Charles is a Policy Analyst in the Indigenous Affairs team.
Charles has completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney. His honours thesis was on instances of political rhetoric surrounding the Scottish Independence Referendum of 2014.
As well as working at the CIS, Charles is employed as a statistician with Fox Sports Australia and as an extras actor for films such as Hacksaw Ridge.
Risky business: the problems of Indigenous business policy 29 November 2017 | RR35The Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) has put Aboriginal owned small businesses at the heart of a renewed approach to Indigenous economic development. The IPP has irrevocably changed the space, and the Indigenous business sector has grown exponentially since its…READ MORE
Media & Commentary
Indigenous leasing limbo 14 March 2018 | The SpectatorWhen picturing Indigenous land rights and economic development you typically conjure images of remote outstations, the challenges of developing infrastructure many hours’ drive away from proper towns, and establishing an economy in areas with often only triple-digit population. What you don’t imagine…read more
Private sector will build Indigenous construction industry 02 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentreThe government’s new $20 million program to help Indigenous construction businesses stump up the hefty bonds often required to guarantee project delivery creates a significant dilemma. While the announcement is good news for some Indigenous contractors, harnessing the growing support…read more
Closing the gap billions must be evaluated 16 February 2018 | Ideas@TheCentreThe Prime Minister’s annual Closing the Gap speech unsurprisingly revealed that for yet another year we have failed to deliver on the majority of the seven targets. As a result, Mr Turnbull has dedicated billions more to a project that…read more
Indigenous policy is chasing the wrong gaps 14 February 2018 | Australian Financial ReviewThe Prime Minister’s annual Closing the Gap speech unsurprisingly revealed that for another year we have failed to deliver on the majority of the seven targets. As a result, Mr Turnbull has dedicated billions more to a project that has…read more
Closing the Gap analysis masks actual progress 12 February 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE“The analysis principles of the Closing the Gap strategy are inherently problematic and create an unstable environment for success,” Centre for Independent Studies policy analyst Charles Jacobs says in response to the Prime Minister’s speech today. “While a noble ambition,…read more
Submission to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – Consultation Paper: Indigenous Business Sector Strategy 26 May 2017 | CIS SubmissionWe believe supporting Indigenous businesses contributes to Indigenous empowerment. Unlike program delivery, which tends to be a more passive form of support, supporting Indigenous businesses is an active form of assistance. A multiplier effect occurs when people own a business that goes beyond the financial benefits to the local economy.READ MORE