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Matthew Lesh

Portrait of Matthew Lesh

Research Fellow, Future of Freedom Program

Matthew Lesh is a Research Fellow, Future of Freedom Program, at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Before joining the IPA, Matthew worked for state and federal parliamentarians, as well as in digital communications and campaigning. He also founded, and sold, an iOS application development start-up.

Matthew graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours), in Politics and International Studies. While at University he served as a Students' Councillor, as well as on the executives of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students and the Australian Liberal Students' Federation.

Matthew has been published in The Age, The Spectator Australia, The Drum, The Punch, and Online Opinion, and appeared on ABC News 24, 3AW, 2UE, 2GB, The Australian, Herald Sun, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Yahoo!7 News, and SBS news.


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Response to Tertiary Education Quality Standards - Diversity and Equity


The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn. The concerns with the Guidance Note are as follows: The...

Terrorist Chic in the 1970s


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Australia's Tax Mutineers


The most significant political transformations in human history originated as rebellions against unfair taxation. The Magna Carta and the Glorious Revolution, establishing the principles of the rule of law and parliamentary sovereignty, were...

Triggering censorship


In October 1951 University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Charles Lowe proposed restricting the use of campus buildings for political discussions. This suggestion came after three professors, at a public meeting held at the university a month...

Free speech on campus audit 2016


Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of...

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Campus Censorship Ratchets Up

Education | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 16th March, 2017

Free intellectual inquiry is under serious threat at universities across the Anglosphere. At the very places designed to inspire a battle of...

The UK’s relationship with Australia will be revitalised after Brexit

Economics & Deregulation | Matthew Lesh
Brexit Central 30th January, 2017

Theresa May confirmed in her landmark speech at Lancaster House earlier in the month that Brexit really does mean Brexit. Britain will be leaving...

Censorship, trigger warnings and “free speech”: the National Union of Students meets

Education | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 13th December, 2016

This week the rabble that is the National Union of Students will hold their annual National Conference in Geelong at Deakin University. The...

Sugar tax leaves a bitter taste

Ideas & Liberty | Matthew Lesh
The Daily Telegraph 24th November, 2016

The Grattan Institute's report demanding a new sugar tax on soft drinks is a blatant insult to the Australian people. Grattan, founded by the Rudd...

Brexit means Brexit – and democracy, too

Economics & Deregulation | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 7th November, 2016

The stench of elite hatred for democracy is sifting through the streets of London. The courts have ruled against the Government's ability to...