Organisation

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 2021 education resolution: keep an eye on the Australian curriculum

This paper argues that as the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian federation are tested, there can be few more powerful avenues leading to national unity and prosperity than a genuinely world-class Australian curriculum.
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The looming iceberg: Australia’s post-pandemic debt risk

One of the major economic policy issues of the times is the growth of public debt in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and what this growth means for the future. Some economists believe the burden will be manageable. Others express varying degrees of concern...
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Worlds apart: remote Indigenous disadvantage in the context of wider Australia

Remote and very remote Indigenous communities have become victims of a ‘wicked problem’. This paper analyses a wide range of data from locations and communities across Australia. While it cannot be said the issues identified are exclusive to Indigenous communities, it is clear that Indigenous...
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The new President: what Biden’s foreign policy agenda means for Australia

Joe Biden comes to the presidency amid great expectations for a return to normalcy in American foreign policy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a more benign international environment for Australia. This paper argues that Australia has an important role to play on what might be...
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Victims of failure – how the COVID-19 policy response let down Australians

In March 2020, Australians suffered restrictions on their businesses, liberty and freedom of movement - previously unseen in peacetime. The purpose of this paper is not to debate the efficacy of virus interventions. It is to determine whether governments’ COVID-19 policies were appropriately justified, weighed...