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Our publications are the most important means of contact between the Centre's ideas and its general readership. Since 1976, The Centre for Independent Studies has produced some of the most authoritative publications in Australasian academia. From the influential Lands of Shame to the authoritative Will China Fail? CIS has published hundreds of publications covering topics from the social policy to legal affairs to religion and education.

In addition to books, the CIS publishes a range of shorter publications: Issue Analyses deal with controversial and current issues and Policy Mongraphs investigate and offer policy solutions. Since 1984, Policy magazine has published feature articles and reviews authored by some of the foremost national and international thinkers on public policy and ideas. The quality of writing and the diversity of topics in Policy ensure its status as a 'must read' by leading politicans, businesspeople and academics.

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All Civil Society Publications

  • 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...

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 19 Mar 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will...

  • Re-moralising the Welfare State

    Peter Saunders | 13 Mar 2013 | Occasional Papers

    The welfare state should be fair as well as caring. Fairness requires that claimants are not treated more favourably than...

  • What’s New with Anti-Semitism?

    Paul Kelly, Peter Kurti, Philip Mendes | 13 Aug 2012 | Policy Forum

    Criticism of Israeli government domestic policy has intensified in Australia with the emergence of the international Boycott,...

  • When Prophecy Fails

    Peter Saunders | 09 Sep 2011 | Special Publications

    In their 2009 book, The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argued for the ‘benefits’ of income redistribution....

  • FEATURE: Beyond the Culture Wars - Arts Policy for a New Generation

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Arts policy can learn from sport's bottom up approach.

  • FEATURE: Anti-Discrimination Law and the Attack on Freedom of Conscience

    Ben O'Neill | 20 Jun 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Anti-discrimination law is targeting belief as well as behaviour.

  • Alcohol Policy and the Politics of Moral Panic

    Luke Malpass | 26 May 2011 | Policy Monographs

    New Zealand’s proposed liquor legislation marks a return to old attitudes towards alcohol regulation that perversely believe,...

  • FEATURE: The Use of Happiness in Society

    Jason Potts | 31 Mar 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Happiness is not just a feeling, it is a signal to others about what might make them happier.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Soccernomics

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why The U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey—and Even Iraq—Are...

  • FEATURE: The Risks for High Migration

    Bob Birrell | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    If the population of Australia reaches 36 million by 2050, it will be a direct consequence of migration policy. A growing...

  • FEATURE: The Great Firewall of Australia

    Chris Williams-Wynn | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Despite strong opposition and economic and political risks, the federal government continues to support mandatory filtering...

  • BOOK REVIEW: So Many Firsts: Liberal Women From Enid Lyons to the Turnbull Era

    Michelle Irving | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    So Many Firsts: Liberal Women From Enid Lyons to the Turnbull Era by Margaret Fizherbert (The Federation Press, 2009.)

  • FEATURE: Slaves of the Bonus Culture

    | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Regulation and incentives are replacing professionalism. The inner motivation of professional integrity becomes gradually...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Once Were Radicals: My Years As a Teenage Islamo-Fascist

    Visiting Fellow - Tanveer Ahmed | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Once Were Radicals: My Years As A Teenage Islamo-Fascist by Irfan Yusuf (Allen & Unwin, 2009).

  • Diminishing Democracy: The Threat Posed by Political Expenditure Laws

    Andrew Norton | 31 Jul 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Electoral law reforms nearing a Senate vote risk making political activists inadvertent lawbreakers, deterring financial...

  • FEATURE: The Economies of Virtual Worlds: Lessons for the real world

    Callum Jones | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Online computer games offer more than just entertainment. This article looks at the synthetic environments that encourage...

  • BOOK REVIEW:The Henson Case

    Benjamin Hourigan | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The Henson Case by David Marr (Text Publishing, 2008).

  • In Defence of Civil Society: The Virtue of Prescribed Private Funds

    John Humphreys | 18 Feb 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The Commonwealth government is looking to change the rules governing charitable funds which may harm philanthropic giving...

  • OPINION: Won't Somebody Think of the Adults?

    Mark Newton | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    The Rudd government's proposed censorship regime will slow internet access and hand criminals a directory of illegal content.

