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

Will the Right to Die Always Trump the Right to Religious Liberty?
Peter Kurti
16 September 2021 | The Epoch Times

Once again, rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion—all fundamental freedoms set out in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and which Australia has ratified—are under attack.…

Identity politics is a threat to societies
Simon Heffer
06 September 2021 | Spectator

Identity politics has been weaponised to sow division across the Western world. Global outrage over the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman in America last year has been…

Why Australians Have Been so Compliant With COVID-19 Restrictions
Peter Kurti
02 September 2021 | Epoch Times

As Australia’s death toll from COVID-19 passes 1,000, opinions about the efficacy of draconian lockdowns are beginning to diverge across the country. “This is not a sustainable way to live,”…

The impossible goal of “Covid Zero”
Peter Kurti
25 August 2021 | First Things

In 1901, Australia’s six colonies united in a single Commonwealth, marking the emergence of a new country with a distinct identity. For nearly 120 years, the bond among what are…

Rationalists Are Making a Deal With the Devil to Push Out Religion in Australia
Peter Kurti
13 August 2021 | Epoch Times

Every five years, Australians complete the Census survey to give governments the information needed to make essential decisions about services. Plans for providing for schools, transport, infrastructure, healthcare, and local…