Jeremy Sammut

Former Senior Research Fellow, and Director of the Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program

Expertise: Social policy issues, health system, child protection,

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 recent work on curbing corporate social responsibility in Australian business and university freedom charters has created a lot of interest. Prior to this 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

  • Corporate Virtue Signalling: How to Stop Big Business from Meddling in Politics 30 April 2019
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY Snowflake- A very sensitive person. Someone who is easily hurt or offended by the statements or actions of others. If you thought corporate virtue signalling peaked when 1300 Australian companies backed marriage equality, you had…...
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Media & Commentary

  • Australia, the great liberal project 24 September 2019 | Spectator
    The great Australian historian John Hirst once told of a visiting American academic who commented that despite the Labor Party being in power for so few years since federation, the library shelves were full of books about Labor and the…
    The great Australian historian John Hirst once told of a visiting American academic who commented that despite the Labor Party being in power for so few years since federation, the library shelves were full of books about Labor and the…
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  • Liberalism’s impact on Australia 06 September 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The great Australian historian John Hirst once wrote a visiting American academic who commented that despite the Labor Party being in power for so few years since Federation, the library shelves were full of books about Labor and the labour…
    The great Australian historian John Hirst once wrote a visiting American academic who commented that despite the Labor Party being in power for so few years since Federation, the library shelves were full of books about Labor and the labour…
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  • Politics of the ‘Voice’ 30 August 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The biggest obstacle facing the campaign for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition remains the lack of detail concerning role and operation of the proposed Voice to Parliament. Supporters of Recognition who dismiss so-called scaremongering critics concerned about the creation of a ‘third…
    The biggest obstacle facing the campaign for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition remains the lack of detail concerning role and operation of the proposed Voice to Parliament. Supporters of Recognition who dismiss so-called scaremongering critics concerned about the creation of a ‘third…
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  • CSR no license for private government 02 August 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The trend for business to get involved in controversial political debates in the name of ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) is gathering pace. Last week, BHP Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie announced that the ‘Big Australian’ would be ramping up its climate…
    The trend for business to get involved in controversial political debates in the name of ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) is gathering pace. Last week, BHP Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie announced that the ‘Big Australian’ would be ramping up its climate…
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  • The Forgotten Freedom No More 19 July 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    As a think tanker, I sometimes jokingly refer to myself as a fact grubber and barrow pusher who is necessarily consumed by the nuts and bolts of key public policy debates. So it has been a real pleasure to co-edit…
    As a think tanker, I sometimes jokingly refer to myself as a fact grubber and barrow pusher who is necessarily consumed by the nuts and bolts of key public policy debates. So it has been a real pleasure to co-edit…
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Publications

  • 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. However, as immigration levels continue to remain high, politicians and…...
    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. However, as immigration levels continue to remain high, politicians and…
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  • 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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  • Resetting the Pendulum: Balanced, Effective, Accountable Child Protection Systems and Adoption Reform in Australia 11 November 2017 | RR33
    The national significance of the NSW child protection and adoption reforms cannot be overstated. The changes to child protection services in NSW not only constitute a blueprint for genuine systemic change across the full service spectrum, designed to address the unsustainable trajectory of OOHC services. The balanced, effective and accountable…...
    The national significance of the NSW child protection and adoption reforms cannot be overstated. The changes to child protection services in NSW not only constitute a blueprint for genuine systemic change across the full service spectrum, designed to address the unsustainable trajectory of OOHC services. The balanced, effective and accountable…
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  • The History Wars Matter 08 November 2017 | OP159
    Despite what the post-modern theorists claim, the nation remains the ultimate political reality. The power of the national story to inspire our collective beliefs about ourselves as Australians, and for those beliefs to inspire the direction of our national life, is the reason the history wars matter. The history wars…...
    Despite what the post-modern theorists claim, the nation remains the ultimate political reality. The power of the national story to inspire our collective beliefs about ourselves as Australians, and for those beliefs to inspire the direction of our national life, is the reason the history wars matter. The history wars…
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  • Medi-Mess: Rational Federalism and Patient Cost-Sharing for Public Hospital Sustainability in Australia 16 July 2017 | RR30
    The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the Turnbull government’s subsequent abandonment of…...
