John Roskam

Senior Fellow

John Roskam is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Australian Way of Life at the Institute of Public Affairs. He served as Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs from 2005 to 2022. Before joining the IPA he taught political theory at the University of Melbourne. He was previously the Executive Director of The Menzies Research Centre in Canberra, has been a senior adviser and chief of staff to federal and state education ministers, and was the manager of government and corporate affairs for a global mining company.

His publications include Australia's Education Choices (with Professor Brian Caldwell), 'Terrorism and Poverty' in Blaming Ourselves, 'Liberalism and Social Welfare' in Liberalism and the Australian Federation, and 'The Liberal Party and the Great Split' in The Split Fifty Years Later.

His fortnightly column appears in The Australian Financial Review. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Australian Journal of Public Administration, and Connor Court Publishing, and the Advisory Board of The Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia in Victoria, and is an Honorary Fellow of Campion College.

Higgins ‘cover-up’ no Watergate. It was another ‘Russsiagate’
18 April 2024

Higgins ‘cover-up’ no Watergate. It was another ‘Russsiagate’

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 18 April 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. It might not be Australia’s own version of “Russiagate”, but there are more
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A Governor-general From The Chairman’s Lounge
4 April 2024

A Governor-general From The Chairman’s Lounge

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 4 April 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The PM is truer than he knows when he says Sam Mostyn represents
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Loser Victoria Shouldn’t Be A GST Winner
15 March 2024

Loser Victoria Shouldn’t Be A GST Winner

In this article, John Roskam contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research into Australia’s economic prosperity. Any federal government, Labor or Liberal, that’s serious about reforming Commonwealth-state relations would stop rewarding the Victorian government’s disastrous financial mismanagement. The office sweepstakes for the Melbourne Cup is a tradition in Victoria. There are prizes for those holding the ticket for the horses that
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Dunkley Is The Liberal Party’s Chance To Advance On Morrison
1 March 2024

Dunkley Is The Liberal Party’s Chance To Advance On Morrison

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 29 February 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The timing of the former PM’s departure with the byelection is coincidental but
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Dutton Needs His Own Version Of Fightback
15 February 2024

Dutton Needs His Own Version Of Fightback

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 15 February 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. As the Coalition tries to work out a way forward on tax, the
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Tax Cuts Reveal Albanese Is Brazen And Cynical
1 February 2024

Tax Cuts Reveal Albanese Is Brazen And Cynical

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 1 February 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. After this, the suggestion that now is a good time to start a
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Enter The Liberal Party, Working-class Heroes
18 January 2024

Enter The Liberal Party, Working-class Heroes

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 18 January 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The Liberals have won over the battlers before. Now they have a new
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Existential panic at the ivory tower
5 January 2024

Existential panic at the ivory tower

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on 4 January 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The Claudine Gay fiasco at Harvard has triggered a US debate about the purpose of
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Australians Reject The Political Voice Of Big Business
22 December 2023

Australians Reject The Political Voice Of Big Business

“The Voice to Parliament referendum proved a turning point in the relationship between big business, mainstream Australians and centre-right politics. Big business will not be forgiven for trying to divide Australians,” said John Roskam, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Released today, results from the most comprehensive exit poll undertaken at the time of the Voice to Parliament
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Why Penny Wong And Academic Elites Are Wrong On Gaza
14 December 2023

Why Penny Wong And Academic Elites Are Wrong On Gaza

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 14 December 2023 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. Foreign Minister Penny Wong demonstrated the moral corruption of the UN and the
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