Jeremy Sammut

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

Jeremy Sammut

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

  • 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

  • Christchurch brings out best and worst 22 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The response to the Christchurch atrocity has brought out the best and worst qualities of our public life. The bi-partisan condemnation of terrorism of all kinds has affirmed Australia’s commitment to basic liberal democratic principles. The support that has been…
    The response to the Christchurch atrocity has brought out the best and worst qualities of our public life. The bi-partisan condemnation of terrorism of all kinds has affirmed Australia’s commitment to basic liberal democratic principles. The support that has been…
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  • Debating immigration can’t be dismissed as hate speech 21 March 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    Protesters marched during the Stand Against Racism and Islamophobia: Fraser Anning Resign! rally on March 19. Picture: Scott Barbour The response to the Christchurch atrocity has been everything that we want and don’t want — or need — it to be. The…
    Protesters marched during the Stand Against Racism and Islamophobia: Fraser Anning Resign! rally on March 19. Picture: Scott Barbour The response to the Christchurch atrocity has been everything that we want and don’t want — or need — it to be. The…
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  • Labor needs to realise there are no votes in a weak border 12 February 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    Bill Shorten’s about-face on Wentworth MP Kerryn Phelp’s so-called ‘Medivac’ bill suggested that the penny had dropped and he had woken up to the importance of border protection to the Australian electorate. He appeared to have ­realised it was electoral…
    Bill Shorten’s about-face on Wentworth MP Kerryn Phelp’s so-called ‘Medivac’ bill suggested that the penny had dropped and he had woken up to the importance of border protection to the Australian electorate. He appeared to have ­realised it was electoral…
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  • Policymakers must stop listening to claims promoted by ‘homeless industry’ 25 January 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    The state government and Sydney City Council can try to the shift the responsibility for the homelessness crisis at the QVB ‘shanty town’, but the blame game will not solve anything. We won’t stop the most vulnerable addicts and mentally…
    The state government and Sydney City Council can try to the shift the responsibility for the homelessness crisis at the QVB ‘shanty town’, but the blame game will not solve anything. We won’t stop the most vulnerable addicts and mentally…
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  • The Infiltration of Business by Socialists 24 January 2019 | QUADRANT
    Corporate leaders seem not to grasp that their embrace of ‘socially responsible’ agendas — be it gay marriage, expensive electricity or any other fashionable crusade of the Left — inherently embraces the values of some groups while alienating others. Daft…
    Corporate leaders seem not to grasp that their embrace of ‘socially responsible’ agendas — be it gay marriage, expensive electricity or any other fashionable crusade of the Left — inherently embraces the values of some groups while alienating others. Daft…
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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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