  • Declaring Dependence, Declaring Independence: Three Essays on the Future of the Welfare State

    Peter Saunders | 01 Aug 2008 | Occasional Papers

    In a time when governments are running up enormous welfare bills and intrusively regulating everyday life, this series of...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Australian Social Attitudes 2: Citizenship, Work and Aspiration

    Richard Grant | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Australian Social Attitudes 2: Citizenship, Work and Aspiration edited by David Denemark, Gabrielle Meagher, Shaun Wilson,...

  • In Praise of Elitism

    Charles Murray, Claire Fox, Denis Dutton | 01 Feb 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Australian society is frequently characterised as egalitarian: belief in a 'fair go' for all and a love for cutting down...

  • FEATURE: Cultural Nationalism: The Last Resort of Scoundrels

    Eric Jones | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Protectionism has spread to culture.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Please Just F* Off: It's Our Turn Now- Holding Baby Boomers to Account

    Sukrit Sabhlok | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Please Just F* Off: It's Our Turn Now- Holding Baby Boomers to Account by Ryan Heath (Pluto Press, 2006).

  • FEATURE: Cultural Protection

    Eric Jones | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Leave culture to the market.

  • FEATURE: Free Speech, Offence and Religion

    Jeremy Shearmur | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Free speech is not a licence to disregard the sensibilities of others.

  • The Ethic of Respect: A Leftwing Cause

    Frank Field | 09 Mar 2006 | Occasional Papers

    Frank Field argues that nineteenth century Christianity bequeathed us a "rich deposit of ethical values", which he summarises...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report

    Richard Grant | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report Edited by S.Wilson, G.Meagher, R.Gibson, D.Denemark and M.Western (UNSW Press,...

  • FEATURE: Disliking Making a Fuss

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Underlying racial prejudice in Australia is held in check by tolerance.

  • FEATURE: Restoration and Revolution: Understanding Post-totalitarianism

    Aviezer Tucker | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The totalitarian destruction of civil society left the nomenklatura in power.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Our Culture, What's Left of it: The Mandarins and the Masses

    Alan Anderson | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses by Theodore Dalrymple (Ivan R. Dee, 2005).

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The Mystic Social Scientist

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Affluenz: When Too Much is Never Enough By Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss (Allen & Unwin, 2005).

  • Clearing Muddy Waters: Why Vinnies are Wrong on Inequality

    Peter Saunders | 21 Jun 2005 | Issue Analysis

    A recent St Vincent de Paul Society report claimed income inequality in Australia is dramatically widening. CIS suggested...

  • A Headlong Dash into the Chasm of Hyperbole

    Peter Saunders | 08 Jun 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The St Vincent de Paul Society’s recent paper, The Reality of Income Inequality in Australia, warns of Australia’s ‘current...

  • COMMENT: The Muslim 'Marginal Man'

    Visiting Fellow - Tanveer Ahmed | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Understanding the pyschological and sociological state of Western Muslims will help integrate society and avoid terrorism.

  • FEATURE: Unfinished Business: Reforming Our Intelligence Agencies

    Peter Jennings | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Terrorism is not the only urgent issue our intelligence agents must face.

  • Australia's Welfare Habit and How to Kick It

    Peter Saunders | 01 Oct 2004 | Special Publications

    Forty years ago only 3% of working age Australians depended on welfare payments as their main source of income. Today it...

  • Conspicuous Compassion: Why sometimes it really is cruel to be kind

    Patrick West | 19 Sep 2004 | Occasional Papers

    This book by Patrick West challenges the trend towards dramatic public displays of 'concern' which have very little to do...

  • FEATURE: Punching Above Our Weight

    Paul Kelly | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    If Australia wants to maintain its influence in the world, it needs to keep reforming its economy and increase its population.

  • DEBATE: Crime and Punishment

    Brian Bedkober, Nicole Billante | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Are greater use of prisons and more police work needed to reduce crime rates?

  • FEATURE: What Is Fair About A 'fair go'?

    Peter Saunders | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Social affairs intellectuals who equate popular support for a 'fair go' with egalitarianism are out of step with what ordinary...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language

    Chris Leithner | 20 Jan 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language by Don Watson (Random House Australia, 2003).

  • The Thinning Blue Line

    Nicole Billante | 19 Mar 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The likelihood that a criminal will be caught after committing an offence is an important deterrent for potential offenders....

