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Issue Analysis


Issue Analysis (IA) are shorter publications that deal with controversial and current issues.

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

    16 Apr 2014 | IA145

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The Abbott government can provide national leadership... Read More

  • The New Silence: Family Breakdown and Child Sexual Abuse

    30 Jan 2014 | IA142

    Despite family breakdown exposing children to greater risk of sexual abuse, the issue receives scant attention in this country. Child sexual abuse is not fully and frankly discussed because the public... Read More

  • The Fraught Politics of Saying Sorry for Forced Adoption: Implications for Child Protection Policy in Australia

    19 Mar 2013 | IA138

    Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will delegitimise the use of adoption for child protection purposes and make it more... Read More

  • Overcoming a Culture of Low Expectations

    28 Mar 2012 | IA131

    The most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work – including people with disabilities, children in jobless families, and Indigenous people living in remote communities... Read More

  • Million Dollar Babies: Paid Parental Leave and Family Policy Reform

    Jessica Brown | 18 Nov 2008 | IA102

    Support for the introduction of paid parental leave has been so vocal that rather than being a means to an end, paid parental leave has become the end itself. Evidence-based policy has been sidelined... Read More

  • Baby Steps Toward Self-Funded Parental Leave

    Jessica Brown | 18 Sep 2008 | IA100

    The debate about increasing the aged pension highlights the fact that, once again, government handouts lead to increasing burdens on taxpayers. When considering a government-funded paid maternity leave... Read More

  • Child Care and the Labour Supply

    Jennifer Buckingham | 23 Jul 2008 | IA97

    This report investigates whether child care is unaffordable and if government funding is contributing to its affordability or making it more expensive. Read More

  • Child Care: Who Benefits?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 24 Oct 2007 | IA89

    Child care has gone from something that families would use sparingly and only if necessary to being an alleged human right. The research base of many claims about child care does not support their weight. Read More

  • Family Relationship Centres: Why We Don’t Need Them

    Arti Sharma | 12 Apr 2006 | IA70

    As part of a major overhaul of the Family Law Act, the Australian government plans to spend $200 million establishing a network of Family Relationship Centres. Despite good intentions, the Centres will... Read More

  • Reforming Divorce Law

    Barry Maley | 01 Sep 2003 | IA39

    Marriage has evolved from a relatively stable bond to a highly uncertain one. High divorce rates, the substitution of cohabitation for marriage, later ages at marriage, falling fertility, and the ill effects... Read More

  • The Tender Trap: Reducing Long-Term Welfare Dependency by Reforming the Parenting Payment System

    Peter Saunders | 11 Jun 2003 | IA36

    Moving single parents whose children are at school off welfare and into work is a key component of a broader strategy to eradicate poverty since joblessness is the biggest cause of poverty. It is essential... Read More

  • Families, Fertility and Maternity Leave

    Barry Maley | 12 Jun 2002 | IA24

    Sound family policy is being side-tracked by the concentration on the role of maternity leave in raising the fertility rate. Falling fertility is a genuine cause for concern, but it does not justify the... Read More

  • Poor Statistics: Getting the Facts Right About Poverty in Australia

    Peter Saunders | 03 Apr 2002 | IA23

    Some welfare organisations suggest that poverty statistics are unimportant and that the CIS critique of the Smith Family’s figures was a distraction from the real business of tackling poverty. But the... Read More

  • Poor Arguments: A Response to the Smith Family Report on Poverty in Australia

    Kayoko Tsumori | 16 Jan 2002 | IA21

    The welfare lobby, including The Smith Family and NATSEM, continues to inflate poverty statistics to advance a political agenda of income redistribution. The Smith Family report claimed that one in eight... Read More

  • Trailing the Class: Sole Parent Families and Educational Disadvantage

    Alison Rich | 26 Jun 2000 | IA11

    The association between family structure and educational performance has been the focus of much research in recent years. It seems that a child’s education is often one of the casualties of family instability... Read More

  • Tax Injustice: Keeping the Family Cap-in-Hand

    Lucy Sullivan | 10 Jul 1998 | IA3

    There is a growing awareness of financial pressure on the family, together with anomalies in the interaction of family earnings, taxation and welfare benefits. Increasingly generous welfare benefits appear... Read More