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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • 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

  • NSW health history shows Carr's feet of clay

    29 Mar 2012 | The Drum

    If you believe the hype, Carr's entry into federal politics is a sign that the floundering incompetence which has typified the Rudd and Gillard administrations will now be replaced by the policy substance... Read More

  • Italy defaults on debt and sends lenders broke? So be it

    15 Nov 2011 | Crikey

    The federal government will need to cut spending to ensure a surplus in 2012-13. Read More

  • Focus on 'prevention' abusing kids

    09 Nov 2011 | On Line Opinion

    Despite increasing government spending on programs meant to prevent child abuse and entries into care, record numbers of children are currently in Out of Home Care (OOHC) in Australia, and this is the... Read More

  • Myths, lies and adoption

    08 Nov 2011 | The Geelong Advertiser

    IN 2009-10, 36,000 children were in out-of-home care in Australia and more than two-thirds had been there for at least two years. Many of these children will remain in out-of-home care indefinitely after... Read More

  • The future of the ALP may lie in rediscovering a voice from its past

    21 Oct 2011 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Which political party would William McKell support in 2011? Read More

  • Donation disclosure a first step to intimidation

    03 Jun 2011 | ABC News

    The donations disclosure threshold needs to balance competing policy considerations. Read More

  • Campaign xenophobia driven by foreign donations ban

    03 Jun 2011 | Crikey

    Almost everyone in mainstream politics says they oppose xenophobia, but foreigners have few friends among advocates of campaign finance reform. Read More

  • Campaign bans muzzle debate

    02 Jun 2011 | The Australian

    Third-party campaigns are one of the checks and balances of a liberal democratic political system. Read More

  • Demand driven only if it suits

    01 Jun 2011 | The Australian

    Gillard rightly denies that her demand-driven system was a voucher system but doesn’t push for choice and competition. Read More

  • Won’t someone think of politicians when it comes to pay rises?

    31 May 2011 | Crikey

    With confusion and routine bickering about parliamentary pay, politicians’ remuneration should be fixed to a multiple of the median full-time wage. Read More

  • Greens unlikely to emulate German success

    05 Apr 2011 | The Australian

    Why is it that the Australian Greens cannot break out of their ghetto while their German friends are about to replace the traditional party of the Left? Read More

  • Dangerous developments for democracy?

    Andrew Norton | 10 Feb 2011 | Online Opinion

    Depending on our own policy views, interest group successes can look like policy failures. But we should think very carefully about the implications of declaring these campaigns bad for democracy. Read More

  • Germany proves clumsy with foreign matter

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 21 Oct 2010 | The Australian

    The ghosts of multiculturalism are haunting Germany, a country that has failed with the concept. Read More

  • The fracturing of Australian politics

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 23 Sep 2010 | Business Spectator

    The palpable sense of a rift between voters and their political representatives is not unique to Australia but a global phenomenon, especially in many developed countries. Read More

  • Patients, doctors could pay for Super Clinics election ‘pork’

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Sep 2010 | Medical Observer

    The Gillard government appears set to go ahead with the electoral pork that GP Super Clinics are. Read More

  • A world away

    John Lee | 27 Aug 2010 | Time Magazine

    While candidates in the federal election sidestepped foreign policy for the sake of a few marginal seats, Australians as a whole are more interested in the world than they are given credit for, says John... Read More

  • The perils of multi-party Australia

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 26 Aug 2010 | Business Spectator

    It may be nerve-wrecking for the Australian public to watch the negotiations between the parties and the independents in the wake of the federal election but other countries have managed and are managing... Read More

  • City got big but never grew up

    Stephen Kirchner | 19 Aug 2010 | The Australian

    A little bit of Sydney history illustrates the point that transport, infrastructure and other problems have nothing to do with the level of the population, but how well we handle the challenges that accompany... Read More

  • The Italian omen

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 12 Aug 2010 | Business Spectator

    Is everything back to normal for Europe? Was the European crisis just a storm in a teacup? Asks Oliver Marc Hartwich in Business Spectator, 12 August 2010. Read More

  • What's missing from the population debate

    Jessica Brown | 12 Aug 2010 | Business Spectator

    To seriously meet the challenges of population growth, we first need to deal with some problems with the functioning of our federation, argues Jessica Brown in Business Spectator, 12 August 2010. Read More

  • Baking a recipe for migration

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 05 Aug 2010 | Business Spectator

    If Australians need reminding why migrants can be a great benefit to society, they only need to look at the German bakery in Sydney's Queen Victoria Building , says Oliver Hartwich in Business Spectator... Read More

  • A bigger country is inevitable

    Jessica Brown | 04 Aug 2010 | The Australian

    We are having a false public debate about population, something we can barely control anyway, so all of the very real challenges of population growth and ageing are not being addressed, says Jessica Brown... Read More

  • Scrap 'Cash for Clunkers' scheme, not older cars

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 30 Jul 2010 | The Australian

    Instead of scrapping hundreds of thousands of perfectly functional cars for imaginary benefits, the Prime Minister would be better advised to scrap her lunatic proposal, says Oliver Marc Hartwich in The... Read More

  • Europe’s lesson too late?

