Michael Barrett

Communications Manager

Michael has an in-house editorial role at the IPA, assisting with the production of its publications and contributing material to the IPA Review and IPA Facts.

Prior to this, he spent 25 years working in and around Australian politics. He has worked as a political party staffer, and as a ministerial adviser at both state and federal levels. He also spent 10 years overseeing advocacy and government relations for two not-for-profits in the health sector.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree from the University of Melbourne. His Honours thesis was entitled “The Electoral Death of the DLP, April-May 1974: A Political Whodunnit”.

Unapologetically old fashioned, Michael recognises the timeless value of constitutional monarchy, the Westminster inheritance, the rule of law, laissez-faire economics, the free exchange of ideas, and smallest possible government.

In addition to Australian political history, Michael’s interests include 20th century English literature, Indian history and society, and all things French. He enjoys travelling, reading and cinema.

He loves good, unpretentious restaurants and believes these are best enjoyed in the company of family or close friends.

UN-believable!
25 March 2024

UN-believable!

The UN Human Rights Council has no business lecturing Australia on the subject of human rights. On 5 October this year, the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a media release in which it urged Australians to vote ‘Yes’ at the referendum on a proposed Voice to Parliament. The release said: UN human rights experts*
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An end to virtue signalling? Don’t bank on it.
19 December 2023

An end to virtue signalling? Don’t bank on it.

Isn’t it strange that the industry excoriated by a Royal Commissioner as recently as 2019 now, a mere four years later, presumes to lecture ordinary Australians on the ethical issues of the day? In his final report into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, former High Court Justice Kenneth Hayne found, first, that “providing a service to
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Re: Joyce
4 September 2023

Re: Joyce

Alan Joyce will depart from his role as Qantas CEO in November, leaving as his legacy one of the world’s most woke airlines. Given its impeccable political correctness, it is somewhat surprising that after declaring a $1.4 billion half-year profit, the airline declined to return any of the $2.7 billion dollars it received in government subsidies during the COVID-19 pandemic. For passengers,
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A Hard Act To Follow
15 April 2023

A Hard Act To Follow

AND THE ACADEMY AWARD GOES TO … THE DOGS.   While the 95th Academy Awards, presented on 12 March this year, were less newsworthy than the 94th, they were reliably woke. Afterwards, it was reported just how much discussion there had been among the film industry’s elite about which actors and actresses most deserved an Oscar, the fundamental criterion being
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