Legal Rights Project

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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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Freedom: the forgotten human right

Ideas & Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 12th November, 2013

George Brandis is right. Sure, the phrase 'the freedom agenda' sounds a bit naff. But a reorientation of public policy towards fundamental civil...

Legal rights eroded without a whimper

Legal Rights Project | Vivienne Crompton
Canberra Times 8th November, 2013

The right to silence is under constant threat from the many new laws passed at state and federal level. This legal right forms one of the core...

Innocent on defence with Bill

Ideas & Liberty and Legal Rights Project | Vivienne Crompton
The Mercury 7th November, 2013

The Tasmanian Government should abandon the Bill to introduce unexplained wealth laws. The new law will not catch the crooks, but has a strong...

I'll vouch for vouchers to keep aid on track

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 27th September, 2013

Current legal aid funding arrangements are responsible for an industry that fails to provide quality legal services to clients. Instead, taxpayer...

Automatic Number Plate Recognition erodes civil liberties

Deregulation Unit and Legal Rights Project | David Jancik
Courier Mail 15th September, 2013

Governments are pushing harder and harder in their abuse of our personal information. From blanket coverage with CCTV, to the federal attempt last...

We all deserve the right to be free to disagree

Freedom of Speech and Legal Rights Project | Vivienne Crompton
Mercury 25th June, 2013

Why is the Tasmanian Government so eager to repeat the Gillard Government's attack on freedom of speech? The Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill...


Poll: Australians want more free speech, not less

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Fairfax-Nielsen polling published today in Fairfax newspapers showing 88% support for laws against conduct that "offends, insults or humiliates" is contradicted by Galaxy Research polling, which shows that 82% of Australians value the right to...

Abbott government's changes to Racial Discrimination Act a win for freedom of speech - Institute of Public Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government's announcement this morning that it will amend the Racial Discrimination Act is a victory for freedom of speech in Australia," said Simon Breheny, Director, Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of...

Coalition must deliver on free speech promise

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government must rule out introducing any new laws that would restrict freedom of speech," said Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Mr Breheny's comments follow...