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Simon Breheny

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Director, Legal Rights Project and Editor, FreedomWatch

Simon Breheny is Director of the Legal Rights Project and Editor of FreedomWatch at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Simon has been published in The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Herald Sun, the Punch, the Canberra Times and the Sunday Tasmanian. He is regularly interviewed on radio around the country in relation to legal rights and rule of law issues and has appeared on ABC's Lateline and News Breakfast, ABC News 24, Channel 7's Weekend Sunrise and Sky News' Lunchtime Agenda and PM Agenda.

Simon has also appeared as a witness to give expert evidence before the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications, NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice, Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Simon is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. While completing his studies, Simon was elected President of the Melbourne University Law Students' Society and appointed Vice-President of the Victorian Council of Law Students' Societies.

Areas of expertise: legal rights, rule of law, legal history and philosophy, freedom of speech, property rights, privacy and regulatory agencies.


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Telephone: 03 9600 4744

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IPA FreedomWatch Factsheet: Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014


Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014

Senator Day's bill an important step on the road to restoring free speech

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Family First Senator Bob Day's Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014 is an excellent step in the right direction to restore free speech," said Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of...

Abbott government's copyright proposal is an internet filter by another name

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government's proposal to crack down on online copyright infringement will result in the implementation of a new mandatory internet filter that threatens free speech and digital liberty," said Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights...

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...

A social problem, not a technological problem: Bullying, cyberbullying and public policy

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Related news

Opinion: ABC cuts smart move to get public finances on sustainable footing

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
Courier Mail 19th November, 2014

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed cuts to the ABC on this week's episode of Q&A. But the Q&A audience of about 700,000...

George Brandis's solution a cure worse than the disease

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 7th November, 2014

In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote: "For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be...

IBA climate report's 'safe environment' right is a war on democracy

Climate Change | Simon Breheny
The Australian 24th October, 2014

Climate change activists have lost the public debate and now seek to push their radical agenda outside of democratic processes. The International...

Tony Abbott's internet filter is full of holes

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Simon Breheny
Daily Telegraph 10th September, 2014

If the Abbott government proceeds with its current proposal to crack down on online copyright ­infringement it will be reviving ­elements...

Innocence has been lost

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 29th August, 2014

The federal Opposition Leader was asked in a press conference this week whether he supports proposed laws that could send journalists to prison for...