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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Our right to silence is too important to lose

    Suri Ratnapala | 01 Oct 2012 | The Conversation

    The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary.... Read More

  • Australia’s long-term fiscal future

    Robert Carling | 28 Sep 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    One of Australia’s strengths going into the global financial crisis was the condition of its public finances. We are now in danger of frittering away that strength.... Read More

  • Stop-gap subsidies for the car industry must end

    Simon Cowan | 26 Sep 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    The Government needs to stop throwing money at the car industry and train these employees for other industries.... Read More

  • Worthy goal or costly mistake? Solving the UNSC equation

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 26 Sep 2012 | The Drum

    The reflected glory of the UNSC's multilateral diplomacy can't compete with the power of regional relationships when it comes to achieving Australia's foreign policy objectives.... Read More

  • Casting Australia’s business reputation overboard

    Simon Cowan | 25 Sep 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Australia cannot afford to jeopardise access to investment capital in an increasingly scarce global market.... Read More

  • We need more US influence in Asia, not less

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 25 Sep 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    We should not encourage a premature changing of the guards in Asia.... Read More

  • University standards under stress

    Steven Schwartz | 24 Sep 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    With a declining number of international students studying in our universities, universities must ensure that students are sufficiently motivated or prepared for higher education, or risk the consequences.... Read More

  • 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