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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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Innocence has been lost

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 29th August, 2014

The federal Opposition Leader was asked in a press conference this week whether he supports proposed laws that could send journalists to prison for...

Mandatory sentencing: a king hit for courts

Ideas & Liberty and Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 19th August, 2014

You can smell the air of an election in Victoria. On Sunday the Napthine Government announced it wants 10-year mandatory minimum sentences for...

Inquiry a chance to roll back civil rights curbs

Freedom of Speech and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 30th May, 2014

The freedoms inquiry presents the Abbott government with a real opportunity to wind back restrictions on civil liberties and fundamental legal...

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...


Abbott government's copyright proposal is an internet filter by another name

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government's proposal to crack down on online copyright infringement will result in the implementation of a new mandatory internet filter that threatens free speech and digital liberty," said Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights...

Mandatory internet data retention treats all Australians like criminals: IPA


"The federal government's proposed mandatory data retention scheme will be repressive and expensive. It is a fundamental threat to all Australians' privacy and online freedoms," said Chris Berg, policy director of the free market think tank, the...

Chaplains decision a win for democracy

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Today's decision of the High Court of Australia in Williams v The Commonwealth of Australia is a step in the right direction," said Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The...