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Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefit - 25 SEPTEMBER 2013 18:00 - 19:15 Andrew Baker

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In this presentation, CIS Research Fellow Andrew Baker will outline the rise of non-jobseekers on unemployment benefits in Australia since the Global Financial Crisis.   Read More...

Relics of a Byzantine IR System - Alexander Philipatos 16 APRIL 2013

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CIS Policy Analyst Alexander Philipatos will look at how to inject much needed flexibility into Australia’s labour markets by doing away with the last vestiges of the century old arbitration system.   Read More...

Australia’s Asian Century Opportunities - Benjamin Herscovitch 19 FEBRUARY 2013

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CIS Policy Analyst Benjamin Herscovitch will assess Australia’s Asian Century opportunities and argue that the ‘lucky country’ is still on a winning streak.   Read More...

The Future Submarine – Australia’s $40 billion mistake - Simon Cowan 5 NOVEMBER 2012

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CIS Research Fellow Simon Cowan will look at the case for an Australian nuclear-powered submarine and explain why doing the Collins Class all over again might give us another generation of ‘dud subs’.   Read More...

The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme - Andrew Baker 30 OCTOBER 2012

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The NDIS has been billed as the largest social policy reform in Australia since Medicare and it will be certainly be big.  But just how big and how expensive will it be?   Read More...

Panacea to Prison? Justice Reinvestment in Indigenous Communities - Sara Hudson 3 OCTOBER 2012

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What is Justice Reinvestment and is it really a ‘panacea’ to Indigenous over-imprisonment?   Read More...

Asian Literacy in the ‘Asian Century’ - Benjamin Herscovitch

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What is the likely role of English in the ‘Asian Century’? How should Australia’s Asian literacy be rated? Does multicultural Australia already have the necessary human capital to effectively engage with Asia?   Read More...

Back to the ‘bad old days’? IR reform and the Fair Work Act. - Alexander Philipatos

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CIS Policy Analyst Alexander Philipatos will separate fact from fiction in the debate about IR reform and discuss where exactly the Fair Work Act fits into the 20-year story of workplace change.   Read More...

In the Court of King Carr - Jeremy Sammut

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This event will discuss Labor's failures in health and the lessons for the reform-shy O'Farrell Government. It will also examine how the 'progressive' Establishment responds to those who don't share their assumptions.   Read More...

The Gonski Review: Game Changer or Dust Gatherer? Jennifer Buckingham

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Is the Gonski review a step forward or a wasted opportunity for major and lasting reform?   Read More...

Southeast Asia’s American Embrace: Why Washington is Welcome Once Again - Jessica Brown

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Arriving in Australia last November, President Obama brought with him one clear message: America is back in Asia.   Read More...

World Economy At The Crossroads: European Disasters And Asian Opportunities. Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich

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The tectonic plates of the world economy are shifting. While the West is in crisis, Asia is set to dominate the 21st century. What will happen next in Europe’s fiscal and monetary crisis?   Read More...

Not So Super: Reform Options for Australia’s Superannuation System - Adam Creighton

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CIS economist Adam Creighton will address the critical issue of superannuation reform in the lucky country.   Read More...

Debunking the equality myth: A critique of 'The Spirit Level'

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Conducted via live video link from the UK, CIS Senior Fellow Peter Saunders discusses the fallacies and weaknesses evident in the hugely influential book, The Spirit Level.   Read More...

Hands, Mouths and Minds: Three Perspectives on Population Growth and Living Standards.

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A minority of economists, many of whom are classical liberals, have explored the ways in which population growth causes rising living standards. In his Meet the Researchers lecture, CIS Research Fellow Dr. Stephen Kirchner will argue that this perspective changes the way we should think about the costs and benefits of population growth and immigration.   Read More...

Australia's Urban Water Challenge: A Drought of Ideas

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A decade of drought has put Australia's water supplies to the test leaving us with a drought of ideas, not of resources.   Read More...

Billions of Dollars and Thousands of Hours: The Great Medicare Misspend

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Every year, as the federal government shells out for bulk billed GP visits, and one in every three patients waits longer than is clinically safe for surgery, billions of dollars and thousands of hours are wasted.   Read More...

Indonesia’s Strategic Role in a Changing Southeast Asia

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ONLINE BOOKINGS CLOSED, PLEASE CALL (02) 9438 4377 TO BOOK. Indonesia's delicate balancing act with China and the United States will determine what role this emerging regional power is able to play in Southeast Asia’s shifting security architecture.   Read More...

Alcohol Restrictions in Indigenous Towns & Communities: A Liberal Dilemma

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CIS Policy Analyst Sara Hudson presents on alcohol restrictions in Indigenous towns and communities, the first instalment of the CIS Meet the Researchers lecture series for 2011.   Read More...

The Dragon & the Elephant: Five Myths about the Chinese and Indian Economies

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CIS Foreign Policy Research Fellow Dr John Lee exposes five common myths about the economic rise of China and India and examines the genuine similarities and differences between their two approaches.   Read More...

POPULATE OR PERISH? Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich, Research Fellow & Jessica Brown, Policy Analyst

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The population debate has heated up in recent months with both sides arguing their case vehemently.  The discussion has turned into a moral issue when, in fact, reasoned, considered debate is what’s needed.   Read More...

India's 'Soft Power' Problem

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Dr John Lee | Foreign Policy Research Fellow will look at the reasons behind India's weakness in achieving national objectives, and what New Delhi must do to improve as India rises.   Read More...

Fatally Flawed: The Child Protection Crisis in Australia

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CIS Research Fellow Dr. Jeremy Sammut   Read More...

Explaining Big Government: By the People or Against the People?

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Dr Stephen Kirchner, CIS Research Fellow   Read More...

Behind the Moral Curtain: The Politics of a Charter of Rights

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CIS Policy Analyst Elise Parham discusses her research into one of the key policy issues for the coming year: the government’s response to the National Human Rights Consultation, which in September 2009 recommended Australia adopt a charter of rights.  This inaugural Meet the Researchers lecture also marks the launch of the latest CIS report on the charter: Behind the Moral Curtain: The Politics of a Charter of Rights.  What would a charter mean for Australian democracy? Who wants it, and why? These are some of the key questions Elise Parham will address in exploring the politics behind a charter.  The session will be chaired by CIS Research Fellow Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich.   Read More...