Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society – The Centre for Independent Studies

Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society


This program defends and promotes the traditional values and principles of a free and liberal democratic society and open economy in Australia.

In a related area of research we investigate the place of religion in society.


Featured Publication


Cancelling the Culture: Critical Theory and the Chasm of Incoherence
Peter Kurti
03 June 2021 | AP22

Critical Theory exerts a significant intellectual hold on the formation of policy and the conduct of discourse in the Australian public sphere. In its essential form, Critical Theory holds that there are many biases and imbalances of power in society which are hidden from view…

Australians’ Attitudes to Social Media: Connection or Curse?
Monica Wilkie
29 March 2021 | PP37

Social media appears in the news cycle, almost daily, and the majority of the coverage is negative. Politicians from all sides, and bureaucratic agencies have been warning about the apparent danger social media pose to journalism, democracy, business, and civil society. But Australians are far…

Victims of failure – how the COVID-19 policy response let down Australians
Monica Wilkie
09 December 2020 | AP18

The government response to COVID-19 has imposed restrictions on Australians unseen in peacetime. As Australians approach nearly a year of living under varying coronavirus restrictions it is timely to analyse governments response to COVID-19. Victims of failure – how the COVID-19 policy response let down…

Sacred & Profane: Faith and Belief in a Secular Society
Peter Kurti
20 September 2020

CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY Peter Kurti lifts up the stone on questions that our secular society thought it had buried forever – notably that of euthanasia – and reminds us that the moral aspects of such matters are seldom cut and dried. He also…

Cancelled! How ideological cleansing threatens Australia
Peter Kurti
17 August 2020 | AP13

‘Cancel culture’ campaigns in Australia are intended to erase elements of our history and to deny the record of those who helped found this country. The impulse to impose a revised interpretation of the past poses a danger that threatens to corrode civility, destroy civic…

Media & Commentary

Omicron: A New Variant and New Hope for Australia
Peter Kurti
03 December 2021 | Epoch Times

As we approach the end of 2021, COVID-19 adds another component in the Greek alphabet for us to learn—the 15th letter, Omicron. And just as a new variant emerges, provoking grim…

Religious Believers in Australia Get Protections, Not Freedom
Peter Kurti
23 November 2021 | Epoch Times

Time appeared to be running out for the Australian government to deliver on its 2019 election pledge to legislate protections for religious believers and faith-based organisations. But in late November,…

We're not the 'human rights nation' we thought we were
Simon Cowan
05 November 2021 | Canberra Times

As the country celebrates the return of our ‘freedoms’, and promises echo that lockdowns are a thing of the past, it is hard to avoid a sobering conclusion that our…

Addicted to Power? Australian Premier Daniel Andrews’ Pandemic Overreach
Peter Kurti
04 November 2021 | Epoch Times

Rising vaccination rates in Australia continue to edge most states towards ever more significant easing of restrictions in time for Christmas. Hopes are high in some parts of the country…

Euthanasia Looks to Conquer Final Frontier in Australia
Peter Kurti
20 October 2021 | Epoch Times

Supporters of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) are keen to push New South Wales (NSW) across the final frontier of euthanasia legalisation as quickly as possible. Currently, NSW is the only jurisdiction in…