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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.  Communications Manager: Karla Pincott 0411 759 934

  • The home is key to our ageing future

    Simon Cowan | 28 Apr 2015 | Canberra Times

    The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income.... Read More

  • Nanny trial: the devil is in the detail

    Trisha Jha | 28 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Since the Productivity Commission’s draft report into childcare was released in July last year, the issue of whether nannies – or, more accurately, in-home carers – should be subsidised as part of...... Read More

  • The right to choose your own super fund

    Patrick Carvalho | 28 Apr 2015 | Investor Daily

    Contrary to Australia’s democratic values, a significant ratio of the country’s workers are denied the right to choose where some of their pay is held, because they are not allowed to choose their...... Read More

  • Reverse mortgage is key to reform

    Matthew Taylor | 27 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    The retirement system is failing to deliver the living standards it could for many retirees and pensioners, while costing taxpayers an increasing — and increasingly unsustainable — amount.... Read More

  • The real and present threat of China’s territorial claims

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 25 Apr 2015 | China Spectator

    The temperature just surged a few degrees in the South China Sea’s heated territorial dispute between China and its Southeast Asian neighbours.... Read More

  • 'We get it already': redundant public health campaigns do little

    Helen Andrews | 23 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    There are a few aspects of the new $26 million pro-immunisation package that are more objectionable than its bipartisan agreement would suggest.... Read More

  • It’s time to face up to the Muslim fault line

    Peter Kurti | 21 Apr 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    We were given a stark reminder on the weekend that our nation faces a growing threat to its security, when Victorian police intercepted plans by alleged Islamic State recruits to launch attacks on Anzac...... Read More

  • The evidence for immigration

    Patrick Carvalho | 21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Unfortunately, some debaters are propagating misconceptions and myths about immigration. Even respected columnists are lured to the easy scapegoating.... Read More

  • Cases for more local and overseas adoptions are different, but the same

    Jeremy Sammut | 21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    International adoptions of foreign-born children in Australia have fallen to record lows. And the reasons are clear to pinpoint.... Read More

  • Wrong answer, Mr Hockey

    Robert Carling | 20 Apr 2015 | Business Spectator

    Unless Hockey thinks he is just calling South Australia’s bluff, he has given the wrong answer.... Read More

  • Public primary schools are holding their own

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    Public schools have risen to the challenge of school choice... Read More

  • Housing boom? Think again.

    Patrick Carvalho | 17 Apr 2015 | Business Spectator

    Ultimately, there is no housing boom; the name of the game is housing obstruction.... Read More

  • Anti-vaxxer crackdown a hammer in want of a nail

    Trisha Jha | 14 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    In spite of being a strong supporter of vaccination, I find some issues with this new policy.... Read More

  • Hugh White is right even when wrong

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Apr 2015 | China Spectator

    Foreign policy commentary in Australia can be a fratricidal business.  ... Read More

  • Charities regulator reprieve

    Helen Andrews | 09 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    Now that the ACNC is safe, it should focus on making sure that its critics’ worst predictions do not end up coming true.... Read More

  • Hitting the ‘rich’ no solution to budget deficit problem

    Robert Carling | 08 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    The campaign against tax concessions is finding oxygen in a climate of public opinion that has little tolerance for spending cuts affecting low and middle income earners and believes the budget can be...... Read More

  • Financial System Inquiry's pre-emptive power straight out of Hollywood script

    Patrick Carvalho | 08 Apr 2015 | The Canberra Times

    Some suggestions from the Financial System Inquiry might have you thinking you’re in the Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report, after you examine the recommendation for introduction of a pre-emptive...... Read More

  • Individual choice on financial advice costs

    Patrick Carvalho | 01 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    However the FSI’s impact is in danger of being subsumed by a triad of reports attempting to build a requirement for qualifications without a solid foundation.... Read More

  • The totalitarianism of marriage equality

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Mar 2015 | The Spectator

    This isn’t democracy — it’s the totalitarian tactics of personal intimidation.... Read More

  • Doctor, charge what you dare

    David Gadiel | 24 Mar 2015 | The Australian

    Rather than flogging the dead horse of the GP co-payment, the government could have avoided this embarrassment by leaving the responsibility of patient cost sharing to the marketplace.  ... Read More