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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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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...

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...


Submission to the Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering


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...

Cyberbullying and public policy


Cyberbullying is a topic of increasing sociological, legal and educational focus. There has been a great deal of media interest in the prevalence and harm caused by cyberbullying. Likewise, there has also been substantial public policy interest in...