health and Safety Act.

This Guide will help readers identify what duties or rights...

Research report

21 Nov 2011

This Senate report reviews new amendments to taxation laws and recommends that they be passed.

The Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 8) Bill 2011 and the Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2011 were introduced by the Government into the House...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

This publication contains adjusted financial statements for higher education providers as listed in the Higher Education Support Act 2003 for the 2010 reporting period.

The data was extracted from audited financial statements and provided to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in...

Briefing paper

22 Nov 2011

This paper examines the challenges in applying a rational choice model by police officers who have to manage stressful situations that may require the use of force.

These challenges include the sequential assessment of an ideal response from a range of potential responses, while...

Research report

22 Nov 2011

This policy brief places the upcoming climate change negotiations in Durban in their historical and domestic policy context, provides an overview of the key political decision that will confront Ministers, outlines scenarios illustrating success and failure, and defines Australia's role internationally.

With the recent...

Research report

17 Jun 2011

Improvements could be made to the reform agenda for teachers, principals and other school workers that governments are pursuing, according to this draft report.

The draft report - Schools Workforce - finds that governments have initiated a substantial reform agenda to target issues such...

21 Nov 2011

Labor’s search for meaning needs to go beyond the failures of the post-1996 party, writes Frank Bongiorno in Inside Story

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UNTIL the early months of 2010, any author approaching a publisher with a proposal to write a book about a crisis in...

21 Nov 2011

Is the internet killing traditional bricks and mortar retail? On Big P Political Economy , Tom Conley look at the data and how we interpret it

IS THE internet killing traditional bricks and mortar retail? There's no doubt that retailers are doing...

Research report

21 Nov 2011

Australian businesses are not lacking advice to get into Asia’s rapidly emerging economies, but they tend to head for the United States, Britain and New Zealand -- partly as a result of cultural blinkers and the poor track record of previous international business forays. But...

16 Nov 2011

The best outcome from the ALP's national conference might be to work out a coherent policy of any kind, writes Bernard Keane in Crikey .

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Those on the ALP Left might now fondly recall the days when Julia Gillard was considered...

Conference paper

16 Nov 2011

Using Western media coverage of the events surrounding the 2009 Green Movement protests in Iran and the 2011 anti-Gaddafi protests in Libya, and in particular reports that refer specifically to or actually use non-Western information communication technology (ICT) products (such as Twitter or weblog excerpts,...

16 Nov 2011

Strong and trusted journalism has never been more important, says Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood .

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If you ask me about the future of newspapers, you have asked the wrong question. The ''Chicken Littles'' out there bemoan the end of media companies...

Research report

The authoritarian challenge to democracy
16 Nov 2011

2010 was the fifth consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline, argues this report.

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This report summarises a study which determines the direct medical and associated non-medical costs of providing full access to eye care services for Indigenous people, focusing on three main eye problems; cataract, refractive error, and diabetic retinopathy.

Methods were developed in the study to...

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This report explains the activities of the Australian Human Rights Commission over the past year. It covers issues such as discrimination, children in detention and indigenous disadvantage.

The Annual Report of the Australian Human Rights Commission for the period ending 30 June 2011 has...

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This report examines the nature and utility of Australia's publicly funded research arrangements, with a particular focus on priority-setting.

It is the final report of the Focusing Australia’s Publicly Funded Research Review , undertaken from February to July 2011 inclusive and examined a number...

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This report presents the key findings of a project that has examined how Australian library and information science education can produce the diverse supply of graduates with the appropriate attributes to develop and maintain high quality professional practice in the rapidly changing 21st century....

Video

On this special Sunday evening presentation, Paul Keating joined Robert Manne for a conversational marathon, coinciding with the publication of his post-prime ministerial speeches.

From art to literature to music, from indigenous issues to economics and politics to his continuing vision for a better...

Research report

16 Nov 2011

This report examines the adequacy and appropriateness of measures to promote gender equality and to ensure women’s safety in the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is conducting a Review, firstly of the treatment of women at the Australian...

Research report

16 Nov 2011

This report presents a detailed analysis of 'fair price' for exports from residential solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems.

The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme provided strong support for the uptake of small scale PV systems through a gross feed-in tariff of around 60 c/kWh, reduced to...

Research report

16 Nov 2011

This report reviews the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011 and recommends that it not be passed.

On 12 May 2011, the Senate referred the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011 (Bill) to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (committee) for inquiry and...

Transcript

16 Nov 2011

This paper models the outcomes of South Australian state lower house elections from 1997 to 2010 under five different ordinal vote counting methods.

The results of the model confirm the findings of Rae (1971) that AV behaves in much the same manner as plurality...

