Ideas about Liberty

Ideas about liberty permeate all elements of CIS research. How much government and regulation does Australia need are questions that we address through our research and events program.

We believe in liberty; freedom of association, religion and speech; and the right to property.

The ideal we endorse is that a good society is one in which autonomous citizens are at liberty to order their affairs as they wish, and in which individuals have the capacity to take personal responsibility for their choices.

Featured Publication

Publications

Hallowed Institutions: Religion and The Roots of Liberty and Prosperity
Peter Kurti
12 February 2016 | OP144

God appears to be resurgent in 21st century societies around the world. As our awareness of the claims made by religion becomes more acute, it is ever more important to understand those claims as well as the challenges and contributions religious belief has made, and…

Should a Baker be Forced to Bake Cakes for Same Sex Weddings: Democracy and the Rights and Limits of Religion and Conscience in Contemporary Australia
Anthony Fisher
06 November 2015 | OP143

How important are religious liberty and freedom of conscience is in modern statecraft and nation-building? Do they foster social cohesion and mutual respect, or are they sources of division and vilification in diverse societies? Long seen as bedrock foundations of the democratic-liberal state and the common…

National Security and Counter-Terrorism
George Brandis
06 November 2015

On Friday 6 Nov. Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate joined CIS members and friends for lunch where he spoke about national security.

Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts 2015
11 August 2015

The CIS submission into the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry proposed two tightly targeted areas be changed: 1. That the Department of Health withdraw all financial support for the Health Star Rating system, including explanatory websites, public awareness campaigns, and studies of its effectiveness. 2. That the government…

Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts 2015
Helen Andrews, Barry Maley
11 August 2015

The CIS submission into the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry proposed two tightly targeted areas be changed: 1. That the Department of Health withdraw all financial support for the Health Star Rating system, including explanatory websites, public awareness campaigns, and studies of its effectiveness. 2. That the government…

Media & Commentary

Vale John Hirst
Jeremy Sammut
12 February 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

John Hirst, my mentor and friend for 20 years, died last week. The date of his death has been misreported: 3 February, 2016 as in the notice here. The record…

After Cologne: the great unquestioning of multicultural ideology
Jeremy Sammut
30 January 2016 | The Spectator

The New Year’s Eve mass-sexual assaults in Cologne, together with similar outrages in other parts of Europe, should have marked the death knell of the contradictory multicultural ideology that says…

Patriotism: chop chop
Anastasia Glushko
22 January 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Australia Day looms, and once again the nation is embroiled in a heated debate about Meat and Livestock Australia’s lamb ads.  The interesting thing about this year’s fuss is not…

Why is government regulating sport codes?
Trisha Jha
15 January 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

After working at CIS for over two years, you’d think I would have learned by now not to be perplexed by the sheer number of pies in which governments of…

Another anti-obesity measure flops
Helen Andrews
15 January 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The nice thing about the free market is that it allows lots of different people to try lots of different solutions to the same problem. Take Walmart in the United…