Greg Lindsay

Senior Fellow & Founder

Greg Lindsay

Expertise: Ideas about liberty, the Australian policy environment

Greg Lindsay AO is a Senior Fellow and the Founder of The Centre for Independent Studies.

While studying Philosophy at Macquarie University in the early 1970s, Greg became interested in the ideas underpinning a free and open society. A maths teacher by training, Greg taught for some years at Richmond High School in Western Sydney, and founded the Centre in 1976. Since then, he has overseen the development of the CIS into one of Australia’s most influential organisations covering three major policy areas – economic, social and international.

Greg has been active in the international liberal movement and is a former President of the Mont Pelerin Society.


Featured Publication

  • Helen Hughes: A Tribute 27 August 2014 | PF26
    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately and always fiercely on behalf of the poor and the powerless. Helen was a distinguished economist with a particular focus…...
    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately and always fiercely on behalf of the poor and the powerless. Helen was a distinguished economist with a particular focus…
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Media & Commentary

  • What is government for? 10 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    For someone who has observed politics and the changing political culture as long as I have, the current wave of change and dissatisfaction gives no comfort. Whether in Australia or elsewhere, the grumpiness of the electorate is playing out in…
    For someone who has observed politics and the changing political culture as long as I have, the current wave of change and dissatisfaction gives no comfort. Whether in Australia or elsewhere, the grumpiness of the electorate is playing out in…
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  • Company tax-cut doubters ignore economic dynamism 16 June 2016 | australian financial review
    Nokia phones, Kodak cameras and the Netscape browser once dominated their markets. But they withered because they failed to respond fast enough to changes in society and technology. These examples, and many others, show the best businesses respond quickly to…
    Nokia phones, Kodak cameras and the Netscape browser once dominated their markets. But they withered because they failed to respond fast enough to changes in society and technology. These examples, and many others, show the best businesses respond quickly to…
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  • TPP threatens nobody's sovereignty 24 February 2016 | Australian Financial Review
    Scaremongering campaigns against Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions in the recently concluded TPP talks are the new sweet spot for protectionist siders. We’ve even seen Hillary Clinton facing accusations of conducting a union-backed misinformation campaign against the twelve-nation deal. In Australia,…
    Scaremongering campaigns against Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions in the recently concluded TPP talks are the new sweet spot for protectionist siders. We’ve even seen Hillary Clinton facing accusations of conducting a union-backed misinformation campaign against the twelve-nation deal. In Australia,…
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  • Local wages will mean local jobs 06 January 2016 | Australian Financial Review
    Beneath the growing dispute over Sunday penalty rates lies a much broader discussion over the limits and effectiveness of our national minimum wage system. Australians — in particular many young unemployed — would benefit from exploring further options to mandated…
    Beneath the growing dispute over Sunday penalty rates lies a much broader discussion over the limits and effectiveness of our national minimum wage system. Australians — in particular many young unemployed — would benefit from exploring further options to mandated…
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  • Reform spending not taxes 03 August 2015 | Australian Financial Review
    The public policy debate surrounding tax and government spending has travelled a long way since the Abbott government came to office committed to ending the “age of entitlement” – but in a direction that will sooner or later be proven…
    The public policy debate surrounding tax and government spending has travelled a long way since the Abbott government came to office committed to ending the “age of entitlement” – but in a direction that will sooner or later be proven…
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Publications

  • CIS at Forty: Leadership in Ideas Since 1976 18 April 2016
    Paul Kelly interviews Greg Lindsay
    Paul Kelly interviews Greg Lindsay
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  • INTERVIEW: The Dynamics of Development 29 May 2000
    Greg Lindsay talks to Helen Hughes. From fifteen years at the World Bank to ten years at the National Centre for Development Studies, Helen Hughes has had a distringuished career in economics as both a practitioner and an academic. In 1985 she was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition…...
    Greg Lindsay talks to Helen Hughes. From fifteen years at the World Bank to ten years at the National Centre for Development Studies, Helen Hughes has had a distringuished career in economics as both a practitioner and an academic. In 1985 she was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition…
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  • EDITORIAL: Winter 1999 29 May 1999
    Editorial for POLICY Winter 1999
    Editorial for POLICY Winter 1999
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  • INTERVIEW: An Optimistic Window? 29 May 1999
    Global Markets in the Information Era: Greg Lindsay talks with Jerry Jordan.
    Global Markets in the Information Era: Greg Lindsay talks with Jerry Jordan.
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  • FEATURE: The Mont Pelerin Society Bali Meeting 29 May 1999
    The need remains to continue restating the case for the principles of classical liberalism in the West. A window of opportunity has also opened for the dissemination of liberal ideas in the new polities of the Asia Pacific region.
    The need remains to continue restating the case for the principles of classical liberalism in the West. A window of opportunity has also opened for the dissemination of liberal ideas in the new polities of the Asia Pacific region.
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  • EDITORIAL: Winter 1998 29 May 1998
    Editorial POLICY Magazine Winter 1998.
    Editorial POLICY Magazine Winter 1998.
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  • EDITORIAL: Autumn 1998 29 May 1998
    POLICY Autumn 1998 Editorial
    POLICY Autumn 1998 Editorial
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  • FEATURE: Threats to Freedom: Then and Now 29 May 1997
    The Mont Pelerin Society after 50 years.
    The Mont Pelerin Society after 50 years.
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