Helen Andrews

Policy Analyst

Expertise: Charity Regulation and the Not-For-Profit sector, Nanny State

Helen Andrews (nee Rittelmeyer) is a Policy Analyst in the Social Foundations Program. Helen is also a blogger at First Things and has had articles on religion and conservatism published in National Review, First Things, The American Spectator, the Weekly Standard, the New York Post, and the American Conservative. Helen is a former Associate Editor of National Review and holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University.

 


Featured Publication

  • The Limits of Australian Anti-discrimination Law 03 August 2016 | Research Report 17
    Anti-discrimination law has existed in Australia for only fifty years, and yet in that comparatively short period it has become entrenched and almost unquestionable. An examination of its record, however, shows that it has not been an effective tool to…...
    Anti-discrimination law has existed in Australia for only fifty years, and yet in that comparatively short period it has become entrenched and almost unquestionable. An examination of its record, however, shows that it has not been an effective tool to…
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Media & Commentary

  • Judge anti-discrimination law by results, not good intentions 05 August 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre
    In the midst of public debate about exemptions to anti-discrimination law and whether they should be expanded or eliminated, we often forget to take a step back and ask the larger questions. Like “Does anti-discrimination law work?”. Thousands of complaints…
    In the midst of public debate about exemptions to anti-discrimination law and whether they should be expanded or eliminated, we often forget to take a step back and ask the larger questions. Like “Does anti-discrimination law work?”. Thousands of complaints…
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  • Shorten’s weak stand on religious freedom 27 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Last week Labor leader Bill Shorten announced his party will not join the Greens in supporting the abolition of religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws. “We haven’t seen the case made to make change,” he told a press conference. “At this point…
    Last week Labor leader Bill Shorten announced his party will not join the Greens in supporting the abolition of religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws. “We haven’t seen the case made to make change,” he told a press conference. “At this point…
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  • Three ways politics will change, whether Trump wins or not 18 March 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre
    With Marco Rubio out of the race, the anti-Trump forces within the Republican Party are now more united than ever. Whether or not they prove able to stop Trump before he wins the nomination, here are three ways the 2016…
    With Marco Rubio out of the race, the anti-Trump forces within the Republican Party are now more united than ever. Whether or not they prove able to stop Trump before he wins the nomination, here are three ways the 2016…
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  • Capitalism in South Africa 19 February 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The picture at right is the view from the Johannesburg office tower the Carlton Centre, known as ‘the Top of Africa’ because it is the tallest building on the continent, outstripping even the Pyramids. Fifty stories high — and almost…
    The picture at right is the view from the Johannesburg office tower the Carlton Centre, known as ‘the Top of Africa’ because it is the tallest building on the continent, outstripping even the Pyramids. Fifty stories high — and almost…
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  • Another anti-obesity measure flops 15 January 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The nice thing about the free market is that it allows lots of different people to try lots of different solutions to the same problem. Take Walmart in the United States. Five years ago, when everyone in the public sector…
    The nice thing about the free market is that it allows lots of different people to try lots of different solutions to the same problem. Take Walmart in the United States. Five years ago, when everyone in the public sector…
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Publications

  • Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts 2015 11 August 2015 | CIS Submission
    The CIS submission into the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry proposed two tightly targeted areas be changed: 1. That the Department of Health withdraw all financial support for the Health Star Rating system, including explanatory websites, public awareness campaigns, and studies of its effectiveness. 2. That the government restore the tax on ready-to-drink…...
    The CIS submission into the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry proposed two tightly targeted areas be changed: 1. That the Department of Health withdraw all financial support for the Health Star Rating system, including explanatory websites, public awareness campaigns, and studies of its effectiveness. 2. That the government restore the tax on ready-to-drink…
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  • An Ounce of Prevention? A Toolkit for Evaluating Preventive Health Measures 26 November 2014 | PM143
    Preventive health is a broad umbrella that includes such disparate services as vaccines for schoolchildren, blood pressure screenings, ad campaigns to discourage binge drinking, and special taxes on tobacco products. What all these programs have in common is an intention to spend money now in order to save money later—catching…...
    Preventive health is a broad umbrella that includes such disparate services as vaccines for schoolchildren, blood pressure screenings, ad campaigns to discourage binge drinking, and special taxes on tobacco products. What all these programs have in common is an intention to spend money now in order to save money later—catching…
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  • Budget 2014-15: Fiscal responsibility or savage cuts? 16 May 2014 | SP13
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
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  • Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation 06 February 2014 | IA143
    The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission was established by the Gillard government in 2012 with the intended purpose of cutting the red tape faced by Australia’s charities. So far, the regulator has failed to make any significant progress on this goal or on its two other main goals: increasing public…...
    The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission was established by the Gillard government in 2012 with the intended purpose of cutting the red tape faced by Australia’s charities. So far, the regulator has failed to make any significant progress on this goal or on its two other main goals: increasing public…
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