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

  • Blame game risks missing a chance to change

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Nov 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    It looks like Australia is finally having a long overdue debate about reform of the federation and, more importantly, reform of federal-state financial relations.... Read More

  • Government preventive health measures don’t add up

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    Preventive has become the hottest word in healthcare. From politicians in parliament to talking heads on television, everyone seems to be saying that preventive care is the smart way to get more bang for...... Read More

  • Nice plan to toughen teacher degree

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    No matter the question in education, the answer more often than not is better teacher education. Unfortunately, the quality of teacher education seems to be an intractable problem for Australian schools.... Read More

  • Why Bob Carr is right about China

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Nov 2014 | China Spectator

    Canberra must remain ready to point out with ‘absolutely unruffled’ confidence that pursuit of Australia’s national interest will not always be synonymous with pursuit of a deeper embrace with Beijing.... Read More

  • The difficulty of reforming China’s economy

    Simon Louie | 10 Nov 2014 | Online Opinion

    Since Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening up in 1978, China’s economy has enjoyed 35 years of growth at rates averaging close to 10% per year.... Read More

  • Pensions and asset deeming: the real reform needed

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Nov 2014 | The Mandarin

    Reform of asset deeming must go beyond recent changes proposed by the federal government. The reform represents modest savings to the budget and does nothing make sure the age pension goes to those who...... Read More

  • Indexing petrol excise makes it too easy for government to grow

    Robert Carling | 06 Nov 2014 | Business Spectator

    The Abbott government’s move to increase fuel excise duties without legislation raises questions of legitimacy not just about the way they are doing it but also about the principle of automatically indexing...... Read More

  • Qantas fights religious freedom battle

    Peter Kurti | 06 Nov 2014 | Australasian Muslim Times

    Qantas isn’t just facing a commercial battle over business seats. It’s also facing a legal battle over religious freedom in a storm stirred up by its uniform policy.... Read More

  • Childcare reforms are failing to benefit children

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    As the cost of childcare to the Australian family and taxpayer has ballooned over recent years, it’s imperative to examine the evidence for increasing regulations and standards that contribute to the...... Read More

  • The unions are running a shadow economy

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 04 Nov 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    If a substantial number of the larger charges are proven, then honest trade unionists and the ALP should be first in line to support a clean-up.  ... Read More

  • Secular prejudice and the survival of religious freedom

    Peter Kurti | 01 Nov 2014 | Quadrant

    In a recent speech on religious liberty delivered at the Law School of the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, the Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, explored a relatively neglected aspect of the...... Read More

  • No surprise that Pope endorses science

    Helen Andrews | 31 Oct 2014 | Catholic Weekly

    Surprise at the Pope’s mention of the Big Bang Theory is especially galling since the man who first developed the theory, George Lemaître, was a Belgian priest.... Read More

  • How the Whitlam mums have begun to vanish

    Barry Maley | 29 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    Context, they say, is everything. True or not, it certainly matters, and a glance at context illuminates Gough Whitlam’s decision in 1972 to introduce a special payment for single parents additional...... Read More

  • Environmental journey to a fiery destination

    Peter Kurti | 29 Oct 2014

    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unfortunately the Anglican Church of Australia seems to have set out on a journey of its own to that fiery destination.  ... Read More

  • Personal freedom leads to economic freedom

    Greg Lindsay | 27 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    It is clear now that economic liberty has supported a massive global reduction of poverty, disease and other key factors. It is also clear that the relationship holds—even controlling for geography,...... Read More

  • 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