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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.

  • 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

  • Abbas no angel

    Peter Kurti | 22 May 2015

    Leaders customarily exchange gifts when they meet formally. So it would have been odd had Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not offered one another such gifts when they met in the Vatican...... Read More

  • Adventures in Oz

    Tom Palmer | 15 May 2015

    My time as CIS Scholar in Residence is ending.  I return to the status of mere mortal, but with some remarkable memories of the CIS team in action and of the unique Aussie mix of hospitality, humility,...... Read More

  • Curious Budget items

    William Shrubb | 15 May 2015

    Politics, Weber once said, is the slow boring of hard boards.... Read More

  • Shy Tories key to UK poll

    Peter Saunders | 15 May 2015

    The most uninspiring UK election campaign of recent times culminated last week in the most extraordinary result.  Eleven opinion polls conducted the day before reported Labour and Conservatives neck...... Read More

  • Inequality is inevitable in a free society

    Jennifer Buckingham | 08 May 2015

    Is it more important (and fairer) to maximise the quality of life and opportunity for all children, or to try to ensure no child is better off than any other?... Read More

  • No political solution possible in Syria

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 08 May 2015

    The grim reality is that Syria’s vicious civil war requires a military solution.... Read More

  • Blame 'preventive health' pushers for public ignorance

    Helen Andrews | 08 May 2015

    The most remarkable thing about Professor Christobel Saunders's speech at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' annual conference was not that she criticized overuse of breast cancer screening. It's...... Read More

  • Nobody knows why Cameron wants to be PM.

    Peter Saunders | 01 May 2015

    This UK election campaign has been the most tepid and uninspiring I can remember.  Everyone seems bored.  Support for Labour and Conservatives has hardly flickered (both stuck around 33%). ...... Read More

  • Pensioners can unlock more income

    Matthew Taylor | 01 May 2015

    Australia can have a fairer and more sustainable age pension - but only if we stop ignoring pensioners' biggest asset and help them put all of their savings to work.... Read More

  • Cash rate: what, why and how?

    Patrick Carvalho | 01 May 2015

    So what exactly is the cash rate? Why is it relevant? How does it work?... Read More

  • Three pillars reform needed to fix pension

    Simon Cowan | 24 Apr 2015

    There are three ‘pillars’ supporting retirement in Australia. Superannuation, the age pension and the family home. If we are serious about boosting living standards in retirement, and addressing the...... Read More

  • Are Health Star Ratings good for us?

    Helen Andrews | 24 Apr 2015

    The Health Star Rating system is fundamentally flawed.... Read More

  • Deflation is bad

    Patrick Carvalho | 24 Apr 2015

    For starters, Australia is not facing at present an imminent danger of deflation -- as a closer, less sensationalist look at the IMF report indicates.... Read More

  • Poor evaluation leads to poor policy

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Apr 2015

    Policy development and implementation in Australia has long been plagued by poor evaluation. As a result, there is very little information about what works well, what doesn’t -- and why. ... Read More

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

    Patrick Carvalho | 17 Apr 2015

    Policy development and implementation in Australia has long been plagued by poor evaluation. As a result, there is very little information about what works well, what doesn’t -- and why. ... Read More

  • Full steam ahead for ship of fools

    Peter Saunders | 17 Apr 2015

    Neither Labour nor Tories will explain how they plan to eliminate the deficit, still less start paying down the debt.... Read More

  • Reflecting on Tax Freedom Day

    Robert Carling | 10 Apr 2015

    Balance needs to be restored to a narrative that sees tax concessions as nothing but distortions and rorts favouring the rich and elderly, and as a source of easy and massive revenue gains.... Read More

  • No ducking uncomfortable questions

    Jeremy Sammut | 10 Apr 2015

    I wish I could just agree that the real problem is the ‘racism’ of those who promote so-called ‘Islamophobia’. But it’s hardly as simple as that. ... Read More