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Policy Monographs

policy-monographs

Policy Monographs (PM) are pieces directly commenting on government policy, new programs or legislation.

  • The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | PM139

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with charges of bigotry and accusations of homophobia. Religious freedom in Australia...... Read More

  • Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | PM138

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’ multiculturalism has emerged which is determined to eliminate racism. Its...... Read More

  • Overcoming Governance and Cost Challenges for Australian Public Hospitals: The Foundation Trust Alternative

    Jeremy Sammut and Peter Phelan | 13 Oct 2013 | PM137

    Adapting the UK Foundation Hospital Trust governance and management model to the Australian health system can improve the productivity and financial sustainability of public hospitals in conjunction with...... Read More

  • Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | PM136

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements for people on unemployment benefits. As a result, there are now around...... Read More

  • A Fair Go: Fact or Fiction?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 May 2013 | PM135

    The Australian ideal of a fair go is fact rather than fiction. By offering all individuals the opportunity to capitalise on their ambition and natural ability, Australia’s dynamic and socially mobile...... Read More

  • Panacea to Prison? Justice Reinvestment in Indigenous Communities

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jan 2013 | PM134

    High Indigenous incarceration has elicited a long list of so-called solutions over the years. Yet the percentage of Aboriginal people in custody has continued to rise, and is now nearly double what it...... Read More

  • Back to the Bad Old Days? Industrial Relations Reform in Australia

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Dec 2012 | PM133

    Has the Fair Work Act thrown industrial relations back to ‘the bad old days?’ This report analyses the changes in industrial relations reform over the past 20 years and assesses the role in which each...... Read More

  • Compulsory Super at 20: ‘Libertarian Paternalism’ Without the Libertarianism

    Stephen Kirchner | 25 Nov 2012 | PM132

    Examines the economic case for compulsory superannuation contributions and questions whether compulsory super is the most effective way of promoting household and national saving and reducing future demands...... Read More

  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme

    Andrew Baker | 15 Nov 2012 | PM131

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest social reform since Medicare. Currently, there is only a naive understanding of the scheme. This report makes the case that...... Read More

  • Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

    Simon Cowan | 24 Oct 2012 | PM130

    Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as the US Navy’s Virginia Class submarine, would provide a much greater capability...... Read More

  • How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform

    David Gadiel and Jeremy Sammut | 11 Jul 2012 | PM128

    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public service monopoly model of public hospital care. The adoption of market or...... Read More

  • Indigenous Education 2012

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 and Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | PM129

    Indigenous Education 2012 reviews the lack of progress by states and territories in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy. It examines causes of Indigenous students’ success and failure, and the...... Read More

  • Charlatan Training: How Aboriginal Health Workers Are Being Short-changed

    Sara Hudson | 21 Mar 2012 | PM127

    Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have been short changed. They have not only been provided with charlatan training but also sold a charlatan role. The amount of training they receive does not match the...... Read More

  • Future Funds or Future Eaters? The Case Against a Sovereign Wealth Fund for Australia

    Robert Carling and Stephen Kirchner | 20 Feb 2012 | PM126

    This paper considers the arguments for and against greater use of a sovereign wealth fund in Australia. It argues that the existing Future Fund is unnecessary and that greater use of a sovereign wealth...... Read More

  • Price Drivers: Five Case Studies in How Government is Making Australia Unaffordable

    Oliver Marc Hartwich and Rebecca Gill | 14 Dec 2011 | PM125

    Government influences price levels in more ways than is immediately apparent. Through its direct and indirect interventions in the market, government is one of the most important price drivers in Australia...... Read More

  • Do Not Damage and Disturb: On Child Protection Failures and the Pressure on Out-of-Home Care in Australia

    Jeremy Sammut | 03 Nov 2011 | PM122

    This monograph shows that the rising size, cost, and complexity of the out-of-home care system in Australia is directly linked to child protection failures. Children are entering care later and more damaged,...... Read More

  • Working Towards Self-Reliance: Three Lessons for Disability Pension Reform

    Jessica Brown | 05 Oct 2011 | PM124

    To successful reduce the number of pensioners on disability support, policymakers must apply the lessons of other welfare reforms. Disability pensioners must be categorised based on their ability to work;...... Read More

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

    Stephen Kirchner | 19 Sep 2011 | PM123

    The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among economists. This monograph examines three perspectives on the issue and argues that population...... Read More

  • Selection, Migration and Integration: Why Multiculturalism Works in Australia (And Fails in Europe)

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 01 Sep 2011 | PM121

    Australia’s migrants are extremely well integrated by international standards, particularly Europe. The reason why multiculturalism works better in Australia than in Europe may be Australia’s more...... Read More

  • Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils

    Adam Creighton and Oliver Marc Hartwich | 14 Jul 2011 | PM120

    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over the country. The results are alarming. The level of frustration with inadequate...... Read More