Law

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The Centre for Independent Studies' work in law has examined constitutional issues, property rights, and the undermining of civil liberties.

We believe that the rule of law is one of the foundation stones of a free and prosperous society.


Publications

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. FEATURE: Law Without the State

    Jonathan Crowe | 08 Sep 2014 | POLICY Magazine

    A consent-based legal system can exist without the state.

  5. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Magna Carta started as a failure

    William Shrubb | 20 Feb 2015

    How did a gang of thirteenth century one-percenters in England change the course of history with a document that failed at ... Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Comment: Struggle against Islamist ideology will last centuries

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 06 Oct 2014 | Online Opinion

    Combating Islamic State’s deadly global reach gets more urgent by the day.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Your Bumper, Blockbuster, Holiday-Issue Ideas@TheCentre

    | 19 Dec 2014

    With CIS taking a break over the holiday season, we wanted to bring you a special issue of Ideas to finish the ...

  2. Health reform needs a 'Plan B'

    Jeremy Sammut | 28 Nov 2014

    This is the attitude that advocates of health reform must adopt now that the Abbott government’s co-payment initiative ...

  3. The Prime Minister might be a feminist

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 03 Oct 2014

    The Prime Minister has attracted some ire previously by calling himself a feminist. This week he once again proved he either ...

  4. Sea Shepherd defeat highlights pointless regulator

    Helen Andrews | 15 Nov 2013

    The Coalition should press ahead with plans to abolish the charities commission, given the High Court’s decision to not ...

  5. Workplace rights taken to the extreme

    Alexander Philipatos | 19 Jul 2013

    Mel Greig’s case against Southern Cross Austereo could open the flood-gates of litigation and make a mockery of workplace ...

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