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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.

  • 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. Fertility, prosperity and kangaroos

      Barry Maley | 01 Dec 2014 | The Spectator

      It is well known that Australia has a serious aging problem because our fertility rate is below the level needed just to ... Read More

    2. How the Whitlam mums have begun to vanish

      Barry Maley | 29 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

      Context, they say, is everything. True or not, it certainly matters, and a glance at context illuminates Gough Whitlam’s ... Read More

    3. Gillard Deal Risks NDIS Timebomb

      Andrew Baker | 13 May 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

      In its eagerness to lock in the funding and governance arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), ... Read More

    4. Only a super-style savings system now will help Medicare survive

      Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | The Australian

      THE intergenerational reports have told us repeatedly that escalating government spending on health is unsustainable in an ... Read More

    5. Increasing the super contribution rate is a second-rate solution

      Stephen Kirchner | 08 Jan 2013 | The Conversation

      It is timely to re-examine the economic case for compulsory superannuation.... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. 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 ...

    2. 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....

    3. Unempirical Asian languages alarmism

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 16 Aug 2012

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

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

      Simon Cowan | 16 Aug 2012

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

    5. Some positives from a disappointing review

      Alexander Philipatos | 09 Aug 2012

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

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