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James Paterson

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Director of Development and Communications

James Paterson is Director of Development and Communications. James' articles have appeared in The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, the Herald Sun, the Courier Mail, Quadrant, Spectator Australia, ABC The Drum and The Punch.

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Victories for free speech


Canada's successful effort to repeal laws that curtail freedom of speech demonstrates that restoring free speech is possible, but far from guaranteed. It's taken their Conservative government six years to take action on an unpopular law which...

Margaret Thatcher

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

Today's funeral for Margaret Thatcher in London provides an opportunity to reflect on her incredible legacy as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, says the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. "Australian politicians should...

James Paterson on Q&A

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The ghost written article the government wanted us to publish


Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says this article, secretly written by his department and offered to the IPA Review, is ‘a huge improvement on the rubbish they normally print'. We thought we'd print this...

Why the press gallery failed us, and why they will again

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam and James Paterson

One of the most revealing stories in modern Australian politics comes from James Button-a speechwriter for Kevin Rudd for a short time in 2009. Button's recent and fascinating book, Speechless: A year in my father's business, details the now...

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Ignore the hysteria: it's time we privatised the tone-deaf, left-leaning ABC

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | James Paterson
The Age 30th January, 2014

No media organisation is above criticism - even from a prime minister. That's especially the case when the media organisation in question is funded...

Conroy's media regulation proposals fail the public interest test

Freedom of Speech and Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | James Paterson
The Australian 13th March, 2013

All politicians are self-interested. But few are as shameless as Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. His proposed "media reforms" may be a...

James Paterson's Diary

Ideas & Liberty | James Paterson
The Spectator Australia 15th February, 2013

The best thing about appearing on Q&A is not hanging out with Tony Jones backstage, or even appearing before 700,000 viewers on ABC1. It's...

Should the government restrict super-sizing junk food?

Food & Environment, Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit, Food and Nanny State | James Paterson
Herald Sun 30th September, 2012

There's a lot of competition for the most stupid Nanny State proposal. But if forced to choose, plans to restrict serving sizes would have to take...

Time to reduce government

Deregulation Unit | James Paterson
Think and Grow Rich Magazine 19th June, 2012

Classical liberals often convince themselves that a small government agenda could never be politically popular in Australia. Two new polls suggest...