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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Let’s adopt a more sensible approach to kids in care

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    In 2012-13, only 135 children were adopted from state care, even though more than 40,000 children were in care.... Read More

  • Getting millionaires off the old-age pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Apr 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    Joe Hockey should look to address the pension means test that allows millionaires to receive welfare.... Read More

  • Brendan O'Neill on the Racial Discrimination Act and freedom of speech

    Brendan O'Neill | 15 Apr 2014 | Radio National

    Freedom of speech, in short, is as much about the freedom of the listener as it is about the freedom of the speaker.... Read More

  • Diary changes agenda

    Nick Cater | 15 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    When it comes to crimes against humanity, too much discussion is barely enough.... Read More

  • Feminism is not the exclusive preserve of the left

    Trisha Jha | 14 Apr 2014 | The Guardian

    Sexist stereotypes can only effectively be dealt with through free speech, free thought and exchange, and civil activism.... Read More

  • Europe holds its breath for ECB action

    Stephen Kirchner | 11 Apr 2014 | Business Spectator

    There have long been flashing warning signs that monetary policy in the eurozone has been too tight.... Read More

  • Sealing of ballot boxes brings end to ‘phony war’

    Nick Cater | 05 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    The Commission of Audit’s report will be a manifesto for a government that knows its limitations and allows its citizens space to exercise personal responsibility.... Read More

  • Nothing to stop young workers being paid above minimum

    Alexander Philipatos | 04 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    The high minimum wage is eroding employment opportunities for our youth.... Read More

  • Audit report may cut government meddling

    Greg Lindsay | 03 Apr 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Future prosperity depends on our ability to seize the fiscal downturn and the national debt crises in Europe and the United States as an opportunity to reassess the proper size and scope of government.... Read More

  • China's rise is waking up the neighbours

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 03 Apr 2014 | China Spectator

    Worryingly for Beijing, key Asian powers are banding together in a bid to contain China’s territorial and strategic ambitions.... Read More

  • Knights and mates and republicanism-by-stealth

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Mar 2014 | On Line Opinion

    The course of Australian history and social development has validated the faith placed in the freedom of Australian nationhood under the Crown.... Read More

  • Howard’s way ideal for Shorten

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 29 Mar 2014 | The Australian

    Labor MPs have increasingly disengaged with institutions that support free markets.... Read More

  • Why feminists should support childcare deregulation

    Trisha Jha | 27 Mar 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Despite the previous Labor government funding the establishment of new services, it is still difficult for parents to procure an affordable childcare place, so what exactly is the problem? ... Read More

  • Official statistics need a culture change

    Stephen Kirchner | 27 Mar 2014 | Business Spectator

    It's time to re-think the role of the ABC and allow the private sector greater involvement in the collection and dissemination of official and unofficial statistics.... Read More

  • States heading for a debt problem

    Robert Carling | 27 Mar 2014 | Open Forum

    If the states want to be able to spend on infrastructure, they have to keep a tight rein on operating expenses for years to come as the debt of state governments has risen dramatically in the last years.... Read More

  • Abolishing generator of red tape will allow not-for-profit sector to concentrate on real work

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 20 Mar 2014 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Some of the charity commission's actions in its first year have undermined its credibility as an enemy of red tape.... Read More

  • Don't blame foreigners for rising house prices

    Stephen Kirchner | 20 Mar 2014 | The Age

    Shoddy tax laws, not Chinese investors, are driving up the prices of new dwellings.... Read More

  • States on a slippery debt slope

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The weakening of states' balance sheets will limit their future capacity to meet expectations in a range of services, including public infrastructure.... Read More

  • How to fix Australia's states of fiscal disgrace

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | Business Spectator

    To avoid further deterioration in state finances, states will need to be extremely disciplined in their operating expenditure in all functions, including health and education.... Read More

  • US military might ensures Beijing's bark is worse than its bite

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 17 Mar 2014 | On Line Opinion

    Washington should continue to use its security presence in the Western Pacific to caution against and undercut Chinese attempts to alter the territorial status quo.... Read More