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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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Chaplains decision a win for democracy

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Today's decision of the High Court of Australia in Williams v The Commonwealth of Australia is a step in the right direction," said Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The...

Abbott government must proceed to restore free speech

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Recent reports indicating that the Abbott government is about to back down on the proposed repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act are deeply concerning," said Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at free market...

The Cyberbullying moral panic

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Bullying among children is a serious problem. At its tragic worst it can lead to suicide. But it is a serious social problem, not a technological one. Earlier this year, the Coalition government released a discussion paper ‘Enhancing Online...

Submission to the public consultation on amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny


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...

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The right to be forgotten online sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Age 16th July, 2014

Last month an EU court invented the ''right to be forgotten''. Individuals in the 28 European Union member states can now force Google and other...

Inquiry a chance to roll back civil rights curbs

Freedom of Speech and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 30th May, 2014

The freedoms inquiry presents the Abbott government with a real opportunity to wind back restrictions on civil liberties and fundamental legal...

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...