Occasional Papers


The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics
Jeremy Sammut
13 June 2016 | OP145

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically available and seek to ensure it is disseminated via the…

The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist
Wolfgang Kasper
26 June 2015 | OP141

Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic…

Capitalism and Virtue: Reaffirming Old Truths
Charles Murray
07 February 2013 | OP130

Capitalism has become a dirty word and the current ‘segregation of capitalism from virtue’ is one of the major contributing factors to capitalism’s image problem. Over the course of the last 50 years, the United…

Milton Friedman: A Tribute
Maurice Newman
04 December 2007 | OP106

Nobel-Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman died in late 2006. In March 2007, the CIS hosted a tribute to Friedman and his contribution to Australia’s political and economic life. This Occasional Paper collects the addresses of the…

In Defence of Secure Property Rights, 2nd revised edition
Wolfgang Kasper
19 October 2004 | OP92

Secure private property rights are vital to the development of a growing, healthy Australian economy. Property rights allow owners to be free to access, use and benefit from and dispose of their property as they…