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

  • 18C makes us all tongue-tied

    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

    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

  • Yes, Paris atrocity was about religion

    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

  • No ‘War on Christmas’ Here

    15 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

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

  • Personal freedom leads to economic freedom

    27 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    It is clear now that economic liberty has supported a massive global reduction of poverty, disease and other key factors. It is also clear that the relationship holds—even controlling for geography,... Read More

  • 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. The Age of Endarkenment

      Brendan O'Neill, Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

      Humans are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to science and technology. So why... Read More...

    2. The Enlightenment Made Us

      Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

      Nick Cater examines the Enlightenment ideals that helped shape our uniquely Australian culture, and asks whether the pragmatism... Read More...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. 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 ... Read More

    2. 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 ... Read More

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. Personal freedom leads to economic freedom

      Greg Lindsay | 27 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

      It is clear now that economic liberty has supported a massive global reduction of poverty, disease and other key factors. ... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. It's just not cricket

      Jenny Lindsay | 23 Jan 2015

      Is there no escaping Big Brother telling me how to live my life!...

    2. Stop the state 'playing Dad'

      Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jan 2015

      Gary Johns has argued that compulsory contraception is needed to stop women having children and relying on the state to support ...

    3. Free speech and the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

      Trisha Jha | 16 Jan 2015

      It is a strange defence of freedom of expression that simultaneously condemns the killing of people for drawing cartoons ...

    4. For and against - but standing for what?

      Peter Kurti | 16 Jan 2015

      Amid the placards and pencils borne by the multitude in Paris, which principles were they professing to defend?...

    5. Helicopter parenting to protect G20 politicians

      Cassandra Wilkinson | 07 Nov 2014

      This is a great opportunity to showcase a little of our local culture — in this case our proud history of political protest....

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