CIS Lectures and Forums

All I Want for Christmas....a Light-Hearted Libertarian Perspective TUESDAY 9 DECEMBER 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

At CIS we don't want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing we need...   Read More...

Rights and Responsibilities 2014 WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 6:00PM - 7:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The Human Rights Commissioner is conducting a national consultation about how well we currently protect people’s rights and freedoms in Australia.   Read More...

New Threats to Security, Old Threats to Liberty THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Professor of Law George Williams and Internet industry legal expert Samantha Yorke will discuss the Commonwealth government’s proposed changes to national security laws and potential introduction of data retention requirements.   Read More...

Is there any such thing as ethical technology? TUESDAY 29 JULY 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Should some lines of scientific inquiry or technological application be ruled out because of their potential to harm?   Read More...

Sovereignty, Blame Games, and Tony Abbott's New Federalism MONDAY 14 JULY 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

The federation is broken and needs to be fixed. That’s Tony Abbott’s view, and many would agree with him.   Read More...

The 1840s Battle against Socialism by les Économistes TUESDAY 8 JULY 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The 1848 Revolution in France saw the first attempt by socialists to create a government which would introduce some key aspects of the modern welfare state as we know it today, namely government guaranteed (taxpayer funded) unemployment relief, make work schemes, and the right to a job for all workers.   Read More...

A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association & Conscience THURSDAY 19 JUNE 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. Join Rev Peter Kurti, Dr Jeremy Sammut and Bishop Robert Forsyth as they discuss this.   Read More...

Minor Parties, Major Impact! TUESDAY, 27 MAY 2014 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Nearly one of out of every six votes cast in the 2013 federal election was cast for representatives outside of the three main political parties, and every state elected at least one senator from outside the mainstream of politics. With new parties like Palmer United Party gaining prominence and established minor parties like Family First and the Liberal Democrats gaining influence, now is a good time to look at the impact that minor parties have on our democratic system.   Read More...

SOLD OUT. The Age of Endarkenment? Bringing the Enlightenment Back to the 21st Century THURSDAY 1 MAY 2014 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Humans have never had it so good. We are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to the march of science and technology.   Read More...

SOLD OUT. Nannies, Nudgers & Naggers: The New Enemies of Freedom MELBOURNE TUESDAY 29 APRIL 6:00PM - 8:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Society Restaurant |

Join the CIS and special guest Brendan O'Neill for drinks and pizza as we discuss where the threat to freedom is coming from in the 21st century.   Read More...

What's the Point of the ABC? Is There a Case for Public Investment in Broadcasting? TUESDAY 15 APRIL 06:00PM - 08:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Join us in this free flowing discussion with special guests Nick Cater, Brendan O'Neill, Paul Kelly and Andrew West.   Read More...

Nanny State Totalitarians - A Brisbane Friedman Dinner featuring Brendan O'Neill SOLD OUT! 10 APRIL 2014 at 7:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Elio's Osteria |

Brisbanites - listen up! spiked editor Brendan O'Neill will be visiting soon for a one-night-only appearance on 10 April...   Read More...

Nannies, Nudgers and Naggers: The New Enemies of Freedom by Brendan O'Neill SYDNEY EVENT, FULLY BOOKED, THURSDAY 3 APRIL AT 6:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Occidental Hotel |

Join the CIS and special guest Brendan O'Neill for drinks and pizza as we discuss where the threat to freedom is coming from in the 21st century.   Read More...

Will Beijing's Bullish Foreign Policy Upset Asia's Delicate Peace? THURSDAY 13 MARCH 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

China's ballooning defence budget and aggressive territorial claims are raising fears in capitals across Asia. Will Beijing remain faithful to its "peaceful rise" doctrine or will the Middle Kingdom seize control of vast tracts of disputed land and sea?   Read More...

Lunch with Daniel Hannan MELBOURNE 28 FEBRUARY 2014 12:15PM - 2:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Queens Hall, Parliament House Melbourne |

Protecting Our Liberty to Secure Our Prosperity.In the last few years, Daniel Hannan has been recognised all over the English-speaking world as one of this generation’s most eloquent voices for freedom. Hannan has a scholar’s mastery of the history of liberty and a politician’s grasp of the powerful forces vying to determine our future.   Read More...

Lunch with Daniel Hannan PERTH 24 FEBRUARY 2014 12:15PM - 2:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Hyatt Regency Perth |

Protecting Our Liberty to Secure Our Prosperity.In the last few years, Daniel Hannan has been recognised all over the English-speaking world as one of this generation’s most eloquent voices for freedom. Hannan has a scholar’s mastery of the history of liberty and a politician’s grasp of the powerful forces vying to determine our future.   Read More...

