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

  • Some progress has been made towards fixing perverse incentives

    Trisha Jha | 14 May 2014 | The Guardian

    The reforms to family tax benefits are the most significant since the current policies were first introduced as part of the GST reform package.... Read More

  • Keeping the cuts in the family

    Simon Cowan | 14 May 2014 | Business Spectator

    Joe Hockey’s first budget is a hesitant first step towards fiscal responsibility but the age of entitlement hasn’t ended yet.... Read More

  • The real threat to China’s security is internal

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 May 2014 | China Spectator

    The CCP is failing to rise to the challenge of maintaining social stability and internal order among diverse ethnic minority provinces.... Read More

  • Levy and parental leave scheme make bad politics

    Simon Cowan | 12 May 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The temporary deficit tax has joined the gold-plated PPL scheme as a policy millstone around the neck of the Prime Minister.... Read More

  • Left-Right slogan drowns out debate on federalism

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 10 May 2014 | The Australian

    The National Commission of Audit has certainly proved you can’t please all of the people all of the time.... Read More

  • A signpost away from state power

    Greg Lindsay | 07 May 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The Road to Serfdom did not turn out to be the expressway Hayek imagined when he published it 70 years ago.... Read More

  • Why can't wealthy parents pay for public schooling?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 May 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Why is such a fuss being made about wealthier families paying for public schooling?... Read More

  • Exercise your right to be a bigot and pay the price

    Jeremy Sammut | 03 May 2014 | The Spectator

    The law is not the only thing restraining racial hatred and keeping public discourse civil in Australia.... Read More

  • Paid parental leave without the taxpayer bill

    Matthew Taylor | 01 May 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The PM's announcement that the income threshold of the proposed PPL will be lowered to $100,000 does nothing to fix the scheme's underlying flaws.... Read More

  • Curb education spending now to save hard cuts later

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    Australian governments seeking to reduce public debt cannot quarantine school education budgets from their efforts.... Read More

  • A short-term deficit levy plug does not fill a long-term hole

    Robert Carling | 30 Apr 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    A temporary tax increase makes no economic sense. It makes no difference to what the deficit will be after the increase is removed.... Read More

  • Generosity of Abbott's paid parental leave scheme puts budget in jeopardy

    Trisha Jha | 29 Apr 2014 | The Guardian

    There is room for cuts when it comes to family benefits, but the case for reform is substantially weakened by the prime minister’s paid parental leave entitlement plan.... Read More

  • The madness of child protection policy in Australia

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Apr 2014 | Online Opinion

    In December 2013, the Abbott government announced plans to take adoption out of the 'too-hard basket' and make it easier for Australian parents to adopt children both locally and from overseas.The chief...... Read More

  • Raising tax revenue just to throw it away is no answer

    Simon Cowan | 23 Apr 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    From troubling deficit figures in recent budgets, to dire predictions of blowouts in health and ageing spending in the intergenerational reports, and Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson's warning of threats...... Read More

  • Boost adoption rate through national target

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 Apr 2014 | Open Forum

    The chief barrier to more local adoptions is that state and territory child protection authorities almost never take legal action to free children.... Read More

  • No easy fix for youth unemployment

    Alexander Philipatos | 22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio has fallen by 10 per cent since 2008.... Read More

  • Getting to the root of the 'tax crisis'

    Robert Carling | 21 Apr 2014 | Business Spectator

    Politicians have made promises that cannot be honoured from the existing tax base. Some may call that a revenue problem, but it is actually a spending problem. ... Read More

  • All power to the outsiders

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 19 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    We need to keep a close eye on how the incumbent political class set the rules for their competitors.... Read More

  • The state should never be the arbiter of what people can think

    Brendan O'Neill | 17 Apr 2014 | spiked

    Why has Brandis allowed himself to be branded by many as a ‘friend of bigots’ who is using his power to help ‘unleash Australia’s racists’?... Read More

  • Let’s adopt a more sensible approach to kids in care

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    In 2012-13, only 135 children were adopted from state care, even though more than 40,000 children were in care.... Read More