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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. The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist

    Wolfgang Kasper | 25 Jun 2015 | Occasional Papers

    To enjoy prosperity into the future, Australia needs to establish an reform strategy that goes beyond economic policy and... Read More...

  2. Magna Carta: Talisman of Liberty

    Barry Maley | 15 Jun 2015 | Occasional Papers

    The Magna Carta is the foundation of justice, liberty and prosperity, and a singular event in the development of parliamentary... Read More...

  3. Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money

    Anne Twomey, Robert Carling | 29 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial... Read More...

  4. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...

  5. Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

    Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Australian Budget 2015: the panel verdict

    Trisha Jha | 12 May 2015 | The Guardian

    How committed is the Abbott government to ‘budget repair’, or to the challenges of a changing population?... Read More

  2. Intergenerational Report: Pensioners hold the cards in the surplus equation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Mar 2015 | Business Spectator

    The latest Intergenerational Report sends a clear message to policymakers that the nation can no longer afford to continue ... Read More

  3. Why you shouldn't trust these IGR predictions

    Simon Cowan | 05 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The fact that the majority of voters in 2055 will be over 50 years old will have a massive influence on future policy decisions, ... Read More

  4. Why Greece is the word in Queensland

    Robert Carling | 03 Feb 2015 | Business Spectator

    A three year old government is thrown out for imposing too much fiscal austerity and being too keen to sell public assets. ... Read More

  5. Federal-state reform should not mean more tax

    Robert Carling | 20 Jan 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    The key point for both the tax review and the review of federalism is not to start from the premise that overall taxation ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Super Independent Board: A step in the right direction

    Patrick Carvalho | 03 Jul 2015

    In the endless flood of government inquires and reviews - rarely translating to any tangible policy reform - there is good ...

  2. Greece must deal with its past before its creditors

    Simon Cowan | 19 Jun 2015

    It may well be true that Greece will never pay back its debts, as Greek Finance Minister 'Aussie' Yanis Varoufakis claims. ...

  3. 50 shades of youth unemployment

    Patrick Carvalho | 19 Jun 2015

    The rise of a jobless youth contingent in Australia is a growing concern. But we cannot get a clear picture of the problem ...

  4. Death, taxes and political advertising

    Trisha Jha | 19 Jun 2015

    It feels like aeons ago that Kevin Rudd referred to taxpayer-funded political advertising commissioned by governments as ...

  5. Employer PPL response not a scam

    Matthew Taylor | 22 May 2015

    The government's handling of its Paid Parental Leave (PPL) budget measure shows a determination to alienate as wide a constituency ...

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