    The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the Turnbull government’s subsequent abandonment of…
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  • Fiscal Fiction: The Real Medicare Levy 07 May 2017 | RR27
    The Medicare Levy is, and always has been, a fiscal fiction. The revenue raised by the levy is not ‘hypothecated’ – dedicated specifically to fund Medicare – but goes into general government revenue. Moreover, the amount of revenue raised by the levy accounts for a mere fraction of government spending…...
    The Medicare Levy is, and always has been, a fiscal fiction. The revenue raised by the levy is not ‘hypothecated’ – dedicated specifically to fund Medicare – but goes into general government revenue. Moreover, the amount of revenue raised by the levy accounts for a mere fraction of government spending…
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  • Real Choice for Ageing Australians: Achieving the Benefits of the Consumer-Directed Aged Care Reforms in the New Economy 09 April 2017 | RR24
    The consumer-directed aged care (CDC) reforms are an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of market-based reforms to often sceptical and change-averse members of the public. Given the broader implications, this report warns that the CDC reforms could fall short of their promise and fail to optimise the potential outcomes due…...
    The consumer-directed aged care (CDC) reforms are an important opportunity to showcase the benefits of market-based reforms to often sceptical and change-averse members of the public. Given the broader implications, this report warns that the CDC reforms could fall short of their promise and fail to optimise the potential outcomes due…
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  • Politically-Feasible Health Reform: Whatever Will It Take? 07 December 2016 | OP153
    Despite the ever-escalating cost of health posing severe fiscal sustainability challenges, health reform has been dumped even more firmly in the politically too-hard basket since the ‘Mediscare’ federal election. A politically-feasible reform strategy is required to catalyse much-needed innovation in the health sector and deliver more cost-effective healthcare....
    Despite the ever-escalating cost of health posing severe fiscal sustainability challenges, health reform has been dumped even more firmly in the politically too-hard basket since the ‘Mediscare’ federal election. A politically-feasible reform strategy is required to catalyse much-needed innovation in the health sector and deliver more cost-effective healthcare.
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  • MEDI-VATION: ‘Health Innovation Communities’ for Medicare Payment and Service Reform 02 November 2016 | RR21
    Health Innovation Communities (HICs) would essentially constitute an Australian ‘Silicon Valley’ for health – hubs for research and development within which the proverbial 1000 flowers will bloom as a plurality of different providers create novel health products and solutions. The good examples and real world (as opposed to trial quality)…...
    Health Innovation Communities (HICs) would essentially constitute an Australian ‘Silicon Valley’ for health – hubs for research and development within which the proverbial 1000 flowers will bloom as a plurality of different providers create novel health products and solutions. The good examples and real world (as opposed to trial quality)…
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  • The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics 13 June 2016 | OP145
    Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically available and seek to ensure it is disseminated via the media to as broad an audience as possible in the hope of swaying public opinion.…...
    Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically available and seek to ensure it is disseminated via the media to as broad an audience as possible in the hope of swaying public opinion.…
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  • MEDI-VALUE: Health Insurance and Service Innovation in Australia - Implications for the Future of Medicare 20 April 2016 | Research Report 14
    For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious purchasers. For innovation at the delivery level to…...
    For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious purchasers. For innovation at the delivery level to…
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  • The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia's Underclass Children 11 November 2015 | Connorcourt Publishing
    Why are Australian children abused and neglected in plain sight of the child welfare authorities supposed to protect them? This passionate account of a flawed system argues that the crisis besetting child protection regimes nation-wide will not end until the taboo on the use of adoption is broken. Cost: $29.95…...
    Why are Australian children abused and neglected in plain sight of the child welfare authorities supposed to protect them? This passionate account of a flawed system argues that the crisis besetting child protection regimes nation-wide will not end until the taboo on the use of adoption is broken. Cost: $29.95…
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  • Health Innovation 22 September 2015 | Event Speeches
    It’s time to reposition health research. In the wake of the Medicare co-payment debate it is clear that talking about health reform solely in the context of debt and deficits is producing diminishing returns. We need to change the conversation about health by emphasising the benefits – to consumers and taxpayers –…...
