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Centre for Independent Studies

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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CIS
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The economic challenge of COVID-19

This paper argues that attempting to eradicate the COVID-19 virus would impose unbearable economic and social costs and Australia must find low-cost ways to live with the virus, rather than remaining constrained while waiting for a vaccine that may take years to arrive, if ever.
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Lower company tax to resuscitate the economy

This paper argues that ongoing policy initiatives focused on governments borrowing in order to stimulate the economy, particularly through consumer spending, will fail to revitalise the long-term productive capacity of the Australian economy.
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Civil society after COVID: on re-building a virtuous civic culture

Australia faces an unprecedented economic and social challenge. In addition to economic recovery, the equally crucial work of civic repair is required as part of the social transition out of the Covid-19 pandemic. This paper argues that a strong civic culture will be integral to...
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A fiscal vaccine for COVID-19

This paper argues that Australia's fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves an economically threatening legacy of high budget deficits and public debt.
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The 12-week window: coronavirus crisis Australia didn’t have to have

This paper argues that the coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. The paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at the...