All CIS Lectures and Forums

Evidence-based policy: Why is progress so slow?
15 August 2017 5:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The expression 'Evidence-based policy' rolls off the tongue easily, but if it was as easily done as said, we’d have it by now. And yet in all manner of government funded service delivery areas, there’s…

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Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event
12 July 2017 7:30AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The federal budget was tabled some time ago, yet the controversy it sparked continues. The budget joined other recent government announcements including those on energy, school funding and immigration, to raise major concerns about the…

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CIS Member Event. Razeen Sally on the UK results, Brexit and what it means for the Asia Pacific.
06 July 2017 12:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Apologies for the short notice but the opportunity to have Razeen Sally talk to CIS members was too good to miss.   We hope you can come and join Razeen at Macquarie St for a sandwich…

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Taking control of the classroom: How teachers and principals can improve behaviour in schools
05 July 2017 5:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Poor behaviour in schools is a significant factor undermining student achievement. International data suggests behaviour in Australian schools is among the worst in the world, and reviews have found many teachers are not given practical,…

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Brisbane - The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia
28 June 2017 5:30PM
Connor Court Book Room, Suite 2, 146 Boundary Street, Brisbane, Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies invites you, on behalf of Connor Court Publishing, to the book release of The Tyranny of Tolerance by Peter Kurti. With remarks from Professor James Allan and Peter Kurti in…

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SOLD OUT Sydney - The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia
22 June 2017 5:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies invites you, on behalf of Connor Court Publishing, to the book release of The Tyranny of Tolerance by Peter Kurti. With remarks from The Hon. J Dyson Heydon AC QC…

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2017 Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers: Unlocking Australia’s economic potential; IR Reform
31 May 2017 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

2017 Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers. Unlocking Australia’s economic potential; IR Reform. The 2017 Helen Hughes Lecture will be presented by guest speaker John Slater who will talk about why IR reform is critical to unlocking…

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100 Days On: Trump and Trade - The Impact of Neo-Protectionism on Australia
27 April 2017 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

As we approach the first 100 day mark of the Trump administration, it is timely to remember that the biggest impact of President Trump on Australia probably remains his first executive order scrapping the Trans…

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Facing facts in education: What the evidence says about improving schools
11 April 2017 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

England's schools have undergone substantial changes in the last decade, including: introducing systematic phonics teaching and the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check; implementation of the Shanghai model of maths education in thousands of schools; and…

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Cancelled: Political donations and the polling booth
09 April 2017 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

Due to illness of a speaker, this event will not go ahead on Monday 10 April, we are looking to reschedule this event asap. Please note that refunds will be issued by Wednesday 12 April.…

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People, politics and the new populism
05 April 2017 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

How does the recent tsunami of populism differ from the past waves? Why are traditional political parties of the centre-right and the centre-left struggling to hold on to their constituencies? At the heart of the…

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Europe, NATO and Mother Russia: Life in Post-Soviet Europe
22 March 2017 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

Is Russia is emerging as the new destabilising force on the international scene? It has increasingly shown disdain for fundamental standards and norms in international relations as exemplified by its policy towards Georgia and Ukraine…

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Captured Courts and Tribunals: A Threat to Democracy
21 March 2017 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

In his first speech since retiring, and in light of the Fair Work Commission’s ruling to reform Sunday penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sectors, Graeme Watson will speak on his more than 10 years’…

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Australia dithers while Canada acts? Tax reform in the World of Trump
13 March 2017 12:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

US President Donald Trump is proposing sweeping tax cuts that will affect every other country. Australia is not well placed to respond, with a lack of major tax reform since 2001. By contrast, Canada has…

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Trump in OZ! Could 'The Donald' Happen Here?
02 February 2017 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

They said he could never win – but from January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will officially be the President of the United States. As the experts scramble to explain why the American people elected…

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Politically-Feasible Health Reform: What Ever Will It Take?
23 November 2016 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

Despite the ever-escalating cost of health posing severe fiscal sustainability challenges, health reform has been dumped even more firmly in the politically too-hard basket since the 'Mediscare' federal election. A politically-feasible reform strategy is required to…

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Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities
17 November 2016 12:00PM
National Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit, Barton, Australia

TICKETS ARE $85 (LUNCH AND SPEECH).  THEY CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED DIRECTLY VIA THE National Press Club website. Urgent action is need to address the epidemic of violence in Indigenous communities. Aboriginal women are between 37…

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Contemporary "Duck & Cover"? Terror Challenges in the 21st Century, by Dr David Kilcullen
10 November 2016 6:00PM
Hilton Hotel Sydney, 488 George St, Sydney, Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies is pleased to welcome back counter-insurgency expert, scholar and author Dr David Kilcullen. David joins us as our next and final Lighthouse Lecturer for the year and will be presenting on the alarming topic of…

