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

How best to care for Indigenous children who need to be removed from their families
Jeremy Sammut
04 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…

Democracy Knot on for Marriage Equality Movement
Jeremy Sammut
09 April 2016 | The Spectator

When is a question not an invitation to discuss? When Guardian Australia holds a forum called ‘Why Knot?’  on the subject of marriage equality.  Billed as bringing together a “broad…

Outrage over child photos ignores law and logic
Jeremy Sammut
01 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

This week’s non-story concerned the use of stock photos of happy kids and families by Barnardo’s Find A Family program to promote adoption. That this story was beaten up by…

A fishy fix-up
Peter Kurti
26 March 2016 | The Spectator

Efficiency is the new morality, and it’s a technique being road-tested on the issue of same-sex marriage. Having long plumbed the depths of the politics of moral embarrassment and social…

Something fishy about PwC's plebiscite price tag
Peter Kurti
24 March 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to settle the marriage equality issue democratically by allowing voters to state their views in a national plebiscite later this year. Malcolm Turnbull has…