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

  • 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

  • Car crashes and banking capital levels

    Patrick Carvalho | 23 Mar 2015 | Business Spectator

    Are we willing to slow the speed limit of Australia’s financial market? The impact on production, economic development and jobs could be devastating.... Read More

  • Pension plan: political pain for little fiscal gain

    Matthew Taylor | 19 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    If Scott Morrison is willing to grasp the nettle of pension reform, he would be better off looking at ways to move those with greater means off the payment altogether -- that's where the real savings are.... Read More

  • Driven to budget distraction

    Simon Cowan | 13 Mar 2015 | Open Forum

    Given the growing list of budget blunders (for example Medicare reforms), in one sense it should hardly be surprising that the government’s announcement to ‘restore’ funding to a derelict industry...... Read More

  • Fair and logical to put super into homes

    Patrick Carvalho | 12 Mar 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    Despite vocal opposition, Australia’s Superannuation System would actually be strengthened by letting super savings be used for property.... Read More

  • A US$2.1 trillion Chinese defence budget?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 11 Mar 2015 | China Spectator

    Announced in Beijing last week with much fanfare, China’s already colossal official defence budget of US$130 billion is this year set to expand by a whopping 10 per cent.... Read More

  • Welfare for car makers: a policy of confusion

    Patrick Carvalho | 10 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Today's announcement that the federal government will not uphold its pledge to abolish the funding assistance to the car industry is wrong-footed, counter-productive and confusing. Although the chances...... Read More

  • Public policy reforms will control our destiny

    Patrick Carvalho | 05 Mar 2015 | Business Spectator

    The RBA has decided for now to maintain the benchmark interest rates it pays on overnight funds (aka the ‘cash rate’) at the historic low of 2.25 per cent. However, the market is still expecting one—or...... Read More

  • Intergenerational Report: Pensioners hold the cards in the surplus equation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Mar 2015 | Business Spectator

    The latest Intergenerational Report sends a clear message to policymakers that the nation can no longer afford to continue to ring-fence older Australians from the task of budget repair.... Read More

  • Why you shouldn't trust these IGR predictions

    Simon Cowan | 05 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The fact that the majority of voters in 2055 will be over 50 years old will have a massive influence on future policy decisions, but the Intergenerational Report doesn't take that into account, writes...... Read More

  • Close hospitals to treat more patients

    Jeremy Sammut | 03 Mar 2015 | Adelaide Advertiser

    This may sound strange, but the way to get more hospital care and reduce waiting times is to close down public hospitals.... Read More

  • New Supported Living Pension would provide greater fairness

    Matthew Taylor | 02 Mar 2015 | SBS

    The final report of the Review in Australia’s Welfare System recommends what is probably the most comprehensive restructure of Australia’s income support system since its inception.... Read More

  • Children are the victims of violence too

    Jeremy Sammut | 24 Feb 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    There are striking differences between the debate on child protection and the debate about family violence.... Read More

  • Childcare places still come up short

    Trisha Jha | 24 Feb 2015 | Online Opinion

    The Productivity Commission’s report on childcare makes several important recommendations for making the sector more efficient and less complex for families, but doesn’t do enough to address the...... Read More

  • Paying lip service to the Holocaust

    Peter Kurti | 21 Feb 2015 | The Spectator

    Founded in October 1945, the United Nations may think its mission was shaped by the horrors of Auschwitz, but it did not get round to remembering the Holocaust for another 60 years.... Read More

  • Magna Carta started as a failure

    William Shrubb | 20 Feb 2015

    How did a gang of thirteenth century one-percenters in England change the course of history with a document that failed at its start?... Read More

  • Childcare report a vision of how things could be

    Trisha Jha | 20 Feb 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The Productivity Commission has done a relatively good job with its report on the childcare sector and put together a suite of workable policy recommendations, but it is not without serious shortcomings.... Read More

  • Rorts for the rich are a myth

    Robert Carling | 19 Feb 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    Tax concessions in areas such as superannuation, capital gains and GST are under attack like never before.... Read More