Government and Politics

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With a belief in smaller government, The Centre for Independent Studies advocates policies that would limit the size of government in Australia.

In our research, we strive for policies that would reduce regulation and promote a healthy civil society, free of the burdens of big government.

How much government do we really want in Australia? How much government do we really need?

As an independent think tank, the CIS is positioned to seriously analyse the reach of big government, while emphasising freedom, responsibility and enterprise.

Publications

  1. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  2. Conversation with Daniel Hannan

    Nick Cater | 14 Feb 2014 | Transcripts

    Daniel Hannan is one of the leading intellectual forces in British politics.In his latest book, Inventing Freedom: How the... Read More...

  3. Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’... Read More...

  4. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

  5. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. We’ll still be a melting pot

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Mar 2014 | The Spectator

    We are being warned that the glue that unites us is in danger of coming unstuck if the Abbott government fulfils its election ... Read More

  2. Like it or not, national character owes much to the mother country

    Nick Cater | 15 Feb 2014 | The Australian

    It is safe to assume that the academics responsible for the Australian Curriculum would disagree with Daniel Hannan's proposition ... Read More

  3. Cheers to the 'Charity Navigator Model'

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 07 Feb 2014 | ON LINE Opinion

    Too much red tape on charities destroys the qualities that enable these institutions of civil society to address social needs ... Read More

  4. Bring back Medicare co-payment

    Jeremy Sammut | 19 Dec 2013 | The Australian

    The Treasury’s Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook has revealed that next year’s $47 billion federal budget deficit ... Read More

  5. Hockey must by guided by the mantra of Mr Micawber

    Greg Lindsay | 14 Nov 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    The burden of restoring balance to our fiscal position will fall on future generations. The moral aspect of this problem ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Don't call Brandis' statement a gaffe

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 28 Mar 2014

    There is no reason why Brandis’ comments on bigotry should be treated as some sort of gaffe....

  2. Government not to blame for Canberra's China challenge

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 28 Feb 2014

    With capitals across Asia finding relations with an emboldened Beijing increasingly fraught, Canberra’s foreign policy ...

  3. Forget ABC bias, its crowding out that's the problem

    Simon Cowan | 07 Feb 2014

    A review of public broadcasting should address what needs ABC and SBS are fulfilling, and whether they are duplicating or ...

  4. Welfare review has serious blind spots

    Trisha Jha | 24 Jan 2014

    Family Tax Benefit should be a target of scrutiny, yet the welfare review announced by the government has excluded it....

  5. The politics of empirical truths

    Peter Saunders | 13 Dec 2013

    Why is it that when a politician tells people facts they would rather not hear, he or she immediately comes under pressure ...

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