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Monica Wilkie

Policy report

Australians' attitudes to social media: connection or curse?

Social media poses unique challenges to society and government. This paper examines some potential social media regulation scenarios and the issues that need to be considered in Australia.
Policy report

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...
Policy report

Respect and division: how Australians view religion

In order to determine the attitudes of Australians towards religion, the Centre for Independent Studies commissioned YouGov Galaxy to poll more than 1000 Australians. The results outlined in this report reveal that Australians are viewing religion as mostly an individual right to belief, but are...
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Criminalising hate speech: Australia’s crusade against vilification

This paper examines the history of how Australia’s vilification laws were formed, focusing on both domestic and international changes towards laws restricting speech. It also argues that any amendments to vilification laws should be done at the state and territory level, and should be based...
Policy report

Australian attitudes to immigration: coming apart or common ground?

This paper discusses the findings of specially commissioned polling that explores the attitudes of ‘elites’ and ‘ordinary’ Australians to the issue that has caused the UK and US to ‘come apart’ - immigration.