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. 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...

  2. 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...

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

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

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

  4. Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’... Read More...

  5. 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... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. The state should never be the arbiter of what people can think

    Brendan O'Neill | 17 Apr 2014 | spiked

    Why has Brandis allowed himself to be branded by many as a ‘friend of bigots’ who is using his power to help ‘unleash ... Read More

  2. Brendan O'Neill on the Racial Discrimination Act and freedom of speech

    Brendan O'Neill | 15 Apr 2014 | Radio National

    Freedom of speech, in short, is as much about the freedom of the listener as it is about the freedom of the speaker.... Read More

  3. Diary changes agenda

    Nick Cater | 15 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    When it comes to crimes against humanity, too much discussion is barely enough.... Read More

  4. Feminism is not the exclusive preserve of the left

    Trisha Jha | 14 Apr 2014 | The Guardian

    Sexist stereotypes can only effectively be dealt with through free speech, free thought and exchange, and civil activism.... Read More

  5. Knights and mates and republicanism-by-stealth

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Mar 2014 | On Line Opinion

    The course of Australian history and social development has validated the faith placed in the freedom of Australian nationhood ... Read More

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  1. Equal under the law - and no exceptions

    Peter Kurti | 04 Apr 2014

    Far from increasing social cohesion, identity politics makes living with difference harder. ...

  2. Don't call Brandis' statement a gaffe

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 28 Mar 2014

    There is no reason why Brandis’ comments on bigotry should be treated as some sort of gaffe....

  3. Salute to exceptionalism (not)

    David Gadiel | 24 Jan 2014

    Why do meddling bureaucracies think they need to save us from ourselves?...

  4. Hard multiculturalism's rise in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 13 Dec 2013

    Hard multiculturalism questions the idea of a core national culture and threatens the success story of Australia’s harmonious ...

  5. The politics of empirical truths

    Peter Saunders | 13 Dec 2013

    Why is it that when a politician tells people facts they would rather not hear, he or she immediately comes under pressure ...

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