Most people agree that some rules are necessary for markets to work. But what rules do we really need? And how can we make sure they do not become too much of a burden on businesses and consumers?


Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist
Wolfgang Kasper
26 June 2015 | OP141

Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic understandings across political and social divides: (i) ours is a…

Withholding Dividends: Better ways to make the public sector efficient
Alexander Philipatos
29 May 2014 | T30.10

As the commission of audit has uncovered, the government must make significant cuts to spending to get the budget back into surplus. In the quest to find savings, the government cannot ignore the public service. For almost 25 years the government has turned to the…

Submission to the National Commission of Audit
Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha
01 April 2014 | T30.08

The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a…

Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation
Helen Andrews
06 February 2014 | IA143

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission was established by the Gillard government in 2012 with the intended purpose of cutting the red tape faced by Australia’s charities. So far, the regulator has failed to make any significant progress on this goal or on its two…

Media & Commentary

Graeme Watson speech - Captured Courts and Tribunals: A Threat to Democracy
21 March 2017

Address to the Centre For Independent Studies | 21 March 2017 When we read about Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s control over that country’s judiciary, it confirms a pattern of judicial…

Penalty rates a challenge for business
Simon Cowan
10 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The government’s response to the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates has been weak. The government has appeared indecisive, yet will wear opprobrium for supporting the decision anyway. That…

Do you have a right to a good job?
Simon Cowan
24 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

Advocates for a universal basic income (UBI) often cite automation and the rise of part-time and casual work as a reason to massively expand the welfare state by making unconditional…

The trouble with Turnbull's parliamentary entitlements plan is it won't work
Simon Cowan
21 January 2017 | Canberra Times

Malcolm Turnbull has promised his new system for managing parliamentary entitlements is the “most significant reform to the management of parliamentarians’ expenses in many, many years.” While his motives may…

Welcome to economic reality, Mr President
Robert Carling
20 January 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

How fast can the US economy grow? There is a lot riding on the answer, not just for Americans themselves but for the global economy too. During the recent election…