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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.

  • Debate we have to have

    29 May 2015

    The new appointments to counter home-grown terrorism are a clever and politically astute move that will facilitate the national debate we need to have about Islamist radicalisation. Read More

  • Abbas no angel

    22 May 2015

    Leaders customarily exchange gifts when they meet formally. So it would have been odd had Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not offered one another such gifts when they met in the Vatican... Read More

  • Anti-Semitism is much older than Israel

    06 Mar 2015

    ‘Harry Potter’ star Miriam Margolyes has form. Noted for her vehement anti-Israel views, the Jewish actress didn’t hold back when she appeared on Monday night’s Q&A. Read More

  • For and against - but standing for what?

    16 Jan 2015

    Amid the placards and pencils borne by the multitude in Paris, which principles were they professing to defend? Read More

  • Your Bumper, Blockbuster, Holiday-Issue Ideas@TheCentre

    19 Dec 2014

    With CIS taking a break over the holiday season, we wanted to bring you a special issue of Ideas to finish the year.  So our researchers and senior staff have summed up the most memorable... Read More

  • Cuts being used as convenient pretext at ABC

    05 Dec 2014

    Placing religious programming in the cross-hairs of the ABC’s fiscal razor gang is too cute by half. Read More

  • Road to hellish environmental concern

    31 Oct 2014

    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Unfortunately the Anglican Church of Australia seems to have set out on its own journey to that fiery destination. Read More

  • The Prime Minister might be a feminist

    03 Oct 2014

    The Prime Minister has attracted some ire previously by calling himself a feminist. This week he once again proved he either definitively is one or definitely isn’t one—depending on which of the increasingly... Read More

  • Antisemitic abuse demands our leaders' condemnation

    15 Aug 2014

    Antisemitism is a scourge fuelled by bigotry, malice and hatred. All political leaders must condemn it unequivocally if their pursuit of tolerance is sincere. Read More

  • Freedom to believe must mean freedom to practice

    04 Jul 2014

    The right to religious liberty is not an absolute right and must always be balanced against other rights and freedoms enjoyed by citizens of the liberal state. Read More

  • Truly dangerous ideas don't condemn girls to death

    27 Jun 2014

    Using the Opera House to provide a platform for someone to justify and excuse murder is an intolerable violation of the basic principles of a free and democratic society. Read More

  • Will defunding school chaplains mean smaller government?

    20 Jun 2014

    Why should taxpayers fund the general provision of religious services anywhere? Read More

  • Taking religious freedom seriously

    13 Jun 2014

    An international campaign urging the Sudanese government to free a young mother sentenced to death for converting to Christianity reminds us that freedom of religion is little more than a dream for some. Read More

  • Hard multiculturalism's rise in Australia

    13 Dec 2013

    Hard multiculturalism questions the idea of a core national culture and threatens the success story of Australia’s harmonious nation of immigrants. Read More

  • Follow New Zealand's lead on charities commission

    04 Oct 2013

    Australian should follow New Zealand’s lead and abolish our federal charity regulator. Read More

  • Crushing red tape for charities

    06 Sep 2013

    Labor wants to keep the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, while the Coalition wants to abolish it. Read More

  • Playing the moral high ground on asylum seekers

    26 Jul 2013

    Politicians of any stripe who claim to establish the public face of policy by securing the Christian moral high ground will soon enough feel the tide of political reality lapping at their toes. Read More

  • Absurd reaction to first Muslim frontbencher

    05 Jul 2013

    The anti-Islamic rants against Ed Husic this week were both absurd and inconsistent. Read More

  • Parliament must let charities speak out

    21 Jun 2013

    The proposed clarification of the law about the scope of charitable purpose is to be welcomed. Read More

  • The uncivil society

    01 Mar 2013

    The expansion of Australia’s welfare state has eroded not just the institutions of civil society but also the culture of civil society. Read More

  • Pope Benedict’s legacy

    22 Feb 2013

    What will Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy be characterised by? Read More

  • Making the moral case for capitalism

    23 Nov 2012

    Popular conceptions of capitalism are tinged with images of indecency, rapaciousness and greed. 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

