Ideas about Liberty


Ideas about liberty permeate all elements of CIS research. How much government and regulation does Australia need are questions that we address through our research and events program.

We believe in liberty; freedom of association, religion and speech; and the right to property.

The ideal we endorse is that a good society is one in which autonomous citizens are at liberty to order their affairs as they wish, and in which individuals have the capacity to take personal responsibility for their choices.


  1. 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...

  2. 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... Read More...

  3. Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

    Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary... 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. Preserving Peace as China Rises I

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. There is nothing modern about euthanasia

    Helen Andrews | 25 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    In the 100 years that euthanasia has been a matter for debate, technology has driven the conversation less than people assume.... Read More

  2. Freedom can cure dangerous ideas

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 05 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    Free speech allows those with bad ideas the broadest latitude to makes fools of themselves.... Read More

  3. The Progressive Muzzling of the Right to Dissent

    Jeremy Sammut | 01 Jul 2014 | Quadrant

    The debate over the future of the RDA is a question of democracy, it is about the freedom Australians should have to discuss ... Read More

  4. We all pick the facts that we like

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Jun 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Those in the think tank world who claim to be mere pragmatists with no ideological axe to grind are fooling themselves as ... Read More

  5. Anti-terror laws need a watchdog

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 14 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    National security laws should contain appropriate safeguards for the rights of individuals and remain proportionate to any ... Read More

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  1. False conflation of classical liberalism

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 26 Sep 2014

    Conflating conservatism, statism or — worse — blatant electoral politics with a principled philosophy of liberty ...

  2. Antisemitic abuse demands our leaders' condemnation

    Peter Kurti | 15 Aug 2014

    Antisemitism is a scourge fuelled by bigotry, malice and hatred. All political leaders must condemn it unequivocally if their ...

  3. The political significance of the section 18C debacle

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Aug 2014

    The Abbott government has sold out our democratic right to free speech to help itself politically with the ethnic lobbyists ...

  4. Don't take the wrong lesson from latest cult case

    Helen Andrews | 01 Aug 2014

    The Four Corners expose on the cult of Christian Assemblies International does not provide evidence that there needs to be ...

  5. Liberty or licence

    Peter Saunders | 18 Jul 2014

    John Stuart Mill thought that free individuals would chose to use their liberties to pursue higher pleasures rather than ...

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