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

  • 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

  • Getting millionaires off the old-age pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Apr 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    Joe Hockey should look to address the pension means test that allows millionaires to receive welfare.... Read More

  • Brendan O'Neill on the Racial Discrimination Act and freedom of speech

    Brendan O'Neill | 15 Apr 2014 | Radio National

    Freedom of speech, in short, is as much about the freedom of the listener as it is about the freedom of the speaker.... Read More

  • Diary changes agenda

    Nick Cater | 15 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    When it comes to crimes against humanity, too much discussion is barely enough.... Read More

  • Feminism is not the exclusive preserve of the left

    Trisha Jha | 14 Apr 2014 | The Guardian

    Sexist stereotypes can only effectively be dealt with through free speech, free thought and exchange, and civil activism.... Read More

  • Europe holds its breath for ECB action

    Stephen Kirchner | 11 Apr 2014 | Business Spectator

    There have long been flashing warning signs that monetary policy in the eurozone has been too tight.... Read More

  • Sealing of ballot boxes brings end to ‘phony war’

    Nick Cater | 05 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    The Commission of Audit’s report will be a manifesto for a government that knows its limitations and allows its citizens space to exercise personal responsibility.... Read More

  • Nothing to stop young workers being paid above minimum

    Alexander Philipatos | 04 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    The high minimum wage is eroding employment opportunities for our youth.... Read More

  • Audit report may cut government meddling

    Greg Lindsay | 03 Apr 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Future prosperity depends on our ability to seize the fiscal downturn and the national debt crises in Europe and the United States as an opportunity to reassess the proper size and scope of government.... Read More

  • China's rise is waking up the neighbours

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 03 Apr 2014 | China Spectator

    Worryingly for Beijing, key Asian powers are banding together in a bid to contain China’s territorial and strategic ambitions.... Read More

  • Knights and mates and republicanism-by-stealth

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Mar 2014 | On Line Opinion

    The course of Australian history and social development has validated the faith placed in the freedom of Australian nationhood under the Crown.... Read More

  • Howard’s way ideal for Shorten

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 29 Mar 2014 | The Australian

    Labor MPs have increasingly disengaged with institutions that support free markets.... Read More

  • Why feminists should support childcare deregulation

    Trisha Jha | 27 Mar 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Despite the previous Labor government funding the establishment of new services, it is still difficult for parents to procure an affordable childcare place, so what exactly is the problem? ... Read More

  • Official statistics need a culture change

    Stephen Kirchner | 27 Mar 2014 | Business Spectator

    It's time to re-think the role of the ABC and allow the private sector greater involvement in the collection and dissemination of official and unofficial statistics.... Read More