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SYDNEY - Direct and Explicit Teaching Methods
03 November 2016 5:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

PLEASE NOTE TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE CALL (02) 9438 4377 TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST.  DIRECT INSTRUCTION WORKS:  EVIDENCE AND EXPERIENCE OF DIRECT AND EXPLICIT TEACHING Direct and explicit…

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BRISBANE - Direct and Explicit Teaching Methods
02 November 2016 5:30PM
The Edge (State Library of Queensland), Stanley Place, Southbank, Australia

DIRECT INSTRUCTION WORKS:  EVIDENCE AND EXPERIENCE OF DIRECT AND EXPLICIT TEACHING Direct and explicit instruction methods are increasingly common practices in Australian schools. But despite decades of research demonstrating their effectiveness, they remain widely misunderstood.…

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Rod Sims - Getting Privatisation Right
06 October 2016 5:45PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies is delighted to announce that Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) - Rod Sims - will be joining us for an exclusive event. Mr Sims joins us to…

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Tales of the Reading Brain: Reading Development, Dyslexia and the Digital Culture
07 September 2016 8:00AM
Mantra Parramatta Hotel, Cnr Parkes St & Valentine Ave, Parramatta, Australia

Learning Difficulties Australia, in conjunction with The University of Sydney and The Centre for Independent Studies, are pleased to present this unique opportunity for teachers, psychologists, researchers and policymakers to hear from the internationally acclaimed…

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Henry Olsen Luncheon - Trump, Brexit and the Forgotten People
18 August 2016 12:15PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia

In partnership with the Menzies Research Centre, Henry Olsen will be joining us to speak on Trump, Brexit and the Forgotten People. He will explain how this constituency drove Donald Trump to become the Republican…

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PJ O'Rourke's Dangerous State of the Nation
09 August 2016 8:00PM
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia

Join American’s favourite humorist hell-raiser straight off the the U.S. Convention trail in conversation with Tom Switzer. Hot off the US convention and campaign trail, America’s favourite living wit and best-selling author PJ O’Rourke is…

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Have We All Gone Nuts?! PJ O'Rourke Talks Politics in Melbourne
03 August 2016 6:00PM
The Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies is excited to welcome back best-selling American writer and leading political satirist PJ O’Rourke. Join us for a laugh-out-loud evening of trenchant, sometimes scathing political insights; because if you didn’t laugh, you’d…

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Research Brief - The case against tax increases in Australia
30 June 2016 5:45PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

This Research Brief will detail how the tax burden is set to increase sharply in coming years and go well above historical averages. We will examine arguments against these tax increases, including an outline of…

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Homeland Truths: The Unspoken Epidemic of Violence in Indigenous Communities.
28 June 2016 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The inaugural Helen Hughes Lecturer will be Jacinta Nampijinpa Price discussing Homeland Truths: The Unspoken Epidemic of Violence in Indigenous Communities. Jacinta is a Walpiri/Celtic woman who grew up in Alice Springs. In 2015, Jacinta was…

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SYDNEY - An evening with Niall Ferguson
22 May 2016 7:30PM
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia

An evening full of wide ranging discussions of the most important economic and geo-political questions of our day. From the rise and fall of the British and American Empires, to the killer apps that Western…

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Countering The Counter-Culture: Social Chaos and Public Life in Britain and Australia
26 April 2016 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

In both Britain and Australia, the impact of the 1960s social revolution has been felt on the lowest rungs of society; where family breakdown, welfare dependence, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, and child maltreatment are…

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Think Drinks with The Hon Kristina Keneally
16 February 2016 5:30PM
The Wild Rover, 75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies is excited to present ThinkDrinks, a series of networking events for young professionals. With talks by leaders of Australian business, politics and academia, ThinkDrinks events are a unique opportunity to make…

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It’s a Wonderful Life: The Annual CIS Christmas Party
14 December 2015 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Speakers: Sarah Hudson, Michael Potter and Anastasia Glushko It's A Wonderful Life: The Annual CIS Christmas Party The much loved and critically acclaimed holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life is screened around the world each year in…

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BRISBANE EVENT - Breaking the Adoption 'Taboo' in Australia
19 November 2015 7:00PM
RFH on Gregory, 89 -95 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, Australia

Guest speakers: Hon Dr Gary Johns, Tess Livingstone, Nadine Wright and Dr Jeremy Sammut Why are children in dysfunctional families abused and neglected despite being reported many times to child protection authorities? Why are children further…

