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Issue Analysis


Issue Analysis (IA) are shorter publications that deal with controversial and current issues.

  • Getting it Right Some of the Time: An Appraisal of the Report on the Inquiry into the Education of Boys

    Jennifer Buckingham | 14 Nov 2002 | IA27

    The 2002 parliamentary inquiry and report into the education of boys has failed to recognise that boys from single parent families are more at risk of underperforming at school.... Read More

  • Poor Laws (1): The Unfair Dismissal Laws and Long-term Unemployment

    Kayoko Tsumori | 20 Aug 2002 | IA26

    Unfair dismissal laws stifle job creation and compound Australia’s high unemployment problem. Despite a near-decade of strong economic growth, Australia’s unemployment remains persistent and our record...... Read More

  • Whose Progress? A Response to the ABS Report Measuring Australia’s Progress

    Peter Saunders | 20 Aug 2002 | IA25

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ recent report, Measuring Australia’s Progress, threatens to compromise the political neutrality of the ABS, for it blurs the line dividing fact from opinion.... Read More

  • Families, Fertility and Maternity Leave

    Barry Maley | 12 Jun 2002 | IA24

    Sound family policy is being side-tracked by the concentration on the role of maternity leave in raising the fertility rate. Falling fertility is a genuine cause for concern, but it does not justify the...... Read More

  • Poor Statistics: Getting the Facts Right About Poverty in Australia

    Peter Saunders | 03 Apr 2002 | IA23

    Some welfare organisations suggest that poverty statistics are unimportant and that the CIS critique of the Smith Family’s figures was a distraction from the real business of tackling poverty. But the...... Read More

  • The Importance of Teacher Quality

    Ken Rowe | 28 Feb 2002 | IA22

    When all other sources of variation in performance are taken into account – including socioeconomic background and differences between schools – the most important sources of variation in student achievement...... Read More

  • Poor Arguments: A Response to the Smith Family Report on Poverty in Australia

    Kayoko Tsumori | 16 Jan 2002 | IA21

    The welfare lobby, including The Smith Family and NATSEM, continues to inflate poverty statistics to advance a political agenda of income redistribution. The Smith Family report claimed that one in eight...... Read More

  • Public Education in New South Wales: Submission to the ‘Vinson’ Inquiry

    Ross Harold | 28 Nov 2001 | IA20

    The most effective way of improving school performance without increasing recurrent funding is to enable schools to respond to the needs of their students, using their own experience and expertise, and...... Read More

  • Towards Racial Harmony: A New Constitution for Fiji

    Wolfgang Kasper | 05 Mar 2001 | IA19

    A new constitution that decentralises collective political power is the best way to achieve stability in Fiji by empowering Fijians to devise solutions for the variety of complex problems they now face.  ... Read More

  • Breaking the Trade Stalemate: What Are Australia’s Options?

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Feb 2001 | IA18

    Australia’s best hope of long-term trade liberalisation lies in signing a free trade agreement with the United States. Preferential liberalisation of trade may be the only way to break the present stalemate...... Read More

  • School Funding for All: Making Sense of the Debate over Dollars

    Jennifer Buckingham | 12 Oct 2000 | IA17

    Public debate over school funding is characterised by misinformation and misunderstanding, making any agreement or compromise unlikely. Jennifer Buckingham explains the current funding system (who gets...... Read More

  • Code of Silence: Public Reporting of School Performance

    Alison Rich | 04 Oct 2000 | IA16

    The refusal of state governments to release any comparative school data means the public and parents are powerless to combat bad schools and bad teachers.... Read More

  • Setting the Record Straight: Free Trade and the WTO

    David Robertson | 04 Sep 2000 | IA15

    By allowing social issues into the WTO agenda using tenuous links to trade policy, the WTO Council has placed the organisation at the vanguard of political skirmishing over globalisation.... Read More

  • Playing with Fire: Churches, Welfare Services and Government Contracts

    Samuel Gregg | 14 Aug 2000 | IA14

    Striking a balance between state funding and religious autonomy is the latest challenge for church-based welfare agencies. Church-based welfare agencies risk losing their autonomy if they accept government...... Read More

  • The Truth about Private Schools in Australia

    Jennifer Buckingham | 01 Aug 2000 | IA13

    The evidence strongly suggests that private schools offer their students something that goes beyond financial resources and family background. Contributing factors could be the quality and dedication...... Read More

  • Degrees of Difficulty: The Labour Market Problems of Arts and Social Science Graduates

    Andrew Norton | 19 Jul 2000 | IA12

    That the Australian higher education system is comprehensively rigged against students is evident from the current oversupply of graduates in the humanities and social sciences and its impact on their...... Read More

  • Trailing the Class: Sole Parent Families and Educational Disadvantage

    Alison Rich | 26 Jun 2000 | IA11

    The association between family structure and educational performance has been the focus of much research in recent years. It seems that a child’s education is often one of the casualties of family instability...... Read More

  • Shooting the Messenger: A Critique of Australia’s Internet Content Regulation Regime

    Heath Gibson | 02 Feb 2000 | IA10

    With the expansion of the Internet into society, media reports of pornography, paedophiles and racist web sites have induced government regulatory measures across the globe. This Issue Analysis studies how...... Read More

  • The Puzzle of Boys’ Educational Decline: A Review of the Evidence

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Nov 1999 | IA9

    Although research has attempted to explain the decline in boy's performance at school, lack of empirical evidence has precluded conclusions to date and tends to raise more questions than it answers.... Read More

  • Noble Ends Flawed Means: The Case Against Debt-Forgiveness

    Ian Harper | 28 Sep 1999 | IA8

    Plans by the World Bank and the IMF to relieve Third World debt would have dire consequences for the very countries they are trying to help.... Read More