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John Roskam

Portrait of John Roskam

Executive Director

John Roskam has been the Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs since 2004. Before joining the IPA he taught political theory at the University of Melbourne. He was previously the Executive Director of The Menzies Research Centre in Canberra, has been a senior adviser and chief of staff to federal and state education minister, and was the manager of government and corporate affairs for a global mining company.

His publications include Australia's Education Choices (with Professor Brian Caldwell), 'Terrorism and Poverty' in Blaming Ourselves, 'Liberalism and Social Welfare' in Liberalism and the Australian Federation, and 'The Liberal Party and the Great Split' in The Split Fifty Years Later.

His fortnightly column appears in The Australian Financial Review. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Australian Journal of Public Administration, and Connor Court Publishing, and the Advisory Board of The Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia in Victoria, and is an Honorary Fellow of Campion College.

 

 

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Contact details

Telephone: 03 9600 4744

Address: 2/410 Collins Street , Melbourne 3000 vic

Related publications

Mark Steyn to visit Australia in February 2016

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs is pleased to announce that it will host several upcoming events featuring one of the world's leading voices for freedom, international bestselling author Mark Steyn. "Mark Steyn is one of...

Teachers suffer from old-fashioned industrial relations and massive government bureaucracy - new report

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

Teachers in Australia's schools are suffering under an old-fashioned industrial relations regime and an out-dated salary structure according to new research published today by the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs....

Coalition failure to restore free speech

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

"The Coalition's failure to fulfil its promise to restore free speech in Australia by repealing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is incredibly disappointing," said John Roskam, Executive Director of the free market think tank the...

Tim Wilson appointed Human Rights Commissioner

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

The Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, John Roskam, welcomed today's announcement by the Commonwealth Attorney-General, George Brandis that Tim Wilson, Policy Director at the IPA, will be Australia's next Human Rights...

An Australian ruling class?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam

In 1964 Donald Horne's The Lucky Country was published. Horne had one basic argument-‘Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.' By the mid-1960s an emerging class of tertiary-educated professionals...

Related news

This tax-raising budget kicks the fiscal can down the road

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 6th May, 2016

On budget night you could hear the sound coming from Parliament House. It was the sound of a can being kicked down the road. And by all accounts...

Malcolm Turnbull's phony 'thoroughly liberal' leadership

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 22nd April, 2016

In September when Malcolm Turnbull took the prime ministership he said he'd lead a "thoroughly Liberal Government". What's "thoroughly Liberal"...

Reform is just hard yakka

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 8th April, 2016

According to Thomas Edison "genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration". What Edison said about genius also applies to political...

Why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are political soulmates

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 11th March, 2016

In America and around the world, many people are scratching their heads trying to explain the phenomenon of Donald Trump. In truth, they should be...

Liberals don Labor's clothes

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 26th February, 2016

There's usually trouble when a Malcolm Turnbull-led Liberal Party has a policy indistinguishable from Labor's. There's nothing wrong with...