  • COMMENT: The Feminist Silence About Islam

    Kay S. Hymowitz | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Western feminists should be protesting about the oppression of Middle Eastern women, but this would reveal how little they...

  • Six Questions About Civility

    Nicole Billante, Peter Saunders | 03 Jul 2002 | Occasional Papers

    Civility is a moral virtue and a social responsibility, contributing to the public good and the quality of life. Yet the...

  • Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers : A Global View

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Jun 2002 | Policy Monographs

    A worldwide excess of demand for immigration means that Western countries cannot accommodate more than a small proportion...

  • The Art of Corporate Governance: a return to first principles

    Samuel Gregg | 23 Jun 2002 | Policy Monographs

    Calls for big business to be more ‘ethical’ and ‘socially responsible’ have never been louder, nor more misguided. ...

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

    Peter Saunders | 03 Apr 2002 | Issue Analysis

    Some welfare organisations suggest that poverty statistics are unimportant and that the CIS critique of the Smith Family’s...

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

    Kayoko Tsumori | 16 Jan 2002 | Issue Analysis

    The welfare lobby, including The Smith Family and NATSEM, continues to inflate poverty statistics to advance a political...

  • COMMENT: The Case Against 'Corporate Social Responsibility'

    David Henderson | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an appearling concept, but the current widely-held doctrine of CSR is deeply flawed....

  • FEATURE: The Right Trap

    Bob Carr, Gary Sturgess | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    A bill of rights would unduly politicise the judiciary by turning judges into policymakers. The main benificiaries would...

  • COMMENT: The Crisis of Human Rights

    Samuel Gregg | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The concept of human rights evolved to buttress liberty by protecting people from excessive state power. Now it is being...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Politics of Australian Society

    Richard Grant | 12 Dec 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    The Politics of Australian Society: Political Issues for the New Century edited by Paul Boreham, Geoffrey Stokes and Richard...

  • Playing with Fire: Churches, Welfare Services and Government Contracts

    Samuel Gregg | 14 Aug 2000 | Issue Analysis

    Striking a balance between state funding and religious autonomy is the latest challenge for church-based welfare agencies....

  • FEATURE: Gambling: Not The Worst Bet

    Guy Calvert | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Ever dogged by controversy, gambling has a long and colourful history and is once again under the microscope.

  • State of the Nation: Indicators of a Changing Australia 1999

    Lucy Sullivan | 02 Aug 1999 | Special Publications

    The expanded and revised edition of State of the Nation: Indicators of a Changing Australia 1999 is a comprehensive guide...

  • Social Capital Stories: How 12 Australian Households Live their Lives

    Martin Stewart-Weeks | 05 Apr 1999 | Policy Monographs

    Social capital - the network of informal social connections that helps to hold communities together - is often reported to...

  • COMMENT: Polycentric Law in a New Century

    Tom Bell | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The feasibility of privately produced law.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Measuring Progress: Is Life Getting Better?

    Richard Salmons | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Measuirng Progress: Is Life Getting Better? edited by Richard Eckersley (CSIRO Publishing, 1998.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Asians in Australia: Patterns of Migration and Settlement

    Christopher Pokarier | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

     Asians in Australia: Patterns of Migration and Settlement edited by James E. Coughlan and Deborah J. McNamara (Macmillan...

  • COMMENT: Is Our Culture In Decline?

    Tyler Cowen | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The 'culture wars' and recent debates over the National Endowment for the Arts reflect deep disagreements about the health...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rethinking Law and Order

    Jack Wever | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Rethinking Law and Order by Russell Hogg and David Brown (Pluto Press, 1997.) 

  • FEATURE: Beyond Master and Servant

    Ken Phillips | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The new world of non-employment.

  • REVIEW: Community Rules

    Aeon Skoble | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society by Amitai Etzioni (Basic Books, 1996.)

  • Rising Crime in Australia

    Lucy Sullivan | 15 Feb 1998 | Policy Monographs

    Rising Crime in Australia provides a long-term perspective on crime.  For much of the twentieth century crime rates were...

  • Social Capital: The Individual, Civil Society and the State

    Andrew Norton | 01 Dec 1997 | Policy Forum

    The concept of 'social capital' meaning roughly the network of conventions supporting trust and social co-oreration, has...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Class in Australia

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Class in Australia by Craig McGregor (Penguin Books, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Retreat from Tolerance: A Snapshot of Australian Society

    Hugh Morley | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Rereat from Tolerance: A Snapshot of Australian Society edited by Phillip Adams (ABC Books, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: On Toleration

    Jacob Levy | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    On Toleration by Michael Walzer (Yale University Press, 1997.)

