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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.  Communications Manager: Karla Pincott 0411 759 934

  • At last, PPL targeted at those who need it

    Matthew Taylor | 20 May 2015 | SBS

    Budget 2015 proposes to do what the Gillard government should have done in 2011: Ensure taxpayer funded Paid Parental Leave (PPL) payments go to those who need them.... Read More

  • Our churches have fallen in love with climate change

    Peter Kurti | 15 May 2015 | The Spectator

    The sharp, carbon-edged truth is that the churches are keen to adopt climate change as a cause to help them connect with the young, the disaffected, and the disillusioned.... Read More

  • Hits and misses in the youth employment plan

    Patrick Carvalho | 15 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The Budget’s package to help young jobseekers is a step on the right direction, yet it misses the opportunity to introduce more effective breakthrough measures.... Read More

  • Retirement changes focus on the wrong assets, won’t boost incomes

    Simon Cowan | 14 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The fundamental paradox of retirement is that retiree living standards depend on stable and secure incomes, but most retirees typically end up asset rich and cash poor. Solving that problem is key to meeting...... Read More

  • Plucking the foreign flock may backfire

    Patrick Carvalho | 14 May 2015 | ABC The Drum

    As Jean-Baptiste Colbert said in the seventeenth century, the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount...... Read More

  • The United States should not seek strategic primacy in Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 May 2015 | China Spectator

    The strategic sands in Asia are steadily shifting in China’s favour.  ... Read More

  • Australian Budget 2015: the panel verdict

    Trisha Jha | 12 May 2015 | The Guardian

    How committed is the Abbott government to ‘budget repair’, or to the challenges of a changing population?... Read More

  • Young jobseekers are suffering the ultimate penalty

    Patrick Carvalho | 11 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    Labor’s new plan to tackle youth unemployment with a pilot project to improve core employability skills may have some merit. But a more effective approach to battle this ballooning issue would...... Read More

  • The home is key to our ageing future

    Simon Cowan | 28 Apr 2015 | Canberra Times

    The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income.... Read More

  • Nanny trial: the devil is in the detail

    Trisha Jha | 28 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Since the Productivity Commission’s draft report into childcare was released in July last year, the issue of whether nannies – or, more accurately, in-home carers – should be subsidised as part of...... Read More

  • The right to choose your own super fund

    Patrick Carvalho | 28 Apr 2015 | Investor Daily

    Contrary to Australia’s democratic values, a significant ratio of the country’s workers are denied the right to choose where some of their pay is held, because they are not allowed to choose their...... Read More

  • Reverse mortgage is key to reform

    Matthew Taylor | 27 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    The retirement system is failing to deliver the living standards it could for many retirees and pensioners, while costing taxpayers an increasing — and increasingly unsustainable — amount.... Read More

  • The real and present threat of China’s territorial claims

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 25 Apr 2015 | China Spectator

    The temperature just surged a few degrees in the South China Sea’s heated territorial dispute between China and its Southeast Asian neighbours.... Read More

  • 'We get it already': redundant public health campaigns do little

    Helen Andrews | 23 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    There are a few aspects of the new $26 million pro-immunisation package that are more objectionable than its bipartisan agreement would suggest.... Read More

  • It’s time to face up to the Muslim fault line

    Peter Kurti | 21 Apr 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    We were given a stark reminder on the weekend that our nation faces a growing threat to its security, when Victorian police intercepted plans by alleged Islamic State recruits to launch attacks on Anzac...... Read More

  • The evidence for immigration

    Patrick Carvalho | 21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Unfortunately, some debaters are propagating misconceptions and myths about immigration. Even respected columnists are lured to the easy scapegoating.... Read More

  • Cases for more local and overseas adoptions are different, but the same

    Jeremy Sammut | 21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    International adoptions of foreign-born children in Australia have fallen to record lows. And the reasons are clear to pinpoint.... Read More

  • Wrong answer, Mr Hockey

    Robert Carling | 20 Apr 2015 | Business Spectator

    Unless Hockey thinks he is just calling South Australia’s bluff, he has given the wrong answer.... Read More

  • Public primary schools are holding their own

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    Public schools have risen to the challenge of school choice... Read More

  • Housing boom? Think again.

    Patrick Carvalho | 17 Apr 2015 | Business Spectator

    Ultimately, there is no housing boom; the name of the game is housing obstruction.... Read More