Social Policy

social-policy

The Centre for Independent Studies remains at the forefront of social policy debate in Australia, with a focus on key issues such as welfare, health care, education and child protection. Ending the growth of the welfare state is a priority for the CIS social research team, as government spending on welfare continues to increase, seemingly unabated.

Since the 1980s, the CIS has been researching social policy issues, with the aim of promoting policies that emphasise personal responsibility and individual choice.

The CIS seeks a future for Australia that has individual freedom under a limited government. We believe that such a future would strengthen community life, leading to a more cohesive and flourishing civil society.

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Publications

  1. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | Research Reports

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  2. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | TARGET30 Papers

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  3. Towards a more competitive Medicare: The case for deregulating medical fees and co-payments in Australia

    David Gadiel | 20 Mar 2015 | Research Reports

    This research paper outlines how to introduce a price signal for Medicare without introducing a GP copayment.

  4. FEATURE: Research Snapshot: Preventive Health

    Helen Andrews | 20 Jan 2015 | POLICY Magazine

    ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’? In health care, that’s not always true.

  5. The Kinship Conundrum: The Impact of Aboriginal Self-Determination on Indigenous Child Protection

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | Policy Monographs

    This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy,... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Queering their pitch

    Peter Kurti | 17 Jul 2015 | The Spectator

    In the wake of the Irish referendum in May and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges, ... Read More

  2. The government still doesn’t get childcare

    Trisha Jha | 15 Jul 2015 | SBS

    Despite the 2015 Budget’s huge increase in childcare spending, the government still isn’t addressing the key problems ... Read More

  3. School funding report makes flawed case for full Gonski reforms

    Jennifer Buckingham | 04 Jul 2015 | The Australian

    As we pass the halfway mark of the four year federal education budget cycle, attention is turning once again to the issue ... Read More

  4. Fees for state schools: don't jump to conclusions

    Jennifer Buckingham | 22 Jun 2015 | ABC The Drum

    There are few things more likely to ignite passionate opinions than school funding. Even a hint of any change that does not ... Read More

  5. Pension reform: Pensioner against pensioner or old against young?

    Matthew Taylor | 18 Jun 2015 | SBS

    Upon announcing that the opposition would not support the government’s budget measure to move the wealthiest age pensioners ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Moratorium on health tax and spend policies

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jul 2015

    We urgently need to change the conversation about health. The Intergenerational Reports have warned for more than a decade ...

  2. Time to focus on the family

    Trisha Jha | 17 Jul 2015

    The developmental impacts of quality childcare for children who have a deficient home environment are well known....

  3. Co-payment debacle reflections

    Jeremy Sammut | 17 Jul 2015

    The Abbott government's Medicare co-payment proposal prompted the organised medical profession to wage a political campaign ...

  4. Culture quells racism

    Jeremy Sammut | 10 Jul 2015

    Dawn Fraser's apology for her inappropriate 'go back to where you came from' comments about tennis player Nick Kyrios needs ...

  5. Options for over-crowding in schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 10 Jul 2015

    Enrolments in inner city Sydney public primary schools have doubled in the last five years. Most of these schools have reached ...

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