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The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is an Australian libertarian think tank which specialises in public policy research.[1] It is based in Sydney and focuses on classical liberal issues such as free markets and limited government.

Centre for Independent Studies
MottoIdeas for a better Australia
Founder(s)Greg Lindsay
Established1976
FocusA "free enterprise economy and a free society under limited government where individuals can prosper and fully develop their talents".
ChairmanNicholas W. Moore
Executive DirectorTom Switzer
AddressLevel 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2000
Websitehttp://www.cis.org.au/

The CIS says it is funded solely by donations, membership subscriptions, and book and event sales from individuals, companies and charitable trusts and that it does not accept government funding.[2] It does not disclose the names of donors, and in 2016 received a rating of 'highly opaque', and zero out of five stars, in a survey by Transparify.[3]

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PhilosophyEdit

CIS promotes a "free enterprise economy and a free society under limited government where individuals can prosper and fully develop their talents".[4] Many CIS scholars are self-described classical liberals.

CIS research results are often inconsistent with those of other think tanks and welfare bodies, particularly those which CIS considers centrist and left-wing, such as the Per Capita, The Australia Institute, the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, The Smith Family, and the Australian Council of Social Service.[citation needed]

CIS is affiliated with the United States-based Atlas Network.[5] which advocates for free market economic policies across the world.[6]

Research programsEdit

The CIS has research programs on:[7]

  • Social Policy (Welfare, Education, Population, Health, Indigenous Affairs)
  • Economic Policy (Tax Policy, Infrastructure, Workplace reform, government spending)
  • Government and Politics (Federalism)
  • Religion and Civil Society
  • Ideas on Liberty

Most policy research focuses upon the role of the free market in an open society, and how voluntary processes could be used to provide many of the goods and services normally supplied by the compulsory methods of government. Individual liberty and choice, including freedom of association, religion, speech and the right to property are also common themes.

A report dated 2 November 2016 on Australia’s health system by CIS stated “government restrictions, regulations, and other barriers to entry within the health care and medical insurance industries cripple [competition]” and proposed setting up of “Health Innovation Communities”.[8][9]

A June 2018 CIS report found that the overwhelming majority of Australian “millennials” (defined as those born between 1980 and 1996) have a favourable view of socialism. The report was described as "a worried warning to Australia’s ruling elite of a political radicalisation among young people and the threat that it poses to the capitalist system."[10]

MediaEdit

CIS researchers regularly comment in opinion pieces in Australian newspapers,[11] online,[12] on radio[13] and on TV, with content mirrored on their YouTube channel.[14]

CIS also has a weekly newsletter ideas@thecentre.[15]

StaffEdit

Tom Switzer has been Executive Director of CIS since 2018, succeeding founder Greg Lindsay who had held the position for 42 years. In February 2019, Nicholas Moore was appointed Chairman of the CIS board to succeed Peter Mason.[16]

Notable individuals in the CIS research staff include:[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About CIS". Archived from the original on 6 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Support CIS". Archived from the original on 16 September 2010.
  3. ^ "How Transparent are Think Tanks about Who Funds Them 2016?" (PDF). transparify.org. Transparify. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ "About Us". Centre for Independent Studies. Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  5. ^ Atlas Network, 12 June 2017, GREG LINDSAY OF AUSTRALIA’S THE CENTRE FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES PASSING THE TORCH
  6. ^ Peck, Jamie (2010). Constructions of Neoliberal Reason. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0191625015.
  7. ^ "CIS Research Programs".
  8. ^ MEDI-VATION: ‘Health Innovation Communities’ for Medicare Payment and Service Reform
  9. ^ HEALTH INNOVATION COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA WOULD CREATE COMPETITIVE DYNAMIC IN UNIVERSAL SYSTEM
  10. ^ Report finds majority of Australian youth favour socialism, by Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2018
  11. ^ "CIS Opinion Pieces". Archived from the original on 15 September 2012.
  12. ^ "CIS media information". Archived from the original on 19 August 2012.
  13. ^ "CIS Audio". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012.
  14. ^ "CISAus YouTube page" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "Ideas@TheCentre".
  16. ^ "Board of Directors". The Centre for Independent Studies. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  17. ^ "CIS Research Scholars". Archived from the original on 13 August 2012.

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