On Liberty


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 Covid-19 affects Australian society. For your chance to question CIS researchers and other guests, join us live on YouTube and Facebook each week.

Episode 10 – Matt Trau

Join us this coming Thursday, 4 June at 10am AEST. On the show this week, Salvatore Babones will be joined by Professor Matt Trau. Trau and his team at the Australian Institute for Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology are at the forefront of The University of Queensland’s research into Covid. Trau will discuss how the future of Australia will look very different after covid-19. He will question if vaccines and therapeutic solutions are long-off and diagnostics tools are our best resource – why are we swabbing and testing in the same way we were 30 years ago?

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Episode 9 – Rob Forsyth

Salvatore Babones was joined by CIS senior fellow Rob Forsyth. Rob is co-editor of the new book for CIS on religious liberty: Forgotten Freedom No More. Rob talked to Salvatore about the vulnerability of freedom of religion in Australia and why it is now the freedom that is forgotten no more. Rob covered the importance of religious practice and community in Australia and why now, more than ever, there is some cause for concern.

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Episode 8 – The importance of the USA / Australia relationship

April Palmerlee, CEO of American Chamber of Commerce Australia (AmCham). April is proud to tell us that the USA is Australia’s biggest Foreign investor. She talked to us about the many roles played by American companies in Australia and the importance of the relationship for both countries.

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Episode 7 – Learning from home isn’t fair or sustainable

On the show this week, Blaise Joseph, Research Fellow in education and a former secondary school teacher. We’ll ask Blaise what the impact of school closures mean for students learning, especially for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds? And is it possible that there are some benefits of students learning from home?

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Episode 6 – How can we repair the economic damage that has been done?

Judith Sloan, contributing economics editor at The Australian. They’ll focus on repairing the economic damage that has been done and what strategic economic policies should be pursued by the government. Could we have had lower economic costs and still managed the virus well?

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Episode 5 – Lockdown and indigenous communities

On the show this week, Salvatore Babones spoke with Jacinta Price, Director of Indigenous program CIS. Jacinta joins us live from Alice Springs, where she serves as a Town Councillor, to discuss how lockdown compares in remote communities. Are aboriginal communities complying with restrictions? How do we get the indigenous economy moving again after COVID19

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Episode 4 – Australian pharmaceutical CEO on challenges during Covid-19

How do Australian companies help fight coronavirus and what are the regulatory complexities in operating across jurisdictions? Salvatore Babones spoke with James McBrayer, CEO of the listed medical technology company Cyclopharm and CIS Member. James and Salvatore addressed the current challenges posed for medical supply chains with increased demand across the sector and the conversation turner to the future of nuclear medicines, and indeed the viability of power.

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Episode 3 – Can we feel connected during a lockdown?

This pandemic has forced the majority of our society into self-isolation, and we are now working and ‘socialising’ from home at an unprecedented level. In this episode, Salvatore Babones spoke with Monica Wilkie, CIS Policy Analyst. Technological advancements such as teleconferencing have been praised for helping keep us all connected during this lockdown. But is it possible to substitute face-to-face interaction? And are there long-term implications of depriving people of our fundamental need to socialise – in person?

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Episode 2 – Managing the aftermath of coronavirus

The suspension of some civil liberties is acceptable to the general public. But be warned. The public will put up with these measures only for so long. In this episode, Salvatore Babones spoke with Alexander Downer, Australia’s longest-serving foreign minister and chairman of The UK Policy Exchange In London, about how to “manage the aftermath” of this pandemic. Concluding that The federal government now has to start thinking about its exit plan and sell this through the national cabinet to the states. It has to develop acceptable criteria for winding back social isolation and, at some point, end the substantial subsidies.

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Episode 1 – The morality of Australia’s response to Covid-19

In the rush to save ourselves, we are in danger of losing sight of the needs of our neighbours, many of whom are more vulnerable and less able to fend for themselves. In this episode: host Salvatore Babones spoke with Peter Kurti, director of the Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program at the Centre for Independent Studies. Peter discussed the morality of Australia’s response to coronavirus pandemic: hoarding, profiteering, and toilet paper.

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