    It’s time to reposition health research. In the wake of the Medicare co-payment debate it is clear that talking about health reform solely in the context of debt and deficits is producing diminishing returns. We need to change the conversation about health by emphasising the benefits – to consumers and taxpayers –…
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  • The Kinship Conundrum: The Impact of Aboriginal Self-Determination on Indigenous Child Protection 08 December 2014 | PM144
    This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy, and that Aboriginal exceptionalism—typified by the operation of Aboriginal Child Placement Principle (ACPP)—must cease. To help ‘Close the Gap’ in social outcomes between Indigenous and other Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous children should be…...
    This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy, and that Aboriginal exceptionalism—typified by the operation of Aboriginal Child Placement Principle (ACPP)—must cease. To help ‘Close the Gap’ in social outcomes between Indigenous and other Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous children should be…
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  • A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience 16 October 2014 | OP135
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under pressure to be silent in the public square. It is…...
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under pressure to be silent in the public square. It is…
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  • Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism 28 August 2014 | PF27
    In July 2014, the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) held a public forum on reform of the Australian federation, which continued the CIS’s involvement in issues related to Australian federalism over many years. It was held at this time in response to Prime Minister Abbott’s announcement of a review leading…...
    In July 2014, the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) held a public forum on reform of the Australian federation, which continued the CIS’s involvement in issues related to Australian federalism over many years. It was held at this time in response to Prime Minister Abbott’s announcement of a review leading…
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  • Lessons from Singapore: Opt-Out Health Savings Accounts for Australia 28 July 2014 | PM140
    Singapore’s distinctive health funding and service provision arrangements have delivered comparable First World standards of care and health outcomes at much lower cost. A new vision for funding health in Australia based on the Singapore model could be achieved by applying the principle of choice for those who wish for…...
    Singapore’s distinctive health funding and service provision arrangements have delivered comparable First World standards of care and health outcomes at much lower cost. A new vision for funding health in Australia based on the Singapore model could be achieved by applying the principle of choice for those who wish for…
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  • Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets 16 April 2014 | IA145
    In December 2013, the Abbott government announced plans to make it easier for Australian parents to adopt children both locally and from overseas. Acknowledging the official ‘taboo’ on adoption in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered an inter-departmental committee to recommend ways to take adoption out of the ‘too-hard’ basket.…...
    In December 2013, the Abbott government announced plans to make it easier for Australian parents to adopt children both locally and from overseas. Acknowledging the official ‘taboo’ on adoption in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered an inter-departmental committee to recommend ways to take adoption out of the ‘too-hard’ basket.…
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  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit 01 April 2014 | T30.08
    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a dual approach to its review…...
    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a dual approach to its review…
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  • The New Silence: Family Breakdown and Child Sexual Abuse 30 January 2014 | IA142
    Despite family breakdown exposing children to greater risk of sexual abuse, the issue receives scant attention in this country. Child sexual abuse is not fully and frankly discussed because the public discourse is self-censored by politicians, academics, social service organisations, and the media in compliance with politically correct attitudes towards…...
    Despite family breakdown exposing children to greater risk of sexual abuse, the issue receives scant attention in this country. Child sexual abuse is not fully and frankly discussed because the public discourse is self-censored by politicians, academics, social service organisations, and the media in compliance with politically correct attitudes towards…
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  • Emergency Budget Repair Kit 21 November 2013 | T30.05
    The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future fiscal challenges. There are some simple steps that can move the budget back to surplus in the short term. The government should refocus its spending…...
    The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future fiscal challenges. There are some simple steps that can move the budget back to surplus in the short term. The government should refocus its spending…
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  • Overcoming Governance and Cost Challenges for Australian Public Hospitals: The Foundation Trust Alternative 13 October 2013 | PM137
    Australia will face problems funding its public hospital and other publicly funded health services if cost increases continue at the current rate in the context of ever-increasing use and an ageing population. The challenges of sustainably financing the cost of health will be exacerbated by inefficiencies in the public hospital…...
