The CIS examines the roles and responsibilities of commonwealth, state and local governments, the fiscal aspects of federalism and the benefits a federal structure brings to Australia.


  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. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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... Read More...

  5. 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... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Comment: Education does not need Commonwealth in schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Oct 2014 | Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

    Ahead of the federal government’s ‘white paper’ on reform of the federation, an issues paper will canvas the specific ... Read More

  2. NSW health history shows Carr's feet of clay

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Mar 2012 | The Drum

    If you believe the hype, Carr's entry into federal politics is a sign that the floundering incompetence which has typified ... Read More

  3. The future of the ALP may lie in rediscovering a voice from its past

    Adam Creighton | 21 Oct 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Which political party would William McKell support in 2011?... Read More

  4. Carbon tax could have united us all

    Adam Creighton | 13 Jul 2011 | The Age

    More than 3 million households will be worse off come July, about a third of Australian taxpayers. Indeed, many thousands ... Read More

  5. Perk Street is not as one-way as employed, childless renters think

    Adam Creighton | 01 Jul 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Childless renters pay a lot of federal tax but are exempt from many state taxes... Read More

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  1. The bright side of non-competitive IR federalism

    Alexander Philipatos | 24 Apr 2014

    Classical liberals favour competitive federalism over national laws because competition between jurisdictions makes it harder ...

  2. Time to make a deal

    Jennifer Buckingham | 19 Apr 2013

    In rejecting a pretty good funding school model because it is not perfect, we may end up with something much worse....

  3. Unempirical Asian languages alarmism

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 16 Aug 2012

    Asian languages alarmism should not scare us into expanding current language education programs....

  4. 'Of its essence a great mistake'

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 23 Mar 2012

    Canberra fails as a capital city....

  5. Pay for what is yours

    Peter Saunders | 02 Dec 2011

    Take responsibility for your actions – don’t make the rest of us pay....

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