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  • Public money for public benefit, not political purposes

    Anne Twomey | 30 Oct 2014

    The economic imbalance in Commonwealth-State financial relations highlighted in recent reports from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and the National Commission of Audit was not...... Read More

  • Why is religious freedom under threat?

    Jeremy Sammut and Robert Forsyth | 16 Oct 2014

    Religion has been pushed to the margins of public life, falling an unintentional victim of efforts to eliminate discrimination. ... Read More

  • Education and innovation key to face challenges of unemployment that will accompany technological change, Shadow Treasurer says.

    Chris Bowen | 16 Oct 2014

    Federal Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said today Australia must arm itself with an economic policy that improves education and innovation, to face the challenge of rising unemployment rise sparked by the...... Read More

  • Leadership Lunch: Blueprint for Australia's economic future

    Chris Bowen | 15 Oct 2014

    The Centre for Independent Studies is pleased to invite you to attend the next CIS Leadership Lunch in our 2014 series. Our guest will be the Hon Chris Bowen MP.... Read More

  • Review’s focus on effective instruction to improve literacy and numeracy applauded

    Jennifer Buckingham | 13 Oct 2014

    Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies, welcomes the proposed changes to national curriculum, and particularly the strong focus on addressing the poor levels of literacy...... Read More

  • Stubbing out Carmen leaves smokescreen over convoluted funding issue

    Trisha Jha | 10 Oct 2014

    The WA Opera this week decided to axe its planned production of the famous opera Carmen because it may glamorise smoking, and the opera company has a significant sponsorship deal with Healthway.... Read More

  • Complex family payments disadvantage women

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014

    The government should reform family payments to help parents who are disincentivised from working as much as they would like. ... Read More

  • A Plan B for Health Reform

    David Gadiel and Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014

    Reform Medicare by giving individuals the choice to cash out their yearly entitlements into Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).... Read More

  • Foreign investors not to blame for high house prices

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014

    Foreign investors and domestic investors are no more to blame for rising house prices than first-home buyers.... Read More

  • Government should scrap unfair paid parental leave proposal

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014

    The Abbott government should overhaul its paid parental leave in favour of a loans scheme similar to HECS. ... Read More

  • Tyranny of tolerance threatens religious freedom

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014

    The right to freedom of religious belief is being trumped by other rights such as the right not to be discriminated against on grounds of sexual orientation.... Read More

  • Driving efficiencies in the overblown public sector

    Alexander Philipatos | 29 May 2014

    The Abbott government should introduce competitive pressures to drive efficiencies in the public sector, and introduce greater choice for customers.... Read More

  • CIS response to Commission of Audit's bold recommendations

    Simon Cowan | 01 May 2014

    The Abbott government must heed the advice in the Commission of Audit's report released today.... Read More

  • CIS' 8 tips to education savings

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014

    Governments should look to the most effective ways of funding education.... Read More

  • Boost adoption rate through national target

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014

    Over 5,000 children could be adopted each year within Australia compared to the 210 children currently, if the Abbott government a national adoption target.... Read More

  • Tax freedom: 10 April is day of fiscal emancipation

    Robert Carling | 10 Apr 2014

    Thursday, 10 April, marks the point in the calendar year when Australians are free from the burden of paying taxes.... Read More

  • Crisis looms over level of state government debt

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014

    While Commonwealth government net debt has increased rapidly to $153 billion over the last six years, little attention has been paid to the dramatic increase in state government debt to $43 billion.... Read More

  • US force needed to counteract China's military resurgence in Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014

    US leadership has secured relative peace in the Indo-Pacific since World War II, and is essential to avoiding runaway Chinese territorial demands.... Read More

  • Slash red tape for charities by slashing regulator

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014

    The Abbott government must remain firm in its pledge to abolish the charities commission and reduce red tape on charities.... Read More

  • Family breakdown increases risk of child sexual abuse

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Jan 2014

    Children are at greater risk of sexual abuse in broken families as opposed to their peers in two parent biological families.... Read More