Research – The Centre for Independent Studies


Since its formation in 1976, The Centre for Independent Studies has conducted wide ranging research into economics, social policy, law, government and foreign affairs.

Our overall research agenda is set by our Executive Director, in consultation with research staff. As an independent think tank, we do not undertake any research on request.



Indigenous suicide: Finding a catalyst for action
Anthony Dillon
6 May 2021
Does high-rise development damage neighbourhood character?
Peter Tulip and Zachary Lanigan
29 April 2021
Make every drop count, and count every drop: Vanishing groundwater needs proper monitoring and management
Grahame Campbell
22 April 2021
Resisting China’s Economic Coercion: Why America should support Australia
Alan Dupont
8 April 2021
Australians’ Attitudes to Social Media: Connection or Curse?
Monica Wilkie
29 March 2021
The Need for U.S.-Australia Leadership to Counter China across the Indo-Pacific
Erik M. Jacobs
25 March 2021
Confronting Indigenous educational disadvantage: A Kimberley perspective
Lorraine Hammond
24 March 2021
Implications of the Retirement Income Review: Public advocacy of private profligacy?
Terrence O’Brien
17 March 2021
A 2021 education resolution: keep an eye on the Australian Curriculum
Fiona Mueller
11 February 2021
The Looming Iceberg: Australia’s post-pandemic debt risk
Robert Carling
28 January 2021
Worlds Apart: Remote Indigenous disadvantage in the context of wider Australia
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
25 January 2021
The New President: What Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda Means for Australia
Salvatore Babones
19 January 2021
Victims of failure – how the COVID-19 policy response let down Australians
Monica Wilkie
9 December 2020
Planning restrictions harm housing affordability
Peter Tulip
3 December 2020
Dollars and Sense: Time for smart reform of Australian school funding
Glenn Fahey
1 December 2020
A House Divided: The AFRB and China’s Subnational Diplomacy in Australia
Salvatore Babones
12 November 2020
The Elite Embrace
Rowan Callick
3 November 2020
The End of Monetary Policy?
Warren Hogan
29 October 2020
Innovation in Australia
Matt Ridley 
22 October 2020
Parents’ perspectives on home-based learning in the covid-19 pandemic
Glenn Fahey and Blaise Joseph
1 October 2020
RATIONALISING REGULATION: Helping the economy recover from the corona crisis
Gene Tunny and Ben Scott
24 September 2020
Australia, the United States and China in a post-Covid world
Richard Alston
14 September 2020
Cancelled! How ideological cleansing threatens Australia
Peter Kurti
17 August 2020
Industrial Relations in a Post-COVID World
Judith Sloan
13 August 2020
Moral Terrorism
Simon Heffer
22 July 2020
Policies against Covid-19: Reflections on the way in and the way out
Terrence O’Brien
and Robert Carling
20 July 2020
It’s The Economy, Stupid: Economic participation only way to Close the Gap
Nyunggai Warren Mundine

15 July 2020
The Economic Challenge of Covid-19
Robert Carling
9 July 2020
Lower Company Tax to Resuscitate the Economy
Jeff Bennett, Michael Potter and Tony Makin
7 July 2020
Responses to ‘Mitigating the New Cold War’
Alan Dupont
1 July 2020
On re-building a virtuous civic culture

Peter Kurti
18 June 2020
A Fiscal Vaccine for COVID-19
Tony Makin
11 June 2020
The 12-Week Window: Coronavirus crisis Australia didn’t have to have
Salvatore Babones
3 June 2020
State Finances after the Pandemic
Robert Carling
24 May 2020
Pain without gain: Why school closures are bad policy
Blaise Joseph and Glenn Fahey
24 May 2020
Mitigating the New Cold War: Managing US-China trade, tech and geopolitical conflict
Alan Dupont
22 May 2020
Rights, Morals, Dignity: Why defending religious freedom matters
Peter Kurti
10 April 2020
Australia’s Export Exposure to China’s Coronavirus Epidemic
Salvatore Babones
18 February 2020
Respect and division: How Australians view religion
Monica Wilkie and Robert Forsyth
3 December 2019 
What Do Parents Want From Schools?
Glenn Fahey
21 November 2019