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Opinion & Commentary


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

  • Magna Carta started as a failure

    20 Feb 2015

    How did a gang of thirteenth century one-percenters in England change the course of history with a document that failed at its start? Read More

  • 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

  • Qantas fights religious freedom battle

    06 Nov 2014 | Australasian Muslim Times

    Qantas isn’t just facing a commercial battle over business seats. It’s also facing a legal battle over religious freedom in a storm stirred up by its uniform policy. 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

  • Liberals Drop Ball in Super Free-For-All

    14 Nov 2011 | Australian Financial Review

    Lifting superannuation to 12% is wrong. Read More

  • Does gay marriage prove marriage matters?

    29 Sep 2011 | Online Opinion

    Gay couples dragging marriage back into vogue. Read More

  • Living together demands civility

    19 Aug 2011 | The Canberra Times

    We should not rush to stifle public discussions on the off chance that an unhinged individual (whether politically motivated or not) misconstrues them as a clarion call to violence. Nor should the far-right... 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

  • Rights charter would empower only lobbyists

    Elise Parham | 04 Feb 2010 | The Australian

    A federal charter of rights would only empower special interest groups. Read More

  • Charter of rights no protection for the vulnerable

    Elise Parham | 02 Feb 2010 | Open Forum

    A charter of rights that many of us imagine will not be the charter we actually get. Read More