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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • No easy fix for youth unemployment

    22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio has fallen by 10 per cent since 2008. Read More

  • Getting millionaires off the old-age pension

    15 Apr 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    Joe Hockey should look to address the pension means test that allows millionaires to receive welfare. Read More

  • It's all relative: The poverty wars are back

    04 Feb 2014 | The Drum

    Relative poverty is a poor measure when it comes to forming public policy aimed at helping Australians who are doing it tough. Read More

  • Fiddling with criteria to hide unemployed

    31 Jul 2013 | The Australian

    The government has been hiding the unemployed on unemployment benefits by turning them from 'jobseekers' into 'non-jobseekers.' Read More

  • Policy conflict on jobs for disabled

    22 Jul 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    The social and economic objectives of DisabilityCare cannot be achieved without reform to the disability support pension. Read More

  • Gillard Deal Risks NDIS Timebomb

    13 May 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    In its eagerness to lock in the funding and governance arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Gillard government seems to have created a fiscal time bomb, where future federal... Read More

  • Only a super-style savings system now will help Medicare survive

    30 Apr 2013 | The Australian

    THE intergenerational reports have told us repeatedly that escalating government spending on health is unsustainable in an ageing Australia. But despite the warnings about the future of the health system,... Read More

  • Extending NDIS poses threat

    21 Feb 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    The age restrictions on the NDIS are crucial in maintaining the scheme’s financial integrity and maximising its benefits. Read More

  • Increasing Newstart would be a costly failure

    25 Jan 2013 | The Punch

    An increase in the base rate of Newstart Allowance will not do much to break down the barriers to employment for the long term unemployed. Read More

  • Disability pension reform key to NDIS success

    20 Dec 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    Reform of the disability support pension is necessary to maximise the benefits of the NDIS. Read More

  • Improving lives or just a welfare monster in the making?

    15 Nov 2012 | The Australian

    There is a real danger the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be even bigger and more expensive than we imagine. Read More

  • The real solution to poverty: J-O-B-S, J-O-B-S, J-O-B-S

    29 Oct 2012 | The Punch

    Moving people off welfare and into full-time jobs would do more to address poverty than increasing the value of welfare benefits. Read More

  • Government policy driving dole growth

    12 Sep 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    The increasing number of people who are on the dole but are exempted from job-search requirements is a serious concern. Read More

  • Higher dole should come as bonus for serious job-seekers only

    31 Aug 2012 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Higher dole should come as bonus for serious job-seekers only. Read More

  • The NDIS will cost us more than we’re being told

    30 Aug 2012 | The Punch

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme presents an opportunity to re-evaluate current and future government expenditure in a moral light: Do they pass an “NDIS test”? Read More

  • Disability, injury insurance schemes need scrutiny

    28 Aug 2012 | The Canberra Times

    The National Injury Insurance Scheme is the forgotten little brother of the bigger, brighter and more popular National Disability Insurance Scheme, but that is no reason to ignore it. Read More

  • How to fund a disability scheme

    01 Aug 2012 | The Australian Financial Review

    First there was the carbon tax, then the mining tax, then the flood tax – and now calls for a national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) levy. Will the stream of new taxes and levies never end? Read More

  • Ability, not disability, should determine access to support

    14 Jul 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Blind people are exempt from certain income support tests, and this anomaly should stop.Blind people are exempt from certain income support tests, and this anomaly should stop Read More

  • Disability employment: noble cause, failed policy

    25 Jun 2012 | The Drum

    The National Disability Recruitment Coordinator program is the latest in a series of policy failures from the Government. Read More

  • Tighten the rules on welfare payments

    08 Jun 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    There is more to welfare reform than amalgamating the benefits. Read More

  • Child protection: generation lost by not being 'stolen'

    05 Jun 2012 | The Drum

    It is incredibly simplistic and misleading to blame the serious problems many troubled children experience on the decision to take them into care. Read More

  • Let's start to expect greater outcomes

    11 Apr 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Fewer than half of Australians with a disability are employed. But we know that given the right help many people, even those with serious disabilities, can work. Read More

  • Mandatory reporting has not failed children

    10 Apr 2012 | The Drum

    Far from the failure it is made out to be, mandatory reporting by police, education and health professionals of children at risk of harm has worked incredibly well. Read More

  • Open up debate on welfare

    10 Feb 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Poor people are often those who miss out on adequate health care: people who can’t afford to go to private hospitals and don’t have the capability to advocate for themselves. Read More

  • Italy defaults on debt and sends lenders broke? So be it

    15 Nov 2011 | Crikey

    The federal government will need to cut spending to ensure a surplus in 2012-13. Read More

  • Liberals Drop Ball in Super Free-For-All

    14 Nov 2011 | Australian Financial Review

    Lifting superannuation to 12% is wrong. Read More

  • Care system still abusing forgotten children.

