Australia – huge range of news, resources, videos, links, research – APO Weekly Briefing – 28 July 2011


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Inside story in print – out now

The latest print edition of our partner website, Inside Story, is out this week, with articles by Anna Cristina Pertiera, Frank Bongiorno, Andrew Ford, Norman Abjorensen, Michael Jacobs, Annika Lems, Peter Whiteford and others. Canberra readers will have received a free copy of the 16-page edition with Tuesday’s Canberra Times. Outside Canberra, bookshops including Readings Carlton, Gleebooks in Sydney, Avid Reader in Brisbane and Fullers in Hobart have copies available for free.

A full list of current bookshop suppliers is here, together with details of how you can order a copy by mail:

New commentary

Everyone deserves a right to privacy

28 July, 2011 | Opponents of a proposed privacy law are mistaken, argues Greg Barns in The Drum Unleashed.

Direct Action: good politics, bad policy

28 July, 2011 | The Coalition’s Direct Action Policy seems designed to fail, argues Matt Grudnoff.

Cause and effectiveness

25 July, 2011 | In Inside Story, Michael Cornish assesses the report of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness

Rescuing Somalia’s refugees

28 July, 2011 | Harrowing reports of starvation and death as famine sweeps the region are a wake-up call we cannot ignore writes Ban Ki-moon

When having a strong economy is not enough…

27 July, 2011 | Foreign aid is a vital supplement for many developing countries, says Harold Mitchell in the Sydney Morning Herald.

China’s higher education revolution

25 July, 2011 | The implications of the changes in the way China educates its people are far-reaching says Philipp Ivanov.

New research

Creative & Digital

Reconnecting the Customer: public submissions in response to the ACMA Draft Report

Australian Communications and Media Authority
27 July, 2011 | Submissions made in response to the ACMA’s draft Reconnecting the Customer inquiry report demonstrate a range of stakeholder views from industry, government, and community groups, and reinforce a need for action to improve the customer service and complaints-handling practices of Australian telecommunications providers.

71% of online adults now use video‐sharing sites

Kathleen Moore | Pew Internet & American Life Project
27 July, 2011 | Fully 71% of online Americans use video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, up from 66% a year earlier.

CAL digital publishing trends survey

Copyright Agency Limited
22 July, 2011 | This report contains the results and analysis of a survey of Copyright Agency Limited members to learn more about their views of, and experiences with digital publishing in Australia.

Reconnecting the customer: draft public inquiry report

Australian Communications and Media Authority
26 July, 2011 | This report contains the ACMA’s preliminary findings on the causes of customer care problems in the Australian telecommunications sector and its proposals to address those causes in order to materially improve consumer outcomes.


An economic method for formulating better policies for positive child development

Australian Review of Public Affairs
22 July, 2011 | This paper examines traditional economic methods of evaluation used to assess early prevention programs and outlines a new method that can be used to address these deficiencies.

Demand for food science and technology graduates

Allen Consulting Group
22 July, 2011 | Examining the demand for food science and technology graduates, this survey also explores the issues facing businesses in relation to hiring, attracting and retaining FST graduates and ways to address these issues.

Investing for sustainable development? A review of investment principles – trends and impacts

International Institute for Environment and Development
26 July, 2011 | Various sets of investment principles have emerged in recent years that aim to incorporate social, environmental and governance criteria into investment decisions in order to enhance the benefits and reduce the damaging effects of investment for development.


Selection and Participation in Higher Education: university selection in support of student success and diversity of participation

Richard James | Centre for the Study of Higher Education
25 July, 2011 | This paper reviews criteria and strategies in student selection and the implications of their use for equity of participation in higher education and the prospects for student success.

Fostering enterprise: the innovation and skills nexus – research readings

Francesca Beddie, John Stanwick, Penelope Curtin | National Centre for Vocational Education Research
28 July, 2011 | The main impetus for the interest in innovation is that it is seen to improve productivity at the firm level and therefore improved economic prosperity and living standards.

Environment & Planning

Turning the tide: improving access to climate financing in the Pacific Islands

Nic Maclellan | Lowy Institute
25 July, 2011 | Despite recent commitments of ‘fast start’ climate funding from donors, Pacific Island governments face significant obstacles in accessing resources to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change

Climate change adaptation through land use planning and disaster management: local government perspectives from Queensland

Peter Hastings, Iraphne Childs, Bhishna Bajracharya | Pacific Rim Real Estate Society
28 July, 2011 | Climate change will manifest in altered regimes of natural hazard occurrence, and therefore can be conceptualised as a disaster management issue. Strategic land use planning is a critical tool to mitigate and adapt to hazardous events.

