Civil Liberties

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Many nations are turning to charters of rights as the main protector of civil liberties. CIS explores whether this is the best approach for Australia, and the extent to which our legal system can and should enshrine more than just civil and political rights.

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. 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...

  5. 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...

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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. Qantas fights religious freedom battle

    Peter Kurti | 06 Nov 2014 | Australasian Muslim Times

    Qantas isn’t just facing a commercial battle over business seats. It’s also facing a legal battle over religious freedom ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Too scared

    Peter Saunders | 19 Oct 2012

    Big state bureaucracies find it difficult coping with individual initiative or making room for common sense....

  4. Thought crime

    Peter Saunders | 20 Jul 2012

    Britain’s race relations laws attempt to control, not just what we do, but the way we think....

  5. Free to be fat

    Andrew Baker | 15 Jun 2012

    The obese should pay for their obesity – through market rates, not government taxes, so that the healthy are not punished ...

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