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Ideas@TheCentre brings you ammunition for conversations around the table.  3 short articles from CIS researchers emailed every Friday on the issues of the week.

  • 3 (wrong) attitudes towards ageing

    Simon Cowan | 31 Jul 2015

    Our population is ageing. This will bring profound economic and fiscal challenges that will require significant changes in government spending. But it will also require us to change our attitudes towards...... Read More

  • Another unhelpful tax thought bubble

    Robert Carling | 31 Jul 2015

    Last weekend's ALP conference resolution committing a future Labor government to 'consider' a version of the so-called Buffett tax rule capped a week of tax-raising thought bubbles.... Read More

  • Moratorium on health tax and spend policies

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jul 2015

    We urgently need to change the conversation about health. The Intergenerational Reports have warned for more than a decade about a health financing sustainability crisis -- a crisis which has now hit,...... Read More

  • Reform retreat a tax-fest

    Robert Carling | 24 Jul 2015

    Paul Keating once warned, "Never stand between a state premier and a bucket of money". Rarely has the hazard been more on display as state premiers lined up this week to nominate their favourite Commonwealth...... Read More

  • Brave new 21 st century

    Patrick Carvalho | 24 Jul 2015

    The recent advancements in the information and communications technology - in particular the advent of the internet and smartphones - are fundamentally reducing transaction costs and improving production...... Read More

  • Inconvenient truths

    Lachlan Philips | 24 Jul 2015

    Activists are trying to make the world a better place. So it's okay if they occasionally spread things that aren't technically true... right?... Read More

  • Time to focus on the family

    Trisha Jha | 17 Jul 2015

    The developmental impacts of quality childcare for children who have a deficient home environment are well known.... Read More

  • Co-payment debacle reflections

    Jeremy Sammut | 17 Jul 2015

    The Abbott government's Medicare co-payment proposal prompted the organised medical profession to wage a political campaign that helped drive a first-term Prime Minister to the brink of the sack by his...... Read More

  • MH17: One year on

    Anastasia Glushko | 17 Jul 2015

    This week marks a year since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, including 38 Australians. In a twist of tragic irony, the village of ...... Read More

  • Culture quells racism

    Jeremy Sammut | 10 Jul 2015

    Dawn Fraser's apology for her inappropriate 'go back to where you came from' comments about tennis player Nick Kyrios needs to be kept in perspective regarding the extent of racism in Australia.... Read More

  • Contradictions rule in Greece

    Simon Cowan | 10 Jul 2015

    Part of the difficulty in understanding where the Greek crisis will head is that so many of the actions of the key players are contradictory.... Read More

  • Options for over-crowding in schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 10 Jul 2015

    Enrolments in inner city Sydney public primary schools have doubled in the last five years. Most of these schools have reached capacity, and it is likely that the demand for schools in the inner city will...... Read More

  • Taxing Bank Deposits

    Barry Maley | 03 Jul 2015

    In the current economic climate of grossly indebted governments and faltering economies, it is imperative that policy for the medium to long-term should focus on wealth-creation, major reductions in government...... Read More

  • Super Independent Board: A step in the right direction

    Patrick Carvalho | 03 Jul 2015

    In the endless flood of government inquires and reviews - rarely translating to any tangible policy reform - there is good hope in the recent move by the Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to improve...... Read More

  • The church and fossil fuels

    Peter Kurti | 03 Jul 2015

    Divestment from fossil fuels has become the moral weapon of choice in the armoury of ecclesiastical environmental activists who want to end coal production in Australia.... Read More

  • Ideas scare people

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Jun 2015

    "When did ideas become such a scary concept?" said Peter van Onselen in The Australian this week. Other commentators have said much the same. The context was the 'leaking' of parts of the Commonwealth...... Read More

  • Baird's budget bonanza

    Robert Carling | 26 Jun 2015

    The New South Wales 2015-16 budget announced this week demonstrates the O'Farrell/Baird governments have accomplished the budget repair mission that so eludes their federal colleagues.... Read More

  • Sugar hit

    Helen Andrews | 26 Jun 2015

    The Heart Foundation has called for a 20 percent soft drink tax, citing a new study out of Mexico as evidence that such taxes really work.... Read More

  • Greece must deal with its past before its creditors

    Simon Cowan | 19 Jun 2015

    It may well be true that Greece will never pay back its debts, as Greek Finance Minister 'Aussie' Yanis Varoufakis claims. Varoufakis uses this argument to condemn the troika (the IMF, the European commission...... Read More

  • 50 shades of youth unemployment

    Patrick Carvalho | 19 Jun 2015

    The rise of a jobless youth contingent in Australia is a growing concern. But we cannot get a clear picture of the problem without examining the  different measurements of it.... Read More