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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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If you're worried about privacy, you should worry about the 2016 census

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 16th March, 2016

If you blinked, you missed it. On December 18 last year, the Australia Bureau of Statistics announced that at the 2016 census in August it would,...

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...

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...

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...


South Australia's sentencing reforms are a step in the right direction: Institute of Public Affairs


"South Australia's sentencing changes are a step in the right direction. By placing non-violent and white collar offenders in home detention, we can relieve government budgets of the high cost of incarceration", said Chris Berg, Senior Fellow with...

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...

Legal rights audit 2015


This report illustrates the increasing regulatory burden, and the extent to which legal rights continue to be breached in new laws passed every year. This has been measured by assessing the volume and content of all legislation passed by the...