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Chris Berg

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Senior Fellow

Chris Berg is a Senior Fellow 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.

He is author of Liberty, Equality & Democracy (2015), Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty (2015, with John Roskam), In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt (2012), and The Growth of Australia's Regulatory State (2008). He is also the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty (2010, with John Roskam) and The National Curriculum: A Critique (2011).

Contact details

Telephone: 0402 257 681

Address: Level 2 410 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 vic

Related publications

The end of Australian universities


Free speech lost in translation


Ten years ago in September 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve cartoons and sparked what the Danish prime minister described as the worst crisis in Danish foreign policy since the Second World War. In his book, The Tyranny...

Australia is a Nanny State: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Paternalistic government policies have led to Australia becoming a Nanny State, according to a new submission from the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today is appearing in Canberra before the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impact

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg, Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Australia has a long history of paternalism. We invented the word ‘wowser' to describe everything from early closing to restrictions on mixed-sex bathing. Historically, paternalism has been justified on mixture of moral, religious and social...

Australia's universities do not teach Australia's British origins


Only 15 out of the 739 history subjects taught in Australian universities and tertiary institutions in 2014 covered British history, according to a new report from the Institute of Public Affairs. The full report, The End Of History...In...

Related news

Why politicians ride the wave of anti-bank populism

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 25th November, 2015

Australia's banks are launching a new campaign to educate policymakers and regulators about the ins and outs of their business, the Australian...

Same-sex marriage: When did dissent become discrimination?

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 23rd November, 2015

The politics of gay marriage have shifted radically in a very short space of time. Until 2011, the Labor Party was firmly opposed to gay marriage....

When 'safe spaces' become an attack on ideas

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 17th November, 2015

There is something deeply reactionary brewing in American higher education. The events at Yale and the University of Missouri over the last few...

Turnbull's weak media reform plans aren't fit for the modern age

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 11th November, 2015

One of the pleasant things about being prime minister, I suppose, would be pursuing your own little hobby horses. Especially when those hobby...

Malcolm Turnbull should avoid the seductive trap of an early election

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 3rd November, 2015

Early elections are not a good idea. Yes, they look very democratic. Who could object to a government seeking the approval of the voters, even if...