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?


Society is Broken
Theodore Dalrymple
20 June 2016 | OP146

With experience as a prison doctor and psychiatrist, Theodore Dalrymple decries the impact of the welfare state and a culture of dependence in society. A phrase such as ‘a broken society’ should not be made to bear more meaning than it has. Societies do not…

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…

Media & Commentary

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…

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…

Alas, the Indigenous stereotype is tragically true
Jeremy Sammut
04 August 2016 | Spectator Flat White

Bill Leak’s cartoon in The Australian has attracted predictable outrage from both Indigenous organisations and from many other well-meaning and reflexively anti-racist non-indigenous Australians. The cartoon shows a negligent Aboriginal…

HILDA points to the home
Simon Cowan
22 July 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The big news from this week’s latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is that the proportion of homeowners is declining, with fewer young people owning homes…