Religion and Australian Universities: A Tale of Horror and Hope 6:00pm - 7:30pm THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

A CIS Event with Professor Paul Oslington - Dean of Business and Professor of Economics, Alphacrucis College and Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University.   Read More...

CIS CITY FORUM, Fractured Families: The Cost of Not Talking About Children and Marriage TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY 6:00PM - 7:30PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Violent attacks on the streets of Sydney have prompted calls for restrictions on the sale of alcohol, but critics say the roots of the problem lie elsewhere. What  role does family breakdown play in social problems and how might marriage be the solution?   Read More...

The Capitalist Claus - Why Commercialism is Good for Christmas TUESDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2013 6:00PM - 8:00PM (with Miranda Devine, Simon Cowan & Peter Kurti)

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

It's nearly Christmas! Bells are ringing... or is that the sound of cash-registers?   Read More...

Stop Mortgaging our Future! Simple ideas to start the reform process Wed NOV 20 6.00pm Free admission

CIS Lectures and Forums | The DarloVillage Hotel |

Join Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha, Jeremy Sammut and Alex Philipatos to discuss how to fix some of the budget problems in Canberra and meet others who are passionate about freedom.  No charge and 1st drink is free.   Read More...

Why Jaydon Can't Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy Thursday 14 NOVEMBER 2013 6:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

CIS Research Fellow Jennifer Buckingham recently released an education policy paper to much acclaim - and controversy. Why Jaydon Can’t Read examines the entrenched problem of low reading levels in Australia and argues that " The one thing that has not been tried is the one thing most likely to work - effective, evidence-based reading instruction in every classroom."   Read More...

JOE HOCKEY: THE TASK AHEAD An Address by the Federal Treasurer, FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 12:00-2:00PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Four Seasons Hotel, The Grand Ballroom |

CIS is pleased to announce a very special event featuring, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, in his first address as Federal Treasurer.   Read More...

The Enlightenment Made Us with Nick Cater Thursday 7 NOVEMBER 6PM

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Nick Cater, journalist and author of recent publication The Lucky Culture, examines the Enlightenment ideals which helped shape our uniquely Australian culture.   Read More...

Unity Through Diversity: Building Social Cohesion in Multicultural Australia TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 6-8:00pm

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Join us for the Sydney launch of the 2013 Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report.   Read More...

The Turmoil in the Middle East and its Aftermath EFRAIM INBAR 17 October 2013 6pm

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The recent wave of violent uprisings and mass protests in the Middle-East has led to the collapse of several authoritarian governments and violent retaliations from others, Syria being a notable example. What does the future hold for the people and governments of Middle-Eastern countries?   Read More...

Australian Intellectuals: Elitist, Adversarial and Damaging? with Associate Professor Gregory Melleuish 28 MAY 2013

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Why Australian academics are so often hostile to contemporary Australian life and scathing about our Western heritage?   Read More...

TARGET30 Melbourne Launch - Reducing the Burden for Future Generations 2 MAY 2013

CIS Lectures and Forums | Australian Unity |

TARGET30 – because smaller government means a bigger future for us all.   Read More...

After the Welfare State - Dr. Tom G. Palmer 8 APRIL 2013

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

CIS is delighted to announce the return of our good friend and passionate libertarian Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Vice-President for International Programs, AtlasNetwork, and Senior Fellow and Director of Cato University in the US.   Read More...

Exceptionalism in Education - A Failed Agenda (Professor Marcia Langton AM) 26 FEBRUARY 2013

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Outspoken Indigenous activist Professor Marcia Langton AM addresses the "racist codswallop" surrounding Indigenous education, advocating the time-tested methods of consistency in attendance, discipline and "brick by brick" learning over "culturally sensitive" teaching.   Read More...

CIS's Christmas Party: Valuing Christmas – A Secular Perspective 11 DECEMBER 2012

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Please join us as we celebrate another great year of ideas at CIS with drinks, Christmas cheer, and some light-hearted talks.   Read More...

Malcolm Turnbull on The Modest Member - The Life and Times of Bert Kelly 04 DECEMBER 2013

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

A battle of economic rationalism versus protectionism - the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP will launch a new book on the life and times of Bert Kelly.   Read More...

Is Tradition Worth Defending? Weighing the Value of Tradition in a Free Society - Andrew West 8 NOVEMBER 2012

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

What role does tradition play in upholding a liberal democracy?   Read More...

After the Riot: The Meaning for Multicultural Australia 27 SEPTEMBER 2012

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The riot in Sydney by Islamic protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism. Are the values that have made Australia a successful ‘immigrant nation’ now under threat?   Read More...