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ADELAIDE EVENT - Breaking the Adoption Taboo In Australia
18 November 2015 6:00PM
State Library of South Australia - The Old Circulation Library Room, Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, Australia

Guest Speakers: Mark Johns, Tony Pasin MP and Dr Jeremy Sammut Why are children in dysfunctional families abused and neglected despite being reported many times to child protection authorities? Why are children further damaged by…

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MELBOURNE EVENT - Breaking the Adoption Taboo In Australia
12 November 2015 6:00PM
Australian Unity, 114 Albert Road, South Melbourne, Australia

Guest speakers:  Terry Barnes (withdrawn), John Hirst, Jane Hunt and Dr Jeremy Sammut Why are children in dysfunctional families abused and neglected despite being reported many times to child protection authorities? Why are children further…

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Breaking the Adoption Taboo In Australia
11 November 2015 6:00PM
NAB House, 255 George Street, Sydney, Australia

Event is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a wait-list please email reception at office@cis.org.au with your contact details. Guest speakers: The Hon Tony Abbott MP (withdrawn), Miranda Devine, John O’Neill, Dr Jeremy Sammut…

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Is Australia’s Run of Growth and Rising Prosperity Over?
10 November 2015 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

With International best-seller Satyajit Das. Growth in developed economies is tepid. Even growth in developing countries is slowing. Is this the end of growth and the beginning of a period of economic stagnation? The recovery…

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Health Innovation
22 September 2015 6:00PM
NAB House, 255 George Street, Sydney, Australia

It’s time to reposition health research. In the wake of the Medicare copayment debate it is clear that talking about health reform solely in the context of debt and deficits is producing diminishing returns. We…

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Anti-Semitism in the Schoolyard: Combatting Racial Prejudice Early On
27 August 2015 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The CIS is pleased to welcome visiting academic Professor Zehavit Gross to present her research and findings on racial prejudice in the playground, in conjunction with her colleague and co-author Professor Suzanne Rutland. Their paper, Combatting…

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ANNUAL BIG IDEAS FORUM - Why “Grievance Feminism” is a Threat to Serious Feminist & Humanitarian Issues
24 August 2015 6:00PM
Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium, 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia

Janet Albrechtsen | Columnist, The Australian Dr Andrea den Boer | Senior Lecturer, International Relations, University of Kent | Author of Bare Branches: the Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population, UK Christina Hoff Summers |…

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Dinner in Brisbane with Brendan O'Neill from Spiked!
19 August 2015 6:30PM
Ciccio’s Italian Restaurant, 471 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies is very excited that our spiky libertarian friend from London, Brendan O’Neill is coming back to Australia. Please join Brendan and the CIS for a night of witty discussion at…

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Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ and the Market Economy: Good Intentions, Flawed Economics
30 July 2015 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Speaker: Dr Samuel Gregg (Director of Research, Acton Institute) While the genuineness of Pope Francis’s concern for those in poverty is unquestionable, Dr. Samuel Gregg argues that many of the economic ideas expressed in his encyclical…

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Religion & the Roots of Liberal Democracy
22 July 2015 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The CIS is pleased to welcome Professor Robert D Woodberry who is visiting Australia from the National University of Singapore where he is Director of the university’s Project on Religion and Economic Change. Professor Woodberry…

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Can we afford old age?
07 July 2015 6:00PM
Deloitte Sydney, Level 9, 225 George Street, Sydney, Australia

Speakers: Jeremy Cooper - Chairman, Retirement Income at Challenger Limited Dr Cassandra Goldie - CEO, Australia Council of Social Service Simon Cowan - Research Fellow and Target30 Director, CIS Matthew Taylor - Research Fellow, CIS…

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Australia’s Future in the Balance: How to Restore Prosperity and Opportunity
25 June 2015 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Following economic reforms that began in 1983 and petered out around 2003, Australians enjoyed the greatest advance in their living standards since Federation. But the lagged effects of those reforms have now subsided and the…

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The Wasatia Movement: Moderation & Tolerance in Islam
04 June 2015 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Dr Mohammed Dajani, founder of the Wasatia Movement, is soon to visit Australia as a guest of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and will be delivering a special lecture for the CIS.

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Discovery and Creation in the Law
22 April 2015 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Discovery and Creation in the Law The Centre is pleased to announce that good friend and esteemed legal scholar and US Court of Appeals Judge the Hon. Douglas H Ginsburg will be in Sydney for…

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The Rise of China's Imperial President
23 March 2015 9:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

This event will explore the likely trajectory of a presidency that is set to shape not just China but the entire world.

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The Competition Policy Review
17 March 2015 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

According to the Competition Policy Review panel, reinvigorating Australia’s competition policy is essential to help meet the economic challenges and opportunities we face now and into the future.

