Chris Berg

Adjunct Fellow

Chris Berg was a fellow and policy director with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2004 and 2017. He was an adjunct fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2017 and 2020.
Visit his website at chrisberg.org

Chris Berg’s Response To Question On Notice
24 February 2017

Chris Berg’s Response To Question On Notice

Dear Committee, At the Sydney public hearings on the Select Committee on Red Tape on 24 February 2017, Senator Dastyari asked me to take on notice a “large ideological question”: “do we want socialism in one country or perpetual revolution?” I am glad to supply an answer to this question. Download the full response here
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IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option
13 February 2017

IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today warned that only full repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would fix the problems with the provision that have been identified in the ongoing joint parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech. Reports in The Australian today suggest that members of the Turnbull government are considering
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Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses
1 February 2017

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

Workplace relations, taxation and the regulation of alcohol are only some of the costly and complex burdens facing Australian hospitality and related industries. This paper is an enquiry into one subset of these burdens, liquor licensing, which impacts businesses from supermarkets to small bars. Liquor licensing refers to state-based regulatory restrictions on the sale of alcohol on premises (e.g. bars),
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Highlights: The IPA’s Facebook Live coverage of Dr Chris Berg and Simon Breheny
1 February 2017

Highlights: The IPA’s Facebook Live coverage of Dr Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

The IPA’s Dr Chris Berg and Simon Breheny presented the case for 18C repeal to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. The IPA was live at the hearing, here are some of the highlights.   Full coverage the IPA’s presentation to the Joint Committee can be found here: 
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Stop This Greed
30 January 2017

Stop This Greed

This paper is a critique of the political claims which have accompanied the debate about multinational tax avoidance, both at the OECD and within Australia. The movement within Australia provides an example of domestic policymakers adapting arguments pushed by international bodies to fit local political agendas. Australia provides a useful example for two reasons. First, Australia’s leaders used its presidency
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The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C
9 December 2016

The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C

Below is an excerpt from the foreword of this report by John Roskam. In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War – a war fought to defend human freedom – the Institute of Public Affairs was founded. Enshrined in the Constitution of the Institute of Public Affairs is the objective to ‘further the individual, social, political and economic
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Trump’s Tax Revolution
1 December 2016

Trump’s Tax Revolution

The meaning of this US presidential election will be picked over for decades. But time is a luxury in politics. Australia’s political class is right now trying to draw some lessons from Donald Trump’s unexpected victory. Bill Shorten was first out of the blocks, targeting skilled migration and the 457 visa scheme with what he calls an ‘aggressive Australia First’
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Progress On The Fight To Repeal 18C
23 November 2016

Progress On The Fight To Repeal 18C

This article first appeared in the November 2016 Edition of the IPA Review and is written by the Editor of the IPA Review, Chris Berg. Policy change doesn’t happen overnight. Supporters of freedom of speech were palpably disappointed that the Abbott government abandoned its promise to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in August 2014—branding it a ‘needless
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QUT Case Thrown Out
4 November 2016

QUT Case Thrown Out

We’re live in Brisbane outside the Federal Circuit Court. The case against three former students of QUT has just been thrown out. Here’s the IPA’s Morgan Begg and Chris Berg.
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8 September 2016

Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle underpinning our submission is the idea of ‘permissionless innovation’. That is, we believe a quality regulatory system, one that deals well with disruptive technologies and business
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