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.




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 
Toxic Mutation of an Ancient Hatred: Left-Wing Antisemitism
Peter Kurti
13 November 2019
Jumpstart Productivity: New modelling pinpoints better tax cut program
John Humphreys
16 October 2019


Creativity in an Age of Constraint
Lionel Shriver
2 October 2019


Reform, Retreat and Relinquishment: Lessons from historic state ownership of businesses in NSW
Percy Allan
24 September 2019


Criminalising Hate Speech: Australia’s crusade against vilification
Monica Wilkie
18 September 2019


What Do Parents Want? Australian childcare preferences and attitudes
Eugenie Joseph, Fiona Mueller
10 September 2019

The China Student Boom and the Risks It Poses to Australian Universities
Salvatore Babones
21 August 2019


The China Challenge
Rowan Callick
28 July 2019
Overcoming the Odds 2: Where are the top-performing disadvantaged secondary schools?
Blaise Joseph
23 July 2019
CRACKING UP? Culture and the Displacement of Virtue
Peter Kurti
10 July 2019
Defending Liberal Democracy and Liberal Peace in the Time of Rising Populism and Fascism
Suri Ratnapala
2 July2019
Taking Back Control: Restoring Universalism in the Age of Identity Politics
Amanda Stoker
16 April 2019
Budget 2019: Why the long-term tax cuts should be fast-tracked
John Humphreys
4 April 2019
Overcoming the Odds: A study of Australia’s top-performing disadvantaged schools
Blaise Joseph
18 March 2019
Myth vs Reality: The case against increasing Capital Gains Tax
Robert Carling
5 March 2019
Does Western Civilisation Have a Future?
Wolfgang Kasper
19 February 2019
Dividend Franking Credit Refunds: principle vs revenue
Robert Carling
13 February 2019
Reading Recovery: A Failed Investment
Jennifer Buckingham
8 January 2019
I, Mechanical Pencil: Why a socialist economy can never work
Steven Kates
7 January 2019
Dying with Their Rights On: The myths and realities of ending homelessness in Australia
Carlos d’Abrera
12 December 2018
Mapping migrants: Australians’ wide-ranging experiences of immigration
Charles Jacobs
5 December 2018
Why we should defend capitalism
Eugenie Joseph
28 November 2018
Why God is Good for You
Greg Sheridan
28 November 2018
Have We All Gone Mad? The Snowflake Epidemic
Steven Schwartz, Lindsay Shepherd, Claire Lehmann and Tiffany Jenkins
22 November 2018
Australian Attitudes to Immigration: Coming Apart or Common Ground?
Jeremy Sammut and Monica Wilkie
18 November 2018
University Freedom Charters: How best to protect free speech on Australian campuses
Jeremy Sammut
7 October 2018
Conflict vs Mistake: Academic cultures and explanatory conflict
Claire Lehmann
11 September 2018
Voting for a living: A shift in Australian politics from selling policies to buying votes?
Robert Carling and Terrence O’Brien
5 September 2018
Why childcare is not affordable
Eugenie Joseph
29 August 2018

A Test of Maturity: The liberal case for action on religious freedom

Robert Forsyth
July 2018

John Howard: A Conversation on Culture

John Howard, Tom Switzer & Jeremy Sammut
July 2018

Millennials and socialism: Australian youth are lurching to the left

Tom Switzer & Charles Jacobs 
June 2018

 What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong

Jennifer Buckingham & Blaise Joseph
June 2018

Too Little; Too Late: Personal Income Tax Reform in Australia

Robert Carling
June 2018

 A Shy Hope in the Mind: Secularisation and the Diversity of Australia’s Religious Economy 

Peter Kurti 
June 2018

 A Viable Option: A National Adoption Framework

Jeremy Sammut
June 2018