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Chris Berg

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Policy Director

Chris Berg is Policy Director at the Institute of Public Affairs. He is a regular columnist with ABC's The Drum, and an award-winning former editor of the IPA Review.

His latest book is In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt.

A monograph, The Growth of Australia's Regulatory State, was published in 2008. He is also the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty (with John Roskam) published by Connor Court Publishing in 2010, and The National Curriculum: A Critique (2011).

Contact details

Telephone: 0402 257 681

Address: Level 2 410 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 vic

Related publications

Submission to Australian government Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

The Coalition's proposed copyright regime will do little to prevent copyright infringement, have an unacceptable impact on freedom of speech, increase uncertainties of copyright law, give the government the power to create new copyright frameworks...

Mandatory internet data retention treats all Australians like criminals: IPA


"The federal government's proposed mandatory data retention scheme will be repressive and expensive. It is a fundamental threat to all Australians' privacy and online freedoms," said Chris Berg, policy director of the free market think tank, the...

Coalition's cyber-bullying commissioner a threat to free speech


"The Coalition government's proposed Children's eSafety Commissioner is a threat to freedom of speech and entirely counter to the government's ‘Freedom Agenda'," said Chris Berg, Policy Director at free market think tank the Institute of...

A social problem, not a technological problem: Bullying, cyberbullying and public policy

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

The Cyberbullying moral panic

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Bullying among children is a serious problem. At its tragic worst it can lead to suicide. But it is a serious social problem, not a technological one. Earlier this year, the Coalition government released a discussion paper ‘Enhancing Online...

Related news

Abbott deserves only praise for embracing free trade

Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 18th November, 2014

The economics of trade can be a little counter-intuitive. This is no more so than for its central lesson, which is this: the benefits of tariff...

Victoria's transport policies ruled by the heart, not the head

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 17th November, 2014

Possibly the most economically irrational and counterproductive policy of this state election was offered by Labor this week. You won't be...

Big government, big opportunity for rent-seekers

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 11th November, 2014

In the 2012-13 financial year, the Australian Labor Party received $55 million in donations. The Liberals received $73 million. The Greens and the...

Labor Party reluctant to ditch union ties in Victoria

Work Reform and Productivity Unit and States Policy Unit | Chris Berg
The Sunday Age 9th November, 2014

On Friday, Labor's planning spokesman, Brian Tee, insisted he would not resign his membership of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy...

The jig is up on data retention plans

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 4th November, 2014

Last week was the second time the Government announced its mandatory data retention policy, and the second time it gave the game away while doing...