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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

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...

New Research Program To Improve Policy Advice

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

This week the Institute of Public Affairs launched its new Parliamentary Research Brief Program which will provide concise analysis on topical issues direct to parliamentarians. "The program builds on what the IPA has always been about:...

Free Speech Not A Fringe Issue - Poll

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

New opinion poll research shows that 95% of Australians think free speech is important to them with over 57% saying it is "very important". "Much to the surprise of some members of the media and the political class, free speech matters," said...

Young Australians full of optimism about the future

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The IPA's "Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians" report has identified that young people are overwhelmingly positive about their own future, and also positive about the future of Australia. The IPA's "Growing Freedom: Survey of Young...

Related news

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...

Section 18C must go as it curbs freedom of speech

Ideas & Liberty | Simon Breheny
The Australian 14th October, 2016

Freedom of speech is meaningless if all it entails is the liberty to express opinions approved by the state. Freedom of speech is richer than that....

Banning political donations is banning freedom

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
Daily Telegraph 13th September, 2016

In the wake of the Chinese ­donation scandal engulfing "Shanghai" Sam Dastyari, more than a few politicians have ­massively overreacted by...

Time to act: Curbs on free speech must go

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 19th August, 2016

A free speech revolution is just over the horizon. Several recent events are demonstrating that Australians are sick and tired of a political class...