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

Early Childhood Intervention: Assessing the evidence
Trisha Jha
20 September 2016 | Research Report 19

Early childhood interventions are programs that aim to improve a child’s development trajectory over the longer term. In the context of increasing disadvantage in welfare-dependent communities in Australia, governments spend considerable sums on these programs. The rationale is that investment, in theory, will reduce the…

The High Court, Democracy and Same Sex Marriage
Barry Maley
19 July 2016 | OP147

The High Court in 2013 overturned the understanding of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 as an exclusive, voluntary, heterosexual union for life, and that the Constitution therefore allowed the introduction of same sex marriage if the Parliament so decided. It is argued that the…

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…

Media & Commentary

Focusing on the family
Trisha Jha
23 September 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

There’s been a lot of focus on early childhood development as the site of inequality in the past few years. Persistent gaps in educational achievement for disadvantaged children are frequently…

There's no room for child marriages in Australia
Peter Kurti
22 September 2016 | Daily Telegraph

Horrifying news of a spike in forced child marriages needs to prompt some serious questions about the wisdom of Australia’s official policy of multiculturalism. According to Australian Federal Police figures…

Effective child protection requires rigorously evaluated models
Trisha Jha
21 September 2016 | The Australian

The Turnbull government is focusing on early intervention, but overlooking what’s needed for it to succeed. There is commitment to ‘prevention through early intervention’ through reform of the welfare system…

Corporate Social Responsibility skin-deep?
Jeremy Sammut
16 September 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) is becoming a prominent part of the business of business. CSR refers to how leading companies seek to burnish their corporate reputations by endorsing social and…

Direct democracy can be risky
Peter Kurti
26 August 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Plebiscites and referendums are supposed to get citizens more involved and make politicians more responsive. But exercises in direct democracy are always risky. Ask the people to express their opinion…