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Andrew Bushnell

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Research Fellow

Andrew Bushnell is a Research Fellow at the prominent Melbourne think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, where he focuses on criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, and the future of democracy.

As well as authoring a number of research reports, his work has appeared in print in the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, the Canberra Times, and the Adelaide Advertiser, and online at the Huffington Post and the Spectator Australia. He has also been interviewed on 2GB and 3AW.

He previously worked at the Department of Defence in Canberra and the Department of Education in Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and a Master of Arts in Applied Ethics from Linköping University, Sweden.


Related publications

IPA: The New South Wales Government's Bold Criminal Justice Reforms Will Improve Community Safety

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"The New South Wales Government should be congratulated for its bold criminal justice reforms, which will improve community safety and have the potential to save taxpayers money in the longer term," said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the...

Criminal Justice Reform - Lessons From The United States

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Andrew Bushnell

Criminal justice reform first principles • Criminal justice reform in the United States has slowed the rate of growth of incarceration, reduced recidivism, and saving money. • The reform agenda has had bipartisan input and support, with...

IPA research outlines criminal justice lessons from the United States

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"There are a number of lessons for Australian governments from the United States about how to reform our criminal justice systems to improve community safety," said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of...

It's The Values, Stupid

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Andrew Bushnell

Before it finally announced its intention to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in March this year, the Turnbull government professed a very strong view on where section 18C ranked in its list of political priorities. Eliminating...

The punishment must fit the crime, not the criminal

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

Today Institute of Public Affairs Research Fellows Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen presented at the Senate, Economics References Committee Inquiry into criminal, civil and administrative penalties for white collar crime. IPA research released this...

Related news

Changes Could Reduce Reoffending For Low-Risk Criminals

Legal Rights Project | Andrew Bushnell
The Sydney Morning Herald 16th May, 2017

The NSW government continues to lead the way on innovative criminal justice policy. Having last year committed $3.8 billion to new and improved...

Locking Down Crime

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Bushnell
The Daily Telegraph 28th April, 2017

Community safety is the highest priority of the criminal justice system and the NSW government can be proud of the latest batch of crime...

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...

Four Year Terms Are A Bad Idea

Ideas & Liberty The Spectator Australia 24th February, 2017

The election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit, and the return of One Nation have all threatened the centre-right status quo, while on the left,...

Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Bushnell
The Australian 17th February, 2017

Crime is caused by people who decide to commit crimes. It is not caused by society. The criminal justice system exists to punish criminals and...