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.

Federation Vote A Poor Example For Voice
9 February 2023

Federation Vote A Poor Example For Voice

The 1899 referendum created outcomes nearly the opposite of what Yes voters had been told would happen. Some of the arguments for an Indigenous Voice to parliament are stronger than others. One of the least persuasive arguments for the Voice is that Australians should support it in the same way a century ago the population of the colonies said yes to federation.
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New Poll: Majority of Australians Support 26 January As Australia Day
23 January 2023

New Poll: Majority of Australians Support 26 January As Australia Day

62% of Australians agree Australia Day should be celebrated on 26 January, according to a new poll commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs. The poll of 1,000 Australians found that 62% of respondents agreed with the statement ‘Australia Day should be celebrated on 26 January’, 17% disagreed and 21% had no opinion. “A strong majority of Australians still support
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Pensioner Power Beats Migrant Workers
12 January 2023

Pensioner Power Beats Migrant Workers

This article was originally published in the Australian Financial Review. In this article, John Roskam contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australia’s worker shortage crisis and how that affects Australia’s economic freedom and prosperity. The IPA has been dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic freedom through research and analysis since its inception in
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The Liberals Face 2023 Lost In Electoral No-man’s Land
2 January 2023

The Liberals Face 2023 Lost In Electoral No-man’s Land

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 2 January 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. Labor is basking in an aura of competence. The Liberals do not even
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Who Stands For The Free Market?
15 December 2022

Who Stands For The Free Market?

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 1 December 2022 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. When business stops advocating for the benefits of competition and the danger of
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Liberals Must Learn That Aspiration Is For The Young Too
1 December 2022

Liberals Must Learn That Aspiration Is For The Young Too

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 1 December 2022 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. Jordan Peterson has no problem appealing to young people but, as demonstrated in
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Victoria’s Election Free-for-all
17 November 2022

Victoria’s Election Free-for-all

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 17 November 2022 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. Government debt has grown to such an extent that both sides of politics
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Reflections On The 2022 Election
9 November 2022

Reflections On The 2022 Election

The 2022 federal election ended eight and a half years of what was, in general, a mediocre Coalition government. I say ‘in general’ because the two years of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership were the exception. Abbott promised to do three key things – ‘axe the [carbon] tax’, ‘stop the boats’, and ‘fix the budget’. He delivered on the first two.
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Dutton Plays The Culture Card
3 November 2022

Dutton Plays The Culture Card

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 3 November 2022 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. Even Dutton’s own side warn him off “populist” issues. But there is not
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A Wake-up Call For Economic Liberals
20 October 2022

A Wake-up Call For Economic Liberals

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on or about 20 October 2022 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’s foolish to claim the destruction of Liz Truss is the best thing
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