Welfare State

Despite a rapid increase in wealth and living standards over the past few decades, more Australians are dependent on the public purse than ever before.  Today, almost one in six working age Australians relies on welfare for all or part of their income.  A growing welfare state means an ever higher tax take is needed, bringing more taxpayers in to the welfare system.  How can government promote individual responsibility and self-reliance, while still providing a safety net?  How can patterns of joblessness and dependency be broken?


MEDI-VALUE: Health Insurance and Service Innovation in Australia - Implications for the Future of Medicare
Jeremy Sammut
20 April 2016 | Research Report 14

For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious purchasers. For innovation…

Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

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…

Helen Hughes: A Tribute
Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott
27 August 2014 | PF26

CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately and always fiercely on behalf of the poor and the powerless. Helen was a distinguished economist with a particular focus on development economics and improving…

Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child
Trisha Jha
06 August 2014 | PM141

In 2013–14, $32 billion was spent on family payments, amounting to 7.7% of total federal expenditure in that year, and 22% of total federal spending on social security and welfare. Family Tax Benefits (FTB) and child care fee assistance are the two areas in which…

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…

Skin in the game
Theodore Dalrymple
13 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Everyone likes a good play on words and one of the best I’ve come across recently was on the side of a van parked outside my temporary home in Sydney:…

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…

Superannuation changes target 'fairness' not independence
Simon Cowan
06 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

On Thursday, superannuation expert Jeremy Cooper tweeted that “the super concessional cap changes are about tax and tax alone. They do not stop people saving or (in 99% of cases)…

Fairness and the family home
Simon Cowan
01 May 2016 | Your Life Choices

The exemption of the family home from the pension means test is one of the most emotionally charged elements of Australia’s retirement system. The mere suggestion that the value of…