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Centre for Independent Studies

Acronym:
CIS

Since 1976, the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) has produced valuable research that has shaped and influenced public policy. Their overall research agenda is set by their Executive Director, in consultation with the research staff and the CIS Academic Advisory Council.

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A house divided: the AFRB and China's subnational diplomacy in Australia

This paper examines China’s subnational diplomacy in Australia and the suitability of Australia’s Foreign Relations Bill (AFRB) as a tool for countering it.
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The elite embrace

This paper traces the elitist evolution of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under leader, Xi Jinping, before examining the gap between Party elites and the masses. The author then outlines how China courts foreign elites, arguing that many Australian corporate, university, state and local government...
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The end of monetary policy?

Monetary policy is not the answer to our economic problems; and central bank actions could be making matters worse. This paper outlines an argument that monetary policy in most advanced economies is suffering from overreach, and has been for much of the past decade.
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Parents’ perspectives on home-based learning in the COVID-19 pandemic

School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how...
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Rationalising regulation: helping the economy recover from the corona crisis

Australia’s anachronistic, inconsistent and excessive regulatory landscape is an area of immense potential for growth-enhancing economic reforms. This paper considers regulations across a wide range of sectors, including the construction, agricultural, pharmaceutical, retail trade, mining, hospitality and tourism, and childcare sectors.