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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.


Contact details

Telephone: 03 9600 4744

Related publications

Poll: Australians want more free speech, not less

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Fairfax-Nielsen polling published today in Fairfax newspapers showing 88% support for laws against conduct that "offends, insults or humiliates" is contradicted by Galaxy Research polling, which shows that 82% of Australians value the right to...

Abbott government's changes to Racial Discrimination Act a win for freedom of speech - Institute of Public Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government's announcement this morning that it will amend the Racial Discrimination Act is a victory for freedom of speech in Australia," said Simon Breheny, Director, Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of...

Enhancing Online Safety for Children

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Submission to the Department of Communications Discussion Paper

Coalition must deliver on free speech promise

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government must rule out introducing any new laws that would restrict freedom of speech," said Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Mr Breheny's comments follow...

How the left corrupted human rights


In May 2011, a United Nations Special Rapporteur declared that people had a human right to internet access. It seems absurd to argue that such a right exists but it is the logical progression of the corrupting influence of leftist ideology on the...

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A restriction on secondary boycotts is a restriction on free speech

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Guardian 4th April, 2014

The federal government's proposal to further limit secondary boycotts would be a restriction on freedom of speech, but environmental activists are...

Coalition about-face on hatred disappoints

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 28th February, 2014

It's concerning that the Abbott government is walking away from its promise to repeal the law that sent Andrew Bolt to court. Worse, the government...

I'll vouch for vouchers to keep aid on track

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 27th September, 2013

Current legal aid funding arrangements are responsible for an industry that fails to provide quality legal services to clients. Instead, taxpayer...

Our freedoms safe - for now

Freedom of Speech and Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd March, 2013

The Gillard government's backdown on its outrageous media regulation and anti-free-speech discrimination laws is welcome. But it's terrible that in...

Freedom fighters will save the HRC

Freedom of Speech and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd February, 2013

The Australian Human Rights Commission must correct its bias towards a left-wing human rights agenda by moving to appoint freedom commissioners....