Bella d'Abrera

Director, Foundations of Western Civilisation Program

Dr Bella d’Abrera is the Director, Foundations of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs. She has BA in History and Spanish from Monash University, an MA in Spanish from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge.

She has written and illustrated a children’s book, is the author of The Tribunal of Zaragoza and Crypto-Judaism 1484-1515 and a trilogy on the English Reformation. She is currently on the Advisory Committee for the National Archives and is also member of ‘History Reclaimed’ a counter-offensive against “fake history” comprising a group of more than 40 senior UK and Anglosphere academics.

Bella is a regular contributor to The Spectator Australia, the Herald Sun, the Daily Telegraph and The Australian., and appears regularly on Sky News.

Oppression, Dispossession And Massacres
10 May 2024

Oppression, Dispossession And Massacres

In this article Dr. Bella d’Arbrera contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. When Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan appeared at the Yoorrook Justice Commission’s ‘truth telling’ inquiry last week, she sought to perpetuate the myth that
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Home-schooling Seeks To Avoid The Cluttered National Curriculum
10 May 2024

Home-schooling Seeks To Avoid The Cluttered National Curriculum

In this article Dr.Bella d’Arbrera contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum. It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. The Queensland government has declared war
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Vandalism Of The Decolonisers
11 April 2024

Vandalism Of The Decolonisers

In this article, Bella d’Arbrera contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the teaching of history at universities, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The Foundations of Western Civilisation Program was established in 2011 to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing many of
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Bella d’Abrera Discussing the National Curriculum on Outsiders – Sky News Australia
25 March 2024

Bella d’Abrera Discussing the National Curriculum on Outsiders – Sky News Australia

On 24 March 2024, Dr. Bella d’Abrera appeared on Outsiders to discuss the IPA’s research on the national curriculum. All media appearances posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript of the interview. Rowan Dean: But now a special treat live here, a live whackademia. Yes, it’s the
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Dreamtime Maths
21 March 2024

Dreamtime Maths

In this article, Bella d’Arbrera contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The Foundations of Western Civilisation Program was established in 2011 to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing many of the liberties enjoyed
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‘Cancelling’ NAPLAN The Perfect Cover For Sliding Student Results
17 March 2024

‘Cancelling’ NAPLAN The Perfect Cover For Sliding Student Results

In this article, Bella d’Abrera contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The Foundations of Western Civilisation Program was established in 2011 to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing many of the liberties enjoyed
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More Funding Not The Answer To Fix Our Education Woes
8 March 2024

More Funding Not The Answer To Fix Our Education Woes

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Bella d’Arbrera contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum and government spending, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. Parents can hardly be blamed for feeling pleased when they hear more money is to be spent on their child’s education. For more than a decade,
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Despite Record Funding, Declining Results Highlight Education Failure
6 March 2024

Despite Record Funding, Declining Results Highlight Education Failure

“A ‘back-to-basics’ approach to education in Australia has never been more urgent. Today, governments at all levels are spending record amounts but results continue to decline. Without serious reform our students will continue to fail,” said Dr Bella d’Abrera, Director of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs. New research by the Institute of Public Affairs, released today,
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More Government Spending Does Not Produce Better Educational Outcomes
6 March 2024

More Government Spending Does Not Produce Better Educational Outcomes

Key Findings On 31 January 2024, the federal government announced a new education funding agreement with the State of Western Australia to ‘build a better and fairer education system’. The agreement would mean an additional billion dollars in state and federal government funding to WA schools over a five-year period, and if replicated in all states, could mean an additional
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Bella d’Abrera Discussing How Schools Are Teaching A Biased View Of Australian History And Why The National Curriculum Must Be Abolished On 4BC Mornings – 19 January 2024
19 January 2024

Bella d’Abrera Discussing How Schools Are Teaching A Biased View Of Australian History And Why The National Curriculum Must Be Abolished On 4BC Mornings – 19 January 2024

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Dr Bella d’Abrera joined Bill McDonald on 4BC Mornings to discuss IPA research on the national curriculum and why it should be abolished. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript of the interview. Bill McDonald : And we’re going to
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