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  • Where Your Tax Dollars Go

    09 Jul 2014

    Taxation is imposed through the coercive power of the state. Politicians often speak of “asking” taxpayers to pay more of this or that tax, but in reality they can and do tell citizens what to pay. It... Read More

  • When Prophecy Fails

    09 Sep 2011 | SP12

    In their 2009 book, The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argued for the ‘benefits’ of income redistribution. Although enthusiastically welcomed by the left, CIS Senior Fellow Peter... Read More

  • Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Homelands’ in Transition

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Jun 2007 | SP09

    Some 90,000 of Australia’s 500,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live appallingly deprived lives in ‘homelands’ throughout remote Australia.  Although these ‘homelands’ were created... Read More

  • In Defence of Global Capitalism

    Johan Norberg | 02 Jun 2005 | SP08

    Norberg refutes, systematically and thoroughly, the tenets of the anti-globalisation movement.  Johan Norberg illustrates how free market policies, contrary to popular assumption, have brought about better... Read More

  • Australia's Welfare Habit and How to Kick It

    Peter Saunders | 01 Oct 2004 | SP07

    Forty years ago only 3% of working age Australians depended on welfare payments as their main source of income. Today it is 16%.  There used to be 22 workers to support each person on welfare. ... Read More

  • State of the Nation: An Agenda for Change 2004

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 May 2004 | SP06

    This book is now in its fourth edition.  It offers independent views on Australia’s progress across a range of indicators which show that government has become increasingly interventionist, with some... Read More

  • State of the Nation 2001: A Century of Change

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2001 | SP04

    This major report finds that Australia is in the midst of profound social and economic change sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Read More

  • State of the Nation 2001: A Century of Change (CD ROM)

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2001 | SP04CD

    A CD version of a major report that finds Australia is in the midst of profound social and economic change sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse Read More

  • Building Prosperity: Australia's Future as a Global Player

    Wolfgang Kasper | 02 Mar 2000 | SP03

    Over the past two decades Australia has been transformed from a protected backwater on the global periphery to an outward-looking player.  Building Prosperity: Australia’s Future as a Global Player,... Read More

  • State of the Nation: Indicators of a Changing Australia 1999

    Lucy Sullivan | 02 Aug 1999 | SP02

    The expanded and revised edition of State of the Nation: Indicators of a Changing Australia 1999 is a comprehensive guide to the trends and changes in Australian life over the past century. It includes... Read More

  • State of the Nation: Statistical Indicators of Australia's Well-being

    Lucy Sullivan | 01 Apr 1997 | SP01

    The first of a series of studies of the social condition of Australia in 1997. Read More

  • Rationalising Rustic Regulation

    Ted Sieper | 26 Feb 1982

    A landmark discussion of agricultural policy in Australia.  Written in 1982, Ted Sieper asks 'who gains' with respect to any regulatory instrument and answers the question by means of economic analysis. Read More