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Freedom of Speech Symposium
03 March 2015 8:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and subsequent Copenhagen attacks, and the resulting reigniting of the heated 18c debate in Australia, The Centre for Independent Studies believes it is more important than ever…

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An Ounce of Prevention?
27 January 2015 5:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

An Ounce of Prevention? Prevention health programs are designed to catch costly health problems before they arise or when they are less advanced and easier to treat. However, many preventive programs fail to produce long-term…

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All I Want for Christmas....a Light-Hearted Libertarian Perspective
20 November 2014 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

At CIS we don't want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing we need...

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Rights and Responsibilities
07 October 2014 11:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The Human Rights Commissioner is conducting a national consultation about how well we currently protect people’s rights and freedoms in Australia.

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Big Ideas Forum - The Grit in the Oyster
05 August 2014 1:00PM
Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium, 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia

The Grit in the Oyster: In Praise of Contrary Opinion Speakers: Professor James Allan, Nick Cater, Dr Tony Moore and Christopher Snowdon

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New Threats to Security, Old Threats to Liberty
05 August 2014 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Professor of Law George Williams and Internet industry legal expert Samantha Yorke will discuss the Commonwealth government’s proposed changes to national security laws and potential introduction of data retention requirements.

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Is there any such thing as ethical technology?
07 July 2014 4:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Should some lines of scientific inquiry or technological application be ruled out because of their potential to harm?

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The 1840s Battle against Socialism by les Économistes
26 June 2014 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The 1848 Revolution in France saw the first attempt by socialists to create a government which would introduce some key aspects of the modern welfare state as we know it today, namely government guaranteed (taxpayer…

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Sovereignty, Blame Games, and Tony Abbott's New Federalism
10 June 2014 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The federation is broken and needs to be fixed. That’s Tony Abbott’s view, and many would agree with him.

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A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association & Conscience
27 May 2014 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. Join Rev Peter Kurti, Dr Jeremy…

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Minor Parties, Major Impact!
06 May 2014 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Nearly one of out of every six votes cast in the 2013 federal election was cast for representatives outside of the three main political parties, and every state elected at least one senator from outside…

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The Age of Endarkenment? Bringing the Enlightenment Back to the 21st Century
15 April 2014 3:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Humans have never had it so good. We are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to the march of science and technology.

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Will Beijing's Bullish Foreign Policy Upset Asia's Delicate Peace?
20 February 2014 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

China's ballooning defence budget and aggressive territorial claims are raising fears in capitals across Asia. Will Beijing remain faithful to its "peaceful rise" doctrine or will the Middle Kingdom seize control of vast tracts of…

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CIS City Forum, Fractured Families: The Cost of Not Talking About Children and Marriage
23 January 2014 8:30AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Violent attacks on the streets of Sydney have prompted calls for restrictions on the sale of alcohol, but critics say the roots of the problem lie elsewhere. What  role does family breakdown play in social…

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Lunch with Daniel Hannan - Melbourne
23 January 2014 8:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Protecting Our Liberty to Secure Our Prosperity.In the last few years, Daniel Hannan has been recognised all over the English-speaking world as one of this generation’s most eloquent voices for freedom. Hannan has a scholar’s…

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Lunch with Daniel Hannan - Perth
22 January 2014 8:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Protecting Our Liberty to Secure Our Prosperity.In the last few years, Daniel Hannan has been recognised all over the English-speaking world as one of this generation’s most eloquent voices for freedom. Hannan has a scholar’s…

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Religion and Australian Universities: A Tale of Horror and Hope
21 January 2014 8:30AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

A CIS Event with Professor Paul Oslington - Dean of Business and Professor of Economics, Alphacrucis College and Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University.

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The Capitalist Claus - Why Commercialism is Good for Christmas
15 November 2013 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

It's nearly Christmas! Bells are ringing... or is that the sound of cash-registers?

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Stop Mortgaging our Future! Simple ideas to start the reform process
29 October 2013 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Join Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha, Jeremy Sammut and Alex Philipatos to discuss how to fix some of the budget problems in Canberra and meet others who are passionate about freedom.  No charge and 1st drink…

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Joe Hockey: The Task Ahead - An Address by the Federal Treasurer
21 October 2013 5:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS is pleased to announce a very special event featuring, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, in his first address as Federal Treasurer.

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Why Jaydon Can't Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy
15 October 2013 5:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Research Fellow Jennifer Buckingham recently released an education policy paper to much acclaim - and controversy. Why Jaydon Can’t Read examines the entrenched problem of low reading levels in Australia and argues that "…

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Unity Through Diversity: Building Social Cohesion in Multicultural Australia
09 October 2013 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Join us for the Sydney launch of the 2013 Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report.

