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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

No wonder MPs are confused about security laws

| Chris Berg
The Drum 28th October, 2014

I have a fair amount of sympathy for Anthony Albanese. Sure, his intervention in the national security debate came nearly a fortnight late. When...

The WHO has failed the Ebola disaster

| Chris Berg
The Drum 21st October, 2014

What is the point of elaborate and expensive international bureaucracies if they are unable to deal with cross-border crises? The United Nations'...

National curriculum: written, but not designed

Education | Chris Berg
The Drum 14th October, 2014

Does the national curriculum even exist? Much press coverage of the Abbott Government's review of the national curriculum has focused on the...

Can we really afford to go to war?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 7th October, 2014

On Tuesday morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott categorically ruled out introducing new taxes to pay for Australian participation in the third Iraq...

The redundancy of new anti-terrorism laws

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 30th September, 2014

Incitement to violence is against the law. It's always been against the law. Every Australian state penalises incitement. The Commonwealth makes it...