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John Marin Hyde is a libertarian (neo-liberal) think-tank founder/director, a sheep farmer, and a West Australian Federal Liberal Party politician who became the leader of the so-called 'Dry' faction of the party. He should not be confused with John Hyde the WA state Labor Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the district of Perth, and there is also a Liberal politician named John Hyde Page who always uses his middle name. This maybe a plot to confuse us. {joke}

John Marin Hyde did not normally use his middle name or initial. He was born in February 1936, became a local sheep farmer and councilman, and was elected as the member of the Division of Moore, WA in May 1974 at age 42. He remained in the Canberra parliament until defeated in the March 1983 election by an ALP candidate.

While in Canberra, with three other economic conservative/libertarian members (Bert Kelly, , Jim Carlton), Hyde maintained a backbench sub-division within the Liberal government that promoted mass privatizations and deregulation -- inclined to an extreme form of economic determinism. He was an acolyte of Hayek, Friedman, and Ayn Rand (in the style that Americans call 'neo-conservatism'), and in many ways his approach was similar to the US Tea Party faction within the US Republicans -- a constant irritant. He saw his life in terms of waging constant war against what he believed to be the never-ending flood of socialistic ideology on one hand, and corporate monopoly and government owned infrastructure on the other.

These factional warriors were ultra-free-enterprise oriented to the point where they pursued some extreme policies quite independent of their own party; and after a time they became a thorn in the side of the Liberal Fraser Government while still playing a part in the forced the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government in December 1975. [A curiosity: a close friend of Hyde was Peter Walsh, the Labor Finance Minister.]

In 1983, with funding from the Clough family (who then ran a very wealthy mining engineering company -- now owners of West Australian newspaper) he established and ran the Australian Institute for Public Policy (AIPP) in Perth. A few years later in 1991 he moved to Melbourne and merged his AIPP with the Kemp-family owned and controlled Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) which had similar aims and inclinations, and also similar funding sources. Eventually the Perth AIPP was renamed IPA (WA).

Hyde directed the IPA throughout 1991-95, and recruited numerous conservative commentators and ex politicians and bureaucrats like John Stone and Des Moore

Documents & Timeline

1991 John Hyde took over the IPA after Rod Kemp was elected to the Senate.

1995 Hyde leaves the IPA in Melbourne and returns to Perth.

2012 Nov 25 A John Hyde speech attacks spin doctors, politicians acting not in the national interest, the silencing of free speech in Parliament, and the Federal Liberal Party for being 'pathetically weak' and in some areas, positioning itself to the socialist side of Labor. [2]

2013 Feb John Hyde was given a tribute speech by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in Hayek House in Perth