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.
05 September 2018 | PP9
This paper explores the hypothesis that growth of government has become self-sustaining through the emergence of a segment of the population that both enjoys sufficient direct support from government and is large enough that political parties shape policies to curry its favour. The researchers use the Australian Bureau of Statistics’…READ MORE
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,…
01 August 2018
17 June 2018 | PP6
The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should be used to improve student…
31 May 2018 | PP3
The High Court has rightfully resisted calls to read subjective elements into section 44(i) in order to keep the current crop of ineligible politicians in their seats. This interpretation is seen as harsh, but is based on sound legal principle and a common sense interpretation…
07 February 2018 | OP164
Australia is in a period of economic malaise. GDP per person has been growing slowly ever since the GFC. Australia’s performance is mediocre compared to other developed countries; by contrast, we outperformed before the GFC. Household incomes and wages are also growing at slow rates,…
Media & Commentary
20 October 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
Byelections have often been bad news for governments. That is why they have learned to avoid them. Huge swings against the party in power have ultimately led to defeat in…
05 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
This week we hosted an interesting discussion on inequality (see video). CIS Senior Fellow Robert Carling argued inequality is actually an integral part of a market economy, because the incentive…
29 September 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
There are lessons for Australia in the extraordinary scenes surrounding the confirmation hearing of US President Donald Trump’s proposed Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. There is no question that this…
28 September 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
It’s time to cool off the rising heat about religious freedom. It has been four months since the report of the Ruddock Expert panel of religious freedom was handed to…