May 2012

Report

30 May 2012

The objective of this survey was to explore the issues surrounding capacity building in rural‐remote and indigenous councils.

This survey was distributed to the Chief Executive Officers of councils in Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia that have been identified as rural, remote, indigenous....

Report

21 May 2012

This report provides a statistical overview of illicit drug arrests and seizures as well as profiling the current situation, national impact and the emerging trends and threats of illicit drugs in Australia.

The report brings together illicit drug data from a variety of sources...

Report

30 May 2012

The aim of this report is to provide the evidence base for evaluating the level of expenditure by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on research funding (including research, people support and infrastructure) related to dementia, in comparison to research funding for other...

Report

22 May 2012

Important questions confront Burma's political leadership, and their response will play a key role in determining the international community's, including Australia's, future engagement.

Prior to the installation of a civilian government in April 2011, Burma had, for all intents and purposes, been governed by...

Report

30 May 2012

This background note provides a brief overview of the rules for determining the next Commonwealth, state, territory and local government elections.

The paper lists the date of the next election where this is fixed, or where applicable, the earliest and latest possible dates on...

Report

30 May 2012

This background note provides a brief overview of the rules for determining the next Commonwealth, state, territory and local government elections.

The paper lists the date of the next election where this is fixed, or where applicable, the earliest and latest possible dates on...

Report

24 May 2012

This background note details the approach taken in Australian and some overseas parliaments to codes of conduct for ministers and members of parliament, registers of interests, the post-separation employment of ministers and the use of ethics commissioners in providing advice on or conducting investigations into...

Report

24 May 2012

This background note aims to consolidate publicly available information on the Government's plan to acquire 12 new submarines to replace the Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins Class submarines and highlight the project's progress and current status to date.

Australia’s Future Submarine project (SEA 1000)...

Report

28 May 2012

This study aims to determine whether the provision of responsible service of alcohol (RSA) changed in NSW licensed premises between 2002 and 2011.

Method: A repeat cross-sectional telephone survey of young adults (n=2,503 in 2011, n=2,427 in 2006, n=1,090 in 2002).

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Report

30 May 2012

This book presents the full story of the 'trial separation' of Australia and Papua New Guinea, concluding that given the intertwined history, geography and economies of the two neighbours, the decolonisation project of 'independence' is still a work in progress.

When it came in...

Report

29 May 2012

This publication reviews the literature examining the impacts of a history of maternal childhood sexual abuse on parenting capacities and the impacts on children.

It specifically examines the domains of mental health, intimate partner violence, substance abuse and homelessness and the overlap with a...

Report

30 May 2012

This report presents a comprehensive analysis of the UK's 'Big Society' policies and programs and examines their potential impact if adopted and implemented in Australia.

It’s just over two years since David Cameron was elected as British Prime Minister. Since his election, Cameron’s ‘Big...

Report

31 May 2012

Names are rich sources of information. They can signal gender, ethnicity, or class; they may connote personality characteristics ranging from warmth and cheerfulness to morality. But names also differ in a much more fundamental way: some are simply easier to pronounce than others. Five studies...

Audio

31 May 2012

Social psychologist Dr Simon Laham discusses his research linking the pronounceability of a person’s name with perceptions of likeability, and what this might mean for a person's access to opportunities.

Report

31 May 2012

Delving deeper into key topics, such as the use of credit and the experiences of Indigenous consumers, this report updates the CSI's 2011 report on the lack access to appropriate and affordable financial services and products.

In May 2011 the Centre for...

Audio

31 May 2012

The Sydney Institute's Gail Hambly and Matthew Ricketson provide insight and opinion on the latest media regulation reforms and the Finkelstein media report.

Total running time: 1:05:40

Strategy

29 May 2012

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has released the revised Basin Plan to ministers as part of the next step in the process of developing a plan for the Murray–Darling Basin.

The MDBA also released a report detailing the changes that have been made to the...

Report

30 May 2012

This report reviews the effectiveness of the Interactive Gambling Act in reducing harm to problem gamblers and those at risk of becoming problem gamblers.

The review proposes a number of changes to the IGA, including:

Introducing a national standard for harm minimisation and...

Report

23 May 2012

Public schools face a real cut of over $670 million a year unless the Federal Government substantially lifts its investment in public education, argues this report.

This report finds that:

Public schools will receive $673 million less in real terms in 2015/16 than...

Commentary

29 May 2012

On 23 and 24 May, Egypt conducted its first round of presidential elections since Hosni Mubarak was deposed in February last year. A second round of voting will be held on 16 and 17 June to decide the outcome, since no candidate garnered enough votes...

