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.

Dan’s Debacle Shows Why Democracy Matters
11 September 2020

Dan’s Debacle Shows Why Democracy Matters

The debacle that is the response of Australia’s state governments to the coronavirus pandemic has provoked claims such as “the federation is broken” and “the PM must do something about it”. In Melbourne, at the moment, a much-discussed option (and wistful hope) is that if Daniel Andrews doesn’t resign, then somehow he’s sacked by either the state’s governor or even
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Dan’s Divine Rule Betrays Our History
28 August 2020

Dan’s Divine Rule Betrays Our History

Most Victorians wouldn’t have a clue what you were talking about if you said Premier Daniel Andrews was acting like King Charles I. Coronavirus or not, the government of the state of Victoria – with its arbitrary police arrests, the locking of people in their homes and the bankrupting of their businesses by executive decree, and the suspension of Parliament to avoid any
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Double Standard At Play As PM Stays Silent On Andrews
14 August 2020

Double Standard At Play As PM Stays Silent On Andrews

If Daniel Andrews were a bank chief executive instead of a state premier, he would have been forced to resign weeks ago. And the person leading the demands for Andrews’ resignation would have been the Prime Minister himself, Scott Morrison. In 2018 when he was treasurer, Morrison called for, as described at the time, “heads to roll” at Commonwealth Bank
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Stage 4 A $3.17 Billion Hit Per Week To The Victorian Economy
3 August 2020

Stage 4 A $3.17 Billion Hit Per Week To The Victorian Economy

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has estimated that Stage 4 restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government will hit Gross State Product by $3.17 billion per week. This is based on the New Zealand Reserve Bank which estimated that during stage four GDP in New Zealand was 37 percent lower than it would’ve been without lockdown. “The
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The Rage Of The Economics Establishment
31 July 2020

The Rage Of The Economics Establishment

An article on these pages last weekend by this newspaper’s economics correspondent, Matthew Cranston, titled “We need reform like we’ve never seen before” revealed everything that’s wrong with what Australians are told about economics. And it reveals why many people were apoplectic when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg dared suggest there were lessons to be learnt from the success of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald
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Australia’s Future With Tony Abbott And John Roskam: New IPA Podcast Series
16 July 2020

Australia’s Future With Tony Abbott And John Roskam: New IPA Podcast Series

The 28th Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, AC joined the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, John Roskam, in a new three-part podcast series to discuss the future of the Australian way of life. “The Australian way of life – hard work, free enterprise, home-ownership, egalitarianism and love of country – is special. But it is currently
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There Is No Smoking Sceptre At The Palace
15 July 2020

There Is No Smoking Sceptre At The Palace

The release of the “Palace Letters” reveals Queen Elizabeth had as much to do with the dismissal of the Whitlam government as did the CIA. The correspondence, now made public, between Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace reveals very little that’s new or interesting, other than that Kerr deliberately did not tell the Queen that he was planning to sack the prime
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ABC Adept At Playing Cuts Victim
3 July 2020

ABC Adept At Playing Cuts Victim

The current behaviour of the ABC’s management and staff is a perfect demonstration of just how removed the national broadcaster has become from mainstream Australia. By complaining the way it has about the Coalition government’s failure to index increases in its funding over the next three years, the ABC has succeeded in making the case for its eventual privatisation more
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The Tyranny Of The Righteous Mob
19 June 2020

The Tyranny Of The Righteous Mob

“Like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children” is a phrase relevant to what’s happening to universities, media organisations, and even to fashionably “woke” comedians. Another apposite phrase is to be “hoist by one’s own petard”. The demand to remove from public life any acknowledgment of anyone or anything identified as potentially racist has existed in various forms for a number
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We Need To Do Reform, Not Talk It
5 June 2020

We Need To Do Reform, Not Talk It

With the economy in recession, Prime Minister Scott Morrison should spend less time trying to be popular and attempting to be everyone’s friend and more time advocating for the policies that will get Australians back into jobs. When he stood up at the National Press Club last week, the Prime Minister could have announced corporate tax cuts, or reductions in red
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