Classical Liberalism

Classical liberalism is a political philosophy that supports individual freedom, tolerance, markets, the rule of law, and an autonomous civil society. The CIS’s work in this area considers how this philosophy can offer alternate ways of looking at policy areas.


Rediscovering Humility: Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society
Tim Wilson
05 December 2016 | OP151

Religious liberty is central to the Australian way of life. It is enshrined in the Australian Constitution. But it is not the only freedom that matters. There is a rising tension between accommodating differing freedoms in 21st century Australia. The changing face of Australia continues…

The Limits of Australian Anti-discrimination Law
Helen Andrews
03 August 2016 | Research Report 17

Anti-discrimination law has existed in Australia for only fifty years, and yet in that comparatively short period it has become entrenched and almost unquestionable. An examination of its record, however, shows that it has not been an effective tool to achieve the goals for which…

The Democratic Deficit: How Minority Fundamentalism Threatens Liberty in Australia
Peter Kurti
12 July 2016 | Research Report 16

We are faced with a new kind of fundamentalism – call it ‘minority fundamentalism.’ It has all the features of religious fundamentalism, such as ideological fanaticism, intolerance of dissent, and a Manichaean certainty about truth and falsehood. The goal of the minority fundamentalists is to…

The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics
Jeremy Sammut
13 June 2016 | OP145

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically available and seek to ensure it is disseminated via the media to as broad an audience as possible in 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…

Media & Commentary

Symbolic domestic violence 'a blessing'
Peter Kurti
21 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

‘Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia’ provoked controversy recently by giving the go-ahead for Muslim men to strike their wives — but only in a symbolic way, they insisted. It must…

Boosting terror's aura bolsters its ambitions
Charles Jacobs
21 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

London’s most recent terror incident spun the media and politicians alike into overdrive, labelling it an act designed ‘to silence our democracy’. In reality the perpetrator was a troubled individual…

Left leaning
Terry Peng
13 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

As Thomas Sowell pointed out, it is always surprising and amusing that the Left, after years of scientific analysis, continually announce the ground-breaking discovery — in their Einstein moment —…

Millennials, explained
Jessica Borbasi
11 April 2017 | The Spectator: Flat White

Apparently Churchill didn’t say “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart and if you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no…

The sinister sharia sisterhood
Rebecca Weisser
07 April 2017 | The Spectator

“Ayaan Hirsi (is) asking 4 an a$$ whippin’.  I wish I could take (her) vagina away – (she doesn’t) deserve to be (a woman).”  So tweeted Linda Sarsour, the co-chair…