Transcript

16 Nov 2011

Major party leaders not only seem to influence public opinion on global warming, argues this conference paper, but also have an impact upon Green voting in federal elections.

As the Australian environmental movement has routinised and become increasingly institutionalised, its representative aspect – the...

Transcript

16 Nov 2011

This paper explores the mechanisms through which multinational corporations the environmental regulatory policies of states.

Many countries in the majority world, because of international pressure or for domestic reasons, are in the process of establishing and strengthening their environmental regulatory framework. At the same...

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This report assesses outcomes from both the initial phase of the Northern Territory Emergency Response and the redesign reflected in the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement.

The overall aim of this evaluation was to examine whether the measures, both...

15 Nov 2011

In Inside Story, Ian McShane reviews Natasha Cica's account of the life of wilderness photographer Olegas Truchanas and his role in the campaign to save Lake Pedder.

WHEN I was very young, we lived in the foothills of Mount Wellington, high above...

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This report is the Sentencing Advisory Council’s response to a request from the Attorney-General for advice on the introduction of statutory minimum sentences for the offences of intentionally causing serious injury and recklessly causing serious injury when either offence is committed in circumstances of 'gross...

Research report

15 Nov 2011

Australia’s submarine fleet should be managed not as a succession of essentially distinct projects and equipment types, but in a holistic capability-focused way.

The future submarine project is potentially the nation's biggest ever engineering undertaking. But at the moment it is making little progress....

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This draft report has been released as part of an inquiry into the key reform areas that the State Government should target to improve productivity, labour force participation and Victoria’s overall economic competitiveness.

The release of this draft report gives interested participants the opportunity...

Research report

15 Nov 2011

This report presents a consolidated picture of current money laundering - the indicators and activities involved, the sectors and professions which are vulnerable, a range of new threats which are emerging, and the general framework of regulations and actions necessary to identify and prevent this...

Article

15 Nov 2011

This short essay argues that Australian political scientists to pay more attention to their most original electoral institution, compulsory voting.

Audio

14 Nov 2011

Digital technology gives students access to an extraordinary range of ideas and information and the capacity to instantly shape, and reshape, their work. So is this simply a fantastic tool or is digital technology changing the way we think and learn? Erica McWilliam believes the...

Audio

14 Nov 2011

"Roughly half of the current size of the total global economy needs to be invested from here to 2030 just to meet predictable market demand. That figure goes up every year because demand keeps going up."

Energy security and global governance analyst Professor Ann...

Research report

11 Nov 2011

This paper outlines key issues in institutional and care settings with identifying and responding to women’s recent and past experiences of sexual assault.

This paper draws together the common or shared elements of various institutions identified in the literature and considers the historical socio-political...

10 Nov 2011

People joke about economists disagreeing, but is it feasible for there to be one best analysis, one best set of predictions and one best policy asks Sheila Dow in The Conversation.

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Confidence in economics has been dented by the...

Research report

10 Nov 2011

The Book Industry Strategy Group believes that this vision can be achieved by a strategy to transform the book industry. This strategy would be implemented over the next three to five years, and would be embedded in a process of continual review and renewal....

Research report

11 Nov 2011

Drugs in Australia 2010 assembles the most recently available information about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in Australia from a variety of data sources. It is a reference publication for those looking for accessible information about drug-related issues in Australia. The report...

Research report

9 Nov 2011

The OECD Social Expenditure database (SOCX) was developed to analyse trends in social spending and its composition at the detailed social expenditure programme level. The detailed information in SOCX enables users to verify spending aggregates, regroup spending items for the analysis of selected...

Article

9 Nov 2011

Telling our own stories through the arts is obviously a good thing, writes Andrew Ford in Inside Story , but what does it mean in practice?

IT was refreshing, earlier this year, to read a discussion paper from the office...

Audio

9 Nov 2011

The Australian ’s online paywall is up and running. The New York Times has announced strong subscriber figures. Peter Clarke discusses the prospects for paid content with Gordon Crovitz , Sophie Black and Jason Wilson

Listen here

Research report

10 Nov 2011

This Resource Sheet is a review of research regarding children’s transition from home, to early childhood education and care services and then to school, with a specific focus upon both children and parents’ experiences of those transitions.

The factors that influence a child’s ability...

Research report

10 Nov 2011

This report presents findings from the audiology and Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) follow-up services provided to children in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory as part of the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement.

Between August 2007 and May...

Video

In his Monthly essay, Lessons in Leadership, George Megalogenis writes about the malaise in contemporary Australian politics, and how a leader like former Prime Minister Paul Keating might approach the task of reform today.

In this exclusive SlowTV interview, Megalogenis discusses the essay and...

Audio

10 Nov 2011

In recent years Australia has taken a leading role in national, regional and international non-proliferation and disarmament, in particular through the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in May 2010 and the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND).

