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. The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with... Read More...

  2. Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

    Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary... Read More...

  3. 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...

  4. Preserving Peace as China Rises I

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...

  5. Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Anti-terror laws need a watchdog

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 14 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    National security laws should contain appropriate safeguards for the rights of individuals and remain proportionate to any ... Read More

  5. Be careful what you wish for: bans and censorship tend to bite the hand that voted for them

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 07 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    Culture is still being censored and there is a worthy fight to be had defending artists from the gag.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Liberty or licence

    Peter Saunders | 18 Jul 2014

    John Stuart Mill thought that free individuals would chose to use their liberties to pursue higher pleasures rather than ...

  2. Freedom to believe must mean freedom to practice

    Peter Kurti | 04 Jul 2014

    The right to religious liberty is not an absolute right and must always be balanced against other rights and freedoms enjoyed ...

  3. Thank you from the Executive Director

    Greg Lindsay | 27 Jun 2014

    As the financial year draws to a close, it's a great time to recognise the people whose support keeps CIS going. Thank you ...

  4. Truly dangerous ideas don't condemn girls to death

    Jeremy Sammut | 27 Jun 2014

    Using the Opera House to provide a platform for someone to justify and excuse murder is an intolerable violation of the basic ...

  5. Will defunding school chaplains mean smaller government?

    Simon Cowan | 20 Jun 2014

    Why should taxpayers fund the general provision of religious services anywhere? ...

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