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







  1. Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting... Read More...

  2. 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...

  3. Conversation with Daniel Hannan

    Nick Cater | 14 Feb 2014 | Transcripts

    Daniel Hannan is one of the leading intellectual forces in British politics.In his latest book, Inventing Freedom: How the... Read More...

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

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 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. The New Silence: Family Breakdown and Child Sexual Abuse

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Jan 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Despite family breakdown exposing children to greater risk of sexual abuse, the issue receives scant attention in this country.... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Let’s adopt a more sensible approach to kids in care

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    In 2012-13, only 135 children were adopted from state care, even though more than 40,000 children were in care.... Read More

  2. Getting millionaires off the old-age pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Apr 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    Joe Hockey should look to address the pension means test that allows millionaires to receive welfare.... Read More

  3. Why feminists should support childcare deregulation

    Trisha Jha | 27 Mar 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Despite the previous Labor government funding the establishment of new services, it is still difficult for parents to procure ... Read More

  4. The myth of NAPLAN stress

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Mar 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Schools should be scrutinised, and parents should be aware of the test results. NAPLAN tests are not the 'high stakes' tests ... Read More

  5. Commission must also address welfare of children in care

    Jeremy Sammut | 13 Mar 2014 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    The work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is revealing the way that history is ... Read More

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  1. National adoption targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 17 Apr 2014

    Child protection policies designed to solve yesterday’s mistakes are causing serious problems today....

  2. Paid Parental Leave: Is it really going to pay for the age pension?

    Matthew Taylor | 17 Apr 2014

    Is the government’s proposed paid parental leave scheme really about getting people back to work so they can pay for the ...

  3. Sale of Medibank Private

    David Gadiel | 11 Apr 2014

    There is no case for public ownership of Medibank Private. ...

  4. Re-moralising the pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 11 Apr 2014

    What was the original purpose of the old age pension and how far have we strayed from this? ...

  5. Equal under the law - and no exceptions

    Peter Kurti | 04 Apr 2014

    Far from increasing social cohesion, identity politics makes living with difference harder. ...

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