General

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

Publications

Rights, Morals, Dignity: Why defending religious freedom matters
Peter Kurti
10 April 2020 | OP173

Calls for protections of rights are often made without much reflection on what it is, exactly, that needs protecting. In this Occasional Paper, Peter Kurti argues that behind any claim about rights lies a moral claim, and that this claim is essentially about human dignity.…

CRACKING UP? Culture and the Displacement of Virtue
Peter Kurti
09 July 2019 | AP4

Unease has been growing that something has changed for the worse in our culture. The change is perceptible but often defies precise description; yet it provokes this unease because of a concern that the foundations of our common social life have become unstable. This sense…

Millennials and Super: the case for voluntary superannuation
Simon Cowan
28 May 2019 | PP20

Superannuation is not a good deal for everyone. As a result of house prices increases, it has become much harder to save for a deposit and, as a result, homeownership percentages among younger workers have fallen. Superannuation, particularly future increases in the guarantee rate, is…

Does Western Civilisation Have a Future?
Wolfgang Kasper
19 February 2019 | PP17

The question, whether our civilisation has a future, will sound preposterous to many. Has Western civilisation not overcome many a crisis in its thousand-year history? Has it not — in its modern incarnation of individual freedom, the capitalist market economy and democratic control of government…

I, Mechanical Pencil: Why a socialist economy can never work
Steven Kates
06 February 2019 | PP14

Socialism brings poverty and oppression. The ignorance of so many as to why only a market economy is capable of bringing prosperity and political freedom is a major problem. Too many believe a socialist utopia can be achieved if only the right people took the…

Media & Commentary

How big is your but…?
Greg Pulscher
20 September 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

We all know about buts — those ‘exceptions to the rule’. “I’m all for freedom, but…” or “I would never allow the government to do X, but …”. But…. my…

From British race patriotism to inclusion: we are not a racist nation
Tom Switzer
20 April 2019 | SMH

“Racist” is a powerful accusation to make against anyone, but since the Christchurch terrorist attack it has been frequently applied to Australia’s political mainstream. Hardly a day goes by without…

Israel Folau and the tyranny of tolerance
Peter Kurti
18 April 2019 | SPECTATOR FLAT WHITE

Rugby Australia’s attempt to remove Israel Folau from the game is now being presented as nothing more than a matter of contract law. First determine what it was that Folau…

Why Socialism always fails
Steven Kates
15 March 2019 | Spectator

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial Who’s Afraid of Socialism laid out the case that much of the US Democratic platform met the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of socialism. In particular,…

Free speech vs hate speech
Monica Wilkie
15 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to stopping hate speech, expressing his concern at what he described as, “…a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance –…