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

  • There is no more money for childcare

    Trisha Jha | 17 Dec 2014 | SBS

    When the government announced last year that the Productivity Commission childcare inquiry would be expected to deliver new policy recommendations that fit within the existing funding envelope, there was...... Read More

  • Bill Shorten is opposing his own party's health policy

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Dec 2014 | Daily Telegraph

    According to Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, the revised GP co-payment represents the death of Medicare. Yet what the Abbott Government is really doing is implementing the health policy of the Hawke Labor...... Read More

  • Settle in for Hockey’s budget horror show

    Robert Carling | 16 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    The review shows much to be concerned about in the fiscal outlook and exposes the weaknesses in the Abbott government’s first budget.... Read More

  • No ‘War on Christmas’ Here

    Helen Andrews | 15 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

     To my great delight as an immigrant, there is no ‘War on Christmas’ in Australia.... Read More

  • Mercantilist mindset and good fortune make successful China policy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    While the Abbott government trumpets its China-Australia free trade agreement win, it continues to stumble over the non-commercial aspects of China policy.... Read More

  • Don't build subs just to save jobs

    Simon Cowan | 10 Dec 2014 | ABC The Drum

    We shouldn't build submarines in Australia just to provide jobs for a struggling manufacturing industry. The voodoo economics of industry assistance should play no part in defence decisions.... Read More

  • Tony Abbott's budget strategy must be about getting back to basics

    Simon Cowan | 08 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

    It’s not enough to say you want to reset the budget debate, or to blame the carnival sideshow in the Senate.... Read More

  • We risk an Indigenous lost generation

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | The Australian

    Placing Indigenous children in accordance with the ACPP threatens to compromise child wellbeing and keep open the gaps in Indigenous social outcomes.... Read More

  • If it’s broke don’t fix it, abandon it

    Matthew Taylor | 08 Dec 2014

    The Prime Minister’s confirmation that his beleaguered Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme would be “refined” before being put to the parliament in the second half of next year might be a...... Read More

  • Green’s super tokenism will do nothing to increase women’s superannuation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Dec 2014 | Online Opinion

    The Australian Greens amendment is not so much bad as it is bizarre.... Read More

  • Fertility, prosperity and kangaroos

    Barry Maley | 01 Dec 2014 | The Spectator

    It is well known that Australia has a serious aging problem because our fertility rate is below the level needed just to keep the population steady (namely, 2.1 children per woman).  ... Read More

  • 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