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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 Social Policy Publications

  • An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions...

  • Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child...

  • Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately...

  • Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses...

  • Lessons from Singapore: Opt-Out Health Savings Accounts for Australia

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    Singapore’s distinctive health funding and service provision arrangements have delivered comparable First World standards...

  • Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental...

  • The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with...

  • School Funding on a Budget

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

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

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent...

  • 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....

  • Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

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

    Jeremy Sammut, Peter Phelan | 13 Oct 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Adapting the UK Foundation Hospital Trust governance and management model to the Australian health system can improve the...

  • The Right to the Good Life: Improving Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

    Marcia Langton | 01 Oct 2013 | Occasional Papers

    Indigenous students should be treated not as incommensurately different but like all other students who are required to become...

  • FEATURE: Why Jaydon Can’t Read: The Triumph of Ideology over Evidence in Teaching Reading

    Jennifer Buckingham, Kevin Wheldall, Robyn Beaman-Wheldall | 01 Oct 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    The current entrenched rate of illiteracy among Australian children is unnecessary and avoidable.

  • Saving Medicare: The Case for Market-Based Health Reform

    Jeremy Sammut | 27 Aug 2013 | Speeches

    A speech given by Jeremy Sammut at the Catholic Health National Conference Australia. 26-28 August, 2013

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

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements...

  • TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10...

  • FEATURE: The Future of Higher Education: Faster, Cheaper, Better

    Steven Schwartz | 01 Jul 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    The Internet bullet train has left the station. Australian universities need to get on board before it runs over them.

  • FEATURE: The Future of Higher Education: Better But Not Necessarily Faster or Cheaper

    Andrew Norton | 01 Jul 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    It is unlikely online higher education will sweep all else aside. Most young people will still want some campus-based learning.

  • A Fair Go: Fact or Fiction?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 May 2013 | Policy Monographs

    The Australian ideal of a fair go is fact rather than fiction. By offering all individuals the opportunity to capitalise...

  • Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • In the Pay of the Piper: Governments, Not-for-Profits, and the Burden of Regulation

    Peter Kurti | 23 Apr 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of...

  • After the Welfare State: Politicians Stole Your Future … You Can Get It Back

    Tom Palmer | 08 Apr 2013 | Occasional Papers

    History, economics, sociology, political science, and mathematics are the tools to understand and evaluate welfare states,...

  • Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • FEATURE: Reconciling Culture and Advancement

    Alison Anderson | 25 Feb 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    This is the address and reply by Alison Anderson, NT Minister for Indigenous Advancement, to the NT Legislative Assembly...

  • FEATURE: Enabling Indigenous Prosperity

    Sara Hudson | 25 Feb 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    Indigenous prosperity on Indigenous lands is possible only when we stop treating Aboriginal people as inherently different.

  • Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more...

  • Capitalism and Virtue: Reaffirming Old Truths

    Charles Murray | 07 Feb 2013 | Occasional Papers

    In the 2012 Annual John Bonython Lecture, eminent political scientist Charles Murray describes the larger historical forces...

  • Panacea to Prison? Justice Reinvestment in Indigenous Communities

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jan 2013 | Policy Monographs

    High Indigenous incarceration has elicited a long list of so-called solutions over the years. Yet the percentage of Aboriginal...

  • Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

    Andrew Baker | 25 Jan 2013 | Submissions

    Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

  • Sustainability of Indigenous Communities

    Ron Staples, Sara Hudson, Wesley Aird | 20 Dec 2012 | Occasional Papers

    Social indicators of Indigenous disadvantage prove that the orthodox methods of delivering services to Indigenous people...

  • Keeping PISA in Perspective: Why Australian Education Policy Should Not Be Driven by International Test Results

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Dec 2012 | Issue Analysis

    International student assessments such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International...

  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme

    Andrew Baker | 15 Nov 2012 | Policy Monographs

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest social reform since Medicare. Currently, there...

  • After the Riot: the Meaning for Multicultural Australia

    Benjamin Herscovitch, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti | 11 Oct 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The riot on 15 September in the Sydney CBD by Muslim protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism....

  • Submission to the COAG Select Council on Disability Reform on NDIS ‘eligibility and reasonable and necessary support’ criteria

    Andrew Baker | 10 Sep 2012 | Submissions

    Submission to the COAG Select Council on Disability Reform on NDIS ‘eligibility and reasonable and necessary support’...

  • Submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee

    Andrew Baker | 10 Sep 2012 | Submissions

    Submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee

  • Australia's Asia Literacy Non-Problem

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 05 Sep 2012 | Issue Analysis

    New large-scale Asia literacy programs are not necessary for Australia to prosper in the Asian Century. There are approximately...

  • 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,...

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

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 11 Jul 2012 | Policy Monographs

    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public...

  • Indigenous Education 2012

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Indigenous Education 2012 reviews the lack of progress by states and territories in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy....

  • Overcoming a Culture of Low Expectations

    Jessica Brown | 28 Mar 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work – including people with disabilities,...

  • NSW Community Discussion Paper: Improving Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal People

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 23 Mar 2012 | Submissions

    By ending the raft of current discriminatory, costly and ineffective Indigenous education policies, the New South Wales Coalition...

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

    Sara Hudson | 21 Mar 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have been short changed. They have not only been provided with charlatan training but also...

  • FEATURE: How to Make Real Progress in Closing the Gap

    Ross Farrelly | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    Randomised trials can help determine policies that can work in Indigenous affairs.

  • Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Sara Hudson | 18 Nov 2011 | Submissions

    Australia has a serious problem in low participation in higher education by students from low socio-economic backgrounds....

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

    Jeremy Sammut | 03 Nov 2011 | Policy Monographs

    This monograph shows that the rising size, cost, and complexity of the out-of-home care system in Australia is directly linked...

  • School Funding, Choice and Equity

    Jennifer Buckingham | 26 Oct 2011 | Issue Analysis

    CIS Research Fellow Jennifer Buckingham says the three main goals of school funding – equity, efficiency and excellence...

  • Submission to Remote Participation and Employment Servicing Arrangements

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 11 Oct 2011 | Submissions

    The Discussion Paper’s focus on participation and employment in remote Indigenous communities is welcome because it distinguishes...

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

    Jessica Brown | 05 Oct 2011 | Policy Monographs

    To successful reduce the number of pensioners on disability support, policymakers must apply the lessons of other welfare...

  • Why a Growing Australia is Nothing to Fear

    Jessica Brown, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 28 Sep 2011 | Issue Analysis

    Australia’s population is growing because our economy is booming and our society is confident about the future. Rather...

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

    Stephen Kirchner | 19 Sep 2011 | Policy Monographs

    The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among economists....

  • 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....

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

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 01 Sep 2011 | Policy Monographs

    Australia’s migrants are extremely well integrated by international standards, particularly Europe. The reason why multiculturalism...

  • 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: One Disease at a Time: Eradicating Scabies in East Arnhem Land

    Sara Hudson | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Inspirational leadership can make a difference to Aboriginal health.

  • FEATURE: The New Future of Old Age

    Peter W. Gallagher | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Science promises a longer and healthier old age.

  • 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,...

  • Alcohol Restrictions in Indigenous Communities and Frontier Towns

    Sara Hudson | 06 Apr 2011 | Policy Monographs

    The double standards applied to the enforcement of liquor legislation have contributed to the alcohol problems present in...

  • Droughts and Flooding Rains: Water Provision for a Growing Australia

    Rebecca Gill | 31 Mar 2011 | Policy Monographs

    In the 2010 federal elections, the debate over Australia’s population surfaced once again. Groups concerned with the impacts...

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: Growing Pains

    Jessica Brown | 31 Mar 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian government has limited control over population size. The policy challenge is dealing with a larger population,...

  • How! Not How Much: Medicare Spending and Health Resource Allocation in Australia

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Mar 2011 | Policy Monographs

    This report traces the evolution of Australian health policy and its consequences across half a century. The public hospital...

  • Submission to the Indigenous Sub-committee of the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services Provision. 2011

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jan 2011 | Submissions

    Submission to the Indigenous Sub-committee of the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services Provision. 2011 Overcoming...

  • FaHCSIA Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 17 Dec 2010 | Submissions

    Governments state that their objective is for Indigenous townships to develop and prosper like mainstream Australian towns....

  • Submission to Indigenous Home Ownership Issues Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Sara Hudson | 15 Dec 2010 | Submissions

    Part 1 of this submission shows that incorrect data and lack of analysis on Indigenous home ownership continues to mislead...

  • FEATURE: Living in Two Worlds—Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in Aboriginal Life

    Sara Hudson | 14 Dec 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The Jewish people offer a guide to how a distinct Aboriginal cultural identity can be maintained in the modern world.

  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements Discussion Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 30 Nov 2010 | Submissions

    The Native Title process is only one of the processes returning land to traditional owners. The lack of benefits to the Indigenous...

  • Private Housing on Indigenous Lands

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 17 Nov 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Legislation and programs to introduce private housing and businesses on Indigenous land are flawed. Tenure of Indigenous...

  • No Quick Fix: Three Essays on the Future of the Australian Hospital System

    Jeremy Sammut | 21 Oct 2010 | Special Publications

    The trilogy of essays in this collection describes the negative effects of the bureaucratisation of the public hospital system...

  • Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future

    Jessica Brown, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 07 Oct 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Since the publication of the 2010 Intergenerational Report, Australia has been debating its demographic future and whether...

  • The Rise of Religious Schools in Australia

    Jennifer Buckingham | 16 Sep 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Growth in the non-government school sector in Australia has been driven by religious schools, with the largest increases...

  • The Power and the Responsibility: Child Protection in the Post-Welfare State Era

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Sep 2010 | Occasional Papers

    Government-run child protection services in Australia are plagued by systemic problems, including a misguided emphasis on...

  • FEATURE: Public Opinion Divided on Population, Immigration and Asylum

    Andrew Markus | 01 Sep 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Australians oppose asylum seekers arriving by boat but support the migration program.

  • FEATURE: The Fog of Child Protection Politics

    Jeremy Sammut | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The federal government must see through the politics of child protection to ensure that states better protect vulnerable...

  • FEATURE: From Murphy's to Howard's Law

    Sue Price | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Shared parenting laws are under threat from feminists with no intention of giving fathers a fair go.

  • FEATURE: GP Super Clinics—Has the Market Failed?

    Jim Butler | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    There is no economic rationale for providing additional health care subsidises for GP Super Clinics.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University

    Andrew Norton | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University by Louis Menand (W. W. Norton, 2010.)

  • 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...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Debating the Limits of Care

    Paul Cunningham | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Vital Signs: Stories from Intensive Care by Ken Hillman (UNSW Press, 2009.)  Paul Cunningham asks who and when should pull...

  • Healthy Stores, Healthy Communities: The Impact of Outback Stores on Remote Indigenous Australians

    Sara Hudson | 17 Jun 2010 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government’s initiative to improve remote community stores is crowding out the competition and not delivering...

  • Defeating Dependency: Moving Disability Support Pensioners Into Jobs

    Jessica Brown | 30 Apr 2010 | Issue Analysis

    The focus of welfare reform efforts should be on encouraging some of the 750,000 existing disability support pensioners back...

  • Indigenous Education 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 Apr 2010 | Policy Monographs

    The 2009 NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests confirm the continued failure of Indigenous education. The government's 'closing...

  • 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...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The New Middle Class and Education

    Alan Barcan | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    School Choice: How Parents Negotiate the New School Market in Australia by Craig Campbell, Helen Proctor & Geoffrey Sherington...

  • 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.)

  • Indigenous Employment, Unemployment and Labour Force Participation: Facts for Evidence Based Policies

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 10 Feb 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Professor Helen Hughes, Senior Research Fellow at the CIS and Mark Hughes highlight that Indigenous non-labour force participation...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Up from the Mission: Selected writings

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Up from the Mission: Selected Writings by Noel Pearson (Black Inc, 2009).

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Informing the Happy State

    Winton Bates | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Even if subjective well-being information can lead to better public policy, this doesn't mean that governments should collect...

  • INTERVIEW: The Economics of Social Policy

    Douglas Clement | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Douglas Clements talks with Kevin Murphy about addiction, inequality, education and fertility.

  • FEATURE: Shopping for Health

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Improving health conditions in remote Indigenous communities depdends on better stores. Often the local store is the only...

  • 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...

  • Closing the Accountability Gap: The First Step Towards Better Indigenous Health

    Sara Hudson | 03 Dec 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Sara Hudson argues that the untargeted nature of government spending in indigenous health means that it is difficult to know...

  • Like the Curate’s Egg: A Market-based Response and Alternative to the Bennett Report

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Nov 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC) has acknowledged the need to ensure health services are responsive...

  • What’s Next for Welfare-to-Work?

    Jessica Brown | 15 Oct 2009 | Issue Analysis

    When jobs are hard to find, the incentive for unemployed people to move to other welfare payments such as DSP grows. There...

  • The Past is the Future for Public Hospitals: An Insider’s Perspective on Hospital Administration

    John R. Graham | 08 Oct 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Drawing on his vast experience, Dr Graham explains why the only future for public hospitals is to reclaim the best features...

  • Educating The Disadvantaged

    Jennifer Buckingham | 01 Oct 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Every child can succeed at school if education providers take the right approach. Educating the Disadvantaged, a collection...

  • Family on the Edge: Stability and Fertility in Prosperity and Recession

    Barry Maley | 16 Sep 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Barry Maley argues that unless family law and policies rapidly change, family stability and a buoyant birth rate will be...

  • FEATURE: Public Health and the New Paternalism

    Eric Crampton | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Arguments for taxing alcohol overestimate social costs and ignore personal benefits.

  • INTERVIEW: Give Smith a Chance

    Paul Comrie-Thomson | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Paul Comrie-Thomson talks to P J O'Rourke about Adam Smith, Finance, Mustang Cars and much else.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Working Towards Liberation

    Joe Lane | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The divided Indigenous intelligentsia is a poor guide to the problems and possibilities of Indigenous Life in Australia.

  • 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).

  • Supping with the Devil : Government Contracts and the Non-Profit Sector

    Peter Saunders | 09 Aug 2009 | Policy Forum

    Big-government corporatism is now in danger of smothering the third sector altogether. The temptation for non-profit organisations...

  • Why Public Hospitals Are Overcrowded: Ten Points for Policymakers

    Jeremy Sammut | 01 Aug 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Despite the billions of taxpayer dollars poured into the public hospital system each year, public bed resources are only...

  • 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...

  • New Inquiry — Remote Community Stores in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities 2009

    Sara Hudson | 29 Jul 2009 | Submissions

    Communities in the Northern Territory and in other native title areas need to have private property rights if they are to...

  • In Defence of Non-Government Schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 02 Jul 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Non-government schools are providers of public education and deserve adequate public funding. The purposes and functions...

  • Schools of Thought: A Collection of Articles on Education

    Jennifer Buckingham | 01 Jul 2009 | Special Publications

    Over the last decade, schools policy in Australia has undergone significant changes.  Jennifer Buckingham has been a significant...

  • Fatally Flawed: The Child Protection Crisis in Australia

    Jeremy Sammut | 25 Jun 2009 | Policy Monographs

    It is not underfunding or an overwhelming workload that has caused child protection services to fail the vulnerable children...

  • 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...

  • FEATURE: Jobless Families in a Recession

    Jessica Brown | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The government should resist moves to dilute welfare to work. For the 90 percent of jobless parents who don’t participate...

  • OPINION: Can A Third of a Higher Education Reform Work?

    Andrew Norton | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The government's demand-driven higher education funding policy is only one of three market elements needed.

  • Indigenous Participation in University Education

    Joe Lane | 27 May 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The government’s use of race-based ‘average’ educational performance measures denigrates Indigenous achievement, ignoring...

  • Breaking the Cycle of Family Joblessness

    Jessica Brown | 05 May 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Solving the problem of high family joblessness will require reform of the welfare, tax, and industrial relations systems.

  • Revisiting Indigenous Education

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Apr 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Aboriginal and Torres Islander children in remote communities must not be viewed as ‘different’ from other Australian...

  • From Rhetoric to Reality: Can 99-year Leases Lead to Homeownership for Indigenous Communities?

    Sara Hudson | 05 Mar 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The lack of private property rights on communal title land has prevented Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders from becoming...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Why Not The Best Schools? What We Have Learned From Outstanding Schools Around The World

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Why Not The Best Schools? What We Have Learned From Outstanding Schools Around The World By Brian Caldwell and Jessica Harris...

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Liberty, Time Preference and Decadence

    Ben O'Neill | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    It is the welfare state—not liberty—that fosters decadence, says Ben O’Neill

  • FEATURE: Medical Training: First Farce then Tragedy

    Steven Schwartz | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    We need to find a way to allow market signals, rather than central planning, to determine how many doctors we need.

  • 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...

  • Fixing Prices: Why Vouchers Won't Work While Governments Set Fees

    Andrew Norton | 11 Feb 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The Bradley report is another chapter in the long story of pricing neglect in higher education. The report should have gone...

  • Radical Surgery: The Only Cure for New South Wales Hospitals

    Wolfgang Kasper | 27 Jan 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Wolfgang Kasper argues that the hospital malaise can only be remedied by removing the central, bureaucratic control of hospitals...

  • A Streak of Hypocrisy: Reactions to the Global Financial Crisis and Generational Debt

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut says that ‘household savings have collapsed due to an unnecessary dependence on welfare handouts. A new...

  • FEATURE: Paying for Self-Medication in Australia

    David Gadiel | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Whether pharmacy medicine rules protect patients or pharmacies is open to debate.

  • FEATURE: Politics and the University

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Claims of academics bias raise deeper questions about the nature of universities.

  • OPINION: Out With the Old: Are the CDEP Reforms Enough?

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Making Indigenous Australians in remote communities work-ready requires much more than changes to CDEP.

  • 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.

  • Harmacy: The Political Economy of Community Pharmacy in Australia

    David Gadiel | 10 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The regulatory environment that governs community pharmacy has created one of Australia’s most protected industries. It...

  • Making the Grade: School Report Cards and League Tables

    Jennifer Buckingham | 20 Nov 2008 | Issue Analysis

    International research shows that students in schools that publish their results publicly perform better than students in...

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

    Jessica Brown | 18 Nov 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Support for the introduction of paid parental leave has been so vocal that rather than being a means to an end, paid parental...

