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Simon Breheny

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Director of Policy

Simon Breheny is Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Simon has been published in the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Canberra Times, the Sunday Tasmanian, the Guardian and the Punch. He is regularly interviewed on radio around the country in relation to legal rights and freedom of speech, and has appeared on ABC1's Q&A, 7.30 and LatelineABC News 24, Channel Ten’s The Project, Channel 7's Weekend Sunrise and Sky News' The Nation, AM AgendaLunchtime Agenda and PM Agenda. Simon is also a regular contributor on ABC’s News Breakfast.

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

Simon grew up in central Victoria and attended Catholic College Bendigo before moving to Melbourne to study 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, liberal democracy, property rights, privacy, nanny state and regulatory agencies.

Contact details

Telephone: 03 9600 4744

Related publications

Submission to the Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

On 24 February 2016, the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission. The proposed National Integrity Commissioner has been likened to a "federal ICAC", in reference...

Turnbull government must act on Law Reform Commission freedoms report

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Australian Law Reform Commission report released today presents the Turnbull government with a significant opportunity to increase the freedoms of all Australians," said Simon Breheny, Director, Legal Rights Project at free market think tank...

Submission to the Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

It is the longstanding view of the Institute of Public Affairs that governments ought to respect the autonomous decision of consumers to gamble with their own money, as the choice to do so reflects their individual preferences. In this...

IPA welcomes indigenous recognition council announcement

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The Institute of Public Affairs welcomes the announcement of a bipartisan advisory council on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. "The IPA believes that all Australians are equal. The Australian Constitution...

Labor tobacco tax hike will hit the poor

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Increasing the tobacco excise will have a disproportionate impact on poorer Australians, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today announce that the tobacco excise would increase...

Related news

Superannuation change is a warning sign on all legislation

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 14th May, 2016

One of the few positive things to have emerged from the furious public debate about whether the Turnbull government's proposed changes to...

Racial Discrimination Act: Turnbull should revisit 18C repeal case

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 29th April, 2016

If it wasn't already clear, the past few months demonstrate how firmly the issue of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is now...

Repeal section 18C, the 'Andrew Bolt' law: it stifles free speech

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 5th February, 2016

The freedom of speech debate is about to be reignited after a complaint this week demonstrated the ongoing danger of section 18C of the Racial...

Christmas carol ban is out of tune with society

Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd December, 2015

Victoria's public schools are the frontline in the war on Christmas. In an extraordinary decision of the Andrews government, Education Minister...

Keep unions out of superannuation funds

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 2nd December, 2015

The industry superannuation model is in dire need of reform. The scandals that arise because of the conflicts created by union involvement in the...