Social Policy

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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. 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.

  2. FEATURE: How Think Tanks Work

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jan 2015 | POLICY Magazine

    How does a think tank influence policy? Research Fellow Jeremy Sammut explains.

  3. 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...

  4. An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures

    Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    How can a policymaker predict whether a preventive health program will save money over the long term? These eight questions... Read More...

  5. Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. The evidence for immigration

    Patrick Carvalho | 21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Unfortunately, some debaters are propagating misconceptions and myths about immigration. Even respected columnists are lured ... Read More

  2. Cases for more local and overseas adoptions are different, but the same

    Jeremy Sammut | 21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    International adoptions of foreign-born children in Australia have fallen to record lows. And the reasons are clear to pinpoint.... Read More

  3. Public primary schools are holding their own

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    Public schools have risen to the challenge of school choice... Read More

  4. Anti-vaxxer crackdown a hammer in want of a nail

    Trisha Jha | 14 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    In spite of being a strong supporter of vaccination, I find some issues with this new policy.... Read More

  5. Charities regulator reprieve

    Helen Andrews | 09 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    Now that the ACNC is safe, it should focus on making sure that its critics’ worst predictions do not end up coming true.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Poor evaluation leads to poor policy

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Apr 2015

    Policy development and implementation in Australia has long been plagued by poor evaluation. As a result, there is very little ...

  2. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

    Patrick Carvalho | 17 Apr 2015

    Policy development and implementation in Australia has long been plagued by poor evaluation. As a result, there is very little ...

  3. No ducking uncomfortable questions

    Jeremy Sammut | 10 Apr 2015

    I wish I could just agree that the real problem is the ‘racism’ of those who promote so-called ‘Islamophobia’. But ...

  4. Go west, Gen Y

    Trisha Jha | 10 Apr 2015

    Since I’m a born-and-bred city girl, the situation in Sydney must be rather dire if I’m putting serious thought into ...

  5. 18C is not what keeps us civil

    Jeremy Sammut | 02 Apr 2015

    The Abbott Government’s attempt to remove Section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) was politically doomed the ...

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