Centre for Independent Studies


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25 Apr 2018

This resource aggues that the Turnbull Government’s proposal to ban foreign donations and limit political contributions from charities is a flawed and rash proposal that would undermine democracy.

Policy report

15 Apr 2018

This paper reviews the case for personal income tax cuts, the various forms they could take, and the budgetary scope for cuts. It then suggests what the priorities should be.


7 Feb 2018

One focus of this paper is on the fiscal incentives faced by state governments and how these incentives cause regulatory problems. This suggests reforms to the federation, worthwhile for many reasons, will also assist in cutting back Australia’s red tape burden.


5 Feb 2018

Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? This publication looks at how we got here, where we are headed and what the alternative is to this new status quo.

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30 Jan 2018

Privacy and security are both areas of major importance to civil society, so we must ask when does national security surveillance go too far and erode our civil liberties?

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5 Jun 2015

In response to the Financial System Inquiry, the government is set on a course to introduce a user-pays system that can generate about $300 million in revenue to directly fund the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

But beware: wolves sometimes come in sheep’s...


28 May 2015

How far is Australia from Greece? Pretty far, but, sadly, they’re getting closer every day. Not because the Earth is shrinking, but because the Australian government is very gradually easing into Greek financial methods. Greece provides a brutal reminder of what happens when governments spend...



28 Apr 2015

Contrary to Australia’s democratic values, a significant ratio of the country’s workers are denied the right to choose where some of their pay is held, because they are not allowed to choose their superannuation fund.

A study by the Association of Superannuation Funds...



28 Apr 2015

The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income. From claims about unfair superannuation tax concessions, to assertions pensioners are living in poverty, and moves to restrict future growth in pension payments, the issue of what to do about...


25 Apr 2015

The temperature just surged a few degrees in the South China Sea’s heated territorial dispute between China and its Southeast Asian neighbours.

On the back of news that China has made rapid progress on an 'airstrip suitable for military use’ on a contested islet,...

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