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

  • '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

  • Anti-vaxxer crackdown a hammer in want of a nail

    Trisha Jha | 14 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    In spite of being a strong supporter of vaccination, I find some issues with this new policy.... Read More

  • Hugh White is right even when wrong

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Apr 2015 | China Spectator

    Foreign policy commentary in Australia can be a fratricidal business.  ... Read More

  • Charities regulator reprieve

    Helen Andrews | 09 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    Now that the ACNC is safe, it should focus on making sure that its critics’ worst predictions do not end up coming true.... Read More

  • Hitting the ‘rich’ no solution to budget deficit problem

    Robert Carling | 08 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    The campaign against tax concessions is finding oxygen in a climate of public opinion that has little tolerance for spending cuts affecting low and middle income earners and believes the budget can be...... Read More

  • Financial System Inquiry's pre-emptive power straight out of Hollywood script

    Patrick Carvalho | 08 Apr 2015 | The Canberra Times

    Some suggestions from the Financial System Inquiry might have you thinking you’re in the Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report, after you examine the recommendation for introduction of a pre-emptive...... Read More

  • Individual choice on financial advice costs

    Patrick Carvalho | 01 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    However the FSI’s impact is in danger of being subsumed by a triad of reports attempting to build a requirement for qualifications without a solid foundation.... Read More

  • The totalitarianism of marriage equality

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Mar 2015 | The Spectator

    This isn’t democracy — it’s the totalitarian tactics of personal intimidation.... Read More

  • Doctor, charge what you dare

    David Gadiel | 24 Mar 2015 | The Australian

    Rather than flogging the dead horse of the GP co-payment, the government could have avoided this embarrassment by leaving the responsibility of patient cost sharing to the marketplace.  ... Read More

  • Car crashes and banking capital levels

    Patrick Carvalho | 23 Mar 2015 | Business Spectator

    Are we willing to slow the speed limit of Australia’s financial market? The impact on production, economic development and jobs could be devastating.... Read More

  • Pension plan: political pain for little fiscal gain

    Matthew Taylor | 19 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    If Scott Morrison is willing to grasp the nettle of pension reform, he would be better off looking at ways to move those with greater means off the payment altogether -- that's where the real savings are.... Read More

  • Driven to budget distraction

    Simon Cowan | 13 Mar 2015 | Open Forum

    Given the growing list of budget blunders (for example Medicare reforms), in one sense it should hardly be surprising that the government’s announcement to ‘restore’ funding to a derelict industry...... Read More

  • Fair and logical to put super into homes

    Patrick Carvalho | 12 Mar 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    Despite vocal opposition, Australia’s Superannuation System would actually be strengthened by letting super savings be used for property.... Read More

  • A US$2.1 trillion Chinese defence budget?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 11 Mar 2015 | China Spectator

    Announced in Beijing last week with much fanfare, China’s already colossal official defence budget of US$130 billion is this year set to expand by a whopping 10 per cent.... Read More