28 May 2012

Tablets are the new textbooks at a college in Wyndham Vale, now each year 6 and 7 student owns and learns on an iPad, writes Ainslie Macgibbon for the Age.

The 1500-strong secondary school, on the outskirts of Werribee, is something of a laboratory...

Article

28 May 2012

The claim that the Australian mining sector is too heavily and unfairly taxed is a mantra that mining executives seem unable to break free from despite the facts. The latest such claim has come from the BHP Billiton chairman Jacques Nasser who complained on 16...

Report

1 Jan 2012

There is an increasing burden on the community resulting from chronic hepatitis B infection. General Practitioners (GPs) are essential in reducing this burden given strong evidence showing that the early detection, follow-up and treatment of chronic hepatitis B can slow the progression to liver failure...

29 May 2012

How fragile is the nature of progress with Down syndrome and social change, asks Ilektra Spandagou in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.

Down syndrome was first described by John Langdon Down 150 years ago. A child either has or has not Down syndrome...

Report

28 May 2012

Project summary

The project has two primary aims:

to positively influence the health and wellbeing of Australian Indigenous people by improving the education of health professionals; to engage students with authentic stories of Indigenous people’s experience of healthcare,...

Working paper

31 Oct 2011

This chapter is part of a larger work seeking to understand the bases of stability of authoritarian political systems. One factor which has been thought to be instrumental in this is elections.

This paper opens by looking at the way elections have been structured...

Working paper

31 Oct 2011

Influential theories generate diverging expectations over how middle powers will respond to deepening economic dependence upon a rising power. One set of Realist arguments suggests that negative threat perceptions toward the rising power will exacerbate concerns with economic dependence, encouraging balancing behavior against the rising...

Video

Mike Ananny — Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism — describes how a public right to hear has historically and...

Audio

24 May 2012

Is the digital age changing both journalism and journalists? Will easier access to information lead to greater government and corporate accountability? And what would you do if you found yourself in a swimming race with former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin? This week we take you...

23 May 2012

Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever, writes Stephen Marchie for the Atlantic .

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Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making...

Report

23 May 2012

Addressing the challenges faced by an ageing population, this report discusses how smart technologies can support older people to remain in their homes.

Australia has an ageing population. In 1901 the average life expectancy in Australia was 47 years. By 2025 it will be...

Report

24 May 2012

The National Security College has commissioned this report to examine the following areas:

The place of authentic learning in postgraduate education. The methods used to simulate policy development, and related activities like strategy planning, in educational environments relevant to national security policy-making. Policy simulation...

Report

24 May 2012

ACELG is undertaking a considerable body of research into issues of regional collaboration and structural reform in local government. It has already published papers on Consolidation in Local Government: A Fresh Look and A Comparative Analysis of Regional Organisations of Councils in NSW and Western...

24 May 2012

The Allen Consulting Group's recent work looking at policy strategies to reduce indigenous disadvantage has highlighted the policy trend towards place based approaches. Policy interventions must generate solutions that address the concerns of local communities, and are attuned to the specific needs and capacity of...

24 May 2012

The first map of the Australian ‘Twittersphere’ has been generated by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI).

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With as many as two million Australians now using Twitter to exchange news, views and information, the...

Report

3 Apr 2012

This is the latest update of the Australia China Business Council’s landmark 2009 research detailing the benefits to Australian households of the trade and investment relationship with China. Prepared by the Allen Consulting Group, the analysis examines the value of trade per household and identifies,...

24 May 2012

When scientists publish their research, they also make the underlying data available so the results can be verified by other scientists writes John Markoff for the New York Times .

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At least that is how the system is supposed to work....

Report

30 Aug 2011

Have you ever wanted to be able to separate the facts from the myths about international aid and development? ACFID has taken what we see as the top ten myths about Australian aid and demystified them.

Report

24 May 2012

In 2008 the International Energy Agency ('IEA') called for an 'energy revolution', involving radical action by governments at national and local levels, and through participation in co-ordinated international mechanisms. As the IEA (2008, 37) put it:

"The world’s energy system is at a crossroads....

Strategy

29 Feb 2012

The National Aged Care Alliance has developed this policy blueprint for delivering positive aged care reform.

It follows on from the Alliance’s Vision Leading the Way – Our Vision for Support and Care of Older Australians. The Vision was developed in 2009 and paints...

Report

17 May 2012

This background note examines how planning of the national capital can facilitate better living outcomes for the city and its growing population.

It also considers how Canberra compares to other world capitals and why it deserves a higher profile and contends that improved urban...

