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Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • No easy fix for youth unemployment

    22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio has fallen by 10 per cent since 2008. Read More

  • 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

  • Cheers to the 'Charity Navigator Model'

    07 Feb 2014 | ON LINE Opinion

    Too much red tape on charities destroys the qualities that enable these institutions of civil society to address social needs in ways that government bureaucracies can't. 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

  • $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

  • Ending racism does not require respect

    29 Oct 2013 | Open Forum

    Creating a tolerant Australia only demands benign indifference to diversity. Read More

  • Sorry, Mr Swan, the Australian fair go is still going strong

    09 May 2013 | The Drum

    In the lead up to what is likely to be a budget bloodbath on 14 May, Treasurer Wayne Swan has come out swinging. Instead of trying to steer Australia back into the black, he has resorted to the electoral... Read More

  • We are many: the futile fight over Australian identity

    24 Jan 2013 | The Drum

    Stop squabbling about what it means to be Australian. Our shared commitment to liberal democracy and individual freedom means we're free to live how we choose. Read More

  • Coal hoax fails to dig deep without a martyr to the cause

    15 Jan 2013 | The Age

    Protesters need to face legal consequences to sway public opinion. Read More

  • Hummus, Hamas and the hopeless naive

    18 Oct 2012 | Quadrant Online

    In the wake of the violent Islamist riots, concerns that western governments will seek a political accommodation and try to appease Islamofascist grievances by limiting freedom to criticise Islam are not... Read More

  • Open up debate on welfare

    10 Feb 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Poor people are often those who miss out on adequate health care: people who can’t afford to go to private hospitals and don’t have the capability to advocate for themselves. Read More

  • Who needs four uni degrees or even one for that matter?

    29 Nov 2011 | Crikey

    Most jobs don't require university degrees. A key purpose of education is to give students a chance to signal their aptitude and diligence, rather to acquire knowledge for later vocational use. Fostering... Read More

  • Paid leave for dads a useless, cynical waste of money

    06 Sep 2011 | The Punch

    Getting dads more involved in parenting is a noble goal. Unfortunately, there is very little evidence that paid paternity leave will help realise it. Read More

  • Women's rights push dads aside

    03 Sep 2011 | The Australian

    This is the disturbing significance of the controversial NSW birth certificate decision. That no gay spokesperson has expressed concern for the father and child stolen from each other speaks volumes about... Read More

  • Degrees of difference

    22 Aug 2011 | Online Opinion

    Many people have taken umbrage at this arguing that having a separate form for some remote communities is an example of 'positive discrimination'. Few people seem to understand the broader implications... Read More

  • Living together demands civility

    19 Aug 2011 | The Canberra Times

    We should not rush to stifle public discussions on the off chance that an unhinged individual (whether politically motivated or not) misconstrues them as a clarion call to violence. Nor should the far-right... Read More

  • Brits recoil from teaching respect for authority at home or school

    15 Aug 2011 | The Australian

    Following last week's riots in Britain, politicians and commentators have similarly been asking the wrong question. What caused thousands of (mainly) young males to torch buildings where they live, loot... Read More

  • Census apartheid: separate form separates a community

    10 Aug 2011 | The Drum

    The use of a separate Census form for some discrete Indigenous communities is not only state-sanctioned apartheid but statistically invalid. Read More

  • OOHC not working for at-risk kids

    19 Jul 2011 | The Drum

    The causes of the OHHC crisis care are multifaceted. But the consensus among experts is that at the heart of the crisis is the increasing numbers of children with 'high needs' entering care because of... Read More

  • Beware pink totalitarianism

    15 Jul 2011 | The Spectator

    Gay marriage dissenters deserve the same respect as advocates Read More

  • Let's hold the line on immigration

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 27 Jan 2011 | Business Spectator

    Rebuilding the flood affected parts of Queensland will be an enormous task with big labour market implications. But should great decisions for the nation’s future population be made on the fly? Or do... Read More

  • Glory be to Gaia, I'm dreaming of a green Christmas

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 20 Dec 2010 | The Australian

    Christmas is when two great religions collide: Christianity and environmentalism. Read More

  • A Politically Correct Christmas is Un-Australian

    Jeremy Sammut | 17 Dec 2010 | Spectator Australia

    Why undermine the process assimilation? Read More

  • Leftist class chatter no longer matters in UK

    Peter Saunders | 01 Dec 2010 | The Australian

    Intellectuals love to peddle the myth of an unfair, privileged society, but they're wrong. Read More

