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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.

  • The bright side of non-competitive IR federalism

    24 Apr 2014

    Classical liberals favour competitive federalism over national laws because competition between jurisdictions makes it harder for government to grow.If the tax or regulatory arrangements are more favourable... Read More

  • Time to make a deal

    19 Apr 2013

    In rejecting a pretty good funding school model because it is not perfect, we may end up with something much worse. Read More

  • Unempirical Asian languages alarmism

    16 Aug 2012

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

  • 'Of its essence a great mistake'

    23 Mar 2012

    Canberra fails as a capital city. Read More

  • Pay for what is yours

    02 Dec 2011

    Take responsibility for your actions – don’t make the rest of us pay. Read More

  • Media force for democracy

    12 Aug 2011

    The Government should release reports without the media having to request FOI. 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

  • Comparative costs of councillors

    21 Apr 2011

    The changing role of elected councillors may explain the proliferation in local government regulations and extra rates. Read More

  • Publications

    1. Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money

      Anne Twomey, Robert Carling | 29 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

      This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial... Read More...

    2. Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

      Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

      This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the... Read More...

    3. 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...

    4. TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

      Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

      TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions... Read More...

    5. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

      Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

      TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. Comment: Education does not need Commonwealth in schools

      Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Oct 2014 | Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

      Ahead of the federal government’s ‘white paper’ on reform of the federation, an issues paper will canvas the specific ... Read More

    2. NSW health history shows Carr's feet of clay

      Jeremy Sammut | 29 Mar 2012 | The Drum

      If you believe the hype, Carr's entry into federal politics is a sign that the floundering incompetence which has typified ... Read More

    3. The future of the ALP may lie in rediscovering a voice from its past

      Adam Creighton | 21 Oct 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

      Which political party would William McKell support in 2011?... Read More

    4. Carbon tax could have united us all

      Adam Creighton | 13 Jul 2011 | The Age

      More than 3 million households will be worse off come July, about a third of Australian taxpayers. Indeed, many thousands ... Read More

    5. Perk Street is not as one-way as employed, childless renters think

      Adam Creighton | 01 Jul 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

      Childless renters pay a lot of federal tax but are exempt from many state taxes... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. The bright side of non-competitive IR federalism

      Alexander Philipatos | 24 Apr 2014

      Classical liberals favour competitive federalism over national laws because competition between jurisdictions makes it harder ...

    2. Time to make a deal

      Jennifer Buckingham | 19 Apr 2013

      In rejecting a pretty good funding school model because it is not perfect, we may end up with something much worse....

    3. Unempirical Asian languages alarmism

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 16 Aug 2012

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

    4. 'Of its essence a great mistake'

      Benjamin Herscovitch | 23 Mar 2012

      Canberra fails as a capital city....

    5. Pay for what is yours

      Peter Saunders | 02 Dec 2011

      Take responsibility for your actions – don’t make the rest of us pay....

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