Video

George Megalogenis speaks on Australia’s social and political place in the global economy.

Brilliant in a bust and selfish in a boom – that’s the assessment of ‘the Australian moment’ by one of our most authoritative and independent political commentators. George Megalogenis speaks on...

22 May 2012

The ALP and the union movement have never liked scabs, writes Mark Rolfe for The Conversation .

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But yesterday we witnessed a labour scab of a different sort as The Wound Formally Known As Craig Thomson continued to be bleed rather...

22 May 2012

Communicating clearly on climate change is a struggle writes Karl Braganza for the Conversation .

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While most people now understand that the enhanced greenhouse effect means a much warmer planet, communicating regional shifts in weather remains a significant challenge.

As...

22 May 2012

The conduct of the recent presidential elections underlines the transformation that is underway in Timor-Leste, writes Bob Carr in The Drum .

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In May 2002, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was born – a new start and a new national identity...

22 May 2012

Events in Canberra suggest that it's time for Australia to follow the example of some of our neighbours, writes John T. D. Wood

IN THE LIGHT of discussion about what the parliament should do about Craig Thomson, perhaps it is time that...

Report

23 May 2012

The New Zealand Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families recognises that to achieve zero tolerance and healthy relationships individuals, agencies and government departments must work cooperatively, with close involvement from whanau, hapu and iwi.

Key Messages

Coordinated and collaborative responses to family...

Report

23 May 2012

The aim of this study is to develop a special purpose financial instrument, identified in this report as Housing Supply Bonds, to finance the supply of affordable rental housing in Australia.

While international efforts in the field of private finance for affordable housing accelerated...

Report

23 May 2012

The study involved interviewing a sample of 60 recently housed social housing tenants in three states. While not representative of the total population of social housing tenants in Australia, the qualitative analysis involved identified a number of common patterns across the states. These include the...

Report

23 May 2012

Despite good intentions and a succession of initiatives over several years, people with disability remain significantly under-represented in the Australian Public Service (APS) workforce.

It is difficult at times to understand why this continues to be the case. Research recognises the need for and...

23 May 2012

ICT in education has been well embedded in the curriculum for over a decade now, writes Gerry White in DERN .

In the absence of national curriculum directives each State/Territory in Australia has forged a path in education regarding ICT based on what it...

Report

22 Mar 2012

This report seeks to assess how well the National Electricity Market serves the long term interests of Australian consumers by considering in detail these two issues: What does “the long term interests of consumers” mean? How well is the National Electricity Market performing when measured...

Report

28 Feb 2012

The Time Out House Initiative aims to provide early intervention in a short term (up to three weeks) safe and youth-friendly residential program and three month outreach support for young people whose circumstances have had an impact on their mental health or, if...

Report

21 May 2012

This qualitative study involving Melbourne's Afghan and Burmese (Chin and Karen) communities presents a mixed picture of how these migrants are coping with financial matters as they settle in a new city.

Two factors influencing adjustment are people’s diverse circumstances and experiences of financial...

21 May 2012

The ACTU’s insecure work inquiry should be welcomed by all interested in our long term prosperity, writes Michael Horn, from the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

The inquiry has shown the creeping impact over past decades of the shift to insecure employment arrangements...

Report

15 May 2012

Politics in the Sulu archipelago could be an unforeseen stumbling block for a negotiated peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the southern Philippines.

This report examines how clan politics in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi off the coast of...

Briefing paper

22 May 2012

This paper examines the limited research available on sexual violence within and against gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, and queer communities.

Although the vast majority of literature and research on sexual violence has focused on the experiences of heterosexual women, a burgeoning body of...

Report

17 May 2012

In 2010–11, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Ombudsman’s office investigated two complaints about delays in finalising applications for financial assistance under the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act 1983 (Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act). The investigations revealed that the administrative arrangements in place for...

Report

18 May 2012

This report presents data on the number, nature and costs of public sector medical indemnity claims for 2005–06 to 2009–10, with a focus on 2009–10 claims.

Public sector medical indemnity claims for 2009–10

A new claim is created when a dollar amount (reserve)...

Report

18 May 2012

This report presents information from the Medical Indemnity National Collection for 2009–10. It describes characteristics and costs for public and private sector medical indemnity claims.

Claims

There were 9,415 medical indemnity claims open at some point between July 2009 and June 2010. This...

Report

14 May 2012

While relations between Australia and India have advanced impressively over the past decade, the ties between these two democracies have continued to fall short of their great potential.

This state of affairs provided the background for a major dialogue held in Sydney in late...

