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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Abolishing generator of red tape will allow not-for-profit sector to concentrate on real work

    20 Mar 2014 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Some of the charity commission's actions in its first year have undermined its credibility as an enemy of red tape. Read More

  • Don’t expel God from our children’s classrooms

    28 Feb 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    We have a duty to teach our children about religion so they will be better equipped to respond when religion turns bad. Read More

  • Time to scrap the charity commission

    15 Feb 2014 | Open Forum

    How is the ACNC performing at its goal of reducing red tape on the not-for-profit sector? Read More

  • Uncharitable politics: Time to give not-for-profits back their independence

    11 Feb 2014 | ABC Religion & Ethics

    After a year of operation, the charities commission has not made significant progress towards its goal of reducing red tape. Read More

  • Beseech God And Fear The Greens

    08 Feb 2014 | Quadrant Online

    The Australian Greens are gunning for God. They want the Lord’s Prayer dumped from the opening of the federal parliament’s daily sittings. Read More

  • Time to end the fetish of diversity

    16 Dec 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    The debate about hard multiculturalism is about the weight it is deemed appropriate to afford cultures other than the prevailing Australian one. Read More

  • Multiculture melting pot threatened by hardliners

    12 Dec 2013 | The Daily Telegraph

    Australia does not need a Multicultural Act. A stable framework of laws and institutions guarantees the freedom of the individual. Read More

  • $haria Law

    15 Nov 2013 | Quadrant Online

    If sukuk bonds go mainstream, as is poised to happen in Britain with David Cameron's blessing, the way will be open for the wider introduction of Islamic principles. Is the likely erosion of Common Law... Read More

  • Big Brother deters charity

    26 Apr 2013 | The Australian

    Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of government. Read More

  • Faith-based initiatives deserve a place in the public sphere

    22 Oct 2012 | The Australian

    WHAT'S the most significant threat to religious liberty in the West? Read More

  • Honesty the best policy for those in government

    12 May 2012 | The Australian

    "HONESTY is the first chapter in the book of wisdom," said Thomas Jefferson. Without honesty there is no trust. Without trust, there is no confidence others will follow the rules. Abuse the virtue of... Read More

  • Egged on to heed Easter

    08 Apr 2012 | Herald Sun

    Chocolate has taken over the Easter message. Read More

  • Religious freedom must not be taken for granted

    24 Feb 2012 | ABC Online

    The importance of religious belief is both derided and attacked in our public debates. Tony Abbott's Christian faith is often used as a stick with which to poke, if not beat, the Opposition Leader Read More

  • Does gay marriage prove marriage matters?

    29 Sep 2011 | Online Opinion

    Gay couples dragging marriage back into vogue. Read More

  • Don’t gamble with people’s freedom

    29 Sep 2011 | The Drum

    New Poker Machine laws are impeding people’s freedom Read More

  • Greens boycott is anti-Semitic

    06 Sep 2011 | The Canberra Times

    Recently the Greens have refused to back a motion in the Senate condemning efforts by protesters from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to bar would-be customers from entering... Read More

  • It's Anglicanism, Jim, but not as we know it

    02 Sep 2011 | ABC Religion and Ethics

    If we think of individual churches as religious firms, then collectively they form a religious market Read More

  • A confident secularist society would tolerate school religion

    28 Jul 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    A confident secular society, one that trusted in its rationalist public institutions, should have no problem with occasional church-run classes. Read More

  • Beware pink totalitarianism

    15 Jul 2011 | The Spectator

    Gay marriage dissenters deserve the same respect as advocates Read More

  • Must Religion be a Threat to Liberty?

    Robert Sirico | 21 Jul 2008

    The arguments for the unity of freedom and unbelief are common cultural currency. We are told that faith makes us subservient to authority. It makes us unwilling to think for ourselves, so that we become... Read More

  • Publications

    1. Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

      Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

      Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’... Read More...

    2. In the Pay of the Piper: Governments, Not-for-Profits, and the Burden of Regulation

      Peter Kurti | 23 Apr 2013 | Issue Analysis

      Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of... Read More...

    3. What Kind of Religion Is Free in the Public Square? A Warning from the United States

      Ryan Messmore | 06 Mar 2013 | Occasional Papers

      In the 14th Acton Lecture, Dr Ryan Messmore, President of Campion College, asks what kind of religion is free in the public... Read More...

    4. Moral Wisdom and the Recovery of Virtue

      Peter Kurti | 06 Feb 2013 | Occasional Papers

      What are the moral skills we need to cultivate to live effectively in the social media world of the twenty-first century... Read More...

    5. After the Riot: the Meaning for Multicultural Australia

      Benjamin Herscovitch, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti | 11 Oct 2012 | Issue Analysis

      The riot on 15 September in the Sydney CBD by Muslim protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism.... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. Abolishing generator of red tape will allow not-for-profit sector to concentrate on real work

      Helen Rittelmeyer | 20 Mar 2014 | The Sydney Morning Herald

      Some of the charity commission's actions in its first year have undermined its credibility as an enemy of red tape.... Read More

    2. Don’t expel God from our children’s classrooms

      Peter Kurti | 28 Feb 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

      We have a duty to teach our children about religion so they will be better equipped to respond when religion turns bad.... Read More

    3. Time to scrap the charity commission

      Helen Rittelmeyer | 15 Feb 2014 | Open Forum

      How is the ACNC performing at its goal of reducing red tape on the not-for-profit sector? ... Read More

    4. Uncharitable politics: Time to give not-for-profits back their independence

      Helen Rittelmeyer | 11 Feb 2014 | ABC Religion & Ethics

      After a year of operation, the charities commission has not made significant progress towards its goal of reducing red tape.... Read More

    5. Beseech God And Fear The Greens

      Peter Kurti | 08 Feb 2014 | Quadrant Online

      The Australian Greens are gunning for God. They want the Lord’s Prayer dumped from the opening of the federal parliament’s ... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. Hard multiculturalism's rise in Australia

      Peter Kurti | 13 Dec 2013

      Hard multiculturalism questions the idea of a core national culture and threatens the success story of Australia’s harmonious ...

    2. Follow New Zealand's lead on charities commission

      Helen Rittelmeyer | 04 Oct 2013

      Australian should follow New Zealand’s lead and abolish our federal charity regulator....

    3. Crushing red tape for charities

      Helen Rittelmeyer | 06 Sep 2013

      Labor wants to keep the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, while the Coalition wants to abolish it....

    4. Playing the moral high ground on asylum seekers

      Peter Kurti | 26 Jul 2013

      Politicians of any stripe who claim to establish the public face of policy by securing the Christian moral high ground will ...

    5. Absurd reaction to first Muslim frontbencher

      Peter Kurti | 05 Jul 2013

      The anti-Islamic rants against Ed Husic this week were both absurd and inconsistent....

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