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Ideas@TheCentre brings you ammunition for conversations around the table.  3 short articles from CIS researchers emailed every Friday on the issues of the week.

  • Taxing Bank Deposits

    Barry Maley | 03 Jul 2015

    In the current economic climate of grossly indebted governments and faltering economies, it is imperative that policy for the medium to long-term should focus on wealth-creation, major reductions in government...... Read More

  • Super Independent Board: A step in the right direction

    Patrick Carvalho | 03 Jul 2015

    In the endless flood of government inquires and reviews - rarely translating to any tangible policy reform - there is good hope in the recent move by the Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to improve...... Read More

  • The church and fossil fuels

    Peter Kurti | 03 Jul 2015

    Divestment from fossil fuels has become the moral weapon of choice in the armoury of ecclesiastical environmental activists who want to end coal production in Australia.... Read More

  • Ideas scare people

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Jun 2015

    "When did ideas become such a scary concept?" said Peter van Onselen in The Australian this week. Other commentators have said much the same. The context was the 'leaking' of parts of the Commonwealth...... Read More

  • Baird's budget bonanza

    Robert Carling | 26 Jun 2015

    The New South Wales 2015-16 budget announced this week demonstrates the O'Farrell/Baird governments have accomplished the budget repair mission that so eludes their federal colleagues.... Read More

  • Sugar hit

    Helen Andrews | 26 Jun 2015

    The Heart Foundation has called for a 20 percent soft drink tax, citing a new study out of Mexico as evidence that such taxes really work.... Read More

  • Greece must deal with its past before its creditors

    Simon Cowan | 19 Jun 2015

    It may well be true that Greece will never pay back its debts, as Greek Finance Minister 'Aussie' Yanis Varoufakis claims. Varoufakis uses this argument to condemn the troika (the IMF, the European commission...... Read More

  • 50 shades of youth unemployment

    Patrick Carvalho | 19 Jun 2015

    The rise of a jobless youth contingent in Australia is a growing concern. But we cannot get a clear picture of the problem without examining the  different measurements of it.... Read More

  • Death, taxes and political advertising

    Trisha Jha | 19 Jun 2015

    It feels like aeons ago that Kevin Rudd referred to taxpayer-funded political advertising commissioned by governments as "a long term cancer on our democracy."Over the course of their first term in office,...... Read More

  • Poor priority

    Trisha Jha | 12 Jun 2015

    One of the great things about technology is how it's enabled us to take advantage of opportunities for exchange in a real-time and more convenient fashion.... Read More

  • Victoria's quest to be the Education State

    Jennifer Buckingham | 12 Jun 2015

    The Victorian government is on a quest to be the 'education state'. Two discussion papers were released this week to generate community interest and feedback. The discussion paper on schools is not lengthy...... Read More

  • Citizenship and the rule of law

    Barry Maley | 12 Jun 2015

    The hideous 30 Years War in the 17th century ended with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648; a treaty that, despite some lack of  clarity, established the notion of 'nation' as an entity with complete...... Read More

  • How fake was the ‘fake’ chocolate study?

    Helen Andrews | 05 Jun 2015

    News outlets across the globe were embarrassed last week when Dr John Bohannon announced his widely publicised study on chocolate and weight loss was fake.... Read More

  • A possible market solution to appropriate bank capital levels

    Patrick Carvalho | 05 Jun 2015

    The Australian financial watchdog should embrace ERNs, allowing banks to use these novel convertible bonds to meet higher capital levels. And hear the refreshing winds of change: not more regulation, not...... Read More

  • Taxpayers should not have to pay for parental leave twice

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Jun 2015

    If the latest opinion polls are anything to go by, Budget 2015 has done more for the government’s primary vote than Budget 2014 -- even if it has done little to improve the nation’s fiscal...... Read More

  • Debate we have to have

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 May 2015

    The new appointments to counter home-grown terrorism are a clever and politically astute move that will facilitate the national debate we need to have about Islamist radicalisation.... Read More

  • The ultimate penalty on young jobseekers

    Patrick Carvalho | 29 May 2015

    Youth unemployment in Australia is a ballooning issue that needs to be properly addressed.  Over half a million young Australians are not in employment, education or training.... Read More

  • With respect...

    Simon Cowan | 29 May 2015

    'With respect, that is a nonsense figure that you continue to trot out that you made up yourselves....' those were the blunt words Emma Alberici put to Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, generating almost...... Read More

  • Unleashing the adoption revolution

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 May 2015

    The most interesting response to SBS TV's 'Struggle Street' documentary series was the article by Mamamia founder, Mia Freedman, who declared "our priority as a society must be to remove children from...... Read More

  • Employer PPL response not a scam

    Matthew Taylor | 22 May 2015

    The government's handling of its Paid Parental Leave (PPL) budget measure shows a determination to alienate as wide a constituency as possible.... Read More