This seminar addresses three key themes...

Research report

10 Nov 2011

An independent evaluation of the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education is being undertaken in 2010-2014 to assess its effectiveness in achieving universal access outcomes. This evaluation annual report shows progress to 31 December 2009 and includes a literature review, evaluation framework and an...

Annual Report

10 Nov 2011

This year was the busiest on record for the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, which received 197,682 new complaints, an increase of 17.8 per cent.

More than half of these complaints – 112,376 – were about mobile phone services.

This report presents the activities of...

Audio

10 Nov 2011

Australia's brand of multiculturalism is admired by other nations, but it still has its sticking points, and future challenges.

Why do third generation immigrants from non-Anglo backgrounds still find themselves thought of as 'different'? Would a more equal and mutual respect of...

10 Nov 2011

Greg Bamber, writing in the National Times , asks what will be the outcomes of the present industrial relations processes at Qantas?

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At the recent annual meeting, Qantas shareholders endorsed the present management strategies and huge pay increases for the...

8 Nov 2011

We need to acknowledge those who helped lay the foundations for carbon pricing, writes Andrew Bartlett in The Drum Unleashed .

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There was open celebration, and no doubt some relief, amongst government members in the House of Representatives when the package...

Research report

9 Nov 2011

This is the fifteenth annual report on the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in Australia and New Zealand. The report presents data on ART treatment and donor insemination cycles undertaken in 2009, and the resulting pregnancies and baby outcomes.

Use of...

Working paper

7 Nov 2011

This working paper provides a national update on what is taking place across the local government sector in relation to community engagement, and identifies ongoing challenges and questions for councils in engaging communities. It is part of a series from ACELG’s Research and...

Guide

27 Aug 2011

Managers in local government need to ensure they personally understand the fundamentals of climate science and the rationale for a market based approach to reducing carbon emissions. They will then be better placed to guide and support the policy responses of their council....

Research report

8 Nov 2011

This report discusses discuss the current regulatory environment and the windows of opportunity for democratic reform in the media sector in Egypt and Tunisia.

The world has been riveted by events occurring throughout the Middle East and North Africa that have come to be...

Research report

8 Nov 2011

This report examines how a global information society might look with mobile media devices at its hub.

Mobile devices now reach the farthest corners of the world. By the end of 2011, about 5 billion mobile phones will be in service in a...

Research report

8 Nov 2011

This report explores in depth the exact nature of the threat posed by transnational organised crime and the conditions that give rise to its growth.

In particular, it asks whether the presence of transnational groups in fragile states is an effect of international conditions...

Research report

8 Nov 2011

The interviews and online survey canvassed young people’s views on a broad range of topics. These included knowledge of standard drinks and the national alcohol guidelines, the main influences on their decisions about drinking alcohol, their concerns about harms that arise from alcohol...

Research report

7 Nov 2011

This research project identified key issues affecting collaboration between science; and humanities, arts and social sciences. These concerns include resource imbalance, generalised attitudes and difficulties translating social research findings into practical knowledge.

It recommends stronger collaboration right from the outset of projects...

Research report

7 Nov 2011

Providing the ADF with state of the art equipment can be a challenging business. Sometimes the world market can provide a proven solution with the right level of capability, but often that isn't the case.

Then it's a matter of...

Research report

7 Nov 2011

In this major new report launched on 4 November, scholars from the Lowy Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Observer Research Foundation identify common challenges and opportunities facing Australia, India and the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. The report notes that Australia-India security relations...

Research report

7 Nov 2011

This report investigates attrition in the trades by comparing the rate at which tradespeople leave their occupation with that of professionals.

It also determines whether attrition is influenced by economic conditions, and if a trade can provide a good start to a career in...

7 Nov 2011

Another loss, and another round of debates. The Assange saga now moves to its next phase after the loss in the High Court that seemingly propels him closer to Sweden. The technicalities of the cases remain as they always have been, but they...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

Education Agents are often the first point of contact between Australian education providers and international students and their families (AEI 2009). Various reports note that at least half of Australia’s international students first seek information about studying in Australia from an Education Agent (Victoria University...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

This report details our audit of the implementation of the NSW Interagency Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Assault in Aboriginal Communities 2006 - 2011 (Interagency Plan). The report seeks to bring together what we have said over a number of years publicly -...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

Kariong Juvenile Correctional Centre houses some of the most challenging and troubled adolescent boys and young men in the NSW criminal justice system.

This report details the NSW Ombudsman's investigation into the operation of the Behaviour Management Program at Kariong Juvenile Correctional Centre which...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

Theft represents one of most likely sources of firearms for the illicit market.

