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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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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...

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...


Submission to the Legislative Council Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg

Establishing by statute a ‘tobacco-free generation' is effectively prohibition by stealth, which will separate Tasmanians into two separate classes. Prohibition is ineffective as it strengthens the illicit tobacco market, which has been...

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...