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

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…

Nyland report misrepresented those calling for increase in adoptions
Jeremy Sammut
20 August 2016 | Quadrant

Will the Northern Territory Royal Commission into the Don Dale scandal and the relevant issues pertaining to youth detention get to the root cause of the problem: the flawed child…

Nyland's heartless attack on adoptive parents
Jeremy Sammut
19 August 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

South Australia’s Nyland Royal Commission has recommended a staggering 260 changes to the state’s child protection services. The sheer number of recommendations indicate a lack of strategic priorities that will…

Michael Kirby underestimates Australians on marriage equality
Barry Maley
09 August 2016 | Spectator Flat White

Michael Kirby’s anxiety to see same-sex marriage quickly legalised by Parliament reveals a pessimistic view of democracy and the capacity of Australians to make sound judgements about their government and…

MEDIA RELEASE: Nyland Report will re-invent system that failed Chloe
Jeremy Sammut
08 August 2016

The Nyland Royal Commission has squandered the opportunity for South Australia to lead the nation on child protection and open adoption reform, according to The Centre for Independent Studies Senior…