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Family Life

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An open and liberal society is characterised by a flourishing civil society, of which strong families are a fundamental part. The family unit should be valued and subject to minimal government interference, but there are challenges to this principle. To what extent should the state support the family? Is paternalistic intervention in dysfunctional families justified? How and when should the state act to strengthen the family? CIS research on family life works to address these issues.

Publications

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Childcare reforms are failing to benefit children

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    As the cost of childcare to the Australian family and taxpayer has ballooned over recent years, it’s imperative to examine ... Read More

  2. Comment: Childcare | the new frontier in the culture wars

    Trisha Jha | 04 Oct 2014 | The Spectator

    Increasingly, institutionalised childcare is being used to promote green and progressive agendas.... Read More

  3. Government funding of families a puzzle

    Trisha Jha | 08 Aug 2014 | Newcastle Herald

    Are families really well served by the $32 billion family payments system?... Read More

  4. Tax disincentives for working mums should be removed

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | The Australian

    To increase female labour force participation and repair the budget deficit, start by looking at the perverse incentives ... Read More

  5. Abbott's PPL extravagance is a crying shame

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator

    If the government wants to get people back to work, redirecting money from their gold-plated PPL scheme to childcare subsidies ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. The Grey Army of early Newstart retirees

    Matthew Taylor | 21 Nov 2014

    The Abbott government chalked up a modest win this week with the first of its social services budget measures passed by the ...

  2. Child Protection: too few adoptions mean too much of everything else

    Jeremy Sammut | 14 Nov 2014

    Rather than not doing enough early intervention, the problem with the child protection system is that we have too much of ...

  3. Courage is needed right now to fix childcare

    Trisha Jha | 07 Nov 2014

    What cannot be categorically denied is that the burden of the National Quality Framework on providers’ operating costs ...

  4. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

  5. Sorting child protection facts from fiction

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 Aug 2014

    Ideology and propaganda often gets in the way of a clear-eyed view of the problems in the child protection system. The first ...

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