  • FEATURE: Undermining Rural Sustainability

    Patrick J. Morrisey | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The unintended consequences of the Drought Landcare Program.

  • State of the Nation: Statistical Indicators of Australia's Well-being

    Lucy Sullivan | 01 Apr 1997 | Special Publications

    The first of a series of studies of the social condition of Australia in 1997.

  • BOOK NOTE: Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information and Infrastructure

    Danny Yee | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information and Infrastructure edited by Brian Kahin and Charles...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Unhealthy Societies: The Affliction of Inequality

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Unhealthy Societies: The Affliction of Inequality by Richard G. Wilkinson (Routledge, 1996.)

  • FEATURE: Politically Impossible?

    Nigel Ashford | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    How ideas, not interests and circumstances, determine public policy.

  • FEATURE: Character and Community: The Problem of Broken Windows

    George Kelling, James Q. Wilson | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Informal controls and the reduction of crime.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Family, Education and Society

    Lucy Sullivan | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Family, Education and Society: The Australian Perspective edited by A. R. Barcan and P. O'Flaherty (Academy Press, 1995.)

  • COMMENT: Free to Cruise: Creating Curb Space for Jitneys

    Adrian T. Moore, Binyam Reja, Daniel B. Klein | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Public buses can't compete with private automobiles because bus rides usually involve long waits, slower commutes, limited...

  • FEATURE: Civics and Citizenship Education

    Kevin Donnelly | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The dangers of centralised civics education.

  • BOOK REVIEW: On the Cards: Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Age of Smart Technologies

    Richard Joseph | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    On the Cards: Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Age of Smart Technologies by Perri 6 and Ivan Briscoe (Demos, 1996.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: From Welfare State to Civil Society

    Vern Hughes | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Towards Welfare that Works in New Zealand by David G. Green (New Zealand Business Roundtable, 1996.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Desperately Seeking Community

    Martin Stewart-Weeks | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity by Francis Fukuyama (Hamish Hamilton, 1995.)

  • Working Youth:Tackling Australian Youth Unemployment

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 May 1996 | Policy Monographs

    Working Youth proposes reforms to the labour market and educationthat would begin the task of creating jobs for Australia's...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Tall Green Tales

    Jason Soon | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Tall Green Tales edited by Jeff Bennett (Institute of Public Affairs, 1995.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy Power, and the Information Superhighway

    Danny Yee | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy Power, and the Information Superhighway by Steven E. Miller (Addison-Wesley/ACM Publishing,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Values and the Social Order, Volume 2: Society and Order

    Wolfgang Kasper | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Values and the Social Order, Volume 2: Society and Order edited by Gerard Radnitzky and Hard Bouillon (Avebury Publications,...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: The Political Obsession Revisited: Eva Cox's Boyer Lectures

    Michael Warby | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    A Truly Civil Society: 1995 Boyer Lectures Eva Cox (ABC Books, 1995.)

  • FEATURE: Nationality, Utility, Liberty

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton talks to Greg Melleuish and Chandran Kukathas about the nature of Australian Liberalism and the challenges...

  • FEATURE: The Strange Disappearance of Civic America

    Robert D. Putnam | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Why might social capital be declining?

  • BOOK REVIEW: Governing Prosperity: Social Change and Social Analysis in Australia in the 1950s

    Peter Coleman | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Governing Propserity: Social Change and Social Analysis in Australia in the 1950s by Nicholas Brown (Cambridge University...

  • FEATURE: Public Figures and The Press

    David Flint | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Privacy and media accountability.

  • FEATURE: Why Employment Performance Differs

    Michael D. Longman, Rene Limacher, William W. Lewis | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The effect of product market regulations on employment.

  • FEATURE: Sole Parents and Sole Parent Pensioners in Australia

    Kyle Mitchell | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The social anbd demographic context of government assistance to sole parents and trends in statistics on sole parent pensioners.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Social Networks and Job Acquisition in Ethnic Communities in South Australia

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Social Networks and Job Acquisition in Ethnic Communities in South Australia by Edgar Carson (Australian Government Publishing...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Environmental Problems

    Ian Wills | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Outlining systems of social coordination; the costs of social coordination; factors determining the costs of coordination...

