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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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A treaty with first Australians is divisive and dangerous

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 8th July, 2016

The concept of a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is illogical and divisive. The current push for such a document is...

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...


The case for the repeal of section 18C

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

This report was authored by Chris Berg, Simon Breheny, Morgan Begg, Andrew Bushnell & Sab Reinehr. Below is an excerpt from the foreward by John Roskam.   In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War - a war fought to defend human...

Repeal, not reform, of section 18C the only way forward for free speech: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs is calling for the full repeal of section 18C as the only adequate protection for freedom of speech, in a comprehensive submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry...

Frequently asked questions about Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Question:  What was Section 18C intended to do? Answer: On 15 November 1994 in his Second Reading speech to the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 (which introduced Section 18C) the then Attorney-General, Mr Lavarch said: "The Racial Hatred Bill is...