Update from the Middle East - Dr Daniel Pipes

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The Boston Globe states that "If Pipes' admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11" and the Washington Post deems him "perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam."   Read More...

Politics and Social Media: A New Spin? - Dr Andrew Leigh MP & Thomas Tudehope

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

With the rise of social media, the chattering classes have become the twittering classes, and we are seeing its increasing impact on politics. Will Twitter, Facebook and the like change the political landscape in Australia – and to what extent?   Read More...

Little Green Lies - Professor Jeff Bennett

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Drawing on his recently published book 'Little Green Lies' (Connor Court Publishing), at this event Professor Jeff Bennett will review a range of green propositions and their associated environmental policies and subject them to an analysis of their broader impacts.   Read More...

The Clash of Economic Ideas: Great Policy Debates & Experiments - Professor Lawrence H. White

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. His presentation will offer highlights from his latest book, The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years (Cambridge University Press, 2012)   Read More...

The End of Growth? A CIS Talk by the author, Satyajit Das

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

A cautionary tale about "Botox economics, " the dangers of covering financial instability with stimulus spending and bailout packages, and the coming period of low growth.   Read More...

How Environmentalists are Ruining the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing your Jobs. - James Delingpole

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Masonic Centre |

"...guaranteed to both delight the rational and to enrage the salvation seekers, totalitarians, dupes and carpetbaggers of the great global warming faith. I’m not sure what’s more devastating: Delingpole’s facts and lacerating anecdotes, or his mockery of the green monsters (names are named) who threaten our freedoms." - Andrew Bolt, Herald-Sun   Read More...

From Tehran to Tahrir Square: Is Freedom Really Sweeping the Middle East? Emanuele Ottolenghi

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

A year on from the Arab Spring, much has changed - or has it?   Read More...

Europe's Existential Funk: An Examination of a Continent in Crisis with Daniel Ben Ami and Oliver Marc Hartwich

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

A look behind the seemingly inexorable decline of the Old World.   Read More...

Private Vice and Public Virtue - Eric Crampton

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Should private vices be a legitimate concern of public policy?   Read More...

The Welfare State We’re In - James Bartholomew

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

What is the best way to run a welfare state? How do welfare states change civilisation? These are two of the questions that James Bartholomew is trying to find answers to in a journey across 10 countries.   Read More...

Happy Holidays? The Meaning of Christmas in 21st Century Australia - Rev Peter Kurti

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Following on from last year and our light-hearted examination of a politically correct Christmas, this year we will ask: What is the point of Christmas?   Read More...

Images of Liberty & Power - David Hart

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Works of art, statuary, posters, and caricatures have been used for centuries to promote or criticize political leaders and their policies.   Read More...

Freedom of Speech: The Case for Tolerance - Frank Furedi

CIS Lectures and Forums | Treasury Theatre, Melbourne |

High-profile UK sociologist Professor Frank Furedi visits Melbourne for one night only to discuss the subject of everyone's lips: freedom of speech.   Read More...

Nudging Nanny Aside

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Live via Skype, CIS is pleased to present Brendan O’Neill, editor of spiked, the “sassy, irreverent UK-based online magazine of news and opinion”.   Read More...

The Future for School Choice in Australia

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Jennifer Buckingham will discuss the implications of the present review of funding for schooling and present the case for reform that embraces choice policies.   Read More...

Radical Hope Book: A Talk by Noel Pearson

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

In his new book, Radical Hope, one of Australia’s most original and provocative thinkers turns his attention to the question of education. Noel Pearson begins with two fundamental questions: How to ensure the survival of a people, their culture and way of life? And can education transform the lives of the disadvantaged many, or will it at best raise up a fortunate few?       Read More...

Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The GFC is back. What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis, which has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign debt crisis.   Read More...

Making Sense of the Middle East Upheavals

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The Boston Globe states that "If Daniel Pipes' admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11" and the Washington Post deems him "perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam."   Read More...

Rationalism, Pluralism, and Hayek's History of Liberal Thought

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

This talk will describe and assess Hayek's history of liberal thought, suggesting that he correctly identified key issues in liberal constitutionalism but was too quick to jump from constitutional to economic questions.   Read More...

China, America and the World: Strategy & Economics in the Asian Century

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Westin Hotel, Sydney |

Former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz will discuss over lunch his predictions on the battle looming between China and the US for supremacy in the geopolitical arena.   Read More...

Lindsay Tanner discusses Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, 5 JULY. Former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner discusses the painful truth about Australian politics and the media in his new book, Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy.   Read More...

