David Baker


Leading libraries: The view from above

This document provides a digest of the interviews carried out as part of the SCONULLeadership Task and Finish Group work on the ‘view from above’. The interviewees were either vice-chancellors or senior members of the executive of a range of universities.

The great Australian lockout: inequality in the housing market

Overview: A new research paper from The Australia Institute reveals that home ownership rates in Australia are falling across all age groups, most significantly for people in their 50’s. Middle income earners are experiencing the sharpest decline in ownership rates. Housing affordability issues have changed...

Unlocking care: continuing mental health care for prisoners and their families

Summary People in prison have a higher incidence of mental illness than the general population. The prevalence of mental health issues is higher again for women prisoners. Although evidence suggests that some improvement can be achieved during imprisonment, new research reported in this paper finds...

Walking the tightrope: Have Australians achieved work/life balance?

Work/life balance continues to be an issue for many people with only three-out-of-ten people (3.4 million) reporting an improvement in the past five years, according to this report. Introduction Former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard described work/life balance as a "BBQ-stopper" in 2001. Since...

Feeling safe again: recovering from property crime

The shock that property crime can cause is underestimated by most people – burglary victims, in particular, may experience a psychological trauma in addition to the loss of the property itself. Summary Property crime in Australia declined by more than half between 2001 and 2011...