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

  • Innovators have the right to fail

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 12 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    We need to teach kids that failure is part of life and it's not always somebody’s fault when things don’t work out. ... Read More

  • HECS-style loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave provides fairness for women and taxpayers

    Matthew Taylor | 12 Jul 2014 | Open Forum

    We need a PPL scheme that doesn’t push all of the cost onto taxpayers to the benefit of those who least need it.... Read More

  • You get senators on side by getting voters on side

    Simon Cowan | 11 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Many of the Abbott government's key reforms seem unlikely to get through the new Senate.... Read More

  • Scapegoating investors won’t slow up house prices

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Unless global real interest rates rise significantly in the future, the gains in house prices are unlikely to be unwound.... Read More

  • Tolerance squeezing out conviction

    Peter Kurti | 10 Jul 2014 | On Line Opinion

    Australian courts look to be taking a more restrictive view of religious liberty as they seek to strike a balance.... Read More

  • Loan scheme would solve paid parental leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    The Abbott government’s paid parental leave scheme is Whitlamesque in its scope and expense.... Read More

  • Freedom can cure dangerous ideas

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 05 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    Free speech allows those with bad ideas the broadest latitude to makes fools of themselves.... Read More

  • Right to religious freedoms can play havoc with new laws

    Peter Kurti | 04 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    The US Supreme Court has reignited debate in America about the fundamental human right to freedom of religion.... Read More

  • Nanny rebates aren't about helping the rich

    Trisha Jha | 03 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Extending subsidies to nannies and means-testing existing subsidies will serve to increase equity in childcare, rather than decrease it.... Read More

  • 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