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The CIS examines the roles and responsibilities of commonwealth, state and local governments, the fiscal aspects of federalism and the benefits a federal structure brings to Australia.

Publications

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…

Magna Carta: Talisman of Liberty
Barry Maley
26 June 2015 | OP142

Eight hundred years ago, in 1215, an English king was confronted by rebellious barons – the great landholders of England – who demanded that his royal powers be curbed in favour of their liberties. Their Magna Carta (or ‘Great Charter’) listed their proposals. That singular…

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…

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…

Three ways politics will change, whether Trump wins or not
Helen Andrews
18 March 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

With Marco Rubio out of the race, the anti-Trump forces within the Republican Party are now more united than ever. Whether or not they prove able to stop Trump before…