  • Baby Steps Toward Self-Funded Parental Leave

    Jessica Brown | 18 Sep 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The debate about increasing the aged pension highlights the fact that, once again, government handouts lead to increasing...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Gross National Happiness

    Stephen Whittington | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America- And How We Can Get More of It by Arthur C. Brooks (Basic Books,...

  • FEATURE: A High-Tax Future for Gen X and Y? Medicare and the intergenerational crisis

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Younger generations will have to pay a high price for baby boomers' health care, but private health savings systems could...

  • OPINION: An Alternative Vision of Parental Leave

    Jessica Brown | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Instead of requiring more taxpayer spending, parental leave could be self-funded.

  • 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...

  • Child Care and the Labour Supply

    Jennifer Buckingham | 23 Jul 2008 | Issue Analysis

    This report investigates whether child care is unaffordable and if government funding is contributing to its affordability...

  • House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry 2008

    Kayoko Tsumori, Peter Saunders | 11 Jul 2008 | Submissions

    We currently employ a bigger proportion of the working-age population (70%) than ever before. Nevertheless, to increase participation...

  • CDEP: Help or Hindrance? The Community Development Employment Program and its Impact on Indigenous Australians

    Sara Hudson | 02 Jul 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Established more than thirty years ago, the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program has expanded to range...

  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics Part 2: Coordinated Care

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jun 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The report’s author Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for the Rudd government’s plan to use GP Super Clinics to boost...

  • A Whiff of Compassion? The Attack on Mutual Obligation

    Peter Saunders | 10 Jun 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The Rudd government is planning to water down the existing work requirements and mutual obligation policies that have helped...

  • INTERVIEW: The Swedish Paradox

    Peter Saunders | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Peter Saunders talks with Timbro CEO Maria Rankka about personal liberty and the welfare state in contemporary Sweden.

  • OPINION: A 'Fair Go' in Schools

    Kevin Donnelly | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    More money alone cannot overcome educational disadvantage.

  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics: Part 1: Preventive Care

    Jeremy Sammut | 06 May 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for preventive care programs to help make the Medicare system sustainable, given the...

  • Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 Apr 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The causes of failing education—inequitable school facilities, inappropriate curriculums, and inadequate teaching—in...

  • Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities 2008

    Sara Hudson | 20 Mar 2008 | Submissions

    Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities 2008. The findings of this research...

  • 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,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: School Choice: The Findings

    James Paterson | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    School Choice: The Findings by Herbert J. Wahlberg (Cato Institute, 2007).

  • FEATURE: Six Social Policy Myths

    Andrew Norton, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Saunders, Phil Rennie | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Policy experts often think alike, even when the evidence contradicts them. This is how billions of dollars get spent on government...

  • FEATURE: The Real Body Shop, part 2: Spare Parts

    Jeremy Shearmur | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    There is something morally unattractive about selling body parts, but the alternatives are worse.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The Predictive Power of Statistics

    Ross Farrelly | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Data crunching may soon be more important than intuitive decision-making.

  • What are Low Ability Workers To Do When Unskilled Jobs Disappear? Part 2

    Peter Saunders | 14 Feb 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Despite low unemployment, working-age welfare dependency remains high, partly because demand for unskilled labour is in decline....

  • 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...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Divided Nation? Indigenous Affairs and the Imagined Public

    Kirsten Storry | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Divided Nation? Indigenous Affairs and The Imagined Public by Kirsten Storry (Melbourne University Press, 2007).

  • FEATURE: Fashionomics

    Jason Potts | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Fashion should be taken seriously. Fashion may function as a mechanism that periodically and speculatively liquidates some...

  • FEATURE: The Real Body Shop, Part 1: Blood and Corpses

    Jeremy Shearmur | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    We should consider allowing the sale of blood and body parts.

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY COMPETITION: An Inquiry Into The Nature and Causes of the Happiness of Nations

    Stephen Whittington | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    People's actions tell us what makes them happy.

  • What are Low Ability Workers To Do When Unskilled Jobs Disappear? Part 1

    Peter Saunders | 06 Dec 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Nearly two million working-age people are on welfare benefits. The fall in the unemployment figures has disguised a displacement...

  • The Coming Crisis of Medicare: What the Intergenerational Reports should say, but doesn’t, about health and ageing

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Oct 2007 | Policy Monographs

    The demographic and medical realities of the twenty-first century mean that Medicare can no longer provide every citizen...

  • Child Care: Who Benefits?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 24 Oct 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Child care has gone from something that families would use sparingly and only if necessary to being an alleged human right....

  • Kava and after in the Nhulunbuy (Gulf of Carpenteria) Hinterland

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Oct 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Ending kava sales will have positive effects only if the factors that make the Nhulunbuy hinterland dysfunctional are tackled....

  • BOOK REVIEW: The 7 Deadly Sins of Obesity: How the Modern World is Making Us Fat

    Jess Moir | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Obesity: How the Modern World is Making us Fat edited by Jane Dixon and Dorothy Broom (UNSW Press, 2007).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Which School? Beyond Private vs Public

    Jennifer Buckingham | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Which School? Beyond Private vs Public by Joanna Mendelssohn (Pluto Press, 2007).

  • FEATURE: The Finn Red Line

    Jennifer Buckingham | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Chester E Finn Jr talks to Jennifer Buckingham about tensions between school autonomy, parental choice and the need for better...

  • The Organisation of Residential Aged Care for an Ageing Population

    Warren Hogan | 02 Jul 2007 | Policy Monographs

    At the heart of this new paper is the re-assertion of the need for a system of accommodation bonds. Hogan reiterates that...

  • Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Homelands’ in Transition

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Jun 2007 | Special Publications

    Some 90,000 of Australia’s 500,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live appallingly deprived lives in ‘homelands’...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Bad Dreaming: Aboriginal Men's Violence Against Women and Children

    Kirsten Storry | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Bad Dreaming: Aboriginal Men's Violence Against Women and Children by Louis Nowra (Pluto Press, 2007).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Dumbing Down: Outcomes-Based and Politically Correct- The impact of the Culture Wars on Our School

    Jennifer Buckingham | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Dumbing Down: Outcomes-based and politically correct- the impact of the Culture Wars on our schools by Kevin Donnelly (Hardie...

  • COMMENT: National Curriculum: A Bipartisan Bad Idea

    Ross Farrelly | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    A national curriculum involves more risks than benefits.

  • FEATURE: Cultural Nationalism: The Last Resort of Scoundrels

    Eric Jones | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Protectionism has spread to culture.

  • FEATURE: Liberal Egalitarianism and Religious Vilification Laws

    Darryn Jensen | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Equality of persons is a stronger foundation for freedom of speech than fallibility of knowledge argues.

  • The Government Giveth and the Government Taketh Away: Tax Welfare Churning and the Case for Welfare State Opt-Outs

    Peter Saunders | 14 May 2007 | Policy Monographs

    Australians are more prosperous than ever before, so the number of people needing government assistance should be falling....

  • What Is Working in Good Schools in Remote Indigenous Communities?

    Kirsten Storry | 04 Apr 2007 | Issue Analysis

    School‑side and community‑side interventions with which good schools are trying to break the cycle of low attendance,...

  • Mismatch: Australia’s Graduates and the Job Market

    Andrew Norton | 23 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    The Commonwealth-directed higher education system has produced a mismatch between available graduates and jobs. Australia’s...

  • FEATURE: Fact and Fiction: Market Definition and The Media

    Ross Jones | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The ACCC and Pay TV.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Aboriginal Affairs 1967-2005: Seeking a Solution

    Kirsten Storry | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Aboriginal Affairs 1967-2005: Seeking a Solution by Max Griffiths (Rosenberg Press, 2006).

  • FEATURE: The Baby Bonus: A Dubious Policy Initiative

    Ross Guest | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Baby Bonus is an expensive way to alleviate a fertility decline that need not concern us.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Ten Views on Vouchers

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    School choice causes controversy, even among its supporters.

  • The HIV/AIDS Crisis in Papua New Guinea

    Miranda Darling Tobias | 08 Feb 2007 | Issue Analysis

    The rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea has created a health emergency, with at least 120,000 Papua New Guineans...

  • Teachers and the Waiting Game: Why Decentralisation is Vital for Public Schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Feb 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Centralised staffing systems, which fiercely protect regulations that shelter poor teachers and privilege longevity over...

  • A Welfare State for Those Who Want One, Opts-outs for Those Who Don't

    Peter Saunders | 30 Jan 2007 | Issue Analysis

    A system of welfare state opt-outs will help increase people’s independence from government and reverse the unrelenting...

  • FEATURE: Australia's State of Health

    Nick Coatsworth | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Current health care funding policies are not serving patients' interests.

  • Indigenous Governance At the Crossroads: The Way Forward

    John Cleary | 29 Nov 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Under the current local government framework, there are too many layers of government in remote Indigenous communities, resulting...

  • INTERVIEW:The Politics of Furedi

    Peter Saunders | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Peter Saunders interviews Frank Furedi.

  • Tackling Literacy in Remote Aboriginal Communities

    Kirsten Storry | 31 Aug 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Literacy rates among children and adults in remote Aboriginal communities are appallingly low, and cannot be reversed without...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Cultures Merging: A Historical and Economic Critique of Culture

    David Robertson | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Cultures merging: A historical and economic critique of culture by Eric Jones (Princeton University Press, 2006).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Motherhood: How Should We Care For Our Children?

