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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.

  • 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

  • Go west, Gen Y

    Trisha Jha | 10 Apr 2015

    Since I’m a born-and-bred city girl, the situation in Sydney must be rather dire if I’m putting serious thought into packing up and heading west.... Read More

  • Opening the tax reform can of worms

    Robert Carling | 02 Apr 2015

    The current ramshackle tax system is the product of compromises, tinkering, political pragmatism and budget ad hoccery over decades.... Read More

  • 18C is not what keeps us civil

    Jeremy Sammut | 02 Apr 2015

    The Abbott Government’s attempt to remove Section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) was politically doomed the moment Senator George Brandis uttered his now infamous statement about people...... Read More

  • Socialism with Singaporean characteristics

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 02 Apr 2015

    The legacy of recently deceased Singaporean strongman Lee Kuan Yew offers one of the most reliable guides to China’s future.... Read More

  • A more competitive Medicare

    David Gadiel | 27 Mar 2015

    Government should abolish the Schedule Fee together with the bonus for bulk billing, and save itself the cost and contradiction of paying GPs for doing so.... Read More

  • Why Britain could be headed for chaos

    Peter Saunders | 27 Mar 2015

    Don’t be surprised if the Conservatives win most votes but Labour forms a government.... Read More

  • Same-sex marriage isn't same-sex parenting

    Simon Cowan | 27 Mar 2015

    The simple fact is that, for good or ill, society has moved past the ‘traditional’ meaning of marriage.... Read More

  • Open the borders

    Trisha Jha | 20 Mar 2015

    Apart from the ever-present issue of asylum seeker and refugee policies, and stoushes over 457 visas, immigration policy largely flies under the radar.... Read More

  • Not pro-homeopathy, but anti-anti-homeopathy

    Helen Andrews | 20 Mar 2015

    There was something unseemly about the round of crowing that followed the release of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s report on homeopathy.... Read More

  • It's war on PowerPoint!

    Patrick Carvalho | 20 Mar 2015

    That’s it: place your bets, because the war on PowerPoint is on!... Read More

  • Pensioners should not be ring-fenced from budget repair

    Matthew Taylor | 13 Mar 2015

    Is indexing the pension to prices, rather than male wages, unfair?... Read More

  • Marriage equality: Can the Gay Rights Leopard change its spots?

    Jeremy Sammut | 13 Mar 2015

    Allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed cannot possibly do any more damage than straight couples have wrought on marriage since the passage of the ‘no fault’ divorce Family Law Act of 1975.... Read More

  • Clarity Is crucial when discussing ADF and mental health

    Helen Andrews | 13 Mar 2015

    Taking care of the mental health of ADF personnel and veterans is not just important; it is a duty. However, the Australian article left readers with a mistaken impression on two important points: the...... Read More

  • Anti-Semitism is much older than Israel

    Peter Kurti | 06 Mar 2015

    ‘Harry Potter’ star Miriam Margolyes has form. Noted for her vehement anti-Israel views, the Jewish actress didn’t hold back when she appeared on Monday night’s Q&A.... Read More

  • The Iron Law of Medicare

    Jeremy Sammut | 06 Mar 2015

    What needs to be factored in to the health debate is that the so-called 'right to Medicare' involves trading off other important 'rights'.... Read More