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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Integrating insurance with health service provision cannot cut both ways

    David Gadiel | 22 Oct 2014 | Online Opinion

    It is unusual for a large provider of medical services to assume control of a health insurance company.... Read More

  • Comment: Review is reverse of ‘back to basics’

    Jennifer Buckingham | 16 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    The term ‘back to basics’ fundamentally misrepresents the nature of the report’s proposed changes to the Australian curriculum.... Read More

  • Comment: ANU divestment: it’s not ‘the economy, stupid’

    Simon Cowan | 16 Oct 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The response to the Australian National University’s decision to divest itself of holdings in certain fossil fuel companies has been way out of proportion to the importance of the decision—and both...... Read More

  • Comment: First, become a good reader

    Jennifer Buckingham | 13 Oct 2014 | The Australian

    Hundreds of thousands of children struggle with reading at even the most basic level, even after spending years at school.  ... Read More

  • Comment: Democracy with Chinese characteristics

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 10 Oct 2014 | Business Spectator

    Beyond inspiring global solidarity, the impassioned pleas for genuine democracy in Hong Kong are even converting mainland Chinese to the cause.... Read More

  • Comment: Disability Support Pension “bludger” mantra does nothing to improve policy

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Oct 2014 | ABC: The Drum

    The Daily Telegraph’s recent report about websites that allegedly coach welfare fraudsters on how to claim the Disability Support Pension (DSP)...... Read More

  • Comment: Independent Public Schools are not charter schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 06 Oct 2014 | The Australian

    Independent Public Schools are suffering from an identity problem. ... Read More

  • Comment: Newman answerable to the voters, not the PUP

    Simon Cowan | 06 Oct 2014 | The Courier-Mail

    The bitter public slanging matches between the Palmer United Party and the LNP in Queensland make it difficult to believe that the senate inquiry into ‘Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration...... Read More

  • Comment: Struggle against Islamist ideology will last centuries

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 06 Oct 2014 | Online Opinion

    Combating Islamic State’s deadly global reach gets more urgent by the day.... Read More

  • Comment: Childcare | the new frontier in the culture wars

    Trisha Jha | 04 Oct 2014 | The Spectator

    Increasingly, institutionalised childcare is being used to promote green and progressive agendas.... Read More

  • Comment: Education does not need Commonwealth in schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Oct 2014 | Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

    Ahead of the federal government’s ‘white paper’ on reform of the federation, an issues paper will canvas the specific aspects of federalism that pertain to education. ... Read More

  • Comment: Human right to the dole is nonsense

    Peter Kurti | 02 Oct 2014 | Daily Telegraph

    These days any political, social or economic problem is quickly cast as a human rights issue. ... Read More

  • Comment: Superannuation and super-sized vested interests

    Matthew Taylor | 25 Sep 2014 | SBS

    The government’s move to freeze the Superannuation Guarantee rate is an excellent case study in how vested interests will prey upon the misconceptions of the public to stymie reform. Thankfully their...... Read More

  • Islamist barbarity can have widespread appeal

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 20 Sep 2014 | The Spectator

    For some, democracy unleashes illiberal and totalitarian forces... Read More

  • The ideological chasm of budget fairness

    Simon Cowan | 17 Sep 2014 | ABC The Drum

    There are growing differences between the left and right about budget fairness stemming from a deeper ideological divide on the role of government in the economy, writes Simon Cowan.... Read More

  • Rescuing Tony’s baby

    Matthew Taylor | 13 Sep 2014 | The Spectator

    The Paid Parental Leave scheme should be scrapped in favour of an HECS-style loans scheme.... Read More

  • How to counterbalance China's swelling military power

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 Sep 2014 | Business Spectator

    At the peak of American power in the immediate post-Cold War period, then-US President George H.W. Bush declared the birth of a ‘new world order.’ According to Bush Senior, it would be a world in...... Read More

  • Comment: Budget changes will ensure pensions keep their value

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Sep 2014 | SBS

    The claim that indexing pensions to price increases will erode their value over time is wrong.... Read More

  • Where to find the silver lining when a AAA rating vanishes

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    News of a credit rating downgrade, such as that handed to Western Australia’s government by Moody’s this week, is a state treasurer’s worst nightmare. But it need not be disastrous if it serves to...... Read More

  • Comment: Why we need Disability Support Pension reform

    Matthew Taylor | 22 Aug 2014 | SBS

    Welfare is never as good as having a job, and currently the Disability Support Pension does not do enough to ensure that people with disabilities who can work are encouraged to do so.... Read More