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.

Real Conservatives
13 August 2012

Real Conservatives

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Executive Director of the IPA, John Roskam. This is a marvellous book. It has many things to recommend it. A list of the book’s many merits would go something like this (in order of importance): it’s interesting; it’s opinionated; it’s extremely readable; it explains why John Major
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Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia
5 August 2012

Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia

If Tony Abbott wants to leave a lasting impact – and secure his place in history – he needs to take his inspiration from Australia’s most left-wing prime minister. No prime minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam. The key is that he did it in less than three years. In a flurry of frantic activity, Whitlam established universal healthcare,
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An Economists’ Guide To Life
19 April 2012

An Economists’ Guide To Life

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Executive Director of the IPA, John Roskam. If Ian Harper had been American instead of an Australian, and if he been a professor at the University of Chicago instead of the Melbourne Business School, Economics for Life would have been a hit on The New York Times
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25 February 2009

100 Great Book Of Liberty: The Essential Introduction To The Greatest Idea Of Western Civilisation

100 Great Books of Liberty is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the books which made liberty the most important idea of Western Civilisation. From Plato’s The Republic and The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, to Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, these 100 books have laid the foundation for the modern world. Covering history, biography, philosophy, politics,
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