    03 Nov 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    In 2009 the federal parliament apologised to the Forgotten Australians who were physically, sexually, and emotionally abused in state and charitable-run orphanages between the 1920s and 1970s. The national... Read More

  • Changing expectations of Aboriginal school attendance

    18 Oct 2011 | The Drum

    If my son wasn't hassled every time he was late to school then he would probably continue to be late. If there were no consequences, then despite the carrot of a real job one day, he like many remote Indigenous... Read More

  • The welfare revolution that has passed disability pensioners by

    12 Oct 2011 | Online Opinion

    Unemployment has fallen. Single parents are returning to the workforce in droves. Yet the number of people on Disability Support Pension - currently more than 800,000 - continues to climb – it has to... Read More

  • We must crack down on the Disability Support Pension

    10 Oct 2011 | The Punch

    The number of people on the Disability Pension Scheme must be reduced. Read More

  • Paid leave for dads a useless, cynical waste of money

    06 Sep 2011 | The Punch

    Getting dads more involved in parenting is a noble goal. Unfortunately, there is very little evidence that paid paternity leave will help realise it. Read More

  • Women's rights push dads aside

    03 Sep 2011 | The Australian

    This is the disturbing significance of the controversial NSW birth certificate decision. That no gay spokesperson has expressed concern for the father and child stolen from each other speaks volumes about... Read More

  • Degrees of difference

    22 Aug 2011 | Online Opinion

    Many people have taken umbrage at this arguing that having a separate form for some remote communities is an example of 'positive discrimination'. Few people seem to understand the broader implications... 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

  • Census apartheid: separate form separates a community

    10 Aug 2011 | The Drum

    The use of a separate Census form for some discrete Indigenous communities is not only state-sanctioned apartheid but statistically invalid. Read More

  • OOHC not working for at-risk kids

    19 Jul 2011 | The Drum

    The causes of the OHHC crisis care are multifaceted. But the consensus among experts is that at the heart of the crisis is the increasing numbers of children with 'high needs' entering care because of... Read More

  • Those who can work must not be paid to sit at home

    01 Jul 2011 | The Australian

    Job seekers with low attachment to the labour force should be required to work for the dole. Read More

  • Helping mentally ill go back to work a win for all

    28 Jun 2011 | The Australian

    Unless we find a better way to keep people with mental illness in the workforce, the number of disability pensioners will balloon. Read More

  • A disability insurance scheme offers clear benefits

    20 May 2011 | The Canberra Times

    The Productivity Commission's disability insurance scheme is promising but demands hardline decisions from the government. Read More

  • Welfare reforms are worthwhile, but not an easy budget fix

    12 May 2011 | Online Opinion

    The best way to get unskilled workers into work is to find them an unskilled job – not try to train them for a skilled position they may never get. Read More

  • Migration needs serious debate

    26 Feb 2011 | The Australian

    Australia became a successful nation of immigrants because the egalitarianism that is central to its national character -- the principle that Jack is as good as his mate -- was extended by "old Australians"... Read More

  • Paid parental leave adds to dilemma of family benefits

    Jessica Brown | 11 Jan 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Can we afford to keep expanding an ever more generous system of benefits for middle- and high-income families, or do we need to get more bang for our buck? Read More

  • For the poor, a job must pay better than handouts

    Peter Saunders | 14 Dec 2010 | The Australian

    The British government is taking a gamble with its welfare to work program. Read More

  • Leftist class chatter no longer matters in UK

    Peter Saunders | 01 Dec 2010 | The Australian

    Intellectuals love to peddle the myth of an unfair, privileged society, but they're wrong. Read More

  • Disability payment should not be de facto dole

    Jessica Brown | 09 Nov 2010 | The Australian

    Our welfare system should not assume that disabled people can't be in paid employment. Read More

  • Why Europe is the wrong model for paid parental leave

    Jessica Brown | 05 Nov 2010 | Online Opinion

    If we can draw one lesson from the experience of Britain and the other European states now forced into austerity, it is that the cost of new entitlements and promises gradually add up— until suddenly... Read More

  • Britons brace for age of austerity

    Peter Saunders | 08 Oct 2010 | The Australian

    The British government is looking to the Australian model for welfare reforms. Read More

  • Alternatives to a life on welfare

    Jessica Brown | 17 Feb 2010 | ABC News

    The Disability Support Pension (DSP) has become a one-way ticket. The government is trying to reduce the number of people who go onto DSP, but what it should be doing is improving the incentive for existing... Read More

  • Antidote to welfare dependency

    Jessica Brown | 19 Jan 2010 | The Australian

    The federal government’s extension of income management across the country, announced late last year, reflects a new consensus in Australia and internationally about the pernicious effects on individuals... Read More

  • Some kids really need to be rescued

    Jeremy Sammut | 18 Nov 2009 | The Australian

    As a researcher your gut always churns when you are about to release a new report, but when the Centre for Independent Studies published my report on child protection earlier this year, it was something... Read More