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The Enlightenment Made Us - Nick Cater
01 October 2013 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Nick Cater, journalist and author of recent publication The Lucky Culture, examines the Enlightenment ideals which helped shape our uniquely Australian culture.

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The Turmoil in the Middle East and its Aftermath - Efraim Inbar
30 September 2013 7:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The recent wave of violent uprisings and mass protests in the Middle-East has led to the collapse of several authoritarian governments and violent retaliations from others, Syria being a notable example. What does the future…

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Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefit - Andrew Baker
03 September 2013 8:30AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

In this presentation, CIS Research Fellow Andrew Baker will outline the rise of non-jobseekers on unemployment benefits in Australia since the Global Financial Crisis.

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The Annual Big Ideas Forum - Can Democracy Survive a Disappearing Middle Class?
31 July 2013 12:00PM
Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St, Sydney, Australia

Around the world, the bonds between democracy and the middle class seem to be fraying. This year's Big Ideas Forum will examine whether democracy can survive a disappearing middle class.

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TARGET30: Tough Times Ahead? Responsible Government after the Boom, with Professor the Hon Christian Porter, Dr Jeremy Sammut and Simon Cowan
20 June 2013 12:00PM
The Business School, UWA, The Business School, UWA, Perth, Australia

Tough Times Ahead? Responsible Government after the Boom It’s been 21 years since Australia’s last recession. In that time we have weathered financial crises in Asia, the US and Europe. The Western Australia mining boom…

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Australian Intellectuals: Elitist, Adversarial and Damaging? with Associate Professor Gregory Melleuish
24 April 2013 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Why Australian academics are so often hostile to contemporary Australian life and scathing about our Western heritage?

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TARGET30 Melbourne Launch - Reducing the Burden for Future Generations 2 MAY 2013
11 April 2013 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

TARGET30 – because smaller government means a bigger future for us all.

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After the Welfare State - Dr. Tom G. Palmer 8 APRIL 2013
12 March 2013 9:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS is delighted to announce the return of our good friend and passionate libertarian Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Vice-President for International Programs, AtlasNetwork, and Senior Fellow and Director of Cato University in the US.

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TARGET30: Tax-Welfare Churn in the Australian Welfare State 25 MARCH 2013
06 March 2013 9:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

At around $316 billion a year, Australia’s welfare state has never been bigger. With the prospect of massive new spending on school reforms, denticare, paid parental leave, the age pension, the National Disability Insurance Scheme…

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TARGET30 Campaign Launch with David Murray AO & Maurice Newman AC 6 MARCH 2013
14 February 2013 12:00PM
Macquarie Group Ltd Auditorium, 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia

TARGET30 – because smaller government means a bigger future for us all.

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Ideas and the Internet: The Prospects for Liberty
14 February 2013 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Dr. David M. Hart, Director of Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty Project, will reflect on strategies for achieving a free society. His starting point will be Hayek's "The Intellectuals and Socialism" (1949). This is…

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Relics of a Byzantine IR System - Alexander Philipatos
31 January 2013 9:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Policy Analyst Alexander Philipatos will look at how to inject much needed flexibility into Australia’s labour markets by doing away with the last vestiges of the century old arbitration system.

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Exceptionalism in Education - A Failed Agenda (Professor Marcia Langton AM) 26 FEBRUARY 2013
21 January 2013 9:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Outspoken Indigenous activist Professor Marcia Langton AM addresses the "racist codswallop" surrounding Indigenous education, advocating the time-tested methods of consistency in attendance, discipline and "brick by brick" learning over "culturally sensitive" teaching.

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Australia’s Asian Century Opportunities - Benjamin Herscovitch 19 FEBRUARY 2013
15 January 2013 11:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Policy Analyst Benjamin Herscovitch will assess Australia’s Asian Century opportunities and argue that the ‘lucky country’ is still on a winning streak.

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CIS's Christmas Party: Valuing Christmas – A Secular Perspective 11 DECEMBER 2012
07 November 2012 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Please join us as we celebrate another great year of ideas at CIS with drinks, Christmas cheer, and some light-hearted talks.

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Malcolm Turnbull on The Modest Member - The Life and Times of Bert Kelly 04 DECEMBER 2013
07 November 2012 12:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

A battle of economic rationalism versus protectionism - the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP will launch a new book on the life and times of Bert Kelly.

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Is Tradition Worth Defending? Weighing the Value of Tradition in a Free Society - Andrew West 8 NOVEMBER 2012
24 October 2012 9:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

What role does tradition play in upholding a liberal democracy?

