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Simon Breheny

Portrait of Simon Breheny

Director, Legal Rights Project and Director, Race Has No Place

Simon Breheny is Director of the Legal Rights Project and Director of Race Has No Place 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

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...

Free speech under attack in Tasmania

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Freedom of speech is under attack after the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission's decision to hear the case against Archbishop Porteous. Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commission has decided the Catholic Church has a case to answer in...

Free speech bill an opportunity for the Turnbull government

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Senator Day's Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014 is a significant opportunity for the Turnbull government to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of speech, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Senate...

Tasmanian anti-discrimination complaint shows freedom of speech is under attack

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"An anti-discrimination complaint against the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart shows that freedom of speech is under attack," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Martine...

Australia is a Nanny State: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Paternalistic government policies have led to Australia becoming a Nanny State, according to a new submission from the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today is appearing in Canberra before the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community...

Related news

Death by a thousand cuts for our liberties

Ideas & Liberty and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 12th June, 2015

Next Monday, June 15, marks the 800th anniversary of King John's signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. As we near this milestone it is a good time to...

ASIC's sad plans to investigate companies for 'bad culture'

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 4th June, 2015

At a time when Australia is in desperate need of investment, Australia's corporate regulator is demonstrating contempt for the rule of law. On...

Mike Baird should abolish the ICAC

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd April, 2015

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is Australia's biggest kangaroo court. It is adept at taking down political figures who fail to...

New bullying watchdog takes nanny state too far

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 17th April, 2015

Two weeks ago a new bill was passed into law that gives a government bureaucrat the power to force children to apologise to one another. The new...

A cigarette that could actually save lives

Deregulation Unit | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 11th March, 2015

Electronic cigarettes may be the greatest tool in the fight against lung cancer that the world has ever seen. They're cheap, convenient and they're...