  • FEATURE: Protecting Nature... Privately

    Jeff Bennett | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Why the Private Sector can encourage nature conservation.

  • FEATURE: The Case for Competition Among Local Competitions

    Edward L. Glaeser | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Governmental diversity as a means to more dynamic and democratic government.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Values and Social Order, Volume I: Values and Society

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    BOOK REVIEW: Values and Social Order, Volume I: Values and Society edited by Gerard Radnitzky and Hardy Bouillon (Avebury...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The War of the Words: The Political Correctness Debate

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The War of the Words: The Political Correctness Debate edited by Sarah Dunant (Virago Press, 1994.)

  • CONTROVERSY: The Individual: A Suitable Case for Denationalisation

    Jeremy Shearmur | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    A discussion of euthanasia, following its legalisation in the Northern Territory and similar proposals for the ACT and NSW.

  • CONTROVERSY: Innocent Life and the Slippery Slope

    T. C. Delacey | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The dangers of setting a precedent for the taking of life.

  • Civic Capitalism- An Australian Agenda for Institutional Renewal

    Nick Greiner | 01 May 1995 | Occasional Papers

    A new political middle ground is forming around the idea that successful societies depend on ‘social capital’- the goodwill,...

  • FEATURE: The Ethics and Politics of Environmentalist Deception

    Barry Maley | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The extinction 'crisis' as a case study in environmentalist exaggeration.

  • COMMENT: Sexual Harassment and HMAS Swan: A Case History

    Beatrice Faust | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Sexual harrassment laws and regulations in the Australian Defence Force.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Business of Ecology: Australian Organisations Tackling Environmental Issues

    John Rogers | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The Business of Ecology: Australian Organisations Tackling Environmental Issues edited by Leigh Cato (Allen & Unwin,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals by Ernest Gellner (Hamish Hamilton, 1994.)

  • FEATURE: On The Road to Flexible Working Times

    Annabel Mackay, David Hensher, Helen Battelino | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The impact of changing workplaces on our transport needs.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Australian Civilisation

    Ann Yard | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Australian Civilisation edited by Richard Nile (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1994.)

  • FEATURE: An Interview with Conor Cruise O'Brien

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Nationalism, the Republic and what Edmund Burke would have thought of it all.

  • FEATURE: Australia's Information Infrastructure

    Roger Clarke | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Foundations of the information society.

  • FEATURE: Silk Purse or Sow's Ear: Canberra's Recent Approaches to Regional Development Policy

    Tony Sorensen | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Now is not a golden age for regional policy.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Only Words

    Cecilia Hilder | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Only Words by Catharine MacKinnon (HarperCollins, 1994.)

  • The Moral Sense: An Essay

    James Q. Wilson | 01 Aug 1994 | Occasional Papers

    The distinctive feature of The Moral Sense: An Essay is that it uses the findings of modern science and social science to...

  • FEATURE: Australia's Long and Rocky Path to Pay TV

    Chee-Wah Cheah | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The government's other agendas reduced viewers' TV choices.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Adam Smith in His Time and Ours

    Stephen Buckle | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Adam Smith in His Time and Ours by Jerry Z. Muller (The Free Press, New York, 1993.)

  • FEATURE: The Sanctuary Movement: Preserving Australia's Mammals

    John Wamsley | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Private sanctuaries are the best protection against feral animals.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Living Decently: Material Well-being in Australia

    David Thomson | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Living Decently: Material Well-being in Australia by Peter Travers and Sue Richardson (Oxford University Press, Melbourne,...

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: The Style Manual's Politics

    Chris James | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The fifth edition of the Style Manual is interesting because it seeks to politicise and change many more areas of the language...

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: The Volunteers' Movement

    Christina Gretton | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    There are more than 100,000 not-for-profits organisations set up to help others or their own members, dealing with health...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Reviewing the Australian Legend

    Rafe Champion | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Nervous Nineties: Australian Cultural Life in the 1890s by John Docker (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1991.) Intruders...

