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. 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.

  2. FEATURE: How Think Tanks Work

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jan 2015 | POLICY Magazine

    How does a think tank influence policy? Research Fellow Jeremy Sammut explains.

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. The totalitarianism of marriage equality

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Mar 2015 | The Spectator

    This isn’t democracy — it’s the totalitarian tactics of personal intimidation.... Read More

  2. Doctor, charge what you dare

    David Gadiel | 24 Mar 2015 | The Australian

    Rather than flogging the dead horse of the GP co-payment, the government could have avoided this embarrassment by leaving ... Read More

  3. Pension plan: political pain for little fiscal gain

    Matthew Taylor | 19 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    If Scott Morrison is willing to grasp the nettle of pension reform, he would be better off looking at ways to move those ... Read More

  4. Why you shouldn't trust these IGR predictions

    Simon Cowan | 05 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The fact that the majority of voters in 2055 will be over 50 years old will have a massive influence on future policy decisions, ... Read More

  5. Close hospitals to treat more patients

    Jeremy Sammut | 03 Mar 2015 | Adelaide Advertiser

    This may sound strange, but the way to get more hospital care and reduce waiting times is to close down public hospitals.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 18C is not what keeps us civil

    Jeremy Sammut | 02 Apr 2015

    The Abbott Government’s attempt to remove Section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) was politically doomed the ...

  2. A more competitive Medicare

    David Gadiel | 27 Mar 2015

    Government should abolish the Schedule Fee together with the bonus for bulk billing, and save itself the cost and contradiction ...

  3. Same-sex marriage isn't same-sex parenting

    Simon Cowan | 27 Mar 2015

    The simple fact is that, for good or ill, society has moved past the ‘traditional’ meaning of marriage....

  4. Open the borders

    Trisha Jha | 20 Mar 2015

    Apart from the ever-present issue of asylum seeker and refugee policies, and stoushes over 457 visas, immigration policy ...

  5. Not pro-homeopathy, but anti-anti-homeopathy

    Helen Andrews | 20 Mar 2015

    There was something unseemly about the round of crowing that followed the release of the National Health and Medical Research ...

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