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Janet Albrechtsen

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Nationality  Australian
Employer  News Corp Australia
Role  Columnist

Name  Janet Albrechtsen
Ex-spouse  John O'Sullivan
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Born  23 September 1966 (age 49) (1966-09-23) Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation  Journalist, columnist, critic
Children  Sascha, Caitlin, and Jamie O'Sullivan
Books  The Future of National Identity
Education  University of Sydney, University of Adelaide
Similar People  Dennis Shanahan, Peter van Onselen, Michael Kroger, Greg Sheridan, Miranda Devine

Alma mater  University of Adelaide

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Janet Kim Albrechtsen (born 23 September 1966) is an Australian opinion columnist with The Australian. From 2005 until 2010, she was a member of the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's state-owned national broadcaster.


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Early life and education

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The daughter of Danish immigrants to Australia, Albrechtsen was born in Adelaide and attended Seacombe High School. She subsequently studied at University of Adelaide, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She subsequently attained a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Sydney. Her thesis was titled: 'The regulation of the fundraising process in Australia: searching for an optimal mix between legislative prescriptions and market forces'.


Albrechtsen moved to Sydney to work as a commercial solicitor at Freehills. and taught at the University of Sydney Law School. Since turning to commentary, Albrechtsen has written for the Australian Financial Review, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Age, Quadrant, Canada's National Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal Asia. She regularly appears on television and radio.

Albrechtsen was a member of the Foreign Affairs Council from 2003 until 2007.

Albrechtsen was appointed to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2005. She had previously derided the ABC as a "Soviet-style workers collective".

She told reporters in late 2009 that she was planning to retire from the board, and completed her five-year term on 18 February 2010 without seeking reappointment. In 2014 it was reported that Albrechtsen was appointed to an independent nomination panel that advises the Minister for Communications on the short–listing of candidates for appointment to the ABC Board.

In 2008, Albrechtsen wrote a chapter for Peter van Onselen's book The Liberals and Power. She argued the Liberals have become preoccupied with "dominating the rational low ground," abandoning the high moral ground to the left. Norman Abjorensen said he appreciated her view of Howard's legacy as not just a transformation of the Australian economy but also one of the Labor Party.

Albrechtsen is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Albrechtsen conducted a lengthy interview series in 2014 with former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard, which aired as a featured story on Seven Network's Sunday Night, and again in January 2015 as its own five-part series on Sky News Australia entitled Howard Defined.

Albrechtsen is a Director of Institute of Public Affairs and the National Museum of Australia.

Views and influence

Albrechtsen's views are based around the dignity of the individual, freedom from government control and individual responsibility. She writes about the fiscal responsibility by government and the people, the scourge of political correctness, the divisiveness of identity politics, the paternalism of modern day grievance feminists, the growing censorship on campuses, freedom of speech and the role of civil society.

Personal life

She was married in 1991 to lawyer John O'Sullivan. They have three children, Caitlin, Sascha and Jamie O'Sullivan. They are now separated.


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