    Arti Sharma | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Motherhood: How should we care for our children? by Anne Manne (Allen and Unwin, 2005).

  • 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.

  • School Autonomy: A Key Reform for Improving Indigenous Education

    Julie Novak | 21 Jun 2006 | Issue Analysis

    The government school model is failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and urgently needs reform. School...

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

    Arti Sharma | 12 Apr 2006 | Issue Analysis

    As part of a major overhaul of the Family Law Act, the Australian government plans to spend $200 million establishing a network...

  • 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,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2005

    Gaurav Sodhi | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2005: a Productivity Commission, 2005.

  • FEATURE: Choice matters: What Needs to Change to Make Schools Competitive?

    Julie Novak | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Despite increasing private school enrolments, school policy does not foster compeitition.

  • FEATURE: Disliking Making a Fuss

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

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

  • FEATURE: Shares in People

    Joseph Clark | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Students could finance their studies through selling equity in their future income.

  • HELPless: How the FEE-HELP Loans System Lets Students Down and How to Fix it

    Andrew Norton | 27 Feb 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Three new loans schemes were introduced in 2005 to fix omissions in the HECS system, but a more realistic FEE-HELP loan...

  • Twenty Million Future Funds

    Peter Saunders | 21 Dec 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The government’s claim that we need a Future Fund to pay for public servants’ superannuation is bogus. In fact, the Future...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The End of Poverty: How We Can Make It Happen in Our Lifetime

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The End of Poverty: How We Can Make It Happen in Our Lifetime by Jeffrey Sachs (Penguin Books, 2005.)

  • FEATURE: The Roads to Serfdom

    Theodore Dalyrmple | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The welfare state leaves many people with little important to decide for themselves.

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: Doctors in the Waiting Room

    Nick Coatsworth, Visiting Fellow - Tanveer Ahmed | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Tanveer Ahmed and Nick Coatsworth diagnose the ills of medical training.

  • Education and Learning in an Aboriginal Community

    Veronica Cleary | 06 Dec 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The principal reason why so many Aboriginal people are unable to find jobs is that children in remote areas, such as the...

  • Reform 30/30: Rebuilding Australia’s Tax and Welfare Systems

    John Humphreys | 25 Nov 2005 | Policy Monographs

    John Humphreys has a vision of how the tax and welfare systems could be refashioned to break through the dispiriting problems...

  • Welfare Reform and Economic Development for Indigenous Communities

    Noel Pearson | 25 Oct 2005 | Occasional Papers

    Noel Pearson's lecture is to set out a case for a comprehensive reform agenda in Cape York Peninsula.

  • Good Teachers Where They Are Needed

    Jennifer Buckingham | 19 Oct 2005 | Issue Analysis

    Allowing qualified professionals to become teachers through school-based education has the potential to reduce Australia’s...

  • The Economics of Indigenous Deprivation and Proposals for Reform

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 23 Sep 2005 | Issue Analysis

    For remote Indigenous communities to have productive employment opportunities with mainstream earnings, decent health outcomes,...

  • Smothering By the Security Blanket: Risk, Responsibility and the Role of Government

    Caspar Conde | 19 Sep 2005 | Occasional Papers

    To what extent can the government manage risk in our society without smothering self-responsibility and impinging on personal...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference

    Peter Saunders | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference by Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser (Oxford, 2004).

  • 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).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origin of Human Rights

    John Heard | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origin of Human Rights by Alan Dershowitz (Basic Books, 2004).

  • FEATURE: Forced To Be Free? Compelling Voluntary Student Unionism

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The ossified politics of an earlier era are behind the VSU bill.

  • FEATURE: Science in the Service of the Nation State

    Tom Quirk | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Universities are the wrong place to look for sources of business innovation.

  • FEATURE: Welcome the Edupreneurs

    Ross Farrelly | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    For-profit education would benefit students and teachers.

  • 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).

  • The Free Market Case Against Voluntary Student Unionism (But for Voluntary Student Representation)

    Andrew Norton | 31 Aug 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government plans to introduce ‘voluntary student unionism’ (VSU) into Australia’s universities by banning...

  • Six Arguments in Favour of Self-Funding

    Peter Saunders | 14 Jul 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The welfare state served us well in the past but is decreasingly relevant to current conditions. It came into existence to...

  • 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...

  • Papua New Guinea’s Choice: A Tale of Two Nations

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 31 May 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The recent withdrawal of the Australian police is disastrous for the people of Papua New Guinea. The police deployed under...

  • Lessons from the Tiwi Islands: The Need for Radical Improvement in Remote Aboriginal Communities

    John Cleary | 24 May 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The governance structures created during the last 30 years for remote Aboriginal communities are so dysfunctional that the...

  • The $85 Billion Tax/Welfare Churn

    Peter Saunders | 07 Apr 2005 | Issue Analysis

    Given the government’s newly-won control of the Senate, most attention is focused primarily on the next 18 months, but...

  • Universities in a State: The Federal Case Against Commonwealth Control of Universities

    Andrew Norton | 24 Mar 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The Commonwealth Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, has suggested that the federal government assume full legal responsibility...

  • BOOK REVIEW: On Bullshit

    Amalia Matheson | 24 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt (Princeton University Press, 2005).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Family Matters: Family Breakdown and Its Consequences

    Barry Maley | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Family Matters: Family Breakdown and its consequences by Patricia Morgan (New Zealand Business Roundtable, 2004).

  • 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: Is Life-long Learning Worth the Effort?

    Steven Schwartz | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Beware of further study mature workers.

  • FEATURE: Parent Power

    Ross Farrelly | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The free market, rather than the centralised bureaucracy, should decide what children learn at school and how they learn...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: In Pursuit of Truth and Beauty

    Wolfgang Kasper | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 by Charles Murray (Harper Collins...

  • A New Deal for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Remote Communities

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Jenness Warin | 01 Mar 2005 | Issue Analysis

    A New Deal for Aborigines: Private property rights, educational reform, health care privatisation, and the application of...

  • 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.

  • INTERVIEW: Life and Death in Baniyala

    Jenness Warin | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Jenness Warin speaks to Djambawa Marawili about the state of education, welfare and health for Australia's indigenous peoples,...

  • The Pacific is Viable!

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 02 Dec 2004 | Issue Analysis

    Whilst all is relatively quiet in the Pacific, there is still no growth. With aid runing at more than $1.5 billion a year...

  • 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: Does Australia's Health Insurance System Really Provide Insurance?

    Joshua S. Gans | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    There is no way of funding health care so that people with private insurance do not pay twice.

  • FEATURE: A Future For Indigenous Youth

    Bob Beadman | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    There are ways of saving young Indigenous Australians from disaster.

  • FEATURE: Our Changing Future

    Peter Layton | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    The Iraq war has broad implications for Australian defence policy.

  • COMMENT: Environmental Fundamentalism

    Jennifer Marohasy | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Predetermined beliefs rather than science are driving public policy on environmental issues.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Imagining Australia: Ideas For Our Future

    Michael Walsh | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Imagining Australia: Ideas For Our Future by Macgregor Duncan, Andrew Leigh, David Madden and Peter Tynan (Allen & Unwin,...

  • Only 18%? Why ACOSS is Wrong to be Complacent about Welfare Dependency

    Peter Saunders | 02 Sep 2004 | Issue Analysis

    A new report from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) accepts that welfare dependency among working age Australians...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens

    Andrew Leigh | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens by Julian Le Grand (Oxford University Press,...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Third Sector Blues

    Martin Stewart-Weeks | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Crafting a contemporary framework for Australian voluntary organisations. The Political Economy of the Voluntary Sector:...

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: Australia's Older and Wealthier Future

    Ross Guest | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    An ageing population need not lead to lower living standards, but it does raise issues of intergenerational equity.

  • State of the Nation: An Agenda for Change 2004

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 May 2004 | Special Publications

    This book is now in its fourth edition.  It offers independent views on Australia’s progress across a range of indicators...

  • The Taxation of Shared Family Incomes

    Terry Dwyer | 29 Apr 2004 | Policy Monographs

    Terry Dwyer’s paper makes a compelling case for recognising family income sharing for tax purposes, and his arguments and...

  • Why We Must Reform the Disability Support Pension

    Peter Saunders | 06 Apr 2004 | Issue Analysis

    There has been a big increase in people claiming the Disability Support Pension (DSP) although at least half of the claimants...

  • Lies, Damned Lies and the Senate Poverty Inquiry Report

    Peter Saunders | 01 Apr 2004 | Issue Analysis

    A recent Senate Report claims that ‘poverty’ in Australia is widespread and has been getting worse is ‘seriously flawed’...

  • Schools in the Spotlight. School Performance Reporting and Public Accountability

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Mar 2004 | Policy Monographs

    Buckingham calls for a consistent, fair and meaningful system of reporting and publishing comparative school performance,...

  • 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: A Cure for Health Care

    Vern Hughes | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    A consumer empowerment model of health care provides the most feasible strategy out of the current health policy reform impasse.

  • 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...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The Idea of the University

    Geoff Sharrock | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Off Course: From Public Place to Marketplace at Melbourne University by John Cain and John Hewitt (Scribe Publications, 2004).

  • Divorce Law and the Future of Marriage

    Barry Maley | 02 Mar 2004 | Policy Monographs

    No-fault divorce law has precipitated marital instability in Australia, discouraging people from marrying, staying together,...

