Lana Starkey

Research Fellow

Lana Starkey is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs.

A writer with a wealth of experience in academe, Lana joined the IPA in 2023 amidst a crisis of freedom of speech on campus. Drawn to the IPA’s commitment to the Enlightenment values of open and honest debate and factually based research, Lana comes to the IPA with its emphasis on rigour and balance front of mind.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in Philosophy from the University of Queensland and a deferred Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature. Her thesis Scepticism and the Essay as genre in seventeenth-century England is pending publication.

Lana has extensive experience lecturing and tutoring at universities and has presented papers at academic conferences in Australian, the UK, and Europe, winning various scholarships and awards including a grant from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions in Europe 1100-1800 and the ASCP Best Postgraduate Paper.

She has published in leading academic journals, literary magazines, and writes regularly for Quadrant, The Spectator Australia, and The Hungarian Conservative.

Not Conservative Enough?
12 July 2024

Not Conservative Enough?

This article was originally published in The Spectator Australia on or about 12 July 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. ‘Not conservative enough?’ Never mind Burke, Rishi Sunak’s illiberalism is to blame for
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Hungary For More
10 May 2024

Hungary For More

Demographic lessons from Hungary and Japan suggest Australia’s way forward must value family and productivity alike, write IPA Research Fellows Brianna McKee and Lana Starkey. Japan’s economy is no longer the world’s third largest, after the country slipped into a recession late last year and fell to fourth spot behind Germany. In what could now be considered an ominous parliamentary
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Bite Your Tongue
10 May 2024

Bite Your Tongue

British academic Doug Stokes’ latest book suggests the decolonisation movement makes itself look ridiculous by poking its tongue out at the West, writes IPA Research Fellow Lana Starkey. Writing in The Nation in 1997, American author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich and then ethnology graduate student Janet McIntosh relayed social psychologist Phoebe Ellsworth’s recent experience at an interdisciplinary seminar on
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Woke Madness Hot Potato
25 March 2024

Woke Madness Hot Potato

The fight against wokeness is winnable if we embrace our heresy and champion Enlightenment values, writes IPA Research Fellow Lana Starkey. Woke is the West’s most misunderstood nomenclature, topping the list of the most searched for slang words this year. While the Oxford English Dictionary added the term in 2017 and defined it as “alert to racial or social discrimination
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Decolonising (Or Radicalising) The Curriculum
26 February 2024

Decolonising (Or Radicalising) The Curriculum

In this article, Lana Starkey contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Victoria’s year 12 English reading list, and how this is failing high school students. It appears our educational elites have learned nothing from 2023’s referendum on the Voice to Parliament. Despite promises of a ‘back to basics’ curriculum, this year Victorian teachers will have to
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Illusion Of Choice: New Rules Mandate Woke Texts In Victorian Schools
19 February 2024

Illusion Of Choice: New Rules Mandate Woke Texts In Victorian Schools

Key Findings On 29 January 2024, schoolchildren in Victoria will be returning to classes, with approximately 60,000 undertaking their final year of secondary education. Most of the 60,000 year 12 students will take VCE English, and VCE English teachers will be instructing from a list of 36 texts on the 2024 VCE English text list. This analysis has been undertaken
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Learn From Sad History
20 October 2023

Learn From Sad History

Millennials’ support for ‘socialism’ would wane if they were taught more of its true nature and tragic history, report IPA Research Fellows Lana Starkey and Colleen Harkin. Long branded narcissistic, entitled, and politically apathetic, the ‘Me me me’ millennial generation—those born between 1980 and 2000—are now the largest voting group in Australia. If the polls are correct, their attitude towards
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Fear And Loathing In Post-Covid Australia
25 April 2023

Fear And Loathing In Post-Covid Australia

Three years ago, I was approached at a pub in Brisbane by a television station reporting on the mask mandates to be put in place by our state premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk. I was asked what I thought of having to wear a mask and remain seated when at cafes, restaurants, and pubs. I said it was a laugh and that
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