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Ideas@TheCentre

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.

  • Helicopter parenting to protect G20 politicians

    07 Nov 2014

    This is a great opportunity to showcase a little of our local culture — in this case our proud history of political protest. Read More

  • Britain's Pauline Hanson moment

    17 Oct 2014

    Support for classical liberal ideas remains depressingly small in Britain. It is not Hayek the country is starting to embrace with its flirtation with UKIP – it is Hansonism. Read More

  • Requiem for a reformer

    19 Apr 2013

    Thatcher’s people – and protestors – turn up in the thousands to farewell a giant of the twentieth century. Read More

  • After the riot: A civil discussion of multiculturalism

    05 Oct 2012

    What does the recent riot mean for Australia’s status as a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society? Read More

  • Britain's Olympic fever

    02 Aug 2012

    The idealised image of the United Kingdom presented by Danny Boyle at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games also came with a few discordant notes. Read More

  • Thought crime

    20 Jul 2012

    Britain’s race relations laws attempt to control, not just what we do, but the way we think. Read More

  • Free to be fat

    15 Jun 2012

    The obese should pay for their obesity – through market rates, not government taxes, so that the healthy are not punished when they want to try a bacon sundae. Read More

  • Gay marriage, polygamy and the social order

    01 Jun 2012

    There are no good, logical arguments against allowing gay marriage. Read More

  • Politicians’ own taxes

    20 Apr 2012

    Requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns will further trivialise election campaigns. Read More

  • Tiger mothers and the social escalator

    13 Apr 2012

    Academic achievement relies more on the values and aspirations of fellow students, parents and teachers – not so much on the money spent on schooling. Read More

  • iPod, iPad, iSelf

    14 Oct 2011

    Steve Jobs may not have donated all his money to causes, but he devoted his life to Apple, giving the world something far greater than charity. Read More

  • 1 for the nanny state, 0 for commonsense

    14 Oct 2011

    Welfare has gone mad in Britain – child misbehaves, parent gets a car. Child’s team loses football game by 20 points – they will never know. Read More

  • Rescue me

    02 Sep 2011

    Welfare statism effectively reduces elements of its citizenry to an enfeebled and dependent state, unable or unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives, actions and decisions. Read More

  • Say whatever you like

    05 Aug 2011

    Voltaire famously desired to defend with his life one’s right to say whatever one wants, even if he disagreed. That line is glibly trotted out to symbolise our supposedly enlightened attitude to freedom... Read More

  • No free speech free zones

    22 Jul 2011

    How free are we really to say what we think? Read More

  • Back to 1643? Bob Brown and the press freedom time machine

    22 Jul 2011

    What agenda did Greens leader Bob Brown have for calling for greater media regulations? Surely, by now, we understand free speech and free press are necessities for a healthy democracy. Read More

  • Campaign finance reform restricts liberal democracy

    03 Jun 2011

    Limiting public criticism and accountability through campaign finance regulation puts too much trust in politicians’ good judgment. Read More

  • Government too big for its boots

    03 Jun 2011

    Can an action of one government be so bad that it justifies retrospective legislation by a successor government? Read More

  • A ‘Royal Wedding’ the Victorians might approve of?

    29 Apr 2011

    The ‘Royal Wedding’ is the last chance at shoring up the shaky foundations of the British monarchy. Read More

  • France’s Internet Piracy three strikes law- out of line?

    Rebecca Gill | 08 Oct 2010

    By scanning internet users in a bid to detect online piracy, is the French government violating civil liberties in a move that’s nearly impossible to enforce effectively? Read More

  • Continuing the battle of ideas

    Greg Lindsay | 25 Jun 2010

    At the end of an extraordinary week in Australian politics, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a change in the way the federal government operates. For the sake of a free, just and prosperous Australia,... Read More

  • Lefties too clever by half

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 05 Mar 2010

    This week’s news held an unpleasant surprise for the world’s conservatives and religious. Luckily for them, they were probably too dumb to understand it. Read More

  • Moore Hypocrisy and Hype

    Meegan Cornforth | 23 Oct 2009

    In his latest celluloid uppercut to the upper crust, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore examines the Home of the Brave to find it has been repossessed and its occupants turfed heartlessly out onto squalid... Read More

  • ‘Progressive’ patriots barking up wrong tree

    Jeremy Sammut | 14 Aug 2009

    By all accounts, the message of Tim Soutphommasane’s forthcoming book (Seizing the Sauce Bottle, ‘Australian Literary Review’, 5 August 2009) is commendably clear. The book lays out the reasons why... Read More

  • Publications

    1. The Age of Endarkenment

      Brendan O'Neill, Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

      Humans are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to science and technology. So why... Read More...

    2. The Enlightenment Made Us

      Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

      Nick Cater examines the Enlightenment ideals that helped shape our uniquely Australian culture, and asks whether the pragmatism... Read More...

    3. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

      With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...

    4. Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

      Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

      Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary... Read More...

    5. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

      Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

      The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. No ‘War on Christmas’ Here

      Helen Andrews | 15 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

       To my great delight as an immigrant, there is no ‘War on Christmas’ in Australia.... Read More

    2. Personal freedom leads to economic freedom

      Greg Lindsay | 27 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

      It is clear now that economic liberty has supported a massive global reduction of poverty, disease and other key factors. ... Read More

    3. Our right to silence is too important to lose

      Suri Ratnapala | 01 Oct 2012 | The Conversation

      The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary.... Read More

    4. Religious freedom must not be taken for granted

      Peter Kurti | 24 Feb 2012 | ABC Online

      The importance of religious belief is both derided and attacked in our public debates. Tony Abbott's Christian faith is often ... Read More

    5. Don’t gamble with people’s freedom

      Peter Kurti | 29 Sep 2011 | The Drum

      New Poker Machine laws are impeding people’s freedom... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. Helicopter parenting to protect G20 politicians

      Cassandra Wilkinson | 07 Nov 2014

      This is a great opportunity to showcase a little of our local culture — in this case our proud history of political protest....

    2. Britain's Pauline Hanson moment

      Peter Saunders | 17 Oct 2014

      Support for classical liberal ideas remains depressingly small in Britain. It is not Hayek the country is starting to embrace ...

    3. Requiem for a reformer

      Peter Saunders | 19 Apr 2013

      Thatcher’s people – and protestors – turn up in the thousands to farewell a giant of the twentieth century....

    4. After the riot: A civil discussion of multiculturalism

      Jeremy Sammut | 05 Oct 2012

      What does the recent riot mean for Australia’s status as a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society?...

    5. Britain's Olympic fever

      Peter Saunders | 02 Aug 2012

      The idealised image of the United Kingdom presented by Danny Boyle at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games also ...

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