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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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Telephone: 03 9600 4744

Address: 2/410 Collins Street , Melbourne 3000 vic

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Coalition failure to restore free speech


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Emails to IPA members

OCCASIONAL PAPER | John Roskam and Simon Breheny

From: John Roskam Sent: Tuesday, 19 March 2013 5:19 PM To: IPA members Subject: Announcement to IPA members - former High Court judge, Ian Callinan AC QC to advise IPA on media laws Dear IPA member, I'm writing to let all Institute of Public...

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The only real tax reform is lower tax

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 19th December, 2014

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Relevance won Victoria for Labor

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 5th December, 2014

The reason the Coalition lost the Victorian state election was not because it wasn't left-wing enough. And it wasn't because of Tony Abbott. It was...

Why we can't shake off the cultural cringe

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 21st November, 2014

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| John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 7th November, 2014

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Indigenous recognition will hand power to judges

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
The Australian 3rd November, 2014

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