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

  • Forget trying to curb demand, build more houses

    Stephen Kirchner | 23 Jan 2014 | The Australian

    Public policy needs to focus on boosting supply of housing, rather than suppressing or diverting demand.... Read More

  • Co-payments key to affordable healthcare system

    Greg Lindsay | 09 Jan 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Scrapping the co-payment for GP services was one of the worst public policy decisions of the Keating government.... Read More

  • Playing the currencies game is fraught with risk

    Stephen Kirchner | 06 Jan 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    When Treasurer Joe Hockey announced an $8.8 billion injection of funds into the Reserve Bank’s Reserve Fund, he said the RBA needed “all the ammunition in the guns for what’s before us”.... Read More

  • Bring back Medicare co-payment

    Jeremy Sammut | 19 Dec 2013 | The Australian

    The Treasury’s Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook has revealed that next year’s $47 billion federal budget deficit will be at least 50% bigger than the $30 billion deficit forecast when the Abbott...... Read More

  • We must fortify fiscal rules

    Stephen Kirchner | 16 Dec 2013 | The Canberra Times

    The Commission of Audit should build on the Charter of Budget Honesty by recommending the adoption of new fiscal rules.... Read More

  • Time to end the fetish of diversity

    Peter Kurti | 16 Dec 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    The debate about hard multiculturalism is about the weight it is deemed appropriate to afford cultures other than the prevailing Australian one.... Read More

  • Fixing our runaway spending must be more profound than cuts

    Greg Lindsay | 13 Dec 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    If the Treasurer and Finance Minister don’t close the door now, we may have to go cold turkey on spending.... Read More

  • Multiculture melting pot threatened by hardliners

    Peter Kurti | 12 Dec 2013 | The Daily Telegraph

    Australia does not need a Multicultural Act. A stable framework of laws and institutions guarantees the freedom of the individual.... Read More

  • We are still stuck in the pre-1983 era on fiscal policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 09 Dec 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    The floating of the dollar transformed the Australian economy, yet much of our macro-economic policy debate is still stuck in the pre-float era.... Read More

  • Gonski: School funding deal still needs much work so let's get down to it

    Jennifer Buckingham | 04 Dec 2013 | The Canberra Times

    The new school funding model, often incorrectly referred to as the ''Gonski'' model, is far from ideal and needs to be revised.... Read More

  • Don’t panic about PISA

    Jennifer Buckingham | 04 Dec 2013 | The Drum

    Simple country comparisons on a single assessment, no matter how good it might be, provide little guidance for education policy and should be viewed with caution.... Read More

  • When regulation becomes political interference

    Stephen Kirchner | 03 Dec 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    The Graincorp decision is the latest example of the politicisation of cross-border acquisitions that flows from a flawed regulatory framework for foreign direct investment.... Read More

  • Reforming the regulation of foreign direct investment

    Stephen Kirchner | 03 Dec 2013 | Infinance

    Australia likes to view itself as open to foreign investment, but more cross-border mergers and acquisitions were withdrawn for regulatory reasons or political opposition between 2008-2012 than in any...... Read More

  • Gonski model should go back to the chalkboard

    Jennifer Buckingham | 28 Nov 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    The Better Schools funding model no longer meets the objectives it was designed to achieve.... Read More

  • Australia's overseas aid should focus on domestic reforms

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 Nov 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Thestrategic goals guiding Australia's aid program are admirable but exclude the most powerful tool for fuelling economic development.... Read More

  • Double trouble means it's time for drastic cuts

    Alexander Philipatos and Jennifer Buckingham | 21 Nov 2013 | The Canberra Times

    Duplication across state and federal governments blurs the lines of responsibility and unnecessarily increases costs to taxpayers.... Read More

  • The challenge facing the Abbott government

    Simon Cowan | 21 Nov 2013 | The Drum

    For the Coalition's rhetoric on the 'budget emergency' to mean anything, cuts need to be made to corporate welfare and Family Tax Benefit.... Read More

  • Stamp duty needs reform

    Robert Carling | 19 Nov 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    Governments should be wary of the extreme volatility of stamp duty revenue, which often goes up or down by up to 40 per cent in a single year.... Read More

  • China’s adaptive authoritarianism is here to stay

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 18 Nov 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Capitalist liberal democracy’s twentieth century victories against expansionist fascism and communism were hard-won and yet also unequivocal.... Read More

  • $haria Law

    Peter Kurti | 15 Nov 2013 | Quadrant Online

    If sukuk bonds go mainstream, as is poised to happen in Britain with David Cameron's blessing, the way will be open for the wider introduction of Islamic principles. Is the likely erosion of Common Law...... Read More