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The Enlightenment Made Us
Nick Cater
23 October 2014 | OP136

Nick Cater examines the Enlightenment ideals that helped shape our uniquely Australian culture. He argues that with a focus on progress and practicality, ‘the great southern continent’s primitive landscape would be a laboratory for the Enlightenment’s bold experiment of applied science’. Unlike America, with its…

The Age of Endarkenment
Brendan O'Neill, Nick Cater
23 October 2014 | OP137

Humans have never had it so good. We are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to the march of science and technology. So why have we become so gloomy about the modern world and so pessimistic about the future? Why have…

A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience
Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth
16 October 2014 | OP135

Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under pressure to be silent in…

Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order
Benjamin Herscovitch
01 September 2014 | FPA10

With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition to a balance of power system divided between China, the United States, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To mitigate dangerously destabilising…

The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia
Peter Kurti
01 July 2014 | PM139

The campaign for what has been dubbed ‘marriage equality’ is gaining ground in many Western countries, including Australia, despite religious and secular people not always sharing a common point of view on the matter. In an accompanying development, the cause of marriage equality has become…

Media & Commentary

NSW: racists welcome
Peter Kurti
12 September 2015 | The Spectator

Ismail Alwahwah The failure of NSW authorities to prosecute the Australian head of Hizb ut-Tahrir who called for deadly violence against Jews, means anyone is now free to call for…

We decide
Peter Kurti
14 August 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

The issue of marriage equality will now be put to the country at the next election, rather than a plebiscite before then. And this is exactly what should happen. While…

Citizenship and the Rule of Law
Barry Maley
12 June 2015 | ideas@TheCentre

The hideous 30 Years War in the 17th century ended with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648; a treaty that, despite some lack of  clarity, established the notion of ‘nation’…

SA Coroner recommendations prove child protection policy due for a change
10 April 2015

The recommendations of the SA Coroner, particularly concerning the need to increase the use of adoption, are very welcome, says child protection researcher Dr Jeremy Sammut. The Centre for Independent…

No ducking uncomfortable questions
Jeremy Sammut
10 April 2015 | Ideas@the centre

Sometimes I wish I could break the habits of a lifetime and agree with the Left on a controversial issue. That is my instinctive response to the counter-protests on the…