Ideas about Liberty

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Ideas about liberty permeate all elements of CIS research. How much government and regulation does Australia need are questions that we address through our research and events program.

We believe in liberty; freedom of association, religion and speech; and the right to property.

The ideal we endorse is that a good society is one in which autonomous citizens are at liberty to order their affairs as they wish, and in which individuals have the capacity to take personal responsibility for their choices.

Publications

  1. What are We Fighting For? Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas

    David Kilcullen | 10 Feb 2015 | Occasional Papers

    This volume brings together two presentations and the introductions from an event hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies... Read More...

  2. An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions... Read More...

  3. What are we fighting for? Islamism and the threat to liberal values

    David Kilcullen | 12 Nov 2014 | Speeches

    Dr David Kilcullen's address for the 2014 John Bonython Lecture

  4. FEATURE: In Defence of the Nation-State

    Vaclav Klaus | 01 Nov 2014 | POLICY Magazine

    By relentlessly attacking the state, have classical liberals paved the way for a new kind of tyranny?

  5. The Age of Endarkenment

    Brendan O'Neill, Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Humans are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to science and technology. So why... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. 18C makes us all tongue-tied

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    The fear of potential legal action under the RDA also means the nation will debate the question of recognising Indigenous ... Read More

  2. Free speech and the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    Trisha Jha | 16 Jan 2015 | Online Opinion

    The debate about reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has bubbled up again in the wake of the slaughter ... Read More

  3. Yes, Paris atrocity was about religion

    Peter Kurti | 09 Jan 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    Let’s get one thing clear: if you offend Islamist extremists, they will set out to silence you. Kill you, if necessary.  ... Read More

  4. No ‘War on Christmas’ Here

    Helen Andrews | 15 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

     To my great delight as an immigrant, there is no ‘War on Christmas’ in Australia.... Read More

  5. Personal freedom leads to economic freedom

    Greg Lindsay | 27 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    It is clear now that economic liberty has supported a massive global reduction of poverty, disease and other key factors. ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Go west, Gen Y

    Trisha Jha | 10 Apr 2015

    Since I’m a born-and-bred city girl, the situation in Sydney must be rather dire if I’m putting serious thought into ...

  2. Why Britain could be headed for chaos

    Peter Saunders | 27 Mar 2015

    Don’t be surprised if the Conservatives win most votes but Labour forms a government....

  3. Anti-Semitism is much older than Israel

    Peter Kurti | 06 Mar 2015

    ‘Harry Potter’ star Miriam Margolyes has form. Noted for her vehement anti-Israel views, the Jewish actress didn’t ...

  4. Magna Carta lit the way

    William Shrubb | 20 Feb 2015

    For many, the Magna Carta is a beacon of liberty, protecting us from the arbitrary tyranny of our governments, even today....

  5. Can we trust the food nannies?

    Helen Andrews | 13 Feb 2015

    The dietary guidelines endorsed by the US and UK governments for the past three decades, which demonise fat as the number ...

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