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Simon Breheny

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Director, Legal Rights Project

Simon Breheny is Director of the Legal Rights Project 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

ICAC should be abolished

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) should be abolished, according to Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In an opinion article in today's edition of The...

Submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

This submission has been drafted in response to an invitation to the Institute of Public Affairs to make a submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor's Inquiry into section 35P of the ASIO Act. Our submission...

Plain packaging myth exposed

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

The Australian government must recognise that the policy experiment of mandatory plain packaging of tobacco products has failed. The only reasonable course of action for the government is to pursue the repeal of the Tobacco Plain...

Commonwealth government's site-blocking bill infringes rule of law

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The government's proposed copyright legislation will impose an internet filter and breach the rule of law," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Commonwealth...

Government right to reverse tide on bank account seizure

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government should be congratulated for reversing the Gillard government's cash grab on Australian bank account holders," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Related news

Mike Baird should abolish the ICAC

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd April, 2015

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is Australia's biggest kangaroo court. It is adept at taking down political figures who fail to...

New bullying watchdog takes nanny state too far

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 17th April, 2015

Two weeks ago a new bill was passed into law that gives a government bureaucrat the power to force children to apologise to one another. The new...

A cigarette that could actually save lives

Deregulation Unit | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 11th March, 2015

Electronic cigarettes may be the greatest tool in the fight against lung cancer that the world has ever seen. They're cheap, convenient and they're...

Give cigarette pack laws the chop chop

Nanny State | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 14th January, 2015

Tobacco plain packaging laws have been an expensive, illiberal waste of time. It has restricted the right of companies to market legal products and...

Company directors lose out in attack on legal rights

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 5th December, 2014

Fundamental legal rights in Australia have been eroded by successive governments of every political stripe. This is the concerning story told by...