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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • NBN lift is more hope than reality

    Steven Schwartz | 08 Aug 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    There is no evidence that spending billions of dollars on the NBN will increase our economic productivity.... Read More

  • Tax cuts the way to go

    Robert Carling | 07 Aug 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    Tax reform of the tax-reducing kind would give the Australian economy a long-lasting supply side boost.... Read More

  • Reform and reduce: A hopeful tax mantra

    Robert Carling | 07 Aug 2013 | Business Spectator

    Tax reform seems destined to return to the policy agenda.... Read More

  • Fiddling with criteria to hide unemployed

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | The Australian

    The government has been hiding the unemployed on unemployment benefits by turning them from 'jobseekers' into 'non-jobseekers.'... Read More

  • Federal government has no place in the classroom

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Jul 2013 | The Drum

    The best thing a new federal government can do for education is to establish a fair and neutral funding system, provide good teachers, then get out of the way.... Read More

  • Infrastructure, not entitlement, needed to boost productivity

    Greg Lindsay | 25 Jul 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    Wasteful misspending by the government has a high opportunity cost that strikes at the heart of productivity and competitiveness.... Read More

  • Policy conflict on jobs for disabled

    Andrew Baker | 22 Jul 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    The social and economic objectives of DisabilityCare cannot be achieved without reform to the disability support pension.... Read More

  • Seizing a Sino free trade moment

    Stephen Kirchner | 16 Jul 2013 | Business Spectator

    Australia’s regulation of foreign direct investment is a critical stumbling block in a free trade agreement with China.... Read More

  • Smaller government is vital for business growth

    Simon Cowan | 16 Jul 2013 | The West Australian

    Australia is at risk of waking up from the mining boom with nothing to show but a debt hangover and an economic headache.... Read More

  • Our fear of adoptions is hurting vulnerable children

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Jul 2013 | The Drum

    Rather than further pursuing often futile parental rehabilitation programs, we need to get children out of harm's way through adoption.... Read More

  • Should teenaged shop workers receive a pay rise?

    Alexander Philipatos | 12 Jul 2013 | The Drum

    A wages claim to pay young retail workers equally to adults may sound like a good idea, but it will be a hard sell.... Read More

  • Nothing to fear from China's foreign policy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 08 Jul 2013 | The Canberra Times

    Chinese President Xi Jinping knows Asian stability will only help his ambitions.... Read More

  • Youth disgust weakens democracy

    Steven Schwartz | 08 Jul 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    Political parties have become self-serving cliques whose methods, motives and messages have not changed since their grandfathers lit up their back room cigars.... Read More

  • Moral mission of small government

    Greg Lindsay | 27 Jun 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    Regardless of which party wins the election in September, the new government will have much more important issues to deal with than whose turn it is to be leader.... Read More

  • Why tax-free imports are a retail red herring

    Stephen Kirchner | 24 Jun 2013 | Business Spectator

    Retailers would be better served lobbying government for policies other than raising inefficient taxes on low value imports.... Read More

  • Union campaign emotive but misleading

    Alexander Philipatos | 21 Jun 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    It is misleading to assert that Australian workers are being overworked in insecure jobs.... Read More

  • Taxpayer money wasted chasing film productions

    Gene Tunny | 20 Jun 2013 | The Drum

    Should the Australian public be supporting Hollywood productions with only dubious benefit to Australia?... Read More

  • Dumping on free trade

    Stephen Kirchner | 13 Jun 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Australia’s anti-dumping system will continue to serve the interests of a small number of Australian producers at the expense of other Australian businesses and consumers.... Read More

  • Stamp out the anti-dumping dinosaur laws

    Stephen Kirchner | 05 Jun 2013 | Business Spectator

    Australia’s economic welfare is enhanced as a result of ‘dumping’ by foreign producers.... Read More

  • Politics over policy in industrial relations

    Alexander Philipatos | 29 May 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Employers should be able to determine wages and conditions for new projects. It simply does not make sense that unions must be involved in every new greenfields agreements.... Read More