Dr. Jeremy Sammut

Program Director

Expertise: Health system, child protection, social policy issues

Dr Jeremy Sammut is one the leading ‘think tankers’ in Australia and a key participant is important, complex, and emotionally-charged debates over Australia’s cultural and social direction. His ground-breaking and influential research on Australia’s child protection crisis has lead the national debate on adoption reform, and his book, The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children was published by Connor Court in November 2015….. SEE FULL PROFILE

Peter Kurti

Senior Research Fellow, Religion and Civil Society

Expertise: Religion & values in civil society, law & religious freedom, ethics

The Reverend Peter Kurti is a Senior Research Fellow co-ordinating the Religion and Civil Society program. The program examines the implications of a liberal approach to religion in civil society and investigates the capacity of that society to maintain freedom for expression of religious values. It does not discuss issues of discipline, dogma or organization…. SEE FULL PROFILE

Robert Forsythe

Robert Forsyth

Senior Fellow

Robert Forsyth has extensive professional experience in all areas of religious freedom and public policy. A former chaplain to the University of Sydney and rector of St. Barnabas, Broadway , from 2000 to 2015 he served as the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney , a region of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney… SEE FULL PROFILE

Tom Switzer

Executive Director, Centre for Independent Studies

Expertise: International Relations, Australian politics

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney and a presenter on the ABC’s Radio National.

He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest and The Spectator and he is a regular guest on Sky News and ABC Radio and television…. SEE FULL PROFILE

Charles Jacobs

Policy Analyst

Charles Jacobs is a Policy Analyst at the Centre for Independent Studies. Charles has completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney. His honours thesis was on instances of political rhetoric surrounding the Scottish Independence Referendum of 2014. As well as working at the CIS, Charles is employed as a statistician with Fox Sports Australia and as an extras actor for films such as Hacksaw Ridge…… SEE FULL PROFILE

Monica Wilkie

Policy Analyst

Monica Wilkie is a Policy Analyst at the Centre for Independent Studies. Monica has a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Newcastle and a Masters of Media Practice from the University of Sydney. She has worked as a media analyst where she was responsible for providing analysis to a variety of government and private sector clients. While studying her Masters Monica was a part of a university initiative to cover the 2016 federal election. Monica has a passion for modern history and political philosophy……. SEE FULL PROFILE