Center for Independent Studies
| Center for Independent Studies |
|Headquarters||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Membership||• Tom Switzer|
• Nicholas Moore
• Peter Mason.Simon Cowan
• Steven Schwartz
• Peter Kurti
• Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
• Robert Carling
• Salvatore Babones
• Blaise Joseph
|Australian libertarian think tank founded in 1976 which specialises in public policy research|
The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is an Australian libertarian think tank founded in 1976 which specialises in public policy research. It is based in Sydney and focuses on classical liberal issues such as free markets and limited government.
The CIS is funded solely by donations, membership subscriptions, and book and event sales from individuals, corporations and charitable trusts. It does not accept government funding. It states that "all research decisions are made by the research team and not by the donors."
The CIS describes itself as a "classical liberal think tank."
The CIS measures its performance by monitoring and analysing the output of research papers, events, presentations, opinion pieces and media mentions, changes in the policy environment, website page views and financial support.
The CIS has research programs on:
- Economic Policy (Tax Policy, Infrastructure, Workplace reform, government spending)
- Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society
- Indigenous Affairs
- China and Free Societies
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”.
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."
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 succeeding Peter Mason.
Notable individuals in the CIS research staff include:
- Simon Cowan, Research Director and Senior Research Fellow
- Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow
- Steven Schwartz, Senior Fellow
- Peter Kurti, Director of Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program
- Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Director of Indigenous Program
- Robert Carling, Senior Fellow in Economics
- Salvatore Babones, Adjunct Scholar
- Blaise Joseph, Research Fellow in Education Program
- Atlas Network, 12 June 2017, Greg Lindsay of Australia's The Center for Independent Studies Passing the Torch
- Medi-Vation: ‘Health Innovation Communities’ for Medicare Payment and Service Reform
- Health Innovation Communities in Australia Would Create Competitive Dynamic in Universal System
- Report finds majority of Australian youth favour socialism, by Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2018