Report

21 May 2012

This bulletin summarises data from a nationally representative survey of Australians on the legal status of drugs.

It draws an important distinction between what Australians think about “legalisation” versus “decriminalisation”, and what Australians think about different types of drugs (four drugs are compared: cannabis,...

Journal article

22 May 2012

This paper argues that current evidence fails to support the extension of income management.

This paper is a new addendum to the Journal of Indigenous Policy Issue 12, which September 2011 and looked at the reports then available on the effectiveness or otherwise of...

Audio

21 May 2012

International higher education expert Professor Simon Marginson discusses the increasingly influential phenomenon of global ranking of universities, and what it means for students, governments, researchers, and the business of running institutions of higher learning. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

Fact sheet

21 Feb 2012

Gender pay gap short-changes women $250.50 a week

Australian women, on average, earn 17.4% less than men The gender pay gap has remained almost unchanged in two decades Western Australia has the widest pay gap of 25.8%

Australia's working women earn 17.4%...

Commentary

18 Jan 2012

Two major narratives have emerged to explain the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. The first and most popular narrative sees the removal of Ben Ali and Hosni Mabarak as part of the continuing long march of democracy. According to this view, the Arab Spring is a result...

Report

16 May 2012

With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly calling on state agencies to support economic growth. It’s not just economic and workforce development agencies that governors want on the case. Some governors are including...

Report

16 May 2012

This two part report considers the impact of school-arts partnerships on student engagement, student voice, social learning, creative skills and arts-related knowledge and skills.

Arts Victoria and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) commissioned research and evaluation of partnerships between schools...

16 May 2012

Partnerships between schools and the professional arts sector have been found to play an important role in deepening students' engagement with learning.

As well as developing knowledge that is directly relevant to the arts, schools-arts partnerships promote students' social learning, personalised learning, and creativity....

Journal article

17 May 2012

The system of scholarly communication is a complex environment made up of various stakeholders including not only researchers, librarians, and publishers, but also academic administrators.

This paper examines conditions each group faces while also noting barriers preventing movement toward open access.

To further...

Journal article

15 May 2012

Data citation should be a necessary corollary of data publication and reuse. Many researchers are reluctant to share their data, yet they are increasingly encouraged to do just that. Reward structures must be in place to encourage data publication, and citation is the appropriate tool...

Report

17 May 2012

Data suggests beginning teachers in the Western world, having invested their time, finances and effort into their University education, resign from their chosen profession within three to five years at a rate of 25% to 40% (Smithers & Robinson, 2003).

This longitudinal investigation of...

Report

17 Mar 2012

This report provides an analysis, in an international comparative framework, of the conduct of R&D in the UK by the business, government and higher education sectors and of the funding of such R&D from public, private, charitable and overseas sources.

It uses the most...

Audio

15 May 2012

Human resources management expert Associate Professor Avraham Kluger explains what's wrong with conventional employee appraisal methods in the corporate world, and posits that truly listening to one's workers is good for business. Presented by Jennifer Cook.

Report

1 May 2012

This paper presents the latest statistics monitoring the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer.

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) aims to reduce cervical cancer cases, as well as illness and death resulting from cervical...

Report

11 May 2012

This report provides an overview of spectrum demand drivers, the Australian Communications and Media Authority's top spectrum projects over the five-year period and specific work plan priorities for 2012–2013.

The Five-year spectrum outlook 2012–2016 (the Outlook) is an integral business and planning tool that...

Briefing paper

30 Apr 2012

This research brief assesses the effectiveness of U.S. information operations in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2010, with particular attention to how well messages and themes were tailored to target audiences.

Key findings include:

Efforts to win the support of the Afghan population for...

Report

16 May 2012

This Issues Paper was released on 1 May 2012 to form a basis for consultation for the Age Barriers to Work Inquiry.

It is intended to encourage informed community participation in the Inquiry by providing some background information and highlighting the issues so far...

Report

16 May 2012

On 19 December 2011 Arts Minister Simon Crean announced a review of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding agency.

The purpose of the Review was to ensure that funding opportunities offered by the Australia Council reflect the diversity, innovation and excellence of...

Journal article

14 May 2012

This study seeks to establish the prevalence alcohol-related harms to children (ARHC) that occur because of others' drinking in the general population and examine how this varies by who was reported to have harmed the child and socio-demographic factors.

Design and setting A...

Report

14 May 2012

These two reports present a comprehensive roadmap of Australia's current environmental water management arrangements and chart progress since the publication of the Commission’s 2010 baseline report.

The Commission produced the Australian environmental water management report 2012 to:

improve the transparency of...

