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

  • The evidence for immigration

    21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Unfortunately, some debaters are propagating misconceptions and myths about immigration. Even respected columnists are lured to the easy scapegoating. Read More

  • How the Whitlam mums have begun to vanish

    29 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    Context, they say, is everything. True or not, it certainly matters, and a glance at context illuminates Gough Whitlam’s decision in 1972 to introduce a special payment for single parents additional... 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

  • 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

  • A few home truths on people and houses

    28 Sep 2011 | The Age

    Population growth: starting acting, not discussing Read More

  • Change attitude rather than limit population

    28 Sep 2011 | The West Australian

    Population growth: starting acting, not discussing. Australia should embrace its population growth . Read More

  • Skilled arrivals work in Australia's favour

    07 Sep 2011 | The Newcastle Herald

    We are the richer for being more selective with our immigration policy in Australia 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

  • Think local and give country towns the freedom to prosper or perish

    23 Jul 2011 | The Australian

    FOR politicians, and especially for town planners, letting people decide where and how they want to live has never been an acceptable idea. Administrative elites have always been convinced they know better... Read More

  • Population debate: we pretend growth is not inevitable

    13 Jun 2011 | The Australian

    The longer we pretend we can stop population growth, or protest that we don’t want growth to happen, the more difficult the job will become. Read More

  • Water: Making the glass half full

    06 Apr 2011 | Climate Spectator

    It is possible to augment the water supply of our cities without a drastic overhaul. Ever-improving technologies can not only help us save billions of litres each year but supply billions of litres without... Read More

  • Let's hold the line on immigration

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 27 Jan 2011 | Business Spectator

    Rebuilding the flood affected parts of Queensland will be an enormous task with big labour market implications. But should great decisions for the nation’s future population be made on the fly? Or do... Read More

  • Population bomb still a fizzer 40 years on

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 08 Nov 2010 | The Australian

    Anti-population growth campaigners like Paul Ehrlich claim to be fighting for the environment and sustainability. In effect, they are actually promoting a new, green version of misanthropy. It is time... Read More

  • A small Australia limits our creativity

    Stephen Kirchner | 07 Sep 2010 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    To advocate a small Australia is to deny the opportunities for economic, scientific and cultural advance that can flow from great concentrations of people and their inexhaustible reserves of creative potential,... Read More