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

  • 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

  • States heading for a debt problem

    Robert Carling | 27 Mar 2014 | Open Forum

    If the states want to be able to spend on infrastructure, they have to keep a tight rein on operating expenses for years to come as the debt of state governments has risen dramatically in the last years.... Read More

  • Abolishing generator of red tape will allow not-for-profit sector to concentrate on real work

    Helen Andrews | 20 Mar 2014 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Some of the charity commission's actions in its first year have undermined its credibility as an enemy of red tape.... Read More

  • Don't blame foreigners for rising house prices

    Stephen Kirchner | 20 Mar 2014 | The Age

    Shoddy tax laws, not Chinese investors, are driving up the prices of new dwellings.... Read More

  • States on a slippery debt slope

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The weakening of states' balance sheets will limit their future capacity to meet expectations in a range of services, including public infrastructure.... Read More

  • How to fix Australia's states of fiscal disgrace

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | Business Spectator

    To avoid further deterioration in state finances, states will need to be extremely disciplined in their operating expenditure in all functions, including health and education.... Read More

  • US military might ensures Beijing's bark is worse than its bite

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 17 Mar 2014 | On Line Opinion

    Washington should continue to use its security presence in the Western Pacific to caution against and undercut Chinese attempts to alter the territorial status quo.... Read More

  • The myth of NAPLAN stress

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Mar 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Schools should be scrutinised, and parents should be aware of the test results. NAPLAN tests are not the 'high stakes' tests that some are making them out to be. ... Read More

  • We’ll still be a melting pot

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Mar 2014 | The Spectator

    We are being warned that the glue that unites us is in danger of coming unstuck if the Abbott government fulfils its election pledge to repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. We are now...... Read More

  • Commission must also address welfare of children in care

    Jeremy Sammut | 13 Mar 2014 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    The work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is revealing the way that history is repeating itself today.... Read More

  • Washington should not give ground in Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | China Spectator

    Will a weary Washington soon be forced to concede regional leadership to a bullish Beijing?... Read More

  • Co-payment plan is no mortal blow against Medicare

    Jeremy Sammut | 12 Mar 2014 | The Canberra Times

    A modest GP copayment needs to be seen in context and does not represent a mortal threat to Medicare.... Read More

  • Make business easier with non-union agreements

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Mar 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The Coalition should be bold and make it easier to do business in Australia by reintroducing non-union greenfields agreements.... Read More

  • Health the test for fiscal prudence

    Greg Lindsay | 06 Mar 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Means testing public healthcare would not deny access to medical treatment, but would encourage those of sufficient means to dip less into the common purse.... Read More