    Australia will face problems funding its public hospital and other publicly funded health services if cost increases continue at the current rate in the context of ever-increasing use and an ageing population. The challenges of sustainably financing the cost of health will be exacerbated by inefficiencies in the public hospital…
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  • Saving Medicare: The Case for Market-Based Health Reform 27 August 2013
    Paper for the Catholic Health Conference Australia. 26-28 August, 2013 Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and I’d like to thank Catholic Health Australia for the invitation to address the conference. In this presentation I am going to try to convince you why we should ditch a lot of the orthodox…...
    Paper for the Catholic Health Conference Australia. 26-28 August, 2013 Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and I’d like to thank Catholic Health Australia for the invitation to address the conference. In this presentation I am going to try to convince you why we should ditch a lot of the orthodox…
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  • Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It 30 April 2013 | T30.03
    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government in coming decades. This TARGET30 report outlines some practical policies that can help cut Medicare down to size. It also proposes ‘big bang’ health reform involving the use of Health Savings…...
    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government in coming decades. This TARGET30 report outlines some practical policies that can help cut Medicare down to size. It also proposes ‘big bang’ health reform involving the use of Health Savings…
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  • The Fraught Politics of Saying Sorry for Forced Adoption: Implications for Child Protection Policy in Australia 19 March 2013 | IA138
    Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will delegitimise the use of adoption for child protection purposes and make it more difficult for the community to effectively address child abuse and family dysfunction.
    Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will delegitimise the use of adoption for child protection purposes and make it more difficult for the community to effectively address child abuse and family dysfunction.
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  • After the Riot: the Meaning for Multicultural Australia 11 October 2012 | IA135
    Innocence of Muslims Among thinking Australians, these concerns are not a manifestation of inherent prejudice; they are prompted by legitimate questions. Australian society has a long track record of successfully integrating migrants from diverse backgrounds. But, as the Sydney riots demonstrated, something appears to have gone wrong with a sub-set…...
    Innocence of Muslims Among thinking Australians, these concerns are not a manifestation of inherent prejudice; they are prompted by legitimate questions. Australian society has a long track record of successfully integrating migrants from diverse backgrounds. But, as the Sydney riots demonstrated, something appears to have gone wrong with a sub-set…
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  • How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform 11 July 2012 | PM128
    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public service monopoly model of public hospital care. The adoption of market or private sector methods, including greater involvement of private operators in the delivery of public health service, should be…...
    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public service monopoly model of public hospital care. The adoption of market or private sector methods, including greater involvement of private operators in the delivery of public health service, should be…
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  • Do Not Damage and Disturb: On Child Protection Failures and the Pressure on Out-of-Home Care in Australia 03 November 2011 | PM122
    This monograph shows that the rising size, cost, and complexity of the out-of-home care system in Australia is directly linked to child protection failures. Children are entering care later and more damaged, and are spending longer in care due to the misguided emphasis placed on family preservation by child welfare…...
    This monograph shows that the rising size, cost, and complexity of the out-of-home care system in Australia is directly linked to child protection failures. Children are entering care later and more damaged, and are spending longer in care due to the misguided emphasis placed on family preservation by child welfare…
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  • How! Not How Much: Medicare Spending and Health Resource Allocation in Australia 16 March 2011 | PM114
    This report traces the evolution of Australian health policy and its consequences across half a century. The public hospital ‘crisis,’ a political nightmare for all Australian governments, is a legacy of the health policy upheavals of the 1970s and early 1980s, which culminated with the start of Medicare in 1984.…...
    This report traces the evolution of Australian health policy and its consequences across half a century. The public hospital ‘crisis,’ a political nightmare for all Australian governments, is a legacy of the health policy upheavals of the 1970s and early 1980s, which culminated with the start of Medicare in 1984.…
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  • No Quick Fix: Three Essays on the Future of the Australian Hospital System 21 October 2010 | SP11
    Reestablishing local hospital boards is wrongly described as a ‘quick fix’ for the problems in the Australian public hospital system. The trilogy of essays in this collection describes the negative impact the bureaucratisation of the system has had on staff and patients in the last 30 years. The authors argue…...
