Centre for Independent Studies


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Policy report

7 Oct 2018

This paper adds to the debate about threats to free speech in Australian universities by suggesting how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy might be implemented by the federal government to promote intellectual tolerance and diversity of ideas, opinions, and debate on campus.


2018 Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers
11 Sep 2018

Claire Lehmann is one of the leading figures of the so-called ‘intellectual dark web’ – which is pushing back against the stultifying political correctness promoted in academia, and defending the vital principles of freedom of speech and thought that universities used to stand for.

Policy report

5 Sep 2018

This paper explores the hypothesis that growth of government has become self-sustaining through the emergence of a segment of the population that both enjoys sufficient direct support from government and is large enough that political parties shape policies to curry its favour.

Research report

29 Aug 2018

In Australia, more parents are using formal childcare to support their participation in the workforce. Yet, childcare is becoming less affordable, with fees and out-of-pocket costs growing above inflation in recent years – despite the availability of taxpayer subsidies.


21 Aug 2018

To prevent politicisation and preserve pluralism in Australian business, this report proposes that a new clarifying principle should be introduced into the language and practice of corporate governance to overtly qualify existing CSR philosophies – the Community Pluralism Principle.

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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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