Civil Liberties


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.


  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. FEATURE: The Battlelines of Interpretation in Racial Vilification Laws

    Darryn Jensen | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Racial vilification law ensnares courts in political disputes.

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Our right to silence is too important to lose

    Suri Ratnapala | 01 Oct 2012 | The Conversation

    The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary.... Read More

  2. Liberals Drop Ball in Super Free-For-All

    Adam Creighton | 14 Nov 2011 | Australian Financial Review

    Lifting superannuation to 12% is wrong.... Read More

  3. Does gay marriage prove marriage matters?

    Peter Kurti | 29 Sep 2011 | Online Opinion

    Gay couples dragging marriage back into vogue.... Read More

  4. Living together demands civility

    Jessica Brown | 19 Aug 2011 | The Canberra Times

    We should not rush to stifle public discussions on the off chance that an unhinged individual (whether politically motivated ... Read More

  5. Brits recoil from teaching respect for authority at home or school

    Peter Saunders | 15 Aug 2011 | The Australian

    Following last week's riots in Britain, politicians and commentators have similarly been asking the wrong question. What ... Read More

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  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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