  • A multicultural success story

    28 Sep 2012

    Australia’s culturally diverse society remains open and healthy. Read More

  • Restricting freedom is not the answer

    21 Sep 2012

    The majority of Australian Muslims want to live here in peace but a sizeable minority has a darker purpose. Read More

  • Preferential condemnation

    02 Aug 2012

    The international community fails to condemn Hamas for evicting 120 Palestinian families in Gaza from their homes. Read More

  • Invoking Jesus

    13 Jul 2012

    No policy can be run through any single religious filter in a bid to infuse with it the characteristic of being a specifically Christian policy. Read More

  • Gay marriage, polygamy and the social order

    01 Jun 2012

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

  • Progressive hypocrisy on religion and the state

    18 May 2012

    Report questions common assumption that religious people are ideologically conservative. Read More

  • Aussies tell Dawkins: Live and let religion live

    13 Apr 2012

    Most Australians are comfortable with both the secular and the sacred sharing space in the national life. Read More

  • Lent for climate change?

    24 Feb 2012

    Making climate change a moral issue is dangerous. Read More

  • Thirst for knowledge

    21 Oct 2011

    The choice of subjects of the record number of students sitting this year’s HSC reflects increasing interest in ancient history and religion. Read More

  • Battery full? Save energy and remove charger from wall socket

    08 Jul 2011

    Religion seeks not so much to control as to strengthen communities by binding them to common sets of values, practices and beliefs. Read More

  • Publications

    1. What are We Fighting For? Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas

      David Kilcullen | 10 Feb 2015 | Occasional Papers

      This volume brings together two presentations and the introductions from an event hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies... Read More...

    2. A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience

      Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 16 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

      An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations in Australia, is putting... Read More...

    3. The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

      Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

      When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with... Read More...

    4. Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

      Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

      Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent... Read More...

    5. Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

      Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

      Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. Our churches have fallen in love with climate change

      Peter Kurti | 15 May 2015 | The Spectator

      The sharp, carbon-edged truth is that the churches are keen to adopt climate change as a cause to help them connect with ... Read More

    2. It’s time to face up to the Muslim fault line

      Peter Kurti | 21 Apr 2015 | Daily Telegraph

      We were given a stark reminder on the weekend that our nation faces a growing threat to its security, when Victorian police ... Read More

    3. Paying lip service to the Holocaust

      Peter Kurti | 21 Feb 2015 | The Spectator

      Founded in October 1945, the United Nations may think its mission was shaped by the horrors of Auschwitz, but it did not ... Read More

    4. Yes, Paris atrocity was about religion

      Peter Kurti | 09 Jan 2015 | Daily Telegraph

      Let’s get one thing clear: if you offend Islamist extremists, they will set out to silence you. Kill you, if necessary.  ... Read More

    5. Qantas fights religious freedom battle

      Peter Kurti | 06 Nov 2014 | Australasian Muslim Times

      Qantas isn’t just facing a commercial battle over business seats. It’s also facing a legal battle over religious freedom ... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. Debate we have to have

      Jeremy Sammut | 29 May 2015

      The new appointments to counter home-grown terrorism are a clever and politically astute move that will facilitate the national ...

    2. Abbas no angel

      Peter Kurti | 22 May 2015

      Leaders customarily exchange gifts when they meet formally. So it would have been odd had Pope Francis and Palestinian President ...

    3. Anti-Semitism is much older than Israel

      Peter Kurti | 06 Mar 2015

      ‘Harry Potter’ star Miriam Margolyes has form. Noted for her vehement anti-Israel views, the Jewish actress didn’t ...

    4. For and against - but standing for what?

      Peter Kurti | 16 Jan 2015

      Amid the placards and pencils borne by the multitude in Paris, which principles were they professing to defend?...

    5. Your Bumper, Blockbuster, Holiday-Issue Ideas@TheCentre

      | 19 Dec 2014

      With CIS taking a break over the holiday season, we wanted to bring you a special issue of Ideas to finish the ...

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