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Ideas@TheCentre

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.

  • Your Bumper, Blockbuster, Holiday-Issue Ideas@TheCentre

    | 19 Dec 2014

    With CIS taking a break over the holiday season, we wanted to bring you a special issue of Ideas to finish the year.  So our researchers and senior staff have summed up the most memorable...... Read More

  • Need a budget 'narrative' - this is it

    Simon Cowan | 12 Dec 2014

    Forget insider words like ‘message’ and ‘spin’ and avert your eyes from the Senate railway wreckage. If the Abbott government wants to reset the budget debate here’s what it should do.... Read More

  • Kinship placements risk creating a Lost Generation

    Jeremy Sammut | 12 Dec 2014

    To talk of adoption in relation to Indigenous children is to invite the politically explosive claim that this would create ‘another Stolen Generation’.... Read More

  • Trans-Tasman harmonisation... a bridge too far

    David Gadiel | 12 Dec 2014

    Abandonment of ANZTIPA seems hard to reconcile with the Australian Government’s declared agenda for deregulation and competitiveness and represents a symbolic blow to a long standing agenda for closer...... Read More

  • Cuts being used as convenient pretext at ABC

    Peter Kurti | 05 Dec 2014

    Placing religious programming in the cross-hairs of the ABC’s fiscal razor gang is too cute by half.... Read More

  • Tokenism will do nothing for women's superannuation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Dec 2014

    Greens appear more interested in making a disingenuous pitch to win the votes of those female voters who have a less sophisticated understanding of superannuation.... Read More

  • What to give a child who can't read?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Dec 2014

    Many of the programs dreamt up by the two major political parties would be difficult to justify for inclusion in a school education budget.... Read More

  • Lambie off to bad start with meaningless ANPHA stand

    Helen Andrews | 28 Nov 2014

    On her first full day as an independent, Jacquie Lambie joined three other crossbench senators in pointlessly thwarting the government’s bill to formalise the abolition of the Australian National Preventive...... Read More

  • Health reform needs a 'Plan B'

    Jeremy Sammut | 28 Nov 2014

    This is the attitude that advocates of health reform must adopt now that the Abbott government’s co-payment initiative appears doomed to defeat.... Read More

  • Economic liberals should exercise caution in their praise of Narendra Modi

    Trisha Jha | 28 Nov 2014

    Much has been made about Mr Modi’s ‘pro-business’ stance, but developments thus far suggest that enthusiasts of economic liberalism should be more cautious in their praise.... Read More

  • G20 growth plan found wanting

    Robert Carling | 21 Nov 2014

    Every G20 host country likes to have a signature initiative, and Australia's was the Brisbane Action Plan to lift the economic growth performance of all G20 countries in a sustainable fashion. This was...... Read More

  • The Grey Army of early Newstart retirees

    Matthew Taylor | 21 Nov 2014

    The Abbott government chalked up a modest win this week with the first of its social services budget measures passed by the Senate with the help of Labor and Senators Day, Leyonhjelm and Muir. One budget...... Read More

  • The third retirement pillar - home equity and pension inequity

    Simon Cowan | 21 Nov 2014

    The system for supporting retired Australians is said to rest on three pillars: the age pension, superannuation and the family home.... Read More

  • It matters to know who we're up against

    Greg Lindsay | 14 Nov 2014

    This week we were privileged to have Dr David Kilcullen deliver our John Bonython Lecture addressing the global conflict between liberal nations and Islamist militants.... Read More

  • Child Protection: too few adoptions mean too much of everything else

    Jeremy Sammut | 14 Nov 2014

    Rather than not doing enough early intervention, the problem with the child protection system is that we have too much of everything.... Read More

  • In defence of diplomatic talkfests

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 14 Nov 2014

    Cynicism about multilateral meetings between world leaders is understandable.... Read More

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

    Robert Carling | 07 Nov 2014

    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

  • Courage is needed right now to fix childcare

    Trisha Jha | 07 Nov 2014

    What cannot be categorically denied is that the burden of the National Quality Framework on providers’ operating costs comes mostly from the increases in mandatory minimum standards.... Read More

  • Helicopter parenting to protect G20 politicians

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 07 Nov 2014

    This is a great opportunity to showcase a little of our local culture — in this case our proud history of political protest.... Read More

  • Government gets B for consistent effort on reforms, but will have to lift its game

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 31 Oct 2014

    The government will have to considerably lift its game to deliver the benefits of real market deregulation to Australian consumers, employers and taxpayers.... Read More