Issue Analysis


The Fraught Politics of Saying Sorry for Forced Adoption: Implications for Child Protection Policy in Australia
Jeremy Sammut
19 March 2013 | IA138

Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will delegitimise the use of adoption for child protection purposes and make it more difficult…

Diminishing Democracy: The Threat Posed by Political Expenditure Laws
Andrew Norton
31 July 2009 | IA114

Electoral law reforms nearing a Senate vote risk making political activists inadvertent lawbreakers, deterring financial supporters of Australia‚Äôs civil society, and creating unnecessary bureaucratic burdens. These provisions are included in the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political…

In Defence of Civil Society: The Virtue of Prescribed Private Funds
John Humphreys
18 February 2009 | IA107

In 2008 Australians donated about $13 billion to welfare, health, education, foreign aid, and other philanthropic sectors. Unfortunately, the government is suggesting new regulations that will limit the flexibility of charitable funds and decrease the…

Clearing Muddy Waters: Why Vinnies are Wrong on Inequality
Peter Saunders
21 June 2005 | IA60

The Vinnies researchers claim we are on a ‘headlong dash into the chasm of inequality’ UNTRUE: This was the key claim in the Vinnies’ report, and it is false. No matter which measure we take,…

A Headlong Dash into the Chasm of Hyperbole
Peter Saunders
08 June 2005 | IA59

The paper’s rhetoric is unsupportable. It warns of a return to a 19th century minimal state, for example, but this is absurd when the federal government is spending $87 billion on welfare payments. The level…