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

Looking Forward Episode 82: Pollies’ Prison Prospects: Stunning Own Goal
30 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 82: Pollies’ Prison Prospects: Stunning Own Goal

Victoria has been electrified by the prospect that politicians and public servants from the Premier down could be charged and even jailed for deaths attributable to the Hotel Quarantine fiasco, under tendentious new industrial manslaughter laws only recently enacted by the Andrews Government. Governments must be held to account, but is this the job of the courts, or Parliaments and
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Looking Forward Episode 81: RBG & After, Plus: Who’s Replacing Nettle?
23 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 81: RBG & After, Plus: Who’s Replacing Nettle?

This week saw the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and immediate controversy about who will replace her on the United States’ Supreme Court, as the Democrats invent reasons to stall the process. The panellists reflect on the career of a remarkable advocate and jurist, and examine how the Republican push in the Senate to confirm a Trump nomination as replacement
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Looking Forward Episode 80: Tear Down That Wall
17 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 80: Tear Down That Wall

There are hard borders with no sign of let up across Australia, as State Premiers spuriously justify all decisions as being on the basis of medical advice while enjoying the populist support for supposedly keeping out the virus. But they can only do so because in our crazy fiscally frazzled federation the Feds pick up the bill for the economic
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Looking Forward Episode 79: Victorians Have Made Their Bed
9 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 79: Victorians Have Made Their Bed

   The Deputy CMO says to Victorians “make your bed”, but they’re fraying at the edges as their Premier loses credibility for refusing to admit he is pursuing a virus eradication strategy – something achieved literally nowhere in the world. How diabolical is the combination of political spin and ceaseless nudging from the army of “public health” advisers? And
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Looking Forward Episode 78: Hello? My BRI’s Stopped Working
2 September 2020

Looking Forward Episode 78: Hello? My BRI’s Stopped Working

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced new legislation to ensure agreement the States, councils and universities have with foreign governments are consistent with Australian foreign policy. What does this mean for the relations with China and are there any risks with giving the Federal Government further powers? (2:05-15:48). What are the risks with the Victorian Government’s Belt and Road
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Looking Forward Episode 77: COVID19 At The Crossroads
26 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 77: COVID19 At The Crossroads

After six months of COVID19 in Australia the panel discusses whether it’s time to say this is the new normal, and that we can neither wait for a vaccine nor indefinitely extend emergency powers. Australian PM Scott Morrison announced a deal with AstraZenica for provide a coronavirus vaccine for all Australians in 2021, but is that even feasible or just
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Looking Forward Episode 76: The Golden Age of Libertarian Scepticism
19 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 76: The Golden Age of Libertarian Scepticism

On this special episode of the IPA’s Looking Forward, co-host Chris Berg interviews Russ Roberts from the Hoover Institution, known to most as the long-standing host of Econtalk, and also Professor Mike Munger from Duke University, who is well known as a libertarian economist and political candidate. Is the Pandemic just the perfect example of Hayek’s Knowledge Problem, that knowledge
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Looking Forward Episode 75: Just the Ticket for Biden?
12 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 75: Just the Ticket for Biden?

Joe Biden has decided Kamala Harris is to be his pick as vice president based on the fact she is an African-American woman. Should identity politics have a place in the presidential campaign, or should people of power be chosen rather on merit? (3:27-25:20). Dan Tehan has announced a review into Robert French’s freedom of speech on campus model. Should
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Looking Forward Episode 74: Mission Accomplished!
5 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 74: Mission Accomplished!

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews is seemingly delighted to have brought Victoria to an unprecedented standstill as he pursues eradication of the runaway coronavirus. But what will be the economic costs and how confident can we be that it will actually work, especially as second, third and fourth waves are reported across the globe? Where is accountability for past and present
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Looking Forward Episode 73: High Court Next Step For Ridd
30 July 2020

Looking Forward Episode 73: High Court Next Step For Ridd

Intellectual inquiry at Universities is under threat after the Federal Court overturned Peter Ridd’s initial victory in the Federal Circuit Court. What influenced the court’s decision and what does it mean? (0:00-26:24) Welcome reform of Australia’s model defamation laws has been accepted by all states. How has defamation law been blocking free speech and what change will reform bring for
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