The great Australian dream – just a dream?

Ben Phillips | AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report, Issue 29
28 July, 2011 | Australian house prices have moved from being affordable to severely unaffordable in the last 10 years and it will take at least another 10 years of flat house prices coupled with income growth for houses to regain an affordable status.

The Clean Energy plan – analysis

The Climate Group
28 July, 2011 | This briefing provides an overview and analysis of the key details of the Australian Government’s recent Clean Energy Future package.


National outcome measures for early childhood development: development of indicator based reporting framework

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
25 July, 2011 | This report outlines the process of developing an indicator-based reporting framework for early childhood development, and establishes a recommended high-level set of indicators to measure progress against the ECD Outcomes Framework in the strategy.

The science of prevention for children and youth

Stephen R. Zubrick, Sophie S. Havighurst, Ann V. Sanson | Australian Review of Public Affairs
22 July, 2011 | The high prevalence of social, emotional and behavioural health problems in children, and the high cost and relative ineffectiveness of treatments to ‘cure’ them, lead to the conclusion that the most efficient and cost effective approach is to prevent them from occurring.

Collaborating with consumer and community representatives in health and medical research in Australia: results from an evaluation

Janet M. Payne | Health Research Policy and Systems
22 July, 2011 | In health and medical research, consumer participation is considered morally and ethically correct practice . It supports the advancement of accountable, open and democratic involvement of citizens in publicly funded research.

Extended Medicare Safety Net: review of capping arrangements report 2011

Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation
25 July, 2011 | The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) was introduced by the Australian Government in 2004 to provide financial relief for families and singles who incur high health-related out of pocket (OOP) costs.

The role for marketing in public health change programs

Robert J. Donovan | Australian Review of Public Affairs
22 July, 2011 | While the public health paradigm provides a comprehensive framework for identifying target groups, it lacks a framework for the implementation of programs, particularly with respect to communicating with and persuading people to adopt recommended behaviours.


Aboriginal community controlled health service funding: report to the sector 2011

Angelita Martini | The Lowitja Institute
28 July, 2011 | This report presents findings from an analysis of the funding received by 28 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in the 2007/2008 financial year and the reporting requirements attached to that funding.

Evaluation of the Community Stores Licensing Program – final report

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
28 July, 2011 | Overall stores licensing has had a positive impact on food security, argues this report.

Racism: a major impediment to optimal Indigenous health and health care in Australia

Niyi Awofeso | Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
28 July, 2011 | Racism has major adverse impacts on the health of Indigenous Australians, and significantly hinders their access to effective health care.


The Arab uprising: causes, prospects and inplications

Mika Aaltola, Timo Behr | The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
22 July, 2011 | As the Arab revolution spreads, the international community grapples with its causes and consequences. Are other Arab regimes likely to fold? What will replace them? And what will the long-term impact be?

Muslim-Western tensions persist: common concerns about Islamic extremism

Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project
25 July, 2011 | Muslim and Western publics continue to see relations between them as generally bad, with both sides holding negative stereotypes of the other.

Australian Defence almanac 2011-2012

Raspal Khosa | Australian Strategic Policy Institute
25 July, 2011 |

The Almanac, authored by Raspal Khosa, is a unique publication that brings together a wealth of information across the full-range of Defence activity in a single reference source.

Nyetizdat: how the Internet is building civil society in Russia

Leon Aron | American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
22 July, 2011 | Russia has experienced explosive growth in the spread of the Internet and its applications. As in other authoritarian regimes, where the national media are state controlled, censored, or selfcensored, the Russian “net” has become “a shelter in the world of censorship.


The relationship between police arrests and correctional workload

Wai-Yin Wan | NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
22 July, 2011 | This paper estimates the impact of a 10 per cent increase in arrests on the number of male and female offenders sentenced to full-time prison terms and the number of offenders given community-based supervised orders.

Report of the 2010 review of the Migration Amendment (employer sanctions) Act 2007

Stephen Howells | Department of Immigration and Citizenship
25 July, 2011 | According to this review, since 1998 there has been a growing number of non-citizens working in Australia without permission and that their presence is very often organised by intermediaries who abuse and exploit these workers.


Administration of the National School Chaplaincy Program

Allan Asher | The Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office
26 July, 2011 | The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations must improve its management and oversight of the National School Chaplaincy Program, says a new report from the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Attitudes toward the public service

James Whelan | Centre for Policy Development
27 July, 2011 | This report presents a summary of attitudes toward the public service drawing on a range of sources and examining the perspectives of community members, Australian politicians and public servants.

