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3 short articles from CIS researchers emailed every Friday on the issues of the week.







  1. 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...

  2. In the Pay of the Piper: Governments, Not-for-Profits, and the Burden of Regulation

    Peter Kurti | 23 Apr 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of... Read More...

  3. What Kind of Religion Is Free in the Public Square? A Warning from the United States

    Ryan Messmore | 06 Mar 2013 | Occasional Papers

    In the 14th Acton Lecture, Dr Ryan Messmore, President of Campion College, asks what kind of religion is free in the public... Read More...

  4. Moral Wisdom and the Recovery of Virtue

    Peter Kurti | 06 Feb 2013 | Occasional Papers

    What are the moral skills we need to cultivate to live effectively in the social media world of the twenty-first century... Read More...

  5. After the Riot: the Meaning for Multicultural Australia

    Benjamin Herscovitch, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti | 11 Oct 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The riot on 15 September in the Sydney CBD by Muslim protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism.... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Abolishing generator of red tape will allow not-for-profit sector to concentrate on real work

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 20 Mar 2014 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Some of the charity commission's actions in its first year have undermined its credibility as an enemy of red tape.... Read More

  2. Don’t expel God from our children’s classrooms

    Peter Kurti | 28 Feb 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    We have a duty to teach our children about religion so they will be better equipped to respond when religion turns bad.... Read More

  3. Time to scrap the charity commission

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 15 Feb 2014 | Open Forum

    How is the ACNC performing at its goal of reducing red tape on the not-for-profit sector? ... Read More

  4. Uncharitable politics: Time to give not-for-profits back their independence

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 11 Feb 2014 | ABC Religion & Ethics

    After a year of operation, the charities commission has not made significant progress towards its goal of reducing red tape.... Read More

  5. Beseech God And Fear The Greens

    Peter Kurti | 08 Feb 2014 | Quadrant Online

    The Australian Greens are gunning for God. They want the Lord’s Prayer dumped from the opening of the federal parliament’s ... Read More

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  1. Hard multiculturalism's rise in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 13 Dec 2013

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

  2. Follow New Zealand's lead on charities commission

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 04 Oct 2013

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

  3. Crushing red tape for charities

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 06 Sep 2013

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

  4. Playing the moral high ground on asylum seekers

    Peter Kurti | 26 Jul 2013

    Politicians of any stripe who claim to establish the public face of policy by securing the Christian moral high ground will ...

  5. Absurd reaction to first Muslim frontbencher

    Peter Kurti | 05 Jul 2013

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

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