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The CIS examines the roles and responsibilities of commonwealth, state and local governments, the fiscal aspects of federalism and the benefits a federal structure brings to Australia.

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. TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions... Read More...

  3. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions... Read More...

  4. Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 17 Oct 2011 | Submissions

    Should local government be recognised in the Constitution? And would such recognition make a practical difference? International... Read More...

  5. Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 14 Jul 2011 | Policy Monographs

    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. NSW health history shows Carr's feet of clay

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Mar 2012 | The Drum

    If you believe the hype, Carr's entry into federal politics is a sign that the floundering incompetence which has typified ... Read More

  2. The future of the ALP may lie in rediscovering a voice from its past

    Adam Creighton | 21 Oct 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Which political party would William McKell support in 2011?... Read More

  3. Carbon tax could have united us all

    Adam Creighton | 13 Jul 2011 | The Age

    More than 3 million households will be worse off come July, about a third of Australian taxpayers. Indeed, many thousands ... Read More

  4. Perk Street is not as one-way as employed, childless renters think

    Adam Creighton | 01 Jul 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Childless renters pay a lot of federal tax but are exempt from many state taxes... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Time to make a deal

    Jennifer Buckingham | 19 Apr 2013

    In rejecting a pretty good funding school model because it is not perfect, we may end up with something much worse....

  2. Unempirical Asian languages alarmism

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 16 Aug 2012

    Asian languages alarmism should not scare us into expanding current language education programs....

  3. 'Of its essence a great mistake'

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 23 Mar 2012

    Canberra fails as a capital city....

  4. Pay for what is yours

    Peter Saunders | 02 Dec 2011

    Take responsibility for your actions – don’t make the rest of us pay....

  5. Media force for democracy

    Jessica Brown | 12 Aug 2011

    The Government should release reports without the media having to request FOI....

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