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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

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"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

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"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

Romanticising reform: we've set the bar too high

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 10th September, 2014

Is major economic reform no longer possible? That's the conclusion Paul Kelly draws in his recently released history of the Rudd and Gillard...

Don't rush to Act on terrorism threat

| Chris Berg
The Drum 2nd September, 2014

Specific policy problems demand specific policy solutions. So the Abbott Government has done us a favour by being very specific about the new...

The cold calculations of the GFC stimulus

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 26th August, 2014

Wayne Swan's memoirs of his time as treasurer, The Good Fight, spend a great deal of time on the global financial crisis. As Swan presents it, the...

Mandatory sentencing: a king hit for courts

Ideas & Liberty and Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 19th August, 2014

You can smell the air of an election in Victoria. On Sunday the Napthine Government announced it wants 10-year mandatory minimum sentences for...

Going against the grain on data retention

Freedom of Speech | Chris Berg
The Drum 13th August, 2014

George Brandis claimed last month that data retention was "the way Western nations are going", but the opposite is true. Australia would be going...