Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society


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Featured Publication


Australian Attitudes to Immigration: Coming Apart or Common Ground?
Jeremy Sammut, Monica Wilkie
18 November 2018 | PP11

Immigration has been a contentious political issue in Australia and overseas for a number of years. Many political parties and figures have emerged promising to severely restrict or halt immigration. Australia has largely avoided significant political disruptions over this issue. However, as immigration levels continue…

University Freedom Charters: How best to protect free speech on Australian campuses
Jeremy Sammut
07 October 2018 | PP10

This POLICY Paper recommends how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy that is backed with financial penalties for non-compliance might operate to actively spur Australian universities to implement appropriate measures to address anti-free speech disruptive behaviour and properly protect freedom of thought and expression.…

Curbing Corporate Social Responsibility: Preventing Politicisation – and Preserving Pluralism – in Australian Business
Jeremy Sammut
21 August 2018 | AP2

The unprecedented part that leading that Australian companies played in the same-sex marriage campaign in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  has led critics to argue that companies should “stick to their knitting” and not meddle in politically-contentious social debates.  CSR threatens to become…

A Test of Maturity: The liberal case for action on religious freedom
Robert Forsyth
31 July 2018 | PP8

Australia has long enjoyed religious freedom in practice without robust legal protections. Such protections as there are, are found in anti-discrimination law, usually as exemptions. However freedom of religion remains vulnerable to accusations of prejudice, bigotry and discrimination when the views and practices of religious…

John Howard: A Conversation on Culture
John Howard, Tom Switzer, Jeremy Sammut
26 July 2018 | OP166

Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of…

Media & Commentary

Saluting the rights and ignoring the risks for the homeless
Carlos d'Abrera
22 December 2018 | QUADRANT

Lendlease Property has announced that part of the proceeds from the sale of every new home and land lot will now be directed to a new philanthropic venture to help…

Don't say anything religious at Christmas
22 December 2018

Time to wind down into Christmas and kick back a bit, to watch kids rip wrapping paper, and forget to watch our diets. But watch out if you’re tempted to…

The Weaponising of Victimhood and Grievance
Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth
15 December 2018 | Quadrant

A gulf is opening in our society. On one side is the majority, genuinely tolerant of different styles of living and loving. On the other, a ‘progressive’ minority determined to…

Santa’s a thief and a bandit
Peter Kurti
14 December 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

The imagined sounds of reindeer hooves clomping on the roof, and those of a laden man clambering into the chimney, have thrilled over-excited, sleepless children for generations. But in their…

Please, tech giants … take over my life
Monica Wilkie
14 December 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

The ACCC this week released an alarming report into tech companies and digital giants, recommending greater regulation for companies such as Facebook and Google — deemed to be basically public…