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

  • There’s more to the burka than a choice of attire

    Peter Kurti | 03 Jul 2015 | The Australian

    National measures announced by the Abbott government in the past month, along with comments this week by the Prime Minister in Singapore, signal the start of a ser­ious debate about the need to combat...... Read More

  • My church is wrong to think coal is evil

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2015 | The Daily Telegraph

    FEARFUL of falling out of step with the fashionable morality of other churches, Sydney Anglican diocese’s investment arm, the $262 million Glebe Administration Board (GAB), is revising its policy with...... Read More

  • Beijing will beat Washington in the South China Sea’s battle of wills

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 26 Jun 2015 | China Spectator

    At the opening of the seventh annual United States-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue earlier this week, US Vice-President Joe Biden launched yet another diplomatic broadside against Chinese territorial...... Read More

  • When the recession comes

    Patrick Carvalho | 25 Jun 2015 | Business Spectator

     The crucial question is how well are we prepared as a nation to cope with a recessionary scenario?... Read More

  • Fees for state schools: don't jump to conclusions

    Jennifer Buckingham | 22 Jun 2015 | ABC The Drum

    There are few things more likely to ignite passionate opinions than school funding. Even a hint of any change that does not involve increased public funding generates news and controversy. The tiniest...... Read More

  • Pension reform: Pensioner against pensioner or old against young?

    Matthew Taylor | 18 Jun 2015 | SBS

    Upon announcing that the opposition would not support the government’s budget measure to move the wealthiest age pensioners off payment, Bill Shorten accused the government of “setting pensioner...... Read More

  • China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: The lump of labour fallacy resurges

    Patrick Carvalho | 18 Jun 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is a landmark victory for Australians, opening up a cornucopia of future export opportunities. Yet unions and industry groups were quick to criticise the...... Read More

  • Islamic relations: The victim mentality will not help Muslim cause

    Peter Kurti | 15 Jun 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    What is required on the part of Muslim and non-Muslim Australians alike is a new attitude to combatting the problem of Muslim radicalisation.... Read More

  • ASIC new funding model is backdoor taxation

    Patrick Carvalho | 05 Jun 2015 | Independent Financial Advisor

    The sugar-coated proposal to directly charge an industry — as if everyday Australians would be spared any cost — is misguided and opportunistic.... Read More

  • Australia should stay out of the South China Sea

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 04 Jun 2015 | China Spectator

    Canberra looks set to wade into the South China Sea’s turbulent waters.  ... Read More

  • A market-oriented solution for the too-big-to-fail problem

    Patrick Carvalho | 01 Jun 2015 | Business Spectator

    The Australian financial watchdog should embrace the new ERN convertible bonds, allowing banks to use these novel convertible bonds to meet the higher capital levels recommended by the recent Financial...... Read More

  • Work for the dole encore: will it work?

    Patrick Carvalho | 30 May 2015 | Canberra Times

    The National Work Experience Programme plan to allow jobseekers to do a part-time month of unpaid work experience might be a step in the right direction to get long-term unemployed into the job...... Read More

  • The distance from Athens to Canberra

    Tom Palmer | 28 May 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    How far is Australia from Greece?  Pretty far, but, sadly, they’re getting closer every day.  Not because the Earth is shrinking, but because the Australian government is very gradually easing...... Read More

  • Australia should intervene in Syria to defeat Islamic State

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 May 2015 | The Australian

    Despite a rich civilizational inheritance stretching back millennia, the Syrian city of Palmyra is fast becoming a byword for savagery.... Read More

  • At last, PPL targeted at those who need it

    Matthew Taylor | 20 May 2015 | SBS

    Budget 2015 proposes to do what the Gillard government should have done in 2011: Ensure taxpayer funded Paid Parental Leave (PPL) payments go to those who need them.... Read More

  • Our churches have fallen in love with climate change

    Peter Kurti | 15 May 2015 | The Spectator

    The sharp, carbon-edged truth is that the churches are keen to adopt climate change as a cause to help them connect with the young, the disaffected, and the disillusioned.... Read More

  • Hits and misses in the youth employment plan

    Patrick Carvalho | 15 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The Budget’s package to help young jobseekers is a step on the right direction, yet it misses the opportunity to introduce more effective breakthrough measures.... Read More

  • Retirement changes focus on the wrong assets, won’t boost incomes

    Simon Cowan | 14 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The fundamental paradox of retirement is that retiree living standards depend on stable and secure incomes, but most retirees typically end up asset rich and cash poor. Solving that problem is key to meeting...... Read More

  • Plucking the foreign flock may backfire

    Patrick Carvalho | 14 May 2015 | ABC The Drum

    As Jean-Baptiste Colbert said in the seventeenth century, the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount...... Read More

  • The United States should not seek strategic primacy in Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 May 2015 | China Spectator

    The strategic sands in Asia are steadily shifting in China’s favour.  ... Read More