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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

Tax, infrastructure and red tape promises put 31,000 Victorian jobs at risk

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny and Brett Hogan

"Election promises that increase taxes and red tape will have very real consequences for the Victorian economy, leading to job losses and creating uncertainty in the labour market," said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think...

Submission to the Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

On 24 February 2016, the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission. The proposed National Integrity Commissioner has been likened to a "federal ICAC", in reference...

Turnbull government must act on Law Reform Commission freedoms report

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Australian Law Reform Commission report released today presents the Turnbull government with a significant opportunity to increase the freedoms of all Australians," said Simon Breheny, Director, Legal Rights Project at free market think tank...

Submission to the Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

It is the longstanding view of the Institute of Public Affairs that governments ought to respect the autonomous decision of consumers to gamble with their own money, as the choice to do so reflects their individual preferences. In this...

IPA welcomes indigenous recognition council announcement

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The Institute of Public Affairs welcomes the announcement of a bipartisan advisory council on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. "The IPA believes that all Australians are equal. The Australian Constitution...

Related news

A treaty with first Australians is divisive and dangerous

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 8th July, 2016

The concept of a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is illogical and divisive. The current push for such a document is...

Saying you have a plan isn't enough to win an election

Ideas & Liberty | Simon Breheny
Sydney Morning Herald 4th July, 2016

It is not enough to say you have a plan for a strong new economy. You actually have to have one. And it has to be simple enough to sell to the...

ANZ's Aitken call shows companies and social fads don't mix

Ideas & Liberty | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 1st June, 2016

Companies should have the power to hire and fire whomever they like. Bell Potter Securities is well within its rights to let Angus Aitken go. But...

Superannuation change is a warning sign on all legislation

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 14th May, 2016

One of the few positive things to have emerged from the furious public debate about whether the Turnbull government's proposed changes to...

Racial Discrimination Act: Turnbull should revisit 18C repeal case

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 29th April, 2016

If it wasn't already clear, the past few months demonstrate how firmly the issue of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is now...