Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society


This program will defend and promote the traditional values and principles of a free and liberal democratic society and open economy in Australia.

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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…

Millennials and socialism: Australian youth are lurching to the left
Tom Switzer, Charles Jacobs
20 June 2018 | PP7

The 20th century’s failed experimentations with socialism serve as a strong lesson that, despite its idealistic promises of equality, the ideology has led to nothing but oppression and poverty. However Australian Millennials have remained relatively unaffected by socialism’s shortcomings. The oldest were aged only nine…

Media & Commentary

We mostly agree on immigration
Jeremy Sammut
21 November 2018 | The Australian

One could almost hear the chorus of angry denunciation from the Left in response to Scott Morrison’s news on Monday of an expecte­d cut of 30,000 places from Australia’s migrant…

We’re more united about immigration than we think
Monica Wilkie
20 November 2018 | The Daily Telegraph

The renewed debate about Australia’s immigration program raises vital questions about the political and social cohesiveness of our nation. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced an expert panel to…

Is religion a higher loyalty?
Jeremy Sammut
16 November 2018 | IDEAS@THECENTRE

At a time when Australia is grappling with the latest example of Islamist-inspired terrorism on the streets of Melbourne, Britain is also dealing with another impact of extremism. The application…

Killing sufferers kills the culture
Peter Kurti
09 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

Until recently, assisting another person to commit suicide was an offence everywhere in Australia. Then in 2017, Victoria changed the law to make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal. Western Australia…

Sex vs gender: down the slippery linguistic slope
Monica Wilkie
02 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

Public discourse is filled with euphemistic language that can make difficult topics more palatable. However, euphemisms can also create more confusion than clarity when the meanings of words become blurred.…

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