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 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...

  2. An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions... Read More...

  3. Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child... Read More...

  4. Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately... Read More...

  5. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Means testing free hospital care will make Medicare sustainable

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    Unless a means test is employed, and so long as the Medicare continues to offer ‘free and universal’ public hospital ... Read More

  2. Reading writing on the wall

    Jennifer Buckingham | 06 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    Reading specialists around Australia and the world greeted yesterday’s article on NSW primary teaching degrees with mixed ... Read More

  3. Overloading welfare state leaves children to pay

    Greg Lindsay | 05 Jan 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    As 2014 ended, many of us felt as though public life had short-changed us.... Read More

  4. There is no more money for childcare

    Trisha Jha | 17 Dec 2014 | SBS

    When the government announced last year that the Productivity Commission childcare inquiry would be expected to deliver new ... Read More

  5. Bill Shorten is opposing his own party's health policy

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Dec 2014 | Daily Telegraph

    According to Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, the revised GP co-payment represents the death of Medicare. Yet what the Abbott ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Stop the state 'playing Dad'

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jan 2015

    Gary Johns has argued that compulsory contraception is needed to stop women having children and relying on the state to support ...

  2. School funding mess no surprise

    Jennifer Buckingham | 23 Jan 2015

    The OECD report finding that school funding in Australia is a mess, and school performance is stagnant or declining, will ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Kinship placements risk creating a Lost Generation

    Jeremy Sammut | 12 Dec 2014

    To talk of adoption in relation to Indigenous children is to invite the politically explosive claim that this would create ...

  5. Trans-Tasman harmonisation... a bridge too far

    David Gadiel | 12 Dec 2014

    Abandonment of ANZTIPA seems hard to reconcile with the Australian Government’s declared agenda for deregulation and competitiveness ...

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