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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • 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

  • The case for complacency about Australia’s engagement with Asia

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Feb 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Calls for Australia to embrace Asia are unfounded; our Asian embrace is already extensive and only getting deeper.... Read More

  • Super myths

    Robert Carling | 11 Feb 2013 | ON LINE Opinion

    Ideally Australia would have a ‘E,E,T’ system - taxing superannuation to exempt both contributions and earnings.... Read More

  • To get Aborigines out of jail give them education and jobs

    Sara Hudson | 07 Feb 2013 | The Australian

    Rather than continuing to focus on applying 'culturally appropriate' responses to indigenous disadvantage, we should focus on basics such as education and employment.... Read More

  • Don't mention the M-word

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jan 2013 | The Drum

    Australian academics have allowed their staunch advocacy for family diversity to get in the way of reasoned analysis on how to best raise children.... Read More

  • A failure of enterprise bargaining mechanics

    Alexander Philipatos | 30 Jan 2013 | Business Spectator

    Australia's current enterprise bargaining system makes it difficult for automotive manufacturers to improve their performance and save jobs.... Read More

  • Increasing Newstart would be a costly failure

    Andrew Baker | 25 Jan 2013 | The Punch

    An increase in the base rate of Newstart Allowance will not do much to break down the barriers to employment for the long term unemployed.... Read More

  • We are many: the futile fight over Australian identity

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 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