Report

14 May 2012

Over the past decade or more many governments, especially western governments, have taken steps to draw together a wide range of different functions, objectives and institutions under the concept of ‘national security’. This trend is driven by two simple ideas. First, countries and their citizens...

Discussion paper

14 May 2012

National security studies is a relatively new term and a new concept in Australia. Where has it come from? What is the role for it? How does national security studies differ from international relations, strategic studies and other related disciplines?

And does it...

Report

1 May 2012

This background note outlines the available evidence in relation to income management in the Northern Territory, Cape York and Western Australia, and concludes that the evidence for or against it is inconclusive.

Income management (also known as ‘welfare quarantining’) refers to a policy under...

Report

7 May 2012

This report examines the development and delivery of government services in specified remote Indigenous communities.

The report focuses on:

delivery of the 12 national agreement outputs for remote delivery services progress with accounting for the identified gaps in key services and infrastructure determined...

Report

12 Apr 2012

This report evaluates a strategic plan aimed at improving food security on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands food security strategic plan 2011 – 2016 (the Strategy ) was launched in 2010 by the former South Australian Minister for Aboriginal...

Report

11 May 2012

This series of breifing papers details the new budget's impact on a range of policy areas.

These policy briefs are being gradually uploaded by the Parliamentary Library as of 11 May 2012, and cover the following areas:

Arts and media Climate change, energy...

Report

9 May 2012

This background note provides a brief overview of the context for the proposed labeling reforms and a summary of some of the research evidence on the effectiveness of alcohol health warning labels.

In late 2011 the Government released through the Legislative and Governance Forum...

Report

30 Apr 2012

In 2010-11, there were 8.9 million hospitalisations, including 2.2 million admissions involving surgery, states this paper on Australia's 1,340 public and private hospitals.

Hospitals are an important part of Australia’s health landscape, providing services to many Australians each year.

A summary measure...

Report

15 May 2012

This fact sheet provides a range of information on ways in which families nurture and support children's physical, learning and social emotional development.

The focus of this fact sheet is on families with children aged up to around 11 years old. It presents analyses...

Report

24 Apr 2012

This paper assesses how the economic support provided by parents to young adults as they complete their education and enter the labor market is related to the family’s socioeconomic circumstances.

It addresses this issue using detailed survey data on intergenerational coresidence and financial transfers...

Working paper

30 Apr 2012

This paper provides new evidence of the extent of change in domestic relative to international prices in both food-exporting and food-importing countries.

The recent upward spike in the international price of food led some countries to raise export barriers. As in previous price spike...

Report

14 May 2012

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is to review and report on the desirability of changes to the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (the Act), having regard to:

the principle of respect for the inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own...

Report

14 May 2012

In April 2011, the Attorney-General asked the Commission to review laws governing the registration of sex offenders and the use of information about registered sex offenders by law enforcement and child protection agencies.

The Victorian Ombudsman recommended this review in his recent...

Video

Social, mobile and locative media are collapsing into one and gaming is now the best mode for storytelling.

Associate Professor Larissa Hjorth predicts the next developments for mobile media in Australia through an exploration of what’s happening to our north.

Report

14 May 2012

This report looks at the difference in the level of concern about adverse health effects from wind turbines in Australia, Denmark and Germany.

In the latter countries, where wind turbines are very common, there is hardly any debate, wheras in Australia the claims made...

Commentary

Article

24 Apr 2012

On 13 July 1998 I went to sleep as myself and woke up as Zinedine Zidane. It was the day after the victory of the French national football team. And yet, I am not a football player.

On 21 March 2012 I went to...

Journal article

10 May 2012

This comparative study addresses the policies and practices of community television in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. In particular, the author examines how community media organizations are transforming themselves to meet the demands of a digital world, and how these experiences are reflected...

11 May 2012

On the eve of Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s transition from house arrest to parliamentary contention, a major Chinese dam project on the Irrawaddy River at Myitsone was suspended, writes David Kelly from China Policy .

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With a likely shift away from...

11 May 2012

Without good implementation, like in Singapore, teaching won’t improve, writes Ben Jensen for the Grattan Institute .

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The recent Productivity Commission report into the schools workforce recommended that the federal government scheme to provide bonus payments to teachers be delayed and...

11 May 2012

In Inside Story, Peter Whiteford looks at the equity impact of the federal budget

– and finds that the Rudd–Gillard government has done far more for less well-off pensioners than any other government since Whitlam’s

TREASURER Wayne Swan has described...

11 May 2012

Proposed constitutional changes must be put in terms that promote consensus, argues Russell McGregor.

