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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • The magic pudding state

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 23 Apr 2013 | The Drum

    Australians want government to spend more money on us, but we do not want to hand any more of our cash over to the tax office.... Read More

  • Why a forex foray could burn the Reserve

    Stephen Kirchner | 18 Apr 2013 | The Business Spectator

    With the Australian dollar trade-weighted index recently around 28-year highs, there have been calls for official intervention to weaken the exchange rate. But suggestions the Reserve Bank might need an...... Read More

  • Federal micro-managers to rule the schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 16 Apr 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    Responses to the federal government’s school funding proposal have been less than enthusiastic. People have rightly pointed out that increased expenditure on education does not guarantee better results....... Read More

  • Cure for a bloated public sector

    Simon Cowan | 05 Apr 2013 | The Canberra Times

    TARGET30 is not a slash-and-burn campaign; it simply asks people to consider what they really need government to provide.... Read More

  • Gonski reforms at risk of failure to launch

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2013 | The Australian

    Two camps have emerged in the Gonski wars, with one camp saying it's all about the money.... Read More

  • Unrealistic expectations of Australian defence spending

    Tim Pascoe | 04 Apr 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Australian defence planners must abandon inefficient big-ticket capital purchases in favour of a more sustainable and balanced defence force structure.... Read More

  • NDIS highlights welfare waste

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | The Australian

    It is time to end the tax-welfare churn and return the savings to taxpayers through tax cuts.... Read More

  • Don't let Iraq syndrome prolong the slaughter in Syria

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 27 Mar 2013 | The Drum

    The memory of the the rash military adventurism in Iraq is still fresh, but that must not prevent us from using force to help end the humanitarian crisis in Syria.... Read More

  • The politics of apologies: Easy moralism for past sins, but ignorance about the present

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Mar 2013 | ABC Religion & Ethics

    Official apologies tend to descend into simplistic condemnations of people and times past rather than criticising current practices.... Read More

  • Why adoption should, in some cases, continue

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 Mar 2013 | Crikey

    The "never again" approach to separating parents from children because of previous forced adoption practices has implicatons for current child protection policies.... Read More

  • Apologise but allow adoption

    Jeremy Sammut | 19 Mar 2013 | The Australian

    The federal parliament cannot ignore the politics behind the national apology and implications for child protection policy, which include casting doubt on adoption.... Read More

  • It's time for smaller government

    Simon Cowan | 18 Mar 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Federal, state and territory, and local governments currently spend approximately $60 billion more each year than they should.... Read More

  • Need to cut fat before we all pay the price

    Simon Cowan | 11 Mar 2013 | The Australian

    Governments are seemingly incapable of breaking their addiction to increasing spending.... Read More

  • Buying votes does no one any good

    Greg Lindsay | 06 Mar 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    There’s a danger we are blundering headlong towards the spending abyss.... Read More

  • Let’s get serious about tackling indigenous violence

    Sara Hudson | 05 Mar 2013 | The Punch

    For many remote Indigenous people, life is so bad that jail is often a better option.... Read More

  • Time to scrap the minimum wage?

    Alexander Philipatos | 28 Feb 2013 | Business Spectator

    To get the unemployed back into work, the government could allow businesses a six-month exemption from the minimum award wage.... Read More

  • Abundant Asian Century opportunities for an already Asia-savvy Australia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 25 Feb 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Tapping into the Asian Century bonanza does not mean that Australia requires costly education and training programs.... Read More

  • Extending NDIS poses threat

    Andrew Baker | 21 Feb 2013 | Australian Financial Review

    The age restrictions on the NDIS are crucial in maintaining the scheme’s financial integrity and maximising its benefits.... Read More

  • No need for Asian Century panic

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 21 Feb 2013 | The Drum

    Why the anxiety over readying Australia for the Asian Century?... Read More

  • Outcry ignores role of travellers

    Tim Pascoe | 20 Feb 2013 | The Canberra Times

    What are the responsibilities of the Australian government to help citizens who get into trouble overseas?... Read More