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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.

  • 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

  • The silly season GST debate

    Robert Carling | 16 Jan 2015

    A public debate about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is something we have to have, but considering some of the recent contributions, the silly season wasn’t a good time to start it.... Read More

  • 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