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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.

  • 40 years of budgets in the rearview mirror

    Robert Carling | 27 Feb 2015

    The federal government's Intergenerational Reports (IGR) have attracted plenty of attention in the past, but nothing like the drum-roll heralding the imminent 2015 update.... Read More

  • Fight against Islamic State demands a Syrian solution

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 Feb 2015

    Speaking in federal parliament on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop lamented the sexual slavery and abuse facing the 'increasing number of young females' joining Islamic State (IS).... Read More

  • The best interests of patients?

    Lachlan Philips | 27 Feb 2015

    It is important to maintain the support of the medical profession because, let's face it, they have the best interests of their patients at heart.... Read More

  • Monday's 'pension increase' a side show to the real reform needed

    Matthew Taylor | 20 Feb 2015

    With the Age Pension projected to account for 12 per cent of the growth in total spending over the medium term there can be no doubt that there is need for pension reform.... Read More

  • Morrison should reconsider ACNC backdown

    Helen Andrews | 20 Feb 2015

    New facts have vindicated Kevin Andrews’s strong position on abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), just as his successor as minister for Social Services has backed...... Read More

  • Magna Carta lit the way

    William Shrubb | 20 Feb 2015

    For many, the Magna Carta is a beacon of liberty, protecting us from the arbitrary tyranny of our governments, even today.... Read More

  • What lies beneath the waves of government-speak on subs

    Simon Cowan | 13 Feb 2015

    The government doesn’t seem to understand the words it has been saying on submarines.... Read More

  • Can we trust the food nannies?

    Helen Andrews | 13 Feb 2015

    The dietary guidelines endorsed by the US and UK governments for the past three decades, which demonise fat as the number one nutritional villain, turn out to have been based on flimsy evidence.... Read More

  • Let the games begin

    Patrick Carvalho | 13 Feb 2015

    It’s been an inspiring start to my time at CIS.... Read More

  • PPL levy without the PPL?

    Robert Carling | 06 Feb 2015

    Tony Abbott has abandoned his enhanced PPL scheme, but word is that the tax earmarked to pay for it (a 1.5% levy on larger company profits) may be kept anyway. This would be bad policy and cynical politics.... Read More

  • Don't pour funding into the leaky child care bucket

    Trisha Jha | 06 Feb 2015

    The Prime Minister's speech at the National Press Club this week was meant to set the tone for government policy in 2015. The speech contained some discussion of the  government's so-called 'families...... Read More

  • Positive non-refoulement

    Alex Russell | 06 Feb 2015

    A High Court ruling on the detainment of 157 asylum seekers at sea brought Australia's tough border protection laws into the spotlight once again last week. Lawyers for the asylum seekers claimed that...... Read More

  • Disaster management, not demand management

    Simon Cowan | 30 Jan 2015

    The global financial crisis re-ignited a division in economics between those who believe governments should boost demand through additional spending (Keynesians) and those who don't. The latter schools...... Read More

  • Beware the ideology of Islamism

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 30 Jan 2015

    The latest spate of radical Islamist terrorist attacks on schools, cafes, offices and other 'soft targets' has again ignited debate about Islam's compatibility with liberal democracy.... Read More

  • Does NSW have anything to learn about school entry policy?

    Matthew Taylor | 30 Jan 2015

    According to the Australian Primary Principals' Association (APPA) school entry policies need reform and should be consistent across all States and Territories. According to their President "...five-and-a-half...... Read More

  • School funding mess no surprise

    Jennifer Buckingham | 23 Jan 2015

    The OECD report finding that school funding in Australia is a mess, and school performance is stagnant or declining, will be surprising to precisely no-one.... Read More

  • Stop the state 'playing Dad'

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jan 2015

    Gary Johns has argued that compulsory contraception is needed to stop women having children and relying on the state to support their families.... Read More

  • It's just not cricket

    Jenny Lindsay | 23 Jan 2015

    Is there no escaping Big Brother telling me how to live my life!... Read More

  • Free speech and the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    Trisha Jha | 16 Jan 2015

    It is a strange defence of freedom of expression that simultaneously condemns the killing of people for drawing cartoons and implicitly affirms that Australian law should nevertheless have a chilling effect...... Read More

  • For and against - but standing for what?

    Peter Kurti | 16 Jan 2015

    Amid the placards and pencils borne by the multitude in Paris, which principles were they professing to defend?... Read More