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

Publications

A Shy Hope in the Mind: Secularisation and the Diversity of Australia’s Religious Economy
Peter Kurti
12 June 2018 | AP1

There are few facets of human society — whether political, social, or economic — that are untouched by the influence of religion. Yet those who oppose any appearance of religion in the Australian public square argue that it simply has no part to play in…

Liberty and Surveillance: What should governments and private corporations know about you?
Tom Simpson
30 January 2018 | OP162

Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA hacked the internet as a key part of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence program. Since these revelations in 2013, legislation has largely served to give a secure legal backing to what was previously an undisclosed, covert and sometimes informal…

Reason, Repentance, and the Individual: Recovering the Religious Roots of Western Civilisation
Peter Kurti
23 November 2017 | OP160

Reason, repentance, and the individual are three of the principal roots of Western civilization. They are, moreover, roots that are set firmly in the rich soil of our Judeo-Christian heritage. But the danger is that as our commitment to that heritage weakens, so, too, does…

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…

Media & Commentary

CIS: Uni review a win for free speech on campus
Jeremy Sammut
14 November 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE

The review of freedom of speech at universities announced by the federal government is a timely initiative to ensure the rights and freedoms of all Australians are protected on Australian…

Sydney Uni's theatre of the absurd
Tom Switzer
01 November 2018 | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

For generations, the university has been a place designed as a crucible of debate and discussion. That means allowing free-thinking and the exchange of ideas in order to acquire knowledge…

Brutal killer’s gullible fan club
Monica Wilkie
19 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

This month marks the 51st anniversary of the death of a murderous thug whose face has sold millions of t-shirts and posters. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara inflicted innumerable atrocities on the…

Freedom Charters will Protect Free Speech on University Campuses
Jeremy Sammut
12 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

The most concerning aspect of the current debate about free speech in Australian universities has been the complacent attitudes of Australian higher education leaders. During Bettina Arndt’s recent speech at…

Free speech charters must be more than words
Jeremy Sammut
21 September 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, has proposed that Australian universities be required to adopt new codes to protect freedom of thought and expression. This is in response to the growing…

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