Citizens’ engagement in policymaking and the design of public services

Brenton Holmes | Parliamentary Library
28 July, 2011 | Citizen participation in policymaking and service design has been debated or attempted, but too infrequently realised.

Social Policy

‘Listen to children’ – the 2011 child rights NGO report

Australian Child Rights Task Force
22 July, 2011 | Despite ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, this report finds that Australia has not effectively incorporated human rights into policy and legislative frameworks to nurture and support children.

Evaluation of the Brimbank young men’s project

Malcolm Turnbull, Helen Stokes | Centre for Multicultural Youth
26 July, 2011 | The project has targeted young men of African backgrounds who are: disengaged (or at high risk of being disengaged) from education, training and employment; have had contact with the police; and are experiencing other difficulties with settlement.

Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts?

Janet Phillips | Parliamentary Library
22 July, 2011 | The purpose of this background note is to present information (in a simplified format) that may help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues.

Younger people with disability in residential aged care: update from the 2009-10 Minimum Data Set

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
25 July, 2011 | This report presents data from the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program during its first four years of operation to 2009-10.

Joint Select Committee on the Christmas Island tragedy of 15 December 2010

House of Representatives, Joint Select Committee on the Christmas Island Tragedy
22 July, 2011 | This report into the December 2010 incident in which a suspected irregular entry vessel (SIEV 221) foundered on rocks at Rocky Point on Christmas Island, describes the rescue attempts and subsequent treatment of survivors.

New audio

Has super delivered?

25 July, 2011 |

The Federal Government is planning big changes to compulsory superannuation by lifting the contribution rate and introducing MySuper. But all this assumes that compulsory superannuation is a good thing in the first place.

Water bugs

25 July, 2011 | Every year more than 200 people in Queensland get very sick with a nasty, little understood, hard-to-treat type of bacteria. Other states report none. Why? Our water supply is now so complex, things are overlooked.

Government to crack down on employers of illegal workers

25 July, 2011 |

The Federal Government wants to introduce $10,000 fines to penalise employers who take on illegal workers.

New jobs

Part-Time Campaign Assistant – Information And Public Enquiries

GenerationOne 26 July, 2011 | Part-Time Campaign Assistant – Information and Public Enquiries

Research Officer, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Research & Policy Centre 26 July, 2011 | Research OfficerLOCATION: Fitzroy HOURS: Full Time (12 months contract)DATE: July 2011 The Brotherhood of St Laurence has an exciting opening for an enthusiastic and well-qualified person to undertake high quality research and evaluation in a community setting.The position is located in the Research & Policy Centre (RPC). RPC aims to support the work of the Brotherhood through applied research to strengthen social inclusion across the life course in Australia.

Senior Research Officer (2 positions)- Public Accounts & Estimates Committee

Parliament of Victoria 25 July, 2011 | DEPARTMENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY (PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND ESTIMATES COMMITTEE) 1 X Senior Research Officer (Economist, Portfolio Performance)

Research Assistant

Centre for Cultural Research (CCR) 26 July, 2011 | An exciting opportunity exists for an organised and innovative Research Assistant to join the team at the Centre for Cultural Research (CCR) to work on research and writing tasks crossing the fields and topics of climate change, cultural institutions (museums and science centres) and digital media

New events

Does collaboration really change things? Civil servants, collaboration and a new approach by Sarah Schulman

ORGANISED BY: The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

09 August, 2011 | Due to popular demand, ARACY is repeating the webinar from May 2011 which asked "Does collaboration really change things?"

Brotherhood of St Laurence lunchtime seminar – The changing life-course, adult ageing and social policy

LOCATION: 67 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Fr Tucker’s room
ORGANISED BY: Professor Simon Biggs

11 August, 2011 | Australian society is facing a situation that is historically unprecedented, for which the challenge is cultural as well as demographic. That there will be larger numbers of older adults and fewer younger ones as the 21st C progresses is becoming a commonplace anxiety for policy makers.

2011 ACCAN National Conference

LOCATION: Aerial UTS Function Centre
ORGANISED BY: Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

07 September, 2011 | With the rollout of the National Broadband Network underway, many consumers want to know what Australia’s future will be like with universal access to high-speed broadband. What sort of services and applications in the home will telecommunications providers be able to offer their customers? What sort of education and health services can be delivered? Do we have sufficiently strong consumer protections to deal with a rapidly changing market and the proliferation of social media and cloud computing? How can we make sure no Australian gets left behind?

New call

Borders and borderlands: contested spaces

25 July, 2011 |


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