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Simon Breheny

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Director of Policy

Simon Breheny is Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Simon has been published in the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Canberra Times, the Sunday Tasmanian, the Guardian and the Punch. He is regularly interviewed on radio around the country in relation to legal rights and freedom of speech, and has appeared on ABC1's Q&A, 7.30 and LatelineABC News 24, Channel Ten’s The Project, Channel 7's Weekend Sunrise and Sky News' The Nation, AM AgendaLunchtime Agenda and PM Agenda. Simon is also a regular contributor on ABC’s News Breakfast.

Simon has also appeared as a witness to give expert evidence before the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications, Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee and the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

Simon grew up in central Victoria and attended Catholic College Bendigo before moving to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. While completing his studies, Simon was elected President of the Melbourne University Law Students' Society and appointed Vice-President of the Victorian Council of Law Students' Societies.

Areas of expertise: legal rights, rule of law, legal history and philosophy, freedom of speech, liberal democracy, property rights, privacy, nanny state and regulatory agencies.

Contact details

Telephone: 03 9600 4744

Related publications

Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The only proposal the Federal Cabinet should consider is the full repeal of 18C," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. "Tinkering with the administrative processes of the...

Taxpayer Funded Submissions Distort Inquiry As Racial Hatred Claims Blowout

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Contributions to public debate from taxpayer-funded, ideologically-biased groups distort the public policy process," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Research by the Institute of...

Free Speech Inquiry Disappoints In Failing To Recommend 18C Repeal

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"It is disappointing that the human rights committee has today failed to recommend the complete repeal of 18C as an option for reform in its freedom of speech inquiry report tabled today," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free market...

Legal Rights Audit 2016

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg and Simon Breheny

This report was authored by Simon Breheny and Morgan Begg, with assistance from Jake Fraser This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all...

New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The fundamental legal rights of all Australians are being persistently eroded under federal laws," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA's report entitled Legal Rights Audit...

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There is a better home for superannuation

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 16th March, 2017

Giving people access to their own money is an uncontroversial idea. Young people trying to enter the housing market should be granted access to...

Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 3rd March, 2017

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will be repealed. It won't happen today, and it may not happen in this term of parliament. But section...

Demand Remains For Free Speech

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 2nd March, 2017

It is disappointing that the parliamentary committee charged with looking into one of Australia's most insidious anti-free speech laws has failed...

Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Spectator Australia 17th February, 2017

Australia's race commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is taking on an Orwellian mission this week, telling members of parliament they need to keep free...

18C repeal the only solution on freedom of speech

Ideas & Liberty | Simon Breheny
The Australian 11th November, 2016

Here's a simple idea all lawmakers should adopt: when a law is fundamentally broken, it should be repealed. Not replaced. Repealed. So it is with...