Matthew Lesh is a public policy researcher and public commentator, interested in classical liberalism, politics, history, economics, and technology. He works as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. His is also author of the book Democracy in a Divided Australia. Before joining the IPA, Matthew worked for state and federal parliamentarians, as well as in digital communications. He also founded a mobile application development start-up.
His research interests include the power of economic and social freedom, the foundations of western civilisation, university intellectual freedom, and the dignity of work. Matthew also supports Generation Liberty, the IPA’s youth outreach project.
Matthew’s commentary has been published in The Australian, Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Australian Financial Review, The Age, Brisbane Times, The Spectator Australia, The Huffington Post, ABC’s The Drum, The Punch, Online Opinion, Spiked, CapX, and BrexitCentral.
He has been quoted in newspapers and been a guest on radio programs across Australia, as well as appeared on ABC News 24, Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise and Sky News’ Agenda and Viewpoint. Matthew has appeared as a witness before the a Senate committee on higher education reform, and spoken on university campuses across Australia about free speech.
Matthew graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours), majoring in politics and international studies, and history. He subsequently completed a Masters in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys extended brunches, a cocktail or two, and trying to work it off by running in the morning.