Social Policy

The Centre for Independent Studies remains at the forefront of social policy debate in Australia, with a focus on key issues such as welfare, health care, education and child protection. Ending the growth of the welfare state is a priority for the CIS social research team, as government spending on welfare continues to increase, seemingly unabated.

Since the 1980s, the CIS has been researching social policy issues, with the aim of promoting policies that emphasise personal responsibility and individual choice.

The CIS seeks a future for Australia that has individual freedom under a limited government. We believe that such a future would strengthen community life, leading to a more cohesive and flourishing civil society.

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Publications

Untangling childcare and family policy
Trisha Jha
05 March 2016

Speech given by CIS Policy Analyst Trisha Jha to the NSW Liberal Party’s Rural and Regional Lunch on Saturday March 5, 2015. Thank you to Tobias and Hollie for inviting me to address you all this afternoon. I’d like to give you a bit of an…

The myths of the generational bargain
Simon Cowan
01 March 2016 | Research Report 10

There has been a marked growth in pension cost and cohort. The percentage of people of retirement age has risen from less than 2% to almost 11% between 1911 and 2011, while the percentage of people receiving the pension has increased from around 30% to…

The myths of the generational bargain
Simon Cowan
01 March 2016 | Research Report 10

There has been a marked growth in pension cost and cohort. The percentage of people of retirement age has risen from less than 2% to almost 11% between 1911 and 2011, while the percentage of people receiving the pension has increased from around 30% to…

Submission to the Parliament of NSW Standing Committee on State Development: Inquiry into economic development in Aboriginal communities
Sara Hudson
12 February 2016 | CIS Submission

In seeking to improve Indigenous economic development outcomes it is important to recognise that high levels of Indigenous disadvantage are not related to Indigeneity but are the result of ineffective policies and lack of opportunity — specifically in relation to education, employment and private enterprise.…

Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

Media & Commentary

Shorten’s weak stand on religious freedom
Helen Andrews
27 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Last week Labor leader Bill Shorten announced his party will not join the Greens in supporting the abolition of religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws. “We haven’t seen the case made to…

Social justice warriors perpetuate poverty
Jeremy Sammut
20 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The reactions on the Left to the revelations about Duncan Storrar’s past after his controversial appearance on Q&A last week have been predictably misguided. News Limited publications — The Australian…

What is happening in Aurukun?
Sara Hudson
20 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Once again, Aurukun is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Last week schools were shut down and teachers evacuated due to safety concerns, and this week there are…

Cracking the 'safe schools' campaign
Peter Kurti
20 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

When does ‘safe’ mean ‘dangerous’? Answer: when the education of young children falls into the hands of a cabal of fanatical Marxist ideologues.  It’s happening in Victoria where the Safe…

Skin in the game
Theodore Dalrymple
13 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Everyone likes a good play on words and one of the best I’ve come across recently was on the side of a van parked outside my temporary home in Sydney:…