Can the changes recently recommended by the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples succeed? Or to put it another way, can we repeat...

10 May 2012

Education is expensive in many ways, especially for the cost of delivery which includes teachers, buildings, equipment and resources, write Gerry White in DERN .

Face-to-face learning in classrooms and lecture theatres has been common practice although in recent years the capacity for...

Journal article

10 May 2012

This article examines the understandings and meanings of personal information sharing online using a predominantly symbolic interactionist analytic perspective and focusing on writers’ conceptions of their relationships with their audiences. It draws on an analysis of in-depth interviews with 23 personal bloggers. They were found...

Transcript

10 May 2012

The internet facilitates instant and inexpensive communication across large distances. Perhaps the most striking feature of online 'crowdfunding' is the broad geographic dispersion of investors in small, early-stage projects. This contrasts with existing theories that predict entrepreneurs and investors will be co-located due to distance-sensitive...

Audio

10 May 2012

Margot Adlerof NPR looks into the newly popular computer and phone applications that are being created as a means of locating migrating birds.

Audio

10 May 2012

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up in a $60 million venture to provide classes online for free. The move is the latest by top universities to expand their intellectual reach through the Internet — a trend that is changing higher...

Report

10 May 2012

The review aimed to identify any barriers or impediments that may exist in Australia with respect to private sector support for the arts.

It recommended strengthening existing government initiatives to encourage private support and considering some new initiatives such as tax breaks for testamentary...

9 May 2012

The question of whether or not the use of digital technologies can help to improve mathematics learning is less important than how the technologies can be used to benefit learning, states Gerry White in DERN .

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Over the last 30 years,...

Report

10 May 2012

In a recent survey The Australia Institute conducted they asked whether respondents considered Australia to be a high tax country compared to other developed nations. 66 per cent said yes! The OECD tells us that Australia is the 6th lowest taxing country.

But even...

Discussion paper

10 May 2012

Maurice Glasman, the founder of Blue Labour, would perhaps see some irony in having his ideas discussed in a Fabian Society forum. He is certainly hostile to the statism associated with English Fabianism in its classical era. Glasman also rejects much of the vocabulary of...

Article

10 May 2012

The 2012-13 Budget is historic for two reasons.

First: It details a fiscal contraction of around 3.1 per cent of GDP or $46 billion. That is the Commonwealth underlying cash budget moves from a forecast deficit of $44 billion in 2011-12 to a surplus...

8 May 2012

The most abstract of our arts is also one of the things that defines our humanity, writes Andrew Ford in Inside Story

TODAY’s managers are always wanting to “outsource” things. They talk about savings and partnerships and choice, while really they are...

8 May 2012

There is a history of things confidently predicted but which then failed to happen, writes David Saunders for the Drum.

Others are failed negatives: apocalypses, armageddons, ends of time or of history itself. Among the negatives is the euro's end, predicted for Christmas 2011....

Report

9 May 2012

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and RMIT University co-hosted the inaugural Homelessness Research Conference in Melbourne, 19-20 April 2012.

The conference provided an opportunity to hear from many of Australia’s leading researchers, to not only get a sense of what research...

9 May 2012

Labor has made a $5 billion pitch to true-believers with a $1.5 billion surplus, writes a collective panel for The Conversation .

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And the opinion-makers are on the march. As the Canberra pack emerges blinking from the lockout, brandishing their instant...

7 May 2012

Australia is slipping in relation to comparable countries, writes Marian Sawer

HOW important is it to keep counting the number of women in public office and trying to increase their numbers? Recent controversy suggests that some people think the time for...

Report

30 Jan 2012

ACT Community Living Project Inc (CLP) is a not-for-profit organisation seeking quality life choices for people with disability, including a choice of accommodation that suits their individual needs as well as social inclusion opportunities within the wider community. CLP conducted a survey in 2010-11 in...

Report

7 May 2012

Australia's Murray Darling Basin is the primary agricultural region of Australia. It produces one third of Australia's food supply and supports over a third of Australia's total gross value of agricultural production. Three quarters of Australia's irrigated crops and pastures are grown in the Basin....

7 May 2012

A 3D body-scanning initiative announced by the retail chain Target Australia has attracted extensive media interest, writes Kate Kennedy in the Conversation.

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At a cost of A$1m, the project will involve scanning up to 20,000 men and women using millimetre-wave technology...

Report

8 May 2012

Finding 181 contraventions of the HSU rules, this controversial Fair Work Australia report into the National Branch of the Health Services Union was released to the public on 7 May.

