Margaret Chambers

Research Fellow

Margaret Chambers is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs.

A lover of people and ideas, Margaret is particularly interested in the study of history, religion, and Australian settlement. She has a Bachelor of History and Asian Studies, and a Diploma of Mandarin Chinese from the University of Melbourne.

It was at university that Margaret encountered first-hand the militant and censorious nature of socialist political thought. It was witnessed in the tutorial room, common areas, and in weekly efforts to cancel people on campus. Margaret realised that while she may have studied with these people and enjoyed alongside them all the benefits of living in Australia, they clearly did not share her appetite for freedom of speech or respectful debate. While she was willing to tolerate different opinions, these people were not – and they were in alliance with the people who had captured Australia’s institutions. This realisation served as a catalyst for her engagement with classical liberal ideas and conservative politics.

Margaret joined the IPA as an intern in the lead up to the Voice to Parliament referendum. She has conducted research on issues around the Voice and, more broadly, attacks on freedom of speech in Australia.

When she’s not in the office, Margaret enjoys good food, films, and travelling.

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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The Arbiters Of Truth – Analysis Of Fact Checking Organisations During The 2023 Voice Referendum
9 November 2023

The Arbiters Of Truth – Analysis Of Fact Checking Organisations During The 2023 Voice Referendum

The 2023 Voice to Parliament Referendum was characterised by the censorship and regulation of public debate in the name of combatting ‘misinformation’. In partnership with social media companies, ‘fact checking’ organisations assessed the ‘truth’ of claims made about the referendum proposal and sought to stop the circulation of claims found to be ‘false’ or ‘misleading’. The three fact checking organisations
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‘Voices’ Are Stacked Against Remote Indigenous Communities
12 October 2023

‘Voices’ Are Stacked Against Remote Indigenous Communities

In this article, Margaret Chambers contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the Voice to Parliament. The IPA has been researching the consequences a potential Voice to Parliament would have to the political freedom, liberty, and equality of Australians since the Uluru Statement of the Heart was first being drafted. ‘We need to listen to people’ so
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Representations Without Representation: Urban Bias in the Canberra Voice
11 October 2023

Representations Without Representation: Urban Bias in the Canberra Voice

 Click here to download the research report. If an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice (the Voice) is inserted into the Australian Constitution, it will have the power to make ‘representations’ to the Commonwealth parliament and executive government. The power to make representations implies the Voice will be representative. However, analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs finds the Voice
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Tasmania Closing The Gap Without A Divisive Voice To Parliament – State By State Analysis Of Closing The Gap Outcomes
5 October 2023

Tasmania Closing The Gap Without A Divisive Voice To Parliament – State By State Analysis Of Closing The Gap Outcomes

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said that the forthcoming referendum on whether to entrench an Indigenous Voice to Parliament and Executive Government in the Australian Constitution is about ‘listening’ to Indigenous people. But sometimes there needs to be more than just talking and listening, debating and arguing, advocacy and activism. The old Latin adage facta, non verba means deeds, not
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