  • Motivate those on hand-outs

    Jessica Brown | 15 Oct 2009 | The Australian

    The Rudd government’s approach to sole-parent families, as with that of its predecessor, is that the best form of welfare is a job. This tactic is paying dividends. Read More

  • We’re wasting billions on tax churn

    John Humphreys | 08 Oct 2009 | Business Spectator

    By pulling the middle class into the welfare net, the government is crowding out civil society and undermining personal responsibility, self-esteem, and social capital. Ultimately, our current welfare... Read More

  • Create a welfare system we can afford

    John Humphreys | 07 Oct 2009 | Adelaide Now

    The government recently increased the pension by up to $65 per fortnight, but the pressure for ever higher welfare benefits continues. The Greens asked for $200 per fortnight, while the Australia Institute... Read More

  • The training merry-go-round may be worse than nothing at all

    Jessica Brown | 16 Sep 2009 | The Advertiser

    Short of directly hiring more public servants, it is very difficult – impossible even – for governments to create real, sustainable jobs. Read More

  • Living off the public teat

    Peter Saunders | 21 Feb 2009 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Until the 1970s Australians were remarkably self-reliant. Unemployment was low, home ownership was widespread, and wages were generally high enough for workers to support themselves and their dependents... Read More

  • Welfare for parents increases risk of poverty

    Peter Saunders | 18 Jun 2003 | The Australian Financial Review

    It's time to eliminate the welfare incentives that keep single parents out of the workforce, a strategy most Australians agree with, argues Peter Saunders. Read More

  • Pay increases don't help the unemployed

    Kayoko Tsumori | 05 Dec 2002 | The Australian Financial Review

    A few weeks ago, the Australian Council of Trade Unions announced yet another 'living wage' claim. It plans to seek, in 2003, a $24.60 per week pay rise for all award workers, bringing the minimum wage... Read More

  • Time to care for ourselves: Instead of a welfare state, it would be cheaper and more efficient if we each made our own arrangements

    Peter Saunders | 26 Mar 2002 | The New Zealand Herald

    The welfare state has developed over a hundred years.  In this time, increasing numbers of people have become dependent upon it, not just as consumers but also as producers and managers of its services. ... Read More

  • Poverty lines tangled: An influential report claiming that one in eight Australians lives in poverty is wrong

    Kayoko Tsumori | 17 Jan 2002 | The Age

    Our paper, Poor Arguments: A Response to the Smith Family Report on Poverty in Australia - questioning the claims that one in eight Australians is living in poverty today, and that poverty has risen in... Read More

  • For richer or poorer, we're still a lucky country: Don't exaggerate the extent of poverty in Australia

    Peter Saunders | 16 Jan 2002 | The Australian

    The Australian economy experienced remarkable growth during most of the 1990s.  Yet social researchers are still claiming that poverty is extensive – and even that it is getting worse.  The latest... Read More

  • Publications

    1. Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

      Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | Issue Analysis

      Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting... Read More...

    2. 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...

    3. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

      Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

      The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

    4. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

      Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

      The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

    5. Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

      Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | Policy Monographs

      Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. No easy fix for youth unemployment

      Alexander Philipatos | 22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

      The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio ... Read More

    2. Getting millionaires off the old-age pension

      Jeremy Sammut | 15 Apr 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

      Joe Hockey should look to address the pension means test that allows millionaires to receive welfare.... Read More

    3. It's all relative: The poverty wars are back

      Matthew Taylor | 04 Feb 2014 | The Drum

      Relative poverty is a poor measure when it comes to forming public policy aimed at helping Australians who are doing it tough.... Read More

    4. Fiddling with criteria to hide unemployed

      Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | The Australian

      The government has been hiding the unemployed on unemployment benefits by turning them from 'jobseekers' into 'non-jobseekers.'... Read More

    5. Policy conflict on jobs for disabled

      Andrew Baker | 22 Jul 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

      The social and economic objectives of DisabilityCare cannot be achieved without reform to the disability support pension.... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. No apology necessary, Jenny Macklin

      Matthew Taylor | 28 Mar 2014

      The former Labor government did not get it wrong on single parent income support entitlements, and there is no reason for ...

    2. DSP: The not so universal payment

      Matthew Taylor | 07 Mar 2014

      We need to provide income support payments that reflect the work capacities of those with a disability that does not encourage ...

    3. Welfare review has serious blind spots

      Trisha Jha | 24 Jan 2014

      Family Tax Benefit should be a target of scrutiny, yet the welfare review announced by the government has excluded it....

    4. Perhaps Newstart doesn't require a new start

      Matthew Taylor | 17 Jan 2014

      Kevin Andrews’ idea to create multiple tiers of the DSP and Newstart would blur the necessary line between what constitutes ...

    5. Not looking for work

      Andrew Baker | 02 Aug 2013

      The government has managed to hide the unemployed on unemployment benefits and effectively reduced the unemployment rate ...

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