Summary (by Fair Work Australia )

The General Manager of...
8 May 2012

A culture of entitlement helped undermine policy-making under four Labor premiers, writes Andrew West in Inside Story

THE story of the devastation of the NSW Labor Party in 2011 begins on the night of one of its more miraculous victories. On Saturday...

8 May 2012

The Convergence Review on the changing media in Australia fails to address accessibility issues for people with disabilities, writes Alex Varley in ABC Ramp Up .

The long awaited report on the Convergence Review is out. Whilst it ticks a lot of boxes in...

8 May 2012

Was it the economics or the politics of John Hewson’s Fightback! strategy that failed, asks Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story

THE conventional wisdom in politics – if that is not a kind of oxymoron – holds that oppositions don’t win elections so...

8 May 2012

The controversial Murray-Darling Basin Plan broken down by Johnathan Sobels for the Conversation .

There has been the predictable divide between irrigators calling for more water to be extracted from the river, and environmentalists, who say too much is coming out already. But between...

8 May 2012

First Peoples Disability Network is helping create a strong voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's with disabilities, writes Damian Griffis the ABC Ramp Up .

By any measure, Aboriginal people with disabilities are amongst the most disadvantaged Australians. They often face multiple barriers...

Book

30 Jan 2012

The women’s health movement shocked and scandalised when it burst into Australian politics in the early 1970s. It cast the light of day onto taboo subjects such as sexual assault, abortion and domestic violence, provoking outrage and condemnation. Some of the services women created for...

Report

7 May 2012

The aim of this policy brief is to:

alert Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to the projected effects of climate change on the contributions that coastal fisheries make to food security and livelihoods; and identify the adaptations and policies needed to reduce the...

Report

7 May 2012

The aim of this policy brief is to:

alert Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to the projected effects of climate change on the contributions that freshwater (and estuarine) fisheries make to food security; and identify the adaptations and policies needed to reduce the...
4 May 2012

Last night, Lateline reported on a five-year-old refugee who faced the prospect of being separated from his father forever. His father had failed an ASIO security assessment, which under current policies means he is to be detained indefinitely with no right of appeal....

3 May 2012

A serious–minded journalist presenter on breakfast radio (hullo, Fran) made a critical differentiation one morning earlier this week.

It was just a link, a throw between subjects, so I can't find the words on any podcast or transcript, but they went something like this:...

Report

3 May 2012

This book assesses Australian electoral reforms of the past 30 years using personal interview data and parliamentary debates.

Australia has a proud history of being an international leader in electoral administration, and Australian electoral commissions continue to have a professional, non-partisan approach to the...

Report

3 May 2012

The Reserve Bank has identified a number of major influences on the Australian economy at present:

sovereign debt problems in Europe; changes in household spending patterns; softness in the housing market; the investment and terms of trade boom (business investment rose about 20% in...

Report

25 Apr 2012

This report into the fatal shooting of an Afghan journalist by a US soldier raises critical questions about the safety of local reporters working in the field, and argues that greater honesty is needed by coalition forces when operations go wrong.

Omaid Khpulwak was...

Journal article

3 May 2012

A distinct Australian identity is developing in the west. It comes from the Pilbara as a product of the mining industry, along with iron ore and our ‘comparative advantage'. By propping up Australia's economy in hard times, the mining industry is shaping notions of what...

Report

30 Apr 2012

This fact sheet explains the information contained in a safety data sheet (SDS), what each section means and how to check if a SDS complies with the Work Health and Safety Regulations.

By reading, understanding and following the information and instructions in an SDS,...

3 May 2012

Comparisons with Watergate raise worrying prospects for News Corporation, writes Rodney Tiffen in Inside Story

IT WAS, by any reckoning, an impressive performance. Rupert Murdoch faced ten hours of questioning over two days last week by a leading QC at Britain’s Leveson...

Journal article

3 May 2012

In the past three years there have been urgent calls – by organisations ranging from the United Nations to the Queensland Liberal National Party to double food production by 2050 and feed a global population of nine billion. The corporate farm lobby, multinational food manufacturers...

Report

3 May 2012

This report details the findings of a Review of Victoria Police use of ‘stop and search’ powers associated with the control of weapons.

The OPI review found little evidence to suggest that concerns have been realised relating to arbitrary use of powers or the...

Report

30 Apr 2012

This Information Paper details the current ABS indigineous demographic statistics work program, including the births, deaths and migration releases and the content of the forthcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics releases based on the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

Details are also...

Dataset

30 Apr 2012

This compendium contains Australian economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes.