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The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme - Andrew Baker 30 OCTOBER 2012
09 October 2012 6:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The NDIS has been billed as the largest social policy reform in Australia since Medicare and it will be certainly be big.  But just how big and how expensive will it be?

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The Future Submarine – Australia’s $40 billion mistake - Simon Cowan 5 NOVEMBER 2012
09 October 2012 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Research Fellow Simon Cowan will look at the case for an Australian nuclear-powered submarine and explain why doing the Collins Class all over again might give us another generation of ‘dud subs’.

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After the Riot: The Meaning for Multicultural Australia 27 SEPTEMBER 2012
21 September 2012 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The riot in Sydney by Islamic protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism. Are the values that have made Australia a successful ‘immigrant nation’ now under threat?

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Panacea to Prison? Justice Reinvestment in Indigenous Communities - Sara Hudson 3 OCTOBER 2012
29 August 2012 8:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

What is Justice Reinvestment and is it really a ‘panacea’ to Indigenous over-imprisonment?

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The Annual CIS Big Ideas Forum - Welfare Without the State
17 July 2012 4:30PM
The Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney, Australia

This Big Ideas Forum will address how and why the old belief in dignity through work has been eroded and replaced by an acceptance, expectation and even desire for government handouts without any reciprocal responsibility.…

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Update from the Middle East - Dr Daniel Pipes
17 July 2012 4:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The Boston Globe states that "If Pipe's admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11" and the Washington Post deems him "perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam."

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Politics and Social Media: A New Spin? - Dr Andrew Leigh MP & Thomas Tudehope
17 July 2012 4:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

With the rise of social media, the chattering classes have become the twittering classes, and we are seeing its increasing impact on politics. Will Twitter, Facebook and the like change the political landscape in Australia…

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Little Green Lies - Professor Jeff Bennett
19 June 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Drawing on his recently published book 'Little Green Lies' (Connor Court Publishing), at this event Professor Jeff Bennett will review a range of green propositions and their associated environmental policies and subject them to an analysis…

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Asian Literacy in the ‘Asian Century’ - Benjamin Herscovitch
31 May 2012 2:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

What is the likely role of English in the ‘Asian Century’? How should Australia’s Asian literacy be rated? Does multicultural Australia already have the necessary human capital to effectively engage with Asia?

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The Clash of Economic Ideas: Great Policy Debates & Experiments - Professor Lawrence H. White
31 May 2012 2:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. His presentation will offer highlights from his latest book, The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments…

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Back to the ‘bad old days’? IR reform and the Fair Work Act. - Alexander Philipatos
08 May 2012 3:30PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Policy Analyst Alexander Philipatos will separate fact from fiction in the debate about IR reform and discuss where exactly the Fair Work Act fits into the 20-year story of workplace change.

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The End of Growth? A CIS Talk by the author, Satyajit Das
09 April 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

A cautionary tale about "Botox economics, " the dangers of covering financial instability with stimulus spending and bailout packages, and the coming period of low growth.

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In the Court of King Carr - Jeremy Sammut
29 March 2012 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

This event will discuss Labor's failures in health and the lessons for the reform-shy O"Farrell Government. It will also examine how the "progressive" Establishment responds to those who don"t share their assumptions.

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How Environmentalists are Ruining the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing your Jobs. - James Delingpole
27 March 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

"...guaranteed to both delight the rational and to enrage the salvation seekers, totalitarians, dupes and carpetbaggers of the great global warming faith. I’m not sure what’s more devastating: Delingpole’s facts and lacerating anecdotes, or his…

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From Tehran to Tahrir Square: Is Freedom Really Sweeping the Middle East? Emanuele Ottolenghi
21 February 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

A year on from the Arab Spring, much has changed - or has it?

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The Gonski Review: Game Changer or Dust Gatherer? Jennifer Buckingham
21 February 2012 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Is the Gonski review a step forward or a wasted opportunity for major and lasting reform?

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Europe's Existential Funk: An Examination of a Continent in Crisis with Daniel Ben Ami and Oliver Marc Hartwich
14 February 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

A look behind the seemingly inexorable decline of the Old World.

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Private Vice and Public Virtue - Eric Crampton
09 February 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Should private vices be a legitimate concern of public policy?

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Southeast Asia’s American Embrace: Why Washington is Welcome Once Again - Jessica Brown
08 February 2012 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Arriving in Australia last November, President Obama brought with him one clear message: America is back in Asia.

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World Economy At The Crossroads: European Disasters And Asian Opportunities. Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich
12 January 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The tectonic plates of the world economy are shifting. While the West is in crisis, Asia is set to dominate the 21st century. What will happen next in Europe’s fiscal and monetary crisis?

