On Liberty | Season 2


Join CIS every Thursday at 10am AEST for On Liberty. Our weekly live-stream is hosted by Salvatore Babones, who hosts wide-ranging discussions with the great and the good on how current political affairs affect Australian society. For your chance to question CIS researchers and other guests, join us live on YouTube and Facebook each week.

Episode 37 – Gad Saad |Chairman Xi’s Dual Circulation

This week we host a special Extra show of On Liberty, Thursday, 10 December 2020 at 10 am AEST, hosted by Policy Analyst Monica Wilkie with guest Gad Saad.

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Episode 36 – Robert Forsyth

Our guest this week for On Liberty, is Robert Fosryth, Research Fellow at CIS.  Thursday, 3 December 2020 at 10 am AEST.

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Episode 35 – Sanushka Seomangal – Building the Australia’s Relationships

This week we welcomed Sanushka Seomangal. Sanushka is Partner at Thomson Greer Lawyers in Sydney. We’ll discuss what lessons can Australia offer to India? What can Australia learn from India? How do you build an international education program from scratch? And perhaps more importantly: can individuals really make a difference?

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Episode 34 – Is China’s rise unstoppable?

We welcome David Kelly. Sinologist and social scientist David Kelly joined us to discuss Xi Jinping, his grip on power, his undeclared war on Australian exports, and what an incoming Joe Biden administration may mean for US-China relations.

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Episode 33 – Superannuation has Failed

This week for On Liberty, Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 10 am AEST, we welcome Emilie Dye, policy director with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA).  Emilie will discuss her recent paper which focuses on how taxes on super undermine Australia’s ability to retire on a living wage independent of the pension.

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Episode 32 – Four more years or a Democratic landslide?

This week for On Liberty, Thursday, 5 November 2020 at 10 am AEST, we welcome James Morrow, opinion editor at The Daily Telegraph and co-host Sky’s Outsiders program.

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Episode 31 – Down to the line: US Presidential Election 2020

We welcomed Tom Switzer, in the first of our two part series to discuss the US Elections.

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Episode 30 – Is religion cherished in Australia?

This week  we welcomed Sophie York to discuss the importance of religious freedom as the foundation for all our freedoms.

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Episode 29 – Why the world needs a free Taiwan

This week for On Liberty, we welcome Prof Elizabeth Larus, of the University of Mary Washington to discuss the implications of the American presidential election for cross-strait relations and the future of Taiwan. Prof. Larus, author of Politics and Society in Contemporary China and Economic Reform in China 1979-2003, will join host Salvatore Babones live from Washington, DC.

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Episode 28 – Too heavy on spending to light on reform

This week welcomed Robert Carling, a fellow CIS staff member who specialises in taxation, government spending, fiscal policy and federalism. This week we also have a special guest host Simon Cowan, Research Director here at CIS.

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Episode 27  – The reality – mental health, suicide and the pandemic

Carlos D’Abrera joined us On Liberty to discuss the pandemic’s effect on homelessness, mental health and suicide.

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Episode 26  –Profit is not a dirty word

We welcomed John Anderson, former Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister.

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Episode 25 –Extra – Education reforms to boost productivity

On Liberty Extra a one-off live webinar hosted by CIS Research Glenn will speak with Peter Achterstraat AM, the inaugural NSW Commissioner for Productivity. Peter has recently launched a Green Paper, tilled Continuing the productivity discussion

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Episode 24 – Red tape and regulation hurt economic growth

On the show this week, Gene Tunny, Founder and Director of Adept Economics. Tunny, with co-author Ben Scott, has a forthcoming CIS paper titled: Rationalising Regulation: Helping the economy recover from the corona crisis

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Episode 23 – Why I created a Think Tank

This week, On Liberty, we welcomed Greg Lindsay, CIS Founder. Hear Greg’s story and ask your own questions about how he turned a timeless idea into one of Australia’s leading think tanks.

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Episode 22 – There is a political opportunity to change China

This week, On Liberty, we welcomed Dr Chin Jin, president of the Federation for a Democratic China, to discuss the prospects for democracy in China today.

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Episode 21 – Are you woke, Australia?

This week Salvatore Babones speakers to, Peter Kurti. Peter will discuss his recent paper Cancelled! How ideological cleansing threatens Australia and his recent article, Beware the sinister dangers of cancel culture.

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Episode 20 – Covid-19 has accelerated electronic communications

This week On Liberty, we welcomed prior CIS speaker, Claire Lehmann. Claire is an Australian journalist and the founding editor of Quillette.

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Episode 19 – Should we increase university places?

For episode.19 of On Liberty we welcomed Andrew Norton, co-founder of CIS Liberty & Society and Professor of Higher Education at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. Host Salvatore Babones asked Andrew to give an overview of his recent articles on the government’s proposed university fee reforms.

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Episode 18 – Recovery worse than disease for New Zealand?

This week, On Liberty, host Salvatore Babones will spoke with Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director of fellow free-market think tank The New Zealand Initiative in Wellington. Join us as we ask how did NZ got through Covid? What kind of leader Jacinda Ardern is? and where the challenges lay for NZ in the coming years?

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Episode 17 – Nyunggai Warren Mundine

On Liberty Extra, a one-off live webinar hosted by CIS Indigenous program director, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price. In this webinar, Jacinta will speak with Nyunggai Warren Mundine, Chairman and Managing Director of Nyungga Black Group, political strategist and author of recent CIS paperIt’s The Economy, Stupid: Economic participation only way to Close the Gap.’

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Episode 16 – Saving the marketplace of ideas

In her latest latest column for The Australian, this week’s guest Janet Albrechtsen, warns us to be on our guard. We’ll ask Janet about cancel culture from the days of Aesop’s Fables to the aftermath of Harry Potter, with a stop-over in Manhattan to talk about Harper’s, New York magazine and the New York Times. Can the modern liberal democratic project succeed?

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Season 1  | 15 more episodes here

On Liberty was started on 1 April 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic . Our weekly live-stream, hosted by Salvatore Babones, aimed to host wide-ranging discussions with the great and the good on how the Coronavirus pandemic affected Australian society and those further afield. The show was made with the goal to keep you, our CIS members, up-to-date with what the CIS was up to.  And to give you the chance to ask your questions of CIS researchers and other guests, during these unprecedented times. The show was so successful we were able to continue on for more episodes, join us live on YouTube and Facebook each week – Thursday at 10 am AEST

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