Between 2004–05 and 2008–09, an average of 1,545 firearms were reported as stolen to Australian state and territory police, yet firearms from just 12 percent of reported incidents were eventually recovered...

Briefing paper

4 Nov 2011

This project aims to better understand the housing sector labour market and will answer the question: What are the principle constraints faced by the housing sector labour force in meeting the challenge of increasing housing supply? The research will assist in establishing greater certainty in...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

This project focused on housing in affecting social inclusion/exclusion. It reinforced the notion that exclusion is much more than simply loss of housing through homelessness. People can be socially excluded through having their options limited to poor quality and insecure accommodation in unsafe neighbourhoods, with...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

Notwithstanding the seeming ever-fluctuating public concern levels with respect to the threat and impacts of ‘climate change’ around the world, there exists a more consistent and coherent evidence base suggesting that public concern about climate change remains quite high, both in Australia and...

Audio

3 Nov 2011

Australia has 60,000 active not-for-profit groups, clubs and charities. But many of these organisations find their funding sources are few and far between, and the competition for capital is intense. According to the Community Council for Australia, there is an urgent need for a 'Better...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

Lung cancer in Australia: an overview provides comprehensive national statistics on lung cancer using a range of data sources, presenting the latest data and trends over time. Differences by geographical area, socioeconomic status, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, country of birth and international...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals. Bold action is needed on both...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

The latest DUMA data shows that the continuing decline in methamphetamine use since 2004 has ended, with rates of use among police detainees increasing in both 2010 and 2011. Twenty one percent of police detainees in 2011 tested positive to methamphetamine—up from 16...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

The latest section of the NSW Commission for Children and Young People's data book, A picture of NSW children is titled 'Early childhood education and care'. This release highlights the experiences of parents in finding care for their children in NSW.

The...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

One of the significant challenges facing Australia is the ageing of the population. This challenge has led policy-makers to consider how older workers can be kept in the workforce. To help generate discussion on older workers, NCVER commissioned six researchers to draft essays on various...

Video

Professor Ian Anderson, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous health experts and foundation Chair in Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne recently dropped by Eidos Institute to comment on some of the countries most pervasive issues of Indigenous inequality and disadvantage.

Professor Anderson is...

Research report

3 Nov 2011

This report presents the results of a first stage assessment of the impacts of recent changes to the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme on the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. It draws on interviews and discussions with 15 Aṉangu (Aboriginal) people from...

Research report

3 Nov 2011

This monograph argues that the rising size, cost, and complexity of the out-of-home care system in Australia is directly linked to child protection failures.

Children are entering care later and more damaged, and are spending longer in care due to the misguided emphasis placed...

Discussion paper

3 Nov 2011

The Coalition understands that gambling is a major problem for some Australians. For many others, it is a recreational activity that they enjoy responsibly within personal limits that they set for themselves.

We recognise that gambling is an entertainment industry that employs over 150,000...

Research report

1 Nov 2011

There are 2.1 million artists in the United States workforce, and a large portion of them -- designers -- contribute to industries whose products Americans use every day, according this research paper.

Artists and Arts Workers in the United States (37)...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

Australian employers, particularly those employing 100 people or more, are reducing training for their staff, despite the majority considering it important, according to this survey.

The survey collects information about employers' use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system and the...

Video

At this Melbourne Writers Festival event, three renowned essay writers debate the health of the essay form in Australia.

Do Richard Flanagan, Robert Manne and Marieke Hardy think we are being served well by our publishers and thinkers? Does the essay really...

Audio

2 Nov 2011

While arts workers complain about the lack of governement funding in Australia, consider the plight of US artists, who have access to around ten percent of the funds available here.

Rocco Landesman chairs the National Endowment for the Arts, the US equivalent of our...

31 Oct 2011

The recent deaths of Australian soldiers should not lead to withdrawal, writes Nathan Mullins in The Punch .

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What are ‘we’ doing in Afghanistan? People ask me whether we can win the war. That’s not the important question. The question is...

31 Oct 2011

It is time to bring our troops home, writes Scott MacInnes in The Drum Unleashed .

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With the tragic death of three more Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, concerned citizens will be asking themselves whether the sacrifice of human lives...

Video

High density living is great for the environment, right? But what does it do to our heads and hearts? The Australian psyche was moulded by the myth of the ‘wide brown land’, so what might life packed like sardines look and feel like?

With...

Video

31 Oct 2011

It’s a debate with a decidedly apocalyptic ring: stand by while the dynamics of life on earth change irrevocably, or try to take action that may slow or halt the process – and in so doing possibly compromise our way of life.

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Research report

31 Oct 2011

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to identify regulatory and policy barriers to effective Climate Change adaptation, and to identify high priority reform options to address any identified barriers.

The Commission is also required to report on:

policy frameworks required to...