    Reestablishing local hospital boards is wrongly described as a ‘quick fix’ for the problems in the Australian public hospital system. The trilogy of essays in this collection describes the negative impact the bureaucratisation of the system has had on staff and patients in the last 30 years. The authors argue…
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  • The Power and the Responsibility: Child Protection in the Post-Welfare State Era 08 September 2010 | OP117
    Government-run child protection services in Australia are plagued by systemic problems including a misguided emphasis on family preservation. This paper examines the cultural, political and ideological impediments to change. Recent flawed ‘reform’ programs in NSW and Victoria have highlighted these problems, especially the negative role played by non-government sector interest-groups.…...
    Government-run child protection services in Australia are plagued by systemic problems including a misguided emphasis on family preservation. This paper examines the cultural, political and ideological impediments to change. Recent flawed ‘reform’ programs in NSW and Victoria have highlighted these problems, especially the negative role played by non-government sector interest-groups.…
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  • Like the Curate’s Egg: A Market-based Response and Alternative to the Bennett Report 26 November 2009 | PM104
    The final report of the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC or the Commission), A Healthier Future for All Australians (the Bennett Report), is like the curate’s egg— only good in part and therefore spoiled overall. The NHHRC has acknowledged the need to ensure health services are responsive to…...
    The final report of the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC or the Commission), A Healthier Future for All Australians (the Bennett Report), is like the curate’s egg— only good in part and therefore spoiled overall. The NHHRC has acknowledged the need to ensure health services are responsive to…
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  • Why Public Hospitals Are Overcrowded: Ten Points for Policymakers 01 August 2009 | PM99
    Beside the perennial and serious problem of ever-lengthening waiting lists for elective surgery, major public hospitals are unable to provide timely emergency treatment and unplanned admission to a hospital bed for significant numbers of acutely ill patients. The technical cause of the hospital crisis and the nationwide shortage of acute…...
    Beside the perennial and serious problem of ever-lengthening waiting lists for elective surgery, major public hospitals are unable to provide timely emergency treatment and unplanned admission to a hospital bed for significant numbers of acutely ill patients. The technical cause of the hospital crisis and the nationwide shortage of acute…
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  • Fatally Flawed:The Child Protection Crisis in Australia 08 July 2009 | The Centre for Independent Studies
    The real cause of the child protection crisis is the large number of ‘hard core’ obviously dysfunctional parents who retain custody of their children because of the lack of an appropriate child protection response in thousands of higher risk, and potentially catastrophic, frequently re-reported cases of abuse and neglect. The staggering NSW…...
    The real cause of the child protection crisis is the large number of ‘hard core’ obviously dysfunctional parents who retain custody of their children because of the lack of an appropriate child protection response in thousands of higher risk, and potentially catastrophic, frequently re-reported cases of abuse and neglect. The staggering NSW…
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  • A Streak of Hypocrisy: Reactions to the Global Financial Crisis and Generational Debt 15 December 2008 | PM90
    This paper examines the policy challenges associated with the ageing of the Australian population through the prism of the global financial crisis. The paper observes that much of the commentary prompted by the financial crisis has featured a reaction against credit-driven consumption—the so-called ‘debt binge’ that has plunged household savings…...
    This paper examines the policy challenges associated with the ageing of the Australian population through the prism of the global financial crisis. The paper observes that much of the commentary prompted by the financial crisis has featured a reaction against credit-driven consumption—the so-called ‘debt binge’ that has plunged household savings…
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  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics Part 2: Coordinated Care 20 June 2008 | PM85
    The report’s author Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for the Rudd government’s plan to use GP Super Clinics to boost prevention of chronic disease and ‘take the pressure off public hospitals’ by ‘coordinating’ the primary care for the chronically ill.  Sammut has found that the evidence does not support the…...
    The report’s author Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for the Rudd government’s plan to use GP Super Clinics to boost prevention of chronic disease and ‘take the pressure off public hospitals’ by ‘coordinating’ the primary care for the chronically ill.  Sammut has found that the evidence does not support the…
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  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics: Part 1: Preventive Care 06 May 2008 | PM84
    Dr Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for preventive care programs to help make the Medicare system sustainable, given the demands of the ageing of Australia’s population, the rising chronic disease burden and the anticipated acceleration of health costs in coming decades.          ...
    Dr Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for preventive care programs to help make the Medicare system sustainable, given the demands of the ageing of Australia’s population, the rising chronic disease burden and the anticipated acceleration of health costs in coming decades.          
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