John Storey

Director, Law and Policy

John Storey is the Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs Legal Rights Program.

John is a lawyer, author and military historian. John has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Victoria University and has been a practicing lawyer for two decades. He was a partner in a large national law firm and founded and managed his own law firm as managing director. John’s legal practice has primarily been in the areas of taxation and commercial law.

John is also a published author. His recent book Big Wars – Why do they happen and when will the next one be? looks at global historical trends in military technology and tactics and what they can tell us about how warfare will look into the future.

John joined the IPA because he is passionate about free speech, the rule of law, and protecting Australia’s classical liberal heritage. John is an avid reader on the topics of history, politics and security issues and is a sought-after public speaker on tax, legal and military matters.

John loves camping and 4X4ing, NBA basketball, and watching science fiction and war movies.

Prime Minister Peddling Misinformation About Misinformation Laws
23 April 2024

Prime Minister Peddling Misinformation About Misinformation Laws

“The federal government is blatantly misleading the public in linking the terrible attacks in Sydney to its proposed misinformation laws, which are designed to do nothing more than censor the opinion of mainstream Australians online,” said John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. In seeking to use the recent knife attack at Bondi Junction,
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John Storey Discussing Squatting And Property Rights 3AW Afternoons – 15 April 2024
15 April 2024

John Storey Discussing Squatting And Property Rights 3AW Afternoons – 15 April 2024

The Institute of Public Affairs’ John Storey was on 3AW Afternoons with Tony Moclair to discuss the IPA’s research into Australia’s housing shortage. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript of the interview. Tony Moclair: So Gordon Ramsay, squatters is in the pub. He’s not
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IPA Research: Internet Censorship Laws Must be Abandoned Due To Fact Checking Bias
1 April 2024

IPA Research: Internet Censorship Laws Must be Abandoned Due To Fact Checking Bias

“The federal government’s deeply flawed, anti-free speech misinformation laws must be shelved as new research has uncovered the entrenched bias of Australia’s main fact checking organisations,” said John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA released a new report analysing the fact checking investigations undertaken by the three main fact checking organisations
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Fact Check Or Stacked Deck?
1 April 2024

Fact Check Or Stacked Deck?

Analysis of Australian fact checking organisations from 2019 to 2024 Under the federal government’s proposed Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023, social media companies can be penalised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority for failing to remove “misinformation” and “disinformation” from their platforms. It is expected that the social media companies will outsource to fact checking
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Australia Censored Episode 4:  Do Liberty And Political Rights Still Have A Role In The Digital Age?
27 March 2024

Australia Censored Episode 4: Do Liberty And Political Rights Still Have A Role In The Digital Age?

In this episode of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs, talks to a tireless defender of freedom, IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. John and Scott discuss the threats to free speech at home and abroad and poses the question: do classical enlightenment principles of liberty and political rights still have
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Mass Migration And State ‘Voices’ Fuel Distrust In Democracy
27 March 2024

Mass Migration And State ‘Voices’ Fuel Distrust In Democracy

In this article, John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research into the government’s unplanned migration policies and its affect on Australia’s economic prosperity. Opinion polls from around the world show an accelerating decline in trust in democracy. In a recent American poll, only 28 per cent of adults said they were satisfied with the way democracy worked in their
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Dystopian Google Gemini Shows Why Misinformation Laws Are Flawed
16 March 2024

Dystopian Google Gemini Shows Why Misinformation Laws Are Flawed

In this article, Director of Law and Policy John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on misinformation laws and how it affects the political freedom of mainstream Australians. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. No matter how many revelations came to light of the rampant political bias of social media companies – the collusion with the Biden
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Truth In Political Advertising’ A Disguise For Elites’ Attack On Free Speech And Democracy
14 March 2024

Truth In Political Advertising’ A Disguise For Elites’ Attack On Free Speech And Democracy

“So-called ‘truth in political advertising’ laws are nothing more than a brazen attack on free speech, and are fundamentally designed to shut down political opposition to the agendas of the federal government and the political elite,” said John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, it has been reported that the federal government is
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Australia Censored Episode 3:  Free Speech And Civil Liberties Online With Andrew Lowenthal
23 February 2024

Australia Censored Episode 3: Free Speech And Civil Liberties Online With Andrew Lowenthal

In this episode of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs talks to Andrew Lowenthal. Andrew is an investigative journalist and Executive Director of liber-net, a digital civil liberties initiative. Liber-net focus is to reestablish free speech and civil liberties as the default standard for our networked age. Andrew worked on
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Australia Censored Episode 2:  Was The Voice Defeated Due To Misinformation With Professor James Allan
16 February 2024

Australia Censored Episode 2: Was The Voice Defeated Due To Misinformation With Professor James Allan

In this episode of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs talks to Professor James Allan, Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. Professor Allan and John discuss the 2023 Voice referendum and how the Yes campaign blamed the result on “misinformation”. Will this be used to help justify
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