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. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... 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. School Funding on a Budget

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only... Read More...

  4. Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting... Read More...

  5. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. HECS-style loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave provides fairness for women and taxpayers

    Matthew Taylor | 12 Jul 2014 | Open Forum

    We need a PPL scheme that doesn’t push all of the cost onto taxpayers to the benefit of those who least need it.... Read More

  2. Loan scheme would solve paid parental leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    The Abbott government’s paid parental leave scheme is Whitlamesque in its scope and expense.... Read More

  3. Nanny rebates aren't about helping the rich

    Trisha Jha | 03 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Extending subsidies to nannies and means-testing existing subsidies will serve to increase equity in childcare, rather than ... Read More

  4. Why Abbott's PPL scheme is a policy for dummies

    Matthew Taylor | 16 Jun 2014 | Business Spectator

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme does not provide any additional labour force participation incentives for parents ... Read More

  5. There are no free meals in the public hospital system

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 11 Jun 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The idea that health services are "free"  in public hospitals is patently false.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Australian teachers face significant classroom challenges

    Jennifer Buckingham | 25 Jul 2014

    Teachers in Australia need to be well-prepared for challenges with rigorous and comprehensive teacher education....

  2. Welfare review flags significant reforms for public housing

    Matthew Taylor | 18 Jul 2014

    Aligning public housing subsidies in favour of a flat rate of assistance would improve workforce participation incentives....

  3. Does fair paid parental leave mean taxpayers cop the bill?

    Matthew Taylor | 11 Jul 2014

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave proposal sends a clear message that the parenting of some is superior to that of others....

  4. Learning from our preventive health failures

    Helen Andrews | 04 Jul 2014

    We need to understand the shortcomings of the national preventive health agency to avoid repeating the same mistakes....

  5. Income management is mutual obligation writ large

    Trisha Jha | 04 Jul 2014

    A common objection to income management is that it makes unemployment benefits conditional and is paternalistic, but this ...

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