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. 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...

  2. Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately... Read More...

  3. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

  4. Lessons from Singapore: Opt-Out Health Savings Accounts for Australia

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    Singapore’s distinctive health funding and service provision arrangements have delivered comparable First World standards... Read More...

  5. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Nice plan to toughen teacher degree

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    No matter the question in education, the answer more often than not is better teacher education. Unfortunately, the quality ... Read More

  2. Pensions and asset deeming: the real reform needed

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Nov 2014 | The Mandarin

    Reform of asset deeming must go beyond recent changes proposed by the federal government. The reform represents modest savings ... Read More

  3. Childcare reforms are failing to benefit children

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    As the cost of childcare to the Australian family and taxpayer has ballooned over recent years, it’s imperative to examine ... Read More

  4. How the Whitlam mums have begun to vanish

    Barry Maley | 29 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    Context, they say, is everything. True or not, it certainly matters, and a glance at context illuminates Gough Whitlam’s ... Read More

  5. Comment: Review is reverse of ‘back to basics’

    Jennifer Buckingham | 16 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    The term ‘back to basics’ fundamentally misrepresents the nature of the report’s proposed changes to the Australian ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. The Grey Army of early Newstart retirees

    Matthew Taylor | 21 Nov 2014

    The Abbott government chalked up a modest win this week with the first of its social services budget measures passed by the ...

  2. The third retirement pillar - home equity and pension inequity

    Simon Cowan | 21 Nov 2014

    The system for supporting retired Australians is said to rest on three pillars: the age pension, superannuation and the family ...

  3. Child Protection: too few adoptions mean too much of everything else

    Jeremy Sammut | 14 Nov 2014

    Rather than not doing enough early intervention, the problem with the child protection system is that we have too much of ...

  4. Courage is needed right now to fix childcare

    Trisha Jha | 07 Nov 2014

    What cannot be categorically denied is that the burden of the National Quality Framework on providers’ operating costs ...

  5. Combating (genuine) poverty need not punish 'the rich'

    Matthew Taylor | 24 Oct 2014

    By defining poverty in these terms, the focus is shifted away from living standards towards income inequality so that poverty ...

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