Working paper

4 May 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet’s translational research contributes to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Indigenous and other Australians by informing practice and policy in Indigenous health. It does this by making the knowledge generated by various types of research and other information readily accessible to...

2 May 2012

Politicians taking the razor to state and federal “complementary” climate policies are ignoring the facts, writes Fergus Green in

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FEDERALISM of both the cooperative and uncooperative variety is back in the news. As the 1 July start date for the federal government’s...

2 May 2012

The UK has enlisted Wikipedia's help in a bid to make all taxpayer-funded academic research from Britain freely available online, writes Justin Norrie in The Conversation .

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The move is to be announced by the universities and science minister, David Willetts,...

2 May 2012

Television broadcasters continue to fail Deaf Australians by not capturing Auslan interpreters, writes Wayne Hawkins for ABC Ramp Up .

Monday was a landmark day for Australians living with disability and the people who care for them. 'Make it Real' rallies took place in...

2 May 2012

In social media, where does public diplomacy stop and virtual crusading start?

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From coup rumours in China through crusade-mongering in Africa to revelations of revolution in the US State Department: social media is cutting a trail of creative destruction across international...

3 May 2012

There's a new breach in China's great cultural wall and Hollywood is cautiously moving in.

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Disney's announcement Monday that it will make "Iron Man 3" in partnership with a Chinese company is the latest sign that movie studios are...

Audio

3 May 2012

Researchers believe that gender differences in the pattern of mobile phone calls reveal the underlying influence of evolution.

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3 May 2012

Chinese social investment, Indonesian democratisation, and nuclear energy safety will test the resilience of the Asian Century writes Ken Chern of the Swinburne Leadership Institute.

Because Asia will play a vital role both in Australia and on the world scene, seizing the...

Report

3 May 2012

This report contains recommendations relating to proposed baseline levels for sentencing as well as recommendations about their practical implementation.

The recommendations include:

technical aspects of how a baseline sentencing scheme could be structured and the sentencing model that could be used sentencing procedure...

Report

3 May 2012

This report presents key findings from community panels about offence seriousness and how participants weighed the factors that render different offences more or less serious.

The research was conducted as part of the Maximum Penalties project, a review by the Sentencing Advisory Council of...

Report

3 May 2012

Australian household income is outpacing the cost of living over the longer term, with disposable incomes increasing 20% over the last 27 years, while the average family is better off by $224 per week in real terms, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth...

Report

3 May 2012

In the context of a current nation-wide policy focus on service delivery partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, and mainstream service providers, this paper addresses important questions in unpacking partnership rhetoric to identify elements of genuine partnership development:

What do...

Video

Professor Terry Flew discusses the independent review of Australia's media and communications sector, which has called for the existing regulator to be scrapped in favour of a new statutory body.

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Report

3 May 2012

The report analyses data on 400 inclusive and flexible learning programs with 33,000 young people enrolled in 1200 locations across Australia.

Based on the national survey of programs undertaken by the Dusseldorp Skills Forum in 2011, the report also draws on an in-depth analysis...

Report

1 May 2012

This report finds that despite media reports claiming that APVOs are overused in NSW,only a small proportion of APVO applications are frivolous or vexatious in nature.

Aim: To establish whether frivolous or vexatious Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVO) are common in NSW and,...

Audio

2 May 2012

This Australian Social Trends (AST) podcast discusses the 'Life on Struggle Street' article from the latest AST publication. It looks at the characteristics of people in households with both relatively low income and relatively low wealth.

30 Apr 2012

Benjamin Law in VCOSS's latest issue of Insight deals with the ideals of his generation and how the notion of one day owning your own home may just be slipping away for most young people.

When I was a kid, scoring a luxurious...

Book

30 Apr 2012

Secretaries of government departments in Australia are the bureaucratic leaders of their generation. They are ambitious, highly-talented executives who have risen to the very pinnacle of their chosen vocation – public service to the Australian nation – usually after having spent most, if not all,...

Report

30 Apr 2012

This paper identifies and describes the many committees of inquiry appointed by the first Legislative Council of the Colony of New South Wales in the first half of the nineteenth century.

The work contains not only a comprehensive record of all the select committees...

30 Apr 2012

There is no doubt that a large proportion of students have access to a mobile phone or a smart phones ( ABS , Pew Internet (0) , WEF (48) ) which they carry with them most of the time, writes Gerry White in DERN ....

Report

1 May 2012

Chaired by Glen Boreham, the report sets out the committee's vision for fundamental change to the regulatory framework of Australia's digital economy, and identifies key areas for reform.

About the review

The Convergence Review is an independent review established by...