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Policy Forums (PF) collates and expands on lectures given at CIS Forum or workshop.

  • Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

    Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner and Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | PF27

    This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the Australian federation. The forum was held in the context of the Commonwealth government’s...... Read More

  • Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan and Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | PF26

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately and always fiercely on behalf of the poor and the powerless. The CIS held a commemoration...... Read More

  • TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman and Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | PF25

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10 years. This collection of speeches presented at the campaign’s launch focuses...... Read More

  • What’s New with Anti-Semitism?

    Paul Kelly, Peter Kurti and Philip Mendes | 13 Aug 2012 | PF24

    Criticism of Israeli government domestic policy has intensified in Australia with the emergence of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign here. In a CIS Round Table discussion...... Read More

  • Regulation or Strangulation? Banking After the Global Financial Crisis

    Ian Harper and Robert Carling | 12 Jun 2012 | PF23

    Inadequate regulation of finance has taken much of the blame for the global financial crisis, leading governments around the world to design a new, tighter regime of regulation centred on the Basel III...... Read More

  • Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain

    Andrew Patterson, David Kirk, Don Turkington and Luke Malpass | 27 Mar 2012 | PF22

    Why are so many New Zealanders flocking to Australian shores, and what can be done to stop the so-called Kiwi ‘brain drain’? In Flight of the Kiwi,four New Zealanders discuss the policy reforms that...... Read More

  • Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich and Robert Carling | 30 Nov 2011 | PF21

    What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis and has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign debt crisis.... Read More

  • Tax Reform – For Economic Growth or Bigger Government?

    Robert Carling | 14 Dec 2010 | PF20

    The long-awaited report on Australia's Future Tax System (the 'Henry review') was released by the government in May 2010. Shortly afterwards, The Centre for Independent Studies held a policy forum to discuss...... Read More

  • Shooting the Messenger: The Ban on Short Selling

    John Green, Stephen Kirchner and Robert Bianchi | 01 Feb 2010 | PF19

    In September 2008, governments around the world instituted bans on the short sale of equity securities.  In Australia, the ban went further and lasted longer than in other comparable countries.  These...... Read More

  • Fiscal Fallacies : The Failure of Activist Fiscal Policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 14 Oct 2009 | PF18

    Editor, Stephen Kirchner ; Contributors, John B Taylor ; Tony Makin ; Robert Carling The global financial crisis that emerged in 2007 has turned into a major, worldwide economic downturn more serious...... Read More

  • Supersize New Zealand : A Collection of Essays on How to Improve New Zealand's Public Policy

    Luke Malpass | 09 Sep 2009 | PF17

    This collection of essays from the Centre for Independent Studies show that increased regulation and expenditure have put a handbrake on economic growth and prosperity in this country. The global financial...... Read More

  • Supping with the Devil : Government Contracts and the Non-Profit Sector

    Peter Saunders | 09 Aug 2009 | PF16

    Big-government corporatism is now in danger of smothering the third sector altogether. The temptation for non-profit organisations to go after government contracts is huge, for the financial rewards can...... Read More

  • Where to for Australian Federalism?

    Robert Carling | 01 Nov 2008 | PF15

    Edited by Robert Carling with contributions from Cheryl Saunders, Jonathan Pincus, Wolfgang Kasper, Cliff Walsh and Ken Baxter.  These papers all give general support to Australia's current Structure...... Read More

  • Social Capital: The Individual, Civil Society and the State

    Andrew Norton | 01 Dec 1997 | PF14

    The concept of 'social capital' meaning roughly the network of conventions supporting trust and social co-oreration, has recently attracted interest from all points on the political spectrum.  The essays...... Read More

  • Should We Worry About the Foreign Debt?

    Gary M. White | 01 Apr 1994 | PF11

    The debate about Australis's foreign debt seems endless.  Some say it is nothing to worry about and other fear a foreign exchange crisis.  The Policy Forum brings together four authorities on the subject...... Read More

  • Australia's Asian Challenge

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 24 Feb 1994 | PF12

    The proceedings of the Autumn Public Policy Forum in the 1994 Bert Kelly lecture series Sydney, 24 February 1994. Three experts on Australian involvement in Asia assess our performance in meeting the Asian...... Read More

  • Restoring The True Republic

    | 01 Sep 1993 | PF10

    In this Policy Forum, two lawyers and an economist document the drift in Australia's constitutional practices away from republicanism and towards centralism, and propose ways of strengthening the accountability...... Read More

  • Do We Need a Reserve Bank?

    Lawrence White | 01 Jul 1990 | PF9

    'Free Banking' is gaining increasing attention as a promising remedy for inflation. Could private agencies be involved in the present functions of a reserve bank?... Read More

  • Regulating for Competition? Trade Practices Policy in a Changing Economy

    Michael James | 01 Dec 1989

    Arguments for a greater reliance on market forces to protect consumer welfare are explored in this collection by leading Australia, New Zealand and international authorities on the theory and practice...... Read More