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

  • Charities regulator reprieve

    09 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    Now that the ACNC is safe, it should focus on making sure that its critics’ worst predictions do not end up coming true. 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

  • 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

  • Be careful what you wish for: bans and censorship tend to bite the hand that voted for them

    07 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    Culture is still being censored and there is a worthy fight to be had defending artists from the gag. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A confident secularist society would tolerate school religion

    28 Jul 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    A confident secular society, one that trusted in its rationalist public institutions, should have no problem with occasional church-run classes. 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

  • Beer and a fag? Forget it: matron is watching you

    Luke Malpass | 07 May 2010 | Spectator Australia

    There is a new type of paternalism behind the latest taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, says Luke Malpass in Spectator Australia, 7 May 2010 Read More

  • Look to punks, not drunks, for good laws

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 Feb 2010 | The Age

    Melbourne’s reputation as gloomsville and the puritanical capital of Australia has been enhanced recently by the Victorian government’s miscalculated attempts to curb binge drinking-fuelled street... Read More

  • Nanny state can’t save us from ourselves

    Jessica Brown | 27 Jan 2010 | The Age

    Is it ever appropriate for the government to legislate to protect us from ourselves? Read More