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?


A Fiscal Vaccine for COVID-19
Tony Makin
10 June 2020 | PP30

The fiscal response to the Covid-19 crisis ensures that the federal and state governments will experience large budget deficits and escalating public debt for the foreseeable future. Federal government debt could for instance conceivably double to over $1 trillion within a few years in the…

I, Mechanical Pencil: Why a socialist economy can never work
Steven Kates
06 February 2019 | PP14

Socialism brings poverty and oppression. The ignorance of so many as to why only a market economy is capable of bringing prosperity and political freedom is a major problem. Too many believe a socialist utopia can be achieved if only the right people took the…

Why childcare is not affordable
Eugenie Joseph
29 August 2018 | RR37

Childcare fees and out-of-pocket costs in Australia have been growing above inflation in recent years, at the same time that more parents are using formalised childcare to support their participation in the workforce. Childcare has been subject to growing and evolving regulation for many years,…

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…

Media & Commentary

Round, round get around, don’t get around

Travel restrictions in Queensland have been recently relaxed. We are allowed to drive 50 kilometres from our homes, and there’s some easing on visiting parks.   This past weekend, just for Mother’s Day, there was a further…

Turning clock back
Simon Cowan
27 September 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

California has passed legislation to significantly restrict the ability of businesses to use independent contractors. This is part of a seemingly global push against the rise of casual jobs (that…

Super misdirection
Simon Cowan
09 August 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

Misunderstanding and misdirection abounds in the current superannuation debate. It is an incontrovertible fact that superannuation is ‘paid for’ through wages forgone. It is not, and never has been, an…

Social media not the biggest threat
Monica Wilkie
09 August 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

Social media has been blamed for an epidemic of damaging misinformation that has poisoned political discourse. But the real threat to free speech and political debate comes from over-zealous and…

Social media doesn't equal votes
Monica Wilkie
24 May 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

The impact of social media on politics is a contentious topic. Some argue social media harms political discourse, journalism, and the public. The ACCC even discusses this in their preliminary…