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Opinion & Commentary


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

  • Don’t let freedom of religion become a dangerous idea

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    Sometimes it is freedom of religion that needs to be protected from undue interference and restriction by the state.... Read More

  • The Progressive Muzzling of the Right to Dissent

    Jeremy Sammut | 01 Jul 2014 | Quadrant

    The debate over the future of the RDA is a question of democracy, it is about the freedom Australians should have to discuss controversial issues and express dissenting views.... Read More

  • Our youth need a fair go at a job

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 28 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    The estimated 27 per cent of young people not working face a terrible risk of long-term joblessness and poverty.... Read More

  • Abbott, Palmer and Gore - a play in three acts

    Simon Cowan | 26 Jun 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Clive Palmer's climate policy announcement was high theatre but was this play a tragedy or a farce? ... Read More

  • We all pick the facts that we like

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Jun 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Those in the think tank world who claim to be mere pragmatists with no ideological axe to grind are fooling themselves as well as misleading the rest of us.... Read More

  • The Forgotten Freedom: Defending Religious Liberty against Aggressive Secularism

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jun 2014 | ABC Online

    The High Court's recent decision about the constitutionality of the school chaplaincy program has revived the debate about the relationship between church and state in Australia.... Read More

  • Belated boost for NSW train timetable

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 21 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    The nation’s most important city, its engine of growth, is itself unable to grow without better public transport services.... Read More

  • Why Abbott's PPL scheme is a policy for dummies

    Matthew Taylor | 16 Jun 2014 | Business Spectator

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme does not provide any additional labour force participation incentives for parents who earn above the full-time minimum wage.... Read More

  • Anti-terror laws need a watchdog

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 14 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    National security laws should contain appropriate safeguards for the rights of individuals and remain proportionate to any threat.... Read More

  • There are no free meals in the public hospital system

    David Gadiel and Jeremy Sammut | 11 Jun 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The idea that health services are "free"  in public hospitals is patently false.... Read More

  • Beijing’s real international ambitions

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 11 Jun 2014 | China Spectator

    Beijing will continue to violently revolt against Asia’s territorial status quo.... Read More

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

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 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

  • Simple lessons on offer in plugging the welfare drain

    Peter Saunders | 07 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    Britain's welfare reforms show it is possible to get people off welfare and into work without a dramatic overhaul of the whole payments system.... Read More

  • China's Leninist impulses hold the country back

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 03 Jun 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Each year the CCP summarily incarcerates and places under house arrest activists, journalists and academics it worries will "provoke unrest".... Read More

  • Critics of a modest GP co-payment should get over it, healthcare has never been free

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 May 2014 | The Australian

    The cost of Medicare is increasing because health services are usually consumed without user charges, but healthcare never was and never will be "free".... Read More

  • Slashing red tape requires a broader view of social costs

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 31 May 2014 | The Australian

    Small enter­prises bear an increasingly large compliance burden that is making life tougher for them and prices higher for their customers.... Read More

  • Cut spending by cutting government

    Alexander Philipatos | 30 May 2014 | On Line Opinion

    Plans to double the efficiency dividend indicate the government is lazy about designing public service cutbacks.... Read More

  • Canberra should do less, but do what it does well

    Alexander Philipatos | 29 May 2014 | The Australian

    The efficiency dividend has failed to curb the rising cost of the public service.... Read More

  • The rage of entitlement

    Vincent Meney | 28 May 2014 | On Line Opinion

    The age of entitlement is alive and well, kicking and screaming its way through our nation’s universities.... Read More

  • Penalty rates cut will give youth a chance to find jobs

    Alexander Philipatos | 21 May 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The Fair Work Commission has handed down a decision that will boost the job prospects of casual workers, reducing Sunday penalty rates for hospitality workers.... Read More