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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.

  • 3 (wrong) attitudes towards ageing

    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

  • Three pillars reform needed to fix pension

    24 Apr 2015

    There are three ‘pillars’ supporting retirement in Australia. Superannuation, the age pension and the family home. If we are serious about boosting living standards in retirement, and addressing the... Read More

  • Unions are not always for workers

    31 Aug 2012

    The interests of unions are not necessarily the same as the interests of workers, and a union campaign does not always equate to a workers’ campaign. Read More

  • Population pessimism is unfounded – and irresponsible

    24 Aug 2012

    The challenge for Australia is not to stop population growth but to find practical solutions to accommodate it. Read More

  • Unempirical Asian languages alarmism

    16 Aug 2012

    Asian languages alarmism should not scare us into expanding current language education programs. Read More

  • For the love of gold, let’s find a better way to fund sport

    16 Aug 2012

    Rather than lining up more athletes to suckle on the government teat, we should explore innovative new funding models for sport. Read More

  • Some positives from a disappointing review

    09 Aug 2012

    Amendments to dealing with unfair dismissal applications in the review of the Fair Work Act are welcome. Read More

  • Employee risk and youth wages

    20 Jul 2012

    There are several reasons for youth wages to be less than adult wages. Read More

  • An immaterial benefit: Learning from Europe’s mistakes

    27 Apr 2012

    The European public debt crisis is a wake-up call to those who believe in running a country on ever more feel-good programs, welfare initiatives, and industry assistance. Read More

  • A growing opportunity for Australia

    30 Sep 2011

    Instead of being afraid of population growth, Australians should embrace it, and government must focus on build infrastructure to support the growth. Read More

  • Boat people circa 1871

    23 Sep 2011

    Australia should auction its immigration spots to the highest and most capable bidders to improve our standard of living over the long term. Read More

  • Ingredients for successful integration

    02 Sep 2011

    Australia’s migrants are some of the best integrated because the immigration policy is strict. Continuing this considered selection through a careful screening process for migrants is vital. Read More

  • Go West? 'Get out of Sydney’ grants an expensive distraction

    01 Jul 2011

    Paying people to move to regional areas will not improve economic growth. Read More

  • It’s all about the city

    Jessica Brown | 10 Dec 2010

    Cities, especially big ones like Melbourne and Sydney, provide us with endless opportunities that simply are not available in remote locations. Read More

  • That fabled ‘Big Australia’

    Jessica Brown | 08 Oct 2010

    Population increases are inevitable, and government should start planning for infrastructure bottlenecks. Read More

  • Publications

    1. Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

      Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

      High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government... Read More...

    2. Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

      Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more... Read More...

    3. Faraway, So Close: How the Euro Crisis Affects Australia

      Oliver Marc Hartwich | 23 Apr 2012 | Issue Analysis

      Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal,... Read More...

    4. Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain

      Andrew Patterson, David Kirk, Don Turkington, Luke Malpass | 27 Mar 2012 | Policy Forum

      Why are so many New Zealanders flocking to Australian shores, and what can be done to stop the so-called Kiwi ‘brain drain’? In... Read More...

    5. Hands, Mouths and Minds: Three Perspectives on Population Growth and Living Standards

      Stephen Kirchner | 19 Sep 2011 | Policy Monographs

      The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among economists.... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. Silver linings in recent youth unemployment data

      Patrick Carvalho | 03 Aug 2015 | Business Spectator

      Despite recent easing, youth unemployment remains worryingly high following a flood of jobless youngsters since the start ... Read More

    2. Tackling a glaring problem in the jobs market

      Patrick Carvalho | 15 Jul 2015 | Business Spectator

      How can Australia best tackle the skills mismatch challenge?... Read More

    3. Pensioners are prudent by relying on taxpayers

      Simon Cowan | 10 Jul 2015 | Newcastle Herald

      Australia is currently having an overdue debate on retirement income policy. However, as the government and opposition both ... Read More

    4. China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: The lump of labour fallacy resurges

      Patrick Carvalho | 18 Jun 2015 | ABC The Drum

      The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is a landmark victory for Australians, opening up a cornucopia of future ... Read More

    5. Retirement changes focus on the wrong assets, won’t boost incomes

      Simon Cowan | 14 May 2015 | Business Spectator

      The fundamental paradox of retirement is that retiree living standards depend on stable and secure incomes, but most retirees ... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. 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 ...

    2. Three pillars reform needed to fix pension

      Simon Cowan | 24 Apr 2015

      There are three ‘pillars’ supporting retirement in Australia. Superannuation, the age pension and the family home. If ...

    3. Unions are not always for workers

      Alexander Philipatos | 31 Aug 2012

      The interests of unions are not necessarily the same as the interests of workers, and a union campaign does not always equate ...

    4. Population pessimism is unfounded – and irresponsible

      Oliver Marc Hartwich | 24 Aug 2012

      The challenge for Australia is not to stop population growth but to find practical solutions to accommodate it....

    5. Unempirical Asian languages alarmism

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 16 Aug 2012

      Asian languages alarmism should not scare us into expanding current language education programs....

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