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The Institute of Public Affairs has established the Legal Rights Project to stand up for the fundamental legal rights of every Australian. Despite the crucial role these rights play in safeguarding our liberties they are often ignored for the sake of political expedience. Increasingly, Australian governments are guilty of removing our right to silence, reversing the onus of proof, granting sweeping discretionary powers to regulators and serious breaches of the rule of law. These legal rights form the bedrock of a peaceful and prosperous society and the Legal Rights Project has been set up to launch a powerful defence of them.

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Is the looming internet filter justified? Not yet

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 5th May, 2015

Is intellectual property "property"? Kinda. Sorta. Not really. That question might seem a bit abstract, on par with...

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...

Why it's OK to strip foreign fighters of citizenship

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 24th March, 2015

Citizenship is one of the central ideas of political philosophy. But not one most people spend a lot of time thinking about. The Abbott Government...

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's metadata move will aid regulators, not security

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
Australian Financial Review 17th March, 2015

The Abbott government has rightly focused on red tape reduction and deregulation. But Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull could well preside...

The Government can revive its 'freedom agenda'

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 6th January, 2015

The promise to repeal or reform Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act may have been shelved, but it is not too late for the Government to...


ICAC should be abolished

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) should be abolished, according to Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In an opinion article in today's edition of The...

Submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

This submission has been drafted in response to an invitation to the Institute of Public Affairs to make a submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor's Inquiry into section 35P of the ASIO Act. Our submission...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015


The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2005 is an internet censorship bill. It creates a new and potentially dangerous power for courts to censor websites. This power is not proportional to the harm it is intended to...