Classical Liberalism


Classical liberalism is a political philosophy that supports individual freedom, tolerance, markets, the rule of law, and an autonomous civil society. The CIS's work in this area considers how this philosophy can offer alternate ways of looking at policy areas.


  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. Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’... Read More...

  3. Accountable Authoritarianism: Why China’s Democratic Deficit Will Last

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 31 Oct 2013 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    The Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need... Read More...

  4. TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10... Read More...

  5. A Fair Go: Fact or Fiction?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 May 2013 | Policy Monographs

    The Australian ideal of a fair go is fact rather than fiction. By offering all individuals the opportunity to capitalise... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Feminism is not the exclusive preserve of the left

    Trisha Jha | 14 Apr 2014 | The Guardian

    Sexist stereotypes can only effectively be dealt with through free speech, free thought and exchange, and civil activism.... Read More

  2. Australia, a realisation of freedom

    Greg Lindsay | 06 Feb 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The intellectual drift towards modern statism and the allure of big government and centrally-planned, highly-regulated societies ... Read More

  3. Masses rapt in hippy values

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 22 Dec 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Christmas in Australia is drifting from tradition.... Read More

  4. Finkelstein would take us back before 1695

    Greg Melleuish | 16 Mar 2012 | The Australian

    The beginnings of freedom of the press can be traced back to the lapsing of the Licensing Act in England in 1695. This meant ... Read More

  5. Religious freedom must not be taken for granted

    Peter Kurti | 24 Feb 2012 | ABC Online

    The importance of religious belief is both derided and attacked in our public debates. Tony Abbott's Christian faith is often ... Read More

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  1. The Snowden scandal is a hollow victory for Beijing

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 21 Jun 2013

    The moral malaise at the heart of Washington’s intelligence apparatus seems mild when compared to Beijing’s use of surveillance....

  2. The moral case for a smaller state

    Peter Saunders | 14 Jun 2013

    People need to be able to sort out their own problems, rather than having the state take this responsibility away from them....

  3. Why I work for a classical liberal think tank

    Meegan Cornforth | 10 May 2013

    At the core of classical liberalism is the unwavering belief that the best chance humanity has to prosper is when people ...

  4. Requiem for a reformer

    Peter Saunders | 19 Apr 2013

    Thatcher’s people – and protestors – turn up in the thousands to farewell a giant of the twentieth century....

  5. What is a fair share?

    Robert Carling | 15 Mar 2013

    What does a fair share of tax actually mean?...

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