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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • English is the language of the Asian century

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Sep 2012 | The Drum

    English is an Asian language in its own right, so we shouldn't be worried about how we communicate in the Asian century.... Read More

  • Fiscal gamble cheats reality

    Robert Carling | 12 Sep 2012 | The Australian

    The recent flurry of new spending commitments by the Gillard government seems to have overlooked an inconvenient truth revealed by the Intergenerational Report in February 2010, which confirmed the budget...... Read More

  • Government policy driving dole growth

    Andrew Baker | 12 Sep 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    The increasing number of people who are on the dole but are exempted from job-search requirements is a serious concern.... Read More

  • Plenty of Australians speak Asian languages

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 07 Sep 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Multiculturalism means Australia is becoming increasingly Asia literate.... Read More

  • Unions doing it for themselves

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Sep 2012 | The Age

    The battle that has been raging at the Myer construction site in Melbourne's CBD is primarily about flexing union muscle, not workers' rights.... Read More

  • Clarity on schools funding a long way off

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Sep 2012 | The Australian Financial Review

    All schools, state and non-government, should expect the federal government’s educational agenda to be imposed upon them to a greater extent than ever before.... Read More

  • Lack of opportunity leads to poverty on Indigenous lands

    Sara Hudson | 04 Sep 2012 | Online Opinion

    Poverty, underinvestment and mal-investment are an unholy trinity on many First Nations reserves.... Read More

  • Higher dole should come as bonus for serious job-seekers only

    Andrew Baker | 31 Aug 2012 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Higher dole should come as bonus for serious job-seekers only.... Read More

  • The NDIS will cost us more than we’re being told

    Andrew Baker | 30 Aug 2012 | The Punch

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme presents an opportunity to re-evaluate current and future government expenditure in a moral light: Do they pass an “NDIS test”?... Read More

  • Disability, injury insurance schemes need scrutiny

    Andrew Baker | 28 Aug 2012 | The Canberra Times

    The National Injury Insurance Scheme is the forgotten little brother of the bigger, brighter and more popular National Disability Insurance Scheme, but that is no reason to ignore it.... Read More

  • Anti-Israel campaign is more than just a boycott

    Peter Kurti | 17 Aug 2012 | The Australian

    Some groups in the West are trying to demonise the Jewish state over Palestine.... Read More

  • It’s time for a free trade agreement with Tasmania

    Andrew Baker | 14 Aug 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Tasmanians should not have their lifestyle subsidised because they have chosen to live in Tasmania, any more than people in the city or country should be subsidised for living in the city or country.... Read More

  • The buck must not stop with the RBA

    Stephen Kirchner | 13 Aug 2012 | Business Spectator

    Intervention in the foreign exchange market to counter an appreciation in the Australian dollar is unlikely to be effective unless backed by changes in monetary policy.... Read More

  • Why our kids still cannot read

    Jennifer Buckingham | 10 Aug 2012 | The Australian

    The perennial struggle to provide all children with effective teaching in reading is becoming less like a war and more like a merry-go-round.... Read More

  • Finger-pointing over power ignores crucial facts

    Simon Cowan | 08 Aug 2012 | The Drum

    The issue of electricity prices is a plague on both houses.... Read More

  • Taming the banks, but at what cost?

    Robert Carling | 07 Aug 2012 | Open Forum

    As the world's financial institutions regroup following the devastating global financial crisis economic policy is under the spotlight.... Read More

  • There is more to regional policy than big, well meant dollars and buzz words

    Paul Collits | 07 Aug 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Regional development policy doesn't often make the headlines in metropolitan Australia but is of enduring importance for the roughly one third of Australians that live outside the major cities.... Read More

  • Coalition tightening of foreign investment policy a step backwards

    Stephen Kirchner | 06 Aug 2012 | The Australian

    The Coalition had the right policy 24 years ago. It should commit to the repeal of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act and the abolition of the Foreign Investment Review Board.... Read More

  • Different justice?

    Sara Hudson | 06 Aug 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Treating Aboriginal people differently causes more problems than it solves and sets a dangerous precedence that other ethnic groups could use to argue for different treatment by the courts.... Read More

  • When religion just won't do

    Peter Kurti | 03 Aug 2012 | The Spectator

    Why are so many climate enthusiasts all too often in the grip of apocalyptic mania?... Read More