The NZ Budget Blues

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

In the May 19 Budget the exact state of the New Zealand economy will be revealed for all to see. It will not be pretty.   Read More...

Budget 2011: The Verdict

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The government is already preparing us for a tough budget with little room for manoeuvre, some extra taxes and duties and potentially a few cuts. But what are the larger implications of the government’s fiscal plans?   Read More...

Men Behaving Badly: Straddling Blackfella & Whitefella Laws

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Bess Nungarrayi Price is an Indigenous leader whose voice needs to be heard more widely.       Read More...

Watch What You Say: The Language of Human Rights in Civil Society

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Has the language we use to discuss human rights affected the outcomes of critical humanitarian issues? Professor James Allan, University of Queensland, will recount how human rights themselves can be understood, setting out the strengths and weaknesses of this approach to understanding political and moral debates and disputes.   Read More...

Censoring Santa: Christmas Goes Politically Correct

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Christmas - but not as you know it.   Read More...

Policy and Pot: Decriminalising and Regulating Drug Use

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Dr Ethan A Nadelmann is widely regarding as the point-man for drug policy reform efforts in the United States. Dr Nadelmann will speak for CIS about his involvement in stimulating the growing debate over punitive drug policy worldwide.   Read More...

The Future of the Murray Darling Basin - Postponed until further notice

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Writer, biologist, entomologist and founding member of the Australian Environment Foundation, Dr Jennifer Marohasy will debate the future of the Murray Darling Basin with commissioner of The Natural Resources Commission, Dr John Williams.   Read More...

Remote Indigenous Education & Employment: A Personal Perspective

CIS Lectures and Forums | Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium |

Independent Northern Territory MP Alison Anderson will give an insightful personal perspective on a number of key issues in Aboriginal affairs.   Read More...

Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography - Book Event

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Join us at the CIS for a function to mark the launch of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard's autobiography Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography. The book takes us through the life and motivations of the former Prime Minister, and through the forces which have changed and shaped both him and the country he led for 11 years. Copies will be available for sale.   Read More...

Society and the Nuclear Question - Professor Wade Allison

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

The future of mankind depends on clear thought, critical thinking, and education. In particular, it would benefit from a re-examination of attitudes to radiation and nuclear technology which date from the 20th century.   Read More...

The Continuing Evolution of Think Tanks

CIS Lectures and Forums | Hilton Hotel Sydney |

Taking advantage of the many international think tank leaders visiting Australia for the 2010 Mont Pelerin Society General Meeting, The Centre for Independent Studies will host an event to discuss the different roles think tanks play around the world – some purely for research, some for advocacy and activism, and some with political agendas. How do think tanks function in different corners of the globe, and what particular challenges do they face as we move into an increasingly media saturated, short-attention span world?   Read More...

Ideas and the Internet: The Prospects for Liberty

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Dr. David M. Hart, Director of Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty Project, will reflect on strategies for achieving a free society. His starting point will be Hayek's "The Intellectuals and Socialism" (1949). This is an appropriate time to be thinking about strategies for change as Liberty Fund is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its success (or not) in changing the climate of opinion through its conferences, book publishing, and internet activities needs to be evaluated.   Read More...

The Dilemma of Tolerance with FRANK FUREDI

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Join UK sociologist and University of Kent academic Professor Frank Furedi for a look into the paradoxical situation of tolerance as a societal ideal   Read More...

Eternal Vigilance: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Janet Albrechtsen

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Eternal Vigilance: Why we must not take Freedom of Speech for Granted Ms Hirsi Ali will discuss current threats to free speech with The Australian columnist Dr Janet Albrechtsen. Guests will have the opportunity to exercise their freedom of speech to comment or ask questions.   Read More...

Unravelling Australia’s Tax-Welfare Churn: Reflections on the Henry Review

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Peter Saunders (via video link-up from the UK) | Peter Whiteford  | Jessica Brown Since the release of the long-awaited Henry Review, there has been much discussion about the future direction of Australia’s tax system, but little focus on the recommendations for reforming the transfer system.   Read More...

Tax Forum

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Speakers: Robert Carling | Professor Sinclair Davidson | Dr Alex Robson   Read More...

What If?

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Nick Greiner AC, Percy Allan AM, Oliver Marc Hartwich and Peta Seaton   Read More...

Is Obama this century’s Wilson, Nixon, Kennedy or Carter?

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Speaker: Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute   Read More...

Constitutional Dilemmas: The Push for Proportional Representation

CIS Lectures and Forums | The Centre for Independent Studies |

Speaker: Luke Malpass, CIS Policy Analyst   Read More...