  • Interventionist child protection policies are right for the liberal right

    Jeremy Sammut | 02 Oct 2010 | The Australian

    The state has a responsibility to protect children from inadequate parents. Read More

  • It's time to bring back a bit of class to rail travel

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 29 Oct 2009 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    For a city that wants to play in the first league of the world’s great cities, our dated intercity train connections are not good enough. Read More

  • Ferguson shown the door by media and the mob

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Sep 2009 | The Newcastle Herald

    Managing the media takes precedence over dealing with controversial issues in an honest, open and effective manner. Read More

  • The writing is on the wall when officialdom overlooks profanity

    Peter Saunders | 12 Jan 2008

    I left Britain nine years ago, but even after nine Australian summers, I still find Christmas in the sun a novelty. This is why every year I join the backpackers and tourists for a day on the beach at... Read More

  • No worries on Aussies' generosity

    Sinclair Davidson | 24 Aug 2005 | The Courier Mail

    The Australian welfare lobby often calls for increases in taxation. Presumably this is to fund increases in welfare expenditure. Read More

  • Our leaders have a responsibility to uphold standards

    Nicole Billante | 28 Jun 2002 | The Australian

    The name-calling and personal attacks so readily used by Australian politicians—such as Mark Latham's derogatory remarks about the Prime Minister demonstrated this week—show a complete lack of civility. ... Read More

  • Fighting an uncivil war to save society

    Nicole Billante | 29 May 2002 | The Daily Telegraph

    It starts with an unthinking act of selfishness, becomes rudeness, and before you can say 'I'm all right Jack', civilisation as we know it is threatened. Read More

  • Time to fit the crime

    Barry Maley | 02 Feb 2001 | The Courier Mail

    The first duty of government is to protect the citizen’s person and property, and to do so consistently, humanely and effectively. Balancing these requirements is not easy. Rising crime rates in Queensland,... Read More

  • Publications

    1. Conversation with Daniel Hannan

      Nick Cater | 14 Feb 2014 | Transcripts

      Daniel Hannan is one of the leading intellectual forces in British politics.In his latest book, Inventing Freedom: How the... Read More...

    2. The Fraught Politics of Saying Sorry for Forced Adoption: Implications for Child Protection Policy in Australia

      Jeremy Sammut | 19 Mar 2013 | Issue Analysis

      Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will... Read More...

    3. What’s New with Anti-Semitism?

      Paul Kelly, Peter Kurti, Philip Mendes | 13 Aug 2012 | Policy Forum

      Criticism of Israeli government domestic policy has intensified in Australia with the emergence of the international Boycott,... Read More...

    4. When Prophecy Fails

      Peter Saunders | 09 Sep 2011 | Special Publications

        In their 2009 book, The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argued for the ‘benefits’ of income redistribution.... Read More...

    5. FEATURE: Beyond the Culture Wars - Arts Policy for a New Generation

      Cassandra Wilkinson | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

      Arts policy can learn from sport's bottom up approach.

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. No easy fix for youth unemployment

      Alexander Philipatos | 22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

      The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio ... Read More

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. Cheers to the 'Charity Navigator Model'

      Helen Rittelmeyer | 07 Feb 2014 | ON LINE Opinion

      Too much red tape on charities destroys the qualities that enable these institutions of civil society to address social needs ... Read More

    5. Time to end the fetish of diversity

      Peter Kurti | 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 ... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. After the riot: A civil discussion of multiculturalism

      Jeremy Sammut | 05 Oct 2012

      What does the recent riot mean for Australia’s status as a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society?...

    2. Restricting freedom is not the answer

      Peter Kurti | 21 Sep 2012

      The majority of Australian Muslims want to live here in peace but a sizeable minority has a darker purpose....

    3. Stick it to ‘em

      Peter Kurti | 12 Aug 2011

      Society’s lack of a moral compass led to the London riots....

    4. The class myth

      Peter Saunders | 05 Nov 2010

      The British will tell you that success depends on one's class and very little to do with education even though the evidence ...

    5. Income Management for all a courageous step forwards

      Sara Hudson | 25 Jun 2010

      Federal parliament this week passed laws that will subject non-Indigenous welfare recipients in the Northern Territory to ...

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