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: Drugs in Sport

    Terry Black | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The ban on drugs has failed to stop drug usage or to protect the lives and health of athletes.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Idea of Civil Society

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Idea of Civil Society by Adam Seligman (The Free Press, New York, 1992.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws

    Judith Sloan | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws by Richard A. Epstein (Harvard University Press, 1992.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Black Suffering, White Guilt

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Black Suffering, White Guilt? by Ron Brunton (Institute of Public Affairs, 1993.)

  • FEATURE: Animal, trees and Morals

    Barry Maley | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Some modern advocates of species preservation argue that mankind has absolute moral responsibilities in this area and that...

  • Multicultural Citizens: The Philosophy and Politics of Identity

    Chandran Kukathas | 01 Apr 1993 | CIS Readings

    Although multiculturalism has been promoted for many years by Australia's main political parties, its meaning and implications...

  • FEATURE: Why Banning Drugs in Sport Does More Harm Than Good

    Terry Black | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The argument that the ban on drugs in sport fails all the tests that regulations must pass if they are to benefit society.

  • FEATURE: A Species Worth Preserving

    John Kell | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Perspectives on animal treatment and the environment.

  • FEATURE: Reforming Australia's Railways: The Privatisation Option

    Ewen Michael | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The inefficiency of Australia's railway is estimated to cost $5 billion annually. An assessment of the potential role of...

  • FEATURE: Why Australia's Divorce Law Should Be Reformed

    Brian Trainor | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The law on divorce should be reformed to give effect to a 'democratic compromise' between liberal and conservative concerns.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Recurrent Anti-Capitalist Bias

    Rafe Champion | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Selling of the Australian Mind by Stephen Knight (William Heinemann Australia, 1990) and The Temperament of Generations:...

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: Crimes of 'Racist Violence'

    Desmond Fagan | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The report of the National Inquiry into racist violent in Australia.

  • FEATURE: Comparable Worth: An Evaluation Nightmare

    Gabriel A. Moens | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Although the comparable worth method of wage-setting has so far made little progress in Australia, its chances of being adopted...

  • FEATURE: The Risks and Costs of Decriminalising Drugs: A Response to Robert Marks

    David Hawks | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In his article, 'The Case for a Regulated Drugs market' (Policy Autumn 1991), Dr Robert Marks argued that the costs of prohibiting...

  • REJOINDER: The Risks and Costs of Decriminalising Drugs

    Robert E. Marks | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    A rejoinder to David Hawks' article, The Risks and Costs of Decriminalising Drugs.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Some Recent Australian Studies of the Greenhouse Effect

    Geoff Edwards | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Living in the Greenhouse by Ian Lowe (Scribe Publications, 1989.)

  • FEATURE: Business Ethics and the 'Social Audit'

    Norman Barry | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In the first of two articles on business ethics, Norman Barry examines the argument that business corporations have 'social'...

  • FEATURE: The Rise of the State in Education: Part Two: The Abolition of Parental Fees

    Edwin G. West | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In the second of two articles on the growth of state involvement in education, Edwin West describes the defeat of attempts...

  • FEATURE: The Case for a Regulated Drugs Market

    Robert E. Marks | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Social costs of prohibiting drugs far outweigh the social benefits, and supports the Cleeland Report's (1989) recommendation...

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: The Economic Case for an Open-Door Immigration Policy

    Harry Clarke, Yew-Kwang Ng | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    A discussion of the Harrison rule and immigration.

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: Rejoinder to Clarke and Ng

    Mark Harrision | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    A rejoinder to Clarke and Ng's The Economic Case for an Open-Door Immigration Policy.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Public Choice and Public Interest

    Michael James | 12 Dec 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Gordon Tullock (Basil Blackwell, 1988.)

  • FEATURE: Aid For Employment?

    H. W. Arndt | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Lack of employment opportunities is a major source of poverty in many developing countries. A discussion of whether and how...

  • FEATURE: Criminal Choice: An Economic View Of Life Outside The Law

    Cathy Buchanan, Peter Hartley | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Unlike the dominant sociological approach to crime and punishment, the economic approach treats criminals as rational choosers...

  • FEATURE: Depoliticising Australia Post

    Robert Albon | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The recent revelation of Australia Post's plans to close many uneconomic post offices and to replace them with post agencies...

  • Preventative Policing

    Nicole Billante | 30 Nov -0001 | Occasional Papers

    In this companion paper to "Six Questions About Civility" (2002), Nicole Billante explores ways to combat the problem of...