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

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 72: “Parliament Must Do Its Job”
22 July 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 72: “Parliament Must Do Its Job”

After months of contradictory communication about the efficacy of face masks, they’re now increasingly mandatory: in what ways do they work and should we be required to wear them? (1:43-17:00) Federal Parliament has been punted once again after the PM cancelled the next two sitting weeks. With every other Australian business expected to adapt and function as COVIDSafe, why can’t
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 71 “Conspiracy Theories Dismissed Again”
15 July 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 71 “Conspiracy Theories Dismissed Again”

  Well may we say God save the Queen because nothing will save the conspiracy theories about the Whitlam Government’s Dismissal. The released palace letters do however reveal deeper truths about our democracy and the falsity of Republican claims (2:24–25:16) As the US election gets closer, Republican are wondering if Trumpism would survive a loss and what’s in it for
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 70: “Double Déjà vu in Dan’s Victoria”
8 July 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 70: “Double Déjà vu in Dan’s Victoria”

  It’s a double case of Déjà vu in Victoria as it enters Stage 3 lockdown once again, just as the State’s finances look like they’re headed for a crisis reminiscent of the 1990s, meaning the rest of Australia might once again have to bail it out. The panel of Scott Hargreaves, Chris Berg and Daniel look at how the
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 69: “Would You Like Fries With That?”
2 July 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 69: “Would You Like Fries With That?”

  Will the increase in humanities course fees be effective driving job-ready graduates and incentivising academics to deliver meaningful degrees? (03:12–28:00). Modern day ‘witch hunts’ and cancel culture: what has our society come to when militant minorities can make your life hell? (28:01–43:49). The panel discusses the IPA’s new Podcast Five Favourite Books, kicking off with special guest Greg Sheridan
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 68: Falling Statues & Falling Elites
17 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 68: Falling Statues & Falling Elites

  The movement to tear down statues of historical figures and the past they represent has swept across continents. What do these statues represent and what is their place in the collective history of the nation? (1:57–25:24) Former Minister, Adem Somyurek, resigned from the ALP after allegations of branch stacking. What light does this shed on the business model of
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure
10 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure

This week saw thousands of Australians breaking social distancing laws protesting racism. As more people vote with their feet and ignore lockdown laws, is the pandemic effectively over and what does this mean for lockdown laws? (2:15-16:29) The protestors in the United States are now advocating for the police force to be defunded. What is the place for the police
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?
3 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?

As protests and riots break out across America the important issues of policing and police immunities are getting lost, but will feature at election time. But when civil order is challenged by rioters, what options do Governments have but law and order? Is it Trump or the Democrat-controlled cities who have most to do? (2:12-40:02) The Federal Court made a
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.
27 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

As Australia is once again faced with the desperate need to liberalise and our reinvigorate our economy post-lockdown, we’re joined by an intellectual warrior of the last great era of reform in 80’s and 90’s, Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Kasper, to explore what’s similar and what’s different between then and now, and what are the eternal truths about how to mobilise
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?
20 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

Just as Trump throws a grenade at the WHO it agrees to a bodged up review into the coronavirus pandemic. Is there a place for a global health organisation that has underperformed and who is possibly doing more harm than good? (2:20-16:10) Peter Ridd, featured on the IPA’s new Heretic Podcast, was sacked by James Cook University for speaking out
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 63: A Return to Freedom?
13 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 63: A Return to Freedom?

The government has introduced a three-stage plan to return Australians to some form of normalcy. What are these decisions based off and is the uncertainty over the consequences small enough? (2:07-20:30) Sweden has been the most prominent and controversial example of an alternative lockdown model. How does their response shape the debate between social vs medical outcomes of pandemics? (20:30-40:42)
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