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The Welfare State We’re In - James Bartholomew
10 January 2012 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

What is the best way to run a welfare state? How do welfare states change civilisation? These are two of the questions that James Bartholomew is trying to find answers to in a journey across…

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Happy Holidays? The Meaning of Christmas in 21st Century Australia - Rev Peter Kurti
01 November 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Following on from last year and our light-hearted examination of a politically correct Christmas, this year we will ask: What is the point of Christmas?

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Freedom of Speech: The Case for Tolerance - Frank Furedi
18 October 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

High-profile UK sociologist Professor Frank Furedi visits Melbourne for one night only to discuss the subject of everyone's lips: freedom of speech.

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Images of Liberty & Power - David Hart
12 October 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Works of art, statuary, posters, and caricatures have been used for centuries to promote or criticize political leaders and their policies.

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Not So Super: Reform Options for Australia’s Superannuation System - Adam Creighton
05 October 2011 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS economist Adam Creighton will address the critical issue of superannuation reform in the lucky country.

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Nudging Nanny Aside
21 September 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Live via Skype, CIS is pleased to present Brendan O’Neill, editor of spiked, the “sassy, irreverent UK-based online magazine of news and opinion”.

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The Future for School Choice in Australia
15 September 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Jennifer Buckingham will discuss the implications of the present review of funding for schooling and present the case for reform that embraces choice policies.

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Radical Hope Book: A Talk by Noel Pearson
06 September 2011 12:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

In his new book, Radical Hope, one of Australia’s most original and provocative thinkers turns his attention to the question of education. Noel Pearson begins with two fundamental questions: How to ensure the survival of…

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Making Sense of the Middle East Upheavals
09 August 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The Boston Globe states that "If Daniel Pipe's admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11" and the Washington Post deems him "perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam."

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Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel
05 August 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The GFC is back. What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis, which has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign debt crisis.

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Rationalism, Pluralism, and Hayek's History of Liberal Thought
05 August 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

This talk will describe and assess Hayek's history of liberal thought, suggesting that he correctly identified key issues in liberal constitutionalism but was too quick to jump from constitutional to economic questions.

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The Dilemma of Tolerance with FRANK FUREDI
09 July 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Join UK sociologist and University of Kent academic Professor Frank Furedi for a look into the paradoxical situation of tolerance as a societal ideal

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You Can't Say That: Freedom of Speech & the Invisible Muzzle
14 June 2011 8:00AM
The Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney, Australia

The Annual CIS Big Ideas Forum this year will focus on the perils of political correctness.

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China, America and the World: Strategy & Economics in the Asian Century
10 June 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz will discuss over lunch his predictions on the battle looming between China and the US for supremacy in the geopolitical arena.

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Debunking the equality myth: A critique of 'The Spirit Level'
17 May 2011 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Conducted via live video link from the UK, CIS Senior Fellow Peter Saunders discusses the fallacies and weaknesses evident in the hugely influential book, The Spirit Level.

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Lindsay Tanner discusses Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy
16 May 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, 5 JULY. Former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner discusses the painful truth about Australian politics and the media in his new book, Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy.

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Budget 2011: The Verdict
12 April 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The government is already preparing us for a tough budget with little room for manoeuvre, some extra taxes and duties and potentially a few cuts. But what are the larger implications of the government’s fiscal…

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The NZ Budget Blues
12 April 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

In the May 19 Budget the exact state of the New Zealand economy will be revealed for all to see. It will not be pretty.

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Australia's Urban Water Challenge: A Drought of Ideas
05 April 2011 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

A decade of drought has put Australia's water supplies to the test leaving us with a drought of ideas, not of resources.

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Hands, Mouths and Minds: Three Perspectives on Population Growth and Living Standards.
15 March 2011 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

A minority of economists, many of whom are classical liberals, have explored the ways in which population growth causes rising living standards. In his Meet the Researchers lecture, CIS Research Fellow Dr. Stephen Kirchner will argue…

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Men Behaving Badly: Straddling Blackfella & Whitefella Laws
25 February 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Bess Nungarrayi Price is an Indigenous leader whose voice needs to be heard more widely.

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Watch What You Say: The Language of Human Rights in Civil Society
18 February 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Has the language we use to discuss human rights affected the outcomes of critical humanitarian issues? Professor James Allan, University of Queensland, will recount how human rights themselves can be understood, setting out the strengths and…

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Billions of Dollars and Thousands of Hours: The Great Medicare Misspend
11 February 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Every year, as the federal government shells out for bulk billed GP visits, and one in every three patients waits longer than is clinically safe for surgery, billions of dollars and thousands of hours are…

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Indonesia’s Strategic Role in a Changing Southeast Asia
14 January 2011 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

ONLINE BOOKINGS CLOSED, PLEASE CALL (02) 9438 4377 TO BOOK. Indonesia's delicate balancing act with China and the United States will determine what role this emerging regional power is able to play in Southeast Asia’s shifting…

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Alcohol Restrictions in Indigenous Towns & Communities: A Liberal Dilemma
21 December 2010 8:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Policy Analyst Sara Hudson presents on alcohol restrictions in Indigenous towns and communities, the first instalment of the CIS Meet the Researchers lecture series for 2011.

