Occasional Papers


Rediscovering Humility: Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society
Tim Wilson
05 December 2016 | OP151

Religious liberty is central to the Australian way of life. It is enshrined in the Australian Constitution. But it is not the only freedom that matters. There is a rising tension between accommodating differing freedoms…

The High Court, Democracy and Same Sex Marriage
Barry Maley
19 July 2016 | OP147

The High Court in 2013 overturned the understanding of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 as an exclusive, voluntary, heterosexual union for life, and that the Constitution therefore allowed the introduction of same sex marriage…

Magna Carta: Talisman of Liberty
Barry Maley
26 June 2015 | OP142

Eight hundred years ago, in 1215, an English king was confronted by rebellious barons – the great landholders of England – who demanded that his royal powers be curbed in favour of their liberties. Their…

The Multi-layered Hayek
Oliver Marc Hartwich
22 December 2010 | OP122

Friedrich August von Hayek was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century. His contributions ranged from economics to philosophy, from law to psychology. In 1974, he won the Nobel Prize in Economics, and…

Preventative Policing
Nicole Billante
30 November 2004 | The Centre for Independent Studies

In this companion paper to “Six Questions About Civility” (2002), Nicole Billante explores ways to combat the problem of rising crime in Australia, looking particularly at the initiatives carried out in New York in the 1990s.