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. 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...

  2. 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

  3. 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...

  4. The Enlightenment Made Us

    Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Nick Cater examines the Enlightenment ideals that helped shape our uniquely Australian culture, and asks whether the pragmatism... Read More...

  5. A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience

    Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 16 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations in Australia, is putting... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. 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

  2. There is nothing modern about euthanasia

    Helen Andrews | 25 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    In the 100 years that euthanasia has been a matter for debate, technology has driven the conversation less than people assume.... Read More

  3. Freedom can cure dangerous ideas

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 05 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    Free speech allows those with bad ideas the broadest latitude to makes fools of themselves.... Read More

  4. The Progressive Muzzling of the Right to Dissent

    Jeremy Sammut | 01 Jul 2014 | Quadrant

    The debate over the future of the RDA is a question of democracy, it is about the freedom Australians should have to discuss ... Read More

  5. We all pick the facts that we like

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Jun 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Those in the think tank world who claim to be mere pragmatists with no ideological axe to grind are fooling themselves as ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Helicopter parenting to protect G20 politicians

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 07 Nov 2014

    This is a great opportunity to showcase a little of our local culture — in this case our proud history of political protest....

  2. Britain's Pauline Hanson moment

    Peter Saunders | 17 Oct 2014

    Support for classical liberal ideas remains depressingly small in Britain. It is not Hayek the country is starting to embrace ...

  3. Stubbing out Carmen leaves smokescreen on money-go-round

    Trisha Jha | 10 Oct 2014

    With so much government money sloshing around, censoring the arts for fear of promoting something unsavoury is inevitably ...

  4. Don't Save the Charity Commission

    Helen Andrews | 03 Oct 2014

    An interesting letter arrived at the CIS office this week. Dr Andrew Leigh MP wrote to inform the Centre that ‘Kevin Andrews ...

  5. False conflation of classical liberalism

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 26 Sep 2014

    Conflating conservatism, statism or — worse — blatant electoral politics with a principled philosophy of liberty ...

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