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

  • Coolies sold down the river by the bamboo ceiling

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jan 2015 | The Spectator

    Those who seek to unearth overt racism will find it in even our most successful migrant stories.... Read More

  • Federal-state reform should not mean more tax

    Robert Carling | 20 Jan 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    The key point for both the tax review and the review of federalism is not to start from the premise that overall taxation needs to be increased or that an increase in the GST is inevitable.... Read More

  • 18C makes us all tongue-tied

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    The fear of potential legal action under the RDA also means the nation will debate the question of recognising Indigenous people in the constitution with its tongue tied.... Read More

  • Free speech and the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    Trisha Jha | 16 Jan 2015 | Online Opinion

    The debate about reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has bubbled up again in the wake of the slaughter at the office of Charlie Hebdo, and has been met with predictable outrage over...... Read More

  • Don’t rule out war with China

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Jan 2015 | Business Spectator

    Canberra should offer no assurances of neutrality and should leave open the option of joining a US-supported Japanese war with China.  ... Read More

  • Yes, Paris atrocity was about religion

    Peter Kurti | 09 Jan 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    Let’s get one thing clear: if you offend Islamist extremists, they will set out to silence you. Kill you, if necessary.  ... Read More

  • Means testing free hospital care will make Medicare sustainable

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    Unless a means test is employed, and so long as the Medicare continues to offer ‘free and universal’ public hospital care paid for by taxes, consumers will have scant incentive to take out private...... Read More

  • Reading writing on the wall

    Jennifer Buckingham | 06 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    Reading specialists around Australia and the world greeted yesterday’s article on NSW primary teaching degrees with mixed emotions.... Read More

  • Overloading welfare state leaves children to pay

    Greg Lindsay | 05 Jan 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    As 2014 ended, many of us felt as though public life had short-changed us.... Read More

  • Sizing up Hockey’s budget task

    Robert Carling | 19 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    The mid-year budget update (MYEFO) has unleashed speculation about what the Abbott government might do to rein in the budget deficit — and a torrent of both helpful and unhelpful suggestions as to what...... Read More

  • There is no more money for childcare

    Trisha Jha | 17 Dec 2014 | SBS

    When the government announced last year that the Productivity Commission childcare inquiry would be expected to deliver new policy recommendations that fit within the existing funding envelope, there was...... Read More

  • Bill Shorten is opposing his own party's health policy

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Dec 2014 | Daily Telegraph

    According to Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, the revised GP co-payment represents the death of Medicare. Yet what the Abbott Government is really doing is implementing the health policy of the Hawke Labor...... Read More

  • Settle in for Hockey’s budget horror show

    Robert Carling | 16 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    The review shows much to be concerned about in the fiscal outlook and exposes the weaknesses in the Abbott government’s first budget.... Read More

  • No ‘War on Christmas’ Here

    Helen Andrews | 15 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

     To my great delight as an immigrant, there is no ‘War on Christmas’ in Australia.... Read More

  • Mercantilist mindset and good fortune make successful China policy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    While the Abbott government trumpets its China-Australia free trade agreement win, it continues to stumble over the non-commercial aspects of China policy.... Read More

  • Don't build subs just to save jobs

    Simon Cowan | 10 Dec 2014 | ABC The Drum

    We shouldn't build submarines in Australia just to provide jobs for a struggling manufacturing industry. The voodoo economics of industry assistance should play no part in defence decisions.... Read More

  • Tony Abbott's budget strategy must be about getting back to basics

    Simon Cowan | 08 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

    It’s not enough to say you want to reset the budget debate, or to blame the carnival sideshow in the Senate.... Read More

  • We risk an Indigenous lost generation

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | The Australian

    Placing Indigenous children in accordance with the ACPP threatens to compromise child wellbeing and keep open the gaps in Indigenous social outcomes.... Read More

  • If it’s broke don’t fix it, abandon it

    Matthew Taylor | 08 Dec 2014

    The Prime Minister’s confirmation that his beleaguered Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme would be “refined” before being put to the parliament in the second half of next year might be a...... Read More

  • Green’s super tokenism will do nothing to increase women’s superannuation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Dec 2014 | Online Opinion

    The Australian Greens amendment is not so much bad as it is bizarre.... Read More