Think tanks

Audio podcast

23 Jan 2018

In Australia, the think tank community is still growing and many Australians have yet to truly understand what a think tank does.

Discussion paper

13 Jun 2016

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent.


Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their...

Conference paper

9 Apr 2016

This paper discusses public policy and grey literature use and management and the work of Australian Policy Online in developing its open access document and data digital library.

Public policy and practice relies on a wide range of resources, including traditional scholarly publications, and...


22 Feb 2016

In the week of 15-19 February, the National Security College hosted a major cybersecurity conference – Securing our Future in Cyberspace – bringing together our international research program partners from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

To launch the conference, on 15 February...


30 Oct 2015

This survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research produced by organsations on public interest issues is discovered, selected, catalogued and collected by libraries and other collecting organisations and services.

The survey asks about the kinds of resources that...



1 Oct 2015

Despite the criticisms, pure political independence for think tanks is neither achievable nor desirable. Instead they should be judged on the integrity of their work, writes Melissa Conley Tyler.


Think tanks are not always very popular in Australia. Readers of The...


28 Jan 2015

A presentation to the Australia India Youth Dialogue discussing the role of think-tanks and other non-government bodies in public policy development.


Looks at the importance of a body like the Australian Law Reform Commission—and other institutional law reform bodies—in public policy...

Discussion paper

18 Nov 2014

This paper discusses the ways in which the internet has profoundly changed how we produce, use and collect research and information for public policy and practice, particularly focusing on the benefits and challenges presented by grey literature. The authors argue that grey literature (i.e. material...



6 Oct 2014

A Labor think tank has given a timely warning about the seductive appeal of triumphs past

Last month in London, Michael Cooney, executive director of the Labor Party’s main think tank, the Chifley Research Centre, called for an end to what he termed...



31 May 2014

The data is in, and it shows Australia now overwhelmingly thinks Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a man whose word cannot be trusted. Depending on which poll you look at, and the exact nature of the questions asked of respondents, somewhere between two-thirds and three-quarters...


9 Apr 2014

Leading analysts from influential think tanks from 11 countries across the world provide their interim assessment of the Australian G20 presidency in this report. They all participated in last year’s Think20 meeting in Sydney, organised by the Lowy Institute, and are now discussing whether Australia...


21 Mar 2014

This paper brings together policy contributions from a wide cross-section of society interested in feeding into the G20 process.


G20 engagement partners from Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Think Tanks (T20) and Youth (Y20) have each provided a contribution...


1 Aug 2013

Politics and the media move fast. But the longer-term work of democracy and government goes on, often dealing with complex policy issues of major importance.

In this event at Crawford School of Public Policy, Michael Wesley of the National Security College, James Button...


17 Oct 2012

Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy encourages scientists to think differently about the use of scientific evidence in policy making. This US report investigates why scientific evidence is important to policy making and argues that an extensive body of research on knowledge utilisation...


30 Mar 2011

New Zealanders have always understood the need for long-term thinking. This report describes eighteen future-thinking initiatives since 1936, many of which were undertaken by groups in civil society. Given such a background, this report puts forward a number of lessons.


24 Sep 2007

The State Services Authority is currently undertaking a research project on agile government with Demos, the UK think tank. The project is explores the way government shapes, recognises and responds to new opportunities and challenges. The project is considering:

The way administrations can create...


5 Sep 2006

The Australian Right’s major think-tank, the Centre for Independent Studies, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The event passed without notice for most people on the Left and progressive side of politics. But we ignore the CIS at our peril. Rather, we can draw valuable...



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