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

  • Close hospitals to treat more patients

    Jeremy Sammut | 03 Mar 2015 | Adelaide Advertiser

    This may sound strange, but the way to get more hospital care and reduce waiting times is to close down public hospitals.... Read More

  • New Supported Living Pension would provide greater fairness

    Matthew Taylor | 02 Mar 2015 | SBS

    The final report of the Review in Australia’s Welfare System recommends what is probably the most comprehensive restructure of Australia’s income support system since its inception.... Read More

  • Children are the victims of violence too

    Jeremy Sammut | 24 Feb 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    There are striking differences between the debate on child protection and the debate about family violence.... Read More

  • Childcare places still come up short

    Trisha Jha | 24 Feb 2015 | Online Opinion

    The Productivity Commission’s report on childcare makes several important recommendations for making the sector more efficient and less complex for families, but doesn’t do enough to address the...... Read More

  • Paying lip service to the Holocaust

    Peter Kurti | 21 Feb 2015 | The Spectator

    Founded in October 1945, the United Nations may think its mission was shaped by the horrors of Auschwitz, but it did not get round to remembering the Holocaust for another 60 years.... Read More

  • Magna Carta started as a failure

    William Shrubb | 20 Feb 2015

    How did a gang of thirteenth century one-percenters in England change the course of history with a document that failed at its start?... Read More

  • Childcare report a vision of how things could be

    Trisha Jha | 20 Feb 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The Productivity Commission has done a relatively good job with its report on the childcare sector and put together a suite of workable policy recommendations, but it is not without serious shortcomings.... Read More

  • Rorts for the rich are a myth

    Robert Carling | 19 Feb 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    Tax concessions in areas such as superannuation, capital gains and GST are under attack like never before.... Read More

  • Kelly O'Dwyer Leadership Lunch speech: Looking to the Future - Fairness

    | 16 Feb 2015

    CIS Leadership Lunch speech by Member for Higgins and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP.... Read More

  • Poor students likely to make poor teachers

    Jennifer Buckingham | 13 Feb 2015 | The Australian

    The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report released today unfortunately dismissed the opportunity to improve teacher quality by elevating the calibre of teacher education candidates.... Read More

  • The push for a submarine tender

    Simon Cowan | 13 Feb 2015 | The Strategist

    The government doesn’t seem to understand the words it has been saying on submarines.... Read More

  • Beijing’s hypocrisy on Ukraine discredits Chinese foreign policy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 11 Feb 2015 | Business Spectator

    Last week’s three-way meeting between the Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers in Beijing offered a stark lesson in diplomatic dishonesty.... Read More

  • Target paid parental leave by need

    Matthew Taylor | 03 Feb 2015 | The Australian

    WHEN Tony Abbott reluctantly hammered the final nail into the coffin of his signature paid parental leave scheme, the sigh of relief from the Coalition partyroom must have been palpable.... Read More

  • Why Greece is the word in Queensland

    Robert Carling | 03 Feb 2015 | Business Spectator

    A three year old government is thrown out for imposing too much fiscal austerity and being too keen to sell public assets. Greece on January 25th? Yes, but Queensland too a week later.... Read More

  • Coolies sold down the river by the bamboo ceiling

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jan 2015 | The Spectator

    Those who seek to unearth overt racism will find it in even our most successful migrant stories.... Read More

  • Jennifer Buckingham walks the talk at school

    Jennifer Buckingham and Tim Dodd | 24 Jan 2015 | The Australian Financial Review

    Education commentator Jennifer Buckingham is no ivory tower researcher. For five years, she’s worked closely with a school in Raymond Terrace, a low-income town near Newcastle NSW, in an effort to improve...... Read More

  • Federal-state reform should not mean more tax

    Robert Carling | 20 Jan 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    The key point for both the tax review and the review of federalism is not to start from the premise that overall taxation needs to be increased or that an increase in the GST is inevitable.... Read More

  • 18C makes us all tongue-tied

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    The fear of potential legal action under the RDA also means the nation will debate the question of recognising Indigenous people in the constitution with its tongue tied.... Read More

  • Free speech and the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    Trisha Jha | 16 Jan 2015 | Online Opinion

    The debate about reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has bubbled up again in the wake of the slaughter at the office of Charlie Hebdo, and has been met with predictable outrage over...... Read More

  • Don’t rule out war with China

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Jan 2015 | Business Spectator

    Canberra should offer no assurances of neutrality and should leave open the option of joining a US-supported Japanese war with China.  ... Read More