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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Car industry subsidies a waste of money

    Simon Cowan | 23 Jan 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    Government assistance to the automotive industry has been an expensive failure.... Read More

  • Coal hoax fails to dig deep without a martyr to the cause

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Jan 2013 | The Age

    Protesters need to face legal consequences to sway public opinion.... Read More

  • Our award system is costing too much

    Alexander Philipatos | 14 Jan 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    Reforming labour market policy must look to the award system, a key part of our flexibility and productivity problem.... Read More

  • Students should seize the day, not the decade

    Greg Melleuish | 14 Jan 2013 | The Australian

    No real thought is given to the consequences of keeping young people in education for an extended period of time.... Read More

  • Increasing the super contribution rate is a second-rate solution

    Stephen Kirchner | 08 Jan 2013 | The Conversation

    It is timely to re-examine the economic case for compulsory superannuation.... Read More

  • Degrees lose their cachet

    Steven Schwartz | 07 Jan 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    Higher education is not a useful ticket for employment.... Read More

  • Progress is possible in remote Aboriginal lands

    Sara Hudson | 02 Jan 2013 | The Australian

    It is possible to make a real difference in remote Aboriginal communities, provided there is genuine commitment and engagement.... Read More

  • Masses rapt in hippy values

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 22 Dec 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Christmas in Australia is drifting from tradition.... Read More

  • Disability pension reform key to NDIS success

    Andrew Baker | 20 Dec 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    Reform of the disability support pension is necessary to maximise the benefits of the NDIS.... Read More

  • Far-reaching literacy strategy called for

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Dec 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    The finding that one in four students has reading ability either at or below the basic level will be no surprise to anyone working in schools in disadvantaged communities.... Read More

  • Not the bad old days of IR but not so good either

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Dec 2012 | The Australian

    Has Australia's industrial relations system become unworkable?... Read More

  • A war that’s building over bottles of beer

    Alexander Philipatos | 29 Nov 2012 | The Punch

    Watering down the building and construction industry watchdog has emboldened the union movement.... Read More

  • Better ideas than raising super guarantee

    Stephen Kirchner | 28 Nov 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    Is compulsory super improving retirement incomes and reducing future demands on the budget from an ageing population?... Read More

  • Revitalising the China story

    Edward Fang | 27 Nov 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    China faces profound challenges that will require bold action on the part of party leaders.... Read More

  • Fairness is not equality

    Steven Schwartz | 26 Nov 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    Income equality is not achievable, it is not desirable and it is not fair.... Read More

  • How the rich lead poor lives

    Charles Murray | 20 Nov 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    The new upper class in the US is isolated and segregated from mainstream US culture, living in a bubble.... Read More

  • Improving lives or just a welfare monster in the making?

    Andrew Baker | 15 Nov 2012 | The Australian

    There is a real danger the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be even bigger and more expensive than we imagine.... Read More

  • Business didn’t wait for White Paper

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 Nov 2012 | The National Business Review

    We can expect meagre policy returns from the Asian Century White Paper.... Read More

  • The interest rate cut that wasn't

    Stephen Kirchner | 05 Nov 2012 | Business Spectator

    A central bank that fails to at least accommodate increased demand for money will find itself presiding over deflation.... Read More

  • Facts favour nuclear-powered submarines

    Simon Cowan | 05 Nov 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Australia must consider nuclear-powered submarines for the Future Submarine project.... Read More