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Education

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A quality school education is vital for individual well-being and for a healthy society. All children should have access to an education that is responsive to their needs as well as upholding high standards of academic rigour. CIS's focus is on policies that restore the role of parents in education and devolve greater authority and responsibility to schools to meet these goals.

The CIS is also involved in examining higher education and offers alternatives to the current Australian model.

Publications

  1. 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...

  2. School Funding on a Budget

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only... Read More...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    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. 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

  2. Comment: ANU divestment: it’s not ‘the economy, stupid’

    Simon Cowan | 16 Oct 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The response to the Australian National University’s decision to divest itself of holdings in certain fossil fuel companies ... Read More

  3. Comment: First, become a good reader

    Jennifer Buckingham | 13 Oct 2014 | The Australian

    Hundreds of thousands of children struggle with reading at even the most basic level, even after spending years at school.  ... Read More

  4. Comment: Independent Public Schools are not charter schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 06 Oct 2014 | The Australian

    Independent Public Schools are suffering from an identity problem. ... Read More

  5. Comment: Education does not need Commonwealth in schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Oct 2014 | Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

    Ahead of the federal government’s ‘white paper’ on reform of the federation, an issues paper will canvas the specific ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Let them divest, but not with taxpayers cake

    Simon Cowan | 17 Oct 2014

    Unless the ANU’s new strategy mentions an exciting new investment in magic beans, if it’s not imposing greater costs ...

  2. Value of economic education

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 17 Oct 2014

    Rather than simplifying advanced subjects for small kids, we’d be better off teaching small kids to read and count properly ...

  3. A balancing act: home schooling regulation

    Jennifer Buckingham | 26 Sep 2014

    Currently, home schooling families are doing all the work in their relationship with the state and getting little in return, ...

  4. Using school data wisely

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Sep 2014

    This week in education policy the spotlight has been on the appropriate use of performance data. Two new reports questioned ...

  5. Evidence on childcare twisted by special interests

    Trisha Jha | 22 Aug 2014

    There is no reason why the new minimum standards and quality regulations for Child Care and Early Learning should be considered ...

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