Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society


This program defends and promotes the traditional values and principles of a free and liberal democratic society and open economy in Australia.

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Why God is Good for You
Greg Sheridan
28 November 2018 | OP169

Conversation with The Australian’s Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan and CIS senior research fellow Peter Kurti on the intellectual, historical and cultural case for belief in God. Australia and many parts of the West are losing faith in God. And yet the Judeo-Christian tradition has created and underpinned the moral and legal…

Australian Attitudes to Immigration: Coming Apart or Common Ground?
Jeremy Sammut, Monica Wilkie
18 November 2018 | PP11

Immigration has been a contentious political issue in Australia and overseas for a number of years. Many political parties and figures have emerged promising to severely restrict or halt immigration. Australia has largely avoided significant political disruptions over this issue. However, as immigration levels continue…

University Freedom Charters: How best to protect free speech on Australian campuses
Jeremy Sammut
07 October 2018 | PP10

This POLICY Paper recommends how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy that is backed with financial penalties for non-compliance might operate to actively spur Australian universities to implement appropriate measures to address anti-free speech disruptive behaviour and properly protect freedom of thought and expression.…

Curbing Corporate Social Responsibility: Preventing Politicisation – and Preserving Pluralism – in Australian Business
Jeremy Sammut
21 August 2018 | AP2

The unprecedented part that leading that Australian companies played in the same-sex marriage campaign in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  has led critics to argue that companies should “stick to their knitting” and not meddle in politically-contentious social debates.  CSR threatens to become…

A Test of Maturity: The liberal case for action on religious freedom
Robert Forsyth
31 July 2018 | PP8

Australia has long enjoyed religious freedom in practice without robust legal protections. Such protections as there are, are found in anti-discrimination law, usually as exemptions. However freedom of religion remains vulnerable to accusations of prejudice, bigotry and discrimination when the views and practices of religious…

Media & Commentary

Free speech vs hate speech
Monica Wilkie
15 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to stopping hate speech, expressing his concern at what he described as, “…a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance –…

Duck and cover once more
James Wynne
15 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

At this time of year, universities across Australia welcoming a new crop of impressionable young students, who enter educational facilities that increasingly resemble Soviet-style indoctrination camps. Given the intellectual straightjacket…

Freedom’s just another word, so don’t take it for granted
Robert Forsyth
14 March 2019 | Spectator

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” So sang Janis Joplin in her 1971 hit Me and Bobby McGee. And this week I realised she was right. It came…

Freedom’s just another word . . .
Robert Forsyth
08 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” So sang Janis Joplin in the 1970s song Me and Bobby McGee. And this week I realised she was right. It…

When gender activism masquerades as good HR
Monica Wilkie
27 February 2019 | Spectator

The university thought police have developed a new tool to ensure their students think correctly. Clubs at the University of New South Wales risk disaffiliation if their executives fail to complete a…