Government and Politics

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With a belief in smaller government, The Centre for Independent Studies advocates policies that would limit the size of government in Australia.

In our research, we strive for policies that would reduce regulation and promote a healthy civil society, free of the burdens of big government.

How much government do we really want in Australia? How much government do we really need?

As an independent think tank, the CIS is positioned to seriously analyse the reach of big government, while emphasising freedom, responsibility and enterprise.

Publications

  1. Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money

    Anne Twomey, Robert Carling | 29 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial... Read More...

  2. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...

  3. Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

    Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the... Read More...

  4. 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.... Read More...

  5. 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... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Intergenerational Report: Pensioners hold the cards in the surplus equation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Mar 2015 | Business Spectator

    The latest Intergenerational Report sends a clear message to policymakers that the nation can no longer afford to continue ... Read More

  2. Why you shouldn't trust these IGR predictions

    Simon Cowan | 05 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The fact that the majority of voters in 2055 will be over 50 years old will have a massive influence on future policy decisions, ... Read More

  3. Why Greece is the word in Queensland

    Robert Carling | 03 Feb 2015 | Business Spectator

    A three year old government is thrown out for imposing too much fiscal austerity and being too keen to sell public assets. ... Read More

  4. Federal-state reform should not mean more tax

    Robert Carling | 20 Jan 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    The key point for both the tax review and the review of federalism is not to start from the premise that overall taxation ... Read More

  5. Comment: Newman answerable to the voters, not the PUP

    Simon Cowan | 06 Oct 2014 | The Courier-Mail

    The bitter public slanging matches between the Palmer United Party and the LNP in Queensland make it difficult to believe ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Full steam ahead for ship of fools

    Peter Saunders | 17 Apr 2015

    Neither Labour nor Tories will explain how they plan to eliminate the deficit, still less start paying down the debt....

  2. Why Britain could be headed for chaos

    Peter Saunders | 27 Mar 2015

    Don’t be surprised if the Conservatives win most votes but Labour forms a government....

  3. Let the games begin

    Patrick Carvalho | 13 Feb 2015

    It’s been an inspiring start to my time at CIS....

  4. Positive non-refoulement

    Alex Russell | 06 Feb 2015

    A High Court ruling on the detainment of 157 asylum seekers at sea brought Australia's tough border protection laws into ...

  5. Disaster management, not demand management

    Simon Cowan | 30 Jan 2015

    The global financial crisis re-ignited a division in economics between those who believe governments should boost demand ...

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