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


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.

The Morality of Capitalism
James Q. Wilson
15 October 1997 | OP62

Capitalism is winning the economic battle all over the world. The collapse of socialism has left it without serious challenge as a wealth-creating system. But moral criticism of capitalism continues. Even its defenders often deny that it has any moral foundation, or worry about whether…

The Century of Networking
Rupert Murdoch
15 November 1994 | OP51

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of The News Corporation Ltd, argues for an optimistic view of how the century of networking will change social, political and economic life. For Australia and New Zealand, it opens up new opportunities to overcome the tyranny of distance…

How Much Justice does a Society Need?
Kenneth Minogue
15 November 1992 | OP40

In the nineth John Bonython Lecture Ken Minogue recalls that justice used to mean the rule of law. This notion has been usurped by 'social justice'.

Media & Commentary

PC has become pandemic at universities
Peter Kurti
02 October 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

Universities used to challenge conventional ideas. But today they have become bastions of political correctness where the fragile sensitivities of students are cuddled and protected from emotional and psychological maladies.…

What are we to do about Jeremy?
Peter Saunders
18 September 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

In Britain, the Tories think all their Christmases have come at once.  Labour Party activists have overwhelmingly chosen as their new leader a Marxist, Jeremy Corbyn, who has the support…

The fault in our stars, and on our shelves
Helen Andrews
18 September 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

You might have noticed a funny-looking new label on some items at the supermarket. No, not that squiggly iPhone barcode nobody uses. It’s the Health Star Rating label, which the…

Blowing smoke up the gateway
Helen Andrews
11 September 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

A new study purporting to show that e-cigarettes ‘put youth on the road to traditional smokes’ has Australian public health activists calling for more regulation. But does the study really…

MEDIA RELEASE: Ideology without being an ideologue
06 July 2015

Speech delivered by Trisha Jha at the Australian and New Zealand Students for Liberty Conference on 4 July When I was at uni, I took a compulsory class on Australian foreign…