Family Life

An open and liberal society is characterised by a flourishing civil society, of which strong families are a fundamental part. The family unit should be valued and subject to minimal government interference, but there are challenges to this principle. To what extent should the state support the family? Is paternalistic intervention in dysfunctional families justified? How and when should the state act to strengthen the family? CIS research on family life works to address these issues.

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…

The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia's Underclass Children
Jeremy Sammut
11 November 2015 | Connorcourt Publishing

Why are Australian children abused and neglected in plain sight of the child welfare authorities supposed to protect them? This passionate account of a flawed system argues that the crisis besetting child protection regimes nation-wide will not end until the taboo on the use of…

The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension
Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan
03 May 2015 | Research Report 3

In this TARGET 30 Research Report CIS modelling shows that reforming the pension could deliver income gains of more than $5,900 a year to almost 98% of pensioners. These reforms would also reduce the cost of the pension by $14.5 billion a year. “With four…

Media & Commentary

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…

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…

Bad parenting is the real dysfunction
Jeremy Sammut
13 May 2016 | The Australian

The deeper significance of the row over Duncan Storrar’s appearance on Q&A concerns the real causes and true nature of social disadvantage. Storrar’s unwarranted status on the Left as a…

Budget 2016 Explainer: What’s on the table for childcare?
Trisha Jha
03 May 2016 | Mamamia

The current childcare system is hideously complex. Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and a perverse system of means- and activity-testing combine to create an expensive ($10 billion a year…

How best to care for Indigenous children who need to be removed from their families
Jeremy Sammut
02 May 2016

A recent SBS Insight program examined the most contentious subject in Indigenous affairs – how best to care for Indigenous children who need to be removed from their families due to…