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 29 Jul 2010 | Business Spectator

    Will Australia learn the lessons from Europe’s past too late? Asks Oliver Marc Hartwich in Business Spectator, 29 July 2010. Read More

  • Europe shows the alternative to growth is decline

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 23 Jul 2010 | The Australian

    Growth is not everything, but without growth everything is more difficult, says Oliver Marc Hartwich in The Australian 23 July 2010 Read More

  • It's time Henry had an umpire

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 22 Jul 2010 | Business Spectator

    It’s not always easy to discern where factual information ends and political posturing begins, creating widespread cynicism about official forecasts of public finances. Read More

  • Australia’s choice between growth and decline

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 15 Jul 2010 | Business Spectator

    It is hardly surprising that Australians worry about further population increases but we only need to look to Europe’s changing demographics to see that the alternative would be even less appealing. Read More

  • Nuclear’s new dawn

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 08 Jul 2010 | Business Spectator

    The Swedish parliament recently reversed the country’s decades-long anti–nuclear policy, so is it time to re-open the debate about nuclear power in Australia now? Read More

  • The spectacular descent of Kevin Rudd

    Luke Malpass | 25 Jun 2010 | The National Business Review

    The central lesson in Rudd’s demise is that at some point, the polls have to take back seat to the policy. Read More

  • Ken Henry should get a new career – as a pollie

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 23 Jun 2010 | Sydney Morning Herald

    Treasury secretary Ken Henry has no business trying to stifle debate, says Oliver Marc Hartwich in The National Times, 23 June 2010. Read More

  • Policy debate isn’t helped when the Left descends into hatred

    Luke Malpass | 14 May 2010 | The Dominion Post

    The abuse of Peter Saunders conceals more serious welfare questions in New Zealand. Read More

  • Continental drift: inching away from federalism

    Robert Carling | 30 Apr 2010 | The Australian Financial Review

    The gradual shift of power among Australia’s governments, examined by Robert Carling in The Australian Financial Review, 30 April 2010 Read More

  • Nick Clegg isn't the Messiah...

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 29 Apr 2010 | Business Spectator

    Nick Clegg, Policy Exchange, David Cameron, Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats, UK election, Labour, Gordon Brown Read More

  • Political idol: why TV offers more creative answers than politicians

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 28 Apr 2010 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    We need more creativity in policy making, says Oliver Marc Hartwich in the Sydney Morning Herald, 28 April 2010 Read More

  • Rights charter would empower only lobbyists

    Elise Parham | 04 Feb 2010 | The Australian

    A federal charter of rights would only empower special interest groups. Read More

  • Charter of rights no protection for the vulnerable

    Elise Parham | 02 Feb 2010 | Open Forum

    A charter of rights that many of us imagine will not be the charter we actually get. Read More

  • Research key to balancing pay equity with jobs growth

    Ian Harper | 30 Dec 2009 | The Age

    The Australian Fair Pay Commission's final decision on minimum wages needed to draw more broadly on research, consultations and submissions and rely less on formal procedures of a forensic nature. Read More

  • Activists should stop talking about global warming and start acting

    John Humphreys | 23 Dec 2009 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    If climate activists had spent the past 10 years acting instead of wasting time at talkfests such as the one at Copenhagen, we would already have a price signal on greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

  • Battle for ownership of broad non-Labour church

    Andrew Norton | 21 Dec 2009 | The Australian

    Malcolm Turnbull’s downfall as Liberal leader was an unusual event for right-of-centre Australian politics. A central cause was disagreement on a policy issue, the emissions trading scheme. Usually the... Read More

  • How 'liberal' is the Liberal Party?

    Peter Saunders | 14 Nov 2001 | ABC Radio

    Last weekend, Australians re-elected John Howard’s Liberal Party for a third term in government. It was a hard-fought campaign, and some commentators are claiming that it has left the nation ‘bitterly... Read More