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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Our right to silence is too important to lose

    01 Oct 2012 | The Conversation

    The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary. Read More

  • Religious freedom must not be taken for granted

    24 Feb 2012 | ABC Online

    The importance of religious belief is both derided and attacked in our public debates. Tony Abbott's Christian faith is often used as a stick with which to poke, if not beat, the Opposition Leader Read More

  • Don’t gamble with people’s freedom

    29 Sep 2011 | The Drum

    New Poker Machine laws are impeding people’s freedom Read More

  • Greens boycott is anti-Semitic

    06 Sep 2011 | The Canberra Times

    Recently the Greens have refused to back a motion in the Senate condemning efforts by protesters from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to bar would-be customers from entering... Read More

  • If only phone hacking were the real scandal

    20 Aug 2011 | The Spectator

    For all the tankers of ink that have been spilt analysing Rupert Murdoch’s recent travails, nobody has seen fit to mention the dark irony at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal. Which is that the... Read More

  • Brits recoil from teaching respect for authority at home or school

    15 Aug 2011 | The Australian

    Following last week's riots in Britain, politicians and commentators have similarly been asking the wrong question. What caused thousands of (mainly) young males to torch buildings where they live, loot... Read More

  • Beware pink totalitarianism

    15 Jul 2011 | The Spectator

    Gay marriage dissenters deserve the same respect as advocates Read More

  • Getting the nanny state out of alcohol retail

    28 Mar 2011 | Online Opinion

    To Australian regulators, beer, wine and spirits seem to be in the same danger category as guns and porn – and thus have to be hidden from the public's view in specialised stores. Read More

  • Should we have an absolute freedom of speech?

    26 Mar 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    So it is easy to be for free speech in principle. It is far less obvious what this will mean in practice. Read More

  • Most voters just want a pretty face

    17 Mar 2011 | The Australian

    Sometimes, even a politician's smile is more important than his or her policies. Read More

  • Let’s ignore snobs of Old Europe

    Jens Schroeder | 13 Apr 2010 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Proudly plebeian, Australia has no need to apologise for its egalitarianism and should celebrate its achievements more self-consciously. Read More

  • Unhappy lefties tend to be too clever by half

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 18 Mar 2010 | The Australian

    Lefties are smarter than righties, but could righties be happier. Read More

  • Publications

    1. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

      With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...

    2. Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

      Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

      Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary... Read More...

    3. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

      Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

      The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

    4. Preserving Peace as China Rises I

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

      Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...

    5. Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

      Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

      Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. Our right to silence is too important to lose

      Suri Ratnapala | 01 Oct 2012 | The Conversation

      The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary.... Read More

    2. Religious freedom must not be taken for granted

      Peter Kurti | 24 Feb 2012 | ABC Online

      The importance of religious belief is both derided and attacked in our public debates. Tony Abbott's Christian faith is often ... Read More

    3. Don’t gamble with people’s freedom

      Peter Kurti | 29 Sep 2011 | The Drum

      New Poker Machine laws are impeding people’s freedom... Read More

    4. Greens boycott is anti-Semitic

      Peter Kurti | 06 Sep 2011 | The Canberra Times

      Recently the Greens have refused to back a motion in the Senate condemning efforts by protesters from the anti-Israel Boycott, ... Read More

    5. If only phone hacking were the real scandal

      Brendan O'Neill | 20 Aug 2011 | The Spectator

      For all the tankers of ink that have been spilt analysing Rupert Murdoch’s recent travails, nobody has seen fit to mention ... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. Requiem for a reformer

      Peter Saunders | 19 Apr 2013

      Thatcher’s people – and protestors – turn up in the thousands to farewell a giant of the twentieth century....

    2. After the riot: A civil discussion of multiculturalism

      Jeremy Sammut | 05 Oct 2012

      What does the recent riot mean for Australia’s status as a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society?...

    3. Britain's Olympic fever

      Peter Saunders | 02 Aug 2012

      The idealised image of the United Kingdom presented by Danny Boyle at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games also ...

    4. Thought crime

      Peter Saunders | 20 Jul 2012

      Britain’s race relations laws attempt to control, not just what we do, but the way we think....

    5. Free to be fat

      Andrew Baker | 15 Jun 2012

      The obese should pay for their obesity – through market rates, not government taxes, so that the healthy are not punished ...

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