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

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…

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…

Media & Commentary

Marriage deserves a referendum, not a quickie plebiscite
Barry Maley
26 July 2016 | The Australian

Australians are being short-changed and rushed to judgment on same-sex marriage: short-changed because their Constitution has been misinterpreted, and rushed because the politicians want to get it approved by a…

Surfing the ‘Orlando Wave’
Peter Kurti
24 June 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Surf’s up and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is taking off on a pink set he hopes will carry Labor back into government on 2 July. Call it the ‘Orlando Wave’.…

‘Don’t Give a Gonski’: Can Social Issues Assist with Economic Reform?
Jeremy Sammut
10 June 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Many politically-engaged people are wont to say “I hate the culture war stuff, but even I reckon that Safe Schools is crazy!” This is to say that these people see…

Child care choice: Will voters want a sugar hit or a more lasting solution?
Trisha Jha
07 June 2016 | ABC The Drum

Labor’s long-awaited response to the government’s proposals on childcare reveals a ‘quicker fix’ approach that raises doubts about its sustainability. There are some similarities with what the government has proposed.…

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…