Jeremy Sammut

Senior Research Fellow, and Director of the CIS Healthcare Innovations Program

Jeremy Sammut

Expertise: Health system, child protection, social policy issues

Dr Jeremy Sammut is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at The Centre for Independent Studies.

Jeremy is one the leading ‘think tankers’ in Australia and a key participant in important, complex, and emotionally-charged debates over Australia’s cultural and social direction. His ground-breaking and influential research on Australia’s child protection including the book The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children has lead the national debate on adoption reform.

He lead the CIS Health research program for a decade and is a leading expert on market-based healthcare innovation and policy reform. The author or co-author of 26 research reports and numerous essays, articles and book chapters since joining the CIS in June 2007, he has also published approximately 200 opinion articles and he frequently comments on public policy, social, and cultural issues in the print, online, and electronic media.

Jeremy holds a PhD in Australian political and social history from Monash University, and has published on historical topics including Australian federation, the WWI conscription referendums, the woman’s suffrage movement, the White Australia Policy, immigration, multiculturalism, and Indigenous affairs.


Featured Publication

  • Australian Attitudes to Immigration: Coming Apart or Common Ground? 18 November 2018 | PP11
    Immigration has been a contentious political issue in Australia and overseas for a number of years. Many political parties and figures have emerged promising to severely restrict or halt immigration. Australia has largely avoided significant political disruptions over this issue.…...
    Immigration has been a contentious political issue in Australia and overseas for a number of years. Many political parties and figures have emerged promising to severely restrict or halt immigration. Australia has largely avoided significant political disruptions over this issue.…
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Media & Commentary

  • The case for courage in defence of conservative values 10 December 2018 | Quadrant
    If the Liberal Party is to save itself, much less the nation, it must not shirk the challenge of pushing back against the progressive zeitgeist. Ignoring the values of the rank-and-file who join the branches, man the polling booths, and…
    If the Liberal Party is to save itself, much less the nation, it must not shirk the challenge of pushing back against the progressive zeitgeist. Ignoring the values of the rank-and-file who join the branches, man the polling booths, and…
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  • Teaching universities freedom of speech 101 07 December 2018 | The Daily Telegraph
    One of the greatest threats to free speech in Australian universities is that those in charge of higher education refuse to admit the free speech problems that stare them in the face. In a speech this week, former Labor politician…
    One of the greatest threats to free speech in Australian universities is that those in charge of higher education refuse to admit the free speech problems that stare them in the face. In a speech this week, former Labor politician…
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  • Child protection expert applauds push to change anti-adoption culture 27 November 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    A new federal parliamentary report into adoption in Australia provides much-needed national leadership on child protection, according to child protection expert, Dr Jeremy Sammut. The author of several research papers and the book The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why…
    A new federal parliamentary report into adoption in Australia provides much-needed national leadership on child protection, according to child protection expert, Dr Jeremy Sammut. The author of several research papers and the book The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why…
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  • Polling shows we are unlikely to see Australia splinter 23 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Ever since the stunning 2016 Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump election victory in the US, pundits have wondered if the same kind of political disruption and social polarisation could happen here. Could an anti-immigration backlash fuel the…
    Ever since the stunning 2016 Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump election victory in the US, pundits have wondered if the same kind of political disruption and social polarisation could happen here. Could an anti-immigration backlash fuel the…
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  • We mostly agree on immigration 21 November 2018 | The Australian
    One could almost hear the chorus of angry denunciation from the Left in response to Scott Morrison’s news on Monday of an expecte­d cut of 30,000 places from Australia’s migrant intake. Conventional leftist wisdom is that politicians who support reducing…
    One could almost hear the chorus of angry denunciation from the Left in response to Scott Morrison’s news on Monday of an expecte­d cut of 30,000 places from Australia’s migrant intake. Conventional leftist wisdom is that politicians who support reducing…
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Publications

  • University Freedom Charters: How best to protect free speech on Australian campuses 07 October 2018 | PP10
    This POLICY Paper recommends how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy that is backed with financial penalties for non-compliance might operate to actively spur Australian universities to implement appropriate measures to address anti-free speech disruptive behaviour and properly protect freedom of thought and expression. This proposal for a new…...
    This POLICY Paper recommends how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy that is backed with financial penalties for non-compliance might operate to actively spur Australian universities to implement appropriate measures to address anti-free speech disruptive behaviour and properly protect freedom of thought and expression. This proposal for a new…
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  • Curbing Corporate Social Responsibility: Preventing Politicisation – and Preserving Pluralism – in Australian Business 21 August 2018 | AP2
    The unprecedented part that leading that Australian companies played in the same-sex marriage campaign in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  has led critics to argue that companies should “stick to their knitting” and not meddle in politically-contentious social debates.  CSR threatens to become an ever more expansive rubric…...
    The unprecedented part that leading that Australian companies played in the same-sex marriage campaign in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  has led critics to argue that companies should “stick to their knitting” and not meddle in politically-contentious social debates.  CSR threatens to become an ever more expansive rubric…
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  • John Howard: A Conversation on Culture 26 July 2018 | OP166
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…...
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…
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  • A Viable Option: A National Adoption Framework 06 June 2018 | PP4
    Implementation of the National Child Protection Accountability Framework would correct the bias towards ‘early intervention and prevention’ — in isolation from other important policies and outcomes, especially permanency — evident in the existing National Framework introduced under the Rudd Government in 2009. The new national framework would supplement a family…...
    Implementation of the National Child Protection Accountability Framework would correct the bias towards ‘early intervention and prevention’ — in isolation from other important policies and outcomes, especially permanency — evident in the existing National Framework introduced under the Rudd Government in 2009. The new national framework would supplement a family…
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  • The Future of Medicare: Health Innovation in 21st Century Australia 01 June 2018
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY If the status quo prevails, and we do not overcome the formidable political obstacles to doing things differently in health, Medicare will not only become increasingly unaffordable. Medicare will also be unable to meet the health needs of Australians in the most responsive and patient-centred…...
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY If the status quo prevails, and we do not overcome the formidable political obstacles to doing things differently in health, Medicare will not only become increasingly unaffordable. Medicare will also be unable to meet the health needs of Australians in the most responsive and patient-centred…
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