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Our publications are the most important means of contact between the Centre's ideas and its general readership. Since 1976, The Centre for Independent Studies has produced some of the most authoritative publications in Australasian academia. From the influential Lands of Shame to the authoritative Will China Fail? CIS has published hundreds of publications covering topics from the social policy to legal affairs to religion and education.

In addition to books, the CIS publishes a range of shorter publications: Issue Analyses deal with controversial and current issues and Policy Mongraphs investigate and offer policy solutions. Since 1984, Policy magazine has published feature articles and reviews authored by some of the foremost national and international thinkers on public policy and ideas. The quality of writing and the diversity of topics in Policy ensure its status as a 'must read' by leading politicans, businesspeople and academics.

Hard copies of our publications are available for purchase through the bookstore. Many of the smaller publications are also available for download.

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All Population Publications

  • Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more...

  • Faraway, So Close: How the Euro Crisis Affects Australia

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 23 Apr 2012 | Issue Analysis

    Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal,...

  • Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain

    Andrew Patterson, David Kirk, Don Turkington, Luke Malpass | 27 Mar 2012 | Policy Forum

    Why are so many New Zealanders flocking to Australian shores, and what can be done to stop the so-called Kiwi ‘brain drain’? In...

  • Hands, Mouths and Minds: Three Perspectives on Population Growth and Living Standards

    Stephen Kirchner | 19 Sep 2011 | Policy Monographs

    The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among economists....

  • Selection, Migration and Integration: Why Multiculturalism Works in Australia (And Fails in Europe)

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 01 Sep 2011 | Policy Monographs

    Australia’s migrants are extremely well integrated by international standards, particularly Europe. The reason why multiculturalism...

  • Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 14 Jul 2011 | Policy Monographs

    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over...

  • Droughts and Flooding Rains: Water Provision for a Growing Australia

    Rebecca Gill | 31 Mar 2011 | Policy Monographs

    In the 2010 federal elections, the debate over Australia’s population surfaced once again. Groups concerned with the impacts...

  • Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future

    Jessica Brown, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 07 Oct 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Since the publication of the 2010 Intergenerational Report, Australia has been debating its demographic future and whether...

  • FEATURE: Public Opinion Divided on Population, Immigration and Asylum

    Andrew Markus | 01 Sep 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Australians oppose asylum seekers arriving by boat but support the migration program.

  • FEATURE: Saving For Not-So-Rainy Days

    Richard Tooth | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Market pricing, not water restrictions, is the best way of dealing with shortages.

  • FEATURE: '...Who Comes to Australia?'

    Sinclair Davidson | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Where migrants come from can tell us something about how they might fit in.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism

    Jonathan Crowe | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism by Richard A. Epstein (University of Chicago Press, 2003.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Past Wrongs, Future Rights

    Alastair Pope | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Past Wrongs, Future Rights by Michael Warby (Tasman Institute, 1997.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Charles Murray's Libertarianism

    Jason Soon | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    What It Means To Be A Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation Charles Murray (Broadway Books, 1997.)

  • BOOK NOTES: When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves by David W. Brown (The Free Press, 1996.)

  • COMMENT: Direct Democracy: The Case Against

    Geoffrey Brennan | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Politicians have an incentive to get it right- as do their advisers.

  • FEATURE: The Case Against Software Patents

    Daniel Lam | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The economic inefficiency of patents.

  • BOOK REVIEW: An Intellectual History of Liberalism

    Martin Sheehan | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    An Intellectual History of Liberalism by Pierre Manent (Princeton University Press, 1994.)

  • FEATURE: Microeconomic Reform and the Welfare State

    James Cox | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    An exploration of the scope for reforming the welfare state through a greater reliance on means tests and on private provision...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Wood and Trees

    Elizabeth Prior-Jonson | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Trends in Biomedical edited by Hiram Caton (Butterworths, 1990.)