Jeremy Sammut

Senior Research Fellow, and Director of the CIS Healthcare Innovations Program

Jeremy Sammut

Expertise: Health system, child protection, social policy issues

Dr Jeremy Sammut is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at The Centre for Independent Studies.

Jeremy is one the leading ‘think tankers’ in Australia and a key participant in important, complex, and emotionally-charged debates over Australia’s cultural and social direction. His ground-breaking and influential research on Australia’s child protection including the book The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children has lead the national debate on adoption reform.

He lead the CIS Health research program for a decade and is a leading expert on market-based healthcare innovation and policy reform. The author or co-author of 26 research reports and numerous essays, articles and book chapters since joining the CIS in June 2007, he has also published approximately 200 opinion articles and he frequently comments on public policy, social, and cultural issues in the print, online, and electronic media.

Jeremy holds a PhD in Australian political and social history from Monash University, and has published on historical topics including Australian federation, the WWI conscription referendums, the woman’s suffrage movement, the White Australia Policy, immigration, multiculturalism, and Indigenous affairs.


Featured Publication

  • University Freedom Charters: How best to protect free speech on Australian campuses 07 October 2018 | PP10
    This POLICY Paper recommends how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy that is backed with financial penalties for non-compliance might operate to actively spur Australian universities to implement appropriate measures to address anti-free speech disruptive behaviour and properly protect…...
    This POLICY Paper recommends how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy that is backed with financial penalties for non-compliance might operate to actively spur Australian universities to implement appropriate measures to address anti-free speech disruptive behaviour and properly protect…
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Media & Commentary

  • Freedom Charters will Protect Free Speech on University Campuses 12 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The most concerning aspect of the current debate about free speech in Australian universities has been the complacent attitudes of Australian higher education leaders. During Bettina Arndt’s recent speech at Sydney University on ‘rape culture’, riot police had to be…
    The most concerning aspect of the current debate about free speech in Australian universities has been the complacent attitudes of Australian higher education leaders. During Bettina Arndt’s recent speech at Sydney University on ‘rape culture’, riot police had to be…
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  • Off with the campus gag: give all opinions a voice 08 October 2018 | The Australian
    Last month, riot police were called to the University of Sydney to break up a violent protest by 40 students who were trying to stop social commentator Bettina Arndt from making a speech questioning claims by feminist activists about a…
    Last month, riot police were called to the University of Sydney to break up a violent protest by 40 students who were trying to stop social commentator Bettina Arndt from making a speech questioning claims by feminist activists about a…
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  • Free speech charters must be more than words 21 September 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, has proposed that Australian universities be required to adopt new codes to protect freedom of thought and expression. This is in response to the growing campus activism against free expression; typified by last week’s disgraceful…
    Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, has proposed that Australian universities be required to adopt new codes to protect freedom of thought and expression. This is in response to the growing campus activism against free expression; typified by last week’s disgraceful…
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  • Uni free speech charters must be more than mere words 20 September 2018 | The Daily Telegraph
    Federal education minister Dan Tehan has proposed that Australian universities be required to adopt new codes to protect freedom of thought and expression. This is in response to the growing campus activism against free expression; typified by last week’s disgraceful…
    Federal education minister Dan Tehan has proposed that Australian universities be required to adopt new codes to protect freedom of thought and expression. This is in response to the growing campus activism against free expression; typified by last week’s disgraceful…
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  • Gender quotas won’t put Liberals back in touch with voters 13 September 2018 | The Daily Telegraph
    AFTER three changes of prime minister in less than six years, some pundits now claim that what really ails the federal Liberal Party is its “woman problem”. That only a quarter of Liberal MPs are female has led to calls for…
    AFTER three changes of prime minister in less than six years, some pundits now claim that what really ails the federal Liberal Party is its “woman problem”. That only a quarter of Liberal MPs are female has led to calls for…
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Publications

  • Curbing Corporate Social Responsibility: Preventing Politicisation – and Preserving Pluralism – in Australian Business 21 August 2018 | AP2
    The unprecedented part that leading that Australian companies played in the same-sex marriage campaign in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  has led critics to argue that companies should “stick to their knitting” and not meddle in politically-contentious social debates.  CSR threatens to become an ever more expansive rubric…...
    The unprecedented part that leading that Australian companies played in the same-sex marriage campaign in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  has led critics to argue that companies should “stick to their knitting” and not meddle in politically-contentious social debates.  CSR threatens to become an ever more expansive rubric…
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  • John Howard: A Conversation on Culture 26 July 2018 | OP166
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…...
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…
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  • A Viable Option: A National Adoption Framework 06 June 2018 | PP4
    Implementation of the National Child Protection Accountability Framework would correct the bias towards ‘early intervention and prevention’ — in isolation from other important policies and outcomes, especially permanency — evident in the existing National Framework introduced under the Rudd Government in 2009. The new national framework would supplement a family…...
    Implementation of the National Child Protection Accountability Framework would correct the bias towards ‘early intervention and prevention’ — in isolation from other important policies and outcomes, especially permanency — evident in the existing National Framework introduced under the Rudd Government in 2009. The new national framework would supplement a family…
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  • The Future of Medicare: Health Innovation in 21st Century Australia 01 June 2018
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY If the status quo prevails, and we do not overcome the formidable political obstacles to doing things differently in health, Medicare will not only become increasingly unaffordable. Medicare will also be unable to meet the health needs of Australians in the most responsive and patient-centred…...
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY If the status quo prevails, and we do not overcome the formidable political obstacles to doing things differently in health, Medicare will not only become increasingly unaffordable. Medicare will also be unable to meet the health needs of Australians in the most responsive and patient-centred…
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  • Resetting the Pendulum: Balanced, Effective, Accountable Child Protection Systems and Adoption Reform in Australia 11 November 2017 | RR33
    The national significance of the NSW child protection and adoption reforms cannot be overstated. The changes to child protection services in NSW not only constitute a blueprint for genuine systemic change across the full service spectrum, designed to address the unsustainable trajectory of OOHC services. The balanced, effective and accountable…...
    The national significance of the NSW child protection and adoption reforms cannot be overstated. The changes to child protection services in NSW not only constitute a blueprint for genuine systemic change across the full service spectrum, designed to address the unsustainable trajectory of OOHC services. The balanced, effective and accountable…
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