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Censoring Santa: Christmas Goes Politically Correct
16 November 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Christmas - but not as you know it.

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The Future of the Murray Darling Basin - Postponed until further notice
03 November 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Writer, biologist, entomologist and founding member of the Australian Environment Foundation, Dr Jennifer Marohasy will debate the future of the Murray Darling Basin with commissioner of The Natural Resources Commission, Dr John Williams.

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Policy and Pot: Decriminalising and Regulating Drug Use
03 November 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Dr Ethan A Nadelmann is widely regarding as the point-man for drug policy reform efforts in the United States. Dr Nadelmann will speak for CIS about his involvement in stimulating the growing debate over punitive…

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Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography - Book Event
20 October 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Join us at the CIS for a function to mark the launch of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard's autobiography Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography. The book takes us through the life and motivations…

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Remote Indigenous Education & Employment: A Personal Perspective
20 October 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Independent Northern Territory MP Alison Anderson will give an insightful personal perspective on a number of key issues in Aboriginal affairs.

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Society and the Nuclear Question - Professor Wade Allison
05 October 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The future of mankind depends on clear thought, critical thinking, and education. In particular, it would benefit from a re-examination of attitudes to radiation and nuclear technology which date from the 20th century.

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The Continuing Evolution of Think Tanks
05 October 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Taking advantage of the many international think tank leaders visiting Australia for the 2010 Mont Pelerin Society General Meeting, The Centre for Independent Studies will host an event to discuss the different roles think tanks…

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The Dragon & the Elephant: Five Myths about the Chinese and Indian Economies
23 August 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Foreign Policy Research Fellow Dr John Lee exposes five common myths about the economic rise of China and India and examines the genuine similarities and differences between their two approaches.

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Eternal Vigilance: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Janet Albrechtsen
06 July 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Eternal Vigilance: Why we must not take Freedom of Speech for Granted Ms Hirsi Ali will discuss current threats to free speech with The Australian columnist Dr Janet Albrechtsen. Guests will have the opportunity to…

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POPULATE OR PERISH? Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich, Research Fellow & Jessica Brown, Policy Analyst
05 July 2010 10:00AM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

The population debate has heated up in recent months with both sides arguing their case vehemently.  The discussion has turned into a moral issue when, in fact, reasoned, considered debate is what’s needed.

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India's 'Soft Power' Problem
19 May 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Dr John Lee | Foreign Policy Research Fellow will look at the reasons behind India's weakness in achieving national objectives, and what New Delhi must do to improve as India rises.

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Unravelling Australia’s Tax-Welfare Churn: Reflections on the Henry Review
19 May 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Peter Saunders (via video link-up from the UK) | Peter Whiteford  | Jessica Brown Since the release of the long-awaited Henry Review, there has been much discussion about the future direction of Australia’s tax system,…

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The Future of Europe- A Big Ideas Event
12 May 2010 8:00AM
The Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney, Australia

The modern world began in Athens and Rome; is it likely to end there too? with HENRYK M BRODER, PROFESSOR FRANK FUREDI, DR OLIVER HARTWICH and JOHAN NORBERG Join us at the Annual Big Ideas…

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Fatally Flawed: The Child Protection Crisis in Australia
28 April 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Research Fellow Dr. Jeremy Sammut

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Tax Forum
28 April 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Speakers: Robert Carling | Professor Sinclair Davidson | Dr Alex Robson

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What If?
21 April 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Nick Greiner AC, Percy Allan AM, Oliver Marc Hartwich and Peta Seaton

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Explaining Big Government: By the People or Against the People?
15 March 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Dr Stephen Kirchner, CIS Research Fellow

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Constitutional Dilemmas: The Push for Proportional Representation
15 March 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Speaker: Luke Malpass, CIS Policy Analyst

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Is Obama this century’s Wilson, Nixon, Kennedy or Carter?
02 March 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

Speaker: Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute

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Behind the Moral Curtain: The Politics of a Charter of Rights
01 February 2010 12:00PM
The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney, Australia

CIS Policy Analyst Elise Parham discusses her research into one of the key policy issues for the coming year: the government’s response to the National Human Rights Consultation, which in September 2009 recommended Australia adopt…

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