Social Policy

social-policy

The Centre for Independent Studies remains at the forefront of social policy debate in Australia, with a focus on key issues such as welfare, health care, education and child protection. Ending the growth of the welfare state is a priority for the CIS social research team, as government spending on welfare continues to increase, seemingly unabated.

Since the 1980s, the CIS has been researching social policy issues, with the aim of promoting policies that emphasise personal responsibility and individual choice.

The CIS seeks a future for Australia that has individual freedom under a limited government. We believe that such a future would strengthen community life, leading to a more cohesive and flourishing civil society.

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Publications

  1. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | Research Reports

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  2. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | TARGET30 Papers

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  3. Towards a more competitive Medicare: The case for deregulating medical fees and co-payments in Australia

    David Gadiel | 20 Mar 2015 | Research Reports

    This research paper outlines how to introduce a price signal for Medicare without introducing a GP copayment.

  4. FEATURE: Research Snapshot: Preventive Health

    Helen Andrews | 20 Jan 2015 | POLICY Magazine

    ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’? In health care, that’s not always true.

  5. The Kinship Conundrum: The Impact of Aboriginal Self-Determination on Indigenous Child Protection

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | Policy Monographs

    This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy,... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Fees for state schools: don't jump to conclusions

    Jennifer Buckingham | 22 Jun 2015 | ABC The Drum

    There are few things more likely to ignite passionate opinions than school funding. Even a hint of any change that does not ... Read More

  2. Pension reform: Pensioner against pensioner or old against young?

    Matthew Taylor | 18 Jun 2015 | SBS

    Upon announcing that the opposition would not support the government’s budget measure to move the wealthiest age pensioners ... Read More

  3. Islamic relations: The victim mentality will not help Muslim cause

    Peter Kurti | 15 Jun 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    What is required on the part of Muslim and non-Muslim Australians alike is a new attitude to combatting the problem of Muslim ... Read More

  4. At last, PPL targeted at those who need it

    Matthew Taylor | 20 May 2015 | SBS

    Budget 2015 proposes to do what the Gillard government should have done in 2011: Ensure taxpayer funded Paid Parental Leave ... Read More

  5. The home is key to our ageing future

    Simon Cowan | 28 Apr 2015 | Canberra Times

    The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. How fake was the ‘fake’ chocolate study?

    Helen Andrews | 05 Jun 2015

    News outlets across the globe were embarrassed last week when Dr John Bohannon announced his widely publicised ...

  2. Debate we have to have

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 May 2015

    The new appointments to counter home-grown terrorism are a clever and politically astute move that will facilitate the national ...

  3. Unleashing the adoption revolution

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 May 2015

    The most interesting response to SBS TV's 'Struggle Street' documentary series was the article by Mamamia founder, Mia Freedman, ...

  4. Inequality is inevitable in a free society

    Jennifer Buckingham | 08 May 2015

    Is it more important (and fairer) to maximise the quality of life and opportunity for all children, or to try to ensure no ...

  5. Blame 'preventive health' pushers for public ignorance

    Helen Andrews | 08 May 2015

    The most remarkable thing about Professor Christobel Saunders's speech at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' annual ...

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