Government and Politics

With a belief in smaller government, The Centre for Independent Studies advocates policies that would limit the size of government in Australia.

In our research, we strive for policies that would reduce regulation and promote a healthy civil society, free of the burdens of big government.

How much government do we really want in Australia? How much government do we really need?

As an independent think tank, the CIS is positioned to seriously analyse the reach of big government, while emphasising freedom, responsibility and enterprise.

Featured Publication

Publications

Contemporary "Duck & Cover"? Terror Challenges in the 21st Century
David Kilcullen
01 December 2016 | OP150

Counter-insurgency expert, scholar and author Dr David Kilcullen is Chief Operating Officer of Meta Aerospace Capital, an aviation investment firm, and Chairman of First Mile Geo, a geospatial firm providing humanitarian mapping for NGOs in Syria and Africa. A former Australian Army officer, David has…

Early Childhood Intervention: Assessing the evidence
Trisha Jha
20 September 2016 | Research Report 19

Early childhood interventions are programs that aim to improve a child’s development trajectory over the longer term. In the context of increasing disadvantage in welfare-dependent communities in Australia, governments spend considerable sums on these programs. The rationale is that investment, in theory, will reduce the…

Investor-State Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Debunking the Myths
Patrick Carvalho
13 April 2016 | Research Report 13

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a legal provision in international agreements that enables foreign investors to take host states to an arbitral tribunal for alleged treaty breaches. The goal of investor-state arbitration is to provide a de-politicised, unbiased and law-based adjudication forum to guarantee the…

The myths of the generational bargain
Simon Cowan
01 March 2016 | Research Report 10

There has been a marked growth in pension cost and cohort. The percentage of people of retirement age has risen from less than 2% to almost 11% between 1911 and 2011, while the percentage of people receiving the pension has increased from around 30% to…

The myths of the generational bargain
Simon Cowan
01 March 2016 | Research Report 10

There has been a marked growth in pension cost and cohort. The percentage of people of retirement age has risen from less than 2% to almost 11% between 1911 and 2011, while the percentage of people receiving the pension has increased from around 30% to…

Media & Commentary

Why those scorned by the political elites chose a wrecking ball
Simon Cowan
13 November 2016 | Canberra Times

In his acceptance speech as President-elect, Donald Trump talked of the need for Republicans and Democrats to come together as one nation. It’s a fine sentiment — but it’s being…

You thought the UK was bad? Welcome to America’s Brexit
Peter Kurti
10 November 2016 | Daily Telegraph

Stock markets surged just before Britain’s Brexit vote in June, so confident were the markets that voters would opt to remain in the European Union. Just days after a majority…

Health Innovation Communities
Jeremy Sammut
04 November 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Nothing better illustrates ‘being in love with the problem’ than the familiar tale told at most health conferences in Australia. One inevitably hears that to address the well-known problem of…

Statutory office-holders have no business trying to alter government policy
Simon Cowan
30 October 2016 | Canberra Times

As they are the first and second law officers of the country, it’s hardly surprising that the dispute between the Solicitor General and the Attorney General turns on points of…

Aussie exceptionalism
Jeremy Sammut
03 September 2016 | The Spectator

Only in Australia: The History, Politics and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism, Edited by William O. Coleman, Oxford University Press, RRP $69.95. It would have once been uncontroversial to suggest nations…