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Let's share good ideas. 💡
The Centre for Independent Studies promotes free choice and individual liberty and the open exchange of ideas. CIS encourages debate among leading academics, politicians, media and the public. We aim to make sure good policy ideas are heard and seriously considered so that Australia can prosper.

    33. On Liberty | Emilie Dye | Superannuation Has Failed

    33. On Liberty | Emilie Dye | Superannuation Has Failed

    Superannuation has failed in its original goal: helping Australians to achieve financial independence in retirement. Many Australians still rely heavily on the means-tested age-pension because they don’t have enough money to comfortably retire.

    Superannuation may increase overall savings, but it also reduces the diversity of savings vehicles. The best example is housing: many Australians take longer to save for a deposit on a home and as result are still paying off their mortgage or renting when they want to retire. Because people don’t have options many end up worse off in retirement than they would otherwise.

    This week for On Liberty, Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 10 am AEST, we welcome Emilie Dye, policy director with the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance (ATA). Emilie will discuss her recent paper which focuses on how taxes on super undermine Australia’s ability to retire on a living wage independent of the pension.

    • 36 min
    32. On Liberty | James Morrow | Four More Years Or Democratic Landslide

    32. On Liberty | James Morrow | Four More Years Or Democratic Landslide

    This week, On Liberty, we host James Morrow, opinion editor at The Daily Telegraph and co-host Sky's Outsiders program.

    Salvatore Babones hosts Morrow for an On Liberty episode not to be missed: Four more years or a Democratic landslide?
    As the dust settles on the US Presidential Election, will it be President Trump for four more years? President Biden with a radical agenda or will a result be held up by the postal system?

    Join us for On Liberty this Thursday, November 5th from 10 am (AEST). Salvatore Babones will host James Morrow for an election debrief live from New York. Morrow is opinion editor at The Daily Telegraph and co-host Sky's Outsiders program.

    • 20 min
    31. On Liberty | Tom Switzer | Down To The Line US Elections 2020

    31. On Liberty | Tom Switzer | Down To The Line US Elections 2020

    This week we welcome Tom Switzer, CIS Executive Director. Salvatore Babones hosts seasoned US political commentator Tom Switzer for an On Liberty episode not to be missed: Down to the line | US Elections 2020.

    The pandemic has killed more than 225k Americans and abruptly ended Trump's economic boom that saw low unemployment and rising wages among broad swathes of workers. Since the death of George Floyd in May, tensions have led to more political polarisation and disorder across the US.

    Global markets and seasoned observers have all but ushered in a Joe Biden victory on November 3. With less than a week until the election, we’ll be asking, who’s on the clearer path to victory? Will we see a clean result on the day? What would a Biden win mean for the US and could Democrats gain the Senate?

    • 40 min
    30. On Liberty | Sophie York | Is Religion Cherished In Australia?

    30. On Liberty | Sophie York | Is Religion Cherished In Australia?

    This week we welcome Sophie York, barrister, law lecturer, and board director. Sophie believes, "religious freedom is a basic, natural human right", and will discuss the importance of religious freedom as the foundation for all our freedoms.

    We'll ask Sophie is religious freedom cherished in Australia the same way it is longed for in many of our neighbouring countries? Does the Chinese Communist Party fear religious freedom more than economic freedom, or freedom of speech? Do Muslim-majority countries repress non-Muslim religions?

    • 44 min
    Does Hong Kong Have a Future? Salvatore Babones | Simon Littlewood | Daniel Del Re

    Does Hong Kong Have a Future? Salvatore Babones | Simon Littlewood | Daniel Del Re

    Australia seeks to attract “key businesses and global super talent to Australia”, in the words of population minister Alan Tudge. With a new Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce, will Hong Kong businesses even consider relocating to Australia?

    Is China’s new security law the straw that will break Hong Kong’s back? Will Hong Kong survive as a global business centre when vague crimes like “collusion with foreign forces” are now punishable with life imprisonment? Can Hong Kong’s business community navigate between the Scylla of extradition to China and the Charybdis that is the long arm of US sanctions? And if businesses do flee Hong Kong, where will they go?

    Joining us to answer these questions are two business people who have their fingers on the pulse of Asia: Simon Littlewood of management consultancy ACG Global and Daniel Del Re of strategic communications consultancy Kekst CNC.

    • 1 hr
    29. On Liberty | Prof. Elizabeth Larus | Why The World Needs A Free Taiwan

    29. On Liberty | Prof. Elizabeth Larus | Why The World Needs A Free Taiwan

    This week we welcome Chinese politics expert Professor Elizabeth Larus of the University of Mary Washington to discuss the implications of the American presidential election for cross-strait relations and the future of Taiwan. Prof. Larus, author of Politics and Society in Contemporary China and Economic Reform in China 1979-2003, will join host Salvatore Babones live from Washington, DC.

    In the four years since then-president-elect Donald Trump took an unprecedented congratulatory phone call from Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen, the Trump administration has shown unprecedented levels of support for the small but important island nation. A country of just 24 million people, the strength of Taiwan's economy and democracy are constantly tested by extreme levels of interference from China.

    We'll be asking Prof. Larus how Taiwan is able to survive and even thrive in the shadow of Beijing's military threats and Chinese Communist Party infiltration. How long can Taiwan hold out against Chinese aggression? What lessons can Australia learn from Taiwan's battle against Chinese influence? And crucially: what do America's November 3 presidential elections mean for Taiwan?

    • 40 min

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