  • Poverty in Australia: Beyond the Rhetoric

    Peter Saunders | 01 Mar 2004 | Policy Monographs

    This report challenges prevailing definitions and measurements of poverty, and calls for an alternative strategy for poverty...

  • How Union Campaigns on Hours and Casuals are Threatening Low-skilled Jobs

    Kayoko Tsumori | 22 Jan 2004 | Issue Analysis

    For several years now Australian unions have been waging campaigns to limit working hours and the growth in casual employment...

  • Valuing Education: A Response to the Australia Institute Report 'Buying an Education'

    Jennifer Buckingham | 21 Jan 2004 | Issue Analysis

    The Australia Institute, in publishing this report, has done nothing to advance serious and constructive debate on education...

  • 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 Open Front Door Tourism, Border Control and National Security

    William Maley | 14 Jan 2004 | Issue Analysis

    Terrorists could easily exploit a serious weakness in Australia’s border protection regime, warns immigration expert Professor...

  • Boys' Education - Research & Rhetoric

    Jennifer Buckingham | 01 Jan 2004 | Occasional Papers

    There is significant evidence that boys have been experiencing educational disadvantage. In this paper, Jennifer Buckingham...

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: Rhetoric Matters

    Owen Harries | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) Rhetoric...

  • How To Reduce Long Term Unemployment

    Peter Saunders | 11 Sep 2003 | Issue Analysis

    More than half the people claiming unemployment allowances in Australia have been on benefits for more than a year. Introducing...

  • Reforming Divorce Law

    Barry Maley | 01 Sep 2003 | Issue Analysis

    Marriage has evolved from a relatively stable bond to a highly uncertain one. High divorce rates, the substitution of cohabitation...

  • The Beat Goes On: Policing for Crime Prevention

    Nicole Billante | 01 Jul 2003 | Issue Analysis

    A visible police presence in the community and increased police resources must form a key part of a crime prevention strategy...

  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Dr Nelson Mixes Price Flexibility and Rigid Quotas

    Andrew Norton | 18 Jun 2003 | Issue Analysis

    Education Minister Dr Brendan Nelson’s proposed reforms of higher education will improve the quality of Australian higher...

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

    Peter Saunders | 11 Jun 2003 | Issue Analysis

    Moving single parents whose children are at school off welfare and into work is a key component of a broader strategy to...

  • Is the ‘Earnings Credit’ the Best Way to Cut the Dole Queues?

    Kayoko Tsumori | 13 May 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The 'earnings credit' proposed by the 'Five Economists' in 1998 will not sufficiently decrease joblessness in Australia,...

  • Michael in a Muddle: Michael Pusey’s Bungled Attack on Economic Reform

    Andrew Norton | 09 May 2003 | Issue Analysis

    Andrew Norton reveals many serious errors of fact and logic in his detailed critique of Michael Pusey's new book, The Experience...

  • Aid Has Failed the Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 May 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The Pacific islands are an arc of instability threatening Australia’s security. While current problems are of considerable...

  • Student Debt: A HECS on Fertility?

    Andrew Norton | 02 Apr 2003 | Issue Analysis

    Opponents of university fees are tapping into concern about declining fertility levels by arguing that there may be a link...

  • Reflections on Class Size and Teacher Quality

    Jennifer Buckingham | 21 Mar 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The statistical evidence showing that boys have lower literacy levels and lower average performance than girls in almost...

  • 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....

  • A Self-Reliant Australia. Welfare Policy for the 21st century

    Peter Saunders | 16 Mar 2003 | Occasional Papers

    In this paper Peter Saunders suggests that the time has come to turn back the growth of this expensive, damaging, demeaning...

  • INTERVIEW: The Man With the Campus Keys

    Andrew Norton | 09 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Now in his third country of residence, university Vice Chancellor Steven Schwartz explains how Australian reforms in higher...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide

    Andre Stein | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide by Pippa Norris (Cambridge University Press,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker (Viking Penguin, 2002).

  • 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...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Australia's Welfare Wars: The Players, The Politics and The Ideologies

    Peter Saunders | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's Welfare Wars: The Players, the Politics and the Ideologies by Philip Mendes (University of New South Wales Press,...

  • The Missing Links: Class Size, Discipline, Inclusion and Teacher Quality

    Jennifer Buckingham | 19 Feb 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The Vinson Report is let down by a lack of rigour and an apparent partiality in its analysis of reforms that have important...

  • FEATURE: Reforming School Education: Class Size and Teacher Quality

    Jennifer Buckingham | 19 Jan 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Research shows that effective teaching is far more important than the number of children in the classroom, suggesting that...

  • FEATURE: Turning Back The Tide: Welfare Lessons From America

    Peter Saunders | 19 Jan 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Welfare reform in America has worked, and nobody there is any longer even debating whether to reinstate the old system. So...

  • Poor Laws (2): The Minimum Wage and Unemployment

    Kayoko Tsumori | 02 Dec 2002 | Issue Analysis

    More than half the poor in Australia are unemployed. It is joblessness, not low-paid jobs, that is the biggest source of...

  • The Unchained University

    Andrew Norton | 19 Nov 2002 | Policy Monographs

    Australia's universities are not preparing students adequately for their futures.  Report author and higher education expert...

  • Getting it Right Some of the Time: An Appraisal of the Report on the Inquiry into the Education of Boys

    Jennifer Buckingham | 14 Nov 2002 | Issue Analysis

    The 2002 parliamentary inquiry and report into the education of boys has failed to recognise that boys from single parent...

  • INTERVIEW: Back To Human Nature?

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Francis Fukuyama, internationally renowned philosopher and author of the recently released book, Our Posthuman Future: Consequence...

  • 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...

  • Family and Marriage in Australia

    Barry Maley | 25 Jun 2002 | Policy Monographs

    The growing instability of the nuclear family is a fundamental cause behind a great deal of juvenile crime, youth suicide...

  • Families Freedom and Education: Why School Choice Makes Sense

    Jennifer Buckingham | 24 Jun 2002 | Policy Monographs

    Parents have been demonstrating their increasing lack of faith in the public education system for decades, as reflected in...

  • 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. ...

  • Families, Fertility and Maternity Leave

    Barry Maley | 12 Jun 2002 | Issue Analysis

    Sound family policy is being side-tracked by the concentration on the role of maternity leave in raising the fertility rate....

  • 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...

  • The Importance of Teacher Quality

    Ken Rowe | 28 Feb 2002 | Issue Analysis

    When all other sources of variation in performance are taken into account – including socioeconomic background and differences...

  • The Social Foundations of a Free Society

    Peter Saunders | 12 Feb 2002 | Occasional Papers

    A look at five main areas where current trends may be eroding the free society - family life, schooling, community relations,...

  • 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...

  • Public Education in New South Wales: Submission to the ‘Vinson’ Inquiry

    Ross Harold | 28 Nov 2001 | Issue Analysis

    The most effective way of improving school performance without increasing recurrent funding is to enable schools to respond...

  • Taxing the family : Australia's forgotten people in the income spectrum

    Lucy Sullivan | 22 Aug 2001 | Policy Monographs

    Over the last two decades, the tax burden has shifted from taxpayers without to taxpayers with dependent children.  While...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Arts and Economics

    Simon Blount | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Arts and Economics: Analysis and Cultural Policy by Bruno S. Frey (Springer Verlag, 2000.)

  • COMMENT: 'Stakeholder' Theory

    Samuel Gregg | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The world 'stakeholder' is an unsubtle play on 'stockholder', implying an entitlement not unlike ownership. But if good corporate...

  • State of the Nation 2001: A Century of Change

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2001 | Special Publications

    This major report finds that Australia is in the midst of profound social and economic change sometimes for the better, sometimes...

  • State of the Nation 2001: A Century of Change (CD ROM)

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2001 | Special Publications

    A CD version of a major report that finds Australia is in the midst of profound social and economic change sometimes for...

  • FEATURE: Public Broadcasting and the Profit Motive: The Effects of Advertising on SBS

    John Field | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Changes at SBS have had less to do with advretising and more to do with shifts in government multicultural policy and compliance...

  • FEATURE: Reforming Wages and Welfare Policy: Six Advantages of a Negative Income Tax

    John Humphreys | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The replacement of all current welfare and wage provisions with a universal but minimal negative income tax would create...

  • 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...

  • FEATURE: The 'Fair Go' in Australia: Popular Support for Taxing and Spending

    Simon Blount | 12 Dec 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Are Australians prepared to tolerate higher taxes in return for increased social services as welfare lobbyists often assume?

  • 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...

  • BOOK REVIEW:The Enterprise University: Power, Governance and Reinvention in Australia

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    The Enterprise University: Power, Governance and Reinvention in Australia by Simon Marginson and Mark Considine (Cambridge...

  • School Funding for All: Making Sense of the Debate over Dollars

    Jennifer Buckingham | 12 Oct 2000 | Issue Analysis

    Public debate over school funding is characterised by misinformation and misunderstanding, making any agreement or compromise...

  • Code of Silence: Public Reporting of School Performance

    Alison Rich | 04 Oct 2000 | Issue Analysis

    The refusal of state governments to release any comparative school data means the public and parents are powerless to combat...

  • Beyond the Classroom : how parents influence their children's education

    Alison Rich | 30 Aug 2000 | Policy Monographs

    Parents are crucial to the academic success of their children. The report, Beyond the Classroom: How Parents Influence Their...

  • 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....

  • The Truth about Private Schools in Australia

    Jennifer Buckingham | 01 Aug 2000 | Issue Analysis

    The evidence strongly suggests that private schools offer their students something that goes beyond financial resources and...

  • Degrees of Difficulty: The Labour Market Problems of Arts and Social Science Graduates

    Andrew Norton | 19 Jul 2000 | Issue Analysis

    That the Australian higher education system is comprehensively rigged against students is evident from the current oversupply...

  • Trailing the Class: Sole Parent Families and Educational Disadvantage

    Alison Rich | 26 Jun 2000 | Issue Analysis

    The association between family structure and educational performance has been the focus of much research in recent years....

  • Boy Troubles: Understanding Rising Suicide, Rising Crime and Educational Failure

    Jennifer Buckingham | 14 Jun 2000 | Policy Monographs

    Australian boys are at greater risk of doing badly at school, participating in juvenile crime, and committing suicide. The...

  • Behavioural Poverty

    Lucy Sullivan | 09 Apr 2000 | Policy Monographs

    The welfare debate is bedeviled by the failure to distinguish behavioural from financial poverty. The minimum income available...

  • COMMENT: The Idea of a University Beyond 2000

    Alan Gilbert | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    To survive in the increasingly competitive higher education sector, Australian universities must either 'change or die'....

  • FEATURE: Academic Freedom and the Well-Managed University

    Lauchlan Chipman | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Higher education is poised to become one of the biggest and most lucrative industries in the new knowledge economy. Can Australia's...

  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Liberalising Learning: An Overview

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Three Bert Kelly Lectures on higher education reform.

  • FEATURE: The Trouble With Boys

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Boys are falling behind at school at alarming rates while girls continue to improve. What is causing this gender gap? Has...

  • Shooting the Messenger: A Critique of Australia’s Internet Content Regulation Regime

    Heath Gibson | 02 Feb 2000 | Issue Analysis

    With the expansion of the Internet into society, media reports of pornography, paedophiles and racist web sites have induced...

  • COMMENT: A Recovery Plan for East Timor

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    There can be little doubt that Australia, bar its military initiative, has assumed a measure of at least temporary co-responsibility...

  • The Puzzle of Boys’ Educational Decline: A Review of the Evidence

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Nov 1999 | Issue Analysis

    Although research has attempted to explain the decline in boy's performance at school, lack of empirical evidence has precluded...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Economics and Australian Health Policy

    Steven Schwartz | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Economics and Australian Health Policy edited by Gavin Mooney and Richard Scotton (Allen & Unwin, 1998.)

  • Book Review: States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia

    Steven Schwartz | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia (3rd Ed.) by Janet George and Alan Davis (Longman, 1998.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: The Quality of Mercy

    Lucy Sullivan | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility: For and Against by David Schmidtz and Robert E. Goodin (Cambridge University...

  • COMMENT: Family Policy for the New Millenium

    Kevin Andrews | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Few people would dispute that the life of our children is more uncertain today than at any stage since the Second World War.

  • COMMENT: The Awful Consequences of the CAP

    John Fisher | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    A look at the grosser absurdities and paradoxes of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP.)

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: A Critique of Cultural Protectionism

    Imre Salusinszky | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    "Australian television will not look Australian until we have effective regulation requiring more local content, particularly...

  • 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...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Measuring Immorality: Social Inquiry & The Problem of Illegitimacy

    Barry Maley | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Measuring Immorality: Social Inquiry & The Problem of Illegitimacy by Gail Reekie (Cambridge University Press, 1998.)

  • Children's Rights : Where the Law is Heading and What it Means for Families

    Barry Maley | 05 May 1999 | Policy Monographs

    Barry Maley cautions that while children are citizens entitled to the protection of the state, he believes that some recent...

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: Regulating The Media: It is Dangerous to Give It Special Status

    Robert Officer | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Compeitition Law and the Media Sector. Separating regulation of the media from other goods and services often leads to the...

  • FEATURE: Saving Australia's Health Care System: Nostrums or Cures?

    Steven Schwartz | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    How to bring the market back into health care.

  • Reconnecting Compassion and Charity

    Roger Kerr | 01 Jan 1999 | Occasional Papers

    Supporters of big government and the welfare state regularly accuse their opponents of lacking ‘compassion’. But how...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Taxation of Family Income

    Lucy Sullivan | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Lost Concept of Horizontal Equity

  • BOOK REVIEW: in Praise of Commercial Culture

    Michael Warby | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    In Praise of Commercial Culture by Tyler Cowen (Harvard University Press, 1998.)

  • 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: World Competitiveness- Are We On Track?

    Kevin Daly | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An update on Australia's world competitiveness ranking.

  • 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 NOTES: Corporate Welfare Policy and the Welfare State

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Corporate Welfare Policy and the Welfare State by Davita Glasberg and Dan Skidmore (Walter de Gruyter & co, 1997.) 

  • FEATURE: A Macroeconomic Role for the IRC

    Tony Makin | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Institutional redesign as a way to reduce employment.

  • FEATURE: Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Moving toward, or away from, wage justice for women?

  • FEATURE: 'League Tables' of School Performance

    Ken Gannicott | 08 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    A legitimate tool of public policy.

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

    Lucy Sullivan | 10 Jul 1998 | Issue Analysis

    There is a growing awareness of financial pressure on the family, together with anomalies in the interaction of family earnings,...

  • Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: Moving Toward, Or Away From, Wage Justice for Women?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Jun 1998 | Issue Analysis

    Concerns about equity for working women are being misused to move back to industry-wide wage fixing and its attendant dangers...

  • BOOK NOTES: John Locke and the Origins of Private Property

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    John Locke and the Origins of Private Property by Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge University Press, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Social Justice: Fraud or Fair Go?

    Tony Dimmitt | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Social Justice: Fraud or Fair Go? edited by Marlene Goldsmith Menzies Research Centre, 1998.

  • 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.) 

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Future of Schools

    Mark Harrison | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Future of Schools: Lessons from the Reform of Public Education by Brian Caldwell and Don Hayward (Falmer Press, 1998.)

  • COMMENT: Beyond Wik- Making Native Title Work

    Paul D'Arcy | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia is challenged with the difficult tasks of putting in place a legal framework which firmly recognises and defines...

  • COMMENT: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealth

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    On the Economics of Liberal Rights.

  • 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.)

  • COMMENT: The Welfare State- Depreciating Australia's Social Capital?

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Large-scale bureaucracies have difficulty providing highly personalised services; not just for reasons of their size but...

  • 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...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Past Wrongs, Future Rights

    Alastair Pope | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Past Wrongs, Future Rights by Michael Warby (Tasman Institute, 1997.)

  • FEATURE: The New Populism in Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Since the 1970s, Australians have been living through an age of uncertainty or, perhaps more positively, an age of redefinition.

  • 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...

  • Taking Education Seriously - A Reform Program for Australia's Schools

    Ken Gannicott | 16 Sep 1997 | Policy Monographs

    Australia's schools are much criticised by students, parents and employers. Despite significant increases in educational...

  • 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.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Back From the Brink

    Lucy Sullivan | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Shaping Their Future: Recommendations for Reform of the Higher School Certificate by Barry McGaw (Australian Council for...

  • FEATURE: The Moral Habit

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    An interview with James Q. Wilson.

  • EDITORIAL: Spring 1997

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Editorial for POLICY Magazine Spring 1997.

  • Democracy and the Welfare State

    Kenneth Minogue | 01 Sep 1997 | Occasional Papers

    The welfare state has now been experienced by several generations. In this Occasional Paper, Professor Kenneth Minogue looks...

  • BOOK NOTES: When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves by David W. Brown (The Free Press, 1996.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Whither Development Assistance?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    One Clear Objective: Poverty Reduction Through Sustainable Development (Simons Committee Report) AusAID (Australian Government...

  • FEATURE: Financial Globalisation: Ceding Sovereignty or Safeguarding Growth

    Tony Makin | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Fears of globalisation are overstated.

  • FEATURE: Undermining Rural Sustainability

    Patrick J. Morrisey | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The unintended consequences of the Drought Landcare Program.

  • FEATURE: Charter Schools: A New Paradigm For Public Education

    Ken Gannicott | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Charter schools can bring diversity and choice to public education.

  • 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.

  • SCHOOL'S BRIEF: Unemployment

    Mark Wooden | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    It is widely accepted that the inability of many Australians to find paid work is a serious economic adn social problem and...

  • 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 NOTES: The Family: There Is No Other Way

    Barry Maley | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Family: There Is No Other Way edited by Bill Muehlenberg, Joseph Santamaria, Peter Westmore and Mary Helen Woods (Australian...

  • BOOK NOTES: Economic Socialization

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic Socialization: The Economic Beliefs and Behaviours of Young People edited by Peter Lunt and Adrian Furnham (Edward...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Human Wrongs of Indigenous Rights

    Alastair Pope | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Human Wrongs of Indigenous Rights by Ron Brunton (IPA Backgrounder, Insitute of Public Affairs, 1997.)

