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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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New study finds 262 breaches of fundamental legal rights in federal laws

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The fundamental legal rights of all Australians are being systematically eroded under federal laws," says Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. A new IPA report entitled The...

The state of fundamental legal rights in Australia


Fundamental legal rights have evolved over hundreds of years. Predominantly, these rights originate from English legal tradition and have been further developed through other Western legal systems. The common law rights that have arisen out of...

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...

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Company directors lose out in attack on legal rights

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 5th December, 2014

Fundamental legal rights in Australia have been eroded by successive governments of every political stripe. This is the concerning story told by...

Handing out money is no substitute for reform

Governance & Service Provision | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 2nd December, 2014

Some might think the 2014 Victorian state election was a referendum on the East West Link. But they overlook the vital $209,000 investment in a...

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...