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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • The case for complacency about Australia’s engagement with Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Feb 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Calls for Australia to embrace Asia are unfounded; our Asian embrace is already extensive and only getting deeper.... Read More

  • Super myths

    Robert Carling | 11 Feb 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Ideally Australia would have a ‘E,E,T’ system - taxing superannuation to exempt both contributions and earnings.... Read More

  • To get Aborigines out of jail give them education and jobs

    Sara Hudson | 07 Feb 2013 | The Australian

    Rather than continuing to focus on applying 'culturally appropriate' responses to indigenous disadvantage, we should focus on basics such as education and employment.... Read More

  • Don't mention the M-word

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jan 2013 | The Drum

    Australian academics have allowed their staunch advocacy for family diversity to get in the way of reasoned analysis on how to best raise children.... Read More

  • A failure of enterprise bargaining mechanics

    Alexander Philipatos | 30 Jan 2013 | Business Spectator

    Australia's current enterprise bargaining system makes it difficult for automotive manufacturers to improve their performance and save jobs.... Read More

  • Increasing Newstart would be a costly failure

    Andrew Baker | 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

  • We are many: the futile fight over Australian identity

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 24 Jan 2013 | The Drum

    Stop squabbling about what it means to be Australian. Our shared commitment to liberal democracy and individual freedom means we're free to live how we choose.... Read More

  • Car industry subsidies a waste of money

    Simon Cowan | 23 Jan 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    Government assistance to the automotive industry has been an expensive failure.... Read More

  • Coal hoax fails to dig deep without a martyr to the cause

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Jan 2013 | The Age

    Protesters need to face legal consequences to sway public opinion.... Read More

  • Our award system is costing too much

    Alexander Philipatos | 14 Jan 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    Reforming labour market policy must look to the award system, a key part of our flexibility and productivity problem.... Read More

  • Students should seize the day, not the decade

    Greg Melleuish | 14 Jan 2013 | The Australian

    No real thought is given to the consequences of keeping young people in education for an extended period of time.... Read More

  • Increasing the super contribution rate is a second-rate solution

    Stephen Kirchner | 08 Jan 2013 | The Conversation

    It is timely to re-examine the economic case for compulsory superannuation.... Read More

  • Degrees lose their cachet

    Steven Schwartz | 07 Jan 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    Higher education is not a useful ticket for employment.... Read More

  • Progress is possible in remote Aboriginal lands

    Sara Hudson | 02 Jan 2013 | The Australian

    It is possible to make a real difference in remote Aboriginal communities, provided there is genuine commitment and engagement.... Read More

  • Masses rapt in hippy values

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 22 Dec 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Christmas in Australia is drifting from tradition.... Read More

  • Disability pension reform key to NDIS success

    Andrew Baker | 20 Dec 2012 | Australian Financial Review

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

  • Far-reaching literacy strategy called for

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Dec 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    The finding that one in four students has reading ability either at or below the basic level will be no surprise to anyone working in schools in disadvantaged communities.... Read More

  • Not the bad old days of IR but not so good either

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Dec 2012 | The Australian

    Has Australia's industrial relations system become unworkable?... Read More

  • A war that’s building over bottles of beer

    Alexander Philipatos | 29 Nov 2012 | The Punch

    Watering down the building and construction industry watchdog has emboldened the union movement.... Read More

  • Better ideas than raising super guarantee

    Stephen Kirchner | 28 Nov 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    Is compulsory super improving retirement incomes and reducing future demands on the budget from an ageing population?... Read More