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

  • 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

  • First, let’s teach our children how to read and count

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 01 Mar 2014 | The Australian

    The debate on a new national curriculum is generating a lot of heat but much less light.  ... Read More

  • Don’t expel God from our children’s classrooms

    Peter Kurti | 28 Feb 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    We have a duty to teach our children about religion so they will be better equipped to respond when religion turns bad.... Read More

  • A coalition of the willing on IR reform

    Alexander Philipatos and Jeremy Sammut | 18 Feb 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The Abbott government is sending the message that they will help those who help themselves by prosecuting the case for IR reform.... Read More

  • Like it or not, national character owes much to the mother country

    Nick Cater | 15 Feb 2014 | The Australian

    It is safe to assume that the academics responsible for the Australian Curriculum would disagree with Daniel Hannan's proposition that the English-speaking people are blessed with an exceptional virtue.... Read More

  • Time to scrap the charity commission

    Helen Andrews | 15 Feb 2014 | Open Forum

    How is the ACNC performing at its goal of reducing red tape on the not-for-profit sector? ... Read More

  • Protectionism no cure for our woes

    Simon Cowan | 13 Feb 2014 | ABC The Drum

    We need to understand why the automotive industry is shutting up shop and avoid resorting to protectionism.... Read More

  • Uncharitable politics: Time to give not-for-profits back their independence

    Helen Andrews | 11 Feb 2014 | ABC Religion & Ethics

    After a year of operation, the charities commission has not made significant progress towards its goal of reducing red tape.... Read More

  • Beseech God And Fear The Greens

    Peter Kurti | 08 Feb 2014 | Quadrant Online

    The Australian Greens are gunning for God. They want the Lord’s Prayer dumped from the opening of the federal parliament’s daily sittings.... Read More

  • Australia pays the penalty for workplace awards

    Alexander Philipatos | 07 Feb 2014 | Business Spectator

    It's time restrictive and economically damaging conditions were removed from our labour market regime.... Read More

  • Cheers to the 'Charity Navigator Model'

    Helen Andrews | 07 Feb 2014 | ON LINE Opinion

    Too much red tape on charities destroys the qualities that enable these institutions of civil society to address social needs in ways that government bureaucracies can't.... Read More

  • Australia, a realisation of freedom

    Greg Lindsay | 06 Feb 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The intellectual drift towards modern statism and the allure of big government and centrally-planned, highly-regulated societies should chill us to the bone.... Read More

  • It's all relative: The poverty wars are back

    Matthew Taylor | 04 Feb 2014 | The Drum

    Relative poverty is a poor measure when it comes to forming public policy aimed at helping Australians who are doing it tough.... Read More

  • Reaping the whirlwind: The 'new silence' about broken families and child sexual abuse

    Jeremy Sammut | 04 Feb 2014 | ABC Religion & Ethics

    The belief that the royal commission will "break the silence" surrounding child sexual abuse is marred by evidence of the breakdown of the traditional family and the risk of child sexual abuse.... Read More