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The Institute of Public Affairs has established the Legal Rights Project to stand up for the fundamental legal rights of every Australian. Despite the crucial role these rights play in safeguarding our liberties they are often ignored for the sake of political expedience. Increasingly, Australian governments are guilty of removing our right to silence, reversing the onus of proof, granting sweeping discretionary powers to regulators and serious breaches of the rule of law. These legal rights form the bedrock of a peaceful and prosperous society and the Legal Rights Project has been set up to launch a powerful defence of them.

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News

Criminal Justice Reform Does Not Start In Jails

Legal Rights Project | Andrew Bushnell
The West Australian 7th April, 2017

The new WA Government has said that it cannot afford to build a new $600 million prison planned by the previous government. But this cost cannot be...

Picking Judges

Legal Rights Project | Morgan Begg
The Spectator Australia 18th February, 2017

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats in the United States are about to engage in political warfare about who will be their next...

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...

If you're worried about privacy, you should worry about the 2016 census

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 16th March, 2016

If you blinked, you missed it. On December 18 last year, the Australia Bureau of Statistics announced that at the 2016 census in August it would,...

Repeal section 18C, the 'Andrew Bolt' law: it stifles free speech

Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 5th February, 2016

The freedom of speech debate is about to be reignited after a complaint this week demonstrated the ongoing danger of section 18C of the Racial...

Christmas carol ban is out of tune with society

Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd December, 2015

Victoria's public schools are the frontline in the war on Christmas. In an extraordinary decision of the Andrews government, Education Minister...

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...

The case for the repeal of section 18C

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

This report was authored by Chris Berg, Simon Breheny, Morgan Begg, Andrew Bushnell & Sab Reinehr. Below is an excerpt from the foreward by John Roskam.   In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War - a war fought to defend human...