General

This page contains the writing that spans some of the big ideas of our time.

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.

Neoliberalism:The Genesis of a Political Swearword
Oliver Marc Hartwich
19 May 2009 | OP114

Neoliberalism is one of the most commonly used words in political debates. Despite this, the origins of neoliberalism are hardly known. Nor does there appear to be a generally accepted definition of the term. Some commentators have linked it to ‘extreme capitalism’; others have called…

Fairness in a Liberal Society
Richard Epstein
28 November 2005 | OP99

Richard Epstein unravels different conceptions of fairness, a term which is elusive and indefinable, yet an indispensible part of our language.  Fairness is linked directly to rights, how that are aquired and then, eventually distributed.

Media & Commentary

Surrendering to PC no longer a political victory
Jeremy Sammut
10 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The irony of Cory Bernardi’s defection from the Liberal Party should be acknowledged. The political shocks of 2016 have rocked the political establishment in Western democracies. Trump, Brexit, and the…

Madonna's bomb blast
Peter Kurti
27 January 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

Ever thought of blowing up the White House? Madonna has. Addressing the Women’s March in Washington, the star said she’d thought about doing it “an awful lot.” Imagine if Donald…

Trust is shattered
27 January 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

Without trust, no society can function. But in this day and age, our trust in our leaders seems to be well and truly shattered. Admittedly, with today’s media, it is…

Explaining Trump: It’s the culture, stupid!
Jeremy Sammut
13 January 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

Donald J. Trump’s January 20 inauguration as President of the United States will spark another round of punditry discussing the so-called ‘populist’ turn in Western democracies. Many commentators rightly attribute…

Libertarians as useful idiots
Simon Cowan
02 December 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

In the wake of the ascendancy of Trump, Libertarians are being told to ally with the Left to oppose the new authoritarians. We are told that we shouldn’t criticise university…