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Issue Analysis


Issue Analysis (IA) are shorter publications that deal with controversial and current issues.

  • Eight Housing Affordability Myths

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014 | IA146

    Australians are conflicted in their attitude to the long-run change in real house prices because they are both investors in housing as an asset class and consumers of housing services. This conflicted...... Read More

  • Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | IA145

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The Abbott government can provide national leadership...... Read More

  • Why Jaydon Can’t Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy

    Jennifer Buckingham, Justine Ferrari and Tom Alegounarias | 18 Feb 2014 | IA144

    This Issue Analysis compiles the three speeches given at the CIS event ‘Why Jaydon Can’t Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy’ on the enduring problem of low literacy levels among Australian students.... Read More

  • Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | IA143

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent charity sector that is regulated effectively without excessive cost to the taxpayer.... Read More

  • The New Silence: Family Breakdown and Child Sexual Abuse

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Jan 2014 | IA142

    Despite family breakdown exposing children to greater risk of sexual abuse, the issue receives scant attention in this country. Child sexual abuse is not fully and frankly discussed because the public...... Read More

  • Time to Dump Australia’s Anti-Dumping System

    Stephen Kirchner | 05 Jun 2013 | IA141

    This report argues that Australia should scrap its anti-dumping and countervailing system. The report examines the meaning of dumping and its place in Australian law. It details the history and recent...... Read More

  • Relics of a Byzantine IR System: Why Awards Should Be Abolished

    Alexander Philipatos | 23 May 2013 | IA140

    Awards are uniquely Australian, and practically as old as the country itself. But in Australia’s modern, competitive economy, the award system is an anachronism. Along with new statutory conditions,...... Read More

  • In the Pay of the Piper: Governments, Not-for-Profits, and the Burden of Regulation

    Peter Kurti | 23 Apr 2013 | IA139

    Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of government. Peter Kurti argues that the real problem is that charities appear to...... Read More

  • The Fraught Politics of Saying Sorry for Forced Adoption: Implications for Child Protection Policy in Australia

    Jeremy Sammut | 19 Mar 2013 | IA138

    Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will delegitimise the use of adoption for child protection purposes and make it more...... Read More

  • Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | IA137

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more than a million Asian-born Australians, millions of speakers of Asian languages,...... Read More

  • Keeping PISA in Perspective: Why Australian Education Policy Should Not Be Driven by International Test Results

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Dec 2012 | IA136

    International student assessments such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) provide useful information for individual...... Read More

  • After the Riot: the Meaning for Multicultural Australia

    Benjamin Herscovitch, Jeremy Sammut and Peter Kurti | 11 Oct 2012 | IA135

    The riot on 15 September in the Sydney CBD by Muslim protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism. Are the values that have made Australia a successful ‘immigrant nation’...... Read More

  • Australia’s Future Fiscal Shock

    Robert Carling | 28 Sep 2012 | IA134

    Government is facing the arduous task of securing sustainable expenditure, revenue and debt beyond the current four-year horizon of the budget estimates, says Robert Carling in Australia’s Future Fiscal...... Read More

  • Australia's Asia Literacy Non-Problem

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 05 Sep 2012 | IA133

    New large-scale Asia literacy programs are not necessary for Australia to prosper in the Asian Century. There are approximately 2 billion English speakers globally, while English is spoken by about 800...... Read More

  • Faraway, So Close: How the Euro Crisis Affects Australia

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 23 Apr 2012 | IA132

    Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and even Italy are in danger of defaulting on their debt. The continent’s...... Read More

  • Overcoming a Culture of Low Expectations

    Jessica Brown | 28 Mar 2012 | IA131

    The most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work – including people with disabilities, children in jobless families, and Indigenous people living in remote communities...... Read More

  • The Henry Tax Review: A Liberal Critique

    Adam Creighton | 14 Mar 2012 | IA130

    The public release of Australia’s Future Tax System—known as the Henry review—in May 2010 sparked an ongoing debate in Australia about the structure and efficiency of the country’s tax system....... Read More

  • A Waste of Energy: Why The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is redundant

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 01 Mar 2012 | PM129

    The federal government’s plans to establish a Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) should be scrapped. As a commercially oriented company, it competes with private investors. As a company with a public...... Read More

  • The Decade-long Binge: How Government Squandered Ten Years of Economic Prosperity

    Luke Malpass | 17 Nov 2011 | IA128

    Government spending in New Zealand has increased enormously over the past decade in order to meet social goals. From 2000-2010 spending increase from $35 billion to $70.5 billion, a 57% increase in real...... Read More

  • Free-Trade Ferries: A Case for Competition

    Alexander Philipatos | 27 Oct 2011 | IA127

    Sydney needs a network of ferries that is able to cater to the city’s changing demographics but is also financially sustainable and responsible. The current state-controlled model has proved inefficient,...... Read More