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

  • Poll highlighted divide 24 May 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The election victory was clearly a triumph for both the style and substance of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. But the most important post-election issue now is the battle to control the narrative surrounding the causes and meaning of the result.…
    The election victory was clearly a triumph for both the style and substance of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. But the most important post-election issue now is the battle to control the narrative surrounding the causes and meaning of the result.…
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  • Election result should force Labor to rethink its climate change policies 19 May 2019 | The Canberra Times
    The Coalition’s stunning re-election victory is obviously a triumph for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. His campaign strategy of making economic management and the Labor Party’s big-target, big-taxing, transformative agenda the key election issues was a spectacular success. Labor did not…
    The Coalition’s stunning re-election victory is obviously a triumph for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. His campaign strategy of making economic management and the Labor Party’s big-target, big-taxing, transformative agenda the key election issues was a spectacular success. Labor did not…
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  • More, Not Less, Democracy the Right Idea for Better Politics 03 May 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Public policy is a field where you soon learn that no matter the soundness of your evidence, the perceptiveness of your analysis, and the insightfulness of your ideas concerning furthering the public good, your policy recommendations can struggle to gain…
    Public policy is a field where you soon learn that no matter the soundness of your evidence, the perceptiveness of your analysis, and the insightfulness of your ideas concerning furthering the public good, your policy recommendations can struggle to gain…
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  • Stand and fight 17 April 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    A certain school of thought claims that what ails the centre-right of Australian politics is the failure to embrace a ‘forward-looking, modern’ approach to contemporary social and cultural issues. The argument is that those who subscribe to so-called ‘reactionary’ views…
    A certain school of thought claims that what ails the centre-right of Australian politics is the failure to embrace a ‘forward-looking, modern’ approach to contemporary social and cultural issues. The argument is that those who subscribe to so-called ‘reactionary’ views…
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  • 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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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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