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 at The Centre for Independent Studies and the Director of the CIS Health Innovations Program.

A leading advocate of market-based health reform, Jeremy’s health research argues that the long-term sustainability of the Australian health system requires shifting away from reliance on the taxpayer-funded Medicare system towards a self-funded Health Savings Account-based health financing system.  Jeremy’s work has also focused on the structural problems in the Australian health system and has set out far-reaching micro-economic reform agenda that will increase productivity and improve access to necessary services across healthcare spectrum.

His latest report is Medi-Mess: Rational Federalism and Patient Cost-Sharing for Public Hospital Sustainability in Australia.

Jeremy has also published a series of ground breaking research reports for the CIS on the child protection crisis in Australia, which argue for greater use of adoption to give abused children safe and permanent homes. These reports have influenced recent child protection reforms in NSW and Victoria, and his work has led the national debate on adoption reform. His book, The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children, was published in 2015.

Jeremy has 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, and the White Australia Policy and multiculturalism. A researcher at The Centre for Independent Studies since 2007, Jeremy has authored or co-authored 21 health and social policy research reports and has published more than 120 opinion articles including in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, The Drum, and Spectator Australia. He frequently comments on health, child protection, and other policy issues in the print, online, and electronic media.


Featured Publication

  • 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…...
    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…
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Media & Commentary

  • Indigenous child welfare double standards will perpetuate gap 15 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Bill Shorten has been rightly criticised for his comments suggesting ‘culture’ take priority over the welfare of Indigenous children — and for suggesting that only ‘whitefellas’ say otherwise. But it’s really Indigenous politics that Shorten is talking about taking precedence…
    Bill Shorten has been rightly criticised for his comments suggesting ‘culture’ take priority over the welfare of Indigenous children — and for suggesting that only ‘whitefellas’ say otherwise. But it’s really Indigenous politics that Shorten is talking about taking precedence…
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  • New CIS research: To save children, adoption must become a viable option 06 June 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    The federal government should implement a new national framework for child protection in Australia to make adoption a viable option for children that will otherwise spend most of their childhoods in unstable out-of-home care, according to new a Policy Paper…
    The federal government should implement a new national framework for child protection in Australia to make adoption a viable option for children that will otherwise spend most of their childhoods in unstable out-of-home care, according to new a Policy Paper…
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  • Crucial progress on adoption 25 May 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    When I started researching the nation’s child protection crisis a decade ago, there were approximately 35,000 children living in out of home care in Australia, and only 35 of these children where adopted from care in that year. In 2016,…
    When I started researching the nation’s child protection crisis a decade ago, there were approximately 35,000 children living in out of home care in Australia, and only 35 of these children where adopted from care in that year. In 2016,…
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  • Mandatory diversity 20 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The Israel Folau saga has reached an ending of sorts — but, unfortunately, with ominous implications for religious freedom. Rugby Australia announced that Folau — its star player who is coming out of contract — would face no sanctions (this…
    The Israel Folau saga has reached an ending of sorts — but, unfortunately, with ominous implications for religious freedom. Rugby Australia announced that Folau — its star player who is coming out of contract — would face no sanctions (this…
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  • Universities need charters of intellectual freedom 29 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The latest politically correct madness at the University of Sydney — gender, race, sexuality, and class background quotas at the nation’s oldest debating club — is another demonstration of the extent to which ‘Unlearn U’ has mainlined postmodern identity politics.…
    The latest politically correct madness at the University of Sydney — gender, race, sexuality, and class background quotas at the nation’s oldest debating club — is another demonstration of the extent to which ‘Unlearn U’ has mainlined postmodern identity politics.…
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Publications

  • 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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  • The History Wars Matter 08 November 2017 | OP159
    Despite what the post-modern theorists claim, the nation remains the ultimate political reality. The power of the national story to inspire our collective beliefs about ourselves as Australians, and for those beliefs to inspire the direction of our national life, is the reason the history wars matter. The history wars…...
    Despite what the post-modern theorists claim, the nation remains the ultimate political reality. The power of the national story to inspire our collective beliefs about ourselves as Australians, and for those beliefs to inspire the direction of our national life, is the reason the history wars matter. The history wars…
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  • Medi-Mess: Rational Federalism and Patient Cost-Sharing for Public Hospital Sustainability in Australia 16 July 2017 | RR30
    The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the Turnbull government’s subsequent abandonment of…...
    The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the Turnbull government’s subsequent abandonment of…
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  • Fiscal Fiction: The Real Medicare Levy 07 May 2017 | RR27
    The Medicare Levy is, and always has been, a fiscal fiction. The revenue raised by the levy is not ‘hypothecated’ – dedicated specifically to fund Medicare – but goes into general government revenue. Moreover, the amount of revenue raised by the levy accounts for a mere fraction of government spending…...
    The Medicare Levy is, and always has been, a fiscal fiction. The revenue raised by the levy is not ‘hypothecated’ – dedicated specifically to fund Medicare – but goes into general government revenue. Moreover, the amount of revenue raised by the levy accounts for a mere fraction of government spending…
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  • Real Choice for Ageing Australians: Achieving the Benefits of the Consumer-Directed Aged Care Reforms in the New Economy 09 April 2017 | RR24
    The consumer-directed aged care (CDC) reforms are an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of market-based reforms to often sceptical and change-averse members of the public. Given the broader implications, this report warns that the CDC reforms could fall short of their promise and fail to optimise the potential outcomes due…...
    The consumer-directed aged care (CDC) reforms are an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of market-based reforms to often sceptical and change-averse members of the public. Given the broader implications, this report warns that the CDC reforms could fall short of their promise and fail to optimise the potential outcomes due…
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