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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Where to find the silver lining when a AAA rating vanishes

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    News of a credit rating downgrade, such as that handed to Western Australia’s government by Moody’s this week, is a state treasurer’s worst nightmare. But it need not be disastrous if it serves to...... Read More

  • Comment: Why we need Disability Support Pension reform

    Matthew Taylor | 22 Aug 2014 | SBS

    Welfare is never as good as having a job, and currently the Disability Support Pension does not do enough to ensure that people with disabilities who can work are encouraged to do so.... Read More

  • NAPLAN: IQ versus poverty

    Jennifer Buckingham | 21 Aug 2014 | The Australian

    THE release of NAPLAN data ­always brings some sort of controversy. This year it was about a ­decline in writing performance, but a longer running controversy is the persistent gap in literacy and numeracy...... Read More

  • Hard-headed realism needed in the South China Sea

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator

    Hopes of resolving the South China Sea’s bitter territorial disputes have once again proven illusory.... Read More

  • Government funding of families a puzzle

    Trisha Jha | 08 Aug 2014 | Newcastle Herald

    Are families really well served by the $32 billion family payments system?... Read More

  • Tax disincentives for working mums should be removed

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | The Australian

    To increase female labour force participation and repair the budget deficit, start by looking at the perverse incentives in the tax-and-transfer system. ... Read More

  • Abbott's PPL extravagance is a crying shame

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator

    If the government wants to get people back to work, redirecting money from their gold-plated PPL scheme to childcare subsidies is likely to be more effective.... Read More

  • Unemployment crackdown: one size doesn't fit all

    Simon Cowan | 01 Aug 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Forrest's solution of extending income management to all unemployed people ignores the fact that people are unemployed for different reasons and so need different policy responses.... Read More

  • Singapore has the right prescription

    David Gadiel and Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    Individuals should be allowed to opt out of Medicare and assume more responsibility for funding their own healthcare.... Read More

  • Australia mustn't jump the gun on macro-prudential policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 25 Jul 2014 | Business Spectator

    There are good reasons for Australia not to follow other countries in making greater use of macro-prudential policy instruments.... Read More

  • There is nothing modern about euthanasia

    Helen Andrews | 25 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    In the 100 years that euthanasia has been a matter for debate, technology has driven the conversation less than people assume.... Read More

  • Hockey’s tax receipts don’t reveal the deficit

    Robert Carling | 22 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    What do Joe Hockey's new tax receipts for individuals really tell us about what the government spends and receives?... Read More

  • Beijing sinks South China Sea code of conduct

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 21 Jul 2014 | China Spectator

    In the South China Sea, Beijing still refuses to accept the rules of conduct, preferring to bully its way to control of disputed territory.... Read More

  • Innovators have the right to fail

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 12 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    We need to teach kids that failure is part of life and it's not always somebody’s fault when things don’t work out. ... Read More

  • HECS-style loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave provides fairness for women and taxpayers

    Matthew Taylor | 12 Jul 2014 | Open Forum

    We need a PPL scheme that doesn’t push all of the cost onto taxpayers to the benefit of those who least need it.... Read More

  • You get senators on side by getting voters on side

    Simon Cowan | 11 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Many of the Abbott government's key reforms seem unlikely to get through the new Senate.... Read More

  • Scapegoating investors won’t slow up house prices

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Unless global real interest rates rise significantly in the future, the gains in house prices are unlikely to be unwound.... Read More

  • Tolerance squeezing out conviction

    Peter Kurti | 10 Jul 2014 | On Line Opinion

    Australian courts look to be taking a more restrictive view of religious liberty as they seek to strike a balance.... Read More

  • Loan scheme would solve paid parental leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    The Abbott government’s paid parental leave scheme is Whitlamesque in its scope and expense.... Read More

  • Freedom can cure dangerous ideas

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 05 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    Free speech allows those with bad ideas the broadest latitude to makes fools of themselves.... Read More