  • 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.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Transforming Men

    Barry Maley | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Changing Patterns of Dependency and Dominance in Gender Relation by Geoff Dench (Transaction Publishers, 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.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Unlocking the Infrastructure- The Reform of Public Utilities in Australia

    Frances Hanks | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Unlocking the Infrastructure- The Reform of Public Utilities in Australia by Stephen King and Rodney Maddock (Allen &...

  • 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.)

  • FEATURE: Making Welfare Work

    Mark Latham | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Place management as a key to welfare reform.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Radicalism, Feminism and Fanatacism: Social Work in the Nineties

    Barry Maley | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Radicalism, Feminism and Fanaticism: Social Work in the Nineties by Brian T. Trainor (Avebury Publishing, 1996.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: After Mabo

    Jacob Levy | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Mabo: The Native Title Legislation edited by M. A. Stephenson (University of Queensland Press, 1995.)

  • 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.)

  • FEATURE: The CIS At Twenty

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Greg Lindsay talks to Andrew Norton on the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Independent Studies.

  • FEATURE: A Diverse Media Or An Australian Media?

    Christopher Pokarier | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The case for liberalising media ownership laws.

  • 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?

  • Home Repairs: Building Stronger Families to Resist Social Decay

    Barry Maley | 05 Feb 1996 | Policy Forum

  • A Private Education for All

    Mark Harrision | 01 Feb 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Mark Harrison argues in A Private Education for Allthat public education suffers from a lack of competition and a political...

  • 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.

  • CONTROVERSY: Doing Justice To Telecommunications Equity

    Gerard Goggin | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    There are significant differences of principle between those who advocate government intervention to bring about social justice...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Casting Stones at New Feminists

    Cecilia Hilder | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The New Victorians: A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order by Rene Denfeld (Allen & Unwin, 1995.) The First...

  • 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: Competing Gospels: Public Ecology and Economic Theory

    Martin Sheehan | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Competing Gospels: Public Theology and Economic Theory by Robert J. Simons (E.J. Dwyer, 1995.)

  • 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.)

  • FEATURE: The Culture of Modern Entrepreneurship

    Brigette Berger | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Family, religion and the economy.

  • FEATURE: The Self-Destruction of Private Health Insurance

    John Logan | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Medicare and community rating undermine the private health funds.

  • 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.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Family Folly

    Barry Maley | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Creating the Links: Families and Social Responsibility, Final Report by The National Council of the International Year of...

  • COMMENT: When Trade and Labour Standards Collide

    Robert Skeffington | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The increased exposure of economies to international competition has raised the profile of domestic issues such as environmental...

  • The Social Roots of Prosperity

    Brigette Berger | 01 May 1995 | Occasional Papers

    A society’s prosperity depends on its families. That is the central message of Brigitte Berger’s analysis of economic...

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: Conservative Without A Cause?

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton talks with Peter Coleman, a longtime observer of and participant in Australian intellectual, cultural and...

  • 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: Drought, Lies and Videotape

    Jeffrey Gow | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    How media coverage of the drought wrecked good public policy.

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: Taxi! Still Taking The Long Way Home

    Clive Gaunt, Terry Black | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Reform of Australia's taxi industry is slow to start.

  • REVIEW: Where to for Welfare?

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Sustaining the welfare state remains a major problem. Welfare and Inequality: National and International Perspectives on...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Seven Cultures of Capitalism

    Rafe Champion | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The Seven Cultures of Capitalism: Value Systems for Creating Wealth in the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, France,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Australian Civilisation

    Ann Yard | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

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

  • FEATURE: More People, Greater Wealth, More Resources, Healthier Environment

    Julian L. Simon | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The environmentalist doomsayers have it wrong.

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: Green Economics: Its Errors and Insights

    Steve Dodds | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Can the Greens and economic rationalism find some common ground?

  • 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.

  • COMMENT: The Value of Property Rights: A Rejoinder to Bradshaw & Ewing

    Jacob Levy | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The value of property rights lies in their ability to coordinate plans, and to allow resources to be used or conserved in...

  • 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.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Sociological Theory and Educational Reality

    Patrick Morgan | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Sociological Theory and Educational Reality: Education & Society in Australia since 1949 by Alan Barcan (UNSW Press,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Loss of Virtue: Moral Confusion and Social Disorder

    Brian Trainor | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The Loss of Virtue: Moral Confusion and Social Disorder in Britain and America edited by Digby Anderson (IEAD, The Social...

  • FEATURE: Buy Australian?

    Terry Black | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Buying Australian could cost jobs and lower living standards.

  • COMMENT: Reconciliation and Resources: Mineral Rights and Aboriginal Land Rights As Property Rights

    Geoffrey Ewing | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Comment on Jacob T. Levy's Reconciliation and Resources.

  • COMMENT: Further Comment on Reconciliation and Resources: Mineral Rights and Aboriginal Land Rights as Property Rights

    Richard Bradshaw | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Further comments on Jacob T. Levy's Reconciliation and Resources.

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

    John Wamsley | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Private sanctuaries are the best protection against feral animals.

  • FEATURE: Autonomy and School Achievement

    Ken Gannicott | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Independent schools are the key to better academic performance.

  • 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...

  • BOOK REVIEW: God and the Marketplace

    Warren Clarnette | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    God and the Marketplace edited by Jon Davies (IEA Health and Welfare Unit, London, 1993.)

  • FEATURE: Employment Policies Don't Work

    Judith Sloan | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Wage subsidies and public sector job creation are seen by some as a desirable response to the problem of unemployment.

  • FEATURE: The Riddle of The Social Market Economy

    Norman Barry | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Despite the collapse of communism, Western intellectuals remain sceptical of market capitalism. An exploration of the origin...

  • FEATURE: Supporting Mothers, Twenty Years On

    Alan Tapper | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Government support for sole parents has increased spectacularly over the last twenty years. The level of benefits is now...

  • FEATURE: Capitalism and Culture

    Irving Kristol | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The challenge to free enterprise today isn't economic or political: it's cultural.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Mabo: A Judicial Revolution

    William J. Stacey | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Mabo: A Judicial Revolution- The Aboriginal Land Rights Decision and Its Impact on Australian Law edited by M.A. Stephenson...

  • 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: Fees, Subsidies and the Market for Higher Education

    Mark Harrison | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Mark Harrison argues that despite major reforms since 1988, the continuing absence of price signals and market incentives...

  • FEATURE: Urban Consolidation: A Modern Urban Myth

    J. Brian McLoughlin | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian Commonwealth Government's Building Better Cities program aims to increase urban residential densities. A summary...

  • 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...

  • FEATURE: Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

    James Cox | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    In recent years, two-parent families have lost ground in the welfare state to other groups, especially sole-parent families...

  • COMMENT: For Feature: Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

    David Thomson | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Comment for feature article, Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

  • COMMENT: Further Comment on FEATURE: Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

    Alan Tapper | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Further comment on feature article, Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

  • COMMENT: Continued Comment for FEATURE: Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

    Barry Maley | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Continued commentary on the feature article, Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

  • REJOINDER: for FEATURE: Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

    James Cox | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    James Cox's rejoinder for his feature article, Does the Family Need a Family Policy?

  • BOOK REVIEW: Delivering the Goods

    Ewen Michael | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Urban Goods Movement: A Guide to Policy and Planning by Kenneth Ogden (Ashgate, 1992).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Making the Post Competitive

    Harry Clarke | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Future of Postal Services by Robert Albon (Institute of Economics Affairs, 1991.)

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: Australia's Detention of Asian Refugees: No Rule of Law

    William Maley | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The appearance of refugees in Australia has always been a matter of some controversy and has evoked varying responses from...

  • FEATURE: America's Bureaucratic Crisis of Education

    Jack D. Douglas | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    American education can be revitalised only by abandoning the trend towards central bureaucratic planning and returning to...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Threat to Liberal Education

    C. L. Ten | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus by Dinesh D'Souza (The Free Press, 1991.)

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: Disestablishing Public Education

    Anna David | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    C/CSA is a working example of a market solution to the national education crisis. While public education remains mired in...

  • 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: The 'Too Many Doctors' Myth

    Harry Clarke | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian federal government's National Health Strategy Unit argues that Australia has too many GPs and that their numbers...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Ecology of Knowledge

    Leslie Graves | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Unfathomed Knowledge, Unmeasured Wealth: On Universities and the Wealth of Nations by William Warren Bartley III (Open Court,...

  • FEATURE: The Maori Fisheries Act 1989 and The Restoration of Maori Fishing Rights

    Basil Sharp | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    New Zealand's Maori Fisheries Act 1989 provides for the recognition of Maori fishing rights secured under the Treaty of Waitangi...

  • FEATURE: Student Fees and The Demand For University Places

    Ken Gannicott | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Higher student fees need not be inconsistent with equity considerations.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Protection Without Tariffs

    Donald MacLaren | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Technical Barriers To Agricultural Trade by Jimmye Hillman (Westview Press, 1991.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Beyond The Information Society

    Philip de Lacey | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Beyond Universities: A New Republic of the Intellect by Douglas Hague (Institute of Economic Affairs, 1991.)

  • SCHOOL'S BRIEF: Unemployment: Dimensions, Causes and Policy Responses

    Meredith Baker | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    An exploration of the dimensions and causes of current unemployment in Australia, and canvasses some policy responses.

  • Welfare State and the Problem of the Commons, The

    David Thompson | 01 Dec 1992 | Occasional Papers

    In this contribution to the CIS Social Welfare Research Program, David Thomson argues that the typical welfare state produces...

  • FEATURE: Some Social Consequences of Gene Improvement

    Hiram Caton | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Genetic engineering, social ethics and eugenics.  

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Man-Made Disaster

    Martin Ricketts | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Excluded Americans: Homelessness and Housing Policies by William Tucker (Regnery Gateway, 1990.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Information, Privacy and the Welfare State

    Ian Sliper | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Redistribution by Smart Card: Information, Privacy and the Welfare State: An Integrated Approach To The Administration of...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Law At The Margins

    Alan Fogg | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Law At The Margins: Towards Social Participation by Terry Carney (Oxford University Press, 1991.)

  • From Welfare State to Welfare Society

    Michael James | 01 Jul 1992 | Occasional Papers

    The legitimacy of the welfare state has survived the shift in recent years towards smaller government and a greater role...

  • 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: Sense and Nonsense About Soil Degradation

    Nick Uren | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    "Apart from soil erosion there is little evidence that degradation of farming soils is a serious problem in Australia."

  • CRITICAL REVIEW: Some Recent Studies of Australia's Foreign and Defence Policies

    Glen St J Barclay | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Security and Defence: Pacific and Global Perspectives edited by Desmond Ball and Cathy Downes (Allen & Unwin, 1990)Agenda...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Dissecting the Green Society

    Ian Wills | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Reconciling Economics and the Environment edited by Jeff Bennett and Walter Block (Australian Institute for Public Policy,...

  • FEATURE: Microeconomic Reform and the Welfare State

    James Cox | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    An exploration of the scope for reforming the welfare state through a greater reliance on means tests and on private provision...

  • 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.

  • REVIEW: A Framework For Family Policy

    Barry Maley | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Family in the Welfare State by Alan Tapper (Allen & Unwin, 1990.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Missing the Major Villains

    David Armstrong | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Decline of the University by Philip de Lacey and Gabriel Moens (Law Press, 1990.)

  • 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: Ending the Poverty Trap for Part-Time Workers

    Terry Ryan | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Unemployment has become a very real fact of life for many people in Australia today.

  • 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: Difficulties of Dying

    Hiram Caton | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    An examination of some of the ethical dilemmas that arise from the ability of modern medical technology to prolong life beyond...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Wood and Trees

    Elizabeth Prior-Jonson | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Trends in Biomedical edited by Hiram Caton (Butterworths, 1990.)

  • Equalising People: Why Social Justice Threatens Liberty

    David Green | 01 Dec 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, David Green challenges the pursuit of social justice on three grounds: It is based on a shallow...

  • FEATURE: Misleading Impressions: The Recession in the Farm Sector and its Impact on Rural Australia

    Tony Sorensen | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    News from the bush tends to be all bad. Several primary industries and many individual farmers are coping well with the recession,...

  • FEATURE: The Forgotten Consumer: The Distorted Delivery of Child-Care Services

    Dale Raneberg, Terence Daubney | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The persistences of informal child care in the face of increasing governent subsidies for child-care services suggests that...

  • 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: Ending Aboriginal Poverty

    David Pollard | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Aboriginal self-determination and land rights policies have done nothing to stem the growth in Aboriginal unemployment that...

  • 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...

  • FEATURE: The Rise of the State in Education: Part One: The Intellectual Background

    Edwin G. West | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In the first of two articles documenting the growth of state involvement in education, Edwin West traces the decline of the...

  • 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.

  • FEATURE: The Green Movement: Its Origins, Goals and Relevance For a Liberal Society

    Richard Stroup | 12 Dec 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Whereas mainstream environmentalists seek a balance between economic growth and environmental protection, 'hard' environmentalists...

  • FEATURE: Australia's Airline Deregulation: How Much Change?

    Peter Forsyth | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    "In November 1990 Australia's Two Airline Policy will be terminated and replaced by a less regulated market. An assessment...

  • FEATURE: Australia's Economic and Social Immigration Policies: A Labour Market Perspective

    Leo Dobes | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    In the Winter 1989 issue of POLICY, Mark Harrison and John Logan proposed that Australia's annual immigration quota should...

  • FEATURE: The Health Effects of Smoking: Misreading The Evidence

    Peter Finch | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Health promotion policies have popularised the view that smoking is a major cause of fatal disease. In the second of two...

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Role For Metropolitan Planning

    Tony Sorensen | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    London 2001 by Peter Hall (Unwin Hyman, 1989.)

  • FEATURE: Failing Families, Vanishing Australians and the Welfare State

    Barry Maley | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's fertility rate, like that of several other Western countries, has fallen well below the level needed to sustain...

  • FEATURE: The Lalonde Doctrine in Action: The Campaign Against Passive Smoking

    Peter Finch | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    In 1974 Marc Lalonde, Canada's Minister of National Health and Welfare, proposed that health promotion policy should ignore...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Failure of Aboriginal Affairs Policy

    Fred Gruen | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Give and Take: The Losing Partnernship In Aboriginal Poverty by David Pollard (Hale and Iremonger, 1988.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Persistence of Inequality

    David Tucker | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Egalitarianism and the Generation of Inequality by Henry Phelps Brown (Clarendon Press, 1988.)

  • FEATURE: Putting Australian Railways On The Right Track

    Ken Ogden | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian railway industry has begun to take steps to contain its huge deficits. Ken Ogden identifies the causes of...

  • 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...

  • The Education Monopoly Problem

    Edwin G. West | 12 Dec 1989 | Occasional Papers

    Professor Edwin West explores the various mechanisms that have evolved in several countries for enhancing choice both within...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: The Economic of Status: Robert Frank's "Choosing The Right Pond"

    Chandran Kukathas | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    How much welfare would we forgo to retain our social status? A great deal, according to Robert H. Frank, whose book Choosing...

  • FEATURE: Improving Australia's Refugee Resettlement Policy

    William Maley | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia has a good record for accomodating and resettling refugees. The case for a self-determining system of refugee immigration...

  • FEATURE: The Greenhouse Effect: Fact and Fiction

    George R. Walker | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Dramatic articles and documentaries frequently warn of the dire consequences for mankind of the greenhouse effect if urgent...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Contracting-Out in the UK

    Stephen Rimmer | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The Politics of Privitisation: Contracting Out Public Services by Kate Ascher (Macmillan Education Ltd, 1987.)

  • FEATURE: The False Promise of Urban Consolidation

    Tony Sorensen | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Urban consolidation is being promoted in New South Wales as a way of economising on infrastructure and housing costs. Tony...

  • FEATURE: The Failing Symbiosis: Labour Market Regulation and the Welfare State in Australia

    P.A. McGavin | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    'Symbiosis' is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as 'union between organisms each of which depends for its existence...

  • FEATURE: Cultural Regulation: Government Assistance to the Australian Film & Television Industry

    Ross Jones | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's film and television industry is riddled with protection and subsidies. Ross Jones argues that this does nothing...

  • FEATURE: Are There Any Welfare Rights?

    Norman Barry | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The standard arguments justifying the welfare state in terms of a moral right to welfare remain controversial and inconclusive....

  • 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...

  • FEATURE: Long-Duration Unemployment: 'Losers' or 'Choosers'?

    P.A. McGavin | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Regulation of labour markets and the operation of the welfare state in Australia interact to encourage the emergence of long-duration...

  • FEATURE: Welfare Reform Talk in the US

    Peter Samuel | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The US is a major source of new ideas on social policy. Peter Samuel provides an overview of the new welfare thinking, with...

  • CRITICAL REVIEW: Welfare versus Happiness: Charles Murray's 'In Pursuit'

    Barry Maley | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Charle's Murray's book In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government (Simon & Schuster, 1988), builds on the many insights...

  • FEATURE: How the Welfare State Undermines Constitutionalism

    Suri Ratnapala | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The welfare state necessarily operates by way of a mass of delegated and particular legislation and so undermines the general...

  • The Welfare State: Foundations and Alternatives

    Michael James | 01 Mar 1989 | Policy Forum

    The central question for public policy in the 1990s is whether the state should retain its near-monopoly of welfare provision...

  • The Long Debate on Poverty

    R.M. Hartwell | 10 May 1988 | Occasional Papers

    In The Long Debate on Poverty, Professor Hartwell analyses the debate on poverty and its historical roots; demonstrates the...

  • Social Welfare: The Changing Debate

    David Green | 05 May 1988 | Occasional Papers

    David D. Green’s monograph Social Welfare: The Changing Debate, summarises the research findings and arguments of several...

  • Policies and Prescriptions:Current Directions in Health Policy

    Andrew Doman | 01 May 1986 | Policy Forum

    Australian governments have been involved in health care ever since the first doctors came on the ships with the first convicts. ...

  • Affirmative Action: The New Discrimination

    Gabrielle Moens | 18 Dec 1985 | Policy Monographs

    Gabriel Moens finds that the philosophical and practical ramifications of such 'affirmative action' may be worse than the...

  • Free to Shop

    Geoff Hogbin | 18 May 1983 | Policy Monographs

    Shopping hours and standards in Australia are far behind those of other countries. The trend of Governments in other countries...

  • The Rhetoric and Reality of Income Redistribution

    Gordon Tullock | 25 Sep 1981 | Occasional Papers

    In this survey of a variety